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Chimney swift kiosk in Preston


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Greg Munson, Rochester, explained project plans for a Chimney Swift Kiosk to the Preston City Council at their May 7 meeting. Munson said he has been involved with the Swifts in the area for about 12 years. The birds are in the area for a few months in the summer. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Munson said the Swifts have been coming to this site for about one hundred years. Audubon Swift Counts completed in 2011 have determined that the count of nearly 1100 entering the chimney of the former Preston Elementary School makes it the number one site in the state. The count was made August 30, 2011.

The chimney on what is now Trailhead Suites no longer functions as a chimney. The chimney, which had been damaged with a lightening strike, has been restored recently by the Minnesota DNR Non-Game Wildlife Division.

Munson asked for the council’s permission to construct a tower/kiosk near the restrooms of the Trailhead Inn. The tower is to be 16 foot high and have a 4 foot by 4 foot base. It could provide a nesting site for one pair of Chimney Swifts, and educational information for visitors to the Trailhead site. Munson said additional funds for the project have been raised, including $1,000 from the Preston Foundation, $300 from Minnesota Audubon, and $2,000 from the Corson family.

The kiosk may also highlight information on the Cliff Swallows that nest under the bridge. Munson said both birds help control mosquitoes and other flying insects. He hopes that a web cam can be placed in both chimneys.

The council gave its approval contingent on an agreement being drafted between all parties involved.

Other Business In Brief

•City Administrator Joe Hoffman detailed plans for the purchase of the Versterheim apartment complex in Preston by the Bluff Country Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). The HRA is trying to get Small Cities Grant Funds between $100,000 and $200,000 to assist with the purchase.

The city of Preston would need to act as the official applicant. There would be no cost to the city and the city would not be the owner. The property is privately owned currently. Hoffman said it is a “win-win” all the way around. The HRA would manage and take care of the property going forward.

The council by consensus supported the application, but tabled the resolution making Preston the applicant and legal spo .....
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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 thro ..... 
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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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