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“Now we have a place to lay our own in southeast Minnesota”


Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Fillmore County Commissioner Chuck Amunrud hands the deed for the future veterans cemetery land to Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs Deputy Commissioner Reggie Worlds. Photo by Karen Reisner

The tone set by many people who spoke at the county board’s formal transfer of deed from Fillmore County to the State of Minnesota Veteran Affairs was one of thanks to everyone involved. The successful four year journey to this day was the result of a cooperative effort and there was a feeling of celebration. The October 15 event was moved to the court room to accommodate the crowd of nearly 100 people.

Commissioner Marc Prestby was not in attendance due to the death of his father. It was noted that Prestby’s father was a veteran.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud reminisced that it all started about four years ago with a conversation. Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes and Amunrud had a conversation at the State Capitol. She had just read a National Cemetery Association study on the need for regional veterans cemeteries. Amunrud said she recognized the need in this area and approached him with comments and questions, asking what it would take to put a veterans cemetery in southeast Minnesota.

A minimum of 40 usable acres was required. The county board by consensus gave the go ahead for a feasibility study of the County Farm. By early 2010 discussions started about donating approximately 153 acres of the county’s farm. Commissioner Duane Bakke explained that the county purchased the farm land in the mid 1980s with the intention of putting a land fill on it. It turned out to be a poor location for a land fill. The farm was put up for sale about 10 years ago but only the back side was sold.

In 2010, 28 resolutions of support came from Legion, VFW, and Auxiliary groups and cities throughout the county to donate the land for the cemetery. Rep. Greg Davids said it was amazing the way the communities came together. There was also support from surrounding counties.

Legislators worked over a couple of years to put the Fillmore County farm on a priority list to get this cemetery built. Davids noted that language was added during the 2011 July special legislative session to make Fillmore County the priority site in southeast Minnesota.

In 2012 a congressional hearing was held in Preston on the project. During 2013 it all started to really come together beginning with approval from state legislators for funding in the amount of $400,000 for cemetery planning. Then a building permit was granted and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs approved the beginning of the bidding process. The c .....
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Myrtle Annette Bellingham

Wed, Oct 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Myrtle Annette Bellingham passed away of natural causes on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Ostrander Care and Rehabilitation Center. Myrtle Annette Nelson was born September 2, 1923 in York Township, Fillmore County,MN. to Nikoli “Nick” and ..... 
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Ditch Trapping in Forestville Township

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Legals

Ditch Trapping in Forestville Township Trapping in ditches, culverts and road right of way in Forestville Township is limited to gophers only. All other trapping in the ditches will not be allowed. Connie Morger Clerk-Forestville Township Publi ..... 
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Conrad Jean Aug

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Conrad Jean Aug, 77 of Preston, Minn. died October 7, 2013 at the Harmony Care Center. At his request his body was donated to Mayo Clinic. Conrad Aug was born on February 29, 1936 on the family farm just outside of Greenleafton, Minn. to Gustave an ..... 
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Chatfield and Preston put on a show House: Capital Investment Committee Tour

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, members of the House Capital Investment Committee went for a road trip around Southeastern Minnesota to visit candidates requesting bonding support. Led by State Representative Alice Hausman, chair of the House Capital ..... 
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Green belt for Brownsville Mobile Home Park?

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Kerry and Nancy Soiney aired their complaint at the Preston City Council’s October 7 meeting insisting that a “green belt” should be established along the Brownsville Street section (in front of about five mobile homes) of the Brownsville Mobi ..... 
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Marching band performs a wake-up call

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Norma Koch of Lanesboro, Minn. got quite the start to her morning on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 when the Fillmore Central Marching Band filled her front yard and began playing music for her enjoyment. Dale Koch, Norma’s son, bought a $5 raffle ..... 
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Conrad Jean Aug

Wed, Oct 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Conrad Jean Aug, 77 of Preston died October 7,2013 at the Harmony Care Center. At his request his body was donated to Mayo Clinic. Conrad Aug was born on February 29th, 1936 on the family farm just outside of Greenleafton, MN to Gustave and Anna ( ..... 
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Fillmore Central to purchase sprinkler system

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central football team raised $8,500 this fall by selling coupon books during their annual fundraiser. This money will be spent on a new sprinkler system for the fields. At the regular board meeting on September 24, At ..... 
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