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Kay Christine Hines Laging


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Christine Hines Laging, age 74, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

Kay was born August 18, 1939, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Sidney and Frances (Williams) Hines. Kay’s father was a professional musician and she traveled summers with her dad and mom as he played at various venues. She spent time in New York City where her dad’s band won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts program and pig-tailed Kay got Julius LaRosa’s autograph.

Kay graduated from Rochester High School where she was a member of Choral groups, International Relations, Girls Club, Annual, Rifle Team and Student Council among others. She began a lifelong interest in the Spanish language and attended a summer session at the University of Mexico in Mexico City with good friends, Marcia and Kathy.

Kay was attending Rochester J.C. while working part time at the Rochester Methodist Hospital and playing shortstop for the telephone softball team when she met Jon Laging. Kay and Jon were in a group of hospital friends and eventually started spending more and more time together. She married Jon in 1961 at the Congregational Church in Rochester. In 1962 they had twin sons, Christopher and Keller.

The family moved to Sioux Falls where Jon was personnel director at McKennan Hospital and Kay was a strong advocate for the hospital. Then to bedroom community, Dell Rapids, S.D., where Kay started attending South Dakota State University, majoring in History. She belonged to the local Art Club and directed plays at OOPS the Dell Rapids theatre group.

Kay was a portraitist and did many likenesses of friends and relatives including a special portrait of her grandmother which did a wonderful job of capturing her character. She worked for a time at Northwestern Bell while in South Dakota and was the Dell Rapids Children’s Librarian.

Kay and Jon moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Kay was able to use her Spanish language skills. Then to Salina, Kan., where Kay opened her antique shop in downtown Salina. After 12 years in Salina, Kay and Jon moved back to Minnesota to be near their aging parents. Kay again had an antique shop in their 1889 building in Preston. She contributed to the Preston community in many ways; belonging to the Preston Historical Society, active in the DFL and was on the steering committee of the group that prot .....
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In the Service - Chelsea R. Larro

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Chelsea R. Larro of Preston, Minn. received her commission as an officer in the United States Navy, Medical Service Corp. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in psychology (honors) from Mankato State University, she was accepted to Loyola Univ ..... 
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Preston calls for hearing initiating TIF process

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 17 Preston City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to set a public hearing on April 21 regarding a plan to set up tax increment financing district (TIF) number 8. If an industrial park is developed at the southwest corner of th ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation dinner, auction to be held March 24

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation will hold its 8th Annual Dinner, Auction & Celebration on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Branding Iron Supper Club in Preston, Minn. Social Hour will be hosted from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 ..... 
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Janice E. (Simonson) Winch

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Janice E. (Simonson) Winch of Rockford, Ill., passed away from a sudden illness on March 8, 2014. Janice was born on March 2, 1931, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of J. A. and Lucille (Nelson) Simonson and was a 1949 graduate of Preston High Sch ..... 
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Mary Louise Waller

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mary Louise Waller, 93, of Preston, Minn., died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. Mary was born on September 16, 1920 in Preston Township the daughter of Charles and Anna (Madson) Barber. She attended co ..... 
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Fragmented support for NTC’s request to get state bonding

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

A resolution was adopted at the Preston City Council’s March 3 meeting to reaffirm its support of the National Trout Center (NTC) building project. In 2012 a unanimous resolution was approved stating that the City of Preston will serve as the fi ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at maintaining facilities

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with some of the facility projects that need to be done in the next few years. “We have two great facilities,” he said. “We want to maintain and improve them the best ..... 
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