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Preston proceeds with eminent domain for trail


Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members unanimously approved a resolution at their October 2 meeting appointing Preston Attorney David Joerg as special counsel to use eminent domain proceedings to acquire two holdout properties for the Preston-Forestville Recreational Trail System. The properties in question, which are owned by John Snyder and Vern Ristau, are located between Carimona and Forestville State Park.

Joerg agreed to do the work "pro bono" (without cost) for the city. Council member Robert Sauer asked Joerg specifically if the city would incur any expense for his work and Joerg replied that it would not. Joerg added that there will continue to be negotiations with the Snyders and the Ristaus on where the trail goes through their property as well as appropriate compensation.

The Joint Powers Board involving six area cities has made an effort over the last ten years to acquire properties to construct the trail to Forestville State Park from Preston. Because of the steep topography and the limitations of no more than a 5% grade on slopes required by the American With Disabilities Act (ADA), the design and possible route for the trail leaves little room for adjustment.

Mayor Kurt Reicks asked that one representative from each family speak for the families. As the family members listed their objections, most family members present had their say as well as friends and Farm Bureau representatives who were opposed to taking agricultural land for a bike trail.

John Snyder insisted that the trail is "a want and not a need." He held up a copy of the Fillmore County Journal and asked how many businesses that advertise in the Journal is the trail going to benefit?

Joerg pleaded that Preston needs the trail. He said that a local farmer had commented to him that the city of Preston is dying. Tracy Raaen, Vern Ristau's daughter, insisted that the trail will not make a difference for the city. Snyder added that Preston is being turned into a retirement community.

Sauer said that other possible trail routes suggested by the families would require land from other land owners who have expressed an unwillingness to sell. Vernon Ristau said that he was confused and wanted to know why these land owners were not pursued when they said that they weren't interested. Ristau maintained that he and his family had been saying no for ten years. Ristau said that he'd worked this land all his life and it had been in the family .....
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EDA proposal tweaked for DEED acceptance

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - "As to the question, 'is the business community satisfied with this (proposal)?', I think I can answer that-No!" said Rushford mayor Les Ladewig in the special meeting of the city council last Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Ladewig continued, " ..... 
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County Board approves application procedure for demolition and debris removal

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

Fillmore County flood victims that need to have their condemned primary residence demolished and removed can apply for grant money from the state. The board approved the application form and criteria and the process at their October 2 meeting.
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Public hearing to vacate Southern Hills easement set

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Developer Gary Grebin came before the Lanesboro City Council at their Monday, October 1, meeting to discuss the possibility of re-platting Lots 9 and 10 of the Southern Hills development, on the backside of Maple Drive. The matter was re ..... 
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Rushford council sorts out aid issues

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

By Bonnie Prinsen & Tom Driscoll

RUSHFORD - "We've heard from so many entities about our unique unity as a community," said Council member Nancy Benson at the regular meeting of the Rushford City Council last Monday, Sept. 24. "Money should n ..... 
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Flood recovery dominates county board agenda

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government



PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners faced a full agenda at their September 25 meeting with most issues relating to the recent flooding in southeastern Minnesota. A group of people from several organizations and departments detailed their ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Reconstruction of Hudson Street set for public hearing

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night September 24 and passed a resolution calling for a public hearing on a major improvement project. Bryan Holtz of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the Feasibility Report to the Council. ..... 
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Rushford struggles with bad wells and condemnations

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Looking a little weary nearly a month after flooding transformed Rushford into a disaster area, Mayor Les Ladewig and City Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry Johnson and Herb Highum met in special session on Monday Septemb ..... 
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Board of Adjustment turns down variance request

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment voted on Thursday, September 20, to reject an application for a variance in Harmony Township.

Roger and Rosella Peterson had asked for a 902 foot variance to build a house on property they o ..... 
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