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Legacy grant to be pursued


Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Jeff Broberg, a member of the National Trout Center (NTC) board of directors, discussed the possibility of obtaining Legacy grant funding (from the three-eighths Minnesota sales tax) at the Preston City Council’s April 16 meeting. Broberg, Minnesota Trout Association, serves on the Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board and is VP at McGhie and Betts Environmental Services, Inc. Council member David Harrison was absent.

Broberg asked the city to look into applying for the grant and to act as the fiscal agent. There would be no monetary matching fund required from the city. Broberg suggested other entities like the Minnesota Trout Association and SWCD may act as partners in an effort to make stream bank improvements, to do beneficial landscaping in the floodway, to create better handicap accesses, to prevent stream erosion, and to promote fishing.

The application would need to be submitted by late June and if successful would be available mid year in 2013 and run for two to three years. One requirement of the grant funding is that the area be open to public fishing.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said we have all contributed to these funds and this is a chance to bring back some money locally. The council approved pursuing the grant.

Approval for city Fishing Course

Broberg asked the city for approval to go ahead with an idea from the Minnesota Trout Association to have a fishing course within the city of Preston. The idea is to have a map and score card for nine spots or fishing holes. This could be on a self guided basis and the score cards could be made available at the NTC. He said it could be started during Trout Days. Hoffman said it is great that we have such great waters within the community.

The council approved the authorization of the area from a bend at the fairgrounds to the St. Paul bridge for the fishing course.

Fire Department Cascade System

Steve Schroeder explained the need for an updated system to refill air tanks. The current system is about 40 years old and only fills the tanks half full. Under OSHA regulations this only allows the firefighters to do seven and one-half minutes of work.

The new system will fill the tanks and allow for twice the usage time. It will also make them compatible with other fire departments and equip them to go to high pressure in the future.

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Hoffman Stables

Judge’s decision favors the City of Preston

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Judge Jeffrey Thompson, Winona County, had presided at a hearing on November 28, 2011, at the Fillmore County Courthouse concerning the city of Preston’s power of eminent domain to acquire two properties for the Preston-Forestville Recreational Tr ..... 
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Gospel Quartet Group comes to Preston

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

The name Still Water may be new to some gospel music fans, but the sounds, energy and faces will be very familiar. Founded in 1994, this group of men has brought their unique talents and ministry to folks all across the country. And even though th ..... 
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Preston’s National Trout Center included in MN 2012 Senate Bonding Bill

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Senator Jeremy Miller recently informed National Trout Center (NTC) representatives that the current Minnesota Senate Bonding Bill includes a $1 million item for the center’s permanent home located in Preston, “Minnesota’s Trout Capital.” ..... 
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Preston considers developing street plan

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The Preston City Council at their April 2 meeting seemed to be in agreement that there are numerous streets needing repair or reconstruction in the city. City Administrator Joe Hoffman had asked Stantec Consulting Services (formerly Bonestroo) to p ..... 
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Power outage in Preston

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Thursday, March 29, 2012, around 11:16 am, many people in Preston were left without electrical power for almost an hour. City employees believe the power outage was caused by the failure of a lighting arrestor at the south substation. This led to an ..... 
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Preston housing incentives

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The City of Preston is offering a 2012 Housing Incentive, for the building of a new home, remodeling or buying an existing property in the City of Preston. Homeowners can save up to $3,300. Contact City Hall for an application and guidelines to see ..... 
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Harold Karp

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Harold Karp was born March 16, 1924, in Preston, Minn. and died March 16, 2012. A memorial service was held Friday, March 23, 2012, at Green Hills Mortuary & Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Harold is survived by his wi ..... 
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Julia Claire Repeat Boutique to open in Preston

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Trish Keating has always wanted to open up a shop of her own, especially in a small town in this area. When she lived in the Twin Cities area, she visited Fillmore County frequently with her family. Two years ago she moved to Preston, and is now abo ..... 
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