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Preston wraps up details for North Industrial Park


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council worked through an unusually long agenda at their July 21 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

A public hearing was held related to the proposed utility improvements for the North Industrial Park. Brett Grabau, Stantec, explained that a 10 inch water main and 8 inch sanitary sewer are to be extended to serve properties north of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52. These services will include the installation of fire hydrants. The improvements will also be extended to the proposed commercial lots south of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52.

Assessments at the rate of approximately 27.4 percent of the cost are expected for those property owners of parcels north of Highway 16. Due to these proposed assessments, a public hearing was required. There were no comments from the public.

The total estimated cost of the utility improvements north of Highway 16 is $283,221. The Utility Commission (city) is to cover about $14,000 because of an oversized utility for future expansion. The DEED funding will pay $140,000. The remaining $129,117 is to be split three ways between estimated assessments to Preston Dairy and Farm ($38,735) and Gehling ($38,735) and the balance to the Utility Commission ($51,647).

The council unanimously adopted three resolutions including the order for the utility improvements and for a preparation of plans and specs (completed), the approval of the plans and the advertisement for bids for the North Industrial utility improvements, and a document which reserves the right for the city to reimburse itself with bond proceeds. City Administrator Joe Hoffman expects they will have either a 10 or 15-year bond which will also be the time period allowed for the assessments to be paid.

Purchase of Land

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann noted that the EDA has had an option agreement with Bob Doherty for up to 8 acres south of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52. Rockny Moger had a prior agreement for 2 acres which tied up those two acres. The council unanimously voted to exercise their option for the remaining 4.32 acres for a total of 6.32 acres.

The preliminary/final plat of these acres for the industrial park was approved. Grabau noted that a minimal number of acres will be purchased, those that are most buildable. A public hearing had been held at Planning and Zoning to get feedback from the public.

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Engagement - Rabe ~ Knies

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Dody Winnifred Rabe and John David Knies would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Dody is the daughter of Wayne and Wanda Goldsmith of Chatfield, Minn. John is the son of Jeff and Roxie Knies of Preston, Minn. and Mari and Mik ..... 
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Caboose dedication set for August 16

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

A 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 is the newest addition to the Preston Historical Society campus in Preston. A dedication of the caboose will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead Parking Lot Area, Corner of Center an ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools – Mini grant program

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 18th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each have ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects underway

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There are multiple construction and capital improvement projects going on at Fillmore Central Schools this summer. Principal Heath Olstad and Dean Chris Mensink updated the school board on the progress at their brief mid-summer meeting on July 22. ..... 
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Letter about Pieper blast

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, On the day Jon Pieper blasted me for my Obamacare opposition, it was announced that more “errors” caused 16,000 low-income Minnesotans to lose their health insurance. Think about that. For months these folks may have avoided th ..... 
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Good Samaritan Society - Home Care celebrates 20 years of service

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

While some retirees venture off to the warm, dryer climates of Arizona and other parts of the south and west for their golden years, many find that they can only feel right at home here in the Midwest, specifically southern Minnesota and northern Io ..... 
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Preston approves bond sale for 2014 street projects

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 7 Preston City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, informed the council that the city’s favorable “AA/Stable” Standard and Poor’s rating had been reaffirmed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The city ..... 
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Birth Announcements - Mark James Yonts

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Serenity proudly announces the birth of her baby brother! Mark James was born on June 13, 2014 to John and Danielle Yonts of Preston, Minn. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are James Yonts of Rushford, Minn; ..... 
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