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Preston’s new industrial park to go forward


Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, presented information related to the plan for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 8 at the Preston City Council’s April 21 meeting. Three public hearings were held related to the industrial park, including one to establish TIF District 8, one for a business subsidy agreement with Bluff Country Manufacturing, and one for a business subsidy agreement with JMS Agronomics.

TIF District 8 includes about six acres located south and west of the intersection of Highway 52 and Highway 16 north of Preston. The TIF District will be primarily for manufacturing and industrial uses. The plan calls for nine increment collections starting in 2016.

The original market value of those properties as they are today will be distributed as normal property taxes. About $207,813 of site improvement, preparation costs and other related expenses for the TIF will be financed with the increment. The total amount eligible for reimbursement with the TIF is $290,673, which includes administration and financing expenses.

Necessary public infrastructure improvements including utility extensions and roadway construction will be financed with a combination of state grant funds, tax increments and/or any necessary city contributions.

The city will acquire the site, make the public infrastructure improvements, and sell the two parcels for $35,000 each.

Bluff Country Industries, LLC plans to construct an 8,600 square foot facility that it will lease to Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. The manufacturer assembles printed circuit boards and related materials.

JMS Agronomics, Inc. warehouses and distributes Pioneer Seed and the company plans the construction of a 8,000 square foot facility.

There were no public comments at any of the three public hearings for establishing the TIF District 8 or for the business subsidy agreements with each of the businesses. The business subsidy agreements are similar for each of the companies. Bluff Country Manufacturing mostly intends to retain the current number of jobs, but may add one additional job. JMS Agronomics plans to create two full time jobs.

Resolutions were unanimously approved establishing TIF District 8 and approving each of the business subsidy agreements.

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Preston Historical Society announces tractor ride dates

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Preston Historical Society has set Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14 for a two-day autumn tractor ride through the scenic Bluff Country of southeast Minnesota. The round-about ride will begin and end each day at the Fillmore County Fairgr ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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“I Love to Read” program a Big Success for Kids in Fillmore Central and Lanesboro Schools

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Community Education, Fillmore Central Schools, Lanesboro Schools, and area businesses partnered up to encourage a reading program for kids in our area. The “I Love to Read” program was introduced this past February during “I L ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Levi David Wingert

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Big sisters Annakate and Arianna and big brother Nathaniel welcome home baby brother Levi David Wingert. Levi was born March 6, 2014 weighing 7 lbs. and measuring 20 inches in length. Proud parents are Steve and Hannah Wingert of Preston, Minn. Grand ..... 
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POET Biorefining – Preston hires new GM

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

SIOUX FALLS, SD – POET Biorefining – Preston has announced Chris Hanson as the plant’s new general manager. Hanson previously worked at POET Biorefining – Preston as the technical manager and will now be responsible for overseeing the 46 mill ..... 
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MILC program extended and start month revisions

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. - Tammy Martin, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Fillmore County announced that the 2014 Farm Bill extended the MILC program until September 1, 2014, or until the date on which the new Dairy Margin Protecti ..... 
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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This is no fish tale. There is a new business in Preston, Minn. that may reel you in hook, line, and sinker. Well hook and line anyway. No sinkers involved here. If you, a friend or family member loves to fly fish or have always wanted to learn n ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation receives $1,500 grant from the Preston Historical Society

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,500 grant to the Preston Historical Society for the restoration and improvements of the Milwaukee Elevator. The Foundation feels strongly that this type of project is a good match with its ..... 
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