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Open Council Seat

Residents of Lanesboro are invited to submit a letter of interest to fill a vacated council seat. Two years remain on the vacated term. Letters of interest should be sent to the Lanesboro City Office PO Box 333 or emailed to before September 9, 2020. The City Council will review the applicants during the October 5th council meeting.

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Emergency Assistance for Homeowners and Renters

SEMMCHRA is planning for funding to assist struggling homeowners and renters who have been economically impacted by COVID 19.  Funds can be used to pay:

  • Mortgage Payments
  • Rent Payments
  • HOA Dues
  • Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Contract for Deed Payments
  • Utility Bills
  • Septic System Pumping
  • Lot Rent

The applicant must meet income guidelines and the economic hardship must be due to COVID 19.  Only expenditures incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020 will be eligible for the program. 

For more information about the program requirements or to fill out a pre-application, please visit or contact Amy Gusa at 651-565-2638 ext. 222 or

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Covid-19 Response

The City of Lanesboro has implemented numerous protocols and initiatives over the last four months in a continued effort to protect the vitality and safety of our residents, businesses and visitors as we deal with the fluidity of the Covid 19 pandemic. 

We also appreciate the unprecedented collaboration between various Community organizations and businesses that share our goal of doing what’s best for us all. These collaborations have provided a unified message to inform the public of the means by which we all can protect ourselves through the use of personal protection and social distancing. Many of these measures can be found on signage throughout town, and multiple websites including those of the chamber and the city. People will also notice the addition of hand washing stations and bathroom facilities to the downtown area for guests, and the numbers and locations of these facilities will be evaluated by council as we move forward.

Understanding the importance of keeping the community informed and included in this ongoing dialogue the city has made some significant changes to how we conduct government. The city has launched a new municipal website where people can find detailed minutes of all city meetings, contact information for all council members and administration. Via this website people will now be able to subscribe and receive email notifications and links that will provide updates and other things of importance. City meetings have also been improved to allow for greater participation by the use of Zoom, and a change in venue. With Zoom people are able to participate from the comfort of their home, and by moving all meetings to the community center gym social distancing is much more practical. If people do choose to attend meetings in person, we do ask to follow guidelines on personal protection which includes the wearing of masks.

We continue to follow mandates and guidance from the state and county as we address Covid 19, However the city will take actions that best suits Lanesboro as they arise. The State also understands the importance of communities to do what’s best for themselves, and new funding provided by the Cares Act reinforces this. To use these funds the city has created a taskforce which includes members of council Harvey and Bakke and administration with the goal of providing more resources for the safety of our community.

As we continue to move forward in a pragmatic fashion, we do encourage people to reach out to members of council and administration to articulate concerns and suggestions. Contact information can be found on the city website (, so please feel free to reach out as your feedback and ideas are extremely important to us.  

We also respectfully ask that visitors and residents understand the situation at hand and be considerate of those around us by following safety guidelines, in particular the use of masks and social distancing.

Mayor Jason Resseman

City of Lanesboro

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Notice of Filing Period

Lanesboro City Council
Filing of Affidavits of Candidacy

Affidavits of Candidacy will be accepted at the City Office located at the Lanesboro Memorial Community Center, 202 Parkway Avenue South:

July 28th, 2020 8:00am – August 11th, 2020 5:00pm.

Office Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (The office will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on August 11th, 2020)

The cost to file for City office is $2.00

Positions to be elected on November 3rd, 2020 are as follows:

1 – Mayor (2-year term), 2 – Council Seats (4-year terms)

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Public Hearing



The Lanesboro City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss a petition to vacate a public right of way; Hillside Avenue, within the city of Lanesboro.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Center Gymnasium and via zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

Dial by your location

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago), or +1 646 876 9923 US (New York), or +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

All persons wishing to comment on the matter should do so at that time or submit a comment in writing to the City Hall before that date.

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W e Want To Hear From You

The City of Lanesboro is updating its Comprehensive Plan. This plan provides visions, goals, and policies that guide development and public investment over the next 20 years. The plan addresses land use, housing, natural resources, transportation, utilities, parks and trails, and economic opportunities. Help us Imagine Lanesboro by taking a brief survey. These survey results will guide and shape the future of our City for the next 10 – 20 years. There a several ways to complete the confidential survey:

Thank you for your input to help shape our Community!

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Dam Project Update

Construction of Phase II of the Lanesboro dam is nearing completion.  The contractor plans to begin refilling the river and channel next week, we anticipate June 24th.  The actual date may change pending final date of constructing Phase II.  Time needed for the river and channel to completely refill will depend on precipitation during the refill period.  We expect the refill to be completed within 10 days or less.