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Cost estimates for Dairy and Farm reuse


Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Preston city council members dicussed funding sources to pay expenses associated with the potential purchase and renovation of the Dairy and Farm property at their February 1 meeting. Plans are being made to renovate the 50- by 90-foot building to house Tourism, Preston Historical Society, and the National Trout Center.

The purchase price for all of the property remains at $100,000 which could be paid with 10 equal annual payments. A purchase agreement will not be entered into until after possible environmental issues are resolved. Other structures on the property are not included in the renovation plans at this time. If the Dairy and Farm property is purchased, it will be owned by the city.

City administrator Joe Hoffman reported that construction costs for the building’s renovation are estimated to total $217,619. Other expenses including the aquarium and furnishings are estimated to be $50,000.

Mayor Kurt Reicks made it clear that he wasn’t against the project, but he wanted to know how the city will pay for construction costs. Councilman Robert Maust explained that the furnishings will be the responsibility of each of the three organizations. He estimated that Tourism could provide $5,000 per year, the Historical Society $10,000 per year, and the NTC $15,000 per year to help the city pay for construction costs.

Reicks noted that part of the contributions from the three organizations each year will go toward operating costs, only a portion toward construction costs. He asked where the up front money will come from. Maust argued that it will have to come out of the General Fund. There was some discussion about how this could affect budgeted items.

Hoffman maintained they will have to get a commitment from each of the three organizations as to the amount they can commit to each year. Next they will have to put together a budget recognizing that which will not be covered by the commitments.

Discussion of Ordinance 152.04, Manufactured Home Park Specifications

In 2013, Kerry Soiney brought a complaint to the city council. He wanted Chapter 152 of the city’s ordinance enforced. Specifically, he referred to this language: “there shall be a green belt, 15 feet in width, of plantings around the periphery of the manufactured home park that adjoins any residential zones, to effectively screen the interior of the manufactured park.” Soiney suggested that e .....
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Lorrayne (Hegland) Patterson

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Lorrayne (Hegland) Patterson passed away on Monday, January 25, 2016, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN, at the age of 89. A Celebration of Life will take place on March 5th from 2-4 pm in the chapel at Samaritan Bethany. The afternoon wil ..... 
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Helen Hansen

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Helen Ann Hansen, age 83, of Mankato, was called to her Heavenly home on Monday, February 1, 2016. Visitation will be held from 4-7pm, Friday, February 5, 2016 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. Funeral service will be at 11am, Saturday, Febru ..... 
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NOTICE TO GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL SUPPLIERS

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Preston Legals

Sealed bids will be received until 1:30 p.m. February 18, 2016, by the County Engineer of Fillmore County, Preston, Minnesota, on behalf of the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners for the supplying of gasoline and diesel fuel as needs require for ..... 
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PRESTON TOWNSHIP NOTICE

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Preston Legals

Preston Township is changing its February Meeting to 2/3/2016 at 7 p.m. Curtis Bisek Preston Township Clerk Publish 25,1

Fillmore Central receives $12,000 rebate

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on January, 27 at 6:30 p.m. The agenda was approved as well as the minutes of the previous meeting. While reviewing the claims, it was noted that Preston Public Utilities refu ..... 
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Judge Robert Benson

Wed, Jan 27th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Judge Robert Benson, of Preston, died December 23, 2015 after fighting metastatic Merkel Cell carcinoma. He was born August 2, 1945 in Owatonna, Minn., to Josephine and Raymond Benson. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, children, Rebekah and M ..... 
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Chili Cook-off has positive turnout despite negative wind-chill

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

As temperatures dropped outdoors, some contestants brought the heat indoors with their chili entries during the annual Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off event in Preston, Minn. on January 16, 2016. Although the Candlelight Ski and bonfire were ca ..... 
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Plan details for Dairy and Farm reuse

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Councilman Robert Maust updated the Preston City Council at their January 19 meeting, offering more detailed plans for use of the former Dairy and Farm building. If the city purchases and renovates the building, it will house the Historical Society, ..... 
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