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Caught in the path of progress


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001


There is a big change coming to Preston. Yes, the ethanol plant is going to expand, which will probably mean a taller stack and a stronger odor. But that change may be dwarfed by what the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDot) is planning for the county seat.

Lately, the County Board has been hearing about those plans and how they will impact Board decisions as well as the lives of those who are caught in the pathway of progress. The new MnDot plans for U.S. Highway 52 will severely restrict access to the main highway through the City of Preston, which could prove to be a challenge for a County Board trying to decide how and where to plan for its courthouse and facilities upgrades.

But for some whose property lies in the path of the new highway, those plans spell the end of life as they have known it.

At last Tuesdays meeting, a nearly helpless Board of Commissioners listened empathetically as two citizens, Donald Kohn and Morris Bjork, desperately told about how MnDot is going to take Kohn’s home for the highway expansion.

"They want to tear my house down to build a county road," explained Kohn. "I’m strictly against all of it," he affirmed.

Mr. Kohn’s house just happens to lie in the middle of the proposed new intersection of Highway 52 and County Route 17. He came before the Board to complain about the plans and to seek help in retaining his home.

"I want to stay there until I die," continued Kohn. "We’ve had so much stress, I can’t take it anymore. Never in my whole life have I seen anything like this! This is a whole county—why can’t you buck up against them?" he challenged, referring to the MnDot project planners.

County Engineer Steve Voigt explained to both Kohn and the commissioners that it is MnDot’s goal to restrict access into Preston, using St. Paul Street as the main access into town. Referring to the state highway department, Voigt added, "They have a lot of say on access, (but) we are working with them."

Board Chair Helen Bicknese inquired of Voigt if there have been any public informational meetings on the project.

"Not yet," responded Voigt.

"So this is in the very preliminary stages?" inquired Commissioner Marc Prestby.

"Yes," replied Voigt.

Preston resident Morris Bjork was also in attendance at the meeting to support Donald Kohn. Bjork had done some research at the assessor’s office and was abl .....
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Ecuador revisited

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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By Al MathisonMonday, March 26, 2001

I was told that there is a new super highway, an engineering marvel of sorts, that runs from Ecuador’s capital, Quito, high in the Andes Mountains, down to the Pacific Ocean, that cut ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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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


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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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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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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BIBLE BELT

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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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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