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National Trout Learning Center, more than a wild dream


Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

A very well attended and upbeat regional partnership meeting was held at Eagle Bluff on May 10. Attendees included area business people, local and county government officials, interested citizens, university educators, state and county natural resource, soil and water and trout fishing/sportsman groups. The intention was to bring people together to discuss the possibilities and opportunities of a National Trout Learning Center (NTLC) to be located in Preston. Randy Brock, Fox 47 news, fly fisherman and president of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, welcomed the crowd of around fifty people and introduced the morning's speakers. He called the NTLC a "gigantic opportunity" to develop a natural resource we have here in southeastern Minnesota.

Most of the morning's speakers were members of the NTLC steering committee. George Spangler, chair of the NTLC steering committee, declared that we are at the absolute center of the trout fishing in the Midwest. The center could help the area achieve a greater degree of economic security. The plan for the center is to focus on teaching people about fresh water habitat and letting people know this is where fishing is located. He asked for the support of the business community and educators. The center would celebrate our marvelous area and the natural geologic features of the region.

Spangler asked for the crowd's participation by donating time, expertise and money to help develop the center. He expects the center to be self supporting. Spangler credited the Preston EDA and Cathy Enerson, its director, with the vision for the center.

Enerson said the idea has blossomed since last May. Preston is Minnesota's Trout Fishing Capital and an outdoor person's paradise. Members of the EDA visited the National Eagle Center, which has been very supportive of the Preston venture. Enerson remarked that the Eagle Center has transformed Wabasha and has had a significant impact on local businesses. Following the Eagle Center plan, Preston will open a temporary NTLC during Preston Trout Days on May 15. The temporary center will be located at 120 St. Anthony Street in Preston. The Eagle Center has had visitors from over 80 countries and they expect over 100,000 visitors this year.

Cris Gastner, Fillmore County EDA, explained the importance of identifying the assets in the region that are already there for us to build on. He emphasized the need for communities to work together regionally and to recogniz .....
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National Trout Learning Center, more than a wild dream

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

A very well attended and upbeat regional partnership meeting was held at Eagle Bluff on May 10. Attendees included area business people, local and county government officials, interested citizens, university educators, state and county natural resou ..... 
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Tri-County Electric members donate $5,050 locally

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC), enrolled in Operation Round Up (ORU), recently gave $5,050 in donations to worthy causes in March. The ORU Trust Board approved the following donations at its March meeting:

•$500, Bundl ..... 
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Filing period for SWCD Supervisor is May 18 - June 1

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Fillmore County should consider filing by June 1 to run for the position of supervisor of the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

"Supervisors play an important ..... 
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V.F.W. Auxiliary news update

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Magdlin-Gilbertson Auxiliary #6893 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Preston held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The first portion of the meeting included a short memorial service to honor deceased sisters Elinor Schlick and Helen T ..... 
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USDA invites applications for renewable energy and energy efficiency funding

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer recently announced that USDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources.

USDA is accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees in the ..... 
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AgStar Financial Services Posts Solid First Quarter Performance

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

MANKATO, Minn. (May 10, 2010) - AgStar Financial Services, a value-added financial services company owned by its client-stockholders, reported net earnings for first quarter ending March 31, 2010. The company recorded a solid performance, with net af ..... 
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CANTON, CALEDONIA, HENRYTOWN, SPRING GROVE AND RICEFORD AREAS EXPERIENCE POWER OUTAGES

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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Rushford, MN (10:20 a.m. May 7, 2010)- Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) members in areas of Canton, Caledonia, Henrytown, Spring Grove and Riceford began experiencing power outages around 9:30 a.m. As of 10:15 a.m. all power has been restored.[Read the Rest]

100 year celebration of Boy Scouts

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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Calling All Scouts! Calling All Scouts! Preston Boy Scout Troop 67 is making plans for the 100 Year Celebration of Boy Scouts, in conjunction with Preston Trout Days on May 15th, 2010. We will begin the day with a (somewhat) formal presentation on t ..... 
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