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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 of the allowable costs associated with establishing a Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. Last year, Representative Walz, along with Representative Runyan (R-NJ), held a bipartisan field hearing in Preston to examine the proposal for the construction of a new Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston and the process used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to construct new state-run veterans’ cemeteries.

“After the tremendous sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans, our warriors deserve a final resting place that will both honor their memory and give them peace of mind in knowing they will be close to family and loved ones,” Representative Walz said. “I’m pleased to announce this grant and grateful for the bipartisan coalition that worked diligently together to get this done.”

The grant will help the state provide enhanced services for 51,150 Minnesota Veterans and their families. The closest state Veteran cemetery is Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin, approximately 193 miles away. Currently, Minnesota has only one state Veteran cemetery, located in Little Falls—nearly 250 miles away.

The closest VA national cemetery is Fort Snelling National Cemetery, located in Minneapolis, which is approximately 120 miles away.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Cemetery Grants Program was established in 1978 to complement VA’s National Cemetery Administration. The program assists states, territories and federally recognized tribal governments in providing gravesites for Veterans in those areas where VA’s national cemeteries cannot fully satisfy their burial needs. Grants may be used only for establishing, expanding or improving Veterans cemeteries that are owned and operated by a state, federally recognized tribal government, or U.S. territory. VA cannot provide grants to private organizations, counties, cities or other government agencies.

Representative Walz sits on the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee. He is a 24 year veteran of the Army National Guard and is the highest ranking enlisted soldier to ev .....
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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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Preston invites volunteers to help

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their July 1 meeting discussed the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Ronald McDonald Charity Cruise, and Goose Flat Park. The city is looking for interested volunteers to serve. Councilmen David Harriso ..... 
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Preston selects McGhie and Betts to develop comprehensive plan

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman at the council’s June 17 meeting reported that eight proposals were received to complete a comprehensive plan for the city. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Planning and Zoning had reviewed ..... 
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Preston reviews city projects

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the progress on a variety of ongoing projects at the city council’s May 20 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Hoffman said the city utility has authorized about $10,000 to t ..... 
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