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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 secure nearly $40 billion each year, which shows how severe of a problem human trafficking is.

Today, human trafficking is often defined as the modern day form of slavery in which human beings are traded for the purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Individuals, including men, women, and even children are bought, sold, and smuggled as they are illegally traded in this horrific industry. In the trading process it is not uncommon for the victims to be beaten, starved, or worse.

According to the 2012 Minnesota Trafficking in Minnesota Report to the Legislature, the U.S. State Department estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every day. The State Department also estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year.

Human trafficking commonly occurs in the state of Minnesota as well. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ranks Minnesota as the 13th largest center for human trafficking of children.

Because the problem has hit so close to home, there are numerous efforts to battle the problem human trafficking in Minnesota, including one to be held in Preston, Minn. on June 12. The 39th annual Preston Ecumenical Progressive Dinner will feature a presentation titled Human Trafficking: Stop the Silence and will take place on Wednesday evening to bring more awareness to human trafficking and what can be done to stop it.

The Preston Ecumenical Progressive Dinner begins at 6:00pm at the United Methodist Church in Preston for a salad course. Attendees will advance to Christ Lutheran Church at 6:45pm for the main course. Lastly, at 7:30pm attendees will meet at St. Columban’s Catholic Church for dessert and to listen to the featured guest speakers.

This year’s speakers will be Sister Anne Walch and Sister Briana McCarthy of the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester, Minn. The Sisters will address human trafficking in a way that will allow the public to learn about the gruesome industry and how to help end its presence in our state and around the world.

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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
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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
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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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Correction

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

In the April 15, 2013 Spring Home & Garden section, there was an error in the A dream complete for the Johnsons story. Soland Carpentry did the shingling on the home and Mr. Soland sub-contracted the shingling out to someone else. Soland Carpentry bu ..... 
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NTC fund raising

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
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By Karen Reisner George Spangler, National Trout Center (NTC), reviewed the quarterly financial position of the center at the Preston City Council’s April 15 meeting. He said the NTC depends on the city council for both moral and fiscal support. ..... 
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JuliaClaire Repeat Boutique in Preston celebrates its first year

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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Trish Keating opened up a consignment shop in Preston a year ago, and named it JuliaClaire Repeat Boutique, after her two granddaughters. She had dreamed of owning her own shop for years, and worked hard to make that dream come true. “It’s ha ..... 
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Fillmore Central Community Education - One Block At A Time

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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Fillmore Central’s Community Education offers a variety of programs for families with children age birth to 5. The mission of our early childhood programs is providing children with successful starts through healthy, nurturing, learning environme ..... 
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PACF looks to the future

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre On the eve of Monday, March 25, 2013, the Branding Iron in Preston, Minn., hosted the seventh annual Preston Area Community Foundation (PACF) fundraising dinner and celebration. With more than 160 in attendance, following an invoc ..... 
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