Boots & Badges
 
Letterwerks Sign City
 
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
1 | 2 | 3 | > | >>

Like its namesake, tournament will never be forgotten


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

After 20 consecutive years, the Matt Hahn Memorial Arm Wrestling Tournament, which took place in Preston, Minn., has come to an end.

Matt Hahn was born on September 12, 1975 to Randy and Bonnie Hahn. Tragically, Matt lost his life as the result of a car fire on June 22, 1996 at the young age of 20-years-old.

Matt’s parents and his brothers, Chris and Rich, along with their large support group of extended family and friends struggled to cope with their loss, leaning on each other to get through.

Before his passing, Matt and Todd Ristau had gone to the fair board to see if they could get an arm wrestling tournament started but it was not approved.

“There were three things that Matt enjoyed tremendously in his life: his drum set, playing cards, and arm wrestling” states his dad saying “the kids used to get together and sit around and play some cards and then all of a sudden it went to arm wrestling” without fail.

“When we lost Matt we thought we needed to do something to carry on for Matt,” states Randy.

It was not long after that when Tracy Raaen called Matt’s parents and said they should all go down to the meeting that was being held at the Servicemen’s Club in Preston that evening and talk with them about starting a memorial arm wrestling tournament there.

Randy says of Raaen, “She was such a sweetheart with it and she presented it,” explaining what they wanted to do and that they wanted to use the proceeds for scholarships, and, “that sold it,” he states.

“They were very much in favor of doing it in front of the Servicemen’s Club,” and thankfully “they gave us a spot to go” so that the tournament named in Matt’s honor could get underway.

The first Matt Hahn Memorial Arm Wrestling Tournament was held in July of 1996 outside the Servicemen’s Club.

“We went from having one or two bleachers set up out there to five bleachers and it was plump full,” notes Randy, adding “it was just a great time” for all who attended.

Quickly outgrowing the space downtown and having to worry about weather, it was agreed the tournament would be held at the Fillmore County fairgrounds. After the tournament moved to the fairgrounds it gained even more momentum.

Those who used to arm wrestle with Matt, some of which include Mark Sikkink, Nate Scheevel, and Todd Ri .....
[Read the Rest]
Foods Weekly Ads

Welcome bags made for Winona Campus Ministry students

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

On Sunday, July 31, members of a Thrivent Action Team at Christ Lutheran Church Action Team assembled 30 “Welcome Bags” that will be donated to Winona Campus Ministry students. The team was led by Muriel Hanson. Thrivent donated $250 toward the ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Kingsland sets ballot for November 8

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met on August 15 in regular session. Members present were Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. Troy Asher was absent. The board unanimously appro ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Ask a Trooper - 8/22/16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: How long has there been a drunk driving law in Minnesota? Answer: The Minnesota Legislature criminalized DWI in 1911, making “driving while in an intoxicated manner” a misdemeanor. The laws and sanctions addressing DWI have evolved i ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Police Report - 8/22/16

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Ryan Franklyn Ament, 40, Winona, Minn.; 7/19/2016, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Keith William Dennler, 56, Forest Lake, Minn.; 7/22/2016, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Gaylord ..... 
[Read the Rest]

State gains 11,300 jobs in July... Seasonally adjusted employment tops 2.9 million for first time

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 11,300 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Those figures, combined with revised data that showed t ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Recycling 101 - 8/22/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Today’s article contains information on three topics that I have received questions on recently. In the next few months, my plans are to write detailed articles dealing with each of these topics. They are batteries, medications, plastic bottles, ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Nelson family reunion held in Mabel

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

The 31st annual Nelson reunion was held at the Historical Barn in Mabel on August 7, 2016. It was hosted by Mervin Nelson and family and special friend, Donna Donlan. Sixty-five family members were present. A potluck meal at noon, wagon rides, and ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Estelle’s Eatery & Bar to be featured on PBS

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Estelle’s Eatery & Bar, Harmony, Minn., will be featured on the next Farm Fresh Road Trip - a collaboration between Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Cooks, and Twin Cities PBS. This Upper Midwest Emmy Award winning TV program was filmed at Es ..... 
[Read the Rest]
1 | 2 | 3 | > | >>
Studio A Photography