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Preston City Council Report: Sauer fills council vacancy


Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met in the basement of the F & M Community Bank Monday night to accommodate the great number of citizens that were expected to attend.

The council faced a busy agenda which allowed adjournment after four and one-half hours. Well over half of the large crowd failed to see the conclusion of the meeting. Three public hearings for wellhead protection, sidewalk improvements and TIF (tax increment financing) Authority were scheduled. Probably, the vacant seat left by Mike Gartner's death was of at least as much interest to the citizenry.

City Attorney, David Joerg explained the options the council had and advised them to appoint a counil member to complete the remaining time of Gartner's term or until which time there is a special election for the position. Further, if the council wished to hold a special election, they must first pass an ordinance stating under what circumstances the council was authorized to call a special election.

Mayor Dave Pechulis asked for nominations. Steve Knoepke was nominated. Council members Jerry Scheevel and Heath Mensink voted for him and Council member Mike McGarvey and Pechulis voted against. With a tie vote the mayor can appoint his choice. Dr. Robert Sauer was appointed by the mayor, sworn in and seated.

An ordinance governing the calling of a special election was discussed and passed. It does not require that an election be held. If an election is called, it would not be held until January of '04 and would be expected to cost about $1,000.

Wellhead Protection

Arthur Persons, planning supervisor for the Environmental Health Division from Rochester explained the history of the Wellhead Protection Plans. The Groundwater Act of 1989 directed the health department to establish a plan which was adopted in 1997. Preston's well #3 was new in 1999 and therefore requires a wellhead protection plan. The plan includes an evaluation program and the development of an emergency strategy that allows the populace access to safe drinking water.

Mr. Persons stressed that well #3 which is located in the industrial park is 'not vulnerable in that area at all.' Joerg inquired if the program did water testing. Persons replied that they didn't, but 'all water supply has a regimen for sampling and testing.' Currently, the wells are 'not exceeding (federal safe levels) on a .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: City Administrator takes steps to improve city books

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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Bobbie Torgerson stepped into her role of city administrator and submitted her plan to correct negative cash balances in city funds at the October 6th Lanesboro Council meeting. Some of the funds had corresponding CDs which Torgerson suggested cashin ..... 
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October is National Pork Month: Yes I work with pigs, and darn proud of it!

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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“I haven’t woke up once and not wanted to go to work. My favorite part of the job is Life being born every day."   Kim Merkel   Farrowing Manager

The swine industry has taken man ..... 
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Eagle Bluff celebrates 25th anniversary

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Joe Deden recalls plowing out the long drive way at Eagle Bluff one winter day more than 20 years ago, only to run out of diesel fuel midway through the task. He cross country skied down to his nearest neighbor, John Horihan’s place in the valley, wi ..... 
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Judge Wieners to hear MPCA challenge December 2 in Olmsted County

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Olmsted County Judge Joseph Wieners will hear oral arguments on a motion for a summary judgement against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in Courtroom 6 of the Olmsted County Government Center in Rochester beginning December 2. Wieners w ..... 
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Age is a state of mind for Cherry Grove woman

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

The thirst for knowledge and the possibilities of what technology can do for one is not limited by your age or your generation. Someone once said that "it is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” [Read the Rest]

Morton out on bail

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Trevor Lee Morton, 30, of rural Spring Valley was released on $100,000 bail after completing a psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital.

Judge Robert Benson ordered the evaluation to determine if Morton was abl ..... 
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Sierra Club meets with farmers

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Sierra Club members met with local farmers Saturday, September 20 at the Root River Church of the Brethren in rural Preston to discuss issues of sustainable agriculture.   The meeting was led by Jeff Webster, a 25-year reside ..... 
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Fall Home & Garden: Heaven on the hill

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Larry Dahl says he knew he wanted to buy the land for his new home the first time he saw it. While Dahl liked his home and neighborhood in Rushford, he was drawn to the land formerly owned by Obert Colbenson on top of the Highway 43 hill. Larry nestl ..... 
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