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PRSRT STD ECR WSS US. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 70 MADELIA, MN 56062 POSTAL PATRON “Where Fillmore County News Comes First” Weekly Edition Pages 6-7 JAC’s Bar and Grill opens in Chatfield page 3 Monday, October 8, 2012 New Victim Services Agency requests funding page 11 Volume 28 Issue 3 Preston reviews street assessment report page 24 A Dog Spot in Lanesboro page 25 Canton l Chatfield l Fountain l Harmony l Lanesboro l Mabel l Ostrander l Peterson l Preston l Rushford l Rushford Village l Spring Valley l Whalan l Wykoff Diane Hernandez brings her photography to Harmony By Jade Sexton There are moments in life that only happen once, and capturing those moments to remember them forever is important to many people. Diane Hernandez loves helping people record those moments and milestones with her photography. She has opened her own studio, Diane H Photography, in Harmony. Hernandez hails from Texas, and has lived in Minnesota for two years now. She lives in Preston with her husband Ramon and their daughter, Kaylee. When she was in college in Texas, she took photography classes and enjoyed them, but studied graphic design, as she thought that would make a good job. Making photography sort of just happened for Hernandez. “When I was pregnant with my daughter, I wanted to try newborn photography,” she said. “It Diane Hernandez at her studio in Harmony. just kind of happened.” Photo by Jade Sexton Lanesboro City Council approves partial street vacation By Jade Sexton A public hearing was held before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on October 1 regarding the request by Rick and Cheryl Lamon for the city to vacate a portion of Beacon Street. The Lamons are planning on bringing in a building that is 28’ by 48’ and will be a duplex. Their request is to vacate the grassy area of the street to allow for entrance into the building. From the middle of the street, 40 feet on each side belongs to the city. With the vacation of the portion requested, no changes will be made to the street at all. Rick Lamon said they are going to try to do something that fits in with the city and its historical aspect. There was a question about snow removal, and Andy Drake said he does use part of the grass to pile the snow. He said it should work anyway, but he would like to see how the house would be sitting on the property. There were some questions by community members at the meeting about why the vacation was needed, and how the house would be set. After the meeting, Lamon went with a couple of people to the site to show them how it was staked out. The council approved the vacation with the conditions that if no improvements are made to the property in a year, it will go back to the city. Also, the city will retain easements for utilities See LANESBORO Page 9  Comment on this article at Tuesday & Wednesday - Closed Monday & Thursday - 4-8pm Friday - Noon-9pm Saturday - 11am-9pm Sunday - 11am-8pm 109 S. Parkway, Lanesboro, MN 55949 Dirty When she moved to Minnesota, it all fell into place. She found a space for her studio, established her business and a web site, and things happened from there. Newborns are her specialty, but Hernandez also enjoys taking senior pictures and family pictures. She prefers working with people, and she loves working with kids. She does not photograph weddings at this time. “I would rather chase a toddler around,” said Hernandez. “It’s more fun!” Using her trusty Nikon, wearing comfortable clothes with her hair pulled up, Hernandez crawls around on the floor with the kids, getting down to their level and trying to capture their personalities. During a photo shoot with a senior, Hernandez likes to help them express themselves with their pictures. “It’s fun,” she says of the experience. “They are at a stage in life, they are so unique, and it’s a fun time to try to figure out how to get their personality to show. It’s also fun to see mom watch their kids get their photo taken. It’s a milestone, and it can be very emotional.” The goal she has is to get the best picture she can, something that they can be proud to hand out to friends and family. Hernandez offers baby packages that start during pregnancy and continue through the baby’s first year. She has really enjoyed getting to know people in the area this way. The studio in Harmony is not the only place Hernandez works. She travels often for photo shoots, including the Twin Cities area and her home in Texas. She also does a lot of outdoor photo shoots in the area. Capturing these moments for other people has been very fulfilling for Hernandez. “I love editing See HERNANDEZ Page 15  Comment on this article at R-P continues working towards new elementary facility By K irsten Zoellner At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), was submitted by Benson earlier in the month. Superintendent Chuck Ehler was confident that it would be expedited by the MDE quickly, so the district may proceed with plans for a building referendum December 19. Potential tax impact amounts have been calculated for the $15 million project at 20, 25, and 30-year variables and will be a key area of the campaign leading up to the referendum vote. A proposed floor plan, as well as the timeline for the scheduled referendum, was also presented. The Facilities Committee, including board members Kathie Ingram, John Nitecki, and Dan Munson will meet Monday, October 8, at 5:00pm to discuss the project. The district has long sought various funding for their New See R-P SCHOOL Page 14  Ladies, Ladies, Ladies! Come To Lanesboro For Ladies Weekend! Martini November 2 - 4 ~ Lots Of Activities To Be Announced! Lounge November 17TH Riverside’s Fall 5 Course Wine Dinner!

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