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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 owner Melvin Hayner has been fly fishing for more than 40 years and guiding others for over a decade. With the opening of The National Trout Center in Preston and a little encouragement from the local Economic Development Authority, Hayner decided to take his passion for fly fishing in the driftless region to the next level. In late 2013, he bought and rehabbed a historic building in Preston, which he turned into a retail fly fishing gear and tackle shop. He also became an Orvis-Endorsed fishing guide. Orvis is the leading standard of excellence in fly fishing. Hayner is currently the only Orvis Endorsed guide in southeast Minn.

Since then, business has been steady. “With growing attention to conservation ethics, catch-and-release fishing has become more popular. Fly fishing offers a good method of catch-and-release fishing which results in higher survival of fish caught than other fishing methods,” said Hayner. “In addition, our Orvis Endorsement puts Preston on the international fly fishing destination map. The proximity to Rochester and the Destination Medical Center economic development initiative will only continue to make our area a bigger international destination.”

To meet his already growing demand, Hayner approached SMIF for a working capital loan to expand his operations. In addition to helping him purchase more inventory, Hayner purchased four new kayaks since Driftless also offers canoe and kayak rentals.

“Fly fishing has long been a passion of mine, and SMIF’s loan is helping me bring the sport I love to others,” said Hayner.

“We are excited about this loan, not only because it supports a great local small business, but it helps strengthen the tourism economy of our region,” said SMIF SBA Lending Director Marcia Haley. “Minnesota’s lakes get a lot of attention, but our rivers are pretty great, too! The southeast region has some great rivers, but Driftless is the only Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide operation in the area. Mel and his guides are giving tourists one more way to take advantage of our area’s natural assets.”

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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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Children’s polka musician to perform at the Preston Public Library

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Nationally known accordion player and children’s polka musician Mike Schneider (a.k.a. Uncle Mike) from Milwaukee, Wisc. will be performing his Pint Size Polkas program on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Preston Public Library starting at 2 p.m. S ..... 
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Trout Fishing Contest winners

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The National Trout Center held it’s annual Trout Fishing Contest on May 16, as part of the Trout Days celebration in Preston, Minn. The weather cooperated completely and excellent fishing conditions were enjoyed. While there were fewer entrants ..... 
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Local bowling team wins state tournament

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

A league bowling team from B & B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. rolled their way into the top spot in the Division 1 - five person Minnesota State USBC Women’s Tournament. The Rockin R Syrup team consists of Pam Ruen of Lanesboro, Minn., Kenda F ..... 
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Ribbon cutting set for “Equal Play” playground

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Park Board invites the community to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new “Equal Play” accessible playground at the Preston Swimming Pool. The ceremony will be Monday, June 8, 2 p.m. at the Preston Swimming Pool. About the pl ..... 
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Large crowds enjoy Trout Days

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

People came from near and far to take in all of the action and activities that the 2015 Trout Days celebration in Preston, Minn. had to offer on May 15, 16, & 17. The festivities began early on Friday morning as city wide garage sales took place ..... 
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Preston State Veterans cemetery opening in September, looking to build memorial rifle squad

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston State Veterans cemetery opening date has been pushed back from the initial planed date of July to a September opening. According to Nathan Pike, the County Veterans Service Officer of Olmsted County and County Legion member of Spring Va ..... 
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