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Mausts and Heartland throw in the towel


Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

Shortly before the Preston City Council was to meet on Monday, March 7, an unsigned letter from Bob and Elaine Maust was delivered to the city office stating that the Heartland Energy & Recycling project, as has been presented, is no longer under consideration. Maust went on to declare that we have succumbed to mob rule and will take our project to an area where the investment and the jobs will be welcome. After an often hostile, protracted battle, the final gesture of throwing in the towel was received with little fanfare. The dozen or so citizens in attendance were quiet and subdued as were the council members. Councilman Bob Sauer was the only one to convey a level of distrust that the battle in fact was really over at last.

Dr. Sauer had prepared a resolution dealing with the scoping process for Heartland that he said would be an asset for the long term planning of the city of Preston. Sauer was worried that Mr. Maust would change his mind once again. He said that he was not real comfortable taking the letter at face value.

City Attorney Steve Corson noted that it was helpful that Dr. Sauer had drafted the resolution. Sauer stressed that if Maust were to change his mind again and went ahead with the EIS that it may be too late to ask for specific items to be considered for the benefit of the city. Sauer maintained that there was nothing to be lost if the resolution was to be passed and if the EIS were not to go forward. Mayor Kurt Reicks asked City Administrator Joe Hoffman to check with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to see if Mr. Maust had advised them of the decision not to go ahead. Council member Heath Mensink moved that the resolution be tabled until the next council meeting. The motion was approved with Sauer opposing.

Highway 52 Project

An agreement between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Preston was presented for consideration and approval. The estimated amount that the city would be responsible for is $568,720.95. Joe Hoffman explained that MnDot expects the total amount up front or in May of this year. Hoffman mentioned that the state would pay the city of Preston the sum of $8,000 in exchange for the citys agreement that it would maintain the ponds. The city would also be responsible for the structural maintenance of one small retaining wall that will not be on the states right-of-way along Mart Drive.[Read the Rest]

County Boad approves partnership with MnDOT

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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County Engineer John Grindeland briefed the county board at their Tuesday meeting about an agreement between the state and county, where local units of government to perform work on behalf of MnDot.

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City and developer disagree on engineering inspections

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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The main order of business at the Harmony City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 8, was a public hearing on the Lutes-Scrabeck housing development. The developers are planning on building a subdivision that will consist of 14 lots. The estimated cost ..... 
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Norby fills vacancy on council

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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The Lanesboro City Council meeting began Monday night with the interviewing of applicants for the council seat left vacant when Jerome Halvorson resigned. Robert D. Norby was the lone applicant for the position. In his written application for the pos ..... 
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MPCA issues formal order on Heartland calling for EIS

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
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On Tuesday, March 1, 2005, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) issued its supplemental findings of fact, conclusions of law and order for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling plant in Preston ..... 
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There's a hole in my head

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

County law enforcement officers have called meth their biggest challenge. Legislation is currently under consideration in many states and cities to restrict the sale of over the counter cold medicines, which are the key ingredient in meths manufactu ..... 
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Township treasurer passes the torch after 30 years

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, March 8, Don Solberg will pass on the ledger books hes been keeping these past 30 years to someone else, ending a long-term relationship as Preston Township Treasurer.

In 1974, Ruben Hahn retired as township clerk, ..... 
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Commissioners move to new board room

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
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County Commissioners met for the first time Tuesday, March 1 in their new board room at the county courthouse. Chairman Chuck Amunrud commented that it was nice to meet in a more formal setting. He complimented the work of Tuohy Furniture Corporation ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: A step toward decision on generators

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
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The Rushford City Council had several local businessmen as visitors at their meeting on February 28. Richard Holle, Larry Dahl, and Paul Engrav all voiced their support of an agreement with Tri-County Electric for purchasing wholesale electric energy ..... 
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