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PRSRT STD ECR WSS US. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 70 MADELIA, MN 56062 POSTAL PATRON Wykoff’s Fall Fest Pages 12-13 “Where Fillmore County News Comes First” Weekly Edition Freedom and Responsibility page Monday, September 24, 2012 Amy’s Milestone 4 page Volume 28 Issue 1 Pre-conditioning? 10 page Farmers have a Field Day 23 page 26 Canton l Chatfield l Fountain l Harmony l Lanesboro l Mabel l Ostrander l Peterson l Preston l Rushford l Rushford Village l Spring Valley l Whalan l Wykoff Requests to vacate streets and grants variances approved By K aren R eisner Teri Klaehn feels at home in her new Preston office. Photo by Jade Sexton Teri Klaehn opens accounting office in Preston in Accounting from Winona By Jade Sexton State. “I took an accounting class Teri Klaehn worked almost in high school, and I thought it four years as a tax preparer and was awesome,” shared Klaehn. accountant with AgStar/Look- Klaehn loves working with out Ridge Consulting. She can numbers, and she has been balstill be found in Preston, but ancing her mom’s checkbook now in her own office down- since the age of 12. She worked town as Teri Klaehn CPA, LLC. as an accountant at Mayo ClinIn May, Klaehn was laid off ic, for an architectural and engifrom her position at AgStar as neering firm, and at her own part of downsizing. She loved office in Adams, where she lives working in Preston, and she with her husband Bryan. loved helping the farmers in The job at AgStar was a good the area, so she opened her own fit for Klaehn. “I was raised on a farm, I’m married to a farmer,” accounting business on July 9. Klaehn didn’t make the choice she said. “I speak the language, to become an accountant until if you will.” the age of 27, at which time Klaehn loved it in Preston, she went back to college and and loved helping farmers with received her Bachelors Degree their accounting needs. Since she was laid off from AgStar, she cannot contact her client list from there, but she has gotten calls from many of them that still want her services. She has received a good response from the advertising she has done so far. Klaehn does a lot of tax preparation and planning with people, and she also offers payroll and accounting services for businesses. She has been told she must be crazy to enjoy doing taxes, but it makes her happy. “I don’t want tax prep season to be stressful,” said Klaehn. “I like to help my clients get the See KLAEHN Page 15  Comment on this article at Sun-Thurs 11am - 9pm • Late Night Bar Menu 9-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-9pm • Late Night Bar Menu 9-11pm 109 S. Parkway, Lanesboro, MN 55949 The Preston City Council at their September 17 meeting discussed and granted two petitions for vacating portions of city streets and two requests for building variances. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Jon and Christine DeVries requested that the 300 block of Brownsville Street West be vacated. This section of street is not developed. The section to be vacated is a 33-foot section with city utilities under it. The city would retain an easement for electric, water and sewer utilities. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said there is no intention to build on this area. Linda Hennessey emphasized the importance of easements, asking questions about her own sewer line. Neighbor Fran Sauer spoke in favor of vacating this section of street. The resolution was adopted vacating this section of Brownsville Street West with additional language stating the city retains easements. Charles Aug, representing C & G properties, requested that the dead end section of the 400 block of Farmers Street West be vacated. The dead end street cut off by the Highway 52 new construction is adjacent to the USDA Service Center. Hoffman said the entire 66 feet would go with the lumber yard property. This section of street is 165 feet long. He recommended the city retain the easements as the city has water and sewer utilities under the street. Aug commented that the use for the street would be for parking spaces, which is how it is currently used. He added that the building to the north is rented See PRESTON Page 22  Mining ordinance drafts go to Planning Commission By K aren R eisner The ten-member Sand Committee has been meeting regularly since before the moratorium on mining was put into place late last February. About forty concerned citizens, many worried about possible negative effects of large industrial mines and others concerned about whether excessive limitations will be put on the mining industry, have faithfully attended the meetings. They ask questions, express their concerns and voice their suggestions. This September 18 meeting was the last for the Sand Commit- Dirty Martini Lounge tee. However, committee members will participate in Planning Commission discussions of the ordinances. Originally, the moratorium was put into place to learn about the industry, study how to regulate the fast-growing industry and to amend Ordinance 721 to include the mining of industrial mining like that of ‘frac’ sand. Over the many months the thinking has evolved to draft two separate ordinances. Ordinance 721 will have some revisions, but remain essentially the same and regulate traditional construction aggregate mining. The new Live Music! See MINING Page 3  Sunday, Sept. 30, 5-9pm - To Be Announced Watch Our Website For Musicians!!

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