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Chatfield and Preston put on a show House: Capital Investment Committee Tour


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, members of the House Capital Investment Committee went for a road trip around Southeastern Minnesota to visit candidates requesting bonding support.

Led by State Representative Alice Hausman, chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, the members of this committee will be visiting each section of the state as they gather information that will help to determine who gets funding. With roughly $850 million on the table, and a total of $2.4 billion in requests -- with that number still growing as requests are submitted -- only a fraction of these state-wide projects will garner financial support.

As a matter of protocol, state representatives for their own districts were asked to give a speech about the significance of supporting specific bonding projects, which gave State Representative Greg Davids (District 28B) a few moments at the podium.

While the House Capital Investment Committee had scheduled visits at Winona State University and the Southeast Minnesota Rail Alliance (in Rochester) to discuss support for the Zip Rail, Fillmore County captured the attention of legislators during their visit to Chatfield and Preston.

National Trout Center

First, at a crowded National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn., legislators had an opportunity to hear about a mission and vision revolving around the famed trout of the Root River.

Citing the economic impact of the NTC illustrated with a clever fact-filled 16-1/2 inch colorful trout-shaped handout, NTC Chairman George Spangler shared the following information with the House Capital Investment Committee.

•More than 450 miles of trout stream restoration over the past 25 years

•$1.1 Billion annual economic benefit to local communities

For every dollar spent on stream restoration, $24.50 is returned annually to the regional economy

•Over 155,000 Trout Stamp holders in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

•Non-resident anglers contribute 47 percent of direct expenditures to the trout fishery

In addition, Spangler shared the mission of the NTC, which “is to conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their cold-water environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness.”

Following a presentation by Spangler at the NTC location on Saint Anthony Street in downtown Prest .....
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Green belt for Brownsville Mobile Home Park?

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Kerry and Nancy Soiney aired their complaint at the Preston City Council’s October 7 meeting insisting that a “green belt” should be established along the Brownsville Street section (in front of about five mobile homes) of the Brownsville Mobi ..... 
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Preston enters into option agreement for POP property

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council and the Preston EDA held a combined meeting on September 23 to discuss the possible disposition of Preston Oil Products (POP), the long abandoned gas station at the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Str ..... 
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Walz announces $10 million grant for Preston Veteran Cemetery

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Construction of the cemetery will give peace of mind to 51,150 Minnesota Veterans and their families MANKATO, Minn. – Representative Tim Walz announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a $10 million grant covering 100 percent o ..... 
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Ten year plan for Preston street maintenance

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karne Reisner Jim Bakken, Public Works, reviewed a detailed 10 year street maintenance schedule at the city council’s September 16 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Streets have been assigned a numerical rating. Bakken said $4 ..... 
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Preston to proceed with plans for Twenty-14 Project

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Stantec engineer Brett Grabau explained at the public hearing for the Twenty-14 Project that the proposed project will involve about one-third of the city’s streets and underlying utilities. A resolution was adopted later during the September 3 ci ..... 
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Preston discusses preliminary 2014 budget

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner A long discussion ensued at the Preston City Council’s August 21 meeting as to the specific details outlined in an early draft of the 2014 budget. Councilman Robert Maust peppered city administrator Joe Hoffman and city clerk S ..... 
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Preston debates purchase of derelict properties

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Preston EDA, presented details at the Preston City Council’s August 5 meeting for a possible land acquisition of three parcels. The potential purchases would be to further the EDA’s efforts to clean-up dilapidated properties near ..... 
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A leaner National Trout Center

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at its July 13 meeting after a long discussion concerning the past and future of the National Trout Center voted to approve the revised, leaner budget for the center. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The NTC was found ..... 
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