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Preston hears NTC update


Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

George Spangler, NTC board of directors chairman, presented a detailed five year review of the National Trout Center since its inception in 2009 at the Preston City Council’s March 16 meeting. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent.

The environmental learning center was established to bring national recognition to a southeastern Minn. asset. Spangler notes in the report that “the issue for the NTC is whether or not its presence in Preston will offer sufficient additional interest to attract visitors, or cause them to extend their stay in the area.”

Originally, the target audience was tourists and trout fishers. Spangler expects visitors to the, soon to open, State Veterans Cemetery plus potential visitor growth through Rochester’s Destination Medical Center to broaden the possible clientele.

The Driftless Area supports a cold, well-oxygenated stream environment for three species of trout which draws “tens of thousands of fishers to the region each year.” This region includes southeastern Minn., southwestern Wisc., northwestern Ill., and northeastern Iowa. In total, trout fishing in this Driftless Area generates economic activity in excess of $1.1 billion annually.

The NTC is an environmental learning center and is one of four dozen environmental learning centers across Minnesota. The NTC’s focus is on “trout, coldwater streams, anglers, and the natural and historical features of the Driftless Area.”

The doors of the NTC first opened in the spring of 2010 in its temporary home in downtown Preston. A website was created and a logo design was adopted. The website is an opportunity to market the NTC to the rest of the world, averaging a 1,000 hits per month.

In 2011 the NTC was incorporated as a non-profit organization in Minn. It was granted a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization status by the IRS in 2012 and governance was turned over to a 12 member board of directors. Two members of the board are appointed by the city of Preston.

Mayor Kurt Reicks serves on the board of directors.

A list of programs and activities carried out each year since the NTC opened was provided. Events include teaching and instructional programs (hands -on learning), talks and lectures, and marketing or promoting the NTC as a destination for tourists and fishers.

Spangler noted that overall, visitations to the center have increased ir .....
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow, just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 17 to ski on the trail and to sample some wonderful chili contest entries. ..... 
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NTC to host geological bus tour

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The National Trout Center will be holding a geological bus tour on Saturday November 1, starting at 10 a.m. This bus tour promises to be both fun and informative, as it will focus on the geological and ecological features of living in the driftless ..... 
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Preston Tourism announces bike repair station coming to town!

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - The Preston Tourism Board would like to announce the upcoming addition to the trailhead in Preston. Thanks to the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Preston Tourism Board there will now be a free to the public, deluxe bike re ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Historical Association President to speak at caboose dedication

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

A dedication of the restored 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead in Preston. The Trailhead is located at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Center Street. The speaker for t ..... 
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Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour coming to southeast Minnesota

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Local businesses are encouraged to welcome participants of the BAM Bicycle Tour to our area. At 4:30 p.m. on August 13, the Bicycling Around Minnesota annual tour will begin registration in Preston for the start of the 2014 tour. ..... 
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Two “Trout Days” fishing contests

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Celebrate ”Preston Trout Days” by participating in two separate fishing contests sponsored by the National Trout Center located in Preston, Minn. May 16-18 are the 2014 dates for Preston’s annual “Trout Days” celebration. Visit [Read the Rest]

Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 18 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest entri ..... 
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The National Trout Center, an investment in our future

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The New Year celebrates the fifth operating year of the National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn. Conceived in 2009 by the Preston Economic Development Authority as a regional economic development engine, the NTC showcases the extraordinary land ..... 
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