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LaVonne Ann Hellickson


Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

LaVonne Ann Hellickson

LaVonne Ann Hellickson, 84, of Preston, Minn., died at her home on Sunday afternoon, September 14, 2014. LaVonne was born September 16, 1929, on a farm near Cherry Grove, Minn., to Ralph (Jack) and Nellie (Ramaker) McKenzie. She attended rural school near York and graduated from Harmony High School in 1947. She attended Luther College and afterward taught in a rural school in East York near Lime Springs, Iowa. She married Robert Hellickson on December 21, 1949, at the Bloomfield Lutheran Church in rural Ostrander, Minn. LaVonne was a secretary for five years at Preston Elementary School, worked at the Selective Service Office for three years, and was the Deputy Clerk of Court in the Fillmore County Clerk of Court office where she worked for 26 years. In later years she was appointed a Court Commissioner and was able to perform many, many marriage ceremonies over the years. She loved having her family gathered together and never wanted more than two weeks go by without seeing her grandchildren as they were growing up. She enjoyed baking and her family also enjoyed her baking! She enjoyed gardening, playing 500, and dancing with Bob for all of their married life. She was an active member of the Preston United Methodist Church.

LaVonne is survived by her daughters, Roxie (Ron) Foyt of New Brighton, Minn., and Rae (Alfred) Asleson of Charles City, Iowa; three grandchildren, Dr. Rachel (Josh) Mack of Ames, Iowa, Brienne Foyt (and fiancé, David LaHaye) of Maple Grove, Minn., and Ryan Foyt (and girlfriend, Kristina Kuduk) of Minneapolis, Minn.; and two beloved great-grandsons, Carter and Lucas Mack; one sister, Marlys (Ron) Masterjohn of Shell Lake, Wisc., and one brother, Charles (Sue) McKenzie of Wykoff, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Marlene McKenzie of Preston and Geri McKenzie of Florence, Ore; nieces and nephews, Larry (Marla)McKenzie, Tami (Dan) Christianson, Traci (Ken) Livingood, Chad (Wilma) McKenzie, Rick (Gwenn) McKenzie, Bob (Yong) McKenzie, Linda McKenzie, and Steve (Kathy) Meyer.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 2007; her brothers, Neil and Roger; Rae’s first husband, Don Rustad; and her beloved nephew, Craig McKenzie; and great-niece, Savannah Livingood.

There will be a memorial service 11:00 am, Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Preston United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial of her ashes will be in the church cemeter .....
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National Farm Safety & Health Week

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

By Nathan Winter, University of Minnesota Extension The third week in September represents National Farm Safety & Health Week. This week corresponds well with the fall harvest season in Minnesota, and serves as a reminder to practice farm safety, ..... 
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Roger Dallas Garnatz

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Roger Dallas Garnatz 63 of Duluth, Minn., formerly of Rochester, Minn. died unexpectedly Sunday September 14, 2014 at Essentia Health center in Duluth Minn. Roger was born September 11, 1951 to Dallas and Ruth (Stender) Garnatz in Preston. Roger g ..... 
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Engagement - Walter-Vickmark

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Melanie Walter and David (DJ) Vickmark would like to announce their engagement. Melanie is the daughter of Deb & Mike Walter of Eau Claire, Wisc. David (DJ) Vickmark is the son of Mary & David Vickmark of Spring Valley Minn. Melanie is a ..... 
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Engagement - Ristau-Woellert

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Doug and Deb Ristau of Preston MN, are happy to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Kelsey Ristau to Joe Woellert, son of Jeff and Janet Woellert of Preston MN. Kelsey is a 2008 graduate of Fillmore Central High School ..... 
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Canton looks into updating water meters

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

The Canton City Council discussed the town’s need for new water meters at their regular meeting on September 10. Town engineer Jon Nordsving stated there have been problems with the current water meters and several readers are malfunctioning or b ..... 
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The President and the Congress Should Work Together on Military Intervention

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

By Lee H. Hamilton In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he sai ..... 
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Guest commentary: Who has heard of Wells, Minn.?

By Brett Kues

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

I have been told several times by several people, “Now is the time to build a new school because it will never be less expensive than it is if we build right now.” This seems to be the go to line for every person wanting a new school. The proble ..... 
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POET General Managers make their voices heard in Washington

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, SD (September 18, 2014) – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. September 14-17 to meet with Congressional officials and highlighted the important role ethanol plays in reducing o ..... 
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