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Preston approves EDA recommendations


Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, recommended that the city move forward with Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) applications at the June 16 city council meeting.

The council approved the application for a Small Cities Block Grant, a DEED grant, for commercial rehabilitation. The $300 cost associated with submitting the grant application will come out of the EDA Fund. The grant program will aid in the renovation of downtown Preston.

The city has $74,000 in Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) revolving funds. MIF funds are awarded to local units of government which provide loans to assist expanding businesses. The council approved the use of these funds to satisfy the 20% private contribution required. As a revolving loan, payment of this money will be paid back to the city for another program in the future.

A second part of the Small Cities Block Grant is the apartment rehabilitation program. This program “would offer rental property owners the opportunity to apply for the rental housing rehab loan program.” Approval was given for the EDA to apply for Greater Minnesota Housing Revolving Loan Funds to be used to satisfy the 20% private match for the apartment rental rehabilitation program. The $700 (1%) origination fee for the application will be paid out of the EDA Fund.

North Regional Pond

Brett Grabau, Stantec, explained that the pond is not in compliance with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) regulations because it is not holding water as it was designed to do. The pond is designed to hold water during large rain events treating the runoff through settlement before being released though the outlet structure. Grabau expects that water permeates through a karst feature.

Grabau offered three options to alter the pond to meet MPCA regulations and to protect the karst, including a synthetic liner, clay liner, or the conversion of the pond to a dry pond with filtration. The conversion to a dry pond will be by far the least costly fix, estimated to cost $35,000. The MPCA has agreed to this fix. Stantec recommended that the city move forward with the dry pond plan. There is the possibility that the pond could repair itself given enough time, but not likely in the near future.

A contract with A-1 for the industrial park project is expected to come in about $30,000 less than the base bid which could offset the c .....
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Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

On January 18, 2015 the Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project held its annual banquet at the Extension Office in Preston, Minn. Members and parents gathered for a potluck dinner followed by the monthly Horse PDC meeting. The annual awards program topped ..... 
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Trout Fishing Contest winners

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The National Trout Center held it’s annual Trout Fishing Contest on May 16, as part of the Trout Days celebration in Preston, Minn. The weather cooperated completely and excellent fishing conditions were enjoyed. While there were fewer entrants ..... 
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Carol Ann Jensen

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

After a courageous journey with breast cancer, Carol Ann Jensen, 55 of Winona, Minn. passed away at home Thursday, May 28, 2015 surrounded by family and friends. Carol was born on December 13, 1959 and was the fourth child of Orville and Betty Jen ..... 
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Preston couple’s love knows no boundaries

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston All

Dave and Cynthia Hokenson of Preston, Minn., have family photos on their wall like most families do, however, the Hokenson’s have a “wall of photos” that includes 24 of their “kids” that live all around the world. It all began in 1983 wh ..... 
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Local bowling team wins state tournament

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

A league bowling team from B & B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. rolled their way into the top spot in the Division 1 - five person Minnesota State USBC Women’s Tournament. The Rockin R Syrup team consists of Pam Ruen of Lanesboro, Minn., Kenda F ..... 
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Ribbon cutting set for “Equal Play” playground

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Park Board invites the community to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new “Equal Play” accessible playground at the Preston Swimming Pool. The ceremony will be Monday, June 8, 2 p.m. at the Preston Swimming Pool. About the pl ..... 
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Letter about Greg Davids for and against land buffers..

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

. To the Editor, It is very confusing to a reader when Greg Davids states he is both AGAINST and FOR land buffers. Land buffers and clean water go hand in hand as buffers help protect our water sources. Therefore, any vote FOR or AGAINST land bu ..... 
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Fillmore Central summer food program for kids

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Fillmore Central Schools will be providing free meals for children this summer! Free meals for children will be served at the elementary sc ..... 
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