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National Trout Center has new director


Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Heath Sershen is the new Director of Programs and Operations at the National Trout Center.

When Heath Sershen of Winona was in graduate school, he set a goal that when he graduated, he would like to work at a non-profit organization as a director. He wanted to teach people about brown trout and the driftless area. It seems Sershen has found his dream job.

Currently, Sershen is working as the Director of the National Trout Center in Preston, and at the same time working on getting his Master Degree in outdoor education. While in college, Sershen wrote a paper on the Human Dimension of Brown Trout Angling.

“It’s all about the who, what, when, where and why people choose to participate in recreational activities,” said Sershen.

According to Sershen, trout fishing is a mult-trillion dollar industry; in this region alone $1.1 billion is spent annually on fishing. “It’s an average of $200 per day for one person for local economies,” he said. That average includes the cost of fishing equipment, lodging, traveling, and dining.

Sershen has always loved fishing, especially trout fishing in the Preston area. He learned from his dad how to build his own rods and how to enjoy fishing. He is now passing that along to his three-year-old son.

So far, Sershen is having a great time with his new position as Director of Programs and Operations. What this means is that Sershen is in charge of garnering and implementing funding for the National Trout Center. He is currently the only paid employee, and is paid through the city of Preston. Eventually they would like to be their own entity apart from the city.

Targeting organizations and developing partnerships is what he is spending most of his time on right now. He decribed an educational partnership with Winona State University. “It’s a program where students can come learn about angling trout and about the driftless area,” he said. “It’s to get kids out there so they can learn and experience it.”

He is also working on social media and the website to promote tourism in Preston, and the great trout fishing.

It’s not only outsiders that Sershen hopes to educate about this area. He knows there are a lot of local people that are not aware of the valuable resource right in Preston, and how much the area has to offer, not just for fishing, but for the enjoyment of nature.

The National Trout Center is still working on getting a state bond or other funding for a new .....
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Preston to proceed with planning for 2014 street project

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City Administer Joe Hoffman reviewed at the council’s February 5 meeting estimated levy increases that would be necessary over a twenty year period to finance the Twenty-14 street project. Hoffman explained one scenario for the street improvemen ..... 
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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 Ru ..... 
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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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