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Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 dedicated to Preston exhibit


By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Milwaukee Road Historical Society President Bob Storozuk addressed the crowd at the dedication of the Milwaukee Road Caboose #02095 to the exhibit in Preston, Minn. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Members of the Preston Historical Society, Bob Storozuk who is the President of the Milwaukee Road Historical Society, Representative Greg Davids and the public gathered at the site of the historic Milwaukee Elevator on August 16 to welcome the addition of Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 to Preston.

The caboose, built in 1951, was recovered by the Preston Historical Society after a search commenced in October of 2007. With rumor that a caboose was located Prairie du Chien, Wis., historical society members pursued the lead only to come up empty handed. However, just a month later in November members found what they were looking for in Mauston, Wis.

After a considerable down payment and a financing plan of 18 months, more challenges faced the historical society’s members. Transporting the caboose turned out to be no easy task while also being costly. Within the minutes of one Preston Historical Society meeting, a line read, “We are short funds to pay for the caboose to bring it home.”

With Caboose No. 02095 paid of in June of 2009 and arriving in Preston in late September, restoration was ready to begin, though the bulk of the work was done in 2012-2013.

A significant amount of detailing was completed for the restoration. Welding, setting on original rails, painting, reupholstering and new lettering were all preparations for the dedication program on August 16.

Preston Historical Society President Dick Petsch explained that many of the venders who ended up working on the caboose were also volunteers who put in a countless number of hours on the project.

Special speaker Storozuk representing the Milwaukee Road Historical Society presented a message at the dedication. The Milwaukee Road Historical Society, or MRHA as it’s known, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that focuses its efforts to study and preserve the history of the Milwaukee Road.

The Milwaukee Road is a railway system that is linked to Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and the Pacific Railroad. The network had its inception in 1850. Though the MRHA does not affiliate itself with any railroad company, it is considered an official historical body dealing with the Road itself, its predecessors and its subsidiaries.

In his delivery to the audience, Storozuk explained the importance of the railroad and its history, specifying that the railroad once held great value in Presto .....
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Good Samaritan Society - Home Care celebrates 20 years of service

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

While some retirees venture off to the warm, dryer climates of Arizona and other parts of the south and west for their golden years, many find that they can only feel right at home here in the Midwest, specifically southern Minnesota and northern Io ..... 
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POET team members share experiences from Kenya

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This summer a group of POET team members traveled to Kenya, Africa to help build a dorm for the Traveller’s Oasis Girls School. Michele Anderson, Quality Manager at POET Biorefining, Preston and a resident of Saint Charles participated in this mis ..... 
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Preston Dairy and Farm Association breaks ground on expansion

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Groundbreaking on the Preston Dairy and Farm expansion outside of Preston took place Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members, Preston Mayor Curt Reicks, Preston Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Wangen and EDA Direct ..... 
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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

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 n ..... 
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B&B Olympic Bowl spruces up with remodel

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

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
Posted in Preston Features

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
Posted in Preston Features

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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