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Preston Overlook good for another 75 years


Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

The historic Preston Overlook has undergone a thorough makeover. Over the last three months, 75 years of time and weather has been erased. The Preston Overlook was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. It is a 1.8 acre property and serves as a wayside rest and a scenic overlook.

If you look carefully at a picture that was taken shortly after it was originally constructed in 1937-1938 and compare it with a picture after reconstruction, you will see the most obvious difference. The young Oak tree centrally located on the flagstone walk was there when it was first constructed and stands tall, strong, 75 years older and much more majestic today.

The beginnings of the restoration of the overlook began several years ago with the effort to raise the funds to do the restoration. Kathryn McFadden is a licensed landscape architect and the Historic Properties Program manager with MnDot. Her office, with the help of the historic scenic highway group, successfully applied for a federal Scenic Byways grant. The Preston project was one of five projects that benefited when the Minnesota Scenic Byways Program received more than $2.3 million through the Federal Highway Administration. The amount awarded for the Preston project was $787,516. MnDot’s District 6 is to provide 20 percent matching funds. The final number as to the actual cost has not been tallied at this point.

McFadden was quoted in MnDot Newsline after the Scenic Byways grant was awarded saying, “Historic properties can easily be lost if not properly restored. We could never build this site again. Now it’s going to be saved.” She was referring to the Preston Overlook restoration.

The restoration began in early July and took about three months to complete. The original building of the overlook took about four and one-half months during the country’s Great Depression. It was built through a work-for-relief program, the federal National Reemployment Service, part of the New Deal. The efforts of the Women’s Civic Improvement Club in Preston back in the early 1930s for highway beautification paved the way for the original project.

The limestone walls and flagstone walk were originally constructed from limestone taken from a quarry located below the overlook. With the restoration, some of that original limestone was reused. The Root River flows about 90 feet below, and with the leaves off the trees the river i .....
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Caboose has rolled into Preston

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers A 1951 Milwaukee caboose has arrived at its destination at the Trailhead in Preston, Minn. after much planning and anticipation by the Preston Historical Society. The Historical Society found the caboose in Mauston, WI., and purcha ..... 
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F&M Bank of Preston has a new look

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers F & M Bank of Preston, Minn., has received a facelift which both the bank customers and staff appreciate. According to Dan Christianson, CEO of F & M Bank of Preston, the remodel was necessary, as many items needed to be updated. ..... 
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Preston High School Class of 1967

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston High School Class of 1967 - 45th class reunion was held August 25, 2012. Row 1 (seated) left to right – Lorraine (Bigalk) Peckham, Jackie (Lindorff) Hoegh, Linda (Wendt) Wilson, Ilene (Engle) Lammers. Row 2 left to right – Ernie Klockeman ..... 
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Preston’s Kid’s Day Health and Safety Day

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Gavin Bothun of Preston was able to meet McGruff the Crime Dog at Preston’s Kid’s Day Health and Safety Day on September 15. Photo by Jason Sethre

Teri Klaehn opens accounting office in Preston

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Teri Klaehn worked almost four years as a tax preparer and accountant with AgStar/Lookout Ridge Consulting. She can still be found in Preston, but now in her own office downtown as Teri Klaehn CPA, LLC. In May, Klaehn was laid off from her positio ..... 
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Kelly Printing and Signs expands

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Kelly Printing and Signs of Preston, Minn. has expanded their workspace with the addition of another building. Owners Brad and Mike Kelly were in need of more space, and the new building will be perfect for vinyl installs with a large open area to d ..... 
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Preston Historical Society announces raffle winners

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
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The Preston Historical Society conducted the drawing for the winners of the recent raffle fundraiser at their August Society meeting. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for the elevator site restoration project. The Society would again like ..... 
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Art becomes a ‘super power’ for Preston

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Sally Gibson’s artistic talents serve the community in many ways. She’s crafty with a pair of scissors or a paint-filled brush! In the past several years, she has taken her artistic talents to the streets of Preston, presenting an interactive ..... 
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