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Preston takes a step toward floodway and floodplain redevelopment


Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

EDA Director Cathy Enerson explained the EDA recommendation to the Preston City Council at their March 21 meeting. The first phase of the plan is to do an environmental study on each of three properties identified for possible acquisition, including the Mill site owned by Harmony Ag, the POP property and the bulk plant property owned by Les Hellickson. The studies would consist of an investigation of the properties for environmental concerns.

At the time of this writing, options have not been secured on the properties. The council agreed to share the cost of the studies and the possible grant writing with the EDA, 50-50, with the condition that an option agreement or agreements are secured on any or all of the properties before going forward. It is possible that the EDA will only go forward with one, two or all of the properties. The EDA recommended the city council authorize the funds for the phase one testing and grant writing at their March 14 meeting, if the option agreements were in place. The EDA will have to approve the 50-50 cost share with the city. Each share would be up to $4,050. City Administrator Joe Hoffman remarked that both the city's share and the EDA's share are actually city funds.

Enerson said the studies are the EDA's due diligence as the buyer to protect the EDA and the city. The goal is to get a clean title. The area is being considered as a possible location for the National Trout Learning Center with the Mill site to be used for green space and parking. However, Enerson said any plans for the NTLC are for later. First ,the study of the properties and then the costs associated with obtaining the properties need to be considered. The redevelopment of the trailhead and floodway and floodplain area is a goal of the city regardless if it is chosen for the location of the NTLC or not.

The environmental studies will cost $1,900 per property or $5,100 for all three.

The first study phase is to produce information, to help make an informed decision whether or not to go forward. If the plan is to go into the second phase, a grant will be written at the cost of $3,000. The grant would cover 75 percent of the costs for the phase one study and phase two testing. If the city receives and accepts the grant, the city's portion could be up to $12,500 through phase two. Bonestroo was the low bidder to write the grant.

Enerson expects the city would have a good chance of receiving the grant from the Departm .....
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County approves technology upgrades

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

In this high tech age Fillmore County commissioners sometimes have to reluctantly swallow the cost necessary to keep up. Several departments brought forward their recommendations for upgrades in equipment at the board's March 22 meeting.

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CUP approved for Kuhn Manure System

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government



The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved the Conditional Use Permit for Marvin and Mary Kuhn to build a two stage manure handling system, stacking slab and liquid earthen storage at their dairy farm east of Newburg at the commission' ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The March 1, 2011, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Admin ..... 
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Rushford proceeds with TIF district

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

The council received an updated review of the community center and motel projects by developer Tom Serie of F&L Development. According to Serie, Sentence to Serve workers have installed drywall on the ceiling and insulated the exterior walls. Interi ..... 
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Chatfield to apply for Emergency Response grant

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dan Jaquith, training officer for the Chatfield Fire Department, explained why it is in the best interest of the city to install a generator at the Thurber Building at the council's March 14 meeting. The council approved the application for a grant ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses historical renovations

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dave Huisenga of the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) approached the Lanesboro City Council during their meeting on March 7. He presented an annual report with an overview of things accomplished during 2010. He also mentioned some ideas for 20 ..... 
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County Law Enforcement ARMER ready

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen received approval from the county board at their March 8 meeting to purchase mobile and portable radios with remaining grant funds. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent as he was in Washington D. C. attending a National Organizat ..... 
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Potential government shutdown will impact Semcac Head Start

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

If a compromise for a 2011 federal budget is not reached by March 18, the federal government may institute a shutdown of nonessential services. A shutdown would impact Semcac Head Start, which receives grant funds directly from the federal governmen ..... 
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