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November 14 is Give to the Max Day


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

On Thursday, November 14 residents of Preston and the Spring Valley area will face off in a rematch for this year’s Give to the Max Day, a philanthropy-driven friendly competition to see who can raise the most money through www.givemn.razoo.com, a platform website that makes it easy for individuals to donate to non-profit organizations. Also this year the communities of Rushford and Harmony will be in competition.

GiveMN was launched in November 2009 and since its inception it has helped raise more than $62 million for 6,600 non-profits and schools. GiveMN has benefits for both donors and the recipients.

For non-profits, GiveMN helps reach a broader range of potential donors, which in turn increases fundraising. The expenses accrued during fundraising is also cut significantly. For donors, donations can be made quickly and easily, and the website platform allows individuals to research non-profits before donating.

The winning community’s school wins bats from Miken Sports in Caledonia, Minn. and the runner up community’s school receives sports bags. Last year the Preston Area Community Foundation raised $11,905, taking the winning slot over the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation, which raised more than $5,420 last year.

“For any non-profit it is a good and unique to receive donations for your organization. There are many, many dollars given state-wide to a variety organizations and schools,” said Sheila Craig of Preston, Minn.

In previous years the interest earned on the Preston Area Community Foundation’s endowment fund, for example, has assisted groups who apply for assistance to complete community projects. Past assistance has included the purchase of youth-sized tennis rackets for Fillmore Central Schools, the purchase of a ball diamond scoreboard, cribs for the daycare. The Preston Historical Society has also received funding for windows for the caboose and the O’Hara School building. Other previous recipients include the National Trout Center, Boy Scout Troup 67, Fillmore Family Resources and the Commonweal Theater.

In Preston, all donations will be matched again this year by Dan Christianson of F & M Community Bank (a minimum of $10). Donations must be made online on November 14. Funds that go to the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation “enhance the quality of life for residents .....
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National Child Safety Council seeks Fillmore County donations

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

For 41 years in Fillmore County, the National Child Safety Council has effortfully been educating children from preschool age through high school on many aspects of safety. Some of the topics include crime prevention, accident prevention and substan ..... 
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High honors for local resort owners

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Larry and Sheryl Johnson, owners of Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, Minn., have been chosen as the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association’s 2013 Operators of the Year. The couple attended the three day MRCA conference which took place October ..... 
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Yarn Bombing has heads turning

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Features

During Southeastern Minnesota’s third annual Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour the library in Houston, Minn., experienced a “yarn bombing” by members of the library’s two knitting groups as well as others who donated yarn or their own knitting or cr ..... 
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Annual membership dinner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The annual membership dinner was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Preston Servicemen’s Clubrooms for the American Legion Post #166 and its auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6893 and its auxiliary, as well as the Sons of the Am ..... 
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“Now we have a place to lay our own in southeast Minnesota”

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The tone set by many people who spoke at the county board’s formal transfer of deed from Fillmore County to the State of Minnesota Veteran Affairs was one of thanks to everyone involved. The successful four year journey to this day was the result ..... 
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Marching band performs a wake-up call

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Norma Koch of Lanesboro, Minn. got quite the start to her morning on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 when the Fillmore Central Marching Band filled her front yard and began playing music for her enjoyment. Dale Koch, Norma’s son, bought a $5 raffle ..... 
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Pharmacy makes changes to suit customers

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Running any business in a small town is a challenge. Many small towns in Fillmore County have lost businesses, sometimes vital ones, because there is simply not enough business to support them. Sterling Pharmacy in Harmony, Minn., owned by Astrup ..... 
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Chatfield Kwik Trip up and running

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After months of anticipation the city of Chatfield, Minn. has a brand new Kwik Trip with several innovative conveniences for their guests. Not only is the Kwik Trip building brand new, but the manager is new as well. Edward Copeman, 28, is no stran ..... 
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