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Fillmore SWCD receives dividend from Minnesota counties intergovernmental trust


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston, Minn. – The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently received a dividend check in the amount of $4,959.00 from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT). MCIT is a member service organization that provides 81 of Minnesota’s counties and associated entities with property, casualty and workers’ compensation coverage, as well as risk management and loss control services designed for public entities. Fillmore SWCD’s decision to join MCIT has resulted in significant cost savings to taxpayers over the year.

MCIT’s decision to issue a dividend is based on a comprehensive review of the Trust’s reserving and rate level strategies, the performance of its investment portfolio, operational expenses, and claim history. The efforts of the Fillmore SWCD to manage situations that expose it to loss had a positive impact on the performance of MCIT and contributed to the ability of MCIT to return a dividend this year.

The total dividend that MCIT distributed to members in 2013 is $19 million: $7 million from the Workers’ Compensation Division and $12 million from the Property/Casualty Division. The Fillmore SWCD received $3,843.00 from the Property/Casualty Division and $1,116.00 from the Workers’ Compensation Division this year.

Since 1991 MCIT has returned more than $274 million of fund balance to members.

According to MCIT Board Chair Scott Sanders, Watonwan County commissioner, “The 2013 dividend demonstrates the benefits of pooling, members’ dedication to managing risk and the reward of Fillmore SWCD’s continued participation in the Trust”.
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Michael Himlie volunteers at Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, MD

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

Michael Himlie of Harmony, Minn., has recently undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) assignment with Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, MD. Brethren Disaster Ministries follows the biblical mandate to “bear one another’s burd ..... 
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Preston discusses residential issues

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their November 4 meeting again discussed whether or not to require a ‘green belt’ to screen the Brownsville Mobile Home Park. The issue was tabled after the discussion. A second issue concerning the possible purchase ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Elderly please beware ...

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I have received two phone calls this week from callers that state they are calling from the Medicare Office and they will be mailing out your new Medicare card along with a free packet of good stuff. FIRST they want to confirm your p ..... 
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Josephine C. Benson

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Josephine C. Benson, 100 years of age, died on Thursday, October 31 at her home at Traditions in Preston, Minn., where she resided for the last 4.5 years. Jo was born on September 15, 1913 in Owatonna, Minn. to John and Mary Pelinka. She graduated ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary applies to be celebration school

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular school board meeting on October 29, Dean Chris Mensink informed the board that Fillmore Central Elementary is eligible to be a Minnesota Department of Education Celebration School. He explained the top 25 percent of schools in Minneso ..... 
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Fillmore-Central band students performing in Conference Honor Band

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

F-C Band Students Performing in Conference Honor Band at Wabasha-Kellogg High School on Monday, November 4. Eight instrumental music students from Fillmore Central, under the direction of Lane Powell, were selected to the 2013 Three Rivers Confere ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School will host college information night

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a college information night on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from Southeast Technical College from Winona will have a financial aid presentation wit ..... 
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