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Preston to receive DEED grants


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced at the city council’s June 2 meeting that the city had just received notification of grant awards from DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development). Mayor Kurt Reicks and Councilman David Harrison were absent.

Hoffman noted the value of EDA Director Cathy Enerson’s efforts in making the nearly half million dollars to be used for infrastructure a reality. She was instrumental in preparing the applications for Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Program grants.

One grant in the amount of $137,000 will be used to provide about 50 percent of the cost of the infrastructure for Preston Dairy and Farm Association which has plans to move north and west of the intersections of Highways 16 and 52. The money will be used to defray part of the costs for sanitary sewer, water main, electric, and engineering.

The second grant is in the amount of $350,000 to go toward infrastructure to create a new industrial park just west and south of the intersections of Highways 52 and 16. Two businesses, Bluff Country Manufacturing and JMS Agronomics, would like to move their businesses to the new industrial park. The grant will help pay for sanitary sewer, water main, storm pond, roadway, electric, and engineering costs.

The DEED grants allow the city to move forward with its plans for the new industrial park. One point of contention has been the location of the retention pond. There has been a consensus among council members that they didn’t want the pond to be located within the industrial park.

Hoffman explained that they had met with Jerald Wingert and he appears to be a willing seller of the needed land, so the pond can be located on the east side of Highway 52. Hoffman recommended that the council authorize the city engineer to do a feasibility study for the pond in that location. He also recommended that Kurt Reicks, Robert Maust, City Attorney Dwight Luhmann, and himself form a committee to negotiate the sale of the land on behalf of the council.

A motion to go ahead with the feasibility study was approved.

Maust said they are making progress on this and Hoffman agreed that everything seems to be falling into place, as they are in a much better position than they were just a week ago.

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State representative Greg Davids files for re-election

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

ST PAUL, Minn. - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) has officially filed to seek re-election this fall to the Minnesota House of Representatives. “It is such a privilege to serve the people of Fillmore and Houston counties,” Davids s ..... 
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Chatfield renews electric franchise

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

With the 20-year renewal of Chatfield’s electric franchise some changes are expected in the near future. Keith Sherman representing Alliant Energy, Brian Krambeer representing Tri-County Electric Cooperative, and Elaine Garry representing People ..... 
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Recycling dumpsters in Spring Valley

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The recycling dumpsters that were located along Highway 16 east of Spring Valley were removed in early May due to the high volume of illegal dumping. At the county board’s May 27 meeting the board voted to have the dumpsters put back at that loca ..... 
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Rushford approves Hwy. 43 bidder, moves financing forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The start of the anticipated Highway 43 project through the heart of downtown Rushford is drawing closer. Sealed bids were opened May 22 and the bid was awarded May 27 to McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wis. in the amount of $2,969,218. The amount di ..... 
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Spring Valley in search of new ambulance director

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was a very short agenda at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Wednesday evening. As the usual approval of the minutes and May Final Accounts Payable was dealt with, the first issue of pay adjustments for salary increases arose for Chad Hin ..... 
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Wykoff City Council addresses broken warning siren

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

It was determined the warning or tornado siren on South Street in Wykoff was not operational at May’s Wykoff City Council meeting. The city’s contracted electrician inspected the wiring to the pole that hosts the siren and everything was in work ..... 
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Preston endorses Root River restoration project

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the plans for the restoration project at the council’s May 19 meeting. Trout Unlimited requested the city’s endorsement for their plans to improve Root River access for anglers on land owned by the city o ..... 
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Government the Week of May 26, 2014

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Tuesday, May 27, Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, 9 a.m., Fillmore County Courthouse •Tuesday, May 27, Fillmore Central School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Schedule subject to change.
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