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Total estimated market value in Preston up nearly 10 percent


Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County appraiser Heidi Knepper briefed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting on assessed property value changes in Preston and the county. No one from the public was in attendance for the 2015 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization, so there were no questions or challenges to assessed property values.

Knepper pointed to one new rule to maintain assessment uniformity, a measurement “between low and high value properties to determine equitability.” With this rule some higher value properties were discovered to be under appraised and some lower value properties were discovered to be over appraised. Some newer, larger homes may see an increase in the square foot rate. Values on under appraised properties increased 10 percent and values on lower valued properties decreased 10 percent.

Preston’s total estimated market value for all property within the city (except exempt and public utility) is $70,428,500. This is up 9.79 percent from the 2014 assessment total which is one of the largest increases in the county. The increase of total market value county wide is 0.16 percent and for all cities is 1.75 percent.

Knepper explained that Preston was reassessed last year. The total value of new construction is $2,037,400 which includes actual new construction and some value that had not been picked up previous to last year’s assessment. About $740,000 of the new construction value is residential and nearly $1.3 million is commercial. Large commercial projects include new construction by Preston Dairy and Farm and Bluff Country Manufacturing.

Ag land values (A tillable) stayed steady for two years in a row at $7,400 per acre, first time since 2001 when it was valued at $1,700 per acre. B and C soils decreased by $100 per acre and recreational land decreased by $300 per acre. Pasture, woods, and waste land increased by $100 per acre.

Other business in brief

•Ambulance director Ryan Throckmorton reported that the ambulance service had two AEDs that were not in use since they purchased two 12-lead cardiac monitors with integrated defibrillators. When they purchased the cardiac monitors they were offered $250 for each AED as a trade allowance. Throckmorton recommended keeping the AEDs within the community offering them for sale to local businesses for $500 each. Both F & M Bank and Preston Golf & Country Club have expressed interest in purchasing an AED. He e .....
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Ribbon cutting at Mercantile on Main

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Mercantile on Main in downtown Preston on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Letter about response to Greg Rendahl’s letter...

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, When you talk about picking and choosing, Greg, you do a good job yourself. You say the Bible was written by men. You are right, but you choose to leave out the fact that those men were inspired by God to write the Bible. You say G ..... 
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Housing incentive applications approved

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the April 6 Preston City Council meeting three applications for 2015 housing incentives were approved. The incentive program is a partnership between the Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), Preston Public Utilities, city government, and ..... 
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The Old Barn Resort is proud to announce 25 years in business in 2015

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The Old Barn Resort, located between Preston and Lanesboro, Minn., was established in 1990 and has grown in size and amenities offered ever since. The resort’s namesake, the large 4-story barn, also celebrates 130 years in existence. It was buil ..... 
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PACF Ninth Annual Dinner and Auction draws a crowd of supporters

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Preston Area Community Foundation held their ninth annual dinner and auction at the Branding Iron Supper Club. While indulging in conversation, a choice of filet mignon or batter-fried walleye pike, over 190 attendee ..... 
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Preston - Minnesota Veterans Cemetery public announcement

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The new Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston is currently a CONSTRUCTION ENTRANCE and is NOT open to the public. We understand and appreciate the anticipation of this new facility, however in the interest of public safety and liability fo ..... 
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Fillmore Central receives donations from Booster Club

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Jim Peters spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board on March 24 regarding the Booster Club and several donations that have been made. Peters explained the Booster Club started out for wrestling, then became a fundraiser for Fillmore Central. Ov ..... 
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Emily Shaun Lunde

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Emily Shaun Lunde, age 45, died an accidental death on March 19, 2015, in Dallas, Tex. Emily is survived by her grandmother, Elizabeth Lunde; her parents, Peter and Sue Lunde of Houston, Tex. and Preston Minn.; her brother and sister-in-law, Scott ..... 
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