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Mark Dean Kneeskern


Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mark Dean Kneeskern was born July 10, 1972, in Audubon, Iowa, to Laurice (Peterson) Kneeskern and Cloy Kneeskern. He attended grade school and high school in Audubon, and attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995. After graduation, Mark lived and worked in Des Moines and Montreal for several years before traveling to Terlingua, Texas to visit a friend. He fell in love with Terlingua, and soon made it his home. In Terlingua, Mark met the love of his life, Shannon Carter, when hitchhiking for the first time. Together they made a life in Terlingua during the cooler months of the year, while traveling to Colorado for the summer. Each fall, Mark would hitchhike his way across the country to the Midwest to visit family and friends before returning to Terlingua for the winter.

Mark was an artist, a musician, an author, a performer, a jokester, a lover of all things creative, and a friend to every person he met. He lived every day to the fullest, and enjoyed peaceful, quiet times as well as crazy, loud celebrations. Mark found his art in everyday things and created the most amazing paintings, drawings, sculptures, performance art, music, and costumes. He will be missed by his friends and family all across the country.

Mark is survived by his partner, Shannon; mother, Laurice, Rochester, MN; siblings Gary, Preston; Sheri (Pat Dunnigan) Bellingham, WA; Dave (Carol), Greenfield, IA; Sara (Mike) Welch, Chicago, IL; and Beth, West Des Moines, IA; nieces and nephews, Trista (Adam) Rowland and their children McKenzie and Carson, Wykoff; Tommy and Katie Welch, Chicago, IL; and Annie Kneeskern, Boseman, MT. Mark is preceded in death by his father, Cloy Kneeskern.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:30 am, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Big Springs, Minnesota. Interment will be at Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery on Windy Ridge. There will be visitation with lunch for family and friends from 12:00-3:00 pm at the Branding Iron in Preston. All are welcome.

Preston discusses 2015 budget

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

Possible reductions to the 2015 budget was the dominate discussion topic at the September 2 council meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the numbers in the first draft of the budget which showed a p ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Fountain, Harmony & Preston

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 6, the towns of Fountain, Harmony and Preston are t ..... 
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Motor in to Preston Service Plus

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Craig Bond and Justin Jones, new owners of Preston Service Plus, located in Preston, Minn., are getting settled into owning and running their business since taking over July 14, 2014. Both men were employees of Preston Service Plus under previou ..... 
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New facility for Preston industry BCM

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As you drive into Preston from the north on Highway 52, you have probably noticed a site being graded at the new North Industrial Park. Soon an 11,500 square foot facility will be erected for the new home of Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. (BCM). ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches. Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school h ..... 
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Preston Tourism announces bike repair station coming to town!

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - The Preston Tourism Board would like to announce the upcoming addition to the trailhead in Preston. Thanks to the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Preston Tourism Board there will now be a free to the public, deluxe bike re ..... 
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Bluff Country HRA Ribbon Cutting Event

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston, Minn. – The Bluff Country HRA will host a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the complete renovation of the Vesterheim Apartments in Preston. The event will take place on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. at 609 Kansas Street/ 709 Chatf ..... 
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