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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible children ages three years to kindergarten. The program provides early learning paired with higher parental involvement during the pivotal early learning years. Preston Area Community Foundation Chair Mensink stated the PACF anticipates that our community should reap benefits from this program for many years as we strive to reduce the socioeconomic learning gap.

The Preston Area Community Foundation has funded over $138,000 in community projects since 2007. In 2014 PACF has also assisted the Historical Society’s Milwaukee elevator project and the new playground equipment project spearheaded by the Preston Park Board. Other grant awards included funding a substantial portion of the Tourism Board’s new bike repair station as well as helping Fillmore Central Schools with the baseball field fence completion. The most recent grant made it possible to install one buddy bench at Fillmore Central and another buddy bench to be installed at the swimming pool in the next few weeks. (read more at www.buddybench.org). Combined these grants were more than $29,000.

Also in November of 2013 the PACF was very fortunate to receive matching funds from F&M Community Bank to edge out a narrow win in a friendly Give To the Max fundraising contest with Spring Valley (www.givemn.org). The win netted the school free regulation baseball bats, courtesy of Miken.

Back in 2012 the PACF created a Capital Campaign Initiative to raise $50,000 in two

years. Our community met that challenge by responding with a very generous $53,256! The PACF has so much gratitude to live where people care, are involved, and want to improve the quality of life for the entire community. Paraphrasing Nelson Mandela, ”There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children and people.”

If you want to learn more about assisting the Foundation please contact Chair Will Mensink at 923-1548 or Scott Rustad at 765-3823. To make a donation our mailing address is PACF, P.O. Box 467, Preston, MN 55965 or drop a check to Treasurer Scott Rustad at the F&M Community Bank.
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POET General Managers make their voices heard in Washington

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

SIOUX FALLS, SD (September 18, 2014) – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. September 14-17 to meet with Congressional officials and highlighted the important role ethanol plays in reducing o ..... 
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be ..... 
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Preston Tourism secures grant for purchase of bike repair station

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,200 grant to Preston Area Tourism. The funds will be applied to the purchase of a bike repair station that will be placed by the Trailhead Inn. This will give visitors and residents a plac ..... 
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Mark Dean Kneeskern

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mark Dean Kneeskern was born July 10, 1972, in Audubon, Iowa, to Laurice (Peterson) Kneeskern and Cloy Kneeskern. He attended grade school and high school in Audubon, and attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he graduated with a Bachelor of ..... 
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Preston discusses 2015 budget

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

Possible reductions to the 2015 budget was the dominate discussion topic at the September 2 council meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the numbers in the first draft of the budget which showed a p ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Fountain, Harmony & Preston

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 6, the towns of Fountain, Harmony and Preston are t ..... 
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Motor in to Preston Service Plus

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Craig Bond and Justin Jones, new owners of Preston Service Plus, located in Preston, Minn., are getting settled into owning and running their business since taking over July 14, 2014. Both men were employees of Preston Service Plus under previou ..... 
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