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PACF looks to the future


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

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 invocation from Pastor Michael Smith, F & M Community Bank President Chuck Aug welcomed the crowd.

Aug introduced past grant recipient representatives from the National Trout Center and Fillmore Central Schools.

George Spangler, co-chair of the National Trout Center board of directors, thanked the PACF for the funding and support, as he introduced the recently hired National Trout Center Director Heath Serschen. Spangler further explained the significance of the tourism industry revolving around trout fishing in the United States, and how that could benefit our region with the increased exposure of the National Trout Center. He also referenced a recent presentation before the Minnesota State Legislature to garner more financial support for the expanded vision of the National Trout Center.

Chris Mensink, the Dean of Students and Athletic Director for Fillmore Central Schools explained how the collaboration of the PACF, F & M Community Bank, and Fillmore Central alumni Scott Hanson, helped the Fillmore Central baseball and softball teams receive a total of eight bats that would have cost the school between $1,600 and $2,000 -- more than what the school’s budget could afford. Mensink thanked the PACF and all those involved in making that funding possible. And, he especially thanked Miken Sports out of Caledonia for their generosity.

Lastly, Mensink indicated that there was a competition between the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation, and it became a “win-win” situation for all involved. The PACF generated $11,500 with the help of matched funding from F & M Community Bank, while the SVACF generated $5,420. This initiative took place during the annual “Give To The Max Day,” which is a state-wide funding initiative for non-profit organizations.

Chuck Aug introduced Alissa Blah, representing the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), to speak on behalf of the umbrella organization that supports community foundations like PACF. In total, there are 20 counties including Fillmore County that are a part of the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

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National Trout Center celebrates 4th season

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The doors of the National Trout Center (NTC) open at 10am on Tuesday, April 2nd as the organization celebrates its fourth season of operation in Preston. This year the center offers expanded hours and additional programming for trout enthusiasts. ..... 
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Family Dollar to be on Preston Lumber lot

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston City Council at their March 18 meeting approved an application for rezoning the former Preston Lumber lot and an application for a variance for needed parking spaces for the proposed Family Dollar discount retail store. Planning and Zo ..... 
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Fillmore County farmer wins $5,000 for Fillmore Central FFA and Fillmore County 4-H

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Darrel and Lois Ray of Preston have been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofi ..... 
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Campground expansion planned at Old Barn Resort

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The conversion of this 206 acre farm with a multi-story old barn began a quarter century ago. The Old Barn Resort is promoted as “200 Acres of Fun.” The resort now features a 172 site campground, 38-bed bunkhouse/hostel, an 18 hole Rivers’ B ..... 
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Appellate Court reverses lower court on State Trail - Remands to District Court for further findings

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

This decision may be a signal the case is nearing the end of the road or may just be another sharp curve in the long time effort to build a state trail from Preston to Forestville State Park. The decision of the court of appeals remands the case to ..... 
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National Trout Center has new director

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

When Heath Sershen of Winona was in graduate school, he set a goal that when he graduated, he would like to work at a non-profit organization as a director. He wanted to teach people about brown trout and the driftless area. It seems Sershen has fou ..... 
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Amos hits the century mark

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Amos Anderson of Preston, Minn. has hit a milestone. On February 16, 2013, Amos will celebrate his 100th birthday. Amos Sidney Anderson was born on February 16, 1913, to Hovel and Josephine (Larson) Anderson on a farm between Peterson, Minn. and Ru ..... 
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Gehling Auction Company celebrates 40th anniversary

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

In 1973, Ron Gehling was looking for a place to start a business. He started selling farm machinery in Preston, Minn., which turned into Gehling Auction Company. Forty years later Ron Gehling is still selling farm machinery, but now additionally sel ..... 
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