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Michael Himlie volunteers at Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, MD


Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

Michael Himlie of Harmony, Minn., has recently undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) assignment with Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, MD.

Brethren Disaster Ministries follows the biblical mandate to “bear one another’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2) by responding when disaster strikes. During the aftermath of a disaster, volunteers clean up debris or mud, repair or rebuild homes, and help ease the trauma that is felt by victims. Clean-up and long-term reconstruction opportunities are available for skilled and unskilled, young and old, male and female volunteers. Formerly known as Brethren Disaster Services, the program was originally part of the Brethren Service Commission, which was established in 1941. Today it is a program of the Church of the Brethren.

Michael was in the 2012 graduating class from Fillmore Central High School in Harmony, Minn., and has completed his first year at McPherson College, where he is studying Religion and Philosophy. Michael is a member of Root River Church of the Brethren in Preston, Minn. He has been an active member in the Church of Brethren working at Camp Pine Lake as a counselor, serving on the Northern Plains District Board as a Youth Representative, and served on the National Youth Cabinet. Michael can be reached through the BVS office at 1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin IL 60120.

Michael’s assignment to Brethren Disaster Ministries followed an orientation at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland where a group of 24 volunteers came together from all over the United States and Germany. For three weeks, they lived together as a community and studied topics of nonviolence, human rights, poverty, and simple living. They also gained first-hand volunteer experience working with local organizations in New Windsor, Harrisburg, PA, and New Oxford, PA. Orientation builds community spirit among participants through personal sharing, fellowship and increased knowledge of the world.

Michael is taking part in a long standing tradition of ministry through service. BVS, established in 1948, works at advocating justice, peacemaking, serving human needs, and caring for creation. Approximately 84 current BVSers serve in the U.S. and abroad working with various peace and social/economic justice organizations. They focus on many current social needs including care for children, youth and senior citizens; ecological issues; homelessness; refugee assistance; d .....
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Preston discusses residential issues

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their November 4 meeting again discussed whether or not to require a ‘green belt’ to screen the Brownsville Mobile Home Park. The issue was tabled after the discussion. A second issue concerning the possible purchase ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Club

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Elderly please beware ...

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I have received two phone calls this week from callers that state they are calling from the Medicare Office and they will be mailing out your new Medicare card along with a free packet of good stuff. FIRST they want to confirm your p ..... 
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Josephine C. Benson

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Josephine C. Benson, 100 years of age, died on Thursday, October 31 at her home at Traditions in Preston, Minn., where she resided for the last 4.5 years. Jo was born on September 15, 1913 in Owatonna, Minn. to John and Mary Pelinka. She graduated ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary applies to be celebration school

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular school board meeting on October 29, Dean Chris Mensink informed the board that Fillmore Central Elementary is eligible to be a Minnesota Department of Education Celebration School. He explained the top 25 percent of schools in Minneso ..... 
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Fillmore-Central band students performing in Conference Honor Band

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

F-C Band Students Performing in Conference Honor Band at Wabasha-Kellogg High School on Monday, November 4. Eight instrumental music students from Fillmore Central, under the direction of Lane Powell, were selected to the 2013 Three Rivers Confere ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School will host college information night

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a college information night on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from Southeast Technical College from Winona will have a financial aid presentation wit ..... 
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Rubye C. Nagle

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Rubye C. Nagle, age 97, of Preston, Minn., died Sunday morning, October 27, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Rubye was born April 7, 1916, in Harmony, Minnesota, the daughter of Elmer and Rose (Rueber) Jacobson. She was a 1934 ..... 
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