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Christ Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor


Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The congregation of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston welcomed a new pastor and his family on September 1, 2015.

Pastor Dan Bredberg grew up in central Minnesota and most of his family still lives there. After finishing his undergrad at Concordia-Moorhead College and graduating from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, he accepted an associate pastorate with a church in Toledo, Ohio. His focus as an associate pastor was on mission and discipleship. He and his wife spent eight years there, and all three of their children were born in Ohio.

Pastor Bredberg spent a year interviewing at churches all across the country, but it wasn’t until his first online interview with Christ Lutheran that he found a good fit. He and his family flew to Preston for a second face-to-face interview and to check out the church and Preston area. The congregration was looking for a pastor who could lead them in change, transition from a traditional worship service to contemporary, and work with young people. These were all things that Pastor Bredberg is passionate about. The congregation voted to call him as their pastor and, on September 1, 2015, he was officially installed in his first solo pastorate.

Pastor Bredberg and his family live on a farm near Forestville State Park where they have begun to raise chickens and enjoy the wildlife that comes with being out in the country...well, most of the wildlife, anyway. He says that the community and his new congregation have been very welcoming and have gone out of their way to make him and his family feel at home. Christ Lutheran Church is considerably smaller than his previous church, but he likes the small size and friendly atmosphere.

Pastor Bredberg’s vision for Christ Lutheran is not to see it necessarily increase in attendance, but to grow groups of people in the community living out their faith by serving wherever they’re lead. He’s passionate about impacting the community and would like to partner with other local organizations and churches to serve and bless the community. Ultimately, he says the goal of Christ Lutheran is to share God’s love.

Always stay positive

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

In August of 2009 Ann O’Connor went to get her yearly mammogram as she normally does. The results, however, were anything but normal. The mammogram had detected a lump. After a biopsy, O’Connor learned that the tumor was malignant. The go ..... 
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Sewing Club’s final gathering

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Sewing Club conducted their final monthly meeting at noon at the Branding Iron in Preston, Minn. Present for this final meeting were five of the last remaining members of the club that had lasted nearly 60 y ..... 
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HACF awards grant to Fillmore Central fine arts program

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Carrie Mathison, Fillmore Central fine arts teacher, is presented with a check for $1,525 by Steve Donney, treasurer of the Harmony Area Community Foundation. Mrs. Mathison applied for and received a grant from HACF to help sponsor her new ceramic ..... 
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Preston VFW Auxiliary inspected and schedules joint membership dinner with American Legion and VFW

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
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Pictured (left to right): Dawn Ristau (local treasurer), GeGe Abraham (district treasurer), Geraldine Daley (local president), and Muriel Hanson (local secretary). Magdlin-Gilbertson VFW Auxiliary #6893 of Preston was inspected at their Septemb ..... 
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Preston resident has ties to Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Traditions of Preston resident Howard McFarland has never read the Little House on the Prairie series, but he knows all of the stories. Starting at the age of four, he heard them firsthand sitting on the knee of Laura Ingalls Wilder herself, who was ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation provides loan to the Driftless Fly Fishing Company

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved funding from its Small Enterprise Loan Fund to The Driftless Fly Fishing Company LLC (Driftless), an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide service and supply store in Preston. Driftless ..... 
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55th Class reunion

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston High School class of 1960 recently got together to celebrate their 55th reunion. Enjoying each other’s company were, seated left to right: Jeanette Larsen Schmidt, Jim Gebhard, Joyce Roelofs Collett, Linda Yaste Nierenhausen, Marcia M ..... 
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The PIEMAN passes his apron

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The beginning While Joe Gosi knew there would come a day when he would no longer bake another pie for thousands of pie enthusiasts, he couldn’t have imagined what it would feel like to hand over his baby to another pie maker -- until he met Dane ..... 
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