-- featured in Outside Magazine as one of the
20 New Best Places to Live & Play!
You have just moved, or are thinking about moving, to one of the best places to live. We have it all -- beauty and art, a school and library, a park, pie and pizza, and, above all, community. You truly can go to the neighbor's and get a cup of sugar.
It takes an enormous amount of cooperation and energy to run our town. City employees, shopkeepers, innkeepers, Minnesota DNR, restaurateurs, American Legion, artists, actors, Chamber of Commerce, and many, many volunteers work together to make this a great place, whether you live here or are just visiting.
We make our own fun. We have festivals and music. We have community theater and a radio show. We have bake sales and silent auctions. We have dances and parades. We have parties and church suppers. We have sing-a-longs and school concerts. We have been officially designated the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota, and are home to the celebrated Rhubarb Sisters and Rutabaga Brothers.
The timbre of our town is seasonal. In the winter, we relax and visit with our neighbors. In the summer, we share our town with the rest of the world. Winter rejuvenates us, and summer rejuvenates the town.
We hope you can join us.
Lanesboro, population 749, is governed by a five person city council, which includes the mayor. The city council is advised and assisted by several boards and commissions.
Economic Development Authority
Heritage Preservation Commission
The Library Board
Planning and Zoning Commission
Public Utilities Commission
Visit the website for council and committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes. Council meetings are also reported in the Fillmore County Journal newspaper.
The Library is strongly supported by the Lanesboro community, enabling the three-person staff to provide materials and numerous services to over 2600 patrons. We are a group of people, who love libraries and share your passion for books and learning. A Library Board, composed of seven volunteers, is responsible for oversight. Lanesboro Library is a member of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO), an organization providing services to over 40 libraries in southeastern Minnesota.
The Friends of the Lanesboro Library provides a significant part of library funds used to obtain new materials. This organization is dedicated to the promotion of the use of the library and the encouragement of the love of reading.
We accept monetary and material donations, and, of course, volunteers are always appreciated.
Lanesboro Public utilities has developed into a self-sustained fully operational utility service for Lanesboro. The City is the provider for electricity, water, sewer, trash and recycling services. Oversight is provided by the Public Utilities Commission. Each residence is billed monthly. Payment can be mailed, put in the drop box at the Community Center, or automatically withdrawn from a bank account.
Lanesboro has owned and operated a municipal electric light and power plant and system since 1902. It still has a functioning hydroelectric system, and diesel engine electrical emergency generating unit. Through contract with the city, additional service is provided by Tri-County Electric. Dairyland Power, based out of La Crosse, WI, is Tri-County's power supplier.
The City is committed to maintaining competitive rates and a reliable, adequate supply of electrical power.
Rochester City Lines provides daily bus service to Rochester on Monday through Friday between nearby Preston and Fountain and Rochester. There is no service from Lanesboro. Rochester City Lines buses are also available for charter.
Shuttle service is available between Minneapolis Airport (MSP) and the Mall of America and convenient Rochester pick-up and drop-off sites. Go Rochester Direct provides 19 departures daily. See their site for a list of departure locations. Every van is equipped with FREE Wi-Fi. Now you can use your travel time to connect to the internet for productive work, socializing, or entertainment.
They will also arrange Home pick-up and drop-off, as well as transportation, 7 times a day, between Rochester and Amtrak stations, located in La Crosse, WI, and Winona.
The Chamber is a 100+ member-based organization and is open to anyone - business and non-profit members as well as individual members - by annual investment of dues. The Chamber strengthens the community by identifying needs and opportunities. Through committees of volunteers from the membership, the Chamber implements and achieves its goals. The Chamber oversees the Lanesboro Visitor Center and employs two 3/4 time and two part time staff. The nine-member volunteer Board of Directors governs the Chamber and works to improve the community and the area's business climate.
To advance the civic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, cultural, environmental, and recreational interests of the City of Lanesboro and its residents
To ensure cooperation among Lanesboro area businesses and community organizations
To work to retain, expand, and develop beneficial Lanesboro area businesses
To promote the Lanesboro area as the best place to live, work, visit, and operate a business
Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
Goods & Services
Many goods and services are available in Lanesboro. Most are located in the downtown area:
art galleries and artist studios
auto repair shop
bars and off-sale liquor stores
handmade beauty products
bed and breakfasts
bicycle and canoe outfitters
furniture and gift shops
inns and motels
plumbing and heating contractors
live professional theater
chamber of commerce & visitors center
In nearby Preston - only eight miles away - complementary goods and services are available.
Stuff to buy - The Goods
Lanesboro is surrounded by thousands of acres of crop, pasture, and forest land making it possible to offer residents many fresh and locally produced products, as well as fine hunting. Fillmore County ranked 3rd in Minnesota for number of organic farms.
Local Fresh Food
Many organic farms, small Amish farms and CSA's (community supported agriculture) operate in the area, growing fruits and vegetables, milking dairy cows, or raising livestock for local and direct marketing.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Enjoy food that is not only sustainably grown but also locally.
Featherstone Farm is a 250 acre, certified organic farm producing fruits and vegetables. They offer both a summer and winter subscription. Contact Us
Hilltop Pastures Family Farm
Family farm offers subscriptions consisting of fresh eggs and pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken and turkey. Contact Us www.hilltoppasturesfamilyfarm.com
Lanesboro area growers have organized a farmer's market, providing a selection of bedding plants, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked good, eggs, herbs and canned goods. Check the Lanesboro community calendar for special events at the market.
Day care in the Lanesboro Public School system allows children to be comfortable in a school setting. With the in-house day care, Lanesboro Public School is promoting the value of family first, developing children who are school ready, and offering convenient facilities for its patrons.
1st in the State of Minnesota to offer daycare within the school system (1988)
Parent Aware rated by the State of Minnesota. Parent Aware is a voluntary program ensuring higher than legislated quality in early childhood education and care.
Caring for children between 6 weeks and 10 years old, or children in fourth grade and below.
LCCC employs experienced staff and qualified teachers in all rooms. Average tenure is over 9 years.
Hot breakfast and lunch provided by Lanesboro Public Schools.
Escorted to and from preschool classes within Lanesboro Elementary School.
Open many days that the public school is closed, including summers.
Fenced in play yard right outside our front entrance.
Lanesboro Public School provides our patrons with modern facilities, visionary people and traditional values. The school district emphasizes a strong basic education where students will gain command of the academic fundamentals. In our small school environment your children will be known by and receive personal attention from staff. We truly believe "small schools allow more students to shine and feel they are an integral part of their community, not just another face in the crowd". Lanesboro patrons have a long history of supporting their school district. Since the birth of our district over 100 years ago, we have never had a referendum vote fail.
Lanesboro Public School features:
A student/teacher ratio of 13:1 in our K-12 programs.
A Spanish program offered to students beginning in 1st grade and continuing through Grade 12.
No student fees for any extracurricular activities
On state testing, the Lanesboro students have consistently scored in the top 10%.
Over 85% of our secondary students are involved in extra activities beyond their academic program
Our school has a 97% graduation rate
A 97% attendance rate
85% of our graduates pursue post-secondary education
Lanesboro School is a member of the Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED). HVED supplies member school districts with administrative/managerial and study personnel (including related services) in Special Education.
Our local fitness center, galleries, quilting center, jewelers and Community Education offer interesting course offerings all through the year. Consult the Chamber of Commerce for more info.
Lanesboro Arts Center
Hands-on visual and literary arts classes are offered periodically by Lanesboro Arts Center. The Center is a professional, not-for-profit organization which serves as a catalyst for artistic and educational development in southeastern Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Dedicated to providing meaningful art experiences for people of all ages, Lanesboro Arts Center offers workshops, in-school programs and challenging visual art exhibits.
Eagle Bluff Skills School
The skills school is an educational venture from Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center focused on adult learning opportunities. Our mission is to empower people to care for the earth and each other.
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Founded in 1978, Eagle Bluff is a private, not-for-profit residential environmental learning center which provides accredited environmental education programs and outdoor experiences. School groups from all over a three-state area build exciting and effective Eagle Bluff experiences into their curricula. Families, church groups, and conservation organizations, to mention just a few, can share together a Tree Tops High Ropes challenge, a gourmet banquet, or a quality educational program. The Center is a place to learn a little of the natural and cultural history of southeastern Minnesota.
There is something for everyone at Eagle Bluff:
Environmental education programs for school and youth groups K-12
Group challenges and team-building activities for students, adults, businesses, and families
Two Tree Tops High Ropes courses and a rock-climbing wall
Gathering spaces for special events: Conference center, banquet facilities, and hospitality services
Host a group retreat, meeting, conference, workshop or family reunion!
Family Get Away Weekends and events
Outdoor Skills Programs - summer camps and weekend clinics for youth and adults
Since 1989 the Commonweal has been the region's premier professional theater company. With a rotating repertory of comedies, dramas, musicals, classics and contemporary plays, the Commonweal has something for everyone. Join us at the Commonweal Theatre in historic Lanesboro!
Drama unfolds where the Root River bends! Contact Us
Lanesboro Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization activating the people and places of Lanesboro through community programming, professional art galleries, performing arts at the historic St. Mane Theatre, educational activities, public art, and more. Lanesboro Arts is a nationally-recognized leader in utilizing the arts for small town revitalization and community development; its work has been recognized by ArtPlace America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.
Lanesboro Arts Center's year-round programming includes galleries featuring artwork by 90+ regional and nationally acclaimed artists in our Juried Sales and Exhibition Galleries (oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, ceramic, wood, glass, metal, fiber, jewelry); 'Art in the Park' Annual Father's Day Celebration; Artist Residency Program; Picture Parade art curriculum in elementary schools; gallery tours and artist demonstrations; workshops; Kids Create! Family Art Projects; Discover Sculpture Explore Lanesboro medallion walking tours. Events are always free.
St Mane Theatre
Lanesboro's historic St. Mane Theatre hosts year-round entertainment: films, music of all flavors (pop, jazz, folk, bluegrass, etc.), literary and theater performances. It's home to a thriving community theater, "Lanesboro Live 2013 Conversation, Comedy & Cool Jams" show, and the "Over the Back Fence" radio show.
The theater is administered by the Lanesboro Arts Center.
Many events are free or goodwill donation.
Lanesboro welcomes all neighbors and visitors to worship in our area churches: Both Bethlehem Lutheran and St. Patrick's Catholic Churches have towering steeples which can be seen from far across the rural landscape. The United Methodist Church is located on Parkway near the Lanesboro Public School. The county is dotted with small rural churches in all directions.