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POET team members share experiences from Kenya


Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This summer a group of POET team members traveled to Kenya, Africa to help build a dorm for the Traveller’s Oasis Girls School. Michele Anderson, Quality Manager at POET Biorefining, Preston and a resident of Saint Charles participated in this mission trip. “I felt like we really did a lot of good in our short amount of time spent there.” The group worked on a new school dorm for a week. “The work was physically very challenging but after getting to meet the girls and learning about them, it really motivated us to get a lot done.”

Most of the girls at the school are orphaned due to famine, disease or poverty. Roughly half the population of Kenya lives in absolute poverty.

The Travellors Oasis School currently enrolls 173 girls and when the dorm is completed, that number will double. Besides providing food, shelter and clothing for the girls, the goals of the school include providing basic and advanced education, teaching the girls to be entrepreneurs and self-reliant and ultimately alleviating illiteracy, poverty and disease.

“I have children that are ages 9 and 12, the same ages as many of the girls I met. I felt like the TOC girls were the fortunate kids that have been rescued by the school and given a shot at an education and a way out of poverty. I saw many more kids on the streets that weren’t going to school, sometimes rummaging through garbage or just sitting listlessly. That was hard to see because I have children and it just struck me how fortunate we are to live in the United States. All children here can get an education. That’s not the case in Kenya where parents have to pay for school. The average income in the area we were at was less than $350 per year and school costs around $60 per year. The people that I met that had “good” jobs, such as being a teacher or a head Mason earned between $60-$100 per month and that doesn’t buy you very much. It occurred to me how nearly impossible it is to get out of poverty for people born to that country,” said Michele.

“I am sincerely grateful being given the opportunity to go on this mission trip. I appreciate working for a company, POET that supports those that are less advantaged.” POET paid for part of the mission costs and all of the dorm material costs. “Also, I could not have gone on this mission without the financial support of our plant shareholders, vendors and team members. I am truly appreciative and I hop .....
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Fillmore Central to offer trap shooting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Members of the Harmony Conservation Club attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 24. Board member Sue Sikkink explained they had approached her with the idea of starting a trap shooting team at Fillmore Central. The trap shooti ..... 
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Fillmore Central Band and Choir perform at Disney World

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

This past week, June 16-22, the Fillmore Central Band and Choir traveled to Orlando, Fla., to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort. The marching band performed at the Magic Kindgom during the afternoon of Wednesday, June 18, for an enormous crow ..... 
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North Preston regional pond planned

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the feasibility report for a North Regional Pond at the Preston City Council’s June 16 meeting. Early in April when Grabau discussed the details of the feasibility study for the proposed North Industrial Park, se ..... 
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Virgil J. Rindels

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Virgil J. Rindels, 96, of Greenleafton, Minn., died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Virgil was born on January 26, 1918 in Castlewood, S.D., the son of John and Jennie (Bleeker) Rindels. He attended school in Castlewood. I ..... 
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Engagement - Lokker ~ Melver

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Roger and Brenda Lokker of Greenleafton, Minn. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Karla, to Timothy Melver, son of Scott and Paula Melver of Preston, Minn. Karla is a student at Mayo School of Science and Tim is employed in ..... 
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Ruth E. VandeWeerd

Wed, Jun 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Ruth E. ‘Ruthie’ VandeWeerd, 80, of Preston, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Rev. Dave Jo ..... 
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Phyllis E. Utley

Wed, Jun 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Phyllis E. Utley, age 87, of Rochester, formerly of Preston, died Monday evening, June 16, 2014, at Madonna Towers of Rochester. Phyllis was born January 4, 1927, on the family farm in Carimona Township, Fillmore Co., Minnesota, the daughter of Elv ..... 
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Thank you...

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, My name is Lina Della Libera from Germany, and I had the awesome opportunity to be a PAX exchange student at Fillmore Central High School this year. My host family was the Corson Family of Preston- Eric, Tara, Siri, Elias and Jonas. ..... 
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