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Newport's Pioneer Day budget increased to celebrate anniversary

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Newport's Pioneer Day budget increased to celebrate anniversary
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To mark the 125th anniversary of Newport, city officials are increasing the annual Pioneer Day budget by $2,500 in the hope of securing additional entertainment.

“With better accounting last year we have been able to not lose any money from Pioneer Day,” City Administrator Deb Hill told the City Council last week. “We would like to use the money to get a good band.”

An Elvis impersonator will return this year, Hill said, and being able to provide event-goers with a country or bluegrass band could help boost attendance numbers.

City Council member Tom Ingemann agreed.

“Spending this money to celebrate the 125th (anniversary) isn’t a bad deal,” he said.

Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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