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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 $45,000 per year is budgeted for street maintenance. He said he expects the cost of services like crack filling and seal coating to continue to increase over the years.

The expected 2014 project includes about one-third of the city streets. Most are scheduled for total reconstruction, with just a couple scheduled for mill and overlay and repave.

The next larger project for another major street reconstruction is potentially scheduled for 2018. The following years in the 10 year plan would include maintenance only with cost estimates remaining within the $45,000 per year. Bakken said the process of maintenance should begin about six or seven years after the reconstruction of a street.

By 2021, about 75 to 80 percent of the city is scheduled to be covered.

Wellhead Protection public information meeting

Preston adopted a Wellhead Protection Plan in 2003 assisted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Pat Bailey, MDH, works at the drinking water protection section out of the Rochester office. The Wellhead Protection Plan has to be formally amended every 10 years as per the federal Safe Water Drinking Act.

Bailey noted Preston’s three wells all use the Jordan aquifer. They were considered to have a low vulnerability for contamination 10 years ago and that is still the case today.

Bailey said over the next several months they will revisit management strategies. Potential concerns would be if other wells were in the same aquifer or if a business came in and wanted to use the same aquifer for a new well.

Other Business In Brief

•City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that he had been approached by two people that owned properties in the floodplain. The one property owner has withdrawn his house from consideration which is located on the floodplain and not the floodway.

Hazel Knies has a home on Main Street and is looking at the possibility of selling the house to the city. Half of the house is located in the floodway.

The city has acquired three floodway properties so far. Twelve floodway properties were ranked on an acquisition pri .....
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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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Preston Apple & Berry Farm expecting larger crop this year

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers Hopes are high for a more bountiful crop this year at the Preston Apple & Berry Farm after several years of lower harvest amounts. Owners Joe and Carol Gosi state that this year’s crop looks better as long as rain and cooler weath ..... 
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“Trout, Trails, & Treats!” in Preston

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Preston celebrates “Taste of the Trail” on Saturday, September 21 at the Trailhead Park in Preston. Guests can enjoy biking along our scenic trails and also test taste local foods. But “taste” also includes non-edible samplings, giving visit ..... 
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Preston to proceed with plans for Twenty-14 Project

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Stantec engineer Brett Grabau explained at the public hearing for the Twenty-14 Project that the proposed project will involve about one-third of the city’s streets and underlying utilities. A resolution was adopted later during the September 3 ci ..... 
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2014 annual Trout Fishing Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The public is invited to join in on some fishing fun at the Preston Trailhead Park on Saturday, September 14. The National Trout Center and the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter are co-sponsoring the event which offers a variety of afternoon outdoor ..... 
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“The greatest love that has ever been”

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, When the August 12 issue arrived, my first reaction was shock and then sadness to see this front page article. My first thoughts were: Have I ever seen a Christian marriage make the front page and if so, how long has it been? My ne ..... 
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Engagement - Smith ~ Nagel

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Jackie Crowson, Ken Smith and step-father Ross Abel, of Rochester Minn. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Elizabeth Smith to David Allen Nagel, son of Jim and Cheryl Nagel of Preston, Minn. The bride-to-be is a 2001 g ..... 
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