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Report on Preston indoor pool and rec center completed


Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Features

The Preston area has the philanthropic capacity to support a capital campaign to build an indoor aquatic and recreational center. That was the conclusion that consultants from Crescendo Consulting of Winona reached after conducting a community assessment study to determine whether it is feasible to fundraise to build a 30,000 square foot fitness facility. Estimated to cost $3 million, the center would be built adjacent to the Fillmore Central Middle School. The facility would be owned by the school district and leased back to the city of Preston. There is strong leadership here and strong financial capacity, Crescendos Laura Eddy told a meeting of the Recreation Center Steering Committee on Monday, December 9 at the F&M Community Bank building. Also present at the meeting were members of the Preston City Council, as well as members of a Pre-Study Committee which assisted Crescendo in its work.As part of their study, Crescendo interviewed 64 Preston area individuals to gauge public opinion and identify community leaders and sources of financial support.Many of those interviewed in the study talked about the positive impact a fitness facility would have on the area in terms of quality of life. One of the challenges Crescendo identified in the 34 page report had to do with maintaining and operating a fitness complex once it is built. According to Eddy, an indoor aquatic center costs six times more to operate than a similar sized outdoor pool. She also noted that research has shown that indoor aquatic centers in communities of less than 20,000 often need to be subsidized by city taxes. Crescendo advised the Steering Committee to consult with engineering and architectural firms on operating cost issues before making a decision to proceed with fundraising. The Preston area recreational facility would be modeled after one in Cresco that includes fitness center, gymnasium, running track and pool.According to Recreation Center Steering Committee Chair Steve Knoepke, the Cresco center has approximately 900 family memberships and an operating budget of $340,000 per year. A family membership costs $315 in Cresco per year which generates $283,500 in funds annually. The operating balance is made up in programming fees that range from swimming lessons to leasing the facility for special parties. The city of Preston presently subsidizes its outdoor ci .....
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Inherit the wind

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Features

Over the past few months I have attended several public meetings in Preston dealing with the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling project that, if built, will burn used tires to generate electricity. Proponents of the plant claimed that the enviro ..... 
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Minnesota faces the mother of all deficits

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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The latest revenue forecast from the State of Minnesota projects a $4.6 billion deficit. Journal Editor John Torgrimson spoke with State Representative Greg Davids about his reaction to that news and how he sees the state legislature working to solve ..... 
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County dips into reserves to balance budget

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Features

Fillmore Countys proposed 2003 budget tipped the scales at $20,849,241. That was $275,566 over projected revenues, which forced the County Board to dip into its reserves to balance the budget..

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Lanesboro Council: Water park given go ahead

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Features

Raindrops? In December? The Lanesboro City Council turned its attention to a different kind of raindrops at the December 2nd meeting as RainDrop Products president Ron George presented information on "spraygrounds," water play areas. According to Geo ..... 
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Preston Council looks at economic development matters

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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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.&nb ..... 
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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]

Sheriffs 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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