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Passing the torch to Preston


Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wykoff has been the host of the Fillmore County Relay for Life for the past two years. However, Saturday morning the torch and duties were handed to Preston for the first time in fifteen years of the event's history in Fillmore County.

This year's core committee, consisting of Paul Frank, Gary Hahn, Brigid Eickhoff, Roxanne Sabatke, Sally Jeske, Denise Montgomery, Judy Frank and Mary Sackett are more than happy to be handing the torch to Preston after an amazing two years in Wykoff.

Elizabeth Gatzke of Preston and her co-chair, Julie Pickett, are excited and ready to start planning for the 2011 Relay for Life but know they have some big shoes to fill. This year the efforts of Fillmore County residents and businesses raised more than $120,000 for cancer research, setting the bar high for the Preston committee. The idea of a less populated county, like Fillmore County, raising more than even $50,000 is pretty incredible.

After being approached several months ago by this year's president, Gary Hahn, Gatzke was a little hesitant as to how she would gather enough people for a core committee. Much to her surprise, people like Pickett have been volunteering and jumping aboard ever since the idea was passed around.

As far as Gatzke's motivation to head a large event, along with Pickett, "There was no reason for me not to do this. After having a mother survive breast cancer and several family members who lost the battle to cancer, I couldn't say no," Gatzke said.

Gatzke, the owner of Chic's Pizza in Preston, said her customers also had a lot to do with it. "Looking around at my customers also motivated me to say yes. I can look out in the morning and see almost a table full of cancer survivors," Gatzke said. "And if I counted all the customers I have lost to cancer ,it's unbelievable and heartbreaking."

Next year's events will take place at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds on July 29, 2011.

According to the American Cancer Society website, Relay for Life started in Tacoma, Washington, as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer. The ACS Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or p .....
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UPTOWN ART FAIR AND APPLE TEAM UP TO PRESENT, XAVIER NUEZ, 2010 COMMEMORATIVE ARTIST

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Minneapolis (July 30, 2010) - Get a chance to meet the 2010 Commemorative Artist, professional photographer Xavier Nuez before the 2010 Uptown Art Fair kicks off! Nuez's photo which has been chosen for the art fair's commemorative print, comes from h ..... 
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Union Prairie Youth Toy Show: fun for the whole family

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Nowadays it seems that you can't find something for the entire family to do without it burning a hole in the pocketbook. But, the Union Prairie Youth group has the fix to this problem: it's the ..... 
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Preston hosts Fillmore County Fair

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

One week in the summer that Preston as well as other towns in our county look forward to is the fair. Those who visited the Fillmore County Fair this week were pleased to see the events they've held dear for years, such as the Arm Wrestling Tourname ..... 
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Preston hosts Fillmore County Fair

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

One week in the summer that Preston as well as other towns in our county look forward to is the fair. Those who visited the Fillmore County Fair this week were pleased to see the events they've held dear for years, such as the Arm Wrestling Tourname ..... 
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Blue Collar Diaries at Commonweal Theatre

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, hosts its first "Commonweal Presents: One Woman Show Series" event - Blue Collar Diaries - on Tuesday, August 10th and Wednesday, August 11th at 7:30 pm. Written and ..... 
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Commonweal receives grant support

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, was the recipient of grant monies totaling in excess of $63,000 during the first half of 2010. Now in its twenty-second season, last year The Commonweal celeb ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair activities

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
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It is fair week!! There are many 4-H members throughout Fillmore County that work all year to show off their projects at the county fair. We hope that you will be able to come and check out these projects and support and congratulate the 4-H ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band at Chosen Valley Care Center

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass Band will travel to the Chosen Valley Care Center for this week's Thursday evening concert. The July 15th performance will be at 7:00 at the Care Center back parking lot. The band will play a program of audience favorites includi ..... 
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