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Preston City Council Report: Steve Knoepke and Pat Gartner sworn in


Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

A fresh, sparkling blanket of fluffy, new snow transformed the look of Preston Monday evening as the city council of Preston also took on a new look. There was a large turn-out despite the difficult roads.

Council members Heath Mensink and Jerry Scheevel waited for Mayor Pechulis to arrive to start the meeting.

When that didnt happen, the new city attorney Steve Corson, the two sitting council members present, and city administrator Fred Nagle had whispered conversations regarding their options and the legalities of the situation.

It was decided to swear the newly elected Steve Knoepke in immediately.

Kathy Attwood, who was sitting in the audience, objected, inquiring as to whether or not Knoepke had resigned his seat on the Public Utilities Commission. Attwood claimed that Knoepke could not hold both positions. He was sworn in over her objections.

The meeting was then called to order with the necessary quorum of three council members. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Fred Nagle swore in Steve Knoepke a second time.

Mayor Pro-tem Scheevel then called for the nominations to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Mike McGarvey. Pat Gartner, widow of deceased councilman Mike Gartner, was the only nomination. The council voted unanimously to seat Mrs. Gartner after which she was sworn in by Nagle.

Minutes

Fred Nagle stated that according to the League of Minnesota Cities there should be a permanent media used for the approved minutes. In the recent past, the council decided to use the taped words of the council meeting for the official minutes. City attorney Corson noted that the Sturgis Rules of Order require a record of the meetings, but not necessarily all discussions. Sheila Marzolf, assistant to Nagle, explained the impracticality of typing the minutes verbatim both because of the time element and the difficulty of distinguishing who said what, when more than one person is speaking at a time. It was decided that the official written minutes will be a summary only, unless a council member requests a particular discussion to be verbatim.

Committees & Official Paper

Appointments to committees for 2004 were made mostly on the recommendations put forward by each committee. Mensink recommended that no action be taken on the resoluti .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Assessor discusses Rushford property tax

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Fillmore County Assessor Robert Pickett and Assessor Fred Horihan visited the Rushford City Council meeting January 26th to discuss the perceived inconsistencies in the valuation of commercial property in Rushford. Pickett, ailing with a cough, gave ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Full-time position will save county money

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

We had planned to contract with our consultant for help with moving all the network equipment and computer systems at the end of February. However, with the expertise of our new Assistant, we feel we can save over $500 in consultant costs in just on ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Felony Charges

Daniel Lee Ramaker, 23, of Wykoff, was charged with one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and driving after revocation, a gross misdemeanor. According to the criminal complain, it is alleged that Ramaker t ..... 
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2004 session will be a mix of bonding and legislative issues

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editors note: Rep. Greg Davids met with Journal Editor John Torgrimson about the upcoming Minnesota Legislative Session that will begin Monday, February 2. The session, which is expected to last until around Easter, will focus primarily on bonding p ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Science department goals and curriculum reviewed

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Like many rural, smaller schools, the Fillmore Central science department has had to tackle the problems of upgrading the program to meet new state standards, and to become a solid stepping-stone for those students who will be attending college. [Read the Rest]

Twins talk baseball and more

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Twins brought their 44th annual Winter Caravan to Preston on Tuesday with a stop at the Fillmore Central Middle School.

The group was led by broadcaster and former Twin Bert Blyleven and included Twins coach Al Ne ..... 
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Lights, camera, action!

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
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Its been six years since an enterprising group of Spring Valley volunteers put their heads together to create KING 11, Spring Valleys cable access television station. KING 11, is named after Kingsland School, where the TV studio is located. Eleven ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Electric revenue bond sale approved

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Bids for public utility bonds for the city of Lanesboro were opened the morning of January 20th; that evening the council at their regular meeting awarded the bond sale to Dougherty and Company, LLC with a low bid of 4.246 percent interest. The bond ..... 
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