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Preston approves bond sale for 2014 street projects


Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 7 Preston City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, informed the council that the city’s favorable “AA/Stable” Standard and Poor’s rating had been reaffirmed. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

The city received five bids for the $4.15 million bond sale. A resolution to approve the lowest cost bond sale bid from Robert W. Baird & Co. was unanimously adopted. The bond is to be repaid over 15 years with a net interest rate of 2.76 percent. The average tax levy needed to service the bond each year will be approximately $268,000.

Nehemiah Family Services

The Planning and Zoning commission had held a public hearing on the application from Nehemiah Family Services to hold substance abuse counseling sessions. The sessions are to be held on Sunday afternoons at the Preston United Methodist Church. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained this would be under the umbrella of a health clinic which is a permitted conditional use in R-2 districts. There was no comment from the public at the P & Z meeting.

Pastor Billy Edwards spoke about the licensed outpatient treatment program. He said the church board approved the use of the church for the support group sessions. The council approved the CUP as recommended by P & Z with no conditions.

Revolving Loan Approved

Craig Bond and Justin Jones had requested a loan from the EDA revolving loan fund to aide in their purchase of equipment and inventory at Preston Service Plus. Jones and Bond LLC are purchasing the building, land, and business from the current owners. The bank and the EDA are not participating in the land purchase.

The EDA loan ($21,250) will be in second position to F & M Bank. The revolving loan is to be paid back over five years at 2.5 percent interest. Jones has worked for Service Plus for 17 years. The EDA loan will help with the succession of an existing business in the city. The loan was approved as recommended by the EDA.

Prior to the loan approval the revolving loan limit was raised from $15,000 to $25,000. EDA Director Cathy Enerson said the $15,000 figure was a bit low for participation in equipment purchases. Hoffman said the EDA cannot lend out more than is in the fund, so the higher cap will likely mean fewer loans. The amendment to raise the cap, amending the guidelines, on the commercial incentive plus improvement revolving loan fund was appro .....
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Inflow and infiltration issues in Harmony

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on July 8, city employee Chris Johnson brought a problem to the attention of the council. Johnson noted at the wastewater treatment plant, there has been high levels of water infiltrating from the ground. While ..... 
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Coconut Cookies

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

July 14, 1914 - What is so significant about that date? Well, it is my mother’s birthday. She would be 100 this year and I wish she were here to celebrate with, but in reality I know that can’t be. We all have wonderful memories about our moms, ..... 
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Birth Announcements - Mark James Yonts

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Serenity proudly announces the birth of her baby brother! Mark James was born on June 13, 2014 to John and Danielle Yonts of Preston, Minn. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are James Yonts of Rushford, Minn; ..... 
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Birth Announcements - Jack Carl Steven Holger

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Jon and Sara Holger of Preston, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jack Carl Steven, born on June 10, 2014. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Carl and Sue Holger of Rushford, Minn.; Steve O ..... 
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Seven EMTs added to Mabel Ambulance

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on June 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. The city had accepted sealed bids for the 2004 Chevy Impala police car that is no longer being used by the police department. The bids were opened at the coun ..... 
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There was spirit in Harmony on July 4

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

The colors of red, white, and blue poured into the town of Harmony, Minn. during this year’s long Independence Day weekend. With July 4 falling on a Friday, many people enjoyed a three day weekend to take in all of the festivities the town had to ..... 
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County Board recognizes probation/parole week

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Alex Bunger, Support Services Unit Supervisor with DFO Community Corrections, reviewed the proclamation in recognition of Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (July 13-July 19) at the board’s July 8 meeting. DFO (Dodge-Fillmore-Olmst ..... 
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Fountain City Council discusses sinkhole

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Fountain resident Jason Sethre attended the July city council meeting held on July 3, 2014 to request assistance in dealing with an ongoing sinkhole problem on his property. According to Sethre this is the third sinkhole that has developed on the p ..... 
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