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Preston Dairy and Farm Association breaks ground on expansion


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Left to Right: Jim Bakken, City of Preston; Paul Hamann, Preston Dairy and Farm Asssn board member; Lynn Staupe, D&F Board Member; Dean Solberg, D&F Board Member; Cathy Enerson, Preston EDA Director; Charles Aug, Chairman Preston EDA; Nathan Scheevel, Scheevel Engineering LLC; Kurt Reicks, Mayor City of Preston; Dan Christianson, Chairman and CEO F & M Community Bank. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Groundbreaking on the Preston Dairy and Farm expansion outside of Preston took place Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members, Preston Mayor Curt Reicks, Preston Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Wangen and EDA Director Cathy Enerson and others present.

The groundbreaking is on a 6.1 acre plot just off of U.S. Highway 52 and State Highway 16 north and west of Preston. The business, which was established in 2004 to serve area farmers with expertise in fertilizers, feed, agricultural chemicals, and custom spraying, needs the expansion of their facilities to keep up with demand. The new location more than doubles the area of its current establishment.

Preston Dairy and Farm has been a large part of the city of Preston’s economic base. In order to keep the connection intact, the Preston City Council on March 31 annexed territory to the city limits that includes more than eight acres just north of Preston, an area that includes the expansion area by the highway 52 and 16 intersection.

The Preston Expansion Grant Application for Business Development Public Infrastructure Program written by EDA Director Cathy Enerson states, “The expansion and annexation will substantially aid the city’s growth, and sustain the city utilities, regional tax base and area employment. Expanding infrastructure provides opportunities for future manufacturing and commerical businesses to continue to grow to the north and west of Preston.”

It was later announced in June that one grant in the amount of $137,000 provided by DEED, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, will help offset 50 percent of the costs to provide infrastructure including sewer, water main, a storm pond, roadway, electricity and more to the new location for the Preston Dairy and Farm Association.

By providing these city services to Preston Dairy and Farm, the city will achieve its goal to focus efforts on maintaining local jobs along with keeping the potential for more opportunities and growth.

The Preston City Council has also created a redevelopment TIF to support the project.

Despite a rough period with the recent economic recession, the agriculture industry has faced challenges of its own. However, Preston Dairy and Farm has seen its feed business growing.

Those at Preston Dairy and Farm say that support from the the community, chamber a .....
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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This is no fish tale. There is a new business in Preston, Minn. that may reel you in hook, line, and sinker. Well hook and line anyway. No sinkers involved here. If you, a friend or family member loves to fly fish or have always wanted to learn n ..... 
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B&B Olympic Bowl spruces up with remodel

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Walk into B&B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. and you will be bowled over by the new look. The restaurant side of the business has been through a transformation from floor to ceiling. Paul and Shelly Hanson purchased B&B Olympic Bowl in September ..... 
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Preston’s “DMC” is the SMSVC

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As the greater Rochester area celebrates the establishment of the state-supported Destination Medical Center, aptly coined the DMC, the greater Preston area recognizes the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (SMSVC) as an economic engine ..... 
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Tienter-Ertl couple to celebrate true small town wedding

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As many people from small towns know it can be difficult to find love in a community where you are related to almost everyone--and if you find someone you’re not related to you just might want to confirm with grandma. Lucky for bride-to-be Grace T ..... 
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Preston Red Kettle Campaign helps county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

The Salvation Army of Fillmore County held one of its Red Kettle Campaigns on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Preston, Minn., which is a very important fundraising event for the Salvation Army in Fillmore County as it collects a large portion of the en ..... 
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Find your Serenity Within in Preston

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

A new business has opened in Preston, Minn. where area residents can go for a relaxing massage that can be beneficial to their health and well-being. Nancy Back has opened Serenity Within, which is located at 133 Fillmore Street W., Suite 4, in dow ..... 
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Preston residents enjoy visit with bearded guest

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Excitement was in the air early on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Fillmore Central Elementary School as children bound through the doors with one goal in mind - to talk to Santa. Santa needed to know what was on their lists for this holiday seaso ..... 
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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 ..... 
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