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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 Trail System. A decision was recently handed down which favors the city.

History

The city of Preston exercised their power of eminent domain to acquire 5.99 acres that they deemed necessary to construct the trail connecting Preston and Forestville State Park on March 2, 2009. The trail was planned to be a segment of the Blufflands Trail System. Over a span of fifteen or more years there was an effort to acquire the needed property. By 2005 seventeen of the properties from different landowners had been acquired for the trail right of way. Properties owned by the John Snyder family and the Vernon Ristau family were the only properties not acquired. There had been continuing negotiations to acquire these properties through the years.

The trail is to be about ten miles long, ten feet wide with a sixty foot right of way. The parcels the city of Preston exercised its power of eminent domain to acquire included a 2.18 acre parcel owned by John and Bernadette Snyder and a total of 3.81 acres owned by Vernon and Kay Ristau.

The Snyders and the Ristaus commenced a lawsuit against the DNR and the city of Preston in October of 2009. A court hearing was held in Winona in August of 2010 on environmental issues. The plaintiffs requested the DNR to be required to do, at a minimum, an environmental assessment worksheet. In October of 2010 Judge Thompson dismissed the claim against the DNR saying the plaintiffs lacked proof of their claim. Plaintiffs had argued the construction of bridges and culverts will damage water quality and trout stream habitat. Thompson determined the evidence provided on these issues was neither relevant or consequential.

During the fall of 2010 a portion of the trail was constructed west of Preston including a bridge and about a mile of the trail.

November 28, 2011 Hearing

Three issues were argued during the eminent domain hearing. Is the private property the city wants to acquire for the trail for a public purpose and a public use? Is the property “reasonably necessary” to achieve the public purpose? Does the city have the authority to acquire the property?

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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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Preston pork producer provides input on Checkoff programs

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Craig Mensink, a pork producer from Preston, MN served as a delegate at the Pork Act Delegate assembly March 1-3 in Denver, Colo. Mensink was named a delegate by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Mensink was one of the delegates who represente ..... 
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