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Chili Cook-off has positive turnout despite negative wind-chill


Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

As temperatures dropped outdoors, some contestants brought the heat indoors with their chili entries during the annual Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off event in Preston, Minn. on January 16, 2016.

Although the Candlelight Ski and bonfire were cancelled, due to temperatures that plunged well below zero, the “chili” weather did not stop people from enjoying several chili samples at the Trailhead Inn.

The event, which is held each year on the third Saturday in January, is sponsored by the Trailhead Inn and the Preston Chamber of Commerce and gives area residents a reason to get out and about during the cold winter weather.

From mild to spicy and thick to thin, each recipe had its own characteristics that set it apart. Some with mushrooms, others with peppers, but all with great taste.

The six chili contestants included Steve Corson, Nancy Harrison, Dave Harrison, David Schmidt, and Vicky Giese. Traci Corson, co-owner of the Trailhead Inn also made chili for the crowd but excluded her entry from voting.

Dave Harrison made a vegetarian chili and Vicky Giese made her chili from mostly homegrown ingredients. Participants brought their favorites condiments to serve with their chili and the Preston Chamber of Commerce also supplied condiments, bowls, and spoons.

The winners of the 2016 chili cook-off were: First Place - David Schmidt (65 Preston Bucks), Second Place - Vicky Giese (20 Preston Bucks), and Third Place - Nancy Harrison (15 Preston Bucks).

When asked the secret to making a great chili, David Schmidt says he uses “a head of garlic and homegrown jalapenos” but did not give away any further details.

The Preston Chamber of Commerce provided beverages ,including coffee and hot cocoa while Corson poured up some of her and her husband Carlisle’s homemade Black Raspberry Merlot, which they made using a kit.

Even though the weather was frigid, the attendees of the chili cook-off kept warm with great chili and good friends.

The sponsors look forward to seeing everyone back for next year’s Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off and also hope for nicer weather.

A busy first year for Sheriff Kaase

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase reflects on his first year as sheriff and takes a look into the future. It has been interesting and fun and I have been the “busiest that I’ve ever been in my life”. He continued saying it is an every day job ..... 
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Living in the past

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Features

By Hannah Underbakke In the society today everyone has cell phones, television, video games, etc. I find myself being drawn back to the past where everything seemed simpler. The television shows, such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, CHiPs, and The Andy Griff ..... 
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Winter in Minnesota

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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By Connor Benson When one lives in Minnesota, it can be tempting to hibernate when the snow and cold hit. Every winter, the majority of Minnesotans are eager for that first snowfall and hope for a “white” Christmas. However, it doesn’t take ..... 
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Mark Dayton wants $100 million for rural Minnesota web access

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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By Rachel E. Stassen-Berger rstassen-berger@pioneerpress.com Jody Reisch lives just a mile outside of the far southwestern Minnesota city of Luverne but rented an office in town to do his work. The costly Internet at home is too slow and unrelia ..... 
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Trehus draws crowd in Spring Grove

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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Despite sub-zero temperatures and a wind chill advisory, a crowd estimated at 100 braved the cold to attend a campaign kick-off event for Thomas Trehus at the Spring Grove American Legion on Saturday, January 16. Those in attendance were treated to ..... 
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National American Legion Commander to visit Preston

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

If you are a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of American Legion, you will want mark your calendar for noon on Thursday, February 4, 2016. On this special day, National American Legion Commander Dale Barnett and St ..... 
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Record Powerball jackpot run generates more than $20 million for state beneficiaries

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
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ROSEVILLE, MN (Jan. 14, 2016) – While Powerball® jackpot winners in California, Florida and Tennessee celebrate their wins, the jackpot roll, which began on Nov. 7, 2015 and ended with last night’s record $1,586,400,000 jackpot, gives Minnesota ..... 
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GasBuddy forecasts fourth straight yearly decline at the pump for 2016

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
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GAITHERSBURG, MD – Motorists will be rewarded at the pump this year, spending $17 billion less compared to 2015 as the national yearly sags for a fourth straight year to $2.28 a gallon, according to GasBuddy’s 2016 Fuel Price Outlook. Aside fro ..... 
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