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Concerns raised over highway upgrade through Preston


Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, December 18, 2000

A plan to upgrade U.S. Highway 16/52 through Preston has a number of business owners concerned about the economic impact the project will have on their futures.

The project, which would upgrade Highway 52 from Fountain into Preston, is scheduled for construction in 2002, with storm sewer work beginning in 2001. The project is expected to improve traffic flow while helping to control water runoff. The project features a Water Detention Pond near the Branding Iron and a sidewalk running along the south side of the highway.

Based on Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) preliminary designs, the number of street exits off the highway into Preston will be reduced from 11 to seven. The plan will also alter access to the highway for several businesses.

Proposed changes include:
Closing highway access to Washington, St. Paul, St. Anthony and Pleasant Streets to the south.
Closing highway access to Farmer Street going north.
Closing highway access to Preston Lumber, B&B Olympic Bowl, Spex Feed and Citgo One Stop; limiting the Motor Mart to one driveway.
Two properties would be bought out and vacated: Curts Standard and the Jerry Scheevel home.

The project will eliminate the Y interchange, which is the main entrance into Preston and relocate it one block east to Houston Street.

PRELIMINARY DESIGNS FOR THE HIGHWAY 16/52 UPGRADE would reduce the number of street exits and drive ways off the highway. The project will eliminate the Y interchange, the main entrance into Preston, and relocate it one block east to Houston Street.


Dorie Besse, co-owner of Preston Service Plus, a body shop on Houston Street, said that the project will drastically change their business. According to the design map, the body shop will have one driveway access off Houston Street and no off-street parking. Besse said that this will eliminate access to seven of their eight service bays, five of which are on the back side of their building.

Preston City Administrator, Fred Nagel, said that the city is very concerned about the impact the project will have on highway businesses.

City and county officials met with MnDOT on Thursday to begin looking at alternative options. Nagel told the Journal that one option would be to move the main south entrance into Preston from Houston Street to St. Paul Street .

The problem with this is that it takes the highway tha .....
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditors department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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The Getaway

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

My wife and I like to take a short trip every year after Labor Day. We decided that this year we would return to the Black Hills and see how the work was getting on at the Crazy Horse monument, visit Mount Rushmore an ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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One of Our Own

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When a sadistic act of violence leaves a woman dead, when a tainted piece of evidence lets her killer walk, how far would you go to see justice done? This is an excerpt from the book, A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag.
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The Underground

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Earth
Day after day
Wave after wave
Where are you going? Where are you going?
Earth wounded by so many wandering men!
Earth fertilized by the bodies of so many.
But the earth is us,
We' ..... 
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Bird Brains

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday,December 11, 2000

While some may beg to disagree, I believe most birds are smart, real smart. Far more intelligent, in fact, than science ever gives them credit for. Unlike many ornithologists (bird scientists) who evaluate avian though ..... 
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Escape from America

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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The Cold Finger of Christmas

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, December 18, 2000

One afternoon, when our youngest son was even younger, he came in from playing in the snow. He tugged off his snow armor, creating small snowdrifts on the floor as he did so. He kicked his boots into a corner and walk ..... 
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