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Preston resting spot is number one for Chimney Swifts


Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The number one chimney swift site in the state of Minnesota as determined by the Audubon Minnesota Swift Counts in 2011 is the former Preston Elementary School chimney, which is now Trailhead Inn and Suites. Population counts had been conducted at over 200 sites within the state in 2011. Last August 30 around sunset, 1100 chimney swifts were counted circling over the 65-foot tall historic chimney before funneling down for a good night’s rest. The chimney is nearing 100 years old and has likely been a destination for the swifts since its construction. Swifts gather for communal roosts in large chimneys.

Greg Munson, former director of the Quarry Hill Nature Center, became aware this last spring of some damage to the old chimney, probably from a lightening strike. He initiated the effort to repair the historic chimney. The chimney has not functioned for the purpose for which it was designed, for the building’s furnace, for many years. Munson contacted owner Steve Corson and was given permission to repair and stabilize the chimney. The Minnesota DNR Non-Game Wildlife Division provided $4,500 for the repair of the chimney which has been completed.

At a May 2011 Preston City Council meeting, Munson presented plans for a tower/kiosk to be located in front of the Trailhead Inn near the bathrooms. The tower could provide a nesting site for a pair of chimney swifts. The kiosk would have educational materials on each of the four sides about swifts and possibly about cliff swallows and turkey vultures, which are also prevalent in the area. The tower is planned to be 16 feet tall with a 4-foot by 4-foot base to be made of concrete block. The DNR has expressed an interest concerning the installation of a camera, similar to the “eagle cam.”

Funding for building the tower/kiosk has been obtained ($300 from Zumbro Valley Audubon Society of the greater Rochester area, $300 from Minnesota Audubon, $2,000 from the Corson family, and $1,000 from the Preston Foundation.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman confirmed that the city has approved the building of the tower/kiosk on city property contingent on an agreement between the parties involved. At the city council’s July 16 meeting Hoffman reported that the city attorney had drafted an agreement as directed in May. However, Zumbro Valley Audubon wasn’t receptive to being responsible for liability and maintenance and asked that the city accept these responsibilit .....
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Engagment- Hill-Duff

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Hill ~ Duff Kelly Hill of Preston, Minn. and Preston Duff of Shakopee, Minn. are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride is the daughter of Charles and Bonnie Hill of Harmony, Minn. The groom is the son of Dennis and ..... 
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Fillmore Central ready for new school year

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central School Board met on July 24, 2012. Dean of Students Chris Mensink said the asbestos removal is done at the elementary school and they are ready to start the new year. They have moved a few classrooms around, and ..... 
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Jaeb earns Eagle Rank

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Michael Jaeb, 15, son of Joseph and Marcia Jaeb of Eagan, MN has earned the Eagle Rank by the Boy Scouts of America- Boy Scout Troop 449. His leadership accomplishments include: Sr. Patrol Leader, Asst. Sr. Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Patrol ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools - Mini Grant Program

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the sixteenth straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each ..... 
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An active senior, an active citizen

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Muriel Hanson of Preston, Minn. is a woman on the go. She is involved in many activities, both socially and through volunteering. When asked her age, Muriel said she is 79, and then added, “Can I be that old?!” Looking at her schedule, you would ..... 
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Preston City Hall remodel progressing

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported at the July 16 meeting that the city hall remodel project had begun and that they were on budget at this point. The council had accepted a quote from H and J Construction to do the remodel at their March 14 ..... 
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Men’s fast pitch tournament July 28-29 in Preston

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Sports

The 8th Annual Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament will be held in Preston the weekend of July 28-29 on the two diamonds at the Preston Softball fields. This year’s double elimination tournament will feature 10 teams from across the region along with o ..... 
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Harland C. Schoppers

Wed, Jul 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

HARLAND C. SCHOPPERS, age 83, of rural Preston, Minn., passed away Tuesday morning, July 17, 2012, at Rochester Methodist Hospital after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. Harland Curtis Schoppers was born October 31, 1928, in Forestvill ..... 
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