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Preston Dairy and Farm Association breaks ground on expansion


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Left to Right: Jim Bakken, City of Preston; Paul Hamann, Preston Dairy and Farm Asssn board member; Lynn Staupe, D&F Board Member; Dean Solberg, D&F Board Member; Cathy Enerson, Preston EDA Director; Charles Aug, Chairman Preston EDA; Nathan Scheevel, Scheevel Engineering LLC; Kurt Reicks, Mayor City of Preston; Dan Christianson, Chairman and CEO F & M Community Bank. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Groundbreaking on the Preston Dairy and Farm expansion outside of Preston took place Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members, Preston Mayor Curt Reicks, Preston Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Wangen and EDA Director Cathy Enerson and others present.

The groundbreaking is on a 6.1 acre plot just off of U.S. Highway 52 and State Highway 16 north and west of Preston. The business, which was established in 2004 to serve area farmers with expertise in fertilizers, feed, agricultural chemicals, and custom spraying, needs the expansion of their facilities to keep up with demand. The new location more than doubles the area of its current establishment.

Preston Dairy and Farm has been a large part of the city of Preston’s economic base. In order to keep the connection intact, the Preston City Council on March 31 annexed territory to the city limits that includes more than eight acres just north of Preston, an area that includes the expansion area by the highway 52 and 16 intersection.

The Preston Expansion Grant Application for Business Development Public Infrastructure Program written by EDA Director Cathy Enerson states, “The expansion and annexation will substantially aid the city’s growth, and sustain the city utilities, regional tax base and area employment. Expanding infrastructure provides opportunities for future manufacturing and commerical businesses to continue to grow to the north and west of Preston.”

It was later announced in June that one grant in the amount of $137,000 provided by DEED, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, will help offset 50 percent of the costs to provide infrastructure including sewer, water main, a storm pond, roadway, electricity and more to the new location for the Preston Dairy and Farm Association.

By providing these city services to Preston Dairy and Farm, the city will achieve its goal to focus efforts on maintaining local jobs along with keeping the potential for more opportunities and growth.

The Preston City Council has also created a redevelopment TIF to support the project.

Despite a rough period with the recent economic recession, the agriculture industry has faced challenges of its own. However, Preston Dairy and Farm has seen its feed business growing.

Those at Preston Dairy and Farm say that support from the the community, chamber a .....
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Delores Anne (Barth) Joseph

Wed, Jun 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Delores Joseph, 82, formerly of Preston, Minn., died January 21, 2014, at her home in Upland, Calif. Delores Anne Barth was born in Preston on July 14, 1931, to Reuben J. and Anastasia R. (Baures) Barth. Delores attended school in Preston, graduat ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum. She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referen ..... 
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Preston to receive DEED grants

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced at the city council’s June 2 meeting that the city had just received notification of grant awards from DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development). Mayor Kurt Reicks and Councilman Da ..... 
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Rep. Davids announces economic grant for City of Preston

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) has learned that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Program grant for the ..... 
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Dennis Warner in concert at the Preston Public Library

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Folk/Americana singer and songwriter Dennis Warner blends humor, audience participation and serious music into a memorable and fun concert for adults and families. Warner has toured extensively throughout North America during his 20+ year career, ..... 
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Summer food program for kids

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

With summer here, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Fillmore Central Schools will be providing free meals for children this summer! Free meals for children will be served at the elementary school in Preston o ..... 
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Maxine Simonson

Thu, Jun 5th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Maxine Simonson of Preston, Minn., entered her eternal home on Tuesday afternoon, May 27, 2014. Lois Maxine Duxbury, born February 22, 1923, in Preston, was the oldest of four children born to Leigh and Mary (Scheevel) Duxbury. She was a 1941 gr ..... 
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Cloy D. Kneeskern

Wed, Jun 4th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Cloy D. Kneeskern, 84, of Preston, Minn. died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. He leaves a wife, Laurice; children Gary of Preston; Sheri (Pat Dunnigan) of Bellingham, Wash.; Dave (Carol) of Greenfield, Iowa; Sandra (Mike) ..... 
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