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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects


Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites.

The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in the district’s tax base. Around $3.5 million of that will come from an Alternative Facilities Project funding source for health and safety projects that total over $500,000. The projects that need to be done are HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) dehumidification at the elementary school for $2 million, sprinkler systems (state mandated) and doors at the high school for $950,000, and asbestos removal at both sites for $650,000.

A little more than a million dollars will come from Capital Facilities funding, which will go for the parking lot and restroom improvements at both sites, and renovation of the science lab at the elementary.

The board voted to go ahead with the projects. The bonds themselves will be presented and approved at the regular March meeting.

Board member Emily Ellis said some of the board members were shocked at last month’s meeting to find out that so many projects were needed. She stated she would like it if the facilities committee were to update the board regularly. Board member Deb Ristau agreed, adding that she would like to be updated on all of the committee meetings, not just the facilities, just to have a heads up about what’s going on.

Other business

Richard Keith said the Meet and Confer Committee discussed snow makeup days and talked about how other schools handle them. He said the school is committed to a certain number of minutes in school once the calendar is adopted. They are going to meet with the policy committee to discuss changing the policy before they adopt next year’s calendar.

Keith will be sending out a memo to staff regarding the dress code, as he noted there are people that are dressing casually on days other than Friday, which is usually a casual day.

The board approved the hire of Laurie Bacon for the full-time custodian position at the elementary school. They also approved the hire of Terry Sinn as a long-term substitute for Marit Janssen’s leave. A maternity leave request from Julia Olstad was also approved.

Preston Area Community Foundation dinner, auction to be held March 24

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation will hold its 8th Annual Dinner, Auction & Celebration on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Branding Iron Supper Club in Preston, Minn. Social Hour will be hosted from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 ..... 
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Janice E. (Simonson) Winch

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Janice E. (Simonson) Winch of Rockford, Ill., passed away from a sudden illness on March 8, 2014. Janice was born on March 2, 1931, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of J. A. and Lucille (Nelson) Simonson and was a 1949 graduate of Preston High Sch ..... 
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Mary Louise Waller

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mary Louise Waller, 93, of Preston, Minn., died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. Mary was born on September 16, 1920 in Preston Township the daughter of Charles and Anna (Madson) Barber. She attended co ..... 
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Fragmented support for NTC’s request to get state bonding

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

A resolution was adopted at the Preston City Council’s March 3 meeting to reaffirm its support of the National Trout Center (NTC) building project. In 2012 a unanimous resolution was approved stating that the City of Preston will serve as the fi ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at maintaining facilities

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with some of the facility projects that need to be done in the next few years. “We have two great facilities,” he said. “We want to maintain and improve them the best ..... 
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Betty Halverson

Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Betty Halverson passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in rural Ridgeway, Minn. on Friday, February 21, 2014 from a 14-month battle with heart failure at the age of 87. May she enter heaven wearing her dancing shoes and feeling young again. ..... 
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Plans for Preston street improvements move forward

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau presented plans and specifications for the large 2014 street and utility improvement project at the city council’s February 18 meeting. Also, a hearing was held regarding the CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) improvements plann ..... 
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Public hearing set for CSAH 17 project

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Possible assessment levels were discussed concerning the CSAH 17 project at the Preston City Council’s February 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Fillmore County has proposed the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of the portion of CSA ..... 
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