New Kasson library may become a reality - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

New Kasson library may become a reality

Posted:

KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) -- How to utilize an old school building in one small community has been the topic of conversation since 2005.  Most recently it was considered to be home for the new Kasson Library, but those plans seem to have gone by the way-side.

In this case the library building committee proposed and will hopefully be moving forward with plans to demolish the old school building, but not without opposition from KARE, the Kasson Alliance for REstoration.

History has a way of reminding us how the past was and how we want the future to be.

"In a climate where the mentality is to tear down everything old and build new we think this is something that can be re-vamped into a mix of new and old and remain a source of pride for the city," said KARE's spokesperson, Jeannine Hensley.

Built in 1918, the Kasson-Mantorville school is on the historic registry.

 In 2005, the city purchased the building from the district, with intentions of someday utilizing the land. Now, that time is here.

"'We have no space for books, we have probably 40 to 50 boxes of books in city hall basement that will never see the light of day, every new book that comes in, one has to go off the shelf," explained Kasson Library Director, Bonnie Adams.

The City Council gave the libraries building committee permission to utilize the land where the school currently sits. The building committee suggested 3 options, two of them included remodeling the existing school building, but the final decision is to demolish the school and re-build.

"Assure us of a modern library that will sustain this community for many years," stated Adams.

Kasson's Alliance for REstoration conducted a re-use study and concluded the school was in sound condition to house the library, but the building committee didn't see it in that light, as they were fearful of asbestos, and crumbling walls.

Kasson's Alliance for REstoration conducted a re-use study and concluded the school was in sound condition to house the library.. but the building committee didn't see it in that light.. they were fearful of asbestos, and crumbling walls.

Wednesday evening the city council reviewed the libraries architectural plans and gave them the 'OK to move forward. However, before any ground is broke or any more plans are made a referendum will have to take place. This is only the beginning stages.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Young Stewartville man killed in motorcycle crash

    Young Stewartville man killed in motorcycle crash

    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online
    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online

    A 21-year-old man from Stewartville was killed Friday night in a motorcycle crash on County Road 8 in Mower County's Racine Township. The Minnesota State Patrol said the name of the driver would be released at 7 a.m. Monday. Sgt. Troy Christianson said the motorcycle was southbound on County Road 8 from County Road 1 when it left the road and hit a driveway.  

    More >>

    A 21-year-old man from Stewartville was killed Friday night in a motorcycle crash on County Road 8 in Mower County's Racine Township. The Minnesota State Patrol said the name of the driver would be released at 7 a.m. Monday. Sgt. Troy Christianson said the motorcycle was southbound on County Road 8 from County Road 1 when it left the road and hit a driveway.  

    More >>
  • Record high temps lead to buckling roads

    Record high temps lead to buckling roads

    It has been a hot holiday weekend across areas of the Upper Midwest. Record high temperatures were recorded Sunday across Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas, where authorities have reported concrete roads buckling from the heat. Several cities reported highs in the mid- to upper-90s. The heat took its toll on many roads.

    More >>

    It has been a hot holiday weekend across areas of the Upper Midwest. Record high temperatures were recorded Sunday across Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas, where authorities have reported concrete roads buckling from the heat. Several cities reported highs in the mid- to upper-90s. The heat took its toll on many roads.

    More >>
  • What it means for a Rochester couple to be Gold Star Parents ahead of Memorial Day

    What it means for a Rochester couple to be Gold Star Parents ahead of Memorial Day

    Cpt. Curtis Swenson (pictured) was killed eight years ago while serving in AfghanistanCpt. Curtis Swenson (pictured) was killed eight years ago while serving in Afghanistan
    Cpt. Curtis Swenson (pictured) was killed eight years ago while serving in AfghanistanCpt. Curtis Swenson (pictured) was killed eight years ago while serving in Afghanistan

    For some, Memorial Day weekend means cookouts and celebrations. But for others, it's a time to reflect on those they've lost. NewsCenter's Shannon Rousseau spoke with Dave and Kay Swenson, a Gold Star Family from Rochester,  at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ahead of Memorial Day.

    More >>

    For some, Memorial Day weekend means cookouts and celebrations. But for others, it's a time to reflect on those they've lost. NewsCenter's Shannon Rousseau spoke with Dave and Kay Swenson, a Gold Star Family from Rochester,  at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ahead of Memorial Day.

    More >>
  • Two dogs fatally shot after lunging at Mower County deputy

    Two dogs fatally shot after lunging at Mower County deputy

    The Mower County Sheriff's Office say a deputy fatally shot two aggressive dogs after they charged at him. The sheriff's office says the dogs first attacked a man while he was mowing. 

    More >>

    The Mower County Sheriff's Office say a deputy fatally shot two aggressive dogs after they charged at him. The sheriff's office says the dogs first attacked a man while he was mowing. 

    More >>
  • Oral injuries lead to recall of Spam, other Hormel product

    Oral injuries lead to recall of Spam, other Hormel product

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another product made by Minnesota-based Hormel after four consumers complained about metal objects in the food.More >>
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another product made by Minnesota-based Hormel after four consumers complained about metal objects in the food.More >>
  • 10 Who Make a Difference: Isaiah Crossfield

    10 Who Make a Difference: Isaiah Crossfield

    Isaiah CrossfieldIsaiah Crossfield
    Two wheels and a big heart, that's all one local child needs to make a lasting impact on his community and world. Now Isaiah Crossfield is being honored as one of our KTTC/United Way of Olmsted County 10 Who Make a Difference award recipients.More >>
    Two wheels and a big heart, that's all one local child needs to make a lasting impact on his community and world. Now Isaiah Crossfield is being honored as one of our KTTC/United Way of Olmsted County 10 Who Make a Difference award recipients.More >>
  • Contact KTTC

    Contact KTTC

    If you have any questions or concerns, look here. You'll find phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses.

    More >>

    If you have any questions or concerns, look here. You'll find phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses.

    More >>
  • 2 men charged in firefighter's fatal beating outside bar

    2 men charged in firefighter's fatal beating outside bar

    Prosecutors have charged two men with manslaughter in the death of a firefighter who was found beaten outside a bar in western Minnesota.More >>
    Prosecutors have charged two men with manslaughter in the death of a firefighter who was found beaten outside a bar in western Minnesota.More >>
Powered by Frankly