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Preston 2015 sidewalk improvements


Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, discussed proposed sidewalk replacements at the July 20 council meeting. Councilman Robert Maust was absent at the 8 a.m. meeting.

Bakken recommended replacing the sidewalk on the south side of Vesterheim Apartments along Kansas St. Pedestrian ramps are in the plans to be added on both sides of Chatfield St. This section of sidewalk is used as the school emergency exit route to Christ Lutheran Church.

The addition of the pedestrian ramps will allow all students and staff to use the shortest emergency exit route. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $7,215. The city’s portion will be $5,152.50. Assessments will include $250 to the school and $1,812.50 to Vesterheim Apartments for a total of $2,062.50. The city’s portion includes the cost of the pedestrian ramps and necessary curb replacements associated with the ramps; these costs are not assessed to property owners.

Bakken said the project is slightly over budget for 2015 sidewalk replacements, which is $5,000. The improvement project was approved. City administrator Joe Hoffman noted that Bakken does an annual assessment of city sidewalks, a policy that was adopted by the council several years ago. The city makes the improvements it can with the funds available.

Other business in brief

Hoffman reported that the city’s group health insurance is purchased through Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC). This group health fund is a collaboration of several cities, counties, and school districts. Preston has received a claims margin refund in the amount of $11,723 because the number of claims in 2014 were significantly below expectations. Preston employees are on a Blue Cross plan which bills the service coop.

Hoffman said this is great news, as it follows a healthy year for Preston employees. He presented several options for the disbursement of these funds. The check is made out to the city and could all go into the General Fund or 15% could be divided among the city’s 14 employees. Hoffman asked for a few weeks to allow department heads to weigh in on how best to use the money.

Councilman David Collett suggested it be put toward next year’s insurance premium. Hoffman said another option could be ‘seed’ money for health care savings accounts to help with deductibles. The issue was tabled.

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Real Bites - The Cracked Egg An international diner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

Right next to the Lanesboro bp Food Shop, you’ll find a place that many people refer to as the old Chat-N-Chew. Yes, it was the Chat-N-Chew for many years, but now there’s a new chef in town by the name of Adam Mindrum. And, Adam has brought ..... 
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Special Peterson meeting ends without permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held a special meeting Wednesday, July 22, to consider the moving of an electrical utility pole at 109 Mill Street. The property owners, Gary and Shirley Quarve have requested to move the pole and service to accommodate a garage ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minneso ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minne ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minneso ..... 
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Lanesboro increases substitute teacher pay

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board met on June 16, 2015 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the June 18, 2015 board meeting were reviewed and approved with no changes. Treasurer Lolly Melander gave the treasury report. The La ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses special education, welcomes new staff, reports changes in test scores and finances

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday July 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. The agenda was approved following motion by vice chair F. Mike Tuohy and second by director Scott Backer. Claims and accounts were approved following motion by treasurer Lanny Isen ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

Have you ever been “The New Kid on the Block”? And just who is the new kid on the block? Believe it or not, this phrase was coined in the U.S. and first seen in the 1940s in the cartoon “Skippy”. There are many synonyms used to describe “ ..... 
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