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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.


Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
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Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members welcomed Melvin Hayner, owner of The Driftless Fly Fishing Company, with a ribbon cutting on April 4. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

This is no fish tale. There is a new business in Preston, Minn. that may reel you in hook, line, and sinker. Well hook and line anyway. No sinkers involved here. If you, a friend or family member loves to fly fish or have always wanted to learn now is the time and The Driftless Fly Fishing Co. is the place.

Melvin Hayner has loved fly fishing his entire life, learning from his grandfather who was a fly tier and fly fisherman. At the age of 9 Melvin learned to tie flies and has never stopped. Originally from Oregon and then living in Michigan he moved to Minnesota and has been fishing the southeast area of the state for the last 22 years.

With all of Melvin’s knowledge and love of the sport of fly fishing, it naturally progressed to Melvin who stated his website www.minnesotaflyfishing.com in 2004 along with starting a guide service for people interested in learning to fly fish or those who know how to fly fish that like to have an experienced guide along with them.

For the last 10 years Melvin has been thinking about buying a building and opening The Driftless Fly Fishing Co. but was waiting for the time to be right. With his children grown, a new job in Rochester, and the perfect building available, Melvin felt everything was coming together to open the business he has been thinking about for so long.

The Driftless Fly Fishing Co. offers guided fly fishing trips in southeast Minnesota including the South Branch of the Root River, which is listed in Trout Unlimited’s Book of America’s 100 Best Trout Streams, according to Melvin.

All gear, flies, tackle, personal instruction, digital photos of your catch, and streamside lunch are provided with each trip. Families are welcome whether beginners or experts in fly fishing. Melvin is a family oriented and patient instructor who enjoys teaching the art of fly fishing to persons of any age.

Melvin has received prestigious guide endorsement from The Orvis Company, and The Driftless Fly Fishing Co. is the only authorized Orvis dealer in southeast Minnesota and Hayner is one of only two Orvis endorsed guides in Minnesota. The Orvis Company began in Vermont in 1856 and is one of the oldest fly fishing companies in America. The Orvis Company has grown to have endorsed lodges and guides around the world. Orvis is committed to conservation, says Melvin, adding that the .....
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B&B Olympic Bowl spruces up with remodel

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
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Walk into B&B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. and you will be bowled over by the new look. The restaurant side of the business has been through a transformation from floor to ceiling. Paul and Shelly Hanson purchased B&B Olympic Bowl in September ..... 
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Preston’s “DMC” is the SMSVC

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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As the greater Rochester area celebrates the establishment of the state-supported Destination Medical Center, aptly coined the DMC, the greater Preston area recognizes the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (SMSVC) as an economic engine ..... 
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Tienter-Ertl couple to celebrate true small town wedding

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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As many people from small towns know it can be difficult to find love in a community where you are related to almost everyone--and if you find someone you’re not related to you just might want to confirm with grandma. Lucky for bride-to-be Grace T ..... 
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Preston Red Kettle Campaign helps county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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The Salvation Army of Fillmore County held one of its Red Kettle Campaigns on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Preston, Minn., which is a very important fundraising event for the Salvation Army in Fillmore County as it collects a large portion of the en ..... 
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Find your Serenity Within in Preston

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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A new business has opened in Preston, Minn. where area residents can go for a relaxing massage that can be beneficial to their health and well-being. Nancy Back has opened Serenity Within, which is located at 133 Fillmore Street W., Suite 4, in dow ..... 
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Preston residents enjoy visit with bearded guest

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
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Excitement was in the air early on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Fillmore Central Elementary School as children bound through the doors with one goal in mind - to talk to Santa. Santa needed to know what was on their lists for this holiday seaso ..... 
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Traditions of Preston under new ownership

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
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Roger Carlsen, of Mantorville, Minn., has taken ownership of Traditions of Preston located in Preston, Minn. Roger states that he has been looking to purchase an assisted care facility for quite some time and found Traditions of Preston to be just ..... 
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Annual membership dinner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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The annual membership dinner was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Preston Servicemen’s Clubrooms for the American Legion Post #166 and its auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6893 and its auxiliary, as well as the Sons of the Am ..... 
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