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PACF looks to the future


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Jason Sethre

On the eve of Monday, March 25, 2013, the Branding Iron in Preston, Minn., hosted the seventh annual Preston Area Community Foundation (PACF) fundraising dinner and celebration.

With more than 160 in attendance, following an invocation from Pastor Michael Smith, F & M Community Bank President Chuck Aug welcomed the crowd.

Aug introduced past grant recipient representatives from the National Trout Center and Fillmore Central Schools.

George Spangler, co-chair of the National Trout Center board of directors, thanked the PACF for the funding and support, as he introduced the recently hired National Trout Center Director Heath Serschen. Spangler further explained the significance of the tourism industry revolving around trout fishing in the United States, and how that could benefit our region with the increased exposure of the National Trout Center. He also referenced a recent presentation before the Minnesota State Legislature to garner more financial support for the expanded vision of the National Trout Center.

Chris Mensink, the Dean of Students and Athletic Director for Fillmore Central Schools explained how the collaboration of the PACF, F & M Community Bank, and Fillmore Central alumni Scott Hanson, helped the Fillmore Central baseball and softball teams receive a total of eight bats that would have cost the school between $1,600 and $2,000 -- more than what the school’s budget could afford. Mensink thanked the PACF and all those involved in making that funding possible. And, he especially thanked Miken Sports out of Caledonia for their generosity.

Lastly, Mensink indicated that there was a competition between the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation, and it became a “win-win” situation for all involved. The PACF generated $11,500 with the help of matched funding from F & M Community Bank, while the SVACF generated $5,420. This initiative took place during the annual “Give To The Max Day,” which is a state-wide funding initiative for non-profit organizations.

Chuck Aug introduced Alissa Blah, representing the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), to speak on behalf of the umbrella organization that supports community foundations like PACF. In total, there are 20 counties including Fillmore County that are a part of the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

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National Trout Center celebrates 4th season

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The doors of the National Trout Center (NTC) open at 10am on Tuesday, April 2nd as the organization celebrates its fourth season of operation in Preston. This year the center offers expanded hours and additional programming for trout enthusiasts. ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, th ..... 
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Philip J. Lehn

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Philip J. Lehn, former Preston, MN resident, died suddenly at his home on March 4, 2013. Philip Jerome Lehn was born November 25, 1946, in Fergus Falls, MN. He graduated from high school in Fergus Falls in 1964. Phil received his degree in auto me ..... 
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Arlene C. Serio

Wed, Mar 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Arlene C. Serio, 77, of rural Preston, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at her home. Arlene was born on June 13, 1935 in Cicero, Illinois, the daughter of Ed and LaVern (Zola) Kaminsky. She graduated from Morton High School in Cicero in 1953. Afte ..... 
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Arnold James “Arnie” Henke

Wed, Mar 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Arnold James “Arnie” Henke, 67, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at his residence in Thermopolis, Wyoming after a period of declining health. Born July 8, 1945 in Preston, Minnesota, he was the son of James and Jean (Shaw) Henke. He attende ..... 
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Food shelf donation

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Sunday, February 3, the confirmation class from the Harmony and Preston United Methodist churches hosted a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser. Members of the congregation donated food and paper products to the event. A soup and sandwich lunch was serve ..... 
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Family Dollar to be on Preston Lumber lot

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston City Council at their March 18 meeting approved an application for rezoning the former Preston Lumber lot and an application for a variance for needed parking spaces for the proposed Family Dollar discount retail store. Planning and Zo ..... 
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