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Preston’s National Trout Center included in MN 2012 Senate Bonding Bill


Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Senator Jeremy Miller recently informed National Trout Center (NTC) representatives that the current Minnesota Senate Bonding Bill includes a $1 million item for the center’s permanent home located in Preston, “Minnesota’s Trout Capital.”

National Trout Center Board Chair, Dr. George Spangler – U of MN Professor Emeritus, Dept. Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology, presented Preston’s National Trout Center funding request of $3.5 million before the MN Senate Capital Investment Committee on March 14, 2012. Requested funds would be used for pre-design, land acquisition and site preparation, and construction of a 10,000 square-foot building sited along the South Branch of the Root River.

The National Trout Center is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and the cold-water stream resources of the four-state region, known as the “Driftless Area” (unglaciated region), which includes the SE corner of Minnesota.

This project is an economic engine for SE Minnesota, as well as for the entire state. The National Trout Center will have “national” impact as fishing is a popular sport nationwide among men, women, and families. Analysis of the Driftless Area trout fishery revealed more than $1.1 Billion in annual trout fishing-related economic activity in the four-state region. The annual value of recreational fishing in this area equals approximately 1/3 of Wisconsin’s dairy industry, about 1/3 of Minnesota receipts from corn and dairy products, and exceeds the combined revenues of all five of Chicago’s professional sports teams, $848 million.

The NTC self-sustaining building project will provide year-round benefits to the region by enhancing tourism opportunities beyond the traditional spring, summer, and fall seasons; adding additional economic revenue to the current $11 Billion generated annually in MN by tourism and hospitality related industries statewide.

Outdoor recreation is at the heart of the quality of life in Minnesota and the National Trout Center project will continue to enhance these recreational opportunities for everyone who calls Minnesota “home.”

Preston considers developing street plan

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The Preston City Council at their April 2 meeting seemed to be in agreement that there are numerous streets needing repair or reconstruction in the city. City Administrator Joe Hoffman had asked Stantec Consulting Services (formerly Bonestroo) to p ..... 
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Power outage in Preston

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Thursday, March 29, 2012, around 11:16 am, many people in Preston were left without electrical power for almost an hour. City employees believe the power outage was caused by the failure of a lighting arrestor at the south substation. This led to an ..... 
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Preston housing incentives

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The City of Preston is offering a 2012 Housing Incentive, for the building of a new home, remodeling or buying an existing property in the City of Preston. Homeowners can save up to $3,300. Contact City Hall for an application and guidelines to see ..... 
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Harold Karp

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Harold Karp was born March 16, 1924, in Preston, Minn. and died March 16, 2012. A memorial service was held Friday, March 23, 2012, at Green Hills Mortuary & Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Harold is survived by his wi ..... 
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Julia Claire Repeat Boutique to open in Preston

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Trish Keating has always wanted to open up a shop of her own, especially in a small town in this area. When she lived in the Twin Cities area, she visited Fillmore County frequently with her family. Two years ago she moved to Preston, and is now abo ..... 
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Preston pork producer provides input on Checkoff programs

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Craig Mensink, a pork producer from Preston, MN served as a delegate at the Pork Act Delegate assembly March 1-3 in Denver, Colo. Mensink was named a delegate by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Mensink was one of the delegates who represente ..... 
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Jay Allen Quandahl

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Jay Allen Quandahl, 45, of Preston, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at his home in Preston. Jay was born on April 12, 1966, in Spring Grove, Minnesota, the son of Robert and Verna (Hareldson) Quandahl. He graduated from Mabel- Canton High Sc ..... 
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Preston considers workplace policy

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered a draft of a respectful workplace policy to the city council at their March 5 meeting for their consideration. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Hoffman noted the city currently has some policies in place includi ..... 
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