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New recreational facility will need Preston City funds


Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met Monday for about three hours with Mayor Dave Pechulis, Mike Gartner, and Heath Mensink in attendance. Jerry Scheevel is recovering from heart surgery and Mike McGarvey was also absent.

Mike Gartner asked that some items on the agenda be postponed until the next meeting because of the busy agenda and the absent members. Seven items were struck including the controversy surrounding the travel policy or lack thereof.

Steve Knoepke gave an update on the recreational facility explaining that the plan had been down sized from a 35,000 square foot building costing $5,500,000 to a 27,000 square foot building estimated to cost $3,500,000. He explained how the wading, lap, and plunge pools had been combined into one vessel which would cut initial costs as well as ongoing operating costs. Representatives of TSP in Rochester were on hand to answer questions about the facilities design and relative costs.

According to Knoepke, Crescendo Consulting, the company responsible for the fund raising, believes there is the capacity to raise raise $3,000,000. The estimated total cost of the facility, including architectural fees, furnishings and initial operating costs would bring the price tag to about $4,370,000. Any further reduction in estimated costs would require elimination of parts of the facility.

The gap between what can be raised privately and the total cost, approximately $1.4 million, is about the same cost of replacing the existing pool that is more than 40 years old.

Knoepke said that it would cost an estimated $750,000 to bring the existing pool up to code and about $1,250,000 to build a new pool. Operation of the new facility is expected to run a deficit as does the operation of the current pool. The figures are based on a membership of 1,000. Phone surveys suggested that membership could be as high as 1400.

Knoepke stressed more than once that it was not their intention to 'ram this down your (city councilís) throat. . .because it would be a tax burden.'

Knoepke admitted that the timing of the Steering Committee report was unfortunate given the other large financial obligation the city has with the street and sewer projects. But he declared that 'there won't be a good time to come up with the money.'

Knoepke concluded his comments by saying that the co .....
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Cemeteries are scattered across the landscape

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sitting peacefully off a gravel road north of Highland is a small cemetery. If you have driven by it, you probably only gave it a passing glance. Most people do not know, however, that most of those buried in the 136 year old cemetery were of Quaker ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning Commission: Quarries dominate planning commission meeting

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Commissioner Randy Dahl thinks that when quarry operators lie to a county commissioner, they should have their quarry permits revoked. Dahl told as much to Jeff Roverud of Peterson Brothers of Harmony at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meetin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: City will re-open bidding process on generators

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council voted unanimously to re-open the bidding process for electrical generators at their Monday, July 14 meeting. The Council had previously awarded the bid to Zeigler Power Systems for three 2200 kW Caterpillar generators with m ..... 
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Harmony Wastewater project coming closer to target

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

The following is a summary of the July 15th council meeting.  Charles Janski, Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates, met with the council and gave an update on the project. Following a telescopic inspection of more than 7, ..... 
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Davids: ďWe did some good things for rural MinnesotaĒ

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

Journal Editor John Torgrimson sat down with Representative Greg Davids of Preston this week to look back at the recently concluded 2003 Minnesota legislative session. Here is a summary of Torgrimsonís interview with Representative Davids:
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Sanchez in court on ATV charges

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

Juan Carlo Sanchez appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, July 7 for a Rule 8 hearing. Sanchez is being held in the Fillmore County Jail and is charged with 27 counts related to the theft of ATVís and other motor vehicles. This include ..... 
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County Board accepts reviews on GIS and Coordinator positions

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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In 2000, the board enlisted the services of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a firm that reviews county job descriptions, their ongoing changes, and current duties. The firm makes recommendations on classifications that e ..... 
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Four area churches merge into United Lutheran Church

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

We are four rural congregations joining together through the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer to share Godís loving ministry. We will teach and invite others while encouraging and equipping Godís children to grow in Christian faith.

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