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Preston works through property issues


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Numerous items on the August 4 Preston City Council agenda involved property issues. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Lot 1 (2.14 acres) of the Northwest Industrial Park is expected to be purchased by Rockny Moger, Bluff Country Manufacturing. The proposal from the city was to rezone this lot from B-2 Highway Commercial to I-1 Industrial. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the city generally tries to avoid spot zoning, but it is expected here. Planning and Zoning held a public hearing and recommended approval. The council approved the rezoning of Lot 1 to I-1.

Trish Keating had requested a variance to spit her lot on Valley St. NE into two lots, providing a second buildable lot. Her home is on the north side of the parcel. The parcel is 120 foot x 120 foot and splitting it will result in two parcels each 60 x 120. The city ordinance requires a minimum of 8,000 square feet and these two parcels would only be 7,200 square feet each. P and Z held a public hearing and recommended approval of the split. The council approved both the variance for the smaller lot size and the lot split into two parcels.

Andy Bahl and Karen Haugerud wanted to know if a consolidation of two lots of the Golfview Estates could potentially be approved. They are considering purchasing a couple of these lots when they become available at the tax forfeiture auction in the next month or so. P and Z recommended that the council look favorably on the consolidation of a couple of lots. The council could not approve a consolidation this day as Bahl and Haugerud do not own the lots. If they purchase the lots and apply to eliminate a lot line the council indicated that they would probably be supportive. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted that one larger house on two lots could add a similar amount to the city’s tax base as two smaller homes each on a separate lot. The lot lines were originally drawn for twin homes.

Laurice Kneeskern described the issue she has encountered with the sale of her property on Winona St. A potential buyer’s realtor has been working with Greg Schwarz to get an accurate property map. Her house may be in part on another property. Hoffman said vacating what is left of Winona St. will not entirely solve the problem. Kneeskern noted that part of Winona St. was vacated in 1957. The survey of the property had been done incorrectly. Hoffman said the situation might be resolved with quick claim deeds, adding a correctio .....
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Milwaukee Road Historical Association President to speak at caboose dedication

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

A dedication of the restored 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead in Preston. The Trailhead is located at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Center Street. The speaker for t ..... 
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Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour coming to southeast Minnesota

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Local businesses are encouraged to welcome participants of the BAM Bicycle Tour to our area. At 4:30 p.m. on August 13, the Bicycling Around Minnesota annual tour will begin registration in Preston for the start of the 2014 tour. ..... 
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Preston wraps up details for North Industrial Park

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council worked through an unusually long agenda at their July 21 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. A public hearing was held related to the proposed utility improvements for the North Industrial Park. Brett Grabau, St ..... 
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Engagement - Rabe ~ Knies

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Dody Winnifred Rabe and John David Knies would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Dody is the daughter of Wayne and Wanda Goldsmith of Chatfield, Minn. John is the son of Jeff and Roxie Knies of Preston, Minn. and Mari and Mik ..... 
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Caboose dedication set for August 16

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

A 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 is the newest addition to the Preston Historical Society campus in Preston. A dedication of the caboose will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead Parking Lot Area, Corner of Center an ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools – Mini grant program

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 18th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each have ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects underway

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There are multiple construction and capital improvement projects going on at Fillmore Central Schools this summer. Principal Heath Olstad and Dean Chris Mensink updated the school board on the progress at their brief mid-summer meeting on July 22. ..... 
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Letter about Pieper blast

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, On the day Jon Pieper blasted me for my Obamacare opposition, it was announced that more “errors” caused 16,000 low-income Minnesotans to lose their health insurance. Think about that. For months these folks may have avoided th ..... 
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