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County discusses courthouse security


Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

Sheriff Tom Kaase presented his department’s budget proposals for 2017 at the September 13 county board meeting.

During his presentation, courthouse security options were discussed. Kaase has about $77,000 included in his budget for a court security person. More options for courthouse security including cameras, one point of entry only, screening people coming to the court room, and card readers were discussed.

The Criminal Justice committee has discussed the possible inclusion of $100,000 in the budget to address security concerns in the building. The money would cover the cost of video, panic alarms, and possible changes to the buildings design.

Commissioner Duane Bakke wanted to know the basis for the $100,000 number and suggested they should form a subcommittee to look into it. He supports the suggestion of one common entrance or at least a limit of just the two entrances across from each other to the main hall. Commissioner Randy Dahl said card readers would not be necessary if all the other doors were locked.

Kaase continued with his budget, suggesting that they could save some money by having highway personnel do routine maintenance (like oil changes and brakes) on his department’s 19 squad cars. He said he has checked with other county sheriffs as to how often they replace their squad cars. Fillmore County has kept theirs about five years, 100,000 miles. Other counties replace their squads anywhere from 80,000 to 160,000 miles.

Bakke suggested they keep a maintenance history record on each vehicle to essentially weed out problem vehicles and keep others longer. Kaase noted that the Impala will no longer be manufactured. Therefore, they will be looking at SUVs and pickups for replacements. There is an expectation that these vehicles will cost more to purchase and to operate.

Endorsement of broadband grant applications

The board unanimously adopted two resolutions endorsing AcenTek’s Border to Border grant applications. The company wants to install infrastructure for broadband in the rural areas surrounding Rushford and Lanesboro.

AcenTek is a locally controlled, private company that is willing to invest to provide new fiber optic connectivity to over 1,225 passings in these rural exchanges. The grants, if awarded, will make the company’s project more economically viable.

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Recycling 101 - 9/19/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Columnists

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s article is the autumn edition of your invitation to participate in Hazardous Household Waste collection day. The fall HHW in Fillmore County is scheduled for the first Tuesday in Oct ..... 
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Wallace L. Osland

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Wallace L. Osland, 80, of rural Lanesboro, died Friday, September 9, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Methodist Campus. He was born in Cresco, Iowa, on June 29, 1936 to Nels and Agnes (Miller) Osland. The lived on a farm near Bristol Center in York Township of F ..... 
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Jerker Saxentorp

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Word has been received of the sudden death of Jerker Saxentorp, 51, of Vargarda, Sweden.On Thursday, August 25, 2016. Jerker passed away on his way to work. He was born April 22, 1965 to Elov and Britta Johansson, and went to school and lived his ..... 
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Preston discusses 2017 budget

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented some possible adjustments to the 2017 budget at the city council’s September 6 meeting. Councilman Dave Harrison was absent. The initial draft of the budget was discussed at the August 2 ..... 
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Preston Historical Society announces raffle winners

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Historical Society conducted the drawing for the winners of the recent raffle fundraiser at their August Society meeting. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for Historical Society projects. The Society would again like to thank F & ..... 
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County to trim 2017 Budget

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner At the September 6 meeting of the county board, the commissioners, by consensus, set a goal to limit the levy increase to less than 6 or 7%. County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman reviewed preliminary numbers for 2017. Vickerman sai ..... 
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County 2016 Farm Family of the Year

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Doug and Deb Ristau family has been named Fillmore County’s 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. Doug and Deb purchased a 320-acre farm in 1987 with a small 30-cow Herford herd, which they purchased from the previous ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.5.16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States has made a lot of this information available for me to share with you. I realize you have heard or read some of this material more tha ..... 
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