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Preston to proceed with planning for 2014 street project


Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City Administer Joe Hoffman reviewed at the council’s February 5 meeting estimated levy increases that would be necessary over a twenty year period to finance the Twenty-14 street project.

Hoffman explained one scenario for the street improvements which are estimated to cost $4 million. This plan would have the work being done in two parts, half in 2014 and half in 2018. Fifty percent of the cost of the work would be assessed. Each $2 million bond would be paid off over 15 years. The city’s existing bond debt payments will end in 2016 to 2019.

It was estimated for this scenario that the interest rate on the bonds would be 3.25 percent. Councilman Robert Maust suggested that it may be cost effective to take advantage of the unusually low interest rates that are available now. Maust maintained money is cheap right now. He questioned whether it would be more economical because of current low interest rates to do the work in one year rather than in two parts.

Hoffman said there are a lot of variables and a lot could change. Certain citizens could get a triple ‘whammy’ as they would have an increase in property taxes, assessments, and utility rate increases. Utility costs were not included in Hoffman’s numbers, but some improvements that would be done concurrent with the street work would likely cause an increase in utility rates.

Hoffman added that he expected they will get better life out of the streets and utilities as they intend to be more vigilant with maintenance to make them last longer.

The council unanimously approved a motion to have the staff with the help of the city engineer prioritize the streets and then prepare a proposed project and budget.

Small Cities Grant

Gerry Krage, SEMCAC Community Development Director, during a public hearing reviewed the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) as related to the proposed project in Preston including Vesterheim apartments and 15 owner occupied rehabs. The owner occupied home owners that qualify can get a maximum of $22,000 in a deferred loan at 0 percent interest for seven years. If the owner stays in the home for the seven years, the loan becomes a grant.

Bluff Country HRA is administering the funds. The total funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is $371,250 for the owner occupied homes and $100,000 for Vesterheim. The total project in .....
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Amos hits the century mark

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Amos Anderson of Preston, Minn. has hit a milestone. On February 16, 2013, Amos will celebrate his 100th birthday. Amos Sidney Anderson was born on February 16, 1913, to Hovel and Josephine (Larson) Anderson on a farm between Peterson, Minn. and Ru ..... 
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Robert Reicks

Mon, Feb 4th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Robert Reicks, 76 of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully on Saturday February 2, 2013, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Rushford, Minn. Robert was born on December 28, 1936, in Cresco, Iowa to Viola (Reinhardt) and Edward Reicks. He graduated ..... 
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One Act team wins Sectionals

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central’s One Act Team has won first place at competition which was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Director Jackie Whitacre, along with the cast and crew, traveled to St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. and put forth an award- ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students from Fillmore Central announced

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The FCHS Band Department is proud to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in the 2013 Dorian Honor Band at Luther College on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25. Approximately 625 musicians are chosen to p ..... 
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Gehling Auction Company celebrates 40th anniversary

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

In 1973, Ron Gehling was looking for a place to start a business. He started selling farm machinery in Preston, Minn., which turned into Gehling Auction Company. Forty years later Ron Gehling is still selling farm machinery, but now additionally sel ..... 
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More than three years of growth for SMG Web Design in Southeast Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

SMG Web Design started out in 2009, the idea of Jason Sethre, the owner of the Fillmore County Journal. He saw there were people and businesses in the community that needed an online presence at a reasonable price. Michelle Haugerud was originall ..... 
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Napa in Preston to relocate

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Napa Store in Preston, Minn. which is currently located at 108 Mill Street, will soon be revving up its engine for a big move. Owners Mike and Sylvia Steien recently expanded the business and began selling hardware items in the Preston store and ..... 
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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. Co ..... 
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