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Duane Benson to keynote the Preston Area Community Foundation Banquet


Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston Area Community Foundation announces Duane Benson as the featured speaker for their Annual Banquet. The Celebration has been set for Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Branding Iron Supper Club, Preston with the social hour from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Benson will speak on “The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be”. He is a Commissioner for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority appointed in July 2012. Duane Benson is also a local Lanesboro area cattle farmer and former Minnesota Senator from 1980 to 1994. During his tenure in the Senate he served as the Senate Minority Leader for a period during that time.

Benson was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation from 2005 through 2011. He also was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership from 1994 to 2003. He graduated with honors from Hamline University and was drafted into the NFL. He played eleven seasons as a linebacker for the Oakland Raider, Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Oilers.

Benson is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations and serves as a Trustee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He is a 2009 laureate of the Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame.

In addition, the event will feature a silent and live auction. Cost for the evening is $35 with tickets available at F & M Community Bank or Weber & Judd Pharmacy both in Preston.

Funds raised during the evening will be placed in the Foundation’s endowment fund. The interest earned on the endowment fund is then granted to local non-profit organizations for helping them finance special projects. Recent grant recipients have included the Fillmore Central daycare program, the National Trout Center, the area Audubon Society for the swift breeding tower at the Trailhead, and the Preston Historical Society for additional caboose remodeling. Additional applications are welcomed by the Foundation for future grants.

Options for financing Preston’s 2014 street project

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman at the council’s March 4 meeting detailed the pros and cons of combining the estimated $4 million worth of street improvements into one project. In early February councilman Robert Maust had suggested it may be cost ..... 
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Preston to proceed with planning for 2014 street project

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City Administer Joe Hoffman reviewed at the council’s February 5 meeting estimated levy increases that would be necessary over a twenty year period to finance the Twenty-14 street project. Hoffman explained one scenario for the street improvemen ..... 
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St. Paul Street improvement

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Public Works Director Jim Bakken reported at the Preston City Council’s January 22 meeting that the county is considering a mill and overlay project on CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) from Fillmore Street to the south bridge, before the power plant. Co ..... 
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Preston Ambulance to provide education incentive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their first meeting in 2013 approved financial incentives for EMTs and First Responders for the completion of up to twenty hours of additional education through a Transitional Course. Twenty-four hours ..... 
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Robert Maust joins Preston Council

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council during their December 4 meeting filled the open seat left by the resignation of Kay Spangler effective December 1. Spangler’s resignation was accepted as she and her husband were moving to Chatfield. Early in November the ..... 
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Preston utility rates remain competitive despite increase

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Preston, Minn – The commission of the Preston Public Utilities (PPU) approved a five percent increase in electric, water and sewer charges for all residential, commercial and industrial customers. The increase will take effect January 1, 2013. T ..... 
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Greenleafton established as subordinate service district

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Several Greenleafton residents addressed the county commissioners raising their concerns and questions about the Greenleafton wastewater treatment project at the November 13 board meeting. Sheila Craig, Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative, and ..... 
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Preston extends Small Cities Grant application

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s November 5 meeting that the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has suggested the city extend their preliminary application to include single family homes. Counci ..... 
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