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Fresh faces join Preston City Council


Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Three new people sat around the table Monday, January 6 , for the first meeting of the Preston City Council in the new year. Mayor pro-temp Mike Gartner presided while Fred Nagle, the city administrator, swore in council members Heath Mensink and Michael McGarvey, as well as the new mayor David Pechulis.

Mayor Pechulis suggested that given the states financial crisis, there is a need for the city to adopt a resolution to protect 'Preston's critical public services'. These services include the police and fire departments along with ambulance service.

"There is no question of the city budget shortfall. . . the ripple effect already has started," Pechulis said. He went on to declare that maintenance of equipment and current staffing of the critical services needs to be supported. The mayor proposed a three year plan to 'protect budgets of those services'.

Mike Gartner agreed the protection of these public services was 'valid thinking', however he wanted to know exactly how the resolution would read. Pechulis agreed to provide the language for the resolution and present it to the council in the future.

Highway 52

Fred Nagle gave an update on the cost share for the upcoming Highway 52 project. MnDOT will pick up 100% of the costs for new storm sewers along the Highway 52 corridor, with the city and county responsible for several extensions on connecting streets. Nagle said that the city should benefit from the new cost share formula.

A resolution to impose parking restrictions on CSAH 17 was discussed and tabled in order to make changes to how the resolution was worded.

Other Business

Council members received their new appointments to various city boards and commissions. Heath Mensink will serve on the Park Board, the Public Utilities Commission and as the Fire Department liaison. Mike McGarvey will serve on the Planning and Zoning Committee and the EDA. Mike Gartner will serve on the Tree Board and the Library Board. Jerry Scheevel will serve on the Tourism Board and EDA.

The Republican-Leader was appointed legal paper.

The council will meet next on Tuesday, January 21, because of Martin Luther King Day.



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2002 in review

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Editors note: The Journal looked at what newsmakers in Fillmore County said over the past year as a way to profile the year 2002. From the pages of the Fillmore County Journal, heres what was said on a range of topics.

The st ..... 
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Environmental group challenges Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP), a grass roots environmental organization made up of Fillmore County residents, has advised the Preston City Council that the conditional use permit they issued on May 20, 2002 to Heartlan ..... 
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Preston Council approves parking variance for county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council approved a parking variance for Fillmore Countys courthouse addition at a special meeting of the city council on Monday, December 30.

The county, which has 49 parking spaces available in its two existin ..... 
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Visiting the Forbidden Island

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

The US government doesnt exactly say that we cant visit Cuba; they just make it mighty hard to get there. And if you do figure out a way to get to the island, a mere 90 miles offshore from Florida, the US prohibits you from spending money there. Sp ..... 
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County to apply for challenge grant to upgrade manure management practices

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

Fillmore Countys Soil & Water Conservation District Officer Lora Friest informed the County Board of the availability of a Challenge Grant at their final 2002 board meeting.

The grant is available through the MN Board of Soil ..... 
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The Commute: My friend died

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

Id planned to write this column about New Years resolutions and my aversion to physical exercise, but every time I start to write it, I am thinking about Deanne, who died December 16.

At the age of two, she was diagnosed with ..... 
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Sumner Township subdivision denied variance

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

Last Thursday evening, in a hearing room filled to capacity with over 75 citizens, the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment denied a variance to Bruce and Linda Bucknell to develop a subdivision within 600 feet of a feedlot.   ..... 
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Familys tragedy sparks action

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

When it came time for Kingsland Elementary School to select their annual Christmas Service project, it didnt take staff or students long to come up with a cause.

On October 24, first grade student Daphnie Crews and her brother ..... 
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