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Holiday tradition continues in Preston


Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston All

Cousins Mike Walsh, Jimmy Specht, Gabby Kinneberg and Caitlyn Walsh were happy to volunteer their time during the 2013 Preston Community Christmas Dinner. Photo submitted

Christmas brings families together in different ways. One local family is carrying on a tradition, as many families do, except this tradition has nothing to do with presents but rather, presence, as they host a meaningful community event.

The Preston Community Christmas Dinner began in 1998 by Jerry and Ellen Scheevel, Jo Fitzgerald, and Lois Barlow who were all from Preston, Minn. The group had been talking about holding a free Christmas dinner for a few years and decided they would prepare and serve the meal in the basement of the St. Columban Church in Preston.

Along with their families and other volunteers, the group hosted many successful free Christmas turkey dinners over the years. This task required the help of many different volunteers that donated, helped cook the food, and served the food. Although the dinner is free of charge, there are always donations received.

Eventually the dinner moved to the Preston Servicemen’s Club and the tradition continued. In 2013 it was questionable as to whether the dinner would be held and that is when Elizabeth (Ib) Gatzke stepped in, because she did not want to see the tradition disappear, as she knew it was an important community event. Gatzke owned Chic’s Pizza in Preston at the time so she had the resources needed to prepare the dinner.

Gatzke recruited her daughter Gabby (Gatzke) Kinneberg and then Gatzke’s side of the family, the Walsh family, was asked if they would like to join in and they decided that instead of celebrating their traditional Christmas, they would volunteer their time to host the dinner.

Kinneberg states that when she and her mother took over organizing the dinner “we already had a list of people who had helped in previous years that we could contact” and many of those previous volunteers shared their time and talents once again when asked to work at the dinner.

Gatzke and her family joined forces and planned the 2013 dinner in a few weeks with the help of donations from generous community members. The Gardner and Rye families are two examples of local families that have pitched in over the years as they help with desserts and setup for the community dinner.

Kinneberg states “we had a lot of fun getting the food ready and decorating the Servicemen’s Club” last year and look forward to doing it again this year explaining that her mom’s family grew up in Preston and alt .....
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2014, a busy year in Preston

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston city council at their December 15 meeting, the last in 2014, concluded its business for the year. City administrator Joe Hoffman maintained that this has been a very busy year with a number of different projects. The largest of these b ..... 
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Delvin W. Bunke

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Delvin W. Bunke, 85, of Preston, Minn. died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Mayo Clinic - St. Mary’s Campus Delvin was a tolerant man of perseverance born a month before the great depression. He asked little of the world. He was a man of few w ..... 
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Virginia F. Milton

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Virginia F. Milton, 86 of Austin, Minn., died at her home on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Virginia was born January 21, 1928 to Virgil and Jeanette (Maxson) Dotzenrod in Preston, Minn. She graduated from Austin High School and from the Austin Juni ..... 
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PACF receives large gift and matching award

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation recently announced a Major Gift Fundraising challenge to all of their community foundations. The goal of this SMIF challenge is to promote major endowment gifts by matching donations to help grow the phil ..... 
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2014 Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship recipient

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

2014 Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship recipient Sheriff Daryl Jensen is pleased to announce that Jacob Ristau of Preston has been selected as one of ten recipients to receive the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship. The quali ..... 
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Annual Pinewood Derby

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Pack 67 Cub Scouts’ annual Pinewood Derby took place Tuesday, November 25, and as a service to the community, it was held at Preston’s senior living home, Traditions. The top three racers in the photograph are (left to right): Judah ..... 
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FCHS Holiday Band Concert

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The FCHS Band Department will present its annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. Performing groups include the 7-8th Jazz Band, the High School Jazz Ensemble, the 5-6th Grade Conce ..... 
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Preston approves 2015 budget revisions

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented information on the 2015 budget and levy to the public at the December 2 council meeting, allowing for a public comment period as required by state law. One resident attended, but didn’t comment during the ..... 
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