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Preston City Council Report


Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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City drops Maple Street project; looks at use of lodging taxBy John TorgrimsonMonday, March 11, 2002
The Preston City Council voted unanimously on Monday, March 4, to drop the Maple Street Improvement project for what it called a lack of support from residents.

Seven property owners on Maple Street had previously petitioned the city to consider the reconstruction of the street with concrete curb and gutter. They had also hoped that the project could be tied to the countys Ridge Road project scheduled for 2003.

The city hired Bonestroo & Associates to carry out a feasibility study on the project. The engineering firm estimated costs at $64,566, with property owners being assessed $31,163, or slightly more than 48% of the costs. Individual assessments ranged from a low of $1,727 to a high of $9,788

The council had given tentative approval of the project at their February 19 meeting, but asked the property owners to meet as a group and report back to the council.

Of the seven residents, only one was for continuing with the project, while three were opposed and three were undecided.

You have to treat those undecided as a No, Council member Steve Knoepke commented in seconding Council member Jerry Scheevels motion to drop the project. It looks like six to one against to me.

Mayor Clarence Quanrud voiced his frustration with this process that has the taxpayers picking up the cost of the $2,300 feasibility study.

Is it fair to have the citizens pay $2,300 for the study that you petitioned the city for? Quanrud asked Tony and Paula Severson, who voted not to continue with the project.

The Seversons were acting as spokespersons for the Maple Street residents.

Well, at the time we didnt know it was going to cost us $9,000 and that the street was going to be so wide that our tree would have to go, Paula Severson responded. But cost isnt the issue with us, it has more to do with the loss of my yard.

Special Assessment Policy

The council spent a fair amount of time discussing the citys special assessment policy which is used to assign assessment costs to property owners during construction projects, including the Maple Street project.

At the February 19 meeting, Bonestroo & Associates offered to help the city revise its policies at a cost of $3,200.

In their proposal, Bonestroo wrote: ...the existing assessment policy appears to be inte .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Council gives go ahead for Lanesboro Center for the ArtsBy John P. LevellMarch 4, 2002 The most recent meeting of Lanesboros City Council began before a packed house. While due no doubt to the importance of items on the evenings agenda, the large ..... 
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Commissioner's Report

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Board weighs benefits of corrections programs
By Mike McGrath
It was a short meeting for the County Board last Tuesday, even with a break the whole thing was done and over in just a little over two hours.

The bul ..... 
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Soy diesel: A growth market

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Demand for biodiesel is growing By John TorgrimsonMonday, March 11, 2002

Sometime in the next week, the Minnesota House and Senate will vote on a bill that would require that all diesel fuel sold in the state contain bio ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Mar 8th, 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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