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Re-dedication of the O’Hara School


Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

A re-dedication of the O’Hara School will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the schoolhouse located on the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. A short program will be held and refreshments served.

Or you can visit the restored schoolhouse anytime during the Fillmore County Fair. The school will be open starting at 5 p.m.–8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24; Wednesday–Friday, July 25–27, from 12 noon–9:00 p.m.; and Saturday, July 28, from 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Preston Historical Society operates the schoolhouse on a lease from the Fillmore County Agricultural Society. The Preston Historical Society has been very active in working to restore the O’Hara School House. The restoration that has been completed includes the reroofing using cedar shakes. Also restored at the same time was the bell tower. This was financed by fundraising from the 2010 Historical Society raffle, O’Hara School alumni and other donations.

The interior has been repainted for an Eagle Scout project by a Ben Voigt, a member of the Preston Boy Scout Troop 67. Funding for this part of the restoration came as part of the scout’s fundraising effort for his Eagle project.

The exterior painting was accomplished with donated paint through efforts of the Preston Lumber Company. The painting work was done by the Sentence to Serve work crew.

The replacement and restoration of the windows was financed by a $200 grant from the Tri-County Electric Operation Roundup Program and an $800 grant from the Preston Area Community Foundation. The project included three windows being replaced and the other five being repaired. The repairs included eight new screens, new locks, and having the windows all re-strung with pulleys and rope by Crist Hershberger, of Hershberger Windows of Canton, MN.

The last restoration to be completed was the front entrance including the steps and new signage. This was again funded through the generous contributions of O’Hara School alumni. The remainder of the repairs, painting, and labor has been donated by members of the Preston Historical Society.

Also several artifacts from the O’Hara School and other period items have been donated for refurbishing the interior to show how a rural school building looked.

The Preston Historical Society looks forward to having you visit this piece of area history during the upcoming Fillmore County Fair.
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Spin Fishing for Trout with John Eggers- a.k.a. “The Spin Doctor”

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Join us at the National Trout Center (NTC) on Saturday, July 21 for a FREE spin fishing workshop with fishing guide and maker of the “Bow Spinner”, John Eggers, a.k.a. “The Spin Doctor.” Learn about spin fishing equipment and tips to perfect ..... 
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Semcac’s food shelves participating in “Open Your Heart Challenge”

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Semcac’s four food shelves--Caledonia, Kasson, Preston, and Rushford--have the opportunity to participate in a grant process entitled, “Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless,” sponsored by Hunger Solutions. Grants are based on each food ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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
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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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