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A business that evolved on a foundation of family and community support


Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Pam Ristau, owner of Pam Ristau, CPA, celebrates 20 years of serving the community this year. Photo by Jason Sethre



Twenty years ago, Pam Ristau took a leap of faith on establishing her CPA firm in Preston, Minn.

While that wasn’t her original plan when she first went to college at Gustavus Adolphus, it became more apparent in the years that followed.

Her first interest in college was computer programming, but she quickly realized she didn’t enjoy calculus. So, she took an interest in accounting instead.

In her senior year of college, she participated in a J (January) term study at Tom Byrne’s CPA firm in downtown Preston.

After completing her J term at Tom Byrne’s office, she completed her B.A. to earn an Accounting Degree and started working for Tom Byrne.

As Pam and her husband, Gary Ristau, started raising their family, they discussed the possibilities of Pam working as an accountant from home.

They felt it would make it easier to juggle the balance of work and family life.

So in November of 1992, Pam took the series of exams to earn her CPA credentials administered by the Minnesota State Board of Accountants.

Back in 1992, the test results were not readily available right away like they are today. Finally, in February of 1993, roughly three months later, while Pam was within a few weeks of giving birth to her second son, she received notification that she had passed all exams to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Minnesota.

In 1995, Pam went out on her own and established her business named Pam Ristau, CPA.

She worked from home and it worked quite well.

And, as their boys grew, Casey now age 21, Mitch now age 20, and Cody now age 15, Pam’s business grew to the extent she felt it would be best to have an office in downtown Preston.

So, in 2003, Pam Ristau, CPA occupied an office space in the Rustad Building, where Kurt Reicks Auto License Bureau is located.

By 2006, her business had grown to the extent that she had people lined up in the hallways of the Rustad Building waiting for their appointments.

It was at this time that Pam and Gary discussed the possibility of purchasing a building to further serve the needs of her clients.

With their eye on the former Preston Liquor store across the street from Root River Veterinary Center, they purchased the building and began remodeling the space to serve her needs.[Read the Rest]
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Development of Veterans Cemetery ongoing

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Progress Edition

On a gray, chilly November day in 2013 government officials, local veterans and residents gathered at the groundbreaking celebration for the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Work toward completion of the first phase of the cemetery ..... 
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New year brings new owners for Generations of Harmony

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Progress Edition

On January 1, 2015 Harlan and Joan Thilges purchased Generations of Harmony Antique Mall from Jean and Terry Ingvalson, who built the building in 2008 and opened the business in November of 2008. The Thilge’s had lived in Welcome, Minn. and s ..... 
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Fountain business owner on pins and needles

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Progress Edition

In October of 2014 the Fillmore County Journal published an article about Terri Allen of Fountain, Minn. who had started her business, Terri’s Tender Lovin’ Stitches, in March of that year. Within months, the business is now expanding with its ..... 
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New owners give fresh start to Historic Mabel Hotel

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Progress Edition

The oldest running hotel in the state of Minnesota, the Historic Mabel House Hotel, carries over one hundred and thirty years of stories. Walking across the hardwood floors and glancing up at the lofty tin ceilings and woodwork of the historic di ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 1.26.15

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Wei Kang Chang, 24, Dubuque, Iowa; 12/22/2014, Speeding – Exceed Limit of 30 mph - Urban District – 56/30. Fine $100, Total Fees $290. Stacy Lynn Plenge, 32, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/11/2014, Disorderly Conduct – Off ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 1.26.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Are people allowed to push their leftover snow out onto the highway for the snowplow to move it? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 160.2715, “It shall be unlawful to obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon.” ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - 1.26.15

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Court

On January 15, 2015, Kristin Annette Roth, 27, of Rochester, Minn., appeared before Fillmore County District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. Roth is charged with one count of Theft – Take/Drive Motor Vehicle – No Owner Consent, a felony with a max ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses proposed rate hike

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While the Tuesday, January 20 Rushford Village Council meeting was brief, the Council managed to get in plenty of discussion over a City of Rushford sewer rate hike, which will lead to increases for some Village residents. Mayor Gordon Johnson, Co ..... 
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