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Robert Maust joins Preston Council


Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council during their December 4 meeting filled the open seat left by the resignation of Kay Spangler effective December 1. Spangler’s resignation was accepted as she and her husband were moving to Chatfield. Early in November the council voted to accept letters of application from interested city residents to fill the vacancy. Robert Maust, who has been a long-time resident of Preston, submitted the only letter of interest.

Maust’s letter was accepted and he was appointed to finish out the term of Spangler. Maust took the oath of office and was seated at the council table for the remainder of the meeting.

Spangler had also acted as Mayor pro-tem. David Collett was elected to act in that capacity.

Budget Levy Review and

Public Comment

City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the 2013 proposed budget and levy. He said the levy is to increase about three percent or $20,000. Expenses for the city for 2013 are estimated to be 16 percent police, six percent fire department, 16 percent streets, three percent tourism, six percent library, seven percent park board, four percent EDA and NTC, 15 percent for bonds, and 27 percent for the general fund. Expected revenues include 31 percent state aid ($484,980), 11 percent police and fire, six percent tourism/library/parks, nine percent other, and 43 percent from the tax levy.

Hoffman suggested the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ could have an impact on state revenue.

Councilman David Collett said that the funding for the National Trout Center had been about doubled in the 2013 budget, maintaining it should be kept at the same level as last year. Hoffman said the final decisions will be made at the next meeting, which will be Tuesday, December 18.

Robert Maust asked how the street maintenance fund compared to last year. Hoffman said it was about the same. He went on to explain that over the next few years bond payments will fall off. In 2013 engineering work will be done and in 2014 street work. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted engineers will be prioritizing the streets that need work soon after the beginning of the year.

Other Business In Brief

•Members of the Preston Historical Society including Richard Petsch, Sheila Craig, and Robert Maust reviewed updated plans for the Historic Elevator project prepared by an architect for the reconstruction of the bagging shed and sca .....
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Salvation Army seeks local bell ringers and contributions

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Salvation Army kettle season is right around the corner in Preston. You’ll find the kettle and bell ringers in Preston on Wednesday, December 19 at the F&M Bank corner from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in front of P ..... 
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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. T ..... 
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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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