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Sculpture park proposed for Preston


Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Christmas is only days away and winter is officially upon us both according to the calendar and as confirmed by our first raw cold, windy, snowy blast. A non-contentious agenda failed to bring but a few winter tough citizens out to the last Preston council meeting of 2004 on Monday night.

Ben Love introduced himself as a ten year retiree who has passionately lent himself and his retirement to the art of sculpture. He addressed the council with his dream of establishing a Bluff Country Sculpture Park. He has set up a corporation to operate the park. Mr. Love seeks to locate the park along the banks of the Root River in its flood plain. He proposes to have the first several sculptures at the Preston Trail Head and then more ‘upstream’ along the river to the West Bridge. Love explained to council members how he hopes the sculptures would benefit Fillmore County and the city of Preston.

A request was made for a large map of the area that would allow Mr. Love to detail the location of sculptures and show his conception of the park. City Attorney Steve Corson listed several problems that would have to be addressed such as mowing and upkeep, insurance, possible cost to the city, and what about the possible sale of the trail to the state. Love noted that most all of the large sculptures would be for sale and that a percent of the sale price may go to the city. Love suggested that the park would have a positive impact on tourism and the real estate market in the area. He proposed that a couple of buildings on Mill Street might be used by painters and sculptors. He also suggested plans for a gift shop and office for his corporation.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered to aid Mr. Love with a map, the DNR, the insurance issue, and other items that need to be addressed to better enable council members to make a decision on the proposal.

Other Business

•Council members voted to release the final payment for the Spring Street work. Some residents on Spring Street are trying to obtain compensation for damages that resulted from the street work completed this last year. Hoffman said that there is no legal basis to withhold payment. It was noted that contractors are required to carry insurance for this purpose.

•Police Chief Matt Schultz declared that the partnership with Lanesboro is going very well with increased coverage and faster respon .....
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Fillmore Central School Board: Is German kaput? Vielleicht!

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
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Based on declining interest, German may soon be dropped as a foreign language at Fillmore Central High School.

High School Principal Heath Olstad told the Fillmore Central School Board at their December 20 meeting that German w ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Andrea Michele Torgeson, 23, of Fountain, was sentenced to five years probation in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, December 20.

Torgeson pled guilty to felony check forgery. According to court documents, checks were ta ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Good news/bad news in R-P financial picture

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
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Last Tuesday the R-P school board received the proverbial “good news/bad news” scenario from Darwin Viker of the Larsen Allen Weishair accounting firm.

The good news is that the district is successfully “in the black”; in fact, ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: County government feeling the state pinch in small ways

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

One strand seems to weave itself through each message presented by county department heads: the state is handing down mandates without providing any funding to aid in their implementation.

The state in its effort to have no new ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Final decision to be made on generators at next meeting

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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At the December 13 Rushford City Council meeting, Mayor T.S. Roberton emphatically told the Rushford City Council that a final decision on the back-up generators must be made at the next meeting (December 27). Brian Krambeer of Tri-County Electric an ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council bids adieu to Mayor Runkel

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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Would you say “aye?” the motion read.   I would not, could not, Runkel pled.  Would you for the minutes, would you for the billings?  Not without seconds and not with our shil ..... 
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Wykoff man found guilty on meth charges

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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A jury found William Paul Miller, 37, of Wykoff, guilty on charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Miller was found guilty of seven counts of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Bridge deficiencies top transportation funding needs

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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John Grindeland, Highway Department, fresh from an AMC (Association of Minnesota Counties) meeting asked the commissioners at their Tuesday meeting to talk to legislators about the need for a renewed commitment to the state bridge-bonding program. Gr ..... 
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