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Traditions of Preston under new ownership


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Roger Carlsen, of Mantorville, Minn., has taken ownership of Traditions of Preston located in Preston, Minn. Roger states that he has been looking to purchase an assisted care facility for quite some time and found Traditions of Preston to be just what he was looking for.

The building was in pretty good shape, but Roger has been making improvements to make the building in tip-tip top shape. Work has been done outside such a re-paving the parking lot and a little more work will be done outside when spring arrives.

Inside the building improvements such as painting and replacing lighting has been done and additional items will be taken care of to “spit and polish” the building according to Carlsen. Carlsen intends to make the building as bright and cheery as possible for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Roger Carlsen has mostly owned apartment buildings in the past but said that the transition to owning Traditions of Preston went seamlessly and he has had experience with the management company and has a good relationship with them which made the new venture go smoothly.

An additional reason that the transition went so well is the staff. Roger Carlsen stated, “Everyone on the staff is wonderful.” This includes the maintenance man to the cook as well as the management. Carlsen said that a big part of buying and taking over Traditions of Preston was the fact that it was already being managed well and staff turnover is low, which is a sign of how dedicated the staff is.

Carlsen decided not to change the name of the business after speaking with residents, staff, and community members who felt the name should stay the same. Carlsen will not be moving to the Preston area as he has family, including grandchildren, that live near his current home.

According to Carlsen, his favorite part of owning Traditions of Preston is meeting people, saying, “Everyone has a story to tell. He enjoys hearing those stories. His number one goal is to make the experience for residents better as Traditions is their home.

Roger says that Traditions of Preston has a lot of activities including pie socials and other activities that bring people from the community to visit. Andrea Atwood, Director of Housing, does a great job promoting these events. The Facebook page for Traditions of Preston is a great site to visit as many pictures of events, residents, and guests are put on the p .....
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Annual membership dinner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The annual membership dinner was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Preston Servicemen’s Clubrooms for the American Legion Post #166 and its auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6893 and its auxiliary, as well as the Sons of the Am ..... 
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“Now we have a place to lay our own in southeast Minnesota”

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The tone set by many people who spoke at the county board’s formal transfer of deed from Fillmore County to the State of Minnesota Veteran Affairs was one of thanks to everyone involved. The successful four year journey to this day was the result ..... 
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Marching band performs a wake-up call

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

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 ..... 
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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
Posted in Preston Features

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
Posted in Preston Features

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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