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Preston Emergency Service 2013 Picnic


By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Seventeen out of twenty-five Preston Volunteer Ambulance Crew. First Row: Deb Ristau, Katie Ristau, Marti Higgs, Vicki Musel, Kristyn Tyrrell, Ryan Quanrud, Stuart Quanrud, Jeff Bennett, and Ryan Throckmorton. Second Row: Doug Keene, Kurt Reicks, Tim Kiehne, Eric Ostrom, Heath Mensink, Dave Keene, Dan Root, and Ron Schreier. Photo by Megan Kiehne

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 130 hours of training plus pass a written and a practical test. My dad spent hours upon hours studying for these tests, and even questioned himself if he was able to become a volunteer. That is what I call dedicated.

This past Wednesday, June 19 was the second annual Preston Emergency Service Picnic. Ryan Throckmorton, ambulance director, had prepared a PowerPoint presentation for the ambulance crew, township board, and city board members of Preston and Fountain. Ryan explained the reason for the presentation was to recognize and thank the volunteers who have served the community.

He started by summarizing the meaning of being a volunteer on the ambulance crew by playing two videos. The first was a music video, “Hello World” by Lady Antebellum. In this song, a man drove by his daughter and wife in their mini van. Soon after he comes a crossed an accident scene to find EMT workers helping save the life of his daughter. Just as the dad thinks he is losing his daughter the EMT’s save his little girl’s life. Just like the video, the Preston Ambulance Crew shows up in the time of need for their community members to do whatever is needed to save the distressed.

Later on he played a second music video which focused on the dedication of the volunteers. Also in the presentation Ryan informed everyone on the yearly statistics. In the past year, they have taken 224 calls. In Preston, the average response time is six minutes and 38 seconds. They beat the average Southeast Minnesota response time, which is nine minutes and 23 minutes. Right now, each person of the city pays only $7 for the ambulance service. Because of our local ambulance crews, Preston saves $140 a person. This difference in the dollar amount is a 2,000 percent increase if Preston did not have the committed volunteers. Instead of locals paying more the volunteers actually gave back $442,091.52.

Next on the presentation was a overlook of new equipment which had been purchased this past year. The ambulance bought a vacuum splint, high oil pressure pump, and new tires which equaled $7,000. Recently he applied for a Minnesota grant for $20,000 to $30,000 dollars to put cardiac monito .....
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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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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
Posted in Preston Features

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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