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National Trout Center has new intern for the summer


Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Drew Bahl is now interning at the National Trout Center in Preston. Photo by Jade Sexton

Drew Bahl of Preston is studying Environmental Studies at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He has found the perfect way to earn some college credits, gain experience, and make a little money this summer by interning at the National Trout Center in Preston.

“I am very interested in the environment,” said Bahl.

Bahl will be a sophomore at Augsburg this fall, and says he is not sure what he wants to do when he is finished. Right now he is enjoying his summer, both at the Trout Center, and as a lifeguard at the Preston Pool. He said he has already learned a lot.

At the Trout Center, Bahl greets visitors and answers questions. He also tests water at Camp Creek and Willow Creek. He checks for clarity, temperature, and the stage of the stream, then posts the results on both Facebook and the board in the window of the Trout Center.

“It helps trout fisherman a lot,” Bahl explained.

The National Trout Center is open Thursday through Saturday from 10am-4pm and gets visitors from all over. Bahl said many of them are interested in the future of the Trout Center. There are plans in place for a new, larger building and new location in Preston, and they can be viewed at the Trout Center.

“The U of M gave us a small grant to put this together,” said Bahl. He added that the construction of a new building depends on whether they receive the $3.5 million needed. The new Trout Center will be larger, and have more features such as constructed wetlands and a gathering center for a living trout stream.

“They would like it to be a rec center, too,” shared Bahl. “Preston needs a rec center.”

The Trout Center also has many learning experiences for visitors, and Bahl said he would like to learn how to fly fish, which is how most people fish for trout. He is also working on an exhibit for the Trout Center on the life cycle of the brown trout.

The Preston area is a very popular one for trout. Bahl said the cold-water streams make the perfect environment for trout, and people come from all over to fish for them.

Bahl is hoping the summer internship will help him learn a lot, and maybe even help guide him in the direction he would like to go after college. “It’s a look at the real world,” he said. “I could find what I really want to do.”

Hammil ~ Lange

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Taylor Hammil and Trevor Lange of Preston are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride is the daughter of Deann and Dana Stowers of Racine and the late Gerald Hammil of Spring Valley. The groom is the son of Lau ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation awards grants to the Preston Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Dwight Luhmann, Chair of the Preston Area Community Foundation, recently presented grants to Richard Petsch of the Preston Historical Society and Jon Haugan of the Preston Chamber of Commerce. The Preston Historical Society was awarded $600 for t ..... 
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Preston looking at masonry fixes

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The Preston City Council at their May 21 meeting discussed options to repair the retaining wall in front of city hall and the pedestrian ramp in the 100 West block of Fillmore Street. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained there have been compla ..... 
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Thelma M. Kohn

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Thelma M. Kohn, age 79, of Preston, died Friday, May 11, 2012, in Preston. Thelma was born May 29, 1932, in Holt Township, Fillmore Co., Minn., the daughter of Nelius E. and Randi M.(Johnson) Torgerson. She was a 1952 graduate of Preston Hi ..... 
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Chimney swift kiosk in Preston

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Greg Munson, Rochester, explained project plans for a Chimney Swift Kiosk to the Preston City Council at their May 7 meeting. Munson said he has been involved with the Swifts in the area for about 12 years. The birds are in the area for a few months ..... 
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UMN designs promote Preston’s National Trout Center

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Preliminary architectural designs of a proposed permanent home for the National Trout Center in Preston were presented to legislators last month and earned inclusion in the Senate’s current bonding bill for $1M. The designs were made possible thro ..... 
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Youth Beef Show to be held in Preston

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

From June 8-10, many people are going to gather at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Preston for the Youth Beef Show. Young people up to the age of 21 will be there to show their beef cattle and be part of a judging competition. According to org ..... 
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Thursday Family Night in Preston

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The Preston area businesses are looking for musicians, dancers, and entertainers who would be willing to volunteer their time and talents for “Thursday Family Night in Preston.” We are looking for 15-30 minute segments of entertainment to be hel ..... 
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