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Preston City Council: Recreation Center gets go ahead


Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council voted at their meeting Tuesday night to hire Crescendo Consulting of Winona to organize a capital campaign to raise $3 million for a new Recreation Center. The 34,000 square foot facility, which will be built adjacent to the Fillmore Central Middle School, will be equipped with an indoor aquatic center and running track.

A comprehensive update on the proposal was presented by former city council member Steve Knoepke and Chuck Aug, both of whom serve on the Steering Committee. Knoepke gave a brief history of the project, detailing various marketing and fundraising surveys that have been completed over the past few years.

The marketing survey showed that the recreation center would be able to attract more than 1000 memberships, while the fundraising study indicated that there was more than adequate philanthropy in the area to raise the money to build the facility.

The Steering Committee has recently studied similar recreational facilities in several locations to get a sense of actual operating expenses and expected income. Chuck Aug said that the committee wanted to find out if there is a continuing operating burden for the city.

Based on the Steering Committee’s findings, it was estimated that the city of Preston might expect an annual operating loss of $50,000 to $100,000.

Mayor Dave Pechulis asked how much it costs the city to operate the present pool. Knoepke said that the subsidy the city now provides is about $40,000 a year..

Knoepke said, "Cresco is the facility we have been trying to model after." According to Aug, Cresco has been successful in that they have controlled programming costs while attracting strong membership. The Cresco facility expects a shortfall of about $10,000 in the year 2003.

Knoepke said that Cresco was a bigger town of about 3500 people, but Preston with the surrounding area, including those in a fifteen mile radius, presented strong numbers.

John Torgrimson, a member of the Steering Committee, said that in his view this was an 'investment' in Preston to make it a more attractive place to live.

City Administrator Fred Nagle, who talked to managers of the many facilities surveyed, said that regardless of the amount each city subsidized their facility they all expressed pride in their facilities and are .....
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Lack of snow gets mixed reaction

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Up until a week ago, the brown monotony of ground cover could make Fillmore County residents forget they were smack dab in the middle of winter. Die-hard golfers were hitting the links at several of the area golf courses, homemakers were hanging thei ..... 
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County, DNR agree on trout stream easement

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

As bitter winter winds rapped against the courthouse windows on Tuesday morning, Steve Klotz of the DNR talked to County Commissioners about trout fishing on the Root River. In particular, Klotz was interested in a proposed trout stream easement that ..... 
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Competition cheerleading comes to Fillmore Central

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Cheerleading is a sport.

As simple as this statement may seem, a controversy about it rages in high school hallways and gym bleachers. Those who argue that it is a sport point out that cheerleading stunts and formations require ..... 
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In the “eyes of the law”

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

When my niece asked my wife and I if she and her fiance could get married on our farm this summer, we were thrilled and honored to be asked. Megan and her boyfriend, Chris, said that they were planning a small, quiet wedding with friends and family a ..... 
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Housing Study completed in Fillmore County

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

A comprehensive housing study of Fillmore County, commissioned by Bluff Country HRA, was unveiled at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 14.

The report, conducted by Maxfield Research of Minneapolis, presents a picture of the ..... 
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Harmony Council sorts through administrator applications

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Harmony City Council moved forward with the sorting of applications for the vacated city administrator position at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Joel Dhein had given his notice at the December meeting, saying he had accepted a position in Mora, MN, ..... 
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Rushford Liquor License fees reduced

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Do we expect special treatment? Yes, we do!" exclaimed American Legion representative Dennis Peterson as he addressed the Rushford City Council Monday night at the January 13th meeting, asking them to consider a reduction in liquor license fees for ..... 
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Board expects challenging year

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Fifth District Commissioner Marc Prestby is the 2003 chairman of the Fillmore County Board. Journal editor John Torgrimson talked with Prestby about the issues facing county government in the next year. The following is a summary of th ..... 
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