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Exterior renovation of Preston City Hall


Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Details, as to the kind of exterior maintenance work needed on the Preston City Hall/Library, were discussed at the city council’s April 4 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that there are four major parts to this project, including a new roof, window and door replacements, EIFS (exterior insulation and finish system) repair on three sides, including awning replacement, and tuckpointing of the brick, mostly on the front of the building.

Architect Terry Grubbs, New Brighton, has inspected the building and offered a proposal not to exceed $1,440 to outline the scope of the work and to provide a cost estimate for the project. A motion to retain Grubbs was approved.

Dairy and Farm reuse

Discussion continued as to the possibility of purchasing the site and renovating the 50’ x 90’ building. Potential plans have been drawn up for the combined use of the building by the Historical Society, Tourism, and NTC.

Councilman Robert Maust detailed costs to remake the building from the frame out. “Doing it right” will cost about $400,000, including the purchase price of the site for $100,000. This figure does not include the aquarium/well proposed by Tourism.

The council is waiting on the completion of the environmental study and any possible clean up which will be the responsibility of Dairy and Farm.

Maust suggested that renovation plans may need to be delayed because of the projected cost. However, he believes the Historical Society may be able to raise the funds, $10,000 per year for 10 years, to purchase the site. A portion of the building could possibly be used by the Historical Society without immediate renovation.

Maust insisted the property is a good buy at $100,000. Councilman Charles Sparks commented that the site holds other possibilities for development. If the property is purchased, it will become city-owned property like the elevator site across the street. Maust maintained, “It certainly is in the right location.” He added that the other building facing the street could be used for storage. He suggested the fertilizer building in the back may one day have to come down, adding he wouldn’t spend anything on it right now.

Hoffman said it looks as though council members are considering the purchase of the site even if renovation can not be done at this time. Environmental clea .....
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Preston Area Community Foundation held 10th annual dinner and auction

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

On the evening of Monday, March 28, the Preston Area Community Foundation drew a crowd of nearly 200 local residents, business owners and community leaders to wine and dine at the Branding Iron atop the overlook of Preston. On the menu that evening ..... 
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Bluff Country HRA, serving Fillmore and Houston counties, is working with Minnesota Housing to provide affordable first-time homebuyer loans More than $688,579 in resources available in 2016

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

RUSHFORD, MN – Minnesota Housing announced that $56 million is available to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties, including $688,579 for Bluff Country HRA, serving Fillmor ..... 
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Rushford gears up for Tri-City Challenge, Conquer the Bluff, and SpectaculAir

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

A concise Monday, March 28 Rushford Council meeting provided those in attendance with details about two events slated for 2016 which are poised to become a draw for residents and visitors to the valley. The four-item agenda also saw the approval of ..... 
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Lanesboro Concept Project meetings will take place April 5 and 7

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The next public meetings of the Lanesboro Concept Project have been announced. The dates will be Tuesday April 5 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 7 at 1 p.m. Both meetings will take place in the lower level of the Lanesboro Community Center At these ..... 
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Spring Valley Council hears audit report

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. with all members in attendance: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The main topic on the agenda was pres ..... 
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Plans for Mill Creek channel restoration expanded

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Luke Lunde, soil and environmental scientist, explained at the March 28 Chatfield City Council meeting that the planned Mill Creek stream bank restoration will now include 1,200 linear feet. The original proposal for the fishing pier replacement and ..... 
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Funding the Preston City Hall mural

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 21 meeting of the Preston City Council, Kay Spangler, representing the Preston Area Arts Council, updated plans and funding efforts for the 16 foot x 36 foot mural, “Get Hooked on Preston”. The mural is to be located on the north ..... 
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County stretching highway dollars

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in All Government

County engineer Ron Gregg reported at the March 22 county board meeting that his department is working to “do more for less”. Slightly used concrete pipe has been secured for replacement of a couple of bridges on County Road 117 cutting the ..... 
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