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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, aimed at highlighting Minnesota communities to an ever-growing bicycling audience. “The goals of the ride are to promote Share the Road, fitness, tourism and bicycling as a transportation mode as well as to promote the Scenic Bikeways System of Minnesota.”

According to the group, the concept for the ongoing tours began in part from members of the State Bicycling Advisory Committee, as well as several enthusiastic individuals. Beginning in 2006, with just 30 riders, the initial number tripled in the first year, more than doubled again the third year, and has now grown to require a limit of 275 riders annually. Tour registration opens up shortly after the communities are selected and typically fills within days.

There are currently seven regions which are basis of the communities chosen; north and west central, central, northwest, northeast, southern, and southeast. At the conclusion of last year’s tour, the group made the decision to return again to southeastern Minnesota after a five year absence. The communities of Preston and Peterson were contacted by BAM last August and encouraged to fill out the two-page application. Chosen based on features, highlights, and amenities, the cities have been working collaboratively to secure the 2014 tour here.

“We’re trying to plan some fun events to keep them entertained,” enthused Kathy Dahl of the Preston Tourism. Preston, in particular, was chosen as the start and end host city, based on the county fairgrounds. Quite an undertaking to organize, the event requires parking availability for 175 vehicles for the tour’s duration, as well as water for ‘shower trucks’ and local campgrounds or lodging. “We’re very appreciative to the Fillmore County Fair Board working with us to provide the fairgrounds as a wonderful venue. We’re also grateful to the city of Preston utilities working to set up the water for the event.”

Roughly 30 percent of the riders will stay in area accommodations during the tour, while 175 will camp out in primitive tent sites. Country Trail Inn & Suites, Jailhouse Historic Inn, and Trailhead Resort, all located in Preston, and Geneva’s Hideaway, The Crossing B&B, and The W .....
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses land owned by school

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board recently hashed out the confusing details of a one-acre parcel of land apparently legally owned by the school. The land is wooded, and located two miles south of Preston. A country school was once located there, and ..... 
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Fillmore Central Community Education school readiness program earns a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Congratulations to Fillmore Central Community Education School Readiness program for earning a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating! This is the highest possible rating. Parent Aware Star Ratings help parents find programs that go above and beyond to prepar ..... 
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James Jerome Grabau

Thu, Jan 30th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

James Jerome Grabau, age 60, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday, January 29. 2014, at the Golden Age Living Center in St. Charles, Minn. James was born April 6, 1953, in Preston, the son of Joe and Flora (Anderson) Grabau. He was baptized an ..... 
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Preston supports current Renewable Fuel Standard

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their January 21 meeting authorized City Administrator Joe Hoffman to draft a letter on behalf of the city council to the Environmental Protection Agency to be signed by Mayor Kurt Reicks asking for continued support for h ..... 
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Preston business community anticipates veterans cemetery

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

After almost five years of planning, conversations, meetings, and congressional bill development and promotion, the community of Preston, Minn. is full of anticipation for the state veterans cemetery that will be fully developed in 2015. A veterans c ..... 
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Irene E. Eichstadt

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Irene E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston, Minn.., died on Monday, January 20, 2014, of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she had been a patient for one day. Irene Ethlyn Lee was born on June 25, 1919 in Dolliver, Iowa to ..... 
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Winnie Halweg

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Winnie Halweg, age 96, of Preston, Minn., died Friday afternoon, January 17, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Winifred A. Halweg was born June 30, 1917, at Granger, Bristol Township, Minn., the oldest of three daughters to Jerome and Ida ..... 
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