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Check it out - Anderson loves her work


Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

When Beth Anderson was visiting the Preston Public Library with her children back in 1990, she saw a need and offered to help. That offer eventually led her to where she is today as the Director of the Preston Public Library in Preston, Minn.

Anderson says the first time she volunteered was during summer reading time and she saw a lot of kids wanting to check out books and she said she could help. Of course, “this was back when we wrote on the cards and stamped them so it took a little longer” than it does today, she notes.

From that experience where Anderson says she “saw a need” for some extra help at the library she began volunteering her time there on a regular basis. Anderson eventually began working as a substitute library assistant, was later given the opportunity to be library assistant, and then in October of 2007 she moved up the library ladder once again and was hired as the director.

Anderson states “I always wanted to be a librarian,” explaining that she found out about libraries in first grade and she says “I just loved libraries” and wanted to become a librarian one day.

Her eagerness to become a librarian showed when she was just a second grader as she says she “alphabetized all of my books by author” and then when she was in seventh grade she used the books in her home and “actually made a card catalog for all of our books and I put library cards in there and gave everyone a library card with a number on it”, she says.

Anderson states that although she knew she wanted to be a librarian, she had to quit college because she could not afford to keep going. Anderson says “it took me longer to get to it but I was glad because I got to stay home with my kids” when they were young. She and her husband, Dave, have five children and 12 grandchildren.

Her grandchildren were so used to visiting her at the library when they were little that they called it “Grandma’s house” because that is where she usually was. She has passed on her love of books to her grandchildren as she says “they do enjoy books” just as she does.

There are many activities at the library for children as well as adults. The library sponsors a Summer Reading Program each year for kids with prizes and special programs. Some of the entertainment they have provided has included a magician, a storyteller, and music. The library has also had visits f .....
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Darlene Marie Johnson

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Darlene Marie Johnson, 59, of Chatfield, died Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Darlene Marie Johnson was born on July 5, 1956 in Preston, Minn. to Harold W. and Dorothy A. (Severson) Rath. On February 18, ..... 
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Yvonne Shirley Durben

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Yvonne Shirley Durben, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on October 11, 2015 at Homestead of Rochester. She was born on December 4, 1922 to Mildred and Archie Staplecamp, of Preston, Minn. She attended school in Preston and gra ..... 
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Grant applications now being accepted Community Grant Assistance

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU), and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) is looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities’ Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply today for grant a ..... 
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Christ Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The congregation of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston welcomed a new pastor and his family on September 1, 2015. Pastor Dan Bredberg grew up in central Minnesota and most of his family still lives there. After finishing his undergrad at Concord ..... 
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Toward zero deaths project

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their October 5 meeting agreed to participate in the Toward Zero Deaths project for another year. Councilman David Harrison was absent. In the grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for the perio ..... 
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Always stay positive

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

In August of 2009 Ann O’Connor went to get her yearly mammogram as she normally does. The results, however, were anything but normal. The mammogram had detected a lump. After a biopsy, O’Connor learned that the tumor was malignant. The go ..... 
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Mary Alice O’Connor Ruen

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mary Ruen, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 28, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Mary (O’Connor) Ruen was born on September 28, 1948 in Preston, Minn., to Raymond and Helen (Collett) O’Connor. She was raised in a loving fa ..... 
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Engagement - Wager ~ Kinneberg

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Nicholas Lyle Kinneberg and Holly Anna Wager are happy to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Holly is the daughter of Mark Fishbaugher of Harmony, Minn. and the late Donna and Manford Nelson of Mabel, Minn.. She is a 2010 graduat ..... 
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