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2017 County budgeting


Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the August 2 meeting of the county board, several department heads reviewed their proposed 2017 budgets comparing them to 2016. All departments are figuring a possible 7% increase in health insurance rates and a 2.5% cost of living wage increase in their budgets.

Terry Schultz, building maintenance, noted that a part-time position had been eliminated and replaced with a full-time position, showing an increase in his 2017 budget. He also budgeted funds to purchase a new carpet cleaner for both buildings.

Schultz listed infrastructure improvements that will need to be considered in 2017, including some cement work, updating of some equipment in the county office building, and software updates. He spoke of a 10 year plan for maintenance that includes tuckpointing, parking lot improvements, a new roof on the county office building, and possible improvements to outlying county shops.

Commissioner Duane Bakke asked what county program aid (CPA) is expected, noting there wasn’t a tax bill this last legislative session? County coordinator Bobbie Vickerman said CPA will actually increase about $60,000 over last year. She maintained CPA affects us the most and reductions in CPA have hurt us the most in past years. Bakke suggested the CPA increase is a result of some decrease in land values.

Surveyor Jeff Brand stated his proposed budget has increased just $800 from last year.

Dave Kiehne, county recorder, attributed most of his budget changes to adjustments in salaries and health insurance. While discussing the geographic information systems budget, Kiehne said he has discussed replacement of street signs with county engineer Ron Gregg. Some street signs are starting to fade after 12-13 years. Kiehne suggested that the budget item to replace signs be moved to the Highway Department. Chairman Marc Prestby wants there to be an inventory completed, to determine what signs need to be replaced. By consensus, the board agreed to move the street sign replacement budget item to Highway.

Zoning Administrator Cristal Adkins said her department’s proposed budget was close to last year’s. She noted that $28,000 additional grant money has been received from the Pollution Control Agency for septic systems of low income property owners.

Feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron noted some software expenses had been added for Pictometry.

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KFIL to celebrate 50 years of serving SE Minnesota and NE Iowa with open house

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

When Obed Borgen, or OB as most people called him, started KFIL in Preston, Minn., back in 1966, most people doubted that it would be successful. After all, a small town couldn’t support a radio station, could it? But Borgen proved them wrong an ..... 
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Letter about Broadband Alliance Summit...

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

Letter about Broadband Alliance Summit... To the Editor, In an effort to help make Fillmore County a more attractive place to live, work, and do business, the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority invites residents, businesses, and govern ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The Wave

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

Have you ever done the wave? I’m not talking about the one in which you stand up and sit down in synchronicity with those in close proximity at a sporting event. I’m talking about the wave performed while in the driver’s seat of your most c ..... 
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Personal praise for Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Betty Dowe I have to sing the praises of the Veterans Cemetery in Preston! I have never been to a military funeral, but have seen them on T.V. The ceremony my family and I attended for my husband’s internment was beautiful and brought chills a ..... 
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Preston Fire Relief Association retirement increase

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Fire Chief Dave Keene and treasurer Dustin Arndt made the case for a $100 per year increase in Fire Relief Association retirement at the council’s August 1 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were absent. The mayor and city ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair Open Class 2016 results - 8.1.16

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Preston Fillmore County Fair

Farm Products • Grand Champion: Tori Raaen, Preston, Minn. • Reserve Champion: Joey Bradley, Lanesboro, Minn. • Champion: Joe Bradley Lanesboro, Minn. Vegetable • Grand Champion: Brenda Bergan, Peterson, Minn. • Reserve Champion: ..... 
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In less than 41 minutes

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

It’s been an eventful summer with storms producing gusts of wind and heavy downpours of rain throughout the region. On the eve of Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Mother Nature unleashed a wall of force that called upon emergency response units all throug ..... 
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One day of buffer meetings planned for 5 counties

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

SWCD, Farm Bureau, state officials to lead informational sessions July 28 in 3 cities AUSTIN, MN, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Minnesota’s buffer law will be the focus of a one-day series of informational meetings hosted July 28 by local and stat ..... 
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