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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. Councilman David Collett was absent.

Back in May 2012, the city council approved a resolution to act as the legal sponsor for Bluff Country Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA/SEMCAC) to seek small cities grant funds to assist with the acquisition and updating of the Vesterheim apartment complex in Preston. The preliminary proposal that was approved by the city council today will now extend the application to include a request for funding to renovate up to 15 low to moderate income homes in Preston. The intention is to bring the homes up to code and make them more energy efficient.

The city does not need to contribute funds to the projects, but only to act as the legal sponsor and administer the funds. SEMCAC will work with the contractors and the owners. The submission of an application to request $471,000 for both the apartment complex and the single family homes was approved.

Other Business In Brief

•A letter of resignation from Kay Spangler effective December 1 was accepted. She and her husband are moving to Chatfield. Spangler notes in her letter that she will continue her interest in Preston’s development and future and offers her assistance in community projects.

There was some discussion about her replacement. Mayor Kurt Reicks suggested that an appointment to fill the rest of her term would be the least expensive way to go as opposed to a special election.

A motion to request letters of application from the public to be received at city hall no later than Thursday November 29 was approved. Applicants will be invited to the December 4 meeting.

•Hoffman reviewed Chapter 7 ordinance revisions relating to traffic, parking, and snowmobiles. A process to review and revise the city ordinances was started with the late Dr. Robert Sauer. Hoffman said once all the language changes are completed, they will be brought to the council for final review and adoption.

•Requests for proposals for the official newspaper, city attorney, and city auditor for 2013 were approved. Attorney proposals can be either at an hourly rate or by an annual retainer or both. Hoffman noted that they have typically accep .....
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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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Preston Overlook good for another 75 years

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

The historic Preston Overlook has undergone a thorough makeover. Over the last three months, 75 years of time and weather has been erased. The Preston Overlook was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. It is a 1.8 acre property ..... 
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Caboose has rolled into Preston

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers A 1951 Milwaukee caboose has arrived at its destination at the Trailhead in Preston, Minn. after much planning and anticipation by the Preston Historical Society. The Historical Society found the caboose in Mauston, WI., and purcha ..... 
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F&M Bank of Preston has a new look

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers F & M Bank of Preston, Minn., has received a facelift which both the bank customers and staff appreciate. According to Dan Christianson, CEO of F & M Bank of Preston, the remodel was necessary, as many items needed to be updated. ..... 
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Preston High School Class of 1967

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston High School Class of 1967 - 45th class reunion was held August 25, 2012. Row 1 (seated) left to right – Lorraine (Bigalk) Peckham, Jackie (Lindorff) Hoegh, Linda (Wendt) Wilson, Ilene (Engle) Lammers. Row 2 left to right – Ernie Klockeman ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Carly June Ramaker

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Carly June Ramaker Cory and Wendy Ramaker are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Carly June, on September 5, 2012. She weighed 8 lb. 4 oz. and was 19 3/4 in. long. She is welcomed by brother Rowan. Grandparents are LuVerne and Carold Sol ..... 
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Open house to feature Preston High School pictures

Thu, Oct 25th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Historical Society will have the O’Hara Schoolhouse open for visitors on Saturday, October 27, 2012, for a Fall Event and Open House. The event will run from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The featured display will be the Preston High School Pict ..... 
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