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Home for the Holidays


Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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"Driving around in the city, the kids seem real upbeat. They’ve got no shoes and ragged clothes but they’re still smilin’. If they can persevere, anyone can do it." Specialist E 4 Tim Bisek, NaJaf, Iraq

Tim is the son of Andy and Anita Bisek of rural Preston, another "local boy" home on leave from the service. It’s a time to recharge one’s brain and body from the war’s rigors and duty, while still maintaining one’s sense of individualism.Bisek’s been on leave from the Army since Thanksgiving and will return to duty December 12. His father is an IBM computer programmer in Rochester, his mother owns and operates the Brick House on Main, a coffeehouse in Preston. A 2000 Lanesboro High School graduate, Tim is "Big Brother" to Frank, a sophomore at Lanesboro High School; and Curt, a chemistry major in St. Cloud State. It’s been three years since he crossed over the stage to receive his high school diploma and walk out the doors toward a new chapter in his life. Bisek wasn’t exactly sure how that chapter should write itself, though. He knew he wanted to do something that "people would be proud of.” The decision to join the Army seemed a good place to do some serious thinking while earning college money, seeing new places, and participating in a patriotic ritual that has both spurred on and haunted soldiers throughout history."I signed up for a five-year contract and have almost three years in,” said Bisek. He is classified as a Specialist E 4, ranked just below a non-commissioned officer and is a military police officer. He hopes to move up the chain of authority. This is done on a system based on points earned. Weapons qualifications, physical training, civilian education, and additional military education/correspondent job training all attribute to a soldier’s advancement scores. Pre-enlistment tests in such areas as math, English, and practical skills help to determine where a new recruit starts out. Bisek’s basic training commenced in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The nine-week session covered the basics of becoming a soldier, including weapon training, and physical training. After that, there was another eight weeks covering military police work. From Missouri Bisek went to Fort Benning, Georgia, an airborne school. However, a bad parachute descent ended in a broken leg and put a halt to that branch of the military service. Once the .....
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Fabian orders city of Preston to issue building permit to Mausts

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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On Wednesday, December 3, Houston County District Court Judge James Fabian ruled that the city of Preston must issue a building permit to Robert and Elaine Maust. The Mausts are the developers proposing to build the Heartland Energy & Recycling plant ..... 
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Judge Wieners hears arguments in MPCA suit

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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ROCHESTER - Judge Joseph Wieners listened to more than two hours of arguments from attorneys on Tuesday in a suit brought against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency by an environmental group. Orig-inally scheduled for courtroom #6, the hearing ha ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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Felony Charges

Wesley Duane Alden, 35, of Preston has been charged with two felony counts of first degree driving while impaired following his arrest on November 26 in Fountain. He is also charged with driving without a license, ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: New police officer sworn in

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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At the regular meeting of the Preston City Council Monday evening, Blaise Sass was sworn in as the newest member of the Preston Police Force. Officer Sass will start on Wednesday, December 3.

Truth in Taxation

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spotlight on Lanesboro’s Chamber of Commerce

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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“$1.5 million comes into Lanesboro each year through tourism.” This is just one of the facts Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce representatives Joan Ruen, Carla Noack, Lori Bakke, and Julie Kiehne shared with the Lanesboro City Council at their regular me ..... 
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County Board approves sand and rock quarry permits

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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As the board reviewed the resolutions, the issues of sites stockpiling supplies in road right-of-ways, dust control, and a growing trend of abandoned automobiles accumulating at the sites, was visited several times. The dust control issue appeared to ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Driver’s License Department -Where should it go?

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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When discussing ways to save money and still maintain efficient departments, the county board has been looking into the possibility of letting the Driver License Department move out of the courthouse to the private sector.

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Company exploring for industry-related metals in Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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Several property owners around Peterson and Mabel have been contacted by a mineral exploration company about the right to test for base metals on their land.

Prime Meridian Resources of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin hopes to begin a th ..... 
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