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Preston City Council Report : Plea for support for Forestville


Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

Historic Forestville is scheduled to be closed July 1 because of budget cuts. The State Historical Society because of reduced funding has been forced to eliminate support for several sites across the state.

Dick Nelson, in an effort to keep the site open on a more limited basis (possibly Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), presented a resolution to the council for their consideration at their Monday, June 2 meeting. He encouraged the council to take a leadership role and support the effort with $5,000. (A meeting to further discuss the future of Historic Forestville was planned for Wednesday, June 4 - see article in this weeks Journal).

Council member Heath Mensink inquired whether the Fillmore County Historical Society could take over for the state? Nelson implied that most county level people were volunteers.

Council member Mike Gartner said that 'he'd love to see it remain open' but couldn't see where the money would come from.

Mayor David Pechulis suggested a matching pledge based on it staying open and the commitment of other towns and the county. Pechulis said, "It has to be a group effort."

City Attorney David Joerg indicated that it was necessary that the intentions of the council be in writing before voting. The council seemed to agree on the idea of a matching pledge and support for Historic Forestville, but delayed a vote until the resolution detailing the idea of the matching pledge was in writing.

Joint Powers Trail Board

Nelson gave good news to the council on trail activities. The Joint Powers Board that includes the cities of Preston, Wykoff, Spring Valley, Chatfield, Ostrander, and Fountain works collectively to build trails.

Nelson said there is $950,000 available through DNR which is enough to work on the first bridge and purchase land for the trail planned to connect Preston with Forestville. Nelson warned that it is "all predicated on the Attorney General letting us do it."

According to Nelson, there is also enough money to purchase the in-town trail from the City of Preston after which the trail will be given to the DNR. Looking ahead Nelson requested that out of the money received for the in-town trail by Preston that $35,000 of it be used for the restoration of the Historic Elevator.

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Family picks up the pieces after arson fire damages home

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Bill Collett of Chatfield seemed fairly philosophical for someone whose house had been extensively damaged by an arson fire. Collett, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Madison moved into their home less than a year ago.

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Commissioners focus on courthouse project

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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"Please ask about the 43 loads of sand brought in. I thought thats why we did boring tests," requested Commissioner Helen Bicknese, as she wouldnt be available during the courthouse projects update.

Oh, yes, the other commis ..... 
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Moose arraigned on 11 felony counts from terror spree

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Floyd George Moose, 39, Chatfield, was arraigned in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Tuesday, May 28 on 11 felony counts, including second degree attempted murder, first degree arson, and several counts of attempted kidnapping, aggravated ..... 
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Once again, no public consensus on zoning issues

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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It was another long evening at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday as the commission tackled a long agenda of public hearings that covered a wide range of issues from a bluff ordinance variance to dwelling densities in the ..... 
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Is Silk Stocking Avenue an appropriate home for a recycled school bus?

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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The May 27, 2003 meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a visit from Duane and Sonja Cook.

Prefacing her remarks with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the "upscale neighborhood which has just seen a 51% increase in real ..... 
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Farmers Market in Lanesboro open for business

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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"Im very excited about buying food for my family from friends and neighbors," said Liz Dybing, volunteer Lanesboro Farmers Market manager. "I believe this market has the potential to strengthen our local economy and to serve as support for our commu ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Art center back on table maybe

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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Ken Graner addressed the Lanesboro City Council on Monday and asked if they could reconsider their April 7 motion to return the $1 million bond by the state for the Lanesboro Art Center to the state. Graner urged the council to keep the money availab ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Back to normal issues here

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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Comparatively mundane business occupied the Preston City Council at it's regular Monday night meeting. Few citizens were in attendance as the controversial issues of the past several months were not being discussed.

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