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Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce reflects on past and looks toward a vibrant future


Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

In 1989, the ribbon was cut for the official opening of the Root River State Bike Trail through the quiet, historic town of Lanesboro. People were drawn to the area by the trail and the beauty of the scenic limestone bluffs and river valley. The same year, a theatre production ran for several weeks and the Commonweal Theatre Company was born. Lanesboro was awakened to new possibilities with the combined experiences of the arts and outdoors. Lanesboro discovered outdoor enthusiasts love the arts! New tourist based businesses emerged in dining, shopping, lodging, touring and outfitting for river fun. Lanesboro earned its place on the map as a tourist destination in the upper Midwest.

The Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce is reflecting upon the past and is looking toward a vibrant future. Beginning in 2011, the chamber board engaged a professional from Zietgeist Consulting, Bill Geist, a highly regarded destination marketing guru. He led the chamber through a process of identifying key goals and tourism marketing strategies. Chamber President Dave Huisenga said, “The Chamber examined ways to make Lanesboro more attractive and enhance the overall Lanesboro experience. This in turn will strengthen our downtown and community-wide business climate and make Lanesboro attractive to potential new businesses.”

Chamber board members are exploring the feasibility of attracting conference and retreat groups to Lanesboro. The chamber board believes that one key way to bring business is to promote Lanesboro as a small group conference and retreat destination. There are many community assets already in place that could be used for this purpose. We believe that Lanesboro offers unique experiences, as a small conference venue, which are not available elsewhere in the region.

When asked about Lanesboro’s journey, Executive Director Julie Kiehne, commented, “I am often asked to make presentations at other towns throughout the Midwest relating to trail development and tourism. I see communities struggle the most with change. Lanesboro has experienced and will continue to have our share of challenges; however, we are blessed to have creative and visionary movers and shakers who embrace change. I have a renewed appreciation for all we have in Lanesboro and the progress we have made. Our individual businesses, school, churches, arts organizations, city government, non-profits and civic groups all depend on a healthy business clim .....
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents The 39 Steps

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Patrick Barlow’s outrageous comedy The 39 Steps, May 19 through September 1 with discounted tickets available for previews May 11 to May 18. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Com ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves computer purchases for high school students

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

In the fall, Lanesboro students in grades 9-12 will each be receiving their own personal tablet computer. High school Principal Brett Clarke and Superintendent Jeff Boggs have been researching different computers and discussing their ideas for imple ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears about the Chamber Strategic Plan

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

Members of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce were at the City Council meeting on May 7 to discuss the Strategic Plan. Dave Huisenga said they had numerous meetings to come up with the plan, and they feel it’s a good one. He added that it shou ..... 
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Colleen Jones

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Colleen “Kay” Priscilla Jones, 76, passed away on April 30, 2012, with her family by her bedside. She was born June 15, 1935, in Lanesboro, Minnesota to Clarence and Pearl Hillestad who were of Norwegian descent. Kay was active in high ..... 
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Tindalls of Lanesboro open new business venture

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

Whether you are a local resident, seasonal tourist, or just someone who has passed through the quaint community of Lanesboro, it would be extremely difficult to say that you haven’t noticed the old-fashioned dining car on Parkway Avenue a few pace ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board looking at improving technology

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board heard from High School Principal Brett Clarke at their meeting on April 19. Clarke was excited to share with them something the school had been talking about for years. With him he had two different netbook computers that ..... 
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Letter about abortion

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The main concerns of Americans are jobs and the economy, so how did the conversation change to abortion? The new members of Congress have abandoned jobs and the economy and focused on restricting women’s access to abortion. Pro- ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center Receives $100,000 Capital Grant from McKnight Foundation

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

Lanesboro, Minnesota: Lanesboro Arts Center has been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the McKnight Foundation to provide capital support for the development of the Lanesboro Arts Campus, which includes the Lanesboro Arts Center gallery building, th ..... 
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