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National Trout Center has new director


Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Heath Sershen is the new Director of Programs and Operations at the National Trout Center.

When Heath Sershen of Winona was in graduate school, he set a goal that when he graduated, he would like to work at a non-profit organization as a director. He wanted to teach people about brown trout and the driftless area. It seems Sershen has found his dream job.

Currently, Sershen is working as the Director of the National Trout Center in Preston, and at the same time working on getting his Master Degree in outdoor education. While in college, Sershen wrote a paper on the Human Dimension of Brown Trout Angling.

“It’s all about the who, what, when, where and why people choose to participate in recreational activities,” said Sershen.

According to Sershen, trout fishing is a mult-trillion dollar industry; in this region alone $1.1 billion is spent annually on fishing. “It’s an average of $200 per day for one person for local economies,” he said. That average includes the cost of fishing equipment, lodging, traveling, and dining.

Sershen has always loved fishing, especially trout fishing in the Preston area. He learned from his dad how to build his own rods and how to enjoy fishing. He is now passing that along to his three-year-old son.

So far, Sershen is having a great time with his new position as Director of Programs and Operations. What this means is that Sershen is in charge of garnering and implementing funding for the National Trout Center. He is currently the only paid employee, and is paid through the city of Preston. Eventually they would like to be their own entity apart from the city.

Targeting organizations and developing partnerships is what he is spending most of his time on right now. He decribed an educational partnership with Winona State University. “It’s a program where students can come learn about angling trout and about the driftless area,” he said. “It’s to get kids out there so they can learn and experience it.”

He is also working on social media and the website to promote tourism in Preston, and the great trout fishing.

It’s not only outsiders that Sershen hopes to educate about this area. He knows there are a lot of local people that are not aware of the valuable resource right in Preston, and how much the area has to offer, not just for fishing, but for the enjoyment of nature.

The National Trout Center is still working on getting a state bond or other funding for a new .....
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Amos hits the century mark

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Amos Anderson of Preston, Minn. has hit a milestone. On February 16, 2013, Amos will celebrate his 100th birthday. Amos Sidney Anderson was born on February 16, 1913, to Hovel and Josephine (Larson) Anderson on a farm between Peterson, Minn. and Ru ..... 
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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 sel ..... 
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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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