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Preston Historical Society seeks bonding for further elevator restoration


Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Richard Petsch updated the council at their April 6 meeting on the efforts to obtain up to $450,000 from the sale of bonds through the state to further renovate the grain elevator to its 1916 condition. The plans include a bagging shed, scale house, and dock. The author of bill 1652 is Greg Davids and was referred by him to the Committee of Finance on March 12.

The funding to pay back the bonds would be made available by the sales tax increase approved in the November 2008 election. The Constitutional Amendment approved by the voters at that time mandated that the funds from the sales tax increase be used for the arts, historical and cultural projects, and parks and trails. Petsch noted that there is no guarantee that the Preston Historical Society will get the funds, but that the planned changes are what they are working for.

Mayor Kurt Reicks asked if it would help for the city to pass a resolution in support of the funding measure. Petsch agreed it would be helpful. A resolution in support of bill 1652 was approved.

Street and Alley Vacated

A public hearing was held to consider the petitions. Laverne Paulson submitted a petition to vacate the 800 block of Elizabeth Street south. Travis Ristau submitted a petition to vacate the alley between the 800 South Blocks of Jeremiah Street and Elizabeth Street.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that the petitions had been properly executed. Travis Ristau commented that he didn't want the alley to be a problem when it comes to building. No other citizen comments were made, none against the petitions.

The city will maintain a permanent easement for the installation and maintenance of utilities on the entire vacated portion of Elizabeth Street. The city will maintain a permanent easement for utilities on the North sixty feet of the vacated ally. Both petitions were approved. Hoffman noted that the only property that would be land locked was the Ristau lot and that the Ristau's were the petitioners.

Ordinance 10.99

Councilman Robert Sauer has been working on a change in language in city Ordinance 10.99. He explained that someone who has, for example, a zoning problem may be unaware of violating the ordinance, depending on the interpretation of the ordinance. Sauer referred to the U. S. Prohibition Amendment as an example of a law that was "bad public policy" because it wasn't enforceable. He remarked, "Sometimes the letter of the law is not real justice .....
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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Rep. Davids supports compromise "Green Acres" fix

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - By a vote of 130-3, the Minnesota House of Representatives has approved legislation that makes changes to the state's "Green Acres" property tax program. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) helped approve the measure.

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Holmen to serve as Genex beef rep

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

Mark Holmen of Fountain, has joined Genex Cooperative, Inc. as an area beef representative providing personalized genetic and reproductive services while striving to improve the profit potential of beef producers throughout southeast Minnesota.
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KM Cattle Co. joins American Angus Association

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

KM Cattle Company, Lanesboro, Minnesota, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The American Angus Association, with nearly ..... 
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Spring Valley Council hears audit findings, discusses vehicle ordinance

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met at its newly scheduled time of 6 p.m. on March 23. All council members were present and approved minutes from their March 9, 2009 meeting as well as the final accounts payable report from March.

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Farm Service Agency News

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Program (SURE)

We still do not have procedure for this program. However, we do get questions on it so I will talk about what details we do know at this time. The 2008 Farm Bill created a trust fund whic ..... 
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Rushford ready to re-build Creekside Park

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

As citizens gear up to rebuild Rushford's landmark Creekside Park Playground in May, the decision was finalized at last Monday's city council meeting to place the new playground near where it previously stood.

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