Archive | December, 2012

The Princeton City Planning Commission has approved a higher Walmart sign than the one that was put up late this year in anticipation of the store opening early next year. The commission took that action and more during its regular meeting December 17… Rob Olson, with the metro-based engineering, planning and development firm MFRA, asked […]

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As Princeton mayor Jeremy Riddle reflected on his six years in office as they come to a close soon, he said he accomplished the main objective on which he first campaigned. “My focus was to try to keep the tax rates reasonable and to help businesses not have to bear any more burden than they […]

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A Stearns County District judge has dismissed the last of the 13 counts that Kevin and Anita Gerrard  filed against the city of Princeton, Mille Lacs County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, involving a 2010 bridge/intersection project. The ruling came on December 17. A judge had dismissed the other 12 counts in April 2012, […]

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He was man for all seasons, the Italian boy who left the security of life in Cleveland and married a Norwegian girl from the north woods of Minnesota. Pete Finelli came to Princeton in 1956, as a teacher and assistant coach. Although he left a couple times, it became his adopted home. Pete died last […]

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In some ways, Penny, Pete and Paul were very different. Penny was a blonde, blue-eyed teenager who grew up on a farm in East Central Minnesota, with 10 younger brothers and sisters. Pete, who sometimes colored his hair, lived in a western Twin Cities suburb with his single-parent mom. Paul was a tall, handsome, angry […]

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For much of a lifetime Chester Hoeft went quietly about his business. His parents immigrated from Germany and settled on a farm just north of Princeton. That’s where Chester was raised. Now 91 years old, there has never been a day that Chester hasn’t considered the farm home. He worked the farm as a boy […]

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Even if firearms restrictions are approved, which will be a tough fight, leaders will be left wondering what more they can do to prevent a tragedy in their own community such as the one that struck Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14. Why wait for the government to find a solution to attack such a […]

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