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Preston works through property issues


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Numerous items on the August 4 Preston City Council agenda involved property issues. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Lot 1 (2.14 acres) of the Northwest Industrial Park is expected to be purchased by Rockny Moger, Bluff Country Manufacturing. The proposal from the city was to rezone this lot from B-2 Highway Commercial to I-1 Industrial. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the city generally tries to avoid spot zoning, but it is expected here. Planning and Zoning held a public hearing and recommended approval. The council approved the rezoning of Lot 1 to I-1.

Trish Keating had requested a variance to spit her lot on Valley St. NE into two lots, providing a second buildable lot. Her home is on the north side of the parcel. The parcel is 120 foot x 120 foot and splitting it will result in two parcels each 60 x 120. The city ordinance requires a minimum of 8,000 square feet and these two parcels would only be 7,200 square feet each. P and Z held a public hearing and recommended approval of the split. The council approved both the variance for the smaller lot size and the lot split into two parcels.

Andy Bahl and Karen Haugerud wanted to know if a consolidation of two lots of the Golfview Estates could potentially be approved. They are considering purchasing a couple of these lots when they become available at the tax forfeiture auction in the next month or so. P and Z recommended that the council look favorably on the consolidation of a couple of lots. The council could not approve a consolidation this day as Bahl and Haugerud do not own the lots. If they purchase the lots and apply to eliminate a lot line the council indicated that they would probably be supportive. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted that one larger house on two lots could add a similar amount to the city’s tax base as two smaller homes each on a separate lot. The lot lines were originally drawn for twin homes.

Laurice Kneeskern described the issue she has encountered with the sale of her property on Winona St. A potential buyer’s realtor has been working with Greg Schwarz to get an accurate property map. Her house may be in part on another property. Hoffman said vacating what is left of Winona St. will not entirely solve the problem. Kneeskern noted that part of Winona St. was vacated in 1957. The survey of the property had been done incorrectly. Hoffman said the situation might be resolved with quick claim deeds, adding a correctio .....
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Lanesboro City Council discusses budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd presented the council with a preliminary budget for 2015 at their meeting on August 4. He figured out what they spent to date and estimated that if things stay the same the rest of the year, there will be a 2. ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance coming up

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will present another chance to kick up your heels on Saturday August 16 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8 p.m. and admission is $7 at the door. Located on Parkway Ave. next to Sylvan Park, the ..... 
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AgStar Fund awards grants to high school agriculture programs

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $49,060 in grants through its AgStar Agriculture Classroom Equipment Grant Program. The program’s mission is to supp ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Historical Association President to speak at caboose dedication

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

A dedication of the restored 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead in Preston. The Trailhead is located at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Center Street. The speaker for t ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre’s student matinee series in place

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces the Student Matinee Series for the upcoming 2014 fall school semester. This program reaches more than 2,000 regional students and teachers a year as part of Commonweal Theatre’s goal that ..... 
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Rushford Clinic Open House on August 20

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Meet your new healthcare providers, enjoy a free light dinner, stuffed animal checkups, prizes, tours and more! Rushford Clinic is hosting an Open House to celebrate several recent changes at the clinic. The Open House is Wednesday, August 20, fro ..... 
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Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour coming to southeast Minnesota

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Local businesses are encouraged to welcome participants of the BAM Bicycle Tour to our area. At 4:30 p.m. on August 13, the Bicycling Around Minnesota annual tour will begin registration in Preston for the start of the 2014 tour. ..... 
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American Red Cross encourages blood donations

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July. Donors w ..... 
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