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Hoffman named Preston city administrator


Fri, May 14th, 2004
Posted in Features

Joe Hoffman of Plainview has accepted the position of Preston City Administrator. The appointment was made at a special city council meeting on Wednesday, May 12. Hoffman currently is the Executive Director of the Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC) in Rushford. “Joe rose high above any other applicants,” Council member Heath Mensink said in nominating Hoffman for the post. There were seven applicants for the post, of which the hiring committee interviewed three people. Hoffman is no stranger to Preston. Through his work with SEMDC, he has been acting Preston Economic Development Coordinator the past several months.Hoffman said he was honored to serve the people of Preston.“This is a unique community with a passionate citizenry that is very involved in the democratic process,” Hoffman said. Hoffman will begin work on June 7. His appointment is for an 18 month period.




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Protesters hold rally in Preston against Heartland

Fri, May 7th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - Megan, an 18 year old senior at Winona High School, came because she wanted to help stop the tire burning plant.

“The plant will not only effect Preston but the surrounding area,” she said.

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DFL offers up few facts in Davids’ investigation

Fri, May 7th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - Rep. John Lesch, DFL from St. Paul, held a press conference in Lanesboro on Friday afternoon, April 30, to discuss the preliminary findings of an investigation concerning allegations of intimidation by Rep. Greg Davids.

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The Battle Over Heartland

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Preston: A town divided  By John Torgrimson  When you mention Preston to anyone in Minnesota nowadays they say, “Oh, isn’t that where that tire plant is being built?”  The bat ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Attorney Sandy Keith to mediate Heartland v. Preston

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Initially a closed door meeting of the Preston City Council had been requested by council member Steve Knoepke for the purpose of approving a mediator. Apparently, there was some miscommunication since not everyone appeared for the 5:30 p.m. meeting. ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Update on Church Hill development

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Northcountry developers Jeff Allman and Warren Kramer updated the Lanesboro City Council on development plans for Church Hill Properties at the regular council meeting held May 3rd. The new plans included an increase from sixteen to twenty-one units ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Board continues discussion on additional Zoning staff

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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As the demand for zoning permits continues to increase in the county, and the need for visiting each site to determine that county requirements are being met, has forced the county board to review options that would provide additional zoning office h ..... 
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Preston comes together to assist at accident

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Today (Thursday, May 6) I had the unfortunate experience of being one of the first on the scene of a horrible accident on Hwy 52 by Citgo in Preston. After doing what little I could to help, I stood nearby praying Godspeed for the individuals involve ..... 
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Behind the scenes at the Minnesota Book Awards

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

ST. PAUL - Minnesota has a rich literary heritage. We have our share of big names, like F.Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Robert Bly, and Tim O’Brien. But the big names only represent the surface of all the books written, and being written, in Minn ..... 
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