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UMN designs promote Preston’s National Trout Center


Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Preliminary architectural designs of a proposed permanent home for the National Trout Center in Preston were presented to legislators last month and earned inclusion in the Senate’s current bonding bill for $1M. The designs were made possible through collaboration with the University of Minnesota Southeast Regional Partnership, which connected the UMN Center for Rural Design to the project and provided a grant to cover costs for its professional design work.

The National Trout Center (NTC), created in 2009 in Preston - “The Trout Capital of Minnesota” - has operated an environmental learning center for the past two years from a temporary address in downtown Preston. The NTC’s mission is to “conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their cold water environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness.”

The architectural renderings of the proposed NTC building, exhibit areas, classrooms, flowing-stream aquarium, community center, landscape and other special features, will be valuable in presentations to prospective philanthropic contributors and for a future capital campaign. The proposed site is on the Root River flowing through Preston.

NTC Board Chair, Dr. George Spangler, UMN Professor Emeritus, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, explained, “When we presented to the Senate Capital Investment Committee, we emphasized the economic value of cold water fisheries to the region: $1.1 B per year to local communities in the four-state driftless area. This represents a 25-to-1 return on every dollar spent on stream restoration.”

“The designs were key in securing the Senators’ interest in this project,” said Joe Hoffman, Preston City Administrator. “I have no doubt that the visuals played a critical role. Their eyes lit up when we brought out the boards.”

“We were delighted that the University of Minnesota could turn this around so quickly,” added Dr. Spangler.

The Southeast Regional Partnership, also known as the Experiment in Rural Cooperation, is led by a Citizen/University board that links University of Minnesota resources with community-identified projects in local foods, sustainable agriculture, natural resources, rural community development, renewable energy, and tourism. www.rsdp.umn.edu

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Youth Beef Show to be held in Preston

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

From June 8-10, many people are going to gather at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Preston for the Youth Beef Show. Young people up to the age of 21 will be there to show their beef cattle and be part of a judging competition. According to org ..... 
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Thursday Family Night in Preston

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The Preston area businesses are looking for musicians, dancers, and entertainers who would be willing to volunteer their time and talents for “Thursday Family Night in Preston.” We are looking for 15-30 minute segments of entertainment to be hel ..... 
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FREE Streamside culinary adventure

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The National Trout Center in Preston, MN will host a free Streamside Culinary Adventure entitled “Wild Edible Plants and Trout”. The workshop takes place on Saturday, May 12 from 1pm-3pm in the city park at the Harmony-Preston Valley Trailhead, ..... 
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Marion Wentworth

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Marion Wentworth, 84, of Preston, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at her home in Preston. Marion was born on January 13, 1928, in Fountain, Minnesota the daughter of Anton and Caroline (Anderson) Tangen. She attended country school, and gradua ..... 
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Milo Bacon

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Milo Bacon was born on November 26, 1935, in Preston to Norval and Geneva (Henke) Bacon. They later divorced. He passed away November 15, 2011, at home in Faribault, Minn. from complications of pneumonia. He enjoyed riding his bicycle, w ..... 
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Preston’s parts guys

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Mark Berry has worked at NAPA Auto Parts in Preston for a total of 13 years, and he has seen some changes over the years. Before working there, he worked at Curt’s Standard. He studied business at Rochester Community and Technical College. “I ..... 
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Have you ever seen a two-headed car?

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Back in the 1960s, Vern Knoepke of Preston was working at a body shop when he got the idea to put two cars together. He had two Oldsmobiles, one a 1953 and one a 1952, and he put them together so that both ends are the front of the car, with a steer ..... 
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National Trout Center 2012 programming

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The National Trout Center, located in Preston, MN will once again open its doors the first weekend in April, just in time for the 2012 state wide Trout Season Opener on April 14th. National Trout Center (NTC) programs in April include: “Adopt ..... 
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