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Preston discusses residential issues


Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their November 4 meeting again discussed whether or not to require a ‘green belt’ to screen the Brownsville Mobile Home Park. The issue was tabled after the discussion. A second issue concerning the possible purchase of the Knies home located partially in the floodway went a step forward.

Tim Johnston, the owner of the mobile home park property, was invited to attend a council meeting to discuss his plans. He had responded to city staff saying he would be out of town until November 20. He requested that staff keep him informed of the council’s decision concerning the green plantings.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said he needed clarification as to how the council interprets the ordinance. Hoffman listed three issues that needed to be clarified. Is the ‘green belt’ required on the side of the mobile home park that abuts the street? If so, what is necessary for the ‘green belt?’ What period of time will be allowed for the ‘green belt’ to be established?

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann said the city could take either position; requiring a ‘green belt’ on the portion of the mobile home park that abuts the street or not. He added they should be consistent with their interpretation.

Councilman David Harrison said he interprets the ordinance to require a ‘green belt’ all around the perimeter of the park. Councilman Charles Sparks later said he thinks the ordinance requirement of a ‘green belt’ would include the street side. Luhmann suggested that the drafters of the ordinance probably assumed there would be an entrance to the park instead of individual driveways. Hoffman noted the mobile home park along Chatfield Avenue doesn’t have individual driveways.

Mayor Kurt Reicks stated the planting of trees would probably be the responsibility of the landowner rather than the city’s responsibility. The trees would likely have to be planted back of the boulevard area so as not to block visibility when a motorist backs on to the street. Council members were concerned about safety if the ‘green belt’ were established.

Kerry Soiney owns the home on the north side of the street across from three of the trailers. He said he offered three years ago to pay for some trees, but Johnston failed to return his numerous calls. Soiney said that about 12 Arborvitae trees would cost less than $1,000. He suggested that a landscaper should .....
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Elderly please beware ...

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I have received two phone calls this week from callers that state they are calling from the Medicare Office and they will be mailing out your new Medicare card along with a free packet of good stuff. FIRST they want to confirm your p ..... 
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Josephine C. Benson

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Josephine C. Benson, 100 years of age, died on Thursday, October 31 at her home at Traditions in Preston, Minn., where she resided for the last 4.5 years. Jo was born on September 15, 1913 in Owatonna, Minn. to John and Mary Pelinka. She graduated ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary applies to be celebration school

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular school board meeting on October 29, Dean Chris Mensink informed the board that Fillmore Central Elementary is eligible to be a Minnesota Department of Education Celebration School. He explained the top 25 percent of schools in Minneso ..... 
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Fillmore-Central band students performing in Conference Honor Band

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

F-C Band Students Performing in Conference Honor Band at Wabasha-Kellogg High School on Monday, November 4. Eight instrumental music students from Fillmore Central, under the direction of Lane Powell, were selected to the 2013 Three Rivers Confere ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School will host college information night

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a college information night on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from Southeast Technical College from Winona will have a financial aid presentation wit ..... 
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Rubye C. Nagle

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Rubye C. Nagle, age 97, of Preston, Minn., died Sunday morning, October 27, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Rubye was born April 7, 1916, in Harmony, Minnesota, the daughter of Elmer and Rose (Rueber) Jacobson. She was a 1934 ..... 
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Leonard “Lenny” Floyd Bush

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Leonard “Lenny” Floyd Bush, 67 passed away at St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. He was born on June 18, 1946 to John Sr and Elaine (Murray) Bush. Lenny was the life of the party and always was up to some mischief. He was love ..... 
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