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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 county attorney Brett Corson answered questions.

Craig said they have been working on the project for the past three to five years, first with York Township. The township decided they couldn’t handle the project and asked the county to act as the fiscal agent for the project. The project involves first identifying the wastewater needs of the unincorporated community of Greenleafton, and then following up with the planning, construction financing, hook-up and long term maintenance and operation of a wastewater collection and treatment system

Craig anticipates that about 75 percent of the project will be funded through grants. The rest of the funds will come through a loan from the state of Minnesota. The service district will include parcels within the community of Greenleafton with the exception of the Greenleafton Reformed Church and its parsonage.

Corson confirmed that the drain field area that has yet to be acquired does not have to be in the subordinate district. Stantec is ready to go ahead with the geological survey. Residents can potentially replace their current home with a new structure or add a bedroom or two, but no additional residences can be added to the subordinate district. Craig said grants don’t allow for further development. Once the service district is formed, residents will not be allowed to put in their own private septic system.

During the public hearing there were no comments from the officers of York Township. There are a few homes that have compliant septic systems that are relatively new. Residents with compliant systems could defer payment until they decide to hook on to the community system. However, as part of the subordinate district they would be required to pay interest on the amount deferred. It is estimated that the cost to each member of the subordinate district will be from $5,000 to $10,000. Members of the district would get a low interest loan payable over 10 years.

The county will get a monthly fee from subordinate district residents to recover any funds which the county commits to the project and any future improvements to the system. The county can charge up to three percent interest for the sta .....
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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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Letter about cats killed

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, To the heartless drivers: On the morning of Oct. 31 between the hour of 6:15-6:30 a.m. on Hwy County 44, between the Lime Springs turn and the Cherry Grove turn, my family lost two cats within five minutes of each other. My husban ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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PBS to air ‘Dust Bowl’ documentary

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston, Minn - When you hear “dust bowl,” iconic images likely pop into your head: black clouds over the prairie, dead cattle scattered across the range and tractors buried in the field. Those images are easy to remember, but the circumsta ..... 
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Preston extends Small Cities Grant application

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s November 5 meeting that the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has suggested the city extend their preliminary application to include single family homes. Counci ..... 
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Fillmore Central passes on Special Ed. consortium

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular Fillmore Central School Board meeting, Superintendent Richard Keith informed the board about a request from a southern Minnesota special education consortium to join with the district. According to Keith, it is sometimes difficult ..... 
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Bring it on! Fillmore Central Style

By Gabby Kinneberg

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Gabby Gatzke Growing up, our parents often offer us a variety of opportunity to try different activities in school and in our communities. For Garrett Wangen, a 12 year-old at Fillmore Central High School, an opportunity arose and he took adva ..... 
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