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Marching band performs a wake-up call


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Norma Koch with the Fillmore Central Marching band

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 ticket from his son, Korby, who is a member of the marching band. The winner of the raffle gets to decide who the band will wake up. Dale chose to have the band go to his mother’s house in Lanesboro. No one told Norma about the performance ahead of time so it was a complete surprise to her.

When the band began playing, Norma came out of her front door with a huge smile and look of astonishment on her face. Many members of Norma’s family were present to enjoy the surprise along with her including her daughter, Karen Erath, of Dexter, Minn. Dale Koch, and his wife Becky were also on hand to capture the moment with photographs.

The Fillmore Central Marching Band holds the Wake Up With The Band raffle every two years to raise money for the bands trip. This is the third year the raffle has been held with the band traveling to Orlando, Fla. the first year, Mount Rushmore the second year, and this year returning to Orlando, according to Lane Powell, Band Director. Korby, who sold his dad the winning ticket, was also the top seller of raffle tickets.

The Fillmore Central Marching Band will travel to Disneyworld on June 16, 2014 for one week and will participate in a parade while they are there. Every member of the band looks forward to the trip and to marching in the parade.

The band played for about 20 minutes and Norma enjoyed every minute of it saying that she used to play clarinet in her high school band growing up in Iowa. Norma spent the 20 minutes thoroughly enjoying the band clapping her hands and moving to the music. Norma stated that the entire experience was wonderful adding, “Fillmore Central has the best band and best band teacher around.” She loves listening to them play.

Dale Koch, who chose to have the band wake up his mother, said that the early morning performance in his mom’s yard was “awesome” and agreed that Fillmore Central has the best high school band around. Dale also stated, “Mr. Powell is a great band leader and he has the respect of the kids.”

Becky Koch, Norma’s daughter-in-law, stated, “Norma has always wanted to give Powell a hug.” On October 9 she was able to do so whic .....
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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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Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” well attended

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Bikers from South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Illinois, the Twin Cities, and from the local surrounding area attended Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” event on September 21. Guests sampled food items at the Preston Trailhead Park donated by Preston A ..... 
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Engagement - Meiners ~ Marzolf

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Teresa Ann Meiners and John Leo Marzolf are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Jerry and Connie Meiners of Eyota, Minn. and parents of the groom are Erlyn and Sandy Marzolf of Preston, Minn. Teres ..... 
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Engagement - Trende ~ Pederson

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Steve and Karen Trende of Preston, Minn. are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jenna Trende, to Andrew Pederson, son of Dan and Janelle Pederson of Sauk Rapids, Minn. Jenna is a 2005 graduate of Fillmore Central High ..... 
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Level three sex offender moves out of Fillmore County

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Court

After an initial report stating that 29 year-old Joshua Jones had moved to a residence near Preston, Minn. in Fillmore County, deputies have confirmed that Jones has moved out of the rural Preston area last week and is staying at a Rochester, Minn. ..... 
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Preston enters into option agreement for POP property

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council and the Preston EDA held a combined meeting on September 23 to discuss the possible disposition of Preston Oil Products (POP), the long abandoned gas station at the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Str ..... 
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Walz announces $10 million grant for Preston Veteran Cemetery

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Construction of the cemetery will give peace of mind to 51,150 Minnesota Veterans and their families MANKATO, Minn. – Representative Tim Walz announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a $10 million grant covering 100 percent o ..... 
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