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Preston Emergency Service 2013 Picnic


By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Seventeen out of twenty-five Preston Volunteer Ambulance Crew. First Row: Deb Ristau, Katie Ristau, Marti Higgs, Vicki Musel, Kristyn Tyrrell, Ryan Quanrud, Stuart Quanrud, Jeff Bennett, and Ryan Throckmorton. Second Row: Doug Keene, Kurt Reicks, Tim Kiehne, Eric Ostrom, Heath Mensink, Dave Keene, Dan Root, and Ron Schreier. Photo by Megan Kiehne

By Megan Kiehne

Becoming a volunteer is more work than one person would think, and I would know. My dad, Timothy Kiehne, became a certified EMT a couple years ago, and I remember all the work included. To become a certified EMT one must complete 130 hours of training plus pass a written and a practical test. My dad spent hours upon hours studying for these tests, and even questioned himself if he was able to become a volunteer. That is what I call dedicated.

This past Wednesday, June 19 was the second annual Preston Emergency Service Picnic. Ryan Throckmorton, ambulance director, had prepared a PowerPoint presentation for the ambulance crew, township board, and city board members of Preston and Fountain. Ryan explained the reason for the presentation was to recognize and thank the volunteers who have served the community.

He started by summarizing the meaning of being a volunteer on the ambulance crew by playing two videos. The first was a music video, “Hello World” by Lady Antebellum. In this song, a man drove by his daughter and wife in their mini van. Soon after he comes a crossed an accident scene to find EMT workers helping save the life of his daughter. Just as the dad thinks he is losing his daughter the EMT’s save his little girl’s life. Just like the video, the Preston Ambulance Crew shows up in the time of need for their community members to do whatever is needed to save the distressed.

Later on he played a second music video which focused on the dedication of the volunteers. Also in the presentation Ryan informed everyone on the yearly statistics. In the past year, they have taken 224 calls. In Preston, the average response time is six minutes and 38 seconds. They beat the average Southeast Minnesota response time, which is nine minutes and 23 minutes. Right now, each person of the city pays only $7 for the ambulance service. Because of our local ambulance crews, Preston saves $140 a person. This difference in the dollar amount is a 2,000 percent increase if Preston did not have the committed volunteers. Instead of locals paying more the volunteers actually gave back $442,091.52.

Next on the presentation was a overlook of new equipment which had been purchased this past year. The ambulance bought a vacuum splint, high oil pressure pump, and new tires which equaled $7,000. Recently he applied for a Minnesota grant for $20,000 to $30,000 dollars to put cardiac monito .....
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5 Generations

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Great-great-grandmother Hazel Knies holding great-great-grandson Weston, great-grandmother Lynn Benson both of Preston, Minn.; grandmother Michelle Benson-Juenger of Yukon, Okla. and mother Kacie Deyo of San Diego, Calif. Photo submitted

Preston selects McGhie and Betts to develop comprehensive plan

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman at the council’s June 17 meeting reported that eight proposals were received to complete a comprehensive plan for the city. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Planning and Zoning had reviewed ..... 
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Fillmore Central receives donation from the Milk Fun[D] Run

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Michael Johnson presented the Fillmore Central Community Foundation with a donation of $2,300 at the regular school board meeting on June 17. Johnson, a dairy farmer, explained he had heard about the need for money to help student ..... 
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Attention Pinewood Derby Enthusiasts!

Thu, Jun 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

July's Family Fun Night in Preston will feature a Pinewood Derby Race. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Kits for your Pinewood Car are available at JuliaClaire in Preston. All proceeds for the cars will go to our local Cub S ..... 
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Elmore “Moose” Neill Winslow

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Elmore “Moose” Neill Winslow, 86, of Preston, Minn. died Monday morning, June 10, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 15, at Preston Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Smith officia ..... 
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Linda M. Wead

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Linda M. Wead, age 64, longtime Preston, Minn. resident died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. after a lengthy illness. Linda was born September 5, 1948, in Preston to Edwin and Evelyn (Weigand) Hovelson. She ..... 
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Robert “Bob” Lee Hanson

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Lee Hanson, 69, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Preston, Minn. died Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Veterans Hospital in Tucson of emphysema. Bob was born in Preston to Ralph and Frances (Shaw) Hanson on Oct. 18, 1943. He attended sc ..... 
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Class of 1948

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Preston High School Class of 1948 held their 65th reunion on June 8th at the Branding Iron in Preston. Back row (L-R): Warren Cummings, Gerald Parker, Jerry Ramaker, Phyllis (Severson) Anduson, Paul Walsh, Marlene (Jacobson) Fishbaugher, Jim Ford. ..... 
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