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National Trout Learning Center in Preston?


Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Cathy Enerson, Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), told the city council at their October 6 meeting that the idea of developing a Trout Learning Center in Preston is in an early discussion stage. The next step is to put together a steering committee to explore the possibility.

Enerson thinks it could be a real asset to Preston which is the trout capital of Minnesota. Currently, there is not a national trout center in the country. Members of the EDA have toured the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. She suggested the committee could work on a business plan patterned after the plan used by Wabasha. Enerson maintained if a center became a reality it should be located as close to downtown Preston as possible.

The learning center will strive to educate the public about "trout, trout habitat, coldwater streams, the driftless area, fishing and equipment used by trout fisherman, the history and environment of Preston and Southeastern Minnesota."

City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted the idea has been discussed behind the scenes and it is time to bring it before the public and the city council. Mayor Kurt Reicks said it definitely would be a benefit for the city. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann, who is also president of the EDA, agreed it was early, but time to put a committee together.

The EDA would pursue grants and other financing possibilities based on the steering committee's recommendations. Enerson said ideas from the community would be sought before putting the budget together. This is just the first step.

Two resolutions were passed. The first, which the EDA passed contingent on the council's adoption, gives the EDA the authority to pursue finances and accept donations. It also allows for the creation of an EDA site committee and public steering committee. The committee will be doing the ground work. Reicks pointed out the city has no budget for this at this point. Luhmann said it will have to come back before the council before the city would be obligated in any financial way. Hoffman made it clear that the resolution would not take away the council's authority over the EDA.

A second complimentary resolution was approved which gave the council's support of the Preston EDA's efforts to create a National Trout Learning Center. Both resolutions were passed unanimously.

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2010 Census announcement

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

My name is Ashley Edwards and I'm working as the local government liaison for the State of Minnesota's Census 2010 Campaign. Believe it or not, Census 2010 is just six months away (Census Day is April 1, 2010). As you may know, Minnesota is one of a ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Center repairs

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman recently took a "Junk Tour" with city maintenance employee Andy Drake. They drove through the town to see if there were any properties that were in violation of the city's junk ordinance. They took pic ..... 
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Melander receives the Certified Municipal Clerk designation

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Lolly Melander, city clerk/treasurer of Canton, has earned the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) for August 2009.

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Fillmore County to embark on a healthy voyage

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a nation-leading effort to reduce chronic disease, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded 39 grants to Minnesota communities to help lower the number of Minnesotans who use tobacco or who are obese or overweight. The Statewide Healt ..... 
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Whalan discusses trimming trees and dual heat policy

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, for its monthly meeting. Present were counsel members: Larry Johnson, Johnny Halverson, Everett Johnson, David Rahn, Margaret Chiglo and Lolly Melander; visitor present was Lanny Landsverk.< ..... 
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What is the future of Potter Auditorium?

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

A joint powers meeting of the Chatfield City Council, Chatfield Public School Board, and the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) was held to keep all informed as to the findings and recommendations of the steering committee. The steering ..... 
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What is the future of Potter Auditorium?

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

A joint powers meeting of the Chatfield City Council, Chatfield Public School Board, and the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) was held to keep all informed as to the findings and recommendations of the steering committee. The steering ..... 
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Hilltop Estates, second additional approval

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

By Karen Reisner

The Chatfield City Council unanimously gave their approval to the development agreement and the final plat for the Hilltop Estates, Second Addition at their September 28 meeting. The public hearing had been continued from the ..... 
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