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Preston City Council Report: City renews contract for EDA services with SEMDC


Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council agreed at their Monday, November 1 meeting to renew the citys contract for economic development services with the Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation in Rushford for 2005. The previous Economic Development Authority coordinator, Joe Hoffman, is now the city administrator.

The Preston Economic Development Authority recently recommended continuing with the arrangement with SEMDC for the upcoming year, but at a reduced level as Hoffman is expected to play an active role in economic development activities.

Ron Ziegler, the new executive director of SEMDC, told the council, Were here as an organization to compliment (Hoffman).

Ziegler noted that the Preston EDA is interested in focusing much of the contract effort on business retention and expansion.

The total contract will be for $16,588 for 11 hours of work per week. A representative from SEMDC will be on site in Preston at least one day per week and may work off-site in Rushford additional hours. This is down from the 2004 contract of $24,752 for 17 hours per week.

The council approved the contract, which now goes to the Public Utilities Commission for approval, as the commission is expected to pick up 1/3 of the costs of the position.

We owe a debt of thanks to all veterans

Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
Posted in Features

  Editors note: The following is part of a speech that Mr. Halloran gave on Memorial Day in Chatfield. Mr. Halloran grew up in Chatfield and now lives in Colorado.

I can tell you personally, that just s ..... 
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Letter from China

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
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TANGSHAN, CHINA - Most visitors to China stay in the cities. There are hundreds of modern cities with populations of more than a million, where economic development has raised the standard of living, new construction is a 24 hour a day pursuit, and c ..... 
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Civility wins in Hanson - Davids debate

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - There may not have been a clear winner in last Wednesdays debate between State Representative candidate Peggy Hanson and her opponent, the incumbent Greg Davids, but the whole event could be considered a victory for civility.
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Editorial: County Board needs to say No on Heartland JOBZ

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
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Perhaps we should call ourselves lucky that Preston native Bob Maust has chosen to bestow his hometown with the benevolence of his good intentions. A real life Sugar Daddy, one might say.

Heartland, will bring good paying jo ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Former Lanesboro teacher faces felony theft charges

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

Criminal theft charges were filed in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, October 25, against Vernon Wayne Groen, 56, of Lanesboro for misuse of funds from an FFA account at the Lanesboro Public Schools. Groen is former teacher at the school.[Read the Rest]

A Lesson in Intolerance

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

The history of our United States is a rich trove of information on human nature. We rarely teach our complete history in our public schools, choosing instead to feed ourselves a fairy-tale, sanitized version, with shining heroes and great achievement ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Citizen voices heard on Heartland about JOBZ

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
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Citizens took the opportunity on this last County Board meeting in October to voice their concerns and objections to the awarding of JOBZ to Heartland Energy and Recycling.

Fran Sauer requested that the Board carefully consider ..... 
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County EDA recommends acceptance of Heartland pre-application

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
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The pre-application from Heartland Energy and Recycling for a business subsidy moved one step closer to approval on Wednesday, October 27, when the Fillmore County EDA voted to accept a full application from the tire burning plant. The matter now goe ..... 
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