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Preston gathers for a Town Meeting


Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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This is not a debate, but a public discussion - the purpose is not to win an argument, but to hear many points of view, and explore multiple options and points of view.a handout at the Preston Town Meeting.

Can a community deeply divided over a contentious issue put hard feelings aside and discuss how to build upon the many strengths of their town?In a word, yes. About 125 people turned out for the Preston Town Meeting on Tuesday night at the Christ Lutheran Fellowship Hall and spent two hours discussing their town without ever mentioning the word “Heartland.”Billed as an asset driven “Community Conversation”, the town’s people were invited to help decide how to spend $10,000 in grant money from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund on a project that builds on the town’s many strengths.Operating on the premise that “the glass is half full, not half empty,” the facilitator, Kim Boyce of the University of Minnesota Extension moved the two hour meeting along, soliciting “Preston” strengths from the audience. More than 50 assets were identified, ranging from Preston as a town with a good library and fire department to a town with interested people who regularly attend city council meetings. Building on these strengths, the group proposed possible projects. By the end of the two hour meeting, “research committees” were identified that would report back at a second town meeting on Thursday, August 26.Some of the committee projects were: •Town beautification.•Value added agriculture.•Senior, youth and community center.•Art center.•Cultural activities, including community theatre.•Tourism.•Commerce and promotion.•Special events.•Sports and recreation. From this list, one or two projects will be selected for the $10,000 grant. Boyce, who was a last minute substitute for planned facilitator Mary Lager-Hagemeister who was called away for a family emergency, complimented the audience on being “respectful and considerate.”Boyce was optimistic that the initial town meeting will lead to the community uniting behind a future project.“Sometimes just having the conversation can inspire something to happen,” Boyce said. The meeting was organiz .....
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Commissioners' Report: Budget talks and permits dominate board meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board spent the bulk of their Tuesday, August 3 meeting holding preliminary discussions regarding the 2005 budget.

Departments have been asked to factor in possible increases of 20% for insurance and a cost ..... 
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Mosquito-related illnesses strike area

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The increased rainfall this spring and summer has provided great areas for mosquitoes to breed in abundance. Mosquitoes have no real health benefit and are commonly responsible for such diseases as La Crosse Encephalitis, West Nile Fever, Malaria, an ..... 
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Citizens speak out on Heartland at county input session

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - Citizens Input never got more popular. Held the last Tuesday of each month to allow citizens to raise issues, the July 27 Fillmore County Board meeting attracted more than 40 people voicing their support or opposition to the proposed Heartl ..... 
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Rabies outbreak in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - The veterinarians at Root River Veterinary Center in Preston have seen a dramatic increase in the number of diagnosed cases of rabies. They have confirmed four cases of rabies during the month of July. The infected animals were a skunk, two ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council investigates power supply options

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - Brian Krambeer, CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, was the first to address the Rushford City Council at their regular July 26th council meeting as the council explored options for electric utility memberships with Tri-County and UMMP ..... 
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EDA application process will Scrutinize Heartland need for JOBZ subsidy

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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If and when Heartland fills out the Business Subsidy Application with Fillmore County, they will be asked to make several declarations:

•Have there ever been judgements or injunctions against the company or owners?

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Rushford-Peterson School Board Report: R-P schools to get new computers

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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Rushford-Peterson teachers may think it’s Christmas in July after the school board approved a $125,000 technology funding request at the R-P School Board meeting July 28th. The result of the funding? A new Dell computer on each teacher’s desk and new ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves Heartland JOBZ

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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PRESTON – “They’ve changed the rules on us,” stated Superintendent Myrna Luehmann referring to the state’s regulations regarding the hotly debated JOBZ resolution. The board thought it was a one-time signing, with no actual names of potential busines ..... 
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