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Changing of the Guard in Preston


Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council has undergone several personality changes over the last few years.

On Monday night it underwent yet another: Steve Knoepke will assume the council seat held by Pat Gartner, who will step down from the council; and Jeremy Aug will take over Knoepkes old seat.

Why the change? you ask.

Remember former council member Mike McGarvey? Or the late Mike Gartner? Both played a role in the newest changes to the council.

In 2000, Mike Gartner was elected to a four year term. When he passed away, the council appointed Robert Sauer to Gartners seat until a special election could be held. Steve Knoepke won that special election and assumed Mike Gartners seat which runs through 2004.

Mike McGarvey was elected to a two-year council seat in 2002 on a write-in campaign. He later resigned and Gartners widow, Pat, was appointed to fill that seat until someone was elected to the position.

By Minnesota statute, a vacancy in an office shall be filled by appointment until an election is held. Steve Knoepke was elected on November 2 to the two-year council seat originally held by McGarvey and later by Pat Gartner.

So, Knoepke resigned the seat he held (Mike Gartners) and accepted the two year council seat (Pat Gartners), with Pat Gartner stepping down from the council.

The instant replay goes: Mike McGarvey - Pat Gartner - Steve Knoepke.

With Steve Knoepke resigning his old seat, the council appointed Jeremy Aug, who received the most votes for a four-year council term on November 2, to the post. Aug was sworn in on Monday.

Instant replay: Mike Gartner - Robert Sauer - Steve Knoepke - Jeremy Aug.

The first Monday in January, the council will change yet again. Kurt Reicks will become mayor and Robert Sauer will assume a four-year term on council. Mayor Dave Pechulis and council member Jerry Scheevel will step down.

The council in January will look like this: Mayor Kurt Reicks and council members Heath Mensink, Steve Knoepke, Robert Sauer and Jeremy Aug.

Are we square on this?

Lettner makes court appearance

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

Ryan Michael Lettner, 26, a police officer with the Chatfield Police Department, appeared in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Monday, November 15 for a Rule 8 hearing.

Lettner was represented in court by Attorney Ge ..... 
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Depot renovations on track: City Council Report

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, presented plans for depot renovations to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular November 15 meeting. Used as the citys visitor center, the depot needs to serve visitors afte ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Parent groups top agenda

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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In what may be a new record for local board meetings, the R-P school board spent thirty-two minutes conducting their monthly business last Monday.

Superintendent Miller opened the meeting by welcoming newly elected members, Joh ..... 
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Postcard from Venezuela: Do not eat the lettuce

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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I was going to try and avoid talking about it, as I have seen and done so many new and different things but I guess it is just unavoidable, as it has had quite an impact on my time here in Venezuela. Any American traveler to a third world country wil ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning Commission: Commission discusses development in unincorporated towns

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission approved two conditional use permits at their Thursday, November 18 meeting:

a permit for Rodney Rain to operate a commercial trailer sales operation in the agricultural district ..... 
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At high risk? Get a flu shot!

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

Fillmore County Public Health Director Sharon Serfling has issued a call for people at risk to get their flu shots.

People who should be getting the vaccine are not coming in to the flu clinics, Serfling stated.

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Heartland JOBZ is a no go without county support

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
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According to a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) official, the state agency does not have the statutory authority to grant a JOBZ to any applying business unless they have the full support of all of the taxing distric ..... 
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Sheriff alerts county board of increased jail costs

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
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Sheriff Jim Connolly addressed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners at their November 10 meeting about the possible need to increase the 2005 budget for jail costs. He explained that there is a waiting list of people who have a sentence to serv ..... 
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