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Preston history released in time for sesquicentennial


Fri, Sep 17th, 2004
Posted in Features

Al Mathison of Preston was probably the perfect person to write Preston’s history. Not only does he have the writing credentials—he’s been a contributing writer for the Fillmore County Journal since 1996 when it was purchased by current owners, Pat and John Torgrimson—but his own history gives him a unique perspective on the area.

A Preston High School graduate, Mathison grew up on a dairy farm in Carimona Township. He left the area in his 20’s to live in Los Angeles for ten years, and then went to Equador with the Peace Corps. But he believes the “best thing I ever did” was to come back to “the farm” in 1986.

For the past year, Mathison has been busy creating the book Images of America - Preston, published by Arcadia Publishing to coincide with the town’s sesquicentennial in 2005. Arcadia specializes in books detailing community histories, featuring a heavy emphasis on historical photos with detailed captions.

The hard work required to write the book offered him many insights. He remembers suffering from “writer’s block” one day last winter, and wondering how he was going to manage to put all the material about Preston’s history into one 128-page book. He decided to go for a cemetery walk to “put things in perspective.

“I went up the Crown Hill Cemetery on the South Hill to look at tombstones. It started snowing these huge, gentle flakes of snow, which gave kind of an eerie magical feel to the morning and then as I read tombstones, I realized that I felt like I knew these people even though a lot of them had died a hundred years ago. I had been reading the local news in the old newspapers of the times and the obits, and as a hometown boy it really gave me a sense of place and of history. I felt humbled and at the same time lucky that by doing this book I was able to keep my hometown’s history alive for future generations.”

Mathison went on to complete the challenge of “telling a coherent story of Preston through available photographs.”

He found no shortage of material, and is grateful to many for their contributions, especially Jerry Henke of the Fillmore County Historical Center. The public also responded to his requests for photos, many turning over entire scrapbooks to Mathison. Putting it all together became like working “a big jigsaw puzzle.”

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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses Industrial Park TIF

Fri, Sep 17th, 2004
Posted in Features

Mike Bubany of David Drown & Associates briefed the Harmony City Council at their September 14 meeting on the upcoming Tax Increment Financing Amendment. A public hearing will be held on the matter on October 12.

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Presidential candidate visits Preston

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - While Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry was busy visiting Rochester on Wednesday, another presidential candidate was making the rounds of southeastern Minnesota.

Thomas Harens is the presidential candidate f ..... 
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Decorah City Council calls for environmental review of Heartland

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
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DECORAH - On Tuesday, September 7, the Decorah City Council passed a resolution calling for an environmental review of the proposed Heartland tire-burning facility in Preston. Concerned about the potential impact of air pollution from the north, the ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: County enters discussion with Marzolf on county farm

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board rejected all bids for the county farm at their Tuesday, September 7, meeting with the exception of two bids received from Preston area farmer Erlyn Marzolf.

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Spring Valley man arrested on cocaine charges

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

Troy Mile Buchanan, 31, of Spring Valley, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, September 7, with three felony counts of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. Buchanan, who was in the Fillmore County courtroom, appeared b ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Location, location, location

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - Usually a buzzword for real estate, location was important Wednesday night, September 8th, for a special kind of real estate. The Rushford City Council held a joint work session with the Electric Commission to look at the bids on construct ..... 
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“Wherever the Road Winds”

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
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LANESBORO - The continental United States is nearly 3,000 miles wide from “sea to shining sea.” How long would that take to drive in a car? If one was to abide by the speed limits, about 44 and a half hours of straight driving. How long would that ta ..... 
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Filings set for November elections

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

The filing deadline for running for city offices in the upcoming general election closed on Tuesday, September 7. Appearing on the Tuesday, November 2 ballot will be candidates for the following offices:

Canton

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