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St. Paul Street improvement


Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Public Works Director Jim Bakken reported at the Preston City Council’s January 22 meeting that the county is considering a mill and overlay project on CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) from Fillmore Street to the south bridge, before the power plant. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent.

Bakken related the work would probably be scheduled for July or August. He confirmed that the water and sewer utilities are in good shape under that section of street. Core drillings collected by the county found that there was a variety of surfaces under the street including brick, cement and gravel.

The city will be responsible for the cost of new curb and gutter (300 to 400 feet), the provision of a cement edge (walkway) connecting to the brick side street, and at least part of the cost of fixing or replacing a couple of catch basins. Sidewalks are also in poor condition and would be fully the city’s responsibility. Bakken estimated the total city cost could be about $20,000.

Small Cities Grant

In May of 2012 the city council approved a resolution to act as legal sponsor for HRA/Semcac to seek small cities grant funds to assist with the acquisition and updating of the Vesterheim apartment complex. The application was extended to request funding to renovate up to 15 low to moderate income homes in November of 2012. The intention is to bring the homes up to code and to make them more energy efficient.

To qualify the homes must be owner occupied. Surveys are being sent out to home owners. There will be a public hearing on February 4. Grant applications are due February 28. The grant amount per home will be a maximum of $22,000.

There is no cost to the city other than some staff time. The city staff does accounting and pays the contractors. After the contractor is paid, the amount is submitted to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for reimbursement.

Other Business In Brief

•A resolution was adopted encouraging law makers to maintain the tax exemption for municipal bonds. Preston is looking at about $4 million in infrastructure improvements over the next ten years. Without the tax exemption for purchasers (a bond buyer doesn’t pay federal tax on earned interest) of the bonds it is estimated that interest rates on those bonds will be 1.5 to 2.0 percent higher. This could cost Preston residents about $600 per household over the life of thi .....
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Fillmore Central School Board ready for 2013

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 22, 2013, new board member Emily Ellis took her oath and was sworn in. Ross Kiehne and Jim Love were also sworn in, as they had been re-elected. The officers for 2013 will remain the same, w ..... 
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Letter about Senate

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I have to share two proposals made within the last week by two senators of our MN Senate. 1. State Senator Ann Rest of NEW HOPE is asking for a sales tax on clothing. 2. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk wants to change the Minne ..... 
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Preston Ambulance to provide education incentive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their first meeting in 2013 approved financial incentives for EMTs and First Responders for the completion of up to twenty hours of additional education through a Transitional Course. Twenty-four hours ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office this Saturday evening, January 19 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest e ..... 
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Fiona June Ramaker

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Kyle and Amy Ramaker of Mankato, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Fiona June. Fiona was born on November 4, 2012, weighing 7 lb. 7 oz. She joins her sister Samantha at home. Grandparents are LuVerne and Carol Soland of Pre ..... 
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Best friends to spend their lives together

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Gabby Gatzke and John Kinneberg have known each other since they were little kids in preschool together at Fillmore Central. However, they did not start dating until the summer after graduation. According to Gabby, the two hung out together in hi ..... 
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David Arnold Trende

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

David Arnold Trende David Arnold Trende, age 65, of Preston, Minn., died Tuesday morning, January 1, 2013, at his home. Dave was born July 19, 1947, in Harmony, Minn., the son of William and Ramona (Marzolf) Trende. He was raised on a farm in the ..... 
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A home for vintage snowmobiles

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The whole collection started out with an innocent purchase of a 1973 Ski-doo snowmobile with two seats side-by-side. It was unique, and a lot of fun. Since then, Eric Scheevel of Preston and his brother-in-law Troy Hahn have purchased more than 80 v ..... 
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