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NTC fund raising


Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Karen Reisner

George Spangler, National Trout Center (NTC), reviewed the quarterly financial position of the center at the Preston City Council’s April 15 meeting. He said the NTC depends on the city council for both moral and fiscal support.

Spangler detailed the efforts that have been made during this legislative session to have the NTC included in the state bonding bill to provide funding for a new permanent home for the center. He believes they were well received by the House Capital Investment Committee. The center is expected to have an impact locally, regionally, and state wide. Spangler reported that Representative Greg Davids thinks they are more likely to have success next year. Senator Jeremy Miller and Davids both support the NTC.

Councilman Robert Maust suggested over the last four years the citizens of Preston have supported the center with as much as $90,000. Spangler explained that a feasibility study completed for the NTC suggested it would take ten to fifteen years to bring in revenue equivalent to expenditures. When we will get to self sufficiency, remarked Spangler, “at this point is just a guess.”

There was concern about the budget plan for the center. With the hire of full time Director of Programs and Operations Heath Sershen the budgeted funds could fall short due to the cost of health insurance for the full time employee. It was noted Sershen was to receive the same benefits as other city employees.

Preston Tourism Director Kathy Dahl also works one and one-half days for the NTC to do marketing and communications.

Mayor Kurt Reicks later directed NTC officials and city staff to do a revised budget before the next quarterly report. By that time it is expected that the NTC will be able to provide an estimate of the amount of money that can be raised through fund raising efforts.

Sershen detailed a variety of fund raising efforts in the works. Preston citizens will soon get an “ask letter” with their utility bill. The letter is intended to generate income and increase awareness. In addition Sershen has been working to identify grants that can be used for operations. Other revenue possibilities include classes geared to the art of fishing, a Tri-Athlon (peddling, paddling, and fishing), geology bus tour, web donations, and more.

Spangler said this is the year that we will find out which revenue streams are wort .....
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Trout Sculpture unveiled at National Trout Center

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

During Minnesota’s Trout Opener, on April 13th, you may have noticed avid trout fly fisherman, Paul Lambrecht, out on the streams near Preston. However, at noon Lambrecht appeared at the National Trout Center in downtown Preston for the unveiling ..... 
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Samantha Gibson receives Outstanding Theatre Award, 2013

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Gerry Sullivan was the director of the Theatre at Saint Mary’s College from 1959-1967. If it were not for him, there would not be a Theatre Department today. Those who create theatre in state of the art spaces, such as our Page Theatre, must ..... 
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Gospel Quartet Group comes to Preston

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The name Still Water may be new to some gospel music fans, but the sounds, energy and faces will be very familiar. Founded in 1994, this group of men has brought their unique talents and ministry to folks all across the country. And even though th ..... 
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Geneva E. Girardin

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Geneva E. Girardin Geneva E. Girardin, age 94, of Preston, Minn., died Monday evening, April 8, 2013, at Harmony Community Healthcare, Harmony, Minn. Geneva was born December 8, 1918, in Albert City, Iowa, to Erik and Nellie (Dahlstrom) Anderson. ..... 
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Fillmore County launches new free discount prescription savings program

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Preston, MN – Fillmore County is pleased to join the Coast2Coast Rx Card program. The new Coast2Coast Rx card will allow all County residents, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of thei ..... 
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JuliaClaire Repeat Boutique in Preston celebrates its first year

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Trish Keating opened up a consignment shop in Preston a year ago, and named it JuliaClaire Repeat Boutique, after her two granddaughters. She had dreamed of owning her own shop for years, and worked hard to make that dream come true. “It’s ha ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Promoting Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com As you may have noticed, recently, we invested in having our Fillmore County Journal van wrapped up at Kelly’s Prin ..... 
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Lewis “Louie” Joseph Roessler

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Lewis “Louie” Joseph Roessler Lewis (Louie) Joseph Roessler, 94, of Rochester, Minn. died Saturday, March 30th at Golden Living Center East in Rochester, where he had resided for the past month. He was born March 12, 1919, in Rochester, son o ..... 
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