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Thrifty Threads offers more than just shopping


Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Director Lori Weiss and Ronda Brand enjoy working at the DAC’s thrift store in Preston. Photo by Hannah Wingert

If you haven’t been to Thrifty Threads in Preston lately, you should stop by and check it out. It offers a variety of gently used, quality items along with handwoven rag rugs. “Bag week,” a special deal where you pay $7 for whatever you can fit into a brown paper bag, runs the last full week of each month. “We’d like to spread the word about Thrifty Threads to let people know what we have to offer,” said Director Lori Weiss.

The thrift store has been operating since the early 80s in Preston and is a part of the main Fillmore County Developmental Achievement Center facility, or DAC at 108 Fillmore Place St. They’ve been in their current location for five years now and are enjoying the open floor plan that allows the DAC employees more freedom to move around the store.

Thrifty Threads is staffed by Director Lori Weiss, Ronda Brand, Kelly Pierce, and about 11 DAC clients, with seven or eight working at the store each day. “They’re very proud of their work and love to greet the customers. They love seeing familiar faces,” commented Weiss about Thrifty Threads DAC employees who hail from Harmony, Spring Valley, Wykoff, and Preston. The employees enjoy helping with the construction of the handwoven rugs for sale at the store as well.

“I love the folks and the customers. I’ve watched a lot of children grow up,” said Brand about her 19 years working at Thrifty Threads. “This is a great community where everyone’s good to our people.”

The DAC strives to help its clients be as integrated and engaged in their communities as possible. Thrifty Threads helps it to reach that goal. Other employment services are available doing general janitorial work at local businesses. Each enclave, or work crew, goes out to jobs with a support person to encourage and praise them for their hard work. “We’re always looking for more work and ways to assist local businesses,” Weiss noted. A few of the work sites that the DAC currently visits are the Preston Serviceman’s Club, Preston Public Library, Eagle Bluff Learning Center, Good Earth Village, and Gundersen Health Care.

The Fillmore County DAC, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is run by a governing board of about eight volunteer members, some of whom are long-term. They work hard to advocate strongly for what the DAC needs. “We’re proud of the many years the DAC has been in existence and of all the hard work that the .....
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Thrifty Threads offers more than just shopping

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

If you haven’t been to Thrifty Threads in Preston lately, you should stop by and check it out. It offers a variety of gently used, quality items along with handwoven rag rugs. “Bag week,” a special deal where you pay $7 for whatever you can ..... 
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Historic Pleasant Street Inn preserves a piece of Preston’s history

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
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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 renovat ..... 
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Like its namesake, tournament will never be forgotten

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

After 20 consecutive years, the Matt Hahn Memorial Arm Wrestling Tournament, which took place in Preston, Minn., has come to an end. Matt Hahn was born on September 12, 1975 to Randy and Bonnie Hahn. Tragically, Matt lost his life as the result ..... 
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KFIL to celebrate 50 years of serving SE Minnesota and NE Iowa with open house

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

When Obed Borgen, or OB as most people called him, started KFIL in Preston, Minn., back in 1966, most people doubted that it would be successful. After all, a small town couldn’t support a radio station, could it? But Borgen proved them wrong an ..... 
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In less than 41 minutes

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

It’s been an eventful summer with storms producing gusts of wind and heavy downpours of rain throughout the region. On the eve of Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Mother Nature unleashed a wall of force that called upon emergency response units all throug ..... 
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Jeff and Kathy Hebl find new beginning with their independent business

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

By Hannah Wingert “It wasn’t easy to walk away from that $45,000 piece of paper that declared our franchise with Servicemaster. We’d invested a LOT of time and money into it,” said Jeff Hebl. But walk away from it he did, along with his c ..... 
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F & M Community Bank celebrates 105 years

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
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When the F & M Community Bank was first started in March of 1911 by a group of local individuals, they had no idea how much the bank would grow and change over the next 105 years. “When I started working at the bank full-time in September 1982 ..... 
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POET Biorefining opens employee fitness center

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

The forty-two team members of POET Biorefining in Preston can now get a workout in before they head home after work. A new fitness center in the plant’s office building was opened in November 2015. The center features weights, an elliptical, a t ..... 
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