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Walz staff takes a tour of National Trout Center


Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Staff members of Congressman Tim Walz visited Preston on Monday, June 25 to tour the National Trout Center (NTC). They were there to learn more about the Trout Center, what they have done, and what their future plans are.

Cathy Enerson, Director for the Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), welcomed Judy Bird and Peder Kjeseth to Preston and spoke to them about the National Trout Center.

“We are emulating the business plan of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha,” explained Enerson. She added that the National Eagle Center has visitors from 80 countries, and 100,000 people visit there each year.

According to Enerson, they had a feasibility study done on the NTC and she believes they could have an estimated 20,000 visitors a year.

“Just like Lanesboro has been designated the B&B capital of Minnesota, we would like to be designated the trout capital,” said Enerson.

They are also hoping to be designated as the official National Trout Center. Enerson said she believes this could bring a lot of people to the area.

Bird asked if there are certain criteria that must be met for the designation of National Trout Center. George Spangler, who is on the NTC board, said they have looked into it, and have found no rules, and there seems to be no reason they can’t have the title.

“You have to just grab on and decided that’s what you want to be,” said Enerson. She showed Bird and Kjeseth a document outlining reasons that the NTC should be designated the official National Trout Center.

Enerson also described the new site they are looking at to build a new facility. “We have a site picked out that is better to showcase the assets of the driftless area,” she said.

To finish the tour, Walz’s staff members were shown the site in Preston where they are hoping to build a new interpretive center. The area will be perfect for trout fisherman, as well as learning about trout and the geography of the area, and is sure to bring visitors to Preston.
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Birth Announcement ~ Carson James Knoepke

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Adam and Nicole Knoepke of Eyota are proud to announce the birth of their son Carson. Carson was born June 22, 2012, in Rochester. He joins his sister Erin and brother Caden. Grandparents are Steve Knoepke and Anne Knoepke of Preston, Sally Bahl ..... 
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Birth Announcement ~ Samuel Lee Knoepke

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Ben and Sara Knoepke of Brainerd are pround to announce the birth of their son Samuel Lee. Samuel was born June 17, 2012, at Brainerd. He joins sisters Lily and Alison at home. Grandparents are Steve Knoepke and Anne Knoepke of Preston and Dave ..... 
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FREE! Fly casting, fly tying and fishing instruction with the federation of fly fishers

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the National Trout Center in Preston, MN for a full day of free fly fishing activities. Learn from the best. The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is a highly respected national organization, well known for produ ..... 
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Engagement - McDonough ~ Comstock

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Amy McDonough and Andrew Comstock of Lourdes, IA are pleased to announce their engagement and their upcoming wedding. The bride is the daughter of Roger and Vickie McDonough of Mazeppa, MN. Parents of the groom are Kevin and Marchel Comstock of P ..... 
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Engagement - McCabe ~ Thomas

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Amanda McCabe and Joel Thomas are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Jerry and Pam McCabe of Preston. Parents of the groom are Kelly and Donna Thomas of Cresco. Amanda is a 2011 graduate of Winona ..... 
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Neil Haugerud

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Neil Sherman Haugerud, 81, resident of Preston, MN, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, MN. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death. Born in Canton, Minnesota, July 3, 1930, to Sherman and Ann ..... 
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National Trout Center has new intern for the summer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

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 P ..... 
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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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