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Preston Red Kettle Campaign helps county


Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

The Salvation Army of Fillmore County held one of its Red Kettle Campaigns on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Preston, Minn., which is a very important fundraising event for the Salvation Army in Fillmore County as it collects a large portion of the entire budget for the year.

Volunteers rang bells beginning at 9 a.m. at the F&M Bank corner offering friendly smiles to those walking by of which many stopped to drop money in the red kettle and also to visit with the people ringing the bells.

The kettle remained at F&M Bank until 5 p.m. when it moved to Preston Foods until the end of the campaign at 8 p.m. Many generous residents of Fillmore County reached deep into their pockets to donate.

Dan Christianson and F&M Bank of Preston graciously offered to match 25 cents on each dollar raised up to $1,000. Christianson stated that F&M Bank has been involved for a number of years and stated “It’s a great thing to do for the Salvation Army of Fillmore County.”

The money raised stays in Fillmore County and Christianson commented that it is good to “give locally” to benefit those in need right here in Fillmore County.

This Fillmore County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign raised $2,584.01. The matching amount for F&M Bank would have been $646 but F&M Bank “rounded up,” said Dan Christianson, giving $700. This elevates the total amount raised to $3,284.01.

According to member Joan Kidd the Salvation Army of Fillmore County serves residents in many different ways. The five schools in Fillmore County receive $600 for their milk break programs for those who cannot afford the cost, 100 holiday food boxes are distributed on Thanksgiving and Easter, and personal needs kits are distributed to those who need them.

A new program called “Shop with a Cop” has been given financial support through the Salvation Army and matches up children with police officers to let the kids shop for holiday gifts for their families.

Nursing home residents in the county enjoy social time with others with root beer floats provided by the Salvation Army service unit of Fillmore County.

Each year a certain amount of money is also allotted for personal assistance and emergency financial assistance to individuals such as gas to get to a medical appointment or help with other financial needs.

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Find your Serenity Within in Preston

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

A new business has opened in Preston, Minn. where area residents can go for a relaxing massage that can be beneficial to their health and well-being. Nancy Back has opened Serenity Within, which is located at 133 Fillmore Street W., Suite 4, in dow ..... 
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There was no parade

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Features

My brother, Norman Peterson, was an Air Force Aviator, having enlisted in the Air Force in 1947 and served his country for 22 years. Being a younger brother I have many memories of my brother, mainly when he would come home on leave to Cresco, Iowa. ..... 
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Whalan holds cookie walk and chili feed

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Tasty comfort foods could be found at the Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn., on Saturday, December 14, 2013 as the Whalan Taste of the Trail Committee held a Cookie Walk and Chili Feed. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. giving people plenty ..... 
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Christmas on Historic Broadway 2013

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

For the eighth consecutive year the lights on Broadway in Spring Valley, Minn. were a little brighter than usual during Christmas on Historic Broadway, which took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The annual event brings residents and visitors ..... 
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Preston residents enjoy visit with bearded guest

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Excitement was in the air early on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Fillmore Central Elementary School as children bound through the doors with one goal in mind - to talk to Santa. Santa needed to know what was on their lists for this holiday seaso ..... 
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One man’s goodbye is another’s good buy

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After a lifetime of reading and collecting books, Ed Jackson of Chatfield, Minn. has decided it’s time to say good bye to his vast collection of approximately 4,000 books and has opened a bookstore called Famous Books in the basement of his home. ..... 
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Santa Day in Harmony brought smiles and wishes

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

On Saturday, December 7, 2013 the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. was filled with kids who were there to see the man dressed in red. As they stood in line and watched other children climb on Santa’s lap, they were going over their lists ..... 
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Local artist spreads joy with Playtime Jubilee

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Local artist Karl Unnasch has completed a sculpture that is spreading joy to the City of Silver Spring, Md., the Washington D.C. area, the Fillmore County area, and perhaps the world. The sculpture, which is titled Playtime Jubilee, began as only ..... 
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