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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 in common including: bravery, a true dedication of service to their country, and pure selflessness.

Benjamin Woellert, son of Neil and Arlene Woellert, grew up in the Preston, Minn. area. Now, he’s a ranking member of the United States Navy. In fact, he’s been in the Navy since graduating from Fillmore Central High School as part of the class of 1998.

Woellert, now a resident of Niantic, Conn., can proudly say he has completed 14.5 years and counting of service to the United States. He has been stationed in various locations including South Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii, and most recently Connecticut. When asked about his favorite stationing location, Woellert responded, “I would have to say Hawaii has been my favorite so far.”

While he has been stationed at these various locations, Woellert has been on the crew of both the USS Scranton (SSN 756) and the USS Hawaii (SSN 776).

But there’s much more to being in the United States Navy than just moving from one base to another. “There’s really no typical day,” said Woellert, “Days usually run up to 18 hours sometimes.” During a typical day Woellert usually begins at 6:30am doing a variety of different tasks. Some responsibilities are shore watch duty and maintanence training. Woellert also continued his education while in the Navy, studying two years of nuclear engineering, which qualifies him for special duties in the Navy.

Serving just one enlistment period is sure to have an impact on an individual’s life and Woellert, now at age 33, has done three since he was 18. “It has really broadened my horizons. The stuff you see on television isn’t at all what happens in real life.”

When Woellert isn’t on duty, he enjoys his time off. “When I get time off, especially on some weekends, I do enjoy some activities that nonmilitary people do, believe it or not.” Woellert says he has a couple of motorcycles that he enjoys riding. He also likes to fish and hunt sometimes, but doesn’t get to do it often.

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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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Attention Pinewood Derby Enthusiasts!

Thu, Jun 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

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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Class of 1948

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Preston High School Class of 1948 held their 65th reunion on June 8th at the Branding Iron in Preston. Back row (L-R): Warren Cummings, Gerald Parker, Jerry Ramaker, Phyllis (Severson) Anduson, Paul Walsh, Marlene (Jacobson) Fishbaugher, Jim Ford. ..... 
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Preston Ecumenical Progressive Dinner to address human trafficking

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Mitch Walbridge A huge problem in today’s society plagues the United States as human trafficking has taken the title of the “fastest growing crime in the U.S.,” second only to illegal drug trafficking. The illegal industry is estimated to ..... 
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Preston’s Trout Days kicks off town festival season

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Mitchell Walbridge After a prolonged anticipation for spring and warmer weather, Preston began the summer festival season with Trout Days. Running from Friday, May 17 through the entire weekend, Trout Days provided many activities that were enjo ..... 
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Preston Lions Club visits Historic Forestville

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Lions Club met at Historic Forestville on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. to spend an enjoyable evening in a peaceful setting. The Lions members were met by Sandy Scheevel, Site Manager, and John Grabko, Site Supervisor. The event be ..... 
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Motorcycle charity ride route through Preston

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston City Council at their April 29 meeting agreed to be one of the host cities for the thirteenth annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Ride to take place on Sunday July 28. The ride raises an average of $130,000 annually. This year it is ..... 
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