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Preston utility rates remain competitive despite increase


Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Preston, Minn – The commission of the Preston Public Utilities (PPU) approved a five percent increase in electric, water and sewer charges for all residential, commercial and industrial customers. The increase will take effect January 1, 2013.

The average residential customer will see an increase in their utility bill of $4.20* per month. The last electric rate increase took place in January of 2009. The last water rate increase took place in January of 2012. The last sewer rate increase took place in January of 2005.

“Even after this increase, Preston’s utility rates will remain near the very bottom when compared with other municipal utilities,” said Joe Hoffman, PPU General Manager, citing a recent rate survey.

The primary reason for the rate increase is planned capital expenditures for upgrades to the electric, water and sewer infrastructures. The Preston City Council is considering a significant street improvement project in 2014 and the Utility will likely replace the underlying water and sewer lines as part of that project.

“Sound financial planning has allowed the Utility to use rate stabilization reserves to keep rate increases at a minimum over the last decade,” said Hoffman, “however, Preston, like many communities, is facing the need for significant investments in water and sewer infrastructures.”

*Average PPU residential customer use is billed for 619kw of electricity and 2,777 gallons of water/sewer usage per month based on billing statistics for the twelve months preceding October 31, 2012.

Richard Edwin "Dick" Hovelson

Mon, Dec 3rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

RICHARD EDWIN" DICK" HOVELSON, 76, of Preston, died Wednesday, November, 28, 2012 at his home. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11 AM at Thauwald Funeral Home Preston with Pastor David Jore officiating. Burial will be a ..... 
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Fillmore Central sells facility bonds for HVAC project

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Patty Heminover of Springsted financial advisors gave the Fillmore Central School Board some great news at their regular meeting on November 27. She informed the board that the alternative facilities bonds were sold at a competitive ..... 
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Give to the Max Day challenge results

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Give to the Max Day was November 15, a day that anyone could make online donations to local non-profit organizations. The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation challenged the Preston Area Community Foundation to see who could get the most donation ..... 
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Engagement -Lokker ~ Ortner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Lokker ~ Ortner Rebecca Lokker of Preston and Timothy Ortner, originally of Harmony, and currently from Orange City, Iowa; announced their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride-to-be are Roger and Brenda Lokker of Preston, and pa ..... 
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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club ..... 
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Greenleafton established as subordinate service district

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Several Greenleafton residents addressed the county commissioners raising their concerns and questions about the Greenleafton wastewater treatment project at the November 13 board meeting. Sheila Craig, Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative, and ..... 
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House fire suspected to be arson

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Jade Sexton The Preston Fire Department and Ambulance crew were called to the scene of a house fire between Preston and Lanesboro on Highway 16 on the morning of Tuesday, November 13. The Lanesboro Fire Department also assisted them. By the ..... 
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The Preston Historical Society

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Historical Society has been given the senior pictures from Preston High School from the years 1911 - 1959. They have been placed on display in the O’Hara School located on the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. However, the following years a ..... 
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