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Preston enters into option agreement for POP property


Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

The Preston City Council and the Preston EDA held a combined meeting on September 23 to discuss the possible disposition of Preston Oil Products (POP), the long abandoned gas station at the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Street SW. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

EDA members Dwight Luhmann, Tim Kiehne, and Joanne Szuch were present.

The first issue was whether or not to close the meeting. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann noted that they have had an open dialogue to this point and suggested it should be closed only if they were to negotiate a price. City Administrator Joe Hoffman added they should close a meeting only when they really need to. Councilman Robert Maust seemed to agree, saying it is public money we will be spending. The meeting remained open.

Cathy Enerson, business development director, reviewed the recommendation of the EDA to purchase the three dilapidated parcels that was first discussed at the August 5 meeting of the city council. The other two parcels are the Hellickson rental house on Mill Street SW and the bulkhead tank area near the trailhead.

At the August meeting Councilman Robert Maust had expressed concern about the potential expense for the city if the ground were found to be contaminated when the underground tanks at the POP are removed.

Enerson described an option agreement which would protect the city from exposure to unknown risks (the possibility of contaminated ground). The city would pay the estate or a subcontractor $19,000 to remove the tanks after which the soil will be sampled. The city would hold an option to buy the POP property for $1. If the ground were found to be contaminated, the city could walk away. If there wasn’t any contamination, the city could exercise the option and pay an additional $2,200 in costs (10 percent of investigation costs and of a response action plan) and own the property. The property would at this point still have the above ground structures and cement in place. It will cost an additional $12,280 to then remove the above ground structures and level the site to make the site more attractive to developers.

A very long back and forth debate ensued. Luhmann explained that there was a chance that the estate could qualify for the state’s Petrofund which would cover 100 percent of the tank removal costs. It would have to be proven that the tanks were abandoned by 1988. .....
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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 o ..... 
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Highlights of 2013 Trout Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The 2013 Trout Rendezvous, held at the Preston Trailhead Park, was a time for trout enthusiasts to gather and participate in a number of trout related activities. The event was sponsored by the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter and the National Trout ..... 
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Melford C. “Mel” Haugstad

Tue, Sep 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Melford C. “Mel” Haugstad, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Monday morning, September 16, 2013, at Rochester Methodist Hospital. Mel Haugstad was born November 15, 1930, to Martin and Clara (Ike) Haugstad and grew up on a farm south of Spring G ..... 
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Delvin George Nelson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Delvin George Nelson of Preston, Minn. passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 (his 51st wedding anniversary) of respiratory failure, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Delvin was born on August 6, 1938 in Cresco, Iowa to George and Joye Nelson. He was ..... 
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Ann and Jim O’Connor

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Ann and Jim O’Connor share their stalk of corn boasting five ears in front of Preston Dairy & Farm. A normal stalk of corn has 1 - 2 ears. Photo Submitted by Ann O’Connor

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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Ronald Alvin Link

Thu, Sep 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Ronald Alvin Link, age 50, of Preston, Minn. died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at his home. Ronnie was born November 4, 1962 to Alvin and Frances (Westphal) Link in Spring Valley, Minn. He is survived by 1 brother and 2 sisters, Elaine (David) Hors ..... 
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Delvin George Nelson

Thu, Sep 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Delvin George Nelson of Preston, Minn. passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 (his 51st wedding anniversary) of respiratory failure, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Delvin was born on August 6, 1938 in Cresco, Iowa to George and Joye Nelson. He was r ..... 
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