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Preston supports funding Forestville Historic Site


Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government



City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting that the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) had eliminated funding for three historic sites in the state including the Forestville Meighen site. State Senator Sharon Ropes had sent out the e-mail noting the MHS decision.

This decision will only affect the historic site and not other activities at Forestville State Park itself. The funding was cut as part of the MHS's efforts to make budget cuts. Hoffman remarked, "This is unfortunate news."

Mayor Kurt Reicks said the historic site was an asset to the area. Council members unanimously passed a resolution in support of restoring funding to the Forestville Meighen site.

Other Business In Brief

• The Serviceman's Club wants to hang an additional 30 flags this year. They have requested that the city share half of the cost of new flag brackets, $225. It was decided by consensus to see if the Utilities Commission, which is responsible for the poles the brackets will be mounted on, would assume the cost. Councilman David Harrison requested that it also be determined if they would need to purchase more flags to hang in the additional brackets.

• Public Works Director Bill Cox explained that the pickup shared with Utilities and used by the city for street work and snow removal is in need of replacement because of numerous breakdowns. The council authorized the purchase of a Chevy 2500HD off the state bid with snow plow and tool box attachments for a total cost to the city of $13,174.72 which is half of the total cost of the pickup. Utilities will pay the other half. The Utility Commission already approved the expenditure for their half of the cost. Hoffman noted that the cost to the city for the pickup was both budgeted and anticipated.

• Michele Gatzke from Good Samaritan Homecare submitted a request for a physically disabled parking spot near the intersection with St. Paul and Main Street for their clients that receive outpatient therapy. Councilman Robert Sauer recommended that it be on St. Paul which is a smoother surface for wheel chairs. Main Street is partially brick surfaced.

Hoffman said that property owners Andy and Anita Biesek had no objections and that the request was reasonable. Sauer suggested that the disabled parking spot that previously was on St. Paul be reestablished. The council approved a resolution requesting that the Fillmore C .....
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the April 13 Rushford City Council meeting was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Rushford looking at $10.3 million for infrastructure improvements

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

"You've got 10.3 million dollars worth of improvements you're going to have to do sometime," said engineer John Stewart about Rushford infrastructure to the city council at its regular meeting Monday, April 13.

Water mains and sewer pipes-well ..... 
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WALZ, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DISCUSS HIGH SPEED RAIL

Mon, Apr 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Rochester, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz and Obama Administration Official Mark Yachmetz, Associate Administrator of Railroad Development at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) held a roundtable discussion at the Rochester Area Chamber of Comm ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council looks at parking restrictions

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very short City Council meeting on Monday night. The main item of discussion was a proposed Resolution imposing additional parking restrictions.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the proposal which would define the number of ..... 
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Harmony Council receives audit report

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Harmony City Council approved the audit for 2008 as completed by Smith Schafer and Associates. This is the second year they have done the audit for the city. Ben Turnquist and Jason Boynton presented the audit to the council at their reg ..... 
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County recognizes Child Protection Month

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Service Director Thomas Boyd and county employees that work child abuse cases informed the board as to the increase in abuse cases at the board's April 7 meeting. Working through child abuse cases can involve cooperation between social worker ..... 
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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, ..... 
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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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