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Wedding/event venues approved


Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the October 11 county board meeting, Zoning Administrator Cristal Adkins asked the commissioners to consider approval of two conditional use permits (CUP) for agricultural tourism businesses. After public hearings on each of the permit applications at a September 22 planning and zoning meeting, members unanimously forwarded each permit application to the county board.

Randy and Debbie Ristau have plans to build a wedding/event pavilion on their property on Section 5 Preston Township. The intention is to provide a facility for up to 300 guests for the wedding ceremony, reception, and dance. The open air pavilion would be available for events from May through September. Adkins noted that there had been a comment from a neighbor at the hearing concerning noise. The neighbor said they are able to hear the county fair and this facility would be closer. Therefore, there was a requirement made that the band must shut down by midnight.

Commissioner Duane Bakke commented that there is a need for this kind of event venue. This property is near the Preston sign southeast of the city on property that is now a field. Chairman Marc Prestby questioned the fact that this kind of facility can be built in the middle of a field, but a home can’t be? Bakke acknowledged that the issue has come up when other buildings like hog facilities have been approved to be built in a field. The issue is the possibility of a de facto subdivision, which Bakke said we went away from years ago because of the services needed. There would be the potential for eight homes to be built in close proximity, two in each of four sections.

The driveway for the pavilion will be accessed from Highway 52. Gravel dust will not be an issue. Commissioner Randy Dahl commented that if an event center was located on a gravel road and a lot of traffic could be expected, he would like to see dust control required on the gravel road. Bakke noted, if the location was on a gravel road and there was a dust issue, there could be a condition requiring dust control. This can be handled on a case by case basis.

The Ristau CUP was approved with the following conditions: must provide proof of liability insurance, must comply with all federal, state, and local regulations, and must obtain a MnDot approved driveway access.

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Residential rehab program in Harmony needs one more applicant

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

Michelle Vrieze from Community and Economic Development Associates led a public hearing at the Harmony City Council meeting to discuss the Small Cities Development Program in which Harmony is participating. After applying for the program three ..... 
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Root River 1W1P moves into final phase

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Policy Committee votes to send draft plan to state’s BWSR for approval. PRESTON, Sept. 28, 2016, – Area elected leaders overseeing the Root River One Watershed, One Plan project voted Monday to send its draft water-management plan to a state ..... 
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Lanesboro Concept Plan task force named, surveys distributed

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro Concept Plan, an initiative focused on the report generated last spring by nationally-recognized site designer and “conservation planner” Randall Arendt, is moving ahead on a number of fronts. The Lanesboro City Council has named ..... 
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Marc Prestby - Candidate for County Commissioner District 5

Mon, Oct 10th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Tell us about yourself: Lifelong resident of Canton, Minn. Member of the Assumption Catholic Church. Retired from Canton Fire Department after 23 years of service. Tell us about your work/life experience: I have worked for First Student Bus Co ..... 
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Vance Haugen - Candidate for County Commissioners District 5

Mon, Oct 10th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Tell us about yourself: I was raised on a dairy farm in northwest Minnesota. I am 58-years-old and have been married to Bonnie (Storlie) for 36 years. We have three children, Inga, Olaf (wife Corinne) and Thor (wife Sarah). We have four grandchil ..... 
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Gary L. Peterson - Candidate for District 3 Commissioner

Mon, Oct 10th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Tell us about yourself: I am married and have been a resident of Spring Valley since 1975. I have been active in our community, serving on many boards and commissions. Tell us about your work/life experience: Small business owner for 30 years, ..... 
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Thomas Trehus - Candidate for State Representative District 28B

Mon, Oct 10th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Tell us about yourself: I am a fifth generation resident of Wilmington Township in rural Spring Grove. I work for Minnowa Construction in Harmony and serve on the Spring Grove School Board. I also serve as vice-president of our local Sons of Norwa ..... 
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Gregory M. Davids - Candidate for State Representative District 28B

Mon, Oct 10th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Tell us about yourself: Married to Bonnie for 37 years. Father of three daughters: Katie (Eric) Larson and grandsons Daniel and Samuel, Karrie (Josh) Stai, and Kimberlie (Matt) Dillon. I enjoy church, mission trips, golfing, and serving the people ..... 
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