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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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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
Posted in Preston Features

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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Semcac senior dining to open at traditions

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Semcac Senior Dining will re-open in Preston! Meals for seniors will now be available at Traditions of Preston. Beginning on Monday, March 7, meals will be served to senior citizens on Monday thru Friday each week. Arrive at 11 :45 a.m. for noon s ..... 
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Chili Cook-off has positive turnout despite negative wind-chill

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

As temperatures dropped outdoors, some contestants brought the heat indoors with their chili entries during the annual Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off event in Preston, Minn. on January 16, 2016. Although the Candlelight Ski and bonfire were ca ..... 
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