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Preston man visits polar bears


Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Paul Mathison of Preston, Minn. has enjoyed traveling all over the world, including Russia, Norway, Sweden, Nicaragua, and Denmark, as well as other locations. Recently Mathison embarked on a different kind of journey which took him to the frozen tundra to view polar bears in their natural habitat.

Mathison did his research on the internet and took a planned tour with Natural Habitat Adventures located in Boulder, Colo. The seven day trip took place Oct. 27 - Nov. 3, 2014.

During the time of year when many people in our area are going south, Mathison was headed north to Winnipeg, Canada, where the tour began. From Winnipeg the tour group, consisting of 15 people, flew on a charter plane to a small town called Churchill on the shore of Hudson Bay.

There are no roads that go in to Churchill so the only way to get there is by railroad or by flying in. The isolation of the town was very interesting to Mathison, as he explains that nothing can be grown there and everything must be shipped in.

The group did eat in nice restaurants and had good food, but the fact of how it all got there was something Mathison contemplated during his meals. Mathison was the only person in the group from the Midwest and during the group introductions he described himself as “an old retired dairy farmer from Minnesota”, which brought forth many questions about farming during the rest of the trip.

Polar bears wait for Hudson Bay to freeze over and then they live out there hunting seal and even having their young on the ice.

Mathison’s pre-departure briefing from Natural Habitat Adventures states “one of the best places to see polar bears in the wild is along the western shore of the Hudson Bay. Hudson Bay is a huge body of water, about 800 miles wide and 1,000 miles long, or about twice the size of the state of Texas. During the winter, when it freezes over, the bears live some 40 to 150 miles out on the ice, hunting seal along the leads.”

The group rode on buses which were modified with large wheels for the rough terrain and have a viewing platform on the back. The tundra was “the most forsaken place I’ve ever seen”, states Mathison. The rough terrain combined with cold temperatures and vast emptiness would make any visitor feel isolated.

During the first day-long tour the group did not see much for polar bears, but the second day they saw a lot. The .....
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Aliesha Schlaak, a survivor’s story

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

We’ve all heard of people who have battled breast cancer. Some of us may know of a friend, a co-worker or neighbor. Some of us may have a family member who has struggled through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments. But, the reality ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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Motor in to Preston Service Plus

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Craig Bond and Justin Jones, new owners of Preston Service Plus, located in Preston, Minn., are getting settled into owning and running their business since taking over July 14, 2014. Both men were employees of Preston Service Plus under previou ..... 
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New facility for Preston industry BCM

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As you drive into Preston from the north on Highway 52, you have probably noticed a site being graded at the new North Industrial Park. Soon an 11,500 square foot facility will be erected for the new home of Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. (BCM). ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 dedicated to Preston exhibit

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

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 addi ..... 
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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
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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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