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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 of the allowable costs associated with establishing a Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. Last year, Representative Walz, along with Representative Runyan (R-NJ), held a bipartisan field hearing in Preston to examine the proposal for the construction of a new Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston and the process used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to construct new state-run veterans’ cemeteries.

“After the tremendous sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans, our warriors deserve a final resting place that will both honor their memory and give them peace of mind in knowing they will be close to family and loved ones,” Representative Walz said. “I’m pleased to announce this grant and grateful for the bipartisan coalition that worked diligently together to get this done.”

The grant will help the state provide enhanced services for 51,150 Minnesota Veterans and their families. The closest state Veteran cemetery is Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin, approximately 193 miles away. Currently, Minnesota has only one state Veteran cemetery, located in Little Falls—nearly 250 miles away.

The closest VA national cemetery is Fort Snelling National Cemetery, located in Minneapolis, which is approximately 120 miles away.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Cemetery Grants Program was established in 1978 to complement VA’s National Cemetery Administration. The program assists states, territories and federally recognized tribal governments in providing gravesites for Veterans in those areas where VA’s national cemeteries cannot fully satisfy their burial needs. Grants may be used only for establishing, expanding or improving Veterans cemeteries that are owned and operated by a state, federally recognized tribal government, or U.S. territory. VA cannot provide grants to private organizations, counties, cities or other government agencies.

Representative Walz sits on the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee. He is a 24 year veteran of the Army National Guard and is the highest ranking enlisted soldier to ev .....
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Highlights of 2013 Trout Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The 2013 Trout Rendezvous, held at the Preston Trailhead Park, was a time for trout enthusiasts to gather and participate in a number of trout related activities. The event was sponsored by the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter and the National Trout ..... 
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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 G ..... 
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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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