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Preston City Council Report: Police office expansion


Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

A proposal for an expansion of the police office at city hall was approved at the Monday, February 7, council meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman described the size limitations of the city police office that only has space enough for one desk. Preston now has three full time officers. Ronald Schroeder of Quality Construction in Preston plans to enlarge the space by expanding into a storage room allowing for two more desks. The office will also have some much needed lockable storage for evidence. Councilman Jeremy Aug asked if the money was budgeted. Hoffman assured him that the proposed cost of $5426 was available.

Fountain Pre-treatment Plant

Joe Hoffman gave a short history of Fountain’s community collection system and the pre-treatment plant now operated by Preston. Fountain has a community drain field without a full treatment plant. Preston has had concerns about the system since the Watson Creek drain field area involves the Watson Creek watershed that works its way toward Preston. The pre-treatment plant removes the solids and then the waste water precedes to the drain field. Preston has a 20 year agreement to operate the plant since 1988. Hoffman noted that it costs between $7,000 and $12,000 to operate the plant.

Fountain is proposing an expansion of the treatment facilities. Fountain is currently permitted for 27,240 gallons per day and the plan to expand would be for 50,000 gallons per day. The MPCA is reviewing the plan at this time. Hoffman mentioned that this community drain field is one of the best in the state because of the pre-treatment facility. Fountain is also requesting that the operation of the pre-treatment facility be turned over to them. At a later date assuming the plan is approved by the MPCA, Preston will be asked to allow Fountain to operate the plant. Hoffman suggested that it be put into writing that Preston would have access to tests and reports on the plant’s operation to protect Preston’s water quality.

Heartland EIS Scoping

Council member Bob Sauer advised other council members of the opportunity the city of Preston has to “influence the scope of the EIS towards information that may be valuable” to the city. The EIS has a mandate to look at ‘socio-economic effects of the project and their cumulative effects on the local area.’ He noted that the MPCA does not have to listen to local citizens, but will probably .....
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Commonweal’s “The Wild Duck” explores the nature of truth

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

Know a dirty little secret about someone that you’re just dying to tell?

Are you sometimes tempted to blab things because, you tell yourself, the truth should be known, regardless?

Before you tell your next ..... 
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R-P School Board discusses facilities at special meeting

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

The R-P school board met Monday, January 31, in a working session they’d set up to discuss the issue of facilities.

Board chair Jim Kitchens expressed his hope that the group could come to consensus and offer some direction to S ..... 
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The search for perfect snow

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

Judging by the meltdown from white to grizzle, this will be another imperfect winter. Warm temperatures, unseasonable rain, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers and skiers gobble up cross-country tracks. Ski enthusiasts are reminded that the search for perfect sn ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Escapee returns to Fillmore County to face 1999 charges

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
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Ronnie LeRoy Snyder, 38, Calmar, Iowa, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, January 31, 2005, with several felony charges dating back to 1999. Snyder, who was recently serving time in other states, was released to Fillmore County ..... 
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Commissioners endorse AMC transportation plan

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) has instituted a set of funding proposals for investment in rural and urban highways within the state. The county board passed a resolution in support of these proposals including a gas tax increase of five ..... 
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Bowling still “strikes” it big

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

Mention anything about bowling, and people will usually smile. Something about it is funny. Maybe it’s the simple action of a heavy ball rolling down a slick lane and crashing noisily into the white pins. It’s the stuff a good old Tom & Jerry or Road ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: District allocates $25,000 for technology upgrades Central School Board

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

The following is a brief summary of the Falcons’ January school board meeting based on an interview with Supt. Myrna Luehmann.

The districts technology advisor, Jeff Thompson, presented a state of the district report on the scho ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council puts confidence in Lebakken

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

At their regular city council meeting January 24, the Rushford City Council members authorized Mayor T.S. Roberton to spend up to $8,000 for the advice and services of Merle Lebakken of Lebakken Consulting regarding the backup generators and the powe ..... 
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