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Chatfield, Preston and Ostrander receive grants


Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

Southeastern Minnesota Develpment Corporation (SEMDC), in partnership with Semcac awarded a $474,200 in Small Cities Development Program Grant. The grant will assist the following communities: Ostrander, Preston, and Chatfield to help pay for improvements to housing, commercial and rental property.

Ostrander has been awarded funds to rehab eight owner occupied homes for low to moderate income households. Preston's funds will be for the purpose of rehabbing four commercial properties and four rental units in the downtown target area. The City of Chatfield will also be rehabbing four commercial properties in their downtown target section. Applications will be taken after the Environmental Clearance and notification of release of funds has been received from DEED.

The grants were awarded under the Small Cities Development Program through funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

These grants are important to Minnesota communities because they contribute to better housing, improved living conditions and expanded economic opportunities.

The program, which is administered by DEED, makes grants available to cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000.

Funding is awarded for housing projects, specifically for rehabilitating existing housing stock for low-to moderate-income residents; public facilities, including wastewater treatment projects, storm sewer and streets; and comprehensive projects that include housing and public facilities for multiple communities and rehabilitation of local commercial districts.

SEMDC and Semcac are working together on Small Cities Development Program Applications. SEMDC has twenty years of successfully authoring SCDP grant applications through DEED.

SEMDC is a private, non-profit agency that has been in existence for 23 years successfully providing a variety of services to counties and communities in Southeast Minnesota, including: assisting businesses in start-ups, expansions and relocations; assisting communities with their infrastructure financing; assisting with Small Cities Development Program Applications and Administration; assisting entrepreneurs in business plan creation, financial packaging, marketing and cash flow analysis; assisting communities and developers with assisted, senior, work-force and market-rate housing throughout the area; assisting communities with grant writing expertise; s .....
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Cash for Clunkers passes House

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Washington, DC) - Last week, Congressman Tim Walz voted to create jobs, revitalize the economy, and help reduce harmful carbon emissions from vehicles.

H.R. 2751, the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009, also known as "Cash ..... 
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Fillmore-Houston boards approve grant agreement

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



The June 2 meeting of the Fillmore County Board included a teleconference for the Fillmore-Houston Joint Board of Health. A resolution was once again passed for 2009-2010 to enter into a grant agreement for Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Gran ..... 
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Senator Ropes in Preston: We are all in this together

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL addressed the Preston City Council at their June 1 meeting. She discussed the recent legislative session and inquired as to how the city dealt with the loss of Local Government Aid (LGA) funds totaling ..... 
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Bunge seeks 'Conditional Use Permit' at Lanesboro City Council meeting

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council took a break from the usual at their last meeting on June 1. Street Superintendent Andy Drake took the group on a bus tour of the city's streets. He showed the conditions of some of the streets, and pointed out ..... 
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Ideas abound on tri-city tourism

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

At a Town Meeting Initiative this past March, the desire to enhance tourism in the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson were one of three principal ideas that developed. Now, community and business members, hoping to spur economic grow ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting May 5, 2009

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor, Gordon Johnson; Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke and Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

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'Junk Ordinance' revisited at Spring Valley City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

The first order of business to be tackled by the Spring Valley City Council at the May 27th meeting was another round at violations of the Junk Ordinance. Things have been relatively calm over the winter but now that the snow has cleared and the gra ..... 
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County employee health screening

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

Health Educator Brenda Pohlman informed the board at their May 26 meeting as to the results of the employee health screening. This is the third year participating employees have been screened for vision, hearing, flexibility, body mass index, blood ..... 
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