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Re-dedication of the O’Hara School


Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

A re-dedication of the O’Hara School will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the schoolhouse located on the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. A short program will be held and refreshments served.

Or you can visit the restored schoolhouse anytime during the Fillmore County Fair. The school will be open starting at 5 p.m.–8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24; Wednesday–Friday, July 25–27, from 12 noon–9:00 p.m.; and Saturday, July 28, from 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Preston Historical Society operates the schoolhouse on a lease from the Fillmore County Agricultural Society. The Preston Historical Society has been very active in working to restore the O’Hara School House. The restoration that has been completed includes the reroofing using cedar shakes. Also restored at the same time was the bell tower. This was financed by fundraising from the 2010 Historical Society raffle, O’Hara School alumni and other donations.

The interior has been repainted for an Eagle Scout project by a Ben Voigt, a member of the Preston Boy Scout Troop 67. Funding for this part of the restoration came as part of the scout’s fundraising effort for his Eagle project.

The exterior painting was accomplished with donated paint through efforts of the Preston Lumber Company. The painting work was done by the Sentence to Serve work crew.

The replacement and restoration of the windows was financed by a $200 grant from the Tri-County Electric Operation Roundup Program and an $800 grant from the Preston Area Community Foundation. The project included three windows being replaced and the other five being repaired. The repairs included eight new screens, new locks, and having the windows all re-strung with pulleys and rope by Crist Hershberger, of Hershberger Windows of Canton, MN.

The last restoration to be completed was the front entrance including the steps and new signage. This was again funded through the generous contributions of O’Hara School alumni. The remainder of the repairs, painting, and labor has been donated by members of the Preston Historical Society.

Also several artifacts from the O’Hara School and other period items have been donated for refurbishing the interior to show how a rural school building looked.

The Preston Historical Society looks forward to having you visit this piece of area history during the upcoming Fillmore County Fair.
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National Trout Center has new intern for the summer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Drew Bahl of Preston is studying Environmental Studies at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He has found the perfect way to earn some college credits, gain experience, and make a little money this summer by interning at the National Trout Center in P ..... 
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Julia Claire Repeat Boutique to open in Preston

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Trish Keating has always wanted to open up a shop of her own, especially in a small town in this area. When she lived in the Twin Cities area, she visited Fillmore County frequently with her family. Two years ago she moved to Preston, and is now abo ..... 
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Preston adopts sidewalk maintenance policy

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s February 21 meeting that the city has abided by an established unwritten sidewalk policy for some time. However, the League of Minnesota Cities has recommended the council adopt a form ..... 
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Preston hires Public Works Director

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Jim Bakken was selected by the Preston Public Utility to be the new Public Works Director effective January 24. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said they had an excellent candidate pool to choose from. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Licensed Contract ..... 
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Preston hires Public Works Director

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Jim Bakken was selected by the Preston Public Utility to be the new Public Works Director effective January 24. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said they had an excellent candidate pool to choose from. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Licensed Contract ..... 
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Preston hires Public Works Director

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Jim Bakken was selected by the Preston Public Utility to be the new Public Works Director effective January 24. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said they had an excellent candidate pool to choose from. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Licensed Contract ..... 
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Congressional Veterans Affairs subcommittee hearing in Preston


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Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ), chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), a member of the subcommittee, conducted a hearing on May 14 in the Fillmore County Board room. T ..... 
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