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Preston City Council Report: Hwy 52 to start Fall of 2004


Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met Tuesday night with decorum and thoughtful deliberation until the final minutes of the meeting. Council member Jerry Scheevel introduced a resolution that maintained that Mayor Pechulis’ call for an ethics investigation of Representative Greg Davids was his own personal call and not representative of the City of Preston. The rhetoric then deteriorated into an out of control discourse as it has many times in past months.

Pechulis repeated Greg Davids’ taped ‘junkyard dog’ rant. The mayor went on to declare that he was ‘in charge of the meeting.’ He chastised Jerry Scheevel and suggested that he read Sturgis Rules of Order. Pechulis then asked each of the council members if they had been called by Mr. Davids. Scheevel retorted that it was none of the mayor’s business. All other members answered that they had not spoken to the representative.

Newly elected Council member Steve Knoepke used the moment to corner the mayor on a question that he has wanted answered for some time. Had Robert Maust offered Pechulis a job as the mayor had implied some months ago? Pechulis said that he had. Elaine Maust, outraged by the mayor’s answer, declared that she was present at the meeting where the job offer was supposedly made and that there was no offer of a job to Pechulis.

City Attorney Corson suggested that someone should call a ‘point of order’ hoping to end the acrimony. The question was called and Scheevel’s resolution passed.

Highway 52 Project

Craig Lenz, Mn/Dot project manager, discussed the reconstruction of eight miles of highway 52 from Preston to Fountain. Preston will get a three lane highway with an effort to control runoff problems in the city and to provide a safer road for motorists and pedestrians. The entire project will cost nearly twelve million dollars with the City of Preston’s portion being $435,000.

Lenz said that Mn/Dot plans to let or get contract bids in July of 2004. This time period, Lenz explained, is more favorable for lower bids than spring time. The present plan includes some early preparations including removing asbestos, buildings, and other cleaning and grubbing to commence after Labor Day 2004.

Not all the right of ways have been purchased at this time. Councilman Heath Mensink offered to help negotiate in a positive way for both the community and the .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Computer problems resolved

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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The Lanesboro City Council chose to replace outdated computer hardware at their February 17th meeting. City administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that, because the staff could not even print a balance sheet, the city auditors could not ..... 
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Davids confused by Judge’s comments

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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Rep. Greg Davids said he was confused by Judge Joseph Weiner’s implications in his recent ruling that Davids tried to influence the MPCA or speed up the process in the regulatory agency’s dealings with Heartland.

“The e-mails fr ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: District waits for approval for Reading 1st grant

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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It was an energetic team of staff members from Fillmore Central elementary and middle school that reported to board members on their efforts in applying for a $280,000 grant to be used in upgrading the school’s reading program.

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Planning Commission moves on Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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"I’m asking permission to update the Comprehensive Land Use Plan,” stated Mark Thein, of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) as he addressed the Planning Commission Thursday night. The plan hasn’t been revised in several years and with the many ..... 
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Health, Mind & Body: The healing hands of therapeutic massage

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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Today’s active and hectic life styles lead to a great deal of stress related problems. Whether trying to manage a busy schedule, making a deadline, dealing with illness of a family member, friend, or just the rigors of everyday life, stress can wreak ..... 
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Scottish Highland cattle more than an exotic pet

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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Nestled snugly into the hills near Money Creek in Houston County is a very unique farm that raises an interesting breed of cattle. Owned and operated by Paul and Terry Preston, Arrow Valley Farm is the home to an ancient breed of cattle known as Scot ..... 
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Heartland given building permit

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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“I think the value of my home just went down $20,000,” Rev. Frances Galles, a retired Catholic priest from Preston told Elaine Maust, smiling sheepishly.

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Harmony City Council Report: Delinquent utility, ambulance, and fire call charges require action

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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With more than $11,000 worth of outstanding ambulance and fire call charges, and several delinquent utility bills floating on Harmony’s accounting records, council members took an official stand as City Administrator Jerome Illg stressed the need to ..... 
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