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Amos hits the century mark


Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Amos Anderson of Preston, Minn. has hit a milestone. On February 16, 2013, Amos will celebrate his 100th birthday. Amos Sidney Anderson was born on February 16, 1913, to Hovel and Josephine (Larson) Anderson on a farm between Peterson, Minn. and Rushford, Minn.

Growing up on a farm Amos was always busy. There was time for work but also time for fun. Amos says, “You don’t live on a farm without working,” and doing chores was a part of childhood. Along with many brothers and sisters, working on the farm was a fact of life for Amos as he stated, “We grew up that way,” and so did many other people in the area.

When asked what he did for fun while growing up on the farm, Amos laughs and says, “Most anything was fun in those days,” as life was more simple back then. Amos stated that kids years ago always had something to do and never got bored, unlike many children nowadays. Reflecting back to his childhood, with a gleam in his eye, Amos said, “Our farm was on the river - we practically lived on the river.” As a smile took over his face, he added, “Kids those days had the world to themselves.”

Amos went on to serve his country in WWII from March 17, 1944 - December 5, 1945, serving in France and Germany. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, starting first in the office and then as a rural carrier. As a rural mail carrier Amos would deliver mail on his route all over the county. He was employed with the Postal Service for over 35 years. Amos and his wife, Helen, had four children; Larry, Greg, Janice, and Patricia.

Things have changed quite a bit since Amos was born and raised in Fillmore County. He talks about when he first started driving saying that he remembers gas being twenty cents a gallon. He stated, “We could get five gallons for a dollar,” which is a bit different than today’s prices!

Memories and statements from Amos show his wisdom, but also show his quick wit and caring nature. When asked his secret of longevity Amos had none to reveal. As for if he exercises Amos replied, “Not anymore than I have to,” but added when it’s nice outside he would like to go fishing. Perhaps reminiscing about growing up on the river brought this thought to mind!

Amos now lives at Traditions of Preston where the caring staff seem to enjoy Amos’ company as much as he enjoys their company and caring attentiveness to his needs. Amos says that he .....
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Robert Reicks

Mon, Feb 4th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Robert Reicks, 76 of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully on Saturday February 2, 2013, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Rushford, Minn. Robert was born on December 28, 1936, in Cresco, Iowa to Viola (Reinhardt) and Edward Reicks. He graduated ..... 
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One Act team wins Sectionals

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central’s One Act Team has won first place at competition which was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Director Jackie Whitacre, along with the cast and crew, traveled to St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. and put forth an award- ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students from Fillmore Central announced

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The FCHS Band Department is proud to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in the 2013 Dorian Honor Band at Luther College on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25. Approximately 625 musicians are chosen to p ..... 
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Gehling Auction Company celebrates 40th anniversary

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

In 1973, Ron Gehling was looking for a place to start a business. He started selling farm machinery in Preston, Minn., which turned into Gehling Auction Company. Forty years later Ron Gehling is still selling farm machinery, but now additionally sel ..... 
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More than three years of growth for SMG Web Design in Southeast Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

SMG Web Design started out in 2009, the idea of Jason Sethre, the owner of the Fillmore County Journal. He saw there were people and businesses in the community that needed an online presence at a reasonable price. Michelle Haugerud was originall ..... 
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Napa in Preston to relocate

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Napa Store in Preston, Minn. which is currently located at 108 Mill Street, will soon be revving up its engine for a big move. Owners Mike and Sylvia Steien recently expanded the business and began selling hardware items in the Preston store and ..... 
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St. Paul Street improvement

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Public Works Director Jim Bakken reported at the Preston City Council’s January 22 meeting that the county is considering a mill and overlay project on CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) from Fillmore Street to the south bridge, before the power plant. Co ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board ready for 2013

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 22, 2013, new board member Emily Ellis took her oath and was sworn in. Ross Kiehne and Jim Love were also sworn in, as they had been re-elected. The officers for 2013 will remain the same, w ..... 
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