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Historic Pleasant Street Inn preserves a piece of Preston’s history


Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Eric and Tara Corson never planned on becoming landlords, but when their backyard neighbor had problems selling her home after her husband passed away, they saw an opportunity to help her. They bought her house in 2008 with the intention of renovating and selling it. However, the housing market was down so they decided to rent it out temporarily until they could sell. They quickly realized that there was a demand for nice rental homes in the area, and that they could help fill that need.

The Corsons continued to buy homes that needed renovations in Preston and the surrounding towns to give them new life before renting them out. “Some of the rentals end up being nicer than our house,” Tara laughed. They usually advertise their new rental homes on Facebook and Craigslist, but the demand has been so high for them that the last few were rented almost immediately with no advertising other than word-of-mouth.

Eric and Tara didn’t pay much attention to the big house right next to theirs that had been foreclosed on and was sitting empty until another neighbor of theirs mentioned that it still had the original fixtures, stained glass, hardwood floors, and more. “I’ve always been a history buff,” Eric said. “I saw the historical value of the house, and I wanted to preserve it.” The couple purchased it before Tara even had a chance to see the inside. But once the papers had been signed and she stepped through the front door, she was sold.

With all of the other homes the Corsons have purchased, they’ve done so with the intention of gutting and renovating them, but this one was different. They knew they had to preserve it and work towards restoring it to its original beauty.

Because the house had been sitting empty for a while, Eric and Tara expected that the pipes would have frozen and burst, but upon inspection, only one section of pipe above the boiler in the basement had burst. Because of its location, all of the water in the pipes throughout the house drained out through it and preserved the rest of the plumbing. They did end up replacing the boiler, but were relieved that more repairs weren’t needed on the pipes.

The house did need a lot of repairs though. Carpets had to be removed and hardwood floors sanded down. Layers of wallpaper needed to be scraped off the walls, and the yard needed significant landscaping work. The first project they tackled was the preservation .....
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Root River noxious weeds: Japanese hops

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties When most people hear the word hops, they think of the common hop used for brewing beer. But over the past five to ten years a related species, Japanese Hops, has been invadin ..... 
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Preston discusses 2017 budget

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

The preliminary draft details of Preston’s 2017 budget were discussed at the council’s August 23 meeting. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent. The portion of the budget for operations, which includes the general fund, police, fire, street, to ..... 
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County awarded funds

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

The Minnesota State Set-Aside Committee for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program has recommended $2,800 be awarded to Fillmore County. The money is awarded by the Department of Homeland Security and used to provide emergency food and shelter ..... 
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County’s aging computer system

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman lead the discussion about the need to purchase new servers at the county board’s August 23 meeting. Commissioner Mitch Lentz was absent. During the review of the Information Systems (IS) budget Vickerman recom ..... 
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Letter about Global warming hoax...

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The tiny house trend comes from the UN agenda 21. Agenda 21 (agenda for 21st century) is a plan to totally restructure human society as we know it today. Because they (the globalists) say todays way of living is not sustainable becau ..... 
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Welcome bags made for Winona Campus Ministry students

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

On Sunday, July 31, members of a Thrivent Action Team at Christ Lutheran Church Action Team assembled 30 “Welcome Bags” that will be donated to Winona Campus Ministry students. The team was led by Muriel Hanson. Thrivent donated $250 toward the ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 8/22/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Today’s article contains information on three topics that I have received questions on recently. In the next few months, my plans are to write detailed articles dealing with each of these topics. They are batteries, medications, plastic bottles, ..... 
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Preston Class of 1946 meets

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

The Preston Class of 1946 held their 70-year class reunion on Wednesday, August 10, at the Village Square in Fountain, Minn. The class meets the second Wednesday of August every year. In addition to those pictured, spouses also in attendance inclu ..... 
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