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Requests to vacate streets and grants variances approved


Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 17 meeting discussed and granted two petitions for vacating portions of city streets and two requests for building variances. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Jon and Christine DeVries requested that the 300 block of Brownsville Street West be vacated. This section of street is not developed. The section to be vacated is a 33-foot section with city utilities under it. The city would retain an easement for electric, water and sewer utilities. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said there is no intention to build on this area.

Linda Hennessey emphasized the importance of easements, asking questions about her own sewer line. Neighbor Fran Sauer spoke in favor of vacating this section of street. The resolution was adopted vacating this section of Brownsville Street West with additional language stating the city retains easements.

Charles Aug, representing C & G properties, requested that the dead end section of the 400 block of Farmers Street West be vacated. The dead end street cut off by the Highway 52 new construction is adjacent to the USDA Service Center. Hoffman said the entire 66 feet would go with the lumber yard property. This section of street is 165 feet long. He recommended the city retain the easements as the city has water and sewer utilities under the street. Aug commented that the use for the street would be for parking spaces, which is how it is currently used. He added that the building to the north is rented to the federal government and they like to have a certain number of parking spaces available. There was no comment from the public.

A resolution was adopted to vacate this section of Farmers Street West with the additional language that the city would retain easements.

The property owners involved with both street vacations will have surveys prepared for the vacated areas.

A variance was granted for Jerome O’Connor, Preston Street NW, to build an addition to his garage with a side setback of zero feet. The ordinance requires four feet. The 24 by 26 foot addition will be up to the property line, just as the current garage is.

Planning and Zoning had a public hearing at which there were no opposing comments and one neighbor in favor. The variance was approved by the city council.

Shawn Severson, Main Street SW, requested a variance to build a 27 by 27 foot addition to his house with .....
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Teri Klaehn opens accounting office in Preston

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Teri Klaehn worked almost four years as a tax preparer and accountant with AgStar/Lookout Ridge Consulting. She can still be found in Preston, but now in her own office downtown as Teri Klaehn CPA, LLC. In May, Klaehn was laid off from her positio ..... 
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Levern C. Grooters

Thu, Sep 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

LEVERN C. GROOTERS, age 97, of the Greenleafton, Minn., area, died Tuesday morning, September 18, 2012, at Spring Valley Estates. Levern was born January 15, 1915, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of James and Anna (Elfrink) Grooters. The fam ..... 
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Kelly Printing and Signs expands

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Kelly Printing and Signs of Preston, Minn. has expanded their workspace with the addition of another building. Owners Brad and Mike Kelly were in need of more space, and the new building will be perfect for vinyl installs with a large open area to d ..... 
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Engagement-Hovey & Tollefson

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Sierra Hovey and Kyle Tollefson are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Sierra is the daughter of Wayne and Sue Hovey of Preston, Minn. She is a 2010 graduate of Winona State University with a degree in Business Administra ..... 
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Taste of the Trail and Fall Fest in Preston September 15

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Bikers from near and far are invited to join in Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” event on Saturday, September 15 from 10am-3pm at the Preston Trailhead. Event schedule as follows: 10:15am-12:15pm – the “Root River Blue Grass Band” performs ..... 
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Project America 79-day marathon run comes to Preston

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Monday, September 10, marathon runner and veteran, Mike Ehredt, will arrive in Preston, one of 79 stops along his 79-day journey. Ehredt started out from International Falls on August 23 and is currently running a marathon a day in honor of falle ..... 
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Preston City Council sets preliminary budget and levy

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

During a short meeting on September 4, 2012, the Preston City Council approved the preliminary levy for 2013 at $672,725. This comes out to an increase of 2.9 percent. It was noted that at that increase, a person with a home that is worth $100,000 w ..... 
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In Service - PFC Kyle D. Koch

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Private First Class Kyle D. Koch, 21, a 2009 graduate of Fillmore Central High School, has earned the title “U.S Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego on Aug. 10, 2012. Kyle is the son of Dale and Becky Koch of ..... 
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