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Lanesboro applying for a small cities grant


Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

There was a public hearing before the Lanesboro City Council meeting about the city applying for a small cities development grant program. There were no residents there to voice any opinions. Michelle Vrieze was there to explain the grant to the council.

Vrieze said the grant would be for both commercial and residential areas, and would include both theatres. The total grant amount would be $449,000.

“There’s a better chance if you keep it under $500,000,” said Vrieze.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has already approved the pre-application from Lanesboro and Mabel. The two cities submitted a joint application. The money will provide rehabilitation for low to moderate-income households and provide commercial rehabilitation as well.

The council approved going ahead with the full application for the grant program.

Alley agreement

The city received a letter from Rick and Cheryl Lamon about dedicating an alley adjacent to their property to the city. The council looked over the agreement and discussed some concerns.

Council member Ceil Allen said she had a problem with the paragraph that states the Lamons and any future owners of their property would be exempt from any present or future assessments regarding the alley. She did not like the part about future owners, and Mayor Rahn agreed. Joe O’Connor said they don’t know what the future holds, or how things will change with that alley. City Attorney Tom Manion said he doesn’t see the assessments of that property ever being very significant. The alley will remain open, as it is a fire lane. They did not make a final decision at the meeting.

Whittier Street assessments

O’Connor said he looked into what other cities have done as far as assessing utilities. Robert Thompson was at the meeting, and he has approached the council with concerns about how they assessed the Whittier Street project.

O’Connor said he spoke with City Administrators in Byron, Eyota, and Stewartville, as well as Mike Bubany from David Drown Associates, and discovered that the average assessment ranges from 20-25 percent. The average cost per foot of the assessments was $50-$70 per foot. Lanesboro assessed the Whittier Street project at $61 per foot. O’Connor said he felt they were right in line, and that most places also assessed the utilities. .....
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Lanesboro Agricultural Education department receives competitive grant

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) awarded a $12,250 competitive grant to the Lanesboro High School Agricultural Education Department. This grant will be used to expand the horticulture curriculum by building a greenhou ..... 
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Mavis Dion

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Mavis Dion, 67 of Lanesboro, died of ALS on Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where she had resided since January 4, 2012. Mavis Ann Danielson was born March 29, 1944, in Waukon, Iowa to Hiram and Lil ..... 
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Lanesboro horticulture class working on landscaping project

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The talk at the Lanesboro School Board meeting was all about plants on February 16. Two groups from the new horticulture class gave presentations about landscaping projects, and the school board had to decide which one to approve. The first prese ..... 
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Beverly Kimball

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Beverly “Bev” Kimball, age 76, of Lanesboro and formerly of Spring Valley died Friday February 10, 2012, at her home. She was born July 22, 1935 in Hendricks, MN to Walter and Mamie (Johansen) Hurd. She attended school and graduated fro ..... 
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AARP Tax-Aide coming to Lanesboro

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

AARP Tax-Aide is a free tax prepration service for low and moderate income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older. It is the largest free, volunteer run tax assistance, form preparation and filing service offered to taxpayers. ..... 
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Finalists named for $15 million in creative placemaking grants

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

Lanesboro, Minnesota: On January 18, 2012, Lanesboro Arts Center has been named a finalist for support from ArtPlace, an unprecedented private-public collaboration of nine of the nation’s top foundations, eight federal agencies including the Natio ..... 
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Engagement

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Sander-Culbertson Shelista Sander of Lanesboro, Minn. and Jared Culbertson of Lanesboro, Minn. are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the groom are Robert Culbertson and Nancy Hall of Lanesboro. Mother of the b ..... 
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Glen Curtis Raaen

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Glen Curtis Raaen, age 79, of rural Lanesboro, Minn., died Thursday morning, February 2, 2012, at his farm home after a year battle with pancreatic cancer. Glen was born October 23, 1931, in a log cabin near Peterson, Minn., the son of Gilm ..... 
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