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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 sells light construction equipment, real estate properties, and commercial properties. Ron Gehling and Gehling Auction Company are prime examples of what progress is all about.

Progress is what motivated Ron to build an office and shop in 1973 and then add onto that building in 1980. In 1986, the building that now houses Gehling Auction Company’s offices was built. Progress was key with the fast pace of technology through the years as well. Ron recalls when fax machines first came out on the market and he immediately purchased one. Prior to the fax machine any advertising for auctions had to be explained over the phone one item at a time. Gehling put in a whole new computer system in the seventies and has updated it many times in order to keep up with technology as the auction business has changed drastically with online auctions now taking place.

Ron explains that over the course of forty years he has seen many repeat customers. He says about his auctions that, “I used to see kids coming with their dads and now those kids are bringing their own kids.” Ron said, “we are now starting to see the beginning of the third generation of customers.”

“We’ve got a good customer base and they come from all over,” Ron said.

Auctions now are held and streamed live on the internet so progress caused Gehling to install cameras on their trucks and bids are taken from online customers as well as those attending the auctions in person. Gehling says that ninety percent of the business today is done off-location. When dealerships have close-out sales or inventory reduction at a certain branch, or need their inventory sold for any reason, Gehling Auction Company will come in and sell their inventory for them.

Another thing that has changed a lot over the last forty years according to Ron is the price of what things cost and what things sell for at auction. A further sign of progress at Gehling Auction Company are the number of employees. Gehling currently employs nine people full-time and another 25 people on a part-time basis.

If you are interested in having an auction, give Gehling Auction Company a call. It is a full-service auc .....
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More than three years of growth for SMG Web Design in Southeast Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

SMG Web Design started out in 2009, the idea of Jason Sethre, the owner of the Fillmore County Journal. He saw there were people and businesses in the community that needed an online presence at a reasonable price. Michelle Haugerud was originall ..... 
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Napa in Preston to relocate

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Napa Store in Preston, Minn. which is currently located at 108 Mill Street, will soon be revving up its engine for a big move. Owners Mike and Sylvia Steien recently expanded the business and began selling hardware items in the Preston store and ..... 
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Best friends to spend their lives together

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Gabby Gatzke and John Kinneberg have known each other since they were little kids in preschool together at Fillmore Central. However, they did not start dating until the summer after graduation. According to Gabby, the two hung out together in hi ..... 
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A home for vintage snowmobiles

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The whole collection started out with an innocent purchase of a 1973 Ski-doo snowmobile with two seats side-by-side. It was unique, and a lot of fun. Since then, Eric Scheevel of Preston and his brother-in-law Troy Hahn have purchased more than 80 v ..... 
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Preston Equipment still in the family

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston Equipment has had its spot right outside of town for 39 years, and has been selling John Deere products to the Fillmore County area that entire time. Since then, the company has undergone changes and growth, and has overcome difficulties in ..... 
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House fire suspected to be arson

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Jade Sexton The Preston Fire Department and Ambulance crew were called to the scene of a house fire between Preston and Lanesboro on Highway 16 on the morning of Tuesday, November 13. The Lanesboro Fire Department also assisted them. By the ..... 
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The Preston Historical Society

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Historical Society has been given the senior pictures from Preston High School from the years 1911 - 1959. They have been placed on display in the O’Hara School located on the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. However, the following years a ..... 
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PBS to air ‘Dust Bowl’ documentary

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston, Minn - When you hear “dust bowl,” iconic images likely pop into your head: black clouds over the prairie, dead cattle scattered across the range and tractors buried in the field. Those images are easy to remember, but the circumsta ..... 
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