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Marching band performs a wake-up call


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Norma Koch with the Fillmore Central Marching band

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 ticket from his son, Korby, who is a member of the marching band. The winner of the raffle gets to decide who the band will wake up. Dale chose to have the band go to his mother’s house in Lanesboro. No one told Norma about the performance ahead of time so it was a complete surprise to her.

When the band began playing, Norma came out of her front door with a huge smile and look of astonishment on her face. Many members of Norma’s family were present to enjoy the surprise along with her including her daughter, Karen Erath, of Dexter, Minn. Dale Koch, and his wife Becky were also on hand to capture the moment with photographs.

The Fillmore Central Marching Band holds the Wake Up With The Band raffle every two years to raise money for the bands trip. This is the third year the raffle has been held with the band traveling to Orlando, Fla. the first year, Mount Rushmore the second year, and this year returning to Orlando, according to Lane Powell, Band Director. Korby, who sold his dad the winning ticket, was also the top seller of raffle tickets.

The Fillmore Central Marching Band will travel to Disneyworld on June 16, 2014 for one week and will participate in a parade while they are there. Every member of the band looks forward to the trip and to marching in the parade.

The band played for about 20 minutes and Norma enjoyed every minute of it saying that she used to play clarinet in her high school band growing up in Iowa. Norma spent the 20 minutes thoroughly enjoying the band clapping her hands and moving to the music. Norma stated that the entire experience was wonderful adding, “Fillmore Central has the best band and best band teacher around.” She loves listening to them play.

Dale Koch, who chose to have the band wake up his mother, said that the early morning performance in his mom’s yard was “awesome” and agreed that Fillmore Central has the best high school band around. Dale also stated, “Mr. Powell is a great band leader and he has the respect of the kids.”

Becky Koch, Norma’s daughter-in-law, stated, “Norma has always wanted to give Powell a hug.” On October 9 she was able to do so whic .....
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Attention Pinewood Derby Enthusiasts!

Thu, Jun 20th, 2013
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July's Family Fun Night in Preston will feature a Pinewood Derby Race. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Kits for your Pinewood Car are available at JuliaClaire in Preston. All proceeds for the cars will go to our local Cub S ..... 
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