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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 purchased it from Wayne Grietzen. Mr. Grietzen received a contract for taking old train cars after train wrecks, and also later when the railroad started to shut down he acquired more railroad cars and equipment. Dick Petsch, President of the Preston Historical Society, stated they had “six or seven cabooses to choose from.” The Historical Society had many fundraisers, donations and volunteer hours worked to bring the caboose to Preston.

The 1951 caboose joins a 1939 Milwaukee boxcar that was restored in 2005 and placed at the Trailhead. The caboose and the boxcar are two elements in a long-range plan by the Historical Society. According to Dick Petsch the Historical Society plans to reconstruct the buildings that were once part of the elevator complex. This includes the scale house, bagging shed, and scale enclosure.

Preston Historical Society member Sheila Craig stated that they are working with Steve Edwins of SMSQ Architect Firm of Northfield, Minn. and are waiting for the final drawings of the complex to be completed. Once the final drawings are received, an application for construction will be submitted. The historical complex at the Trailhead has been in the process for 25 years according to Sheila Craig, and is funded by ISTEA, as well as other grants and donations.

The Historical Society has approximately 15 active members, with a total of 60 members, some of whom are life-members who do not live close but support the Historical Society. The group meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Preston, Minn., and are looking for new members. Interested parties can email prestonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com for more information. The Historical Society honors the past while planning Preston’s future.

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
Posted in Preston Features

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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Jaeb earns Eagle Rank

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Michael Jaeb, 15, son of Joseph and Marcia Jaeb of Eagan, MN has earned the Eagle Rank by the Boy Scouts of America- Boy Scout Troop 449. His leadership accomplishments include: Sr. Patrol Leader, Asst. Sr. Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Patrol ..... 
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