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Paul A Lunde


Tue, Dec 10th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Paul A. Lunde, age 96, of rural Preston, Minn., died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his home.

Paul was born October 20, 1917, in Austin, Minn., the son of Clarence and Stella (Anstett) Lunde. He was raised in Austin. At the time of his high school graduation he was working as an assistant pressman at the Austin Daily Herald. In October 1935, Paul began a five year printing apprenticeship at the US Government Printing Office. He became a Journeyman Printer in 1940, but that career was interrupted as the country prepared for war. Paul married Elizabeth VanGeuder June 1, 1940, in Washington D.C. In the same year he soloed in a Piper Cub and began his additional flying training.

By 1942, Paul was teaching pilot training to army cadets in Stearman open cockpit bi-planes. For the next 3 years he flew cargo planes for the Military Air Transport—from New York to Britain and to Casablanca—cargo eastbound and critically wounded soldiers westbound back to New York. In May 1945, Paul flew to Paris to bring a conquering general home. This was General Mark Clark, who arrived at Midway Airport in Chicago at high noon on Memorial Day, accompanied by 25 Illinois GI’s.

After the war, Paul continued flying with American Airlines, based in Chicago, until his retirement at age 60 in 1977. He started flying DC-3s for American; his last flight was in a DC-10. His favorite route was from Chicago to Honolulu to Sidney, Australia.

In 1970, Paul and Elizabeth moved to the family farm in Preston where he started a third career as a farmer/Angus breeder. They became the fifth generation of Lundes to live in the stone house originally built in 1865. Paul did the design and most of the construction on the expansion and modernization of the original home.

Paul is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, Joan (James) Fencil of Chicago, Ill., Peter (Sue) Lunde of Houston, Tex., and Paula Lunde, M.D. of Kalamazoo, Mich.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death his brother, C.A. Lunde.

The funeral will be noon on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston. Burial will be in the Union Prairie Cemetery in rural Preston. Friends may call at the funeral home 5 – 8 p.m., Wednesday and at the funeral home on Thursday an hour before the service.
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Preston City Council approves Preston Emergency Service to purchase

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Preston Emergency Service receives $2,500 grant from AGSTAR. Preston Emergency used the grant along with funds given by Preston Fire Department to Purchase a Masimo Rad-57 Carbon Monoxide Oximeter. This device is able to read oxygen levels and carbo ..... 
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Bond rating upgrade for Preston

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced good news for the city at the council’s December 3 meeting. Standard and Poors in a random review raised the city’s bond rating from AA- to AA (stable). This is especially good news as the city is plann ..... 
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Kay Sunde

Wed, Dec 4th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Sunde, 72, of Preston, Minn. died Monday, December 2, 2013. Kay was born September 26, 1941 in Spring Valley, Minn. to Irving and Beatrice (Jerred) Applen. She graduated from Wykoff High School and later in life received her LPN degree from Ro ..... 
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Doris Marie Prinsen

Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Doris Marie Prinsen, age 94, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Preston, Minn., passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Hospice of Arizona (Greenfield House) in Mesa. Doris was born in Preston on May 21, 1919, to John and Mary (Ledebo ..... 
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Give to the Max Day: Presentation of award to Fillmore Central

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Fillmore Central will again be the recipient of the challenge award between the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Spring Valley Community Foundation. The presentation will be on Tuesday, December 3 at the boys basketball game between Fillmo ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Grace Marie Sheridan

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Joe and Jessica Kniepke Sheridan of Columbia, Md., wish to announce the birth of their baby girl, Grace Marie, born on October 30, 2013.

Traditions of Preston under new ownership

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Roger Carlsen, of Mantorville, Minn., has taken ownership of Traditions of Preston located in Preston, Minn. Roger states that he has been looking to purchase an assisted care facility for quite some time and found Traditions of Preston to be just ..... 
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Gertrude “Gert” Kneeskern

Mon, Nov 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Gertrude “Gert” Kneeskern, 70, of Richland, died early Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at her home in Richland. She was born June 16, 1943, in Wrenshall, Minn., to Gilbert and Harriet DeJarlis Wolf. Gert grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated fro ..... 
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