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Family Dollar to be on Preston Lumber lot


Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston City Council at their March 18 meeting approved an application for rezoning the former Preston Lumber lot and an application for a variance for needed parking spaces for the proposed Family Dollar discount retail store.

Planning and Zoning had held a public hearing concerning the application to rezone the lot from I-1 Industrial to B-2 Highway Commercial. Both the current owners and future owners of the property supported the rezoning. The council unanimously approved the rezoning to B-2 as recommended by Planning and Zoning.

Planning and Zoning found that the B-2 use would be compatible with surrounding properties and it would act as a buffer for adjacent residential properties.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted the city code prohibits parking spaces to be located within ten feet of the property line which abuts a road or highway right of way.

The Family Dollar development application requested a variance to install eight parking spaces right up to the property line. Planning and Zoning had held a public hearing during which both involved parties supported the variance. The ten foot variance was approved as recommended by Planning and Zoning.

Hoffman noted the lot is triangled shape and is bordered by a highway or street on each side. With the variance the develpers should be able to install a total of 34 parking spaces. The plans call for a 104 foot by 80 foot building.

Twenty-14 Street Project

Hoffman explained that city staff met with the city engineer last week and identified and recommended two areas for the first phase of the Twenty-14 Street Project. The largest area would extend from Winona Street hill, the fire hall area, to below city hall. The work will include improvements to resolve sewer issues and undersized mains and storm sewer infrastructure. The second smaller area would include the Judy Lane neighborhood which also has significant utility improvement needs.

The Public Utilities Commission had already ordered a feasibility study to be completed for these areas. A rough estimate of the project cost would be $2 to 3 million. Hoffman said this size project would be about three times bigger than what the city has normally done.

Councilman David Collett asked if concrete would be considered as a possibility for the street surface. Hoffman said it could be looked at. Complete reconstruction of some of .....
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Shirley Ruth Austin

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Shirley Ruth Austin Shirley Ruth Austin, Columbia, MO, died on March 7, 2013 at the age of 76. Shirley was born on March 23, 1936 to Louis T. and Cora B. Peterson in Preston, Minn. Shirley graduated from Preston High School, Preston, in 1954. ..... 
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David C. Wilson

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

DAVID C. WILSON, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Saturday evening, March 16, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. David was born June 2, 1930, in Wadena, Iowa, the son of Arthur and Mabel (Anderson) Wilson. The family returned to S ..... 
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David C. Wilson

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

DAVID C. WILSON, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Saturday evening, March 16, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. David was born June 2, 1930, in Wadena, Iowa, the son of Arthur and Mabel (Anderson) Wilson. The family returned to S ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Fillmore County farmer wins $5,000 for Fillmore Central FFA and Fillmore County 4-H

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Darrel and Lois Ray of Preston have been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofi ..... 
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Old Barn Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County, designated Responsible Government Unit (RGU), hereby affirms the availability of the following Environment Assessment Worksheet (EAW). Project Title: Old Barn Resort Expansion, Preston, MN Description: The Old Barn Resort is an ..... 
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Campground expansion planned at Old Barn Resort

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The conversion of this 206 acre farm with a multi-story old barn began a quarter century ago. The Old Barn Resort is promoted as “200 Acres of Fun.” The resort now features a 172 site campground, 38-bed bunkhouse/hostel, an 18 hole Rivers’ B ..... 
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Patricia Ann Anderson

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Patricia Ann Anderson, 75, of Preston, Minn. died Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford Minnesota. Pat was born on December 24, 1937 in Preston, the daughter of Amos S. and Helen (Tolrud) Anderson. She graduated from ..... 
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