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POET rain garden approved


Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A letter from Richard Eichstadt, General Manager of POET Biorefining, requested that the city of Preston allow POET to plant a rain garden on city property at the council's October 8 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman didn't have an objection. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann said that a he would draft an agreement.

The approval came with the stipulations that the city may remove it if necessary and that the city will not be responsible for any damage to the garden incurred by snow removal or utility work. POET will shoulder all the costs and be responsible for maintenance. City councilman Heath Mensink remarked that it is a good idea as it will slow water down and filter the water.

The rain garden will be planted in the ditch in front of POET along Industrial Drive. The plantings should filter asphalt surface runoff water draining into a storm pond.

September 24 Minutes

Revised

Dwight Luhmann suggested that the minutes of the September 24 meeting reflected a misunderstanding of the options he listed for the transfer of the old school house from the Fillmore County Ag Society to the Preston Historical Society (PHS). He said that he didn't recollect suggesting that the city gain ownership of the building and lease the land from the Ag Society. Luhmann insisted that the city work out a long term lease for the building only.

The minutes were approved as revised stating that the "city council was in favor of the Preston Historical Society seeking a long term lease from the Fillmore County Ag Society." The PHS will agree to operate and maintain the old school house. The only cost to the city would be adding it to its insurance coverage which should be minimal.

Other Business

• The council approved paying $35 annual dues for a membership with Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities. SEMLM is a regional organization that helps communities work together to promote legislative policy that is good for the area.

• The sixth and final payment for the 2007 Street and Utility Improvements in the amount of $61,274.20 was approved. Hoffman said that the 2007 project was complete.

• A recommendation from Bonestroo for a second payment on the 2008 project was not acted on. Hoffman noted that both he and Bill Cox were disappointed with work on Mill Street. Councilmen Heath Mensink and Jon Haugan both cited areas that they wanted the city engineer to look at before p .....
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Board discusses economic support programs

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the regular meeting of the county commissioners on October 7, Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked for and received approval for a regional grant plan that would include Fillmore County. Boyd noted that the dollars available for Fi ..... 
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County Commissioner District 5

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Gary Gunderson, County Commissioner District 5

My accomplishments include:

• Graduating from Mabel High School;

• Serving in the U.S. Army;

• Carpenter in AFL-CIO union;

• Operating a farm and h ..... 
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County Commissioner District 3

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

My name is Chuck Amunrud and I ask for your continuing support for re-election to the Fillmore County Board. I have now served six years on the County Board and have been working full time for the citizens who have elected me. Counties in Minnesota ..... 
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County Commissioner District 1

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Tom Kaase, County Commissioner District 1

For this article, I'm asked to describe myself, so here's the scoop. A husband, married to Dorle Grindland Kaase, who together have a 16 year old son, Kaine. A life-long resident of Fillmore County wh ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves plans for new pool roof

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council approved plans to construct a new steel roof over the municipal swimming pool at its September 22nd meeting. All council members were present and discussed construction bids from two local builders. Estimates solicited ..... 
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Bunge zoning and variance requests approved

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Planning and Zoning Committee held a public hearing on the Andy and Eric Bunge's request for zoning changes and variances just prior to the Preston City Council meeting on September 24. Councilman Robert Sauer was absent from the counc ..... 
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Plans for Rushford motel placed on hold

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Plans for a motel in Rushford have been placed on hold, and within the city government there appears to be all the makings of a showdown between the EDA and the Planning Commission.

At issue is the future of the Himlie Business Park north of ..... 
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Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

In an abbreviated meeting that lasted 15 minutes on Thursday, September 25, the Fillmore County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for National Wind to erect a meteorological tower in Section 16 of Beaver Township on land owned by ..... 
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