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Historical elevator restoration nearly completed


Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government



The president of the Historical Society in Preston, Dick Petsch, updated the city council on restoration progress for the old elevator at the April 2 meeting. Council member Jon Haugan was absent.

Petsch proudly reported that the elevator was mostly restored. Structural work, new siding, paint, and sealing has been completed. Graphics recognizing the elevator as the Milwaukee Elevator, built in 1902 in Preston, MN, will be added. Petsch related that a lean-to needs to be re-constructed on the west side.

Mr. Petsch also explained that they hope to get an old fanning mill which is in very good shape to place in the elevator as a permanent display. Mayor Kurt Reicks complimented him on the restoration project, saying that there have been lots of positive comments.

The society which currently meets in the basement of the Fillmore County Journal building is also looking for a new home. Petsch suggested that they need more room and better access.

Pro-Corn Additions

Council members approved the building of a new access for the cooperative, contingent upon final approval by the engineer and review if necessary by MnDot. Permission was also granted for the ethanol cooperative to go ahead with dirt work, leveling the area in preparation for three new bins once all the permits from MPCA were in hand. Pro-Corn owns the property from Hwy 52 to Industrial Drive. Richard Eichstadt explained that they plan to use the soil removed to build a soil berm for noise reduction on the West or Southwest side.

Council members agreed to call for a public hearing on April 16 on the request to vacate Simonson Drive. It was noted that only one property owner will be effected.

Eichstadt noted that they hope to complete the building of the three new bins before the 2007 harvest. He stated that all the permits have been obtained from MPCA for erosion control. Hoffman said that the bins would require a variance because of their height. The bins plus the leg equipment over them would total 141 feet tall.

Firework Displays

The council approved a multi-year contract with J & M Displays, Inc. for the firework display work for Trout Days. The three year contract is expected to be a better value. Council member Heath Mensink suggested that the fireworks help maintain the crowd longer and help total sales for the vendors.

Spring Valley City Council Report: 2007 stormwater upgrade project goes to bid

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

City Engineer Bryan Holtz fielded any remaining concerns about the stormwater project at the March 26 Spring Valley City Council meeting. After which the city council unanimously approved a resolution accepting plans and specifications and authorizi ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Highums to donate land in honor of Asmund Vaagen

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council accepted the gift of property on Magelssen Bluff from Glen and Rob Highum at their regular council meeting March 26. Jamie Edwards of the DNR facilitated the donation. Acceptance of the donation is subject to all deeds and ..... 
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Commissioners Report:Township representatives air opinions and questions

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A Public Hearing for the Rural Addressing Ordinance Amendment drew several township representatives to the March 27 County Board meeting. Danea Larson, Rural Addressing, read the proposed amendment dealing with which government unit is res ..... 
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Garrison Keillor will broadcast from Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Thanks to Rhubarb Festival Coordinator Nancy Martinson's hard work, Garrison Keillor will broadcast his show, "Prairie Home Companion," from Lanesboro the first weekend in June. Julie Kiehne and David Harrenstein appeared before the Lane ..... 
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Preston 2007 street and utility improvments go forward

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
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PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted unanimously to go ahead with the order for plans and specifications for the 2007 street and utility improvements at their March 19 meeting. Because of the tight time frame the council had no choice but to tak ..... 
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Spring Valley raises sewer rates by $2.00

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Residents will be paying more for sewer service as a result of City Council action on March 12. With three members of the Council at the meeting, it was decided to increase the base rate by $2.00. This will mean that the average resi ..... 
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Debate begins on Rushford police protection

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Police protection has been a hot topic recently with both the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village; on March 12 the Rushford City Council discussed the issue at their regular council meeting. Emails and letters have gone back ..... 
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Boyd reports to county board

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
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PRESTON - The county board faced a light agenda at their March 13 meeting. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd updated the board on Fillmore County's position with the disbanding of the Root River Education District (RRED). An article going ..... 
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