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Long-anticipated Preston Family Dollar opens its doors April 10


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

Preston’s Family Dollar store opened its doors to customers for the first time on the morning of April 10. The official grand opening of the store is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Anticipation for the opening of Preston’s Family Dollar store has been building for months, and finally, after months of waiting, the first customers were able to make their way through the front doors at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 10. Although this was not the official grand opening for the store, there was considerable customer traffic last Thursday morning.

Elizabeth Strain is the Preston store’s general manager. Strain has several years in retail experience and is greatly looking forward to the months ahead as Family Dollar establishes its presence in the community. Strain, along with a tentative staff size of eight to 10 employees is just as excited as the customers. However, the staff size is subject change by either fluctuating or downsizing as needed. “People have been really excited,” Strain commented.

Construction groundbreaking took place on September 1, 2013, with Norwood Commercial Construction doing the majority of the project. On April 1, the project team was able to enter the store for the first time, designing and detailing the interior retail, office, and storage spaces. In just 10 days, the majority of set up has been completed and Family Dollar is ready to serve the public.

Area Operations Manager Brian Carriker was also present at the store on Thursday, overseeing the finishing touches on Preston’s Family Dollar initiation. “We’re really glad to be here and I think the area is really going to enjoy what we have to offer,” stated Carriker. Carriker oversees 17 stores in the region.

Strain explained the Preston Family Dollar store’s official grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 19. Keep your eyes peeled as flyers will soon be arriving in your mail boxes offering great coupons offers and deals. Also, on April 19 the store will have some door prizes to give away as well as samples of products for sale.

Though Family Dollar opened at 8 a.m. on April 10, the regular hours are seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on Family Dollar’s products and sales, visit www.familydollar.com.

B&B Olympic Bowl spruces up with remodel

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Walk into B&B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. and you will be bowled over by the new look. The restaurant side of the business has been through a transformation from floor to ceiling. Paul and Shelly Hanson purchased B&B Olympic Bowl in September ..... 
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Fillmore Central Community Education Programs

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central’s Community Education offers a variety of programs for families with children age birth to 5. The mission of our early childhood programs is providing children with successful starts through healthy, nurturing, learning environmen ..... 
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I Love to Read

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

February was a very busy month at Fillmore Central Elementary with it being “I Love To Read Month”. The kids were buzzing with energy for reading and fun! Fillmore Central Community Ed, Fillmore Central Schools, and area businesses partnered ..... 
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Preston’s “DMC” is the SMSVC

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As the greater Rochester area celebrates the establishment of the state-supported Destination Medical Center, aptly coined the DMC, the greater Preston area recognizes the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (SMSVC) as an economic engine ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Due to the harsh winter and many snow days that came with it, the Fillmore Central School Board discussed the current policy in regards to make-up days. The current policy states the first snow day is forgiven, and after that the district must ma ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ryland Marshall Craig

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Ryland Marshall Craig was born on Sunday, January 5 at 12:41 p.m. in Princeton, Minn.. His parents are Lee and Teresa Craig of Elk River, Minn. Ryland weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 ¼ inches long. Grandparents are Norm & Sheila Craig, Preston, ..... 
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National Trout Center has new program director

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Board of Directors of the National Trout Center has announced that they have selected Richard L. Enochs as the program coordinator for the 2014 season. Mr. Enochs lives in Winona, Minn. with his wife Nancy. Rich is a retired business professi ..... 
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Kenneth William McBride

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kenneth William McBride, 84, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully Monday, March 17, 2014, at his residence. Kenneth was born February 12, 1930, on the family farm in rural Olmsted County, to William & Emma (Oldenburg) McBride. He lived most o ..... 
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