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Preston City Hall remodel progressing


Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported at the July 16 meeting that the city hall remodel project had begun and that they were on budget at this point.

The council had accepted a quote from H and J Construction to do the remodel at their March 14 meeting. The total project cost with furnishings was expected to be less than $45,000. The city’s share was to be about $26,000 with the balance being paid by the Utility and the ambulance service.

Hoffman asked about a possible addition to the project; additional carpeting. After some discussion the council approved replacing the carpet in the entry way and hallway. The carpet is 16 years old. The new carpet will be consistent in the hallway and the council chambers. The additional carpet will cost $2,000.

Chimney Swift Tower

The council gave its permission in early May for the building of a Chimney Swift Kiosk contingent on an agreement being drafted between all the parties involved. The tower/kiosk is to be built near the restrooms of the Trailhead Inn. Funds had been raised for the project.

Hoffman said the city attorney had drafted an agreement as the council directed. However, the Zumbro Valley Audubon Society (ZVAS) wasn’t receptive to being responsible for maintenance and liability and has asked that the city accept those responsibilities. He suggested they invite ZVAS to the August 6 meeting. Hoffman also suggested if the city accepted the responsibility for maintenance, then maybe they should have more input in the design. The consensus of the council was to invite ZVAS to the next meeting to discuss this further.

Other Business In Brief

•Hoffman noted there had been 14 applicants for the part-time custodian position. Three had been interviewed and the committee recommended hiring Lynn Scheevel. Scheevel is a seasonal employee currently doing park maintenance. He is a veteran and has experience in the work areas required.

The council hired Scheevel, who will be holding two different positions at two different wage rates. One position is seasonal and refilled annually by the Park Board, and the custodial position will be a permanent part-time position (each 20 hours). Scheevel will start in the custodial position on July 30.

•An open house for the retiring custodian Sandy Luce will be held at city hall on August 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



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Men’s fast pitch tournament July 28-29 in Preston

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Sports

The 8th Annual Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament will be held in Preston the weekend of July 28-29 on the two diamonds at the Preston Softball fields. This year’s double elimination tournament will feature 10 teams from across the region along with o ..... 
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Harland C. Schoppers

Wed, Jul 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

HARLAND C. SCHOPPERS, age 83, of rural Preston, Minn., passed away Tuesday morning, July 17, 2012, at Rochester Methodist Hospital after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. Harland Curtis Schoppers was born October 31, 1928, in Forestvill ..... 
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Re-dedication of the O’Hara School

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

A re-dedication of the O’Hara School will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the schoolhouse located on the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. A short program will be held and refreshments served. Or you can visit the restored schoolhouse ..... 
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Spin Fishing for Trout with John Eggers- a.k.a. “The Spin Doctor”

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Join us at the National Trout Center (NTC) on Saturday, July 21 for a FREE spin fishing workshop with fishing guide and maker of the “Bow Spinner”, John Eggers, a.k.a. “The Spin Doctor.” Learn about spin fishing equipment and tips to perfect ..... 
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Semcac’s food shelves participating in “Open Your Heart Challenge”

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Semcac’s four food shelves--Caledonia, Kasson, Preston, and Rushford--have the opportunity to participate in a grant process entitled, “Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless,” sponsored by Hunger Solutions. Grants are based on each food ..... 
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Walz staff takes a tour of National Trout Center

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Staff members of Congressman Tim Walz visited Preston on Monday, June 25 to tour the National Trout Center (NTC). They were there to learn more about the Trout Center, what they have done, and what their future plans are. Cathy Enerson, Director ..... 
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Birth Announcement ~ Carson James Knoepke

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Adam and Nicole Knoepke of Eyota are proud to announce the birth of their son Carson. Carson was born June 22, 2012, in Rochester. He joins his sister Erin and brother Caden. Grandparents are Steve Knoepke and Anne Knoepke of Preston, Sally Bahl ..... 
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Birth Announcement ~ Samuel Lee Knoepke

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Ben and Sara Knoepke of Brainerd are pround to announce the birth of their son Samuel Lee. Samuel was born June 17, 2012, at Brainerd. He joins sisters Lily and Alison at home. Grandparents are Steve Knoepke and Anne Knoepke of Preston and Dave ..... 
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