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A business that evolved on a foundation of family and community support


Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Pam Ristau, owner of Pam Ristau, CPA, celebrates 20 years of serving the community this year. Photo by Jason Sethre



Twenty years ago, Pam Ristau took a leap of faith on establishing her CPA firm in Preston, Minn.

While that wasn’t her original plan when she first went to college at Gustavus Adolphus, it became more apparent in the years that followed.

Her first interest in college was computer programming, but she quickly realized she didn’t enjoy calculus. So, she took an interest in accounting instead.

In her senior year of college, she participated in a J (January) term study at Tom Byrne’s CPA firm in downtown Preston.

After completing her J term at Tom Byrne’s office, she completed her B.A. to earn an Accounting Degree and started working for Tom Byrne.

As Pam and her husband, Gary Ristau, started raising their family, they discussed the possibilities of Pam working as an accountant from home.

They felt it would make it easier to juggle the balance of work and family life.

So in November of 1992, Pam took the series of exams to earn her CPA credentials administered by the Minnesota State Board of Accountants.

Back in 1992, the test results were not readily available right away like they are today. Finally, in February of 1993, roughly three months later, while Pam was within a few weeks of giving birth to her second son, she received notification that she had passed all exams to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Minnesota.

In 1995, Pam went out on her own and established her business named Pam Ristau, CPA.

She worked from home and it worked quite well.

And, as their boys grew, Casey now age 21, Mitch now age 20, and Cody now age 15, Pam’s business grew to the extent she felt it would be best to have an office in downtown Preston.

So, in 2003, Pam Ristau, CPA occupied an office space in the Rustad Building, where Kurt Reicks Auto License Bureau is located.

By 2006, her business had grown to the extent that she had people lined up in the hallways of the Rustad Building waiting for their appointments.

It was at this time that Pam and Gary discussed the possibility of purchasing a building to further serve the needs of her clients.

With their eye on the former Preston Liquor store across the street from Root River Veterinary Center, they purchased the building and began remodeling the space to serve her needs.[Read the Rest]
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students selected from Fillmore Central

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

The following ten Fillmore Central Band Students on being selected to participate in the 2015 Luther College Dorian Honor Band on Sunday, February 22 and Monday, February 23, in Decorah, Iowa: Participating in the Massed Bands: Cami Jones, flute ..... 
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Rose Kathryn Haagenson

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Rose Kathryn Haagenson, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in West Chicago, Ill. She was born July 22, 1925 in Preston, Minn., the daughter of John and Lena (nee Krock) Shields. Rose was united in marriage to Stanley H ..... 
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Many make tracks to Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston All

A mild but breezy evening was on tap for Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off 2015 on January 17 in Preston, Minn. with many area residents and guests attending. The free event is sponsored by the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tra ..... 
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Preston woman survives vehicular plunge into Root River

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

At approximately 7:11 p.m., on Friday, January 9, 2015, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a report that there was a one vehicle accident south of Wykoff on County Road 5, just south of County Road 12 on the way to Forest ..... 
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Clarice Ebner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Clarice Lorrayne Ebner, 90, of Preston, died Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Bur ..... 
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Preston discusses possible meeting schedule changes

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The regular meeting time for the Preston City Council was discussed at the January 5 meeting. Re-elected Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilmen Charles Sparks and Robert Maust recited the oath of office as they began their new terms. Reicks said they ..... 
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“Hot Reads for Cold Nights” at Preston Public Library

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Come in out of the cold and check-out a “Hot” read. Preston Public Library invites adults to sign up for “Hot Reads for Cold Nights”. This event begins Monday Jan. 5 and continues through March 14. Readers’ reviews will be posted on ..... 
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