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Melford C. “Mel” Haugstad


Tue, Sep 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Melford C. “Mel” Haugstad, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Monday morning, September 16, 2013, at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Mel Haugstad was born November 15, 1930, to Martin and Clara (Ike) Haugstad and grew up on a farm south of Spring Grove, MN, first attending a small rural elementary school. Following the poverty of the Depression years and the rationing of the war years, his father fell into poor health such that Mel and his older brother Howard became even more responsible for the farm work. Mel graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1948. To obtain funding for later college, he worked on local farms from 1948-1951, especially that of his uncle Melvin Ike (who was like a second father), until enlisting in the US Naval Air Corps in November 1951 during the Korean War (knowing his farm deferment from the draft would expire). During those summers of 1948-1951 he played center fielder for Blackhammer in the Houston County men’s league. In the navy he became plane captain on P2V bombers, operating out of Oak Harbor near Seattle, Washington, but including two 6-month overseas stints based in Okinawa and Japan, and a final “good will” tour of US forces across Australia. He was honorably discharged in November of 1955, then served in the Navy Reserves for another 12 years based out of the military airport adjacent to MSP International.

In his early adult life Mel also was venerated in pool and bowling circles. In January, 1956 he enrolled at the University of Minnesota in the Fish and Wildlife Program, continuing through October of 1957, whereupon he was hired by the Minnesota Conservation Department (which later became the DNR) as a fisheries biologist. He initially operated out of sites in St. Paul, but conducted studies on streams and lakes throughout the state. From this work he became known as the author of a heavily cited Minnesota fisheries guide of that era. On September 27, 1958, Mel was married to Lavonne (Vonnie) Stenberg at Arndahl Lutheran Church in rural Grove City, MN (near Litchfield), having dated as college students, Vonnie attending Augsburg. After several years of rental living and the birth of three sons, their first house was in Cottage Grove, MN (1963-1969) where Mel coached PeeWee league baseball for his eldest son’s team. In September 1969 he was assigned the Fisheries Manager position for seven counties in southeastern MN, operating out of Lanesboro, while establishing a new home in .....
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Delvin George Nelson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Delvin George Nelson of Preston, Minn. passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 (his 51st wedding anniversary) of respiratory failure, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Delvin was born on August 6, 1938 in Cresco, Iowa to George and Joye Nelson. He was ..... 
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Ann and Jim O’Connor

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Ann and Jim O’Connor share their stalk of corn boasting five ears in front of Preston Dairy & Farm. A normal stalk of corn has 1 - 2 ears. Photo Submitted by Ann O’Connor

Ten year plan for Preston street maintenance

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karne Reisner Jim Bakken, Public Works, reviewed a detailed 10 year street maintenance schedule at the city council’s September 16 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Streets have been assigned a numerical rating. Bakken said $4 ..... 
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Ronald Alvin Link

Thu, Sep 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Ronald Alvin Link, age 50, of Preston, Minn. died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at his home. Ronnie was born November 4, 1962 to Alvin and Frances (Westphal) Link in Spring Valley, Minn. He is survived by 1 brother and 2 sisters, Elaine (David) Hors ..... 
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Delvin George Nelson

Thu, Sep 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Delvin George Nelson of Preston, Minn. passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 (his 51st wedding anniversary) of respiratory failure, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Delvin was born on August 6, 1938 in Cresco, Iowa to George and Joye Nelson. He was r ..... 
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Preston Apple & Berry Farm expecting larger crop this year

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers Hopes are high for a more bountiful crop this year at the Preston Apple & Berry Farm after several years of lower harvest amounts. Owners Joe and Carol Gosi state that this year’s crop looks better as long as rain and cooler weath ..... 
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“Trout, Trails, & Treats!” in Preston

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Preston celebrates “Taste of the Trail” on Saturday, September 21 at the Trailhead Park in Preston. Guests can enjoy biking along our scenic trails and also test taste local foods. But “taste” also includes non-edible samplings, giving visit ..... 
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Preston to proceed with plans for Twenty-14 Project

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Stantec engineer Brett Grabau explained at the public hearing for the Twenty-14 Project that the proposed project will involve about one-third of the city’s streets and underlying utilities. A resolution was adopted later during the September 3 ci ..... 
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