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Traditions of Preston under new ownership


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Roger Carlsen, of Mantorville, Minn., has taken ownership of Traditions of Preston located in Preston, Minn. Roger states that he has been looking to purchase an assisted care facility for quite some time and found Traditions of Preston to be just what he was looking for.

The building was in pretty good shape, but Roger has been making improvements to make the building in tip-tip top shape. Work has been done outside such a re-paving the parking lot and a little more work will be done outside when spring arrives.

Inside the building improvements such as painting and replacing lighting has been done and additional items will be taken care of to “spit and polish” the building according to Carlsen. Carlsen intends to make the building as bright and cheery as possible for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Roger Carlsen has mostly owned apartment buildings in the past but said that the transition to owning Traditions of Preston went seamlessly and he has had experience with the management company and has a good relationship with them which made the new venture go smoothly.

An additional reason that the transition went so well is the staff. Roger Carlsen stated, “Everyone on the staff is wonderful.” This includes the maintenance man to the cook as well as the management. Carlsen said that a big part of buying and taking over Traditions of Preston was the fact that it was already being managed well and staff turnover is low, which is a sign of how dedicated the staff is.

Carlsen decided not to change the name of the business after speaking with residents, staff, and community members who felt the name should stay the same. Carlsen will not be moving to the Preston area as he has family, including grandchildren, that live near his current home.

According to Carlsen, his favorite part of owning Traditions of Preston is meeting people, saying, “Everyone has a story to tell. He enjoys hearing those stories. His number one goal is to make the experience for residents better as Traditions is their home.

Roger says that Traditions of Preston has a lot of activities including pie socials and other activities that bring people from the community to visit. Andrea Atwood, Director of Housing, does a great job promoting these events. The Facebook page for Traditions of Preston is a great site to visit as many pictures of events, residents, and guests are put on the p .....
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Christmas comes to Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Peterson is all about tradition, but the creative town also thrives on new opportunities and a chance to blend the two during the holidays was just the thing they were looking for. Looking to draw visitors out of their winter shells, the city is gea ..... 
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Local communities rally around girl

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Alysta King is, by essence, a joy to be around. The Rushford 10-year old and 4th-grader at Houston Elementary is known for her big smile and bubbly attitude, so it’s no wonder that she’s often surrounded by family and friends. “She has been an ..... 
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DMC impact expected to spill into Root River Trail towns

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Features

A crowd gathered at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Monday evening to learn more about Destination Medical Center (DMC) and how it could have a positive effect on local economies. The nine towns that hosted the event belong to the Root Ri ..... 
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Slant Avenue Mercantile offers many unique items

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There is a place in Fillmore County that can put a different slant in your attitude. A place where you can get lost in all of the diverse and unique offerings available to patrons of the store. The name of that business is Slant Avenue Mercantile ..... 
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Lanesboro business makes scents

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There are many wonderful small businesses in Fillmore County which add their own special touches to the area. One such business, located in Lanesboro, Minn., is ESSENCE of Lanesboro. The products that owner Peter Bilkey creates cannot be found any ..... 
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Veterans turn out for groundbreaking ceremony

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Features

On a gray, chilly, early November morning a couple hundred people including veterans from across the region, friends and family members, and government officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. ..... 
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Turned Write Handcrafted Art turns new opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner More often than not, many dream of casting off their professional lot in life in favor of their true passion. How great would it be to spend your days enjoying your favorite hobby as your career? If you’re fortunate enough to ..... 
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Family Dollar coming to Rushford

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. While we are able to enjoy things such as knowing your neighbor and seeing more green grass than concrete, there is the disadvantage of having to drive out of town for certain items t ..... 
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