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Preston City Council Report: Council wrestles with Highway 52 issues


Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Highway 52 project dominated Preston’s city council meeting on Monday, October 4. Several homeowners along the Highway 52 corridor turned out to voice complaints over plans for beautification (or lack there of) of retaining walls along the route.

Three walls will be built in Preston: one near the Branding Iron, one on the north end of the highway and one on the south end. The three walls will cost the state $762,000 to construct, with MnDOT allocating an additional 5%, or $38,100, for wall beautification. Beautification, which includes texturing and coloring the walls, is then up to the city.

The city had originally planned on using the money to only beautify the wall at the Branding Iron, because of its visibility to people passing through town, and using plantings of ivy or other plants to cover the remaining two walls.

Preston City Administrator Joe Hoffman told the council that to texture and color all three walls would cost as much as $167,000, with the city picking up the $129,000 expense after the MnDOT cost share.

Lisa Wilhelm, who lives near the north end of the highway, told the council she was surprised to learn that she will have a plain wall in her backyard.

“I am going to see that wall in my backyard. At first we thought it would be decorative, now we find out it was your (city) responsibility from the beginning of this project,” Wilhelm said. “Are you going to lower our taxes when our property values go down?”

Danny Grabau, who lives near the south end of Highway 52, told the council the wall would be 8 feet as it goes by his house.

“It’s a solid wall and it’s going to be really ugly. And I spend a lot of time in my yard,” Grabau said.

Grabau recommended treating all walls the same and trying to renegotiate with MnDOT to come up with a plan that is fair to everyone.

“All this money ($38,100) shouldn’t be put into one wall,” Grabau said.

Homeowner Barb Barrett echoed Wilhelm and Grabau’s sentiments.

“I’d rather look at traffic than a wall,” Barrett exclaimed.

Discussion followed. There was talk about painting the walls (possible), queries about how much it would cost to assess additional costs to property owners (excessive), and whether there is any additional money in the b .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Matthew Rory Tostenson, 33, of Mabel, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on October 4, 2004 with two felony counts of theft by swindle. According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that on or aro ..... 
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Election 2004

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Journal invited all candidates running for elected office in the general election on   November 2, 2004 to send in some information about themselves and why they are running for public office. This include ..... 
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Special Section - National Pork Month: Change and growth in the pork industry

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

Thirty years ago, a person could take a drive in the country and, by the time they got back home, they would have a fair idea of what pork production was like in their immediate area. A windshield tour would reveal outdoor lots full of hogs. Small A- ..... 
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Neutral Ground boundary passed through the Big Woods

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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Although affected by them, southeastern Minnesota is an area that was not covered by the last glaciers. The glacial melt-waters carved out hundreds of feet of limestone and sandstone creating a landscape of towering bluffs, scenic valleys, rolling hi ..... 
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MPCA upholds finding of facts on Heartland

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
Posted in Features

Following further review, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has defended its original finding of facts regarding the proposed Heartland tire-burning plant in Preston.Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC proposes to burn 10 million scrap tires ..... 
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Commissioners' Report: County and city of Lanesboro hope to cooperate on Highway 8 bridge project

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
Posted in Features

Members of the Coffee Street Bridge Enhancement Group met with the county board on Tuesday to look at ways the county and city of Lanesboro can work together when improvements are made to the Highway 8 bridge.

The county plans ..... 
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Election 2004

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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The Fillmore County Journal invited all candidates running for elected office in the general election on   November 2, 2004 to send in some information about themselves and why they are running for public office. This include ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Dispositions

•William Paul Miller, 37, of Wykoff, was ordered to serve 366 days in prison by Judge Robert Benson on Monday, September 29, 2004 in Fillmore County District Court.

Miller violated the ..... 
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