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Preston debates purchase of derelict properties


Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The old POP gas station is located on the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Street SW. Photo by Karen Reisner

Cathy Enerson, Preston EDA, presented details at the Preston City Council’s August 5 meeting for a possible land acquisition of three parcels. The potential purchases would be to further the EDA’s efforts to clean-up dilapidated properties near the Root River in Preston. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

The three parcels include the Hellickson rental house on Mill Street SW which could be purchased for $1,500 and the Preston Oil Products (POP) old gas station at the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Street SW and the bulkhead tank area near the trailhead for a combined price of $3,000. The Preston EDA recommended the purchase of the three parcels for a total of $4,500 with Robert Maust voting against.

Enerson insisted that by removing the run down structures and cleaning up the property, there would be an opportunity for commercial development. In the end the intention would be to sell the properties for commercial development. She added that the present condition of the structures discourages business development in the area.

Councilman Robert Maust approved of purchasing the residential property, but was concerned about the potential expense for the city if the POP property was found to be contaminated when the underground tanks are removed.

Enerson said the properties could be kept as green space until redevelopment could occur. She said they could go into a voluntary clean-up program to get the ground tested. If clean-up cost as much as $50,000 with a cost share program, the city’s maximum exposure would be $12,500. Enerson explained the first issue would be to remove the tanks. The city would have a year to have the tanks removed after purchase. There are funds in the EDA budget to purchase the properties and to remove the tanks. She noted that since there has been considerable flooding in the area, any pollution may already have dissipated.

Mayor Kurt Reicks suggested the POP is probably the worst looking building downtown and that they have been talking about cleaning it up for years. He said why would you clean up the residential parcel with the dilapidated station still standing next to it. Maust maintained there are too many unknowns as to what the cost will be to clean up a brownfield area. He suggested letting it go to the state for non payment of taxes which could potentially be years from now.

Reicks said if we want the POP site cleaned up, th .....
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Engagement - Pemble ~ Mathison

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Aaren Mathison of Preston, Minn. and Dena Pemble of Hastings, Minn. are proud to announce their recent engagement and upcoming wedding on September 21, 2013. Aaren is the son of Larry and Irene Mathison of Preston. He graduated from the Universi ..... 
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Spin Fishing for Trout with John Eggers - “The Spin Doctor”

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us at the National Trout Center on Saturday, August 17 for a free spin fishing workshop with fishing guide & maker of the “Bow Spinner”, John Eggers, also known as “The Spin Doctor”. Eggers has been featured on Dave Carlson’s Sunday m ..... 
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Duane P. Vande Zande

Thu, Aug 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Duane P. Vande Zande, 80, of Preston, passed away at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester where he had been a patient for 6 days. Duane Pierce Vande Zande was born on August 26, 1932, in rural Preston to Clarence and Ingred (Yaste) Vande Zande. Duane ..... 
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Arlan David “Dave” Olson

Thu, Aug 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Dave Olson, 65, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at his home. Dave was born October 29th, 1947, in Austin. Dave was the son of Ella (Magnuson) and Tillman Olson. Dave graduated from Preston-Fountain High School in 1965. Dave entered the Army a ..... 
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Bernis Nagel

Tue, Aug 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Bernis Nagel, age 91, of rural Preston, Minn., died Saturday evening, August 3, 2013, at the Ostrander Care and Rehab. Bernis was born June 28, 1922, in York Township, Fillmore Co., Minn., the daughter of Elmer and Marie (VanSande) Scheevel. She ..... 
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Ivan C. “Ike” Vande Weerd

Tue, Aug 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Ivan C. “Ike” Vande Weerd, age 81, of Preston, Minn., died suddenly Friday morning, August 2, 2013, in Chatfield following a courageous battle with cancer. Ike was born November 26, 1931, on the family farm in York Township, Fillmore Co., Minn ..... 
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Richard “Dick” Watson

Tue, Aug 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Richard Watson, age 85, of Preston, Minn. died Thursday August 1, 2013 at his home. Dick was born April 26, 1928 in Rochester, Minn. to George Watson and Stella (Holt) Watson. He attended school through the 8th grade and was united in marriage to ..... 
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Musana Mission Project to be discussed at Root River Church of the Brethren

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

Louise Heusinkveld Henderson will share about a mission group to an orphanage called the Musana Children’s home. Musana is a secure home and school in a self sustaining environment. Meet with Henderson on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 10-11am at Th ..... 
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