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Preston City Council: Farmer's Market starting in May


Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston will have a Farmer's Market beginning this May. The Preston City Council gave the go ahead to a group of organizers at their Monday, March 17, meeting.

The market will be located on the grass near the Preston trail head and be held on Fridays, from 11:00 to 2:00 beginning in May and going through October.

An alternative site on city property near the ice rink was approved in the event the trail head doesn't work out. The group was also allowed to place removable signs advertising the market throughout the city on Fridays.

Sandy Benson, representing the Farmer's Market, told the council that vendors will be required to have liability insurance, which most home policies provide. There are 11 members signed up who plan on selling locally grown produce and handmade crafts. Vendors must reside in Fillmore, Houston or Winneshiek counties and follow all rules from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

There is a $20 membership fee for vendors, which must be paid by the end of May. Those wanting more information about the Farmers Market can contact Benson or Frank Riehl.

Fountain Treatment Plant

Fountain Mayor, Richard Kujath came before the council to discuss his city's plans to upgrade their wastewater treatment plant. The city of Preston presently owns and operates a pre-treatment plant in Fountain, where treated wastewater is discharged into a drain field.

Kujath said that the city has outgrown this system, which has been in place for 19 years.

"We are treating 27,000 gallons a day, sometimes up to 30,000 gallons, which violates our permit," Kujath said.

He said the city is working with the MPCA and would like to locate their new facility on the site of the pre-treatment plant. Because the land, building and equipment were paid through a grant, Kujath asked if the city of Preston would gift the property and building to the city of Fountain. He said that Fountain hopes to have the plant operational by November.

Preston City Attorney Dwight Luehmann told the council that he would like some time to check with the League of Minnesota Cities to see if the city faces any liability if it gifts a city-owned asset to another governmental entity.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that it might be helpful if city staff were to evaluate whether any equipment at the site, such as blowers, could be retained for city use. Hoffman said that knowing the value of the equipment .....
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County addresses Minnesota budget deficit

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County commissioners invited department heads in for a discussion about the state budget shortfall and how the county could be affected at their March 11 meeting. The Minnesota Department of Finance announced a forecast in February of a $9 ..... 
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Use of flood money for start-ups questioned

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In the days immediately following the flood of 2007, it was difficult for Rushford residents and civic leaders to imagine anything worse than the muddy water covering their town and nearly everything in it.

Now, seven months later ..... 
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Rushford council accepts resignations

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

A pair of resignations bookended last Monday's city council meeting.

Christina Friederichs, Vice-Chair of the Rushford EDA, resigned her post, effective April 9.

Friederichs, Business Manager for Winona Health, had asked for time at ..... 
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Harmony hires architect for Community Center project

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Council members in Harmony have been looking at ways to finance the projects that need to be done at the Community Center, both to the building and the parking lot. At the regular meeting on March 11, City Administrator Jerome Illg presented th ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council holds brief meeting

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

It was one of the shortest meetings in months as the Spring Valley City Council breezed through a handful of agenda items.

Liquor License Application

An addition was made to the recently approved Liquor License for Johnny Ringo's. It ..... 
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Preston council committed to eminent domain

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Ristau made a plea to the Preston City Council at the March 3 meeting to reconsider and rescind their motion of last fall to institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire land for the bicycle trail from Preston to Forestville State P ..... 
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Social Service programs reviewed

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The history, operation and goals of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Diversionary Work Program (DWP) were detailed at the March 4 county board meeting. Gail Bunge, Financial Assistance Supervisor, explained that the M ..... 
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Rushford City council: Joint session looks at flood loans

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In a special joint-session of the Rushford City council and EDA on Monday, March 3, members presented tailored specific disaster loan policies to meet special-case needs, but largely decided to stick with program guidelines that have resu ..... 
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