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Fillmore Central School Board discusses land owned by school


Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board recently hashed out the confusing details of a one-acre parcel of land apparently legally owned by the school. The land is wooded, and located two miles south of Preston. A country school was once located there, and then the Preston School District. There is some confusion and no records as to the change in ownership after that time, but the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce has been paying the taxes. They are now questioning why they are doing so, when the parcel technically belongs to the school.

The subject came to the school board in 2008, and it was decided at that time to take no action.

Board member Deb Ristau had looked back on meeting records. She remembered the board deciding at that time that the legal fees and other costs associated with selling the land or giving it away would be significant. Also, there is some discrepancy in the description of the land and some confusion as to the exact location.

At the time, the board considered giving that land to the Boy Scouts, but Ristau found the Boy Scouts organization cannot own land. There was also some discussion about giving the land to the Game Havens, as they can own land and have used it before.

The board did not take any action at this time. They will be getting more information and finding out if anyone wants the property or if anyone is using it. They will speak with the owner of the adjacent land as well, and working with Scott Springer, the attorney that approached the district on behalf of the chamber, to see about getting the legal details worked out.

Organization

The board went over organizational items for 2014. Chairperson will remain Ross Kiehne, and Vice Chairperson Craig Britton. The clerk will now be Jim Love, with Shelly Topness as Vice Clerk and Sue Sikkink as Treasurer.

Board salaries for 2014 will remain the same.

Committee assignments will stay the same, with the exception of Emily Ellis taking Special Education Advisory Council, and trading with Sue Sikkink, who will be on the Meet and Confer Committee.

Official depositories are First SE Bank in Harmony, F&M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank in Fountain, and MSDLAF (Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund).

Official newspapers are the Republican-Leader, News Record, and the Fillmore County Journal.

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Fillmore Central Community Education school readiness program earns a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Congratulations to Fillmore Central Community Education School Readiness program for earning a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating! This is the highest possible rating. Parent Aware Star Ratings help parents find programs that go above and beyond to prepar ..... 
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James Jerome Grabau

Thu, Jan 30th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

James Jerome Grabau, age 60, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday, January 29. 2014, at the Golden Age Living Center in St. Charles, Minn. James was born April 6, 1953, in Preston, the son of Joe and Flora (Anderson) Grabau. He was baptized an ..... 
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Preston supports current Renewable Fuel Standard

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their January 21 meeting authorized City Administrator Joe Hoffman to draft a letter on behalf of the city council to the Environmental Protection Agency to be signed by Mayor Kurt Reicks asking for continued support for h ..... 
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Preston business community anticipates veterans cemetery

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

After almost five years of planning, conversations, meetings, and congressional bill development and promotion, the community of Preston, Minn. is full of anticipation for the state veterans cemetery that will be fully developed in 2015. A veterans c ..... 
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Irene E. Eichstadt

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Irene E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston, Minn.., died on Monday, January 20, 2014, of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she had been a patient for one day. Irene Ethlyn Lee was born on June 25, 1919 in Dolliver, Iowa to ..... 
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Winnie Halweg

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Winnie Halweg, age 96, of Preston, Minn., died Friday afternoon, January 17, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Winifred A. Halweg was born June 30, 1917, at Granger, Bristol Township, Minn., the oldest of three daughters to Jerome and Ida ..... 
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Tienter-Ertl couple to celebrate true small town wedding

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As many people from small towns know it can be difficult to find love in a community where you are related to almost everyone--and if you find someone you’re not related to you just might want to confirm with grandma. Lucky for bride-to-be Grace T ..... 
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