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Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 dedicated to Preston exhibit


By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Milwaukee Road Historical Society President Bob Storozuk addressed the crowd at the dedication of the Milwaukee Road Caboose #02095 to the exhibit in Preston, Minn. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Members of the Preston Historical Society, Bob Storozuk who is the President of the Milwaukee Road Historical Society, Representative Greg Davids and the public gathered at the site of the historic Milwaukee Elevator on August 16 to welcome the addition of Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 to Preston.

The caboose, built in 1951, was recovered by the Preston Historical Society after a search commenced in October of 2007. With rumor that a caboose was located Prairie du Chien, Wis., historical society members pursued the lead only to come up empty handed. However, just a month later in November members found what they were looking for in Mauston, Wis.

After a considerable down payment and a financing plan of 18 months, more challenges faced the historical society’s members. Transporting the caboose turned out to be no easy task while also being costly. Within the minutes of one Preston Historical Society meeting, a line read, “We are short funds to pay for the caboose to bring it home.”

With Caboose No. 02095 paid of in June of 2009 and arriving in Preston in late September, restoration was ready to begin, though the bulk of the work was done in 2012-2013.

A significant amount of detailing was completed for the restoration. Welding, setting on original rails, painting, reupholstering and new lettering were all preparations for the dedication program on August 16.

Preston Historical Society President Dick Petsch explained that many of the venders who ended up working on the caboose were also volunteers who put in a countless number of hours on the project.

Special speaker Storozuk representing the Milwaukee Road Historical Society presented a message at the dedication. The Milwaukee Road Historical Society, or MRHA as it’s known, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that focuses its efforts to study and preserve the history of the Milwaukee Road.

The Milwaukee Road is a railway system that is linked to Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and the Pacific Railroad. The network had its inception in 1850. Though the MRHA does not affiliate itself with any railroad company, it is considered an official historical body dealing with the Road itself, its predecessors and its subsidiaries.

In his delivery to the audience, Storozuk explained the importance of the railroad and its history, specifying that the railroad once held great value in Presto .....
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Ralph J. Hanson

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Retired Sgt. Major Ralph Jesse Hanson was born in Preston, Minn. on September 5, 1942 to the late Ralph H. & Francis J. (Shaw) Hanson. He graduated from Preston High School in June 1961 and enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 12, 1961. He retired from ..... 
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Preston 2015 budget discussed

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their August 20 meeting discussed options the city has to limit the levy increase in 2015. Councilman David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman introduced the discussion draft for the 2015 budget which re ..... 
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Scott Royce Hatfield

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Scott Royce Hatfield was born on February 23, 1943 in Austin, MN. He was the son of Leona (Scott) and Royce Hatfield. He grew up on a farm in Florenceville, IA and attended Cresco High School. He served in the US Navy for seven years as a Cryptolo ..... 
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Preston Historical Society announces raffle winners

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

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 toward the caboose restoration and other Historical Society projects. The ..... 
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Engagement - Kafut ~ Serfling

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Angela Marie Kafut of Preston, Minn. and Adam Zachery John Serfling also of Preston are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Angela is a graduate of St. Scholastica with a degree in Nursing and now works as a Registered Nurse at ..... 
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Preston works through property issues

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Numerous items on the August 4 Preston City Council agenda involved property issues. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Lot 1 (2.14 acres) of the Northwest Industrial Park is expected to be purchased by Rockny Moger, Bluff Country Manufacturing ..... 
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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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