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Preston hears NTC update


Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

George Spangler, NTC board of directors chairman, presented a detailed five year review of the National Trout Center since its inception in 2009 at the Preston City Council’s March 16 meeting. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent.

The environmental learning center was established to bring national recognition to a southeastern Minn. asset. Spangler notes in the report that “the issue for the NTC is whether or not its presence in Preston will offer sufficient additional interest to attract visitors, or cause them to extend their stay in the area.”

Originally, the target audience was tourists and trout fishers. Spangler expects visitors to the, soon to open, State Veterans Cemetery plus potential visitor growth through Rochester’s Destination Medical Center to broaden the possible clientele.

The Driftless Area supports a cold, well-oxygenated stream environment for three species of trout which draws “tens of thousands of fishers to the region each year.” This region includes southeastern Minn., southwestern Wisc., northwestern Ill., and northeastern Iowa. In total, trout fishing in this Driftless Area generates economic activity in excess of $1.1 billion annually.

The NTC is an environmental learning center and is one of four dozen environmental learning centers across Minnesota. The NTC’s focus is on “trout, coldwater streams, anglers, and the natural and historical features of the Driftless Area.”

The doors of the NTC first opened in the spring of 2010 in its temporary home in downtown Preston. A website was created and a logo design was adopted. The website is an opportunity to market the NTC to the rest of the world, averaging a 1,000 hits per month.

In 2011 the NTC was incorporated as a non-profit organization in Minn. It was granted a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization status by the IRS in 2012 and governance was turned over to a 12 member board of directors. Two members of the board are appointed by the city of Preston.

Mayor Kurt Reicks serves on the board of directors.

A list of programs and activities carried out each year since the NTC opened was provided. Events include teaching and instructional programs (hands -on learning), talks and lectures, and marketing or promoting the NTC as a destination for tourists and fishers.

Spangler noted that overall, visitations to the center have increased ir .....
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on March 31

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typica ..... 
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Big Band Bash tickets will go on sale

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Features

Tickets for the annual Fillmore Central “Big Band Bash” will go on sale this coming Monday, March 23. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony. Featured groups will include the ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Do animals deserve rights?

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

We all see the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States sad animal commercials on the television. They show sad and abused animals to spread the word about animal cruelty. There are thirty or more groups around the United States that suppor ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Do animals deserve rights?

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

We all see the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States sad animal commercials on the television. They show sad and abused animals to spread the word about animal cruelty. There are thirty or more groups around the United States that suppor ..... 
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Feel good about giving back by donating blood, Red Cross says need for blood is constant

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Looking for a way to give back to the community by don’t have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds people that in only about an hour, those eligible can help save lives by donating blood and feel instant gratification. “ ..... 
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Three…Three…Two…R-P #1!

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Sports

You could say the countdown began three years ago (2011-2012). The Rushford-Peterson boys basketball team returned to state after a one year absence. Behind seniors Nick Thompson and Trent Vix, they captured the third place trophy. On that team ..... 
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Fountain recognized for “Best Tasting Water”

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

The City of Fountain is drinking in its latest claim to fame after receiving the title “Best Tasting Water 2015” in March. John Hanson, city maintenance foreman for the city of Fountain, Minn., attended the Southeast Section Spring School by t ..... 
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Rushford Village hits “attractive nuisance” dilemma

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Planning and Zoning Commission has spent considerable time in the last several years updating and clarifying zoning ordinances. Confusing or unneeded language, poor definition, and complicated variables have been carefully irone ..... 
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