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Memories Gone By

News from Browerville's Past

25 Years Ago

April 18, 1996

A tax settlement was reached on April 3 in a petition filed by Land O’ Lakes protesting the assessment of their Browerville property and taxes paid since 1994. According to the settlement, Browerville will lose about $10,000 this year and more in the years to come. They will also lose all tax increment finance money and have already lost a considerable amount in monthly user fees to the water and sewer fund.


On Wednesday, a group of local business people representing several local businesses met in Browerville at the community center. They were there at the invitation of the Browerville Fire Department in an effort to raise the $18,000 it will cost for the “Jaws of Life,” the life-saving extraction equipment needed at many accidents. Fundraising Chairman Steve Beck felt that this was a great way to get the ball rolling and hoped to raise $6000 toward the purchase. They will be seeking donations and memorials from the community.


Joe Brisson was the recipient of the 1995 Butch Nash Award at the Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Banquet on April 12. Joe has been an assistant coach for the Tigers for the past 17 seasons. Before becoming part of Browerville’s coaching staff, Joe served as an assistant for one season in Clarissa and was the head football coach in Elmore for one season.


The bad news from Dave Hennenkamp of the auditing firm Kern, DeWinter, Viere LTD was that the 1995 audit revealed that the city was facing a $22,013 deficit in the general fund. This is due in part to having to transfer $64,800 from the general fund to the Economic Development Authority to cover the building expenses of the fire hall and community center. Hennenkamp explained they were $13,000 over budget for the community center and there was an additional expense for a study that was conducted on Sixth Street.


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