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One-vehicle accident
A semi was involved in a single-vehicle accident late Monday morning on Highway 52, just south of Fillmore County Road 17, just within Preston city limits. Fillmore County Communications dispatched Fillmore County deputies, the Preston police chief, Preston Fire and Rescue and Preston Ambulance. State Patrol was also dispatching state troopers. The accident was found to be a single vehicle (tractor/trailer combination) accident, in which a semi was traveling south on Highway 52. The vehicle had left the roadway on the opposite side of the highway. The driver, who was identified as 28-year-old Peter Burhite of Isanti, Minn., was transported to Saint Marys Hospital for injuries. His condition is unknown at this time. Minnesota Department of Transportation workers were also assisting with accident scene management. The accident is being investigated by the Minnesota State Patrol. COURTESY OF FILLMORE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:58 AM

Brett Grabau from Stantec, the city’s engineering firm, gave the Preston City Council an update on the Wingert Pond during its Tuesday morning, June 16, meeting.

  • Knee high by the Fourth of July…You bet!!

    The old saying, “Knee high by the Fourth of July,” hasn’t pertained to the stands of corn in southeast Minnesota for many years. During most of our recent growing seasons, the maxim is more like “head high by the Fourth of July.”


    The 23rd annual Habitat 500 Bike Ride will soon be coming through the Spring Valley area as 120 cyclists and 33 volunteers begin the 500-mile journey through southern Minnesota on July 12.

  • Friends of the Root River seeking more  volunteers to protect, enhance watershed

    A new volunteer group — Friends of the Root River — is looking to involve people from throughout the river’s large watershed area in aspects of its preservation, education and enhancement, according to Bill Sullivan of Pilot Mound Township, rural Chatfield, one of the planners with the group.


    The Fillmore County commissioners convened at the courthouse for the 2015 board of appeals and equalization meeting last Tuesday evening.


    Highway department business dominated discussion during the Tuesday, June 23, Fillmore County board meeting as highway engineer Ronald Gregg recommended the board postpone awarding the bid for a Preble Township bridge replacement project. Gregg said the amounts of the two bids he received were so very different he felt that it would be best to ascertain whether they were comparable since Alcon Construction Co. bid $224,023 and Minnowa Construction bid $683,979 for the replacement of box culverts. Gregg’s engineer’s estimate stood at $172,719.

  • Fillmore Central summer recreation  keeping area children busy this summer

    It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood last Thursday as Fillmore Central’s summer recreation program hosted the first of several “Thing-A-Ma-Do Thursday” summer activities.

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    Brett Grabau from Stantec, the city’s engineering firm, gave the Preston City Council an update on the Wingert Pond during its Tuesday morning, June 16, meeting.


    This year marks the 16th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the eight contestants. This year’s contestants are Lexie Dols, Laura Donney, Shelby Ebner, Megan Hendrickson, Erin McKay, Taylor Pierce-Sprenger, Gabrielle Shupe and Caitlyn Walsh.


    The Mabel-Canton School Board took a close look at its financial situation as bookkeeper Todd Netzke presented the health and safety budget and the 2015-2016 budget at the board meeting last Tuesday evening. He also reviewed the current year budget and noted efforts by staff to limit spending had improved the district’s bottom line.

  • On Sunday, June 28, the Rushford Municipal Airport will be a flurry of activity, as the third annual southeast Minnesota Jumps for Hope skydiving event will take place. More than three-dozen persons have signed up to jump out of a plane at over 10,000 feet for a breath-taking tandem skydiving experience. The first jumps will take place around 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

  • Preston EMS holds volunteer appreciation dinner

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    The Lanesboro School Board met for its regular meeting on Thursday, June 18. At the meeting, Sally Ming from the daycare briefed the members on some items the board might appreciate.

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