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Julia Claire Repeat Boutique to open in Preston


Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Trish Keating is opening a new consignment shop in Preston on April 10. Photo by Jade Sexton

Trish Keating has always wanted to open up a shop of her own, especially in a small town in this area. When she lived in the Twin Cities area, she visited Fillmore County frequently with her family. Two years ago she moved to Preston, and is now about to make that dream a reality.

In an old building in Preston that is full of history, Keating is opening a consignment shop called Julia Claire Repeat Boutique. The name comes from the name of her twin granddaughters, who are the light of her life. They live in Lanesboro with their mother.

Keating did some research and found that consignment shops tend to do well even when the economy is bad, as people are trying to save money.

“This building has such a huge history,” said Keating. “It used to be the Victory Café years ago, and it was a grocery store. The upstairs used to be a dance hall.”

Before Keating came along, the building, owned by Doug Johnson, was a hardware store. It has been sitting empty now for about a year and a half.

“I just thought to leave it closed and not in use is really sad,” said Keating.

Keating believes strongly in supporting local businesses. “I feel it’s very important to keep that economy going,” she said.

Preston was a good choice for Keating, as she feels the town needs her kind of business. Although tourists and visitors are more than welcome, the business is geared to local residents. Keating feels people need a place to buy gifts, clothing, jewelry, or artwork without having to make a long drive.

“I have faith in this town,” she said with a smile. “I am hoping to revitalize things and get people excited about shopping here.”

Keating noted that businesses in small towns can offer a personalized service that larger businesses cannot, and people really enjoy that.

“I’m really excited about this!” she shared.

The consignment shop is all about reusing old things, and Keating has taken that even further. She has taken old furniture found in the attic or people’s basements and cleaned it up to be used in the shop. Her dressing rooms are sectioned off with old painted doors. Shelves and corkboard are being used from the hardware store. Even the paint on the walls was left over from the hardware store.

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Preston pork producer provides input on Checkoff programs

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Craig Mensink, a pork producer from Preston, MN served as a delegate at the Pork Act Delegate assembly March 1-3 in Denver, Colo. Mensink was named a delegate by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Mensink was one of the delegates who represente ..... 
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Jay Allen Quandahl

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Jay Allen Quandahl, 45, of Preston, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at his home in Preston. Jay was born on April 12, 1966, in Spring Grove, Minnesota, the son of Robert and Verna (Hareldson) Quandahl. He graduated from Mabel- Canton High Sc ..... 
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Preston considers workplace policy

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered a draft of a respectful workplace policy to the city council at their March 5 meeting for their consideration. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Hoffman noted the city currently has some policies in place includi ..... 
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Hoffmann Stables in Preston is all about horses

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Most people have seen Hoffmann Stables as they drive north of Preston, and many people have seen the horses in the arena, but not everyone knows just how much the place has to offer, even though it has been there for 25 years. Deb Thompson loves ..... 
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Eli J. Burkholder

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Eli J. Burkholder, age 26, of rural Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester after a logging accident. Eli was born August 17, 1985, in Bowling Green, Missouri, the son of John and Verna ( ..... 
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Minnesota State University Moorhead concert choir to perform in Preston

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Concert Choir, the university’s premier choral ensemble, will provide an evening of choral music at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the sanctuary of Christ Lutheran Church, 509 Kansas Street NW in Presto ..... 
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Leslie N. Hellickson

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Leslie N. Hellickson, 74, of Preston died February 26, 2012, at St. Mary’s hospital in Rochester. Leslie was born on August 9, 1937, in Ostrander, Minn. the son of Arnold and Hulda (Kohn) Hellickson. He attended school in Preston. He wor ..... 
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Coach Kill speaks to PACF crowd

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

It was a packed house at The Branding Iron in Preston, Minn., on Monday, February 27. The annual Preston Area Community Foundation dinner provided an opportunity to recognize all the great things that the foundation does for the greater Preston ar ..... 
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