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Preston Ecumenical Progressive Dinner to address human trafficking


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Mitch Walbridge

A huge problem in today’s society plagues the United States as human trafficking has taken the title of the “fastest growing crime in the U.S.,” second only to illegal drug trafficking. The illegal industry is estimated to secure nearly $40 billion each year, which shows how severe of a problem human trafficking is.

Today, human trafficking is often defined as the modern day form of slavery in which human beings are traded for the purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Individuals, including men, women, and even children are bought, sold, and smuggled as they are illegally traded in this horrific industry. In the trading process it is not uncommon for the victims to be beaten, starved, or worse.

According to the 2012 Minnesota Trafficking in Minnesota Report to the Legislature, the U.S. State Department estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every day. The State Department also estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year.

Human trafficking commonly occurs in the state of Minnesota as well. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ranks Minnesota as the 13th largest center for human trafficking of children.

Because the problem has hit so close to home, there are numerous efforts to battle the problem human trafficking in Minnesota, including one to be held in Preston, Minn. on June 12. The 39th annual Preston Ecumenical Progressive Dinner will feature a presentation titled Human Trafficking: Stop the Silence and will take place on Wednesday evening to bring more awareness to human trafficking and what can be done to stop it.

The Preston Ecumenical Progressive Dinner begins at 6:00pm at the United Methodist Church in Preston for a salad course. Attendees will advance to Christ Lutheran Church at 6:45pm for the main course. Lastly, at 7:30pm attendees will meet at St. Columban’s Catholic Church for dessert and to listen to the featured guest speakers.

This year’s speakers will be Sister Anne Walch and Sister Briana McCarthy of the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester, Minn. The Sisters will address human trafficking in a way that will allow the public to learn about the gruesome industry and how to help end its presence in our state and around the world.

The public is welcome, including both men and .....
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Fillmore Central to bring back Cross Country

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The last time Fillmore Central had students involved in Cross Country was 2008-2009. At that time, there was only one student participating. Recently, nine students expressed interest in starting the program again, which would be shared with Lane ..... 
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Preston Area Tourism receives grant

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the Preston Area Tourism for a new brochure rack that is located at the Trailhead and new signage on the Preston Trout Float. The new sign was completed in time for the 2013 T ..... 
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Chester “Chet” Rindels

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Chester “Chet” Rindels, 91, of Preston, Minn. died, Thursday, May 16, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Chet was born on September 26, 1921 in Castlewood, South Dakota, the son of Samuel and Annie (Ruesink) Rindels. Chet atten ..... 
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Preston reviews city projects

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the progress on a variety of ongoing projects at the city council’s May 20 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Hoffman said the city utility has authorized about $10,000 to t ..... 
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Preston’s Trout Days kicks off town festival season

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Mitchell Walbridge After a prolonged anticipation for spring and warmer weather, Preston began the summer festival season with Trout Days. Running from Friday, May 17 through the entire weekend, Trout Days provided many activities that were enjo ..... 
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Preston Lions Club visits Historic Forestville

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Lions Club met at Historic Forestville on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. to spend an enjoyable evening in a peaceful setting. The Lions members were met by Sandy Scheevel, Site Manager, and John Grabko, Site Supervisor. The event be ..... 
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Letter about Davids following party line

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing this letter in the early morning hours of May 10th, just hours after the State House approved a bill that will make gay marriage legal. I have never been more proud to live in this great state, and I hope that soon the ..... 
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Letter about MN Marriage

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I’m very saddened today by the decision our state’s “leadership” has made to re-define marriage. If people want to live a lifestyle that we were not designed for, that is their choice. But, to re-define marriage and change ..... 
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