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Motor in to Preston Service Plus


Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

New owners of Preston Service Plus, Justin Jones, left, and Craig Bond, right, are ready to serve area residents.

Craig Bond and Justin Jones, new owners of Preston Service Plus, located in Preston, Minn., are getting settled into owning and running their business since taking over July 14, 2014.

Both men were employees of Preston Service Plus under previous owners Don and Dorrie Besse. First approached by Dorrie about whether the two were interested in buying the business they did not have to ponder the decision very long and were ready to say yes when Dorrie asked again. Everything moved pretty quickly from there and soon the deal was done.

For Jones, 36, and Bond, 37, going to work since taking over is the same, but also different. They walk into the same place and do the same work, but also have additional tasks such as “a lot of paperwork,” states Jones, and other new responsibilities. The two tend to take the job home with them now as the business and the work to be done is still on their minds after quitting time.

They are enjoying their new titles as owners, however, especially since they have known most of their customers for years and have received great support from everyone in the community and surrounding area. Bond noted they have been happy to see a few new faces come in and they appreciate the added customers.

No major changes have been made since the two took over as they feel everything was in place and ran smoothly the way Besse’s had been operating the business for years. The new owners currently employ one other person and hope to hire additional help in the future.

Jones received a two year degree in auto and truck rebuilding from Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn. and Bond has a two year degree in auto body repair from Ridgeway College in Willmar, Minn. and also a two year degree in automotive repair from Southeast Technical College of Winona, Minn.

Both men bring years of hands-on knowledge with Jones having 18 years experience, 15 of which have been at Preston Service Plus, and Bond has nine years experience. Jones is married with four children and lives near Harmony, Minn. Bond is married with two children and lives in Chatfield, Minn.

Bond and Jones describe themselves as honest and hard-working and are looking forward to providing service to area residents as owners of Preston Service Plus for many years.

Some of the services offered are oil changes, general automotive repairs, alignments, auto body repair, exh .....
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Grants announced by Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

On August 19, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 31 grants for a total of $122,565 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included 14 Individual Artist grants for ..... 
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Timeshare reselling scams still prevalent Twin Cities region continues to be claimed as home for foreign fraudsters

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

Burnsville, Minn. – Timeshare reselling schemes continue to plague the marketplace and just two recent cases have defrauded victims out of more than $40,000 and $20,000, respectively. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) regu ..... 
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Michael Doyle named President and CEO of Foremost Farms USA

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

BARABOO, Wis. - The Foremost Farms USA® Board of Directors has selected Michael Doyle as president and chief executive officer of the cooperative. Doyle will succeed David Fuhrmann, who will retire at the end of 2014. Michael Doyle is currently t ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33/g, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 c ..... 
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Minnesota students outperform nation on ACT

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

ROSEVILLE – For the ninth year in a row, Minnesota high school seniors were top in the nation on the ACT. Minnesota seniors posted an average score of 22.9, compared to the nationwide average of 21. Additionally, more Minnesota students met each o ..... 
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USDA announces nearly $1 million for agricultural entrepreneurs to turn commodities into value-added products in Minnesota

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, Minn. - USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer recently announced nearly $1 million to help seven rural Minnesota businesses and entrepreneurs expand their operations and create new products to market. The funding is bei ..... 
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DNR drops most proposals to allow more recreational activities at state’s scientific and natural areas

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources has decided to not implement most of its proposals to expand recreational activities such as hunting, trapping, and dog walking at 10 of Minnesota’s 159 scientific and natural areas (SNAs). The decisions were ba ..... 
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MnDOT night crews minimize impact to traveling public Crews also work more efficiently in less traffic

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – If you’re traveling down the highway some night, particularly in the Twin Cities area, you may notice brightly lit work zones and road crews in high-visibility clothing filling potholes, repairing guard rails, pouring concrete, ..... 
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