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Lanesboro City Council hears report from library

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

President of the Library Board, Dave Hennessey and Library Director, Tara Johnson spoke to the Lanesboro City Council on February 6. They updated the council on the library remodeling and discussed the use of the library in 2011.

The library was closed for two weeks in January for extensive remodeling, and community members helped out. According to Johnson, 90 volunteers donated 380 hours of time to help move books and shelves so new carpeting could be installed.

In 2011, the library had 14,500 visits, and 19,000 items were circulated. This is an increase from 2010. In addition, 500 children attended the children’s programs.

Hennessey said he wanted to thank the staff there, especially Johnson for her hard work with the renovations.

Council member Ceil Allen said the renovation idea started when they realized they needed new carpeting, and then realized it would be a great opportunity to do even more remodeling. They did painting, moved computers, and lowered the shelves to make things more bright and open. An open house was held when the library reopened.

“The Friends of the Library was instrumental in this,” said Allen, noting that they supplied a Nook eReader for a door prize at the open house.

Allen also praised Johnson for coordinating the whole project, the community for helping out, and the Friends of the Library group.

“Everyone raves about how good it looks,” said Allen.

Johnson said they couldn’t have done it without help from the city, and that she appreciated their contribution.

League of Minnesota Cities Conference

Allen recently attended a League of MN Cities Leadership Conference in Brooklyn Center. She noted that the city is facing a lot of challenges right now with high price tags, such as the dam and the water issues.

“The projected trends are that cities of every size could be broke by 2015,” said Allen. “And cities and local government can no longer expect anything from federal or state. We have to consider the long-range consequences of our short-term plans.”

Allen has reviewed the Lanesboro 2020 Plan, which states where Lanesboro would like to be by the year 2020. She proposed the council spend a couple of hours outside the regular council meeting to reassess those plans. The council agreed that would be a good idea.

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Verna Mack

Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Verna Mack, age 93 of Lanesboro, died on January 30, 2012, at the Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center in Spring Grove where she had resided for 13 years. Verna Elida Olson was born on October 13, 1918, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Theodore and ..... 
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