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A leaner National Trout Center


Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at its July 13 meeting after a long discussion concerning the past and future of the National Trout Center voted to approve the revised, leaner budget for the center. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The NTC was founded in 2009 via a resolution passed by the EDA establishing the NTC.

Dan Christianson, board member and chief financial officer for the NTC, declared, “We made a mistake.” He admitted that taking the step to hire a full time person as the director of programs and operations may have been premature. Heath Sershen who has served in that position is actually a city employee. Christianson said we will have to take a couple of steps back in order to move forward.

Christianson encouraged the city council to help address the mistake and move forward toward a positive result for the community and the region.

NTC chairman George Spangler offered the revised budget for the rest of 2013. The board has been faced with a revenue shortfall. As of June 30 the city’s 251 account for the center shows a deficit of $2,947. He noted that the board of directors had met on July 11 and after considering options to reduce expenditures, the board recommended the termination of the director of programs and operations position effective at the end of July. The single largest expenditure for the center is the salary and associated benefits for this one full time employee.

Spangler explained that they had included in the revised budget the retention of communications officer Kathy Dahl at 12 hours per week. The center will be largely staffed during its hours of 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Saturday by volunteers, the board of directors, and community volunteers.

Spangler referred to a chart that showed the increase of visitors to the center over the years since it opened. Last year there were a total of 887 visitors and this year there have been 1,226 to date. He said the board is prepared to write a check to the city for $5,000 to stay solvent in the month of July.

Mayor Kurt Reicks, referring to the NTC’s proposed revised budget, noted that it included a $11,900 deficit through the end of 2013 without any additional input from the city. He asked what it will cost the city to keep the center open until the end of the year. The answer was at best an estimate. If the NTC can realize its revenue estimates, the city will be kicking in an additional $10 .....
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Fillmore Central Schools sets 2013 eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The eligibility meeting for 2013-2014 Minnesota State High School League activities will be held at Fillmore Central Elementary School stage gym in Preston, Minn. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 7pm. All students entering grades 7-12 and planning to ..... 
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Support “The Cruise” in Preston

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Area folks are encouraged to come out in support of the Ronald McDonald Cruise Ride on Sunday, July 28. Between 2 and 4pm, hundreds of motorcycles will line the streets around the courthouse square in Preston, Minn., all for the purpose of raising o ..... 
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Fillmore Central 2013-14 Pre-School Registration

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Community Education School Readiness registration is underway for parents wanting to enroll their child for the 3/4 or 4/5 fall pre-school sessions. Classes are scheduled to begin the week of September 9, 2013. The goal of school ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Madalyn Kay Thomas

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Madalyn Kay Thomas Joel and Amanda Thomas of Cresco, Iowa. are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Madalyn on June 25, 2013. She is 18 1/2 inches long and weighs 6 lbs. 8 oz. The happy grandparents are Jerry and Pam McCabe of Preston, Min ..... 
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Preston invites volunteers to help

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their July 1 meeting discussed the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Ronald McDonald Charity Cruise, and Goose Flat Park. The city is looking for interested volunteers to serve. Councilmen David Harriso ..... 
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Preston native shares his U.S. Navy experience

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Mitchell Walbridge American heroes grow up and live right among us in our small towns of Fillmore County. Whether these special individuals are part of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, all have certain qualities ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Abigail Christine Scheevel

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Abigail Christine Scheevel was born to Ryan and Christine Scheevel, of Moorhead, Minn., on May 2, 2013. She weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 inches long. Abigail’s grandparents are Gary and Jean Scheevel, of Preston, Minn.; and Dennis and Ruth H ..... 
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NTC Financial Woes Examined

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston All

The Preston City Council held a special meeting on June 25 to hear from representatives of the National Trout Center regarding their 2013 budget. Councilman David Collett was absent. Several members of the NTC board of directors were present. NTC ..... 
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