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Informational signage for Preston discussed


Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Revisiting an old issue about the need for lighting on Preston’s south entrance sign morphed into a discussion about an informational sign to direct visitors downtown during the February 2 meeting of the Preston City Council.

Jim Bakken, Public Works, detailed two possible options to provide lighting for the south entrance sign. He estimated that it would cost $12,000 to $18,000 to build a line to bring power to the sign, suggesting that some easements may have to be purchased. Preston Public Utilities (PPU) would share in the cost up to $3,000.

A second option would be solar lighting which the city did try some years ago. It didn’t last long. However, Bakken explained that the technology has improved. Three large batteries and a larger solar panel should provide five days of light during an overcast period without sun. The lowest quote obtained for equipment and installation of solar lighting was $7,250. Battery replacements would cost $500 to $700 per battery. Bakken didn’t know how long a battery should be expected to last.

Mayor Kurt Reicks questioned the value of installing a light for the entry sign compared to the estimated cost. Councilman Robert Maust maintained the south sign doesn’t direct people downtown, adding it is a lot of money just to put a light up. Reicks suggested it may cost less to erect a new sign where there is access to power and the sign could be placed where it will help direct people to the downtown area. A motion was approved to have tourism, the Chamber of Commerce, and Bakken look into options and the cost of an informational sign for the city.

National Trout Center

Councilmen David Collett and Maust had requested at the last meeting that a discussion item be put on the agenda to discuss whether or not the NTC should be required to provide a financial statement prior to receiving funds in 2015. Collett made a motion to withhold disbursement of funds from the city until the council receives the 2014 financial statement from the NTC and a business plan. He added that the city gives a substantial amount of money to the NTC. Maust seconded the motion.

The NTC is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Reicks argued that the NTC brings a lot of people to this town. Councilman David Harrison insisted more people visit the NTC than go to the swimming pool. Maust said he feels it is a project that needs to be tied to Trout Unlimited or the DNR. Re .....
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Preston Community Foundation took center stage at PACC annual meeting

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Will Mensink, representing the Preston Area Community Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held at the Branding Iron in Preston. Mensink addressed an audience of app ..... 
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Give To The Max Day results

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Give To The Max Day results The final chapter of the friendly competition between the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation for Give to the Max a Day was accomplished on Monday evening during the Fillmore ..... 
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Amos Sidney Anderson

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Amos Sidney Anderson Amos Sidney Anderson, age 101, of Preston, Minn., died Wednesday morning, January 28, 2015, at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center. Amos was born on the family farm in Peterson, Minn., on February 16, 1913, the son of Hoval and ..... 
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Fillmore Central sets goals for 2015

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with the goals for 2014-15 as recommended by the World’s Best Workforce committee. The state identified five areas to work on; kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade literacy, c ..... 
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Marjorie Hahn Flaby

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Marjorie Hahn Flaby, 84, of Preston, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Harmony Care Center. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial took place in C ..... 
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Another option for Internet service comes to Preston

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Most residential and commercial customers in Preston have been used to having two options for Internet service: Medicom and Centurylink. Well, now there’s another option. Historically, the Harmony Telephone Company has had great success with ..... 
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A business that evolved on a foundation of family and community support

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Twenty years ago, Pam Ristau took a leap of faith on establishing her CPA firm in Preston, Minn. While that wasn’t her original plan when she first went to college at Gustavus Adolphus, it became more apparent in the years that followed. Her ..... 
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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