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Preston City Council Report: Kansas Street revisited


Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

A public hearing will be held March 21, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. in the city council chambers with reference to the street and utility improvements of Kansas Street and Highway 52. This proposal went through the entire process and was approved in 2003, but will have to go through each step of the process to final approval again. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reminded the council that a feasibility study was completed by Bonestroo and Associates in 2003 and that it was still relevant. The sanitary sewer has undersized and aging lines. Hoffman also noted that Kansas Street is constructed for heavy traffic and is wider. Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates recommended that the assessments be assigned as though it was a typical street in Preston and the city would make up the difference. Council member Mensink remarked that the previous council had accepted Palens recommendation.

Joe Hoffman gave an update on the Highway 52 project. The plan has received final approval and the bids will be let on March 25, 2005. Construction could start in late April. Hoffman suggested council members consider detour routes. MnDot is not willing to take much responsibility for damage to streets because of increased heavy traffic. The detour is expected to last for 185 days with as many as 4500 vehicles per day.

Soiney Easement

Kerry Soiney has agreed to make a trade with the city of Preston. The city gains a 0.24 acre permanent drainage and utility easement from Soiney in exchange for the grading and the installation of two culverts for a driveway for Mr. Soiney.

The trade will help the city address storm water issues from the heavy rains of last year. The council approved the easement and exchange.

Park and Rec Grant

Bunge Construction has offered a Park and Recreation Challenge Grant. He will match 50 cents on the dollar up to $500. The council voted to send a letter of appreciation to Mr. Bunge for the grant.

Historical Society Update

Richard Petsch gave a report on the progress with the elevator. The plan is to have the elevator open for visitation to the public for the Sesquicentennial Celebration. He proposed a community clean-up for a couple of days in the city before the celebration. Petsch thanked the council for their support in 2005 of $5,000 for further restoration. There is still work to be don .....
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Lanesboro School Board: District clears up confusion on rec facility

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
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Last month the Lanesboro School Board began discussion on how to research and develop a possible recreation or fitness center. Since then, confusion has arisen within the community of Lanesboro on what a new facility would house, and the school board ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Sewer pipe liner show and tell star!

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

Rushford Public Works Director Jeff Copley got to do his own version of show and tell to the Rushford City Council Monday, February 14 at the regular Rushford City Council meeting. Copley had a section of the felt-like liner being installed in some o ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission: Permit application for gas company tabled because of concerns over noise

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

It sounds like a jet engine, Ann Anderson said.

Anderson, who lives in rural Chatfield near a Northern Natural Gas Company electrical compression station, was referring to the sound made when the company does a blow-bye, where ..... 
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Special Section: Health, Mind & Body

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

They (government) need to recognize that the elderly are an important part of everyones lives and make it more viable to keep good employees.   Cherie Schroeder,   nursing home LPN

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Special Section: Health, Mind & Body

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

A few years ago, after 28 years working as a business analyst in the big city, Sue Betts found herself with an opportunity to do something else. So she did.

First, she moved back to her hometown of Lanesboro and, secondly, she b ..... 
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Peterson man wrongly sentenced to prison

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

On September 20, 2004, Judge James Fabian sentenced Terry Lee Hatlevig of Peterson to 54 months in prison for felony driving while under the influence (DWI). Hatlevig had pled guilty to felony DWI after being arrested on July 5 near Peterson. After s ..... 
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Sheriff Connolly looks back

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

Shortly after announcing his plans to retire, Jim Connolly sat down with the Journal to reflect back on his years as Fillmore County Sheriff. He was first asked why he was stepping down at the age of fifty-one.

It just feels l ..... 
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The Year of the Rooster

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

It was hard to say when winter arrived. The decline was gradual, like that of a person into old age, inconspicuous from day to day until the season became an established relentless reality.  --Allain de Botton The Art of Tra ..... 
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