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Family Dollar to be on Preston Lumber lot


Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston City Council at their March 18 meeting approved an application for rezoning the former Preston Lumber lot and an application for a variance for needed parking spaces for the proposed Family Dollar discount retail store.

Planning and Zoning had held a public hearing concerning the application to rezone the lot from I-1 Industrial to B-2 Highway Commercial. Both the current owners and future owners of the property supported the rezoning. The council unanimously approved the rezoning to B-2 as recommended by Planning and Zoning.

Planning and Zoning found that the B-2 use would be compatible with surrounding properties and it would act as a buffer for adjacent residential properties.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted the city code prohibits parking spaces to be located within ten feet of the property line which abuts a road or highway right of way.

The Family Dollar development application requested a variance to install eight parking spaces right up to the property line. Planning and Zoning had held a public hearing during which both involved parties supported the variance. The ten foot variance was approved as recommended by Planning and Zoning.

Hoffman noted the lot is triangled shape and is bordered by a highway or street on each side. With the variance the develpers should be able to install a total of 34 parking spaces. The plans call for a 104 foot by 80 foot building.

Twenty-14 Street Project

Hoffman explained that city staff met with the city engineer last week and identified and recommended two areas for the first phase of the Twenty-14 Street Project. The largest area would extend from Winona Street hill, the fire hall area, to below city hall. The work will include improvements to resolve sewer issues and undersized mains and storm sewer infrastructure. The second smaller area would include the Judy Lane neighborhood which also has significant utility improvement needs.

The Public Utilities Commission had already ordered a feasibility study to be completed for these areas. A rough estimate of the project cost would be $2 to 3 million. Hoffman said this size project would be about three times bigger than what the city has normally done.

Councilman David Collett asked if concrete would be considered as a possibility for the street surface. Hoffman said it could be looked at. Complete reconstruction of some of .....
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Fillmore County farmer wins $5,000 for Fillmore Central FFA and Fillmore County 4-H

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Darrel and Lois Ray of Preston have been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofi ..... 
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Campground expansion planned at Old Barn Resort

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The conversion of this 206 acre farm with a multi-story old barn began a quarter century ago. The Old Barn Resort is promoted as “200 Acres of Fun.” The resort now features a 172 site campground, 38-bed bunkhouse/hostel, an 18 hole Rivers’ B ..... 
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Appellate Court reverses lower court on State Trail - Remands to District Court for further findings

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

This decision may be a signal the case is nearing the end of the road or may just be another sharp curve in the long time effort to build a state trail from Preston to Forestville State Park. The decision of the court of appeals remands the case to ..... 
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National Trout Center has new director

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

When Heath Sershen of Winona was in graduate school, he set a goal that when he graduated, he would like to work at a non-profit organization as a director. He wanted to teach people about brown trout and the driftless area. It seems Sershen has fou ..... 
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Amos hits the century mark

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Amos Anderson of Preston, Minn. has hit a milestone. On February 16, 2013, Amos will celebrate his 100th birthday. Amos Sidney Anderson was born on February 16, 1913, to Hovel and Josephine (Larson) Anderson on a farm between Peterson, Minn. and Ru ..... 
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Gehling Auction Company celebrates 40th anniversary

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

In 1973, Ron Gehling was looking for a place to start a business. He started selling farm machinery in Preston, Minn., which turned into Gehling Auction Company. Forty years later Ron Gehling is still selling farm machinery, but now additionally sel ..... 
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More than three years of growth for SMG Web Design in Southeast Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

SMG Web Design started out in 2009, the idea of Jason Sethre, the owner of the Fillmore County Journal. He saw there were people and businesses in the community that needed an online presence at a reasonable price. Michelle Haugerud was originall ..... 
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Napa in Preston to relocate

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Napa Store in Preston, Minn. which is currently located at 108 Mill Street, will soon be revving up its engine for a big move. Owners Mike and Sylvia Steien recently expanded the business and began selling hardware items in the Preston store and ..... 
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