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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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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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B&B Olympic Bowl spruces up with remodel

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Walk into B&B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. and you will be bowled over by the new look. The restaurant side of the business has been through a transformation from floor to ceiling. Paul and Shelly Hanson purchased B&B Olympic Bowl in September ..... 
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Preston’s “DMC” is the SMSVC

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As the greater Rochester area celebrates the establishment of the state-supported Destination Medical Center, aptly coined the DMC, the greater Preston area recognizes the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (SMSVC) as an economic engine ..... 
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Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dee Slinde

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The City of Lanesboro, Minn. and the surrounding area has graciously opened its arms to the new executive director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and Tourism, Dee Slinde. Having grown up in London, Minn. near Austin, and gradua ..... 
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New name, new location, same great service

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Main Street Wireless, LLC, formerly Magnum Wireless, of Chatfield, Minn. has opened in its new location at 20 Main Street South in Chatfield. The business, which originally opened in the Magnum Sports building in May 2013, is now located in the for ..... 
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Local foodshelves participate in Minnesota FoodShare Program

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Minnesota FoodShare coordinates the largest fund and food drive throughout the state for the entire month of March. In efforts to increase awareness of hunger in Minnesota, FoodShare promotes the donation of food and dollars combined for foodshelves ..... 
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Sydney Johnson is second runner up in Miss Minnesota International competition

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Sydney Johnson, of Lanesboro, Minn., represented Fillmore County as Miss Fillmore County in the 2014 Miss Minnesota International compeititon that took place in St. Cloud, Minn. on Saturday, March 8. Johnson was named second runner up for the title. ..... 
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