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Red Kettle leadership changes


Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Features

The team from F & M Community Bank that have taken over leadership of Fillmore County’s Red Kettle Drive include L to R: Kate Serfling, Allison Whalen, and Brenda Reicks. Photo by Barb Jeffers

After 10 years of working together and thousands of dollars raised for those in need in Fillmore County, the Preston, Minn. Salvation Army “Red Kettle team” consisting of Barb Scheevel, Nancy Byrne, Sue Hovey, and Sheila Craig are passing the torch.

All four women say they have enjoyed working with the Red Kettle and say that the residents of Fillmore County are very generous. In the ten years they worked as a team the total amount raised was $26,190.05, which is impressive and shows how kind and compassionate people are in the area.

Scheevel says “it wasn’t hard work” as the time slots for ringing bells filled up very quickly with those eager to help. Each year the Fillmore Central sixth grade rings bells, which has become a tradition since the team took over leadership.

The Fillmore County Red Kettle Campaign coincides each year with the Holiday Open House at F & M Community Bank in Preston. This works out very well as many people stop by for the Open House and have come to expect to hear the bells ringing as they arrive. When the bank closes for the day the red kettle moves across the street in front of Preston Foods. Each of the businesses are great and invite the bell ringers inside to warm up if they like.

The women have made many memories through the Red Kettle campaign whether it is the year that school was called off because of a snowstorm and the women, along with some other brave souls, stuck it out and filled the time slots to ring bells, or the so-called “meetings” the four had which always happened to take place over a meal.

They enjoyed ringing bells together and would spend the entire time singing, dancing, and laughing. Byrne notes “it was always fun” even though they say they may have embarrassed themselves a little but “it was for a good cause”, said Craig.

“It wasn’t a hard task, it is just time to move on,” stated Byrne. Whether the work was difficult or not, these four ladies spent many hours to help those in need and always did it with a smile.

Taking over the reins of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive in Preston will be a team of volunteers from F & M Community Bank, which includes Kate Serfling, Brenda Reicks, and Allison Whalen, who just took over in November of this year.

Since the transfer of leadership was so recent, Serfling, Reicks, and Whalen are just getting their feet wet in le .....
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Intern approved for Veteran Services

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

At the December 2 Fillmore County board meeting, numerous Community Services employee related changes were approved. Veterans Service officer Jason Marquardt explained that an Upper Iowa University student had requested to perform an unpaid intern ..... 
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Ostrander city council discuss funding for LeRoy-Ostrander school pool

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

The Ostrander city council met on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 for their regular meeting. Visitors included Mike Souhrada of LeRoy to discuss funding of the pool located within the LeRoy-Ostrander school. Souhrada explained a non-profit group raise ..... 
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Preston man visits polar bears

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Paul Mathison of Preston, Minn. has enjoyed traveling all over the world, including Russia, Norway, Sweden, Nicaragua, and Denmark, as well as other locations. Recently Mathison embarked on a different kind of journey which took him to the frozen t ..... 
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Moose spotted in Lanesboro

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

The city of Lanesboro, Minn. is used to having visitors in town, but on Friday, November 28, 2014 a four legged visitor caught residents by surprise. As Dianne Dunn sat reading her newspaper at approximately 3 p.m., she happened to look out the ..... 
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What Veterans Day means to me

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All Features

What Veterans Day Means to Me To me, Veteran’s Day means to celebrate and thank our veteans, not only for everything they have done for us, but also for what they have done for their families not knowing if they will ever see them again Every v ..... 
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Veterans groups gift flag to Chatfield Center for the Arts

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

One of many ceremonies held on Veterans Day was the raising of the new flag in front of the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA). The new flag and flag pole was gifted to the CCA by two Chatfield veterans organizations, the American Legion and the Ve ..... 
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Four Daughters wine goes country

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

A taste of Minnesota made its way to the 48th annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on November 5, 2014. Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery of Spring Valley, Minn. was given the prestigious opportunity to send four of its wine selections ..... 
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A Name to Remember

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

In Harmony and the surrounding communities, many people know the name of Marvin Wicks. But that wasn’t always the case. In 1928, after Marvin was born, his father Claude drove the wagon to go register the birth at the courthouse. But because Ma ..... 
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