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Preston Council looks at economic development matters


Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Features

Joe Hoffman, Executive Director of the SE Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC) in Rushford, was before the Preston City Council on Monday night to discuss renewing the contract between his organization and the city of Preston for 2003.The city contracts with SEMDC for the services of Barry Kramer who acts as the Economic Development Authority (EDA) Coordinator. It was the consensus of the council to continue with the contract in 2003, pending approval by the Public Utilities Commission which pays 1/3 of Kramer’s salary. The 2003 contract with SEMDC calls for Kramer working for the city 11 hours per week at an annual rate of $15,444.Hoffman suggested that the council and the EDA have a joint planning session soon to help lay out priorities and schedules for the EDA Coordinator in 2003.In addition to the contract for professional services, Hoffman briefed the council on the Minnesota Micro-enterprise Technical grant that SEMDC recently received, which allows the agency to make available architectural and engineering services to businesses.Mayor Clarence Quanrud asked Hoffman about the First Home program, inquiring if money was still available. Hoffman responded that the Bluff Country HRA is presently conducting a county-wide housing study, which will help determine need. He also said that money is available if the right developers can be found. “I think the hardest problem is finding developers interested in building homes for $130,000, which includes the cost of the lot,” Hoffman said. “If we can, then down payment assistance and low interest mortgage rates are available.”Capital FundWith Hoffman and Kramer at the meeting, the council discussed the possibility of the city joining the Minnesota Community Capital Fund (MCCF). The purpose of the fund is to provide a flexible self-sustaining development loan fund as a financing resource for member projects.Noting that the Regional Revolving Loan Fund administered by SEMDC is limited in the amount of money that can be made available, Council member Jerry Scheevel said that by joining at the $50,000 level city sponsored projects would have the potential to raise $500,000 in financing.Kramer said that the fund is used primarily for secondary loans and gap financing.“As soon as the loan is approved, it is sold on the secondary market,” Kramer said. .....
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A life in the Big Woods

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
Posted in Features

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Walden, Henry David Thoreau, 1854.[Read the Rest]

Sheriff’s Department reviews staffing at Commissioner's meeting

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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"How are our deputies set up?" asked Chairman Bakke as Sheriff Jim Connolly prepared to give his report to the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. Connolly said the press has interviewed him many times over the years and has given good coverage about h ..... 
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Fillmore County Board approves courthouse addition design

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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Former Commissioner Robert Thompson addressed the County Board regarding the courthouse building project on Tuesday.   In a soft voice that commanded silence from a somewhat uncomfortable looking board, Thompson said, "It bot ..... 
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Radio Hour fantastic holiday offering

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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One of the tastiest treats available in Fillmore County this holiday season is the Commonweal's final play of the year. The 1940's Radio Hour. In a formula oddly similar to the highly successful television show, Seinfeld, the new play, which opened N ..... 
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Rushford City Council: Liquor license fees questioned

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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Liquor licensing was a hot topic in the citizens’ concerns and comments portion of the Rushford City Council meeting November 25th. Business owners Judy Christian of Stumpy’s and Jim Kitchens of Nordic Lanes and American Legion and VFW representative ..... 
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Auction benefits scholarships

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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If the possessions we leave behind are any indicator of who we are as a person, then by all observations Mary Terry Love was a well-educated woman whose interests were as broad as her travels.

When the balance of her estate went ..... 
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Judge Fabian denies motion for mistrial in Tuchek arson case

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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Caledonia - After reviewing legal briefs filed by the prosecution and defense, and listening to oral arguments in the case, Judge James Fabian denied John Tuchek’s request for a mistrial on Monday, November 18, in Houston County District Court.[Read the Rest]

Murder defendant asks court for public defender

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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Joseph Allen Folkert, charged with second degree murder in the death of Clarence Paulson, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, November 18, for a Rule 8 hearing.

Paulson was found dead at his rural Pilot Mound f ..... 
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