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Preston City Council Report


Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Routine business items dominated the attention of the Preston City Council Monday evening, April 19.

Council member Steve Knoepke noted that the boy scouts were looking for projects and that there was a trash problem along the bike trail from the highway bridge east of Preston to the West Bridge, west of Preston. The river is low and the foliage has not yet thickened, making it an ideal time to pick up the trash. S & S Sanitation volunteered to provide a trailer as did Mr. Knoepke. The council voted to provide $500 to pay for disposal fees with any leftover monies going to the cub and boy scouts.

The scouts would be volunteers and the city would not be supervising. Therefore, City Attorney Steve Corson felt the city would not be liable in the case of any mishap. The DNR would also need to agree to allow them to drive on the trail.

Scheevel Resolution

Council member Jerry Scheevel asked to have the council consider his resolution and that it be put on the agenda. Mayor David Pechulis strongly objected as several months ago the council had agreed to put items on the agenda early enough to have them included in the packets sent to council members prior to the meeting. Scheevel went ahead and moved that his item be added to the agenda and Knoepke seconded. Mr. Knoepke did so on the grounds that there is no point of asking for “additions or corrections” in the approval of the agenda if items can not be added. Mr. Pechulis then retorted that he was “totally appalled that there was no debate.” In doing so, he more or less accused the other members of collusion.

The item was put on the agenda. The resolution called for the council to urge the legislature not to allow an amendment to be added to State Senate Bill (SF2957). The amendment would reduce the decision making ability of the city council in the area of the JOBZ program. As it is now, the city council decides which businesses will be allowed to participate. Robert Maust had made a written request stating that a “group opposed to Heartland. . . is trying to attach an amendment on Tuesday, April 20th to SF2957.” Maust believes it should be left up to the local government. Scheevel moved that the council adopt his resolution. It died due to a lack of a second.

City Audit

Lloyd Johnson CPA, reviewed his audit report. He praised the city staff for doing an ex .....
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Lanesboro students get lesson about Leader Dogs

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Lanesboro School’s fifth and sixth grade students got a special treat on Tuesday, April 13. Guest speaker Bunny Tabatt of Little Falls, Minnesota, along with her dog Baker, taught the students what a Leader Dog does.   The wi ..... 
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Judge dismisses complaint against Slabaughs

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Thursday, April 15, Judge Robert Benson dismissed a restraining order brought by Fillmore County against Eli and Mattie Slabaugh for being in violation of the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance.   The county had sued the Sla ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Concern for the youth of Rushford topped citizen input at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, April 12. Holly Brand addressed the council, relating the story of her son’s recent encounter with meth and alcohol. While her son is now okay, Brand ..... 
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Gutknecht discusses Iraq, Social Security and other issues

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: First District Congressman Gil Gutknecht was in Preston during the Congressional Easter Break. He sat down with Journal editor John Torgrimson on Friday, April 9, to discuss a range of issues effecting the nation and the people of Minn ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

“We want to be prudent and fair as we look at this,” noted Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, as discussion focused on the county’s contract with Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) at Tuesday’s Fillmore County Board meeting.

“W ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

When Dwight Scrabeck and Jim Lutes sought city financial support for a new subdivision they were interested in developing on the south side of the city few weeks ago, Harmony council members could only sigh and shake their heads. It wasn’t that they ..... 
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Harmony City Council in brief

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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Administrator’s notes

City Administrator Jerome Illg stated he’d filed four small claims in court for failure to pay up on accounts for fire and ambulance calls. He noted that the new, stricter policy for delinquent utilities ha ..... 
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Online News Update: Wieners puts Heartland air permit on hold

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s Note: Because of deadline restraints, this article does not appear in the Monday, April 19, 2004 edition of the Fillmore County Journal.

On Friday, April 16, Olmsted County Judge Joseph Wieners ruled that the air permi ..... 
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