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Betty Halverson


Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Betty Halverson passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in rural Ridgeway, Minn. on Friday, February 21, 2014 from a 14-month battle with heart failure at the age of 87. May she enter heaven wearing her dancing shoes and feeling young again.

Betty Halverson was born Bernice Esther Schultz on June 5, 1926 in Preston Minn., the thirteenth (of 16) child born to Richard and Pauline (Bender) Schultz. Betty was baptized and confirmed at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Preston. She attended school in Preston.

After high school, Betty moved to Harmony where she worked various jobs including working at the Harmony House cooking and waiting tables. Betty loved going to dances with friends. One night at a dance in Canton, she met accordion player, Sid Halverson. Following a whirlwind courtship, they were married June 10, 1946 at the First Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa. They made their home on a farm in Pleasant township, rural Decorah, until they purchased a 120-acre farm one mile west of Ridgeway in the spring of 1951. Betty was a true farm wife working along side Sid in the fields and in the barn doing chores and milking cows. They continually were fixing up and making improvements on their place, which included putting in a large farm pond in 1979 so family and friends could enjoy fishing and having picnics. Along with the family reunions, birthday parties, etc. held at “the pond” many church activities were held there, also, including a Sunday morning worship service. Betty and Sid loved sharing their place with everyone. They raised their four children on this farm, Sidney (Jim) James, Ronald (Ronnie) Allen, Norma Jean, and John Duane.

Besides being a good dance team, Sid and Betty enjoyed going to auctions. Many Saturday nights they would head down to West Union to their friend’s auction house and undoubtedly bring home many “treasures”. For a time in the early 70’s Betty opened up a consignment store in Ridgeway called the “Bargain Shop” featuring used clothing, furniture and antiques. She was sole proprietor and thoroughly enjoyed running her shop, while still taking care of her tasks on the farm. She closed her shop after the building she was renting was sold. She also sold Aloe Vera products - anyone would be hard pressed to find a better spokesperson for their products. A few years after Sid died in 1986, Betty left the farm and moved to Ridgeway. During this time Betty worked outside t .....
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Plans for Preston street improvements move forward

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau presented plans and specifications for the large 2014 street and utility improvement project at the city council’s February 18 meeting. Also, a hearing was held regarding the CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) improvements plann ..... 
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Public hearing set for CSAH 17 project

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Possible assessment levels were discussed concerning the CSAH 17 project at the Preston City Council’s February 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Fillmore County has proposed the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of the portion of CSA ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Tah’Niyah Greelea Smith

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

On December 27, 2013 a beautiful baby girl was born to Brandi Swan of Rochester, Minn. Tah’Niyah Greenlea Smith arrived at 5:20 p.m. She was 6 lbs. 11 oz. and 18 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mike (Beaver) and Char Hanson of Preston, Min ..... 
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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, ..... 
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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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