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Preston residents turn out for Highway 52 meeting


Fri, May 31st, 2002
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June 3, 2002

This was certainly a meeting of questions, questions and more questions. But that is just what Rich Eichstadt, President of the Preston Economic Development Authority, was hoping for. The meeting Tuesday night, which was standing room only, was an opportunity for home and business owners to voice their concerns and ideas about the proposed Highway 52 project. The project is currently scheduled to begin in 2004. Construction and sewer work within Preston will begin next year.

Eichstadt will now combine the comments, questions and suggestions into a comprehensive report for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Eichstadt said, "I don’t know how much we can change, but we should make an effort."

The Project will have a considerable impact on Preston. The access roads from Highway 52 into downtown Preston will be reduced to three main routes: Chatfield Street, County Road 17 (St. Paul Street) and Fillmore Street. Two retention ponds are included in the proposal. One small pond would be located off of Chatfield Street and the second larger pond would be near the intersection of highways 52 and 17. The ponds are to help with the water run-off from the roadway.

An impressive group of residents and business owners attended the meeting with plenty to say. Both groups understand that the project will cause some change, but are anxious for more information. Some businesses will lose direct access to the highway, such as the Citgo One Stop and others will have to completely relocate, like the Texaco Motor Mart. Many have not had any communication from MnDOT for more than a year.

Questions of where to relocate, as well as how to maintain business for the downtown area were voiced by many business owners. Curt Hareldson said, "We can’t live on maybes, there is a lot of uncertainty involved."

Homeowners feel the same frustration at the lack of a definite timeline from MnDOT. Jerry Scheevel, a Preston City Council member, explained that MnDOT will assess the property involved to determine its true value, then residents should be able to relocate without hardship. He added, "It is not in my best interest to move now."

Due to the years of rumors surrounding this project, several asked if the construction would ever really happen. Barry Kramer, coordinator for the EDA, explained that the money for the project has been "earmarked". The setbacks were caused by environmental issues. Mr. Kramer al .....
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Fri, May 31st, 2002
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County Board hears from public on zoning plan By Mike McGrathMonday, June 3, 2002
A moderate crowd of about 50 people showed up at the courthouse last Tuesday evening to give the County Commissioners an earful on the latest p ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, May 31st, 2002
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Rushford council looks into water rates
By Wanda Hanson
June 3, 2002
After beginning their meeting with a work session that included police station and fire hall inspections, the Rushford City Council spent a good porti ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report

Fri, May 31st, 2002
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Back to the drawing board...
Commissioners in a “squish-them-together mode” on courthouse projectBy Mike McGrathJune 3, 2002

When the County Board hired Architect David Kane to do the design work for the remodeling of the c ..... 
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ProCorn expansion on target

Fri, May 31st, 2002
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Upgrade includes clean air technology By John TorgrimsonMonday, June 3, 2002

At a time when ethanol plants in the Midwest are expanding to keep up with increased nation-wide demand for the fuel additive, federal regulat ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 31st, 2002
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Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, May 31st, 2002
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, May 31st, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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