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Book signing event held for Preston author


Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

By Jade Sexton

Tom Driscoll of Lanesboro, Minn. decided to start a publishing company, and he wanted to launch his business with a book written by Nancy Overcott. Shipwrekt Books published “Living in a Dream,” and a book signing was held on August 11 at the Lost Lake Folk Art Storytelling Center in Lanesboro.

Nancy Overcott started writing journals and poetry in the late 1980s, and has done a lot more since then. Poetry of hers has been published in regional journals, and in 1998, she won first place in a short story contest sponsored by the Fillmore County Journal. She then went on to write a column for the Fillmore County Journal for several years that was called At Home in the Big Woods, in which she spoke of her life living the Big Woods with her husband Arthur. She wrote a book with the same title that was published in 2002.

Most people know of Overcott’s love of birds because of her books, Common Birds of the Upper Midwest and Uncommon Birds of the Upper Midwest, both published by the University of Iowa Press. The books were illustrated by Dana Gardener, a well-known illustrator of birds. Gardner has illustrated Overcott’s most recent book as well.

“I’m really honored that he wants to illustrate my books,” shared Overcott. She and Gardner have remained friends for several years. She loves how his illustrations add to her stories.

Overcott and her husband moved to Preston in 2008. They loved their time in the Big Woods, but they knew it was time to leave. According to Overcott, they sold the land to the DNR, so they are happy knowing the natural beauty of the land will be maintained.

“Living in a Dream” is similar to what she wrote in her newspaper column. She took some of those essays and revised them, and added new ones as well.

Overcott was pleased with the success of the book signing. “There were quite a few people,” she said. “What surprised me is that they would talk, and get a book, and then they stayed. It was nice, and kind of lively.”

She describes the shop as pleasant, and said it was set up to be really comfortable, with couches and books. It’s a great setting for book clubs, writing groups, or writing workshops.

“Self-publishing has become more and more common, and more respectable,” said Overcott. She explained a person can go halfway with self-publishing, which is what she di .....
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Preston Veteran’s Scholarship Fund Awards 18 in 2013

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Mitchell Walbridge As college students are counting down the days to campus move-in day, 18 of Preston, Minnesota’s finest are one step closer to receiving their scholarships from the Preston Veteran’s Scholarship Fund. The Preston Vetera ..... 
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Engagement - Mensink ~ Persons

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Craig and Pam Mensink of rural Preston, Minn. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Marie Mensink to Chad Allan Persons, son of Keith and Kathy Persons of St. Charles, Minn. Megan is a 2006 Graduate of Fillmore Central H ..... 
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Lois Carol Bumgarner

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Lois Carol Bumgarner, 67, of Preston, passed away peacefully in the arms of her daughter-like niece Amy, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, August 9, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., W ..... 
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Preston debates purchase of derelict properties

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Preston EDA, presented details at the Preston City Council’s August 5 meeting for a possible land acquisition of three parcels. The potential purchases would be to further the EDA’s efforts to clean-up dilapidated properties near ..... 
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Engagement - Pemble ~ Mathison

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Aaren Mathison of Preston, Minn. and Dena Pemble of Hastings, Minn. are proud to announce their recent engagement and upcoming wedding on September 21, 2013. Aaren is the son of Larry and Irene Mathison of Preston. He graduated from the Universi ..... 
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Spin Fishing for Trout with John Eggers - “The Spin Doctor”

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us at the National Trout Center on Saturday, August 17 for a free spin fishing workshop with fishing guide & maker of the “Bow Spinner”, John Eggers, also known as “The Spin Doctor”. Eggers has been featured on Dave Carlson’s Sunday m ..... 
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Duane P. Vande Zande

Thu, Aug 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Duane P. Vande Zande, 80, of Preston, passed away at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester where he had been a patient for 6 days. Duane Pierce Vande Zande was born on August 26, 1932, in rural Preston to Clarence and Ingred (Yaste) Vande Zande. Duane ..... 
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Arlan David “Dave” Olson

Thu, Aug 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Dave Olson, 65, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at his home. Dave was born October 29th, 1947, in Austin. Dave was the son of Ella (Magnuson) and Tillman Olson. Dave graduated from Preston-Fountain High School in 1965. Dave entered the Army a ..... 
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