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SEMCAC in Preston receives money from “Swipe Out Hunger”


Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

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Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with a donation of $136 to Semcac in Preston.

Merchants Bank donated 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card was used between November 28 and December 10, for a total of $10,000 to be split among fourteen food shelves. The total donation amount was determined by the percentage of votes cast for each food shelf on Merchants Bank’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MerchantsBank. More than 2,100 votes were cast in this year’s giveaway.

The food shelves were nominated by our bank locations (bank locations making the nomination are noted in parentheses). There were a number of locations that nominated the same organization. The “Swipe Out Hunger” awards break down as follows:

•360 Communities (Lakeville): $172

•Cannon Falls Food Shelf (Cannon Falls): $339

•The Open Door Pantry (Apple Valley and Rosemount): $117

•Friends in Need Food Shelf (Cottage Grove): $134

•Hastings Family Service (Hastings): $339

•La Crescent Food Share (La Crescent): $627

•Randolph Food Shelf (Hampton): $130

•Red Wing Area Food Shelf (Red Wing): $100

•SEMCAC Houston County Food Shelf (Caledonia and Spring Grove): $330

•SEMCAC in Preston (Lanesboro): $136

•SEMCAC in Rushford (Rushford): $1,960

•Southeastern Minnesota Education & Resource Center (St. Charles): $117

•The Hunger Task Force (Onalaska): $5,000

•Winona Volunteer Services (Winona, Lakeside, Goodview): $572

During last year’s “Swipe Out Hunger” giveaway, La Crescent Food Share received the top donation of $2,383 and more than 1,700 votes were cast.

Preston man visits polar bears

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Paul Mathison of Preston, Minn. has enjoyed traveling all over the world, including Russia, Norway, Sweden, Nicaragua, and Denmark, as well as other locations. Recently Mathison embarked on a different kind of journey which took him to the frozen t ..... 
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Aliesha Schlaak, a survivor’s story

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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We’ve all heard of people who have battled breast cancer. Some of us may know of a friend, a co-worker or neighbor. Some of us may have a family member who has struggled through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments. But, the reality ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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Motor in to Preston Service Plus

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Craig Bond and Justin Jones, new owners of Preston Service Plus, located in Preston, Minn., are getting settled into owning and running their business since taking over July 14, 2014. Both men were employees of Preston Service Plus under previou ..... 
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New facility for Preston industry BCM

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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As you drive into Preston from the north on Highway 52, you have probably noticed a site being graded at the new North Industrial Park. Soon an 11,500 square foot facility will be erected for the new home of Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. (BCM). ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 dedicated to Preston exhibit

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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Members of the Preston Historical Society, Bob Storozuk who is the President of the Milwaukee Road Historical Society, Representative Greg Davids and the public gathered at the site of the historic Milwaukee Elevator on August 16 to welcome the addi ..... 
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Good Samaritan Society - Home Care celebrates 20 years of service

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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While some retirees venture off to the warm, dryer climates of Arizona and other parts of the south and west for their golden years, many find that they can only feel right at home here in the Midwest, specifically southern Minnesota and northern Io ..... 
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POET team members share experiences from Kenya

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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This summer a group of POET team members traveled to Kenya, Africa to help build a dorm for the Traveller’s Oasis Girls School. Michele Anderson, Quality Manager at POET Biorefining, Preston and a resident of Saint Charles participated in this mis ..... 
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