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Preston State Veterans cemetery opening in September, looking to build memorial rifle squad


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Groundbreaking at the Preston State Veterans Cemetery. Photo submitted

The Preston State Veterans cemetery opening date has been pushed back from the initial planed date of July to a September opening. According to Nathan Pike, the County Veterans Service Officer of Olmsted County and County Legion member of Spring Valley, the 169-acre site is intended to be a “100-year cemetery” – that is, is meant for interment of veterans for the next hundred years. The acreage was donated by Fillmore County and the City of Preston and is located off of Highway 52 in Preston, Minn. Work on the project began in 2010 with working through State legislation details, approval, and paperwork completed. Groundbreaking for construction itself began in November of 2013. A $10 millon construction grant from the Federal Cemetery Administration was received for funding of the project. The cemetery includes burial plots, crypts, cremation burial areas, as well as administrative buildings, visitors’ center, outdoor committal shelter similar to a gazebo for internment ceremonies, maintenance shed buildings, main entrance, assembly area, columbarium, and memorial walk.

According to Pike, “lots of people are happy to see it [the cemetery] opening.” Before the cemetery can be open for interments of veterans; however, construction will need to be completed and staff will need to be hired for the site. Staff positions will likely include approximately half a dozen positions, including a director position, administrative staff, and office management, maintenance, and groundskeeping. The administration and staffing of the cemetery will be a state-run function.

Dave Swantek, the State Cemetery Director, is currently splitting his time between getting the Preston State Cemetery up and running as well as managing the Little Falls State Cemetery.

One of the end goals, according to Pike, is to have a Memorial Rifle Squads that any veteran will be eligible to join. It is envisioned that the squad would be a separate, stand-alone 501C3 entity with a chair and board members, who would not be affiliated with previously founded groups and may even have their own uniform designed for this particular service. Individuals eligible to be squad members would be any veteran of Fillmore County or surrounding counties. Veterans do not have to be affiliated with other veterans’ groups to be eligible to join a Memorial Rifle Squad.

The role of the Memorial Rifle Squads would be to perform military honors at t .....
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Letter about land buffers...

Sat, May 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Residents who were incorrectly concerned that I do not support land buffers can rest easier tonight. The Minn. legislature has approved a provision that builds on the successful example of counties and landowners that have used a v ..... 
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Fillmore Central Junior High Golf

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Preston Sports

Congratulations to three FC Junior High Golfers for their placement at the 2015 Three Rivers Conference Golf Tourney at Harmony. Shown are (left to right): Hailey Lange, 7th grade champion; Taylor Bushman, 7th grade , 2nd place; and Madison Bakken, ..... 
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Pearl F. Yaste

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Pearl F. Yaste of Preston, Minn., died on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015, at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center, at the age of 93. Pearl Flossie Schaefer was born on December 25, 1921, in Cresco, Iowa, to Jacob and Edith (Young) Schaefer. Born on ..... 
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New officers for Magdlin-Gilbertson V.F.W. Auxiliary #6893 of Preston

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

New officers for Magdlin-Gilbertson V.F.W. Auxiliary #6893 of Preston are, seated (left to right): Ann O’Connor (trustee), Marlene McKenzie (trustee), Geraldine Daley (president), Diane Johnson (junior vice president). Standing (left to right): ..... 
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Preston’s 2014 audit

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Pam Ristau, CPA, summarized her examination of Preston’s 2014 financial accounts at the May 4 city council meeting. As auditor she issued an unqualified opinion to the city for its 2014 financial statements, saying everything is in order. Many c ..... 
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Emily Shaun Lunde

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Emily Shaun Lunde, age 45, passed away due to an accidental death on March 19, 2015, in Dallas, Tex. Emily is survived by her parents, Peter and Sue Lunde of Houston, Tex. and Preston, Minn.; her brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Karen Lunde of ..... 
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Letter about 50 foot buffer zones along rivers and streams...

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Greg Rendahl recently expressed his disappointment with my opposition to Governor Dayton’s idea requiring 50-foot buffer zones along rivers and streams. He thinks I’m catering to the interests of a few “greedy” farmers. Re ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meals will be ..... 
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