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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.


Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members welcomed Melvin Hayner, owner of The Driftless Fly Fishing Company, with a ribbon cutting on April 4. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

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 now is the time and The Driftless Fly Fishing Co. is the place.

Melvin Hayner has loved fly fishing his entire life, learning from his grandfather who was a fly tier and fly fisherman. At the age of 9 Melvin learned to tie flies and has never stopped. Originally from Oregon and then living in Michigan he moved to Minnesota and has been fishing the southeast area of the state for the last 22 years.

With all of Melvin’s knowledge and love of the sport of fly fishing, it naturally progressed to Melvin who stated his website www.minnesotaflyfishing.com in 2004 along with starting a guide service for people interested in learning to fly fish or those who know how to fly fish that like to have an experienced guide along with them.

For the last 10 years Melvin has been thinking about buying a building and opening The Driftless Fly Fishing Co. but was waiting for the time to be right. With his children grown, a new job in Rochester, and the perfect building available, Melvin felt everything was coming together to open the business he has been thinking about for so long.

The Driftless Fly Fishing Co. offers guided fly fishing trips in southeast Minnesota including the South Branch of the Root River, which is listed in Trout Unlimited’s Book of America’s 100 Best Trout Streams, according to Melvin.

All gear, flies, tackle, personal instruction, digital photos of your catch, and streamside lunch are provided with each trip. Families are welcome whether beginners or experts in fly fishing. Melvin is a family oriented and patient instructor who enjoys teaching the art of fly fishing to persons of any age.

Melvin has received prestigious guide endorsement from The Orvis Company, and The Driftless Fly Fishing Co. is the only authorized Orvis dealer in southeast Minnesota and Hayner is one of only two Orvis endorsed guides in Minnesota. The Orvis Company began in Vermont in 1856 and is one of the oldest fly fishing companies in America. The Orvis Company has grown to have endorsed lodges and guides around the world. Orvis is committed to conservation, says Melvin, adding that the .....
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Craig Laverne Asleson

Thu, Apr 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Craig Laverne Asleson, 56, of Faribault, Minn., died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the District One Hospital in Fairbult. Craig was born January 10, 1958 in Rochester, Minn. to Laverne and Arlis (Lietz) Asleson. He attended Dover-Eyota schools. Crai ..... 
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Gordon “Gordy” Kallis

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Gordon “Gordy” Kallis, age 55, of Mabel, Minn. died Thursday, April 10, 2014. Gordy was born November 3, 1958 in Caledonia, Minn. to Rodney and Beverly (Holland) Kallis. He graduated from the Mabel-Canton High School in 1977. On August 26, 198 ..... 
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Dresbach rest area, ramp closure to begin April 15

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists that the Dresbach Intestate 90 rest area and travel information center near La Crosse, Wis., will close for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 15. The closure of th ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria - an experience of Taste - to be held May 17 in Rushford

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — The 4th Annual ExpoCulinaria will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 5-9 p.m. Exciting improvements have been made to tantalize ExpoCulinaria guests’ taste buds. This year everyone will watch and sample as a professional culinary ..... 
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Commonweal continues Fillmore/Houston County Free Nights

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company announces performance dates for its 2014 Free County Night Program. Theatre lovers living and/or working in Fillmore or Houston Counties are invited to attend Ibsen’s epic drama Brand on Thursday, ..... 
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Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council receives statewide recognition for effective use of legacy funds

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

WILLMAR, Minn. – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts recognized the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council on Thursday at Arts Advocacy Day for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clea ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Longer Days Require Quick Cooking

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

The days are growing longer, and I am having no trouble at all filling up those extra daylight hours. Yard work, spring cleaning, part time jobs, taking walks, meetings, appointments, clubs and more! Gone are the endless and empty days of winter, and ..... 
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Danny Joseph Ellis

By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Danny Joseph Ellis, of Eyota, Minn., died April 1, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Danny was born September 22, 1951 to Fred and Helen Ellis. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1969. He joined the Army in 1969 and did a tou ..... 
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