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Preston approves lease for temporary National Trout Learning Center


Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the April 5 Preston City Council meeting an EDA request to sign a two-year lease agreement for the old Buying Time building at 120 St. Anthony Street was approved. The building will provide a temporary site for the National Trout Learning Center. The city will extend its personal property and liability insurance coverage to the temporary center.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman called it a great location. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann said the two-season lease will be $350 per month at first and then be increased to $450 per month. Hoffman said the city council had previously authorized funds to be used out of the EDA reserve for the learning center.

In a related matter the EDA had applied for an Ag Star feasibility grant for the NTLC. The EDA has been awarded the $5,000 grant to be used for the development of a business plan for the center. The council accepted the grant.

Ambulance Director

By consensus Hoffman was directed to explore the possibility of hiring a part-time director for the ambulance service. A job description will need to be developed. Hoffman has suggested that it would be better for the ambulance service to operate like other departments in the city. A committee with members David Collett, David Harrison and Hoffman has recommended establishing a formal director position that reports to and is accountable to the city council. A director would be part of a reorganization of the ambulance service leadership structure and would be responsible for scheduling and the coordination of training. Kevin Ostern noted the service has run on its own for about forty years.

Ostern said a director to handle the business end would take the worry off volunteers in running a business. Work on a policy manual for the service is also in progress.

Because the current billing company for the Preston Ambulance Service will no longer do the work after May 31, the council approved a contract with Expert T Billing, Farmington. This service was chosen after contacting several billing services. They use the same billing software as the current company and may cost slightly less.

2010 Street and Utility Improvements

Brett Grabau, Bonestroo and Associates, explained they received six bids for the 2010 projects. The engineering estimate for both projects on River Street and Jefferson Street was $221,000. The low bid from S-L Contracting was for a total of $202,018. Grabau called the low bid very favorable.< .....
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National County Government month

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Karen Brown, Fillmore County Coordinator, announces that Fillmore County will participate in activities to promote April as National County Government Month. The theme this year is "Healthy Counties." There will be a series of articles related to He ..... 
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Wykoff's downtown tree replacement plan

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 8, 2010, at 6:30 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Tim Grabau, Mike Holzer, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Jeremy Comstock, Cheryl Davis, Al ..... 
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Rushford holds public hearing for new library

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

In a special public hearing, Monday, March 29th, the council unanimously voted to pass a resolution that gives preliminary approval for USDA loan authorization in regards to a new, shared library and city hall facility. While the measure does not ob ..... 
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Library Board Chairman Dan Munson response speech for new library

Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Government

Thank you, Councilors and Mr. Mayor. We've addressed this council before, with lots of fie charts and graphs and pages full of numbers. When Susan Hart and I spoke earlier about what we should talk about today, I thought it might be a good idea to ta ..... 
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AMVETS HONORS MINNESOTA CONGRESSMAN TIM WALZ

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in Government

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2010-AMVETS will presented its prestigious Congressional Silver Helmet Award to Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz during a special in-district ceremony this morning at AMVETS Post No. 47 in Albert Lea, Minn. AMVETS honored Walz, a ..... 
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Chatfield reviews audit report

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Chatfield City Council's March 22 meeting the annual audit report conducted by Smith Schafer and Associates, LTD, was presented by Jason Boynton and accepted by the council. Boynton said it was their opinion that the city's financial statemen ..... 
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Ban on large assemblies recommended

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The board room was overflowing with about a dozen more people standing out in the hallway at the March 25 meeting of Fillmore County Planning and Zoning. The agenda for the night was packed with public hearings on a variety of issues that kept the b ..... 
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Fillmore County health

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Fillmore County Board's March 23 meeting, much of the discussion was related to public health issues. Commissioner Tom Kaase was absent due to a scheduled test for advancement at his work place.

Brenda Pohlman, Public Health, reported ..... 
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