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One Act team wins Sectionals


Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The cast, crew and director of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Front Row (L to R): Taylor Willford, Helen DeLano, Megan Hendrickson, Bailey Soma, William Nolan. Second Row (L to R): Christian Harrison, Cody Hendrickson, Sarah Reicks, Keeley Todd, Braden Hahn. Third Row (L to R): Danielle Zinsmaster, Sydnie Huffman, Ruth DeLano. Back Row (L to R): Lindsey Weiss, Mitch Gibson, Matt Guttormson, Kirby O’Connor, Lee Dyreson, Director Jackie Whitacre. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Fillmore Central’s One Act Team has won first place at competition which was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Director Jackie Whitacre, along with the cast and crew, traveled to St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. and put forth an award-winning performance of The Importance of Being Earnest for the audience and judges to enjoy.

Jackie Whitacre describes the play in the following way:

“The Importance of Being Earnest is a play on words - it is important to be earnest so any man with that name should be a great catch; therefore, having the name of Earnest is important. Jack (Matt Gottormson)has used the name ‘Earnest’ when he comes to town and Gwendolyn (Danielle Zinsmaster) has fallen in love with the perfect name. Algernon (Lee Dyreson) also uses the name after his friend Jack explains that having two names is a great way to woo the ladies. When Algernon goes to the country to see Jack’s young ward, Cecily (Sydnie Huffman), she too falls in love with the name, not the man. Both gentlemen ask Dr. Chausable (Mitch Gibson) to christen them with the name Earnest, but even that may not help when Lady Bracknell (Ruth DeLano) and Ms. Prism (Lindsey Weiss) lend another twist to the couples’ plans. All the while Merriman (Kirby O’Connor), the butler, is looking on and laughing at the upper crust’s attempt at love.”

The group received a large trophy for their first place finish of the performance during the sectionals. The trophy will be displayed in the Fillmore Central High School in Harmony, Minn. Each member of the One Act Team also received a medal for their accomplishment.

According to Jackie, the kids get “tons of confidence” from being involved in the One Act team as well as gaining important social skills. The students really do have fun together whether it is during rehearsals, performances, or even while taking photographs together for the Fillmore County Journal, the kids are light-hearted and thoroughly enjoy themselves. The Director, cast and crew are not acting when they say “we are family” while laughing and joking with each other.

Jackie, who teaches English at Fillmore Central High School, states that being a part of the One Act Team is “no different than a sport” because participants must stay healthy by eating right and getting enough sleep. The One Act Team is a varsity sport with grades 7-12 working together for the win. As in other s .....
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Dorian Honor Band students from Fillmore Central announced

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The FCHS Band Department is proud to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in the 2013 Dorian Honor Band at Luther College on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25. Approximately 625 musicians are chosen to p ..... 
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Gehling Auction Company celebrates 40th anniversary

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

In 1973, Ron Gehling was looking for a place to start a business. He started selling farm machinery in Preston, Minn., which turned into Gehling Auction Company. Forty years later Ron Gehling is still selling farm machinery, but now additionally sel ..... 
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More than three years of growth for SMG Web Design in Southeast Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

SMG Web Design started out in 2009, the idea of Jason Sethre, the owner of the Fillmore County Journal. He saw there were people and businesses in the community that needed an online presence at a reasonable price. Michelle Haugerud was originall ..... 
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Napa in Preston to relocate

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Napa Store in Preston, Minn. which is currently located at 108 Mill Street, will soon be revving up its engine for a big move. Owners Mike and Sylvia Steien recently expanded the business and began selling hardware items in the Preston store and ..... 
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St. Paul Street improvement

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Public Works Director Jim Bakken reported at the Preston City Council’s January 22 meeting that the county is considering a mill and overlay project on CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) from Fillmore Street to the south bridge, before the power plant. Co ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board ready for 2013

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 22, 2013, new board member Emily Ellis took her oath and was sworn in. Ross Kiehne and Jim Love were also sworn in, as they had been re-elected. The officers for 2013 will remain the same, w ..... 
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Letter about Senate

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I have to share two proposals made within the last week by two senators of our MN Senate. 1. State Senator Ann Rest of NEW HOPE is asking for a sales tax on clothing. 2. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk wants to change the Minne ..... 
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Preston Ambulance to provide education incentive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their first meeting in 2013 approved financial incentives for EMTs and First Responders for the completion of up to twenty hours of additional education through a Transitional Course. Twenty-four hours ..... 
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