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“Now we have a place to lay our own in southeast Minnesota”


Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Fillmore County Commissioner Chuck Amunrud hands the deed for the future veterans cemetery land to Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs Deputy Commissioner Reggie Worlds. Photo by Karen Reisner

The tone set by many people who spoke at the county board’s formal transfer of deed from Fillmore County to the State of Minnesota Veteran Affairs was one of thanks to everyone involved. The successful four year journey to this day was the result of a cooperative effort and there was a feeling of celebration. The October 15 event was moved to the court room to accommodate the crowd of nearly 100 people.

Commissioner Marc Prestby was not in attendance due to the death of his father. It was noted that Prestby’s father was a veteran.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud reminisced that it all started about four years ago with a conversation. Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes and Amunrud had a conversation at the State Capitol. She had just read a National Cemetery Association study on the need for regional veterans cemeteries. Amunrud said she recognized the need in this area and approached him with comments and questions, asking what it would take to put a veterans cemetery in southeast Minnesota.

A minimum of 40 usable acres was required. The county board by consensus gave the go ahead for a feasibility study of the County Farm. By early 2010 discussions started about donating approximately 153 acres of the county’s farm. Commissioner Duane Bakke explained that the county purchased the farm land in the mid 1980s with the intention of putting a land fill on it. It turned out to be a poor location for a land fill. The farm was put up for sale about 10 years ago but only the back side was sold.

In 2010, 28 resolutions of support came from Legion, VFW, and Auxiliary groups and cities throughout the county to donate the land for the cemetery. Rep. Greg Davids said it was amazing the way the communities came together. There was also support from surrounding counties.

Legislators worked over a couple of years to put the Fillmore County farm on a priority list to get this cemetery built. Davids noted that language was added during the 2011 July special legislative session to make Fillmore County the priority site in southeast Minnesota.

In 2012 a congressional hearing was held in Preston on the project. During 2013 it all started to really come together beginning with approval from state legislators for funding in the amount of $400,000 for cemetery planning. Then a building permit was granted and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs approved the beginning of the bidding process. The c .....
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Marching band performs a wake-up call

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Norma Koch of Lanesboro, Minn. got quite the start to her morning on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 when the Fillmore Central Marching Band filled her front yard and began playing music for her enjoyment. Dale Koch, Norma’s son, bought a $5 raffle ..... 
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Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” well attended

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Bikers from South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Illinois, the Twin Cities, and from the local surrounding area attended Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” event on September 21. Guests sampled food items at the Preston Trailhead Park donated by Preston A ..... 
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Ann and Jim O’Connor

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Ann and Jim O’Connor share their stalk of corn boasting five ears in front of Preston Dairy & Farm. A normal stalk of corn has 1 - 2 ears. Photo Submitted by Ann O’Connor

Preston Apple & Berry Farm expecting larger crop this year

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers Hopes are high for a more bountiful crop this year at the Preston Apple & Berry Farm after several years of lower harvest amounts. Owners Joe and Carol Gosi state that this year’s crop looks better as long as rain and cooler weath ..... 
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Support “The Cruise” in Preston

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Area folks are encouraged to come out in support of the Ronald McDonald Cruise Ride on Sunday, July 28. Between 2 and 4pm, hundreds of motorcycles will line the streets around the courthouse square in Preston, Minn., all for the purpose of raising o ..... 
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Preston native shares his U.S. Navy experience

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Mitchell Walbridge American heroes grow up and live right among us in our small towns of Fillmore County. Whether these special individuals are part of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, all have certain qualities ..... 
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JuliaClaire Grand Opening

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Thursday, June 13, 2013 JuliaClaire Repeat Boutique held its Grand Opening at its new location in downtown Preston. Pictured above from left to right are: Carole Bond PACC Secretary, Scott Springer PACC Vice President, Joe Hoffman, City of Preston Ad ..... 
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Preston Emergency Service 2013 Picnic

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Megan Kiehne Becoming a volunteer is more work than one person would think, and I would know. My dad, Timothy Kiehne, became a certified EMT a couple years ago, and I remember all the work included. To become a certified EMT one must complete 13 ..... 
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