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I Love to Read


Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

February was a very busy month at Fillmore Central Elementary with it being “I Love To Read Month”. The kids were buzzing with energy for reading and fun!

Fillmore Central Community Ed, Fillmore Central Schools, and area businesses partnered up to encourage a reading program for kids in our area. Fillmore Central Schools has celebrated this event for years during the month of February and this year was no exception. To create more adventure, this year’s theme was “Winter Olympics” to follow suit with what was going on in Sochi. The month consisted of not just reading but several activities and dress up days. Each classroom was assigned a country that was participating in the Winter Olympics and then the classes made flags to carry at the opening ceremony and kept track of all of the medals received by their country in the actual Olympics.

There was an Opening Ceremony, Olympic Games performed, Wednesdays were dress up days and Thursdays was SQUIRT (Super Quiet, Uninterrupted Reading Time). The school wide goal was 100,000 pages K-6. Preschool kids had their own goals of 200-400 minutes being read to them during the month.

The local businesses that partner up with us on this incentive program offered prizes, Preston bucks, discount in stores, meals at restaurants and goodies. Rewarding reading accomplishments with awards, praise and recognition was the goal of the program.

Title I, teachers and Community Education at Fillmore Central worked together to develop a goal depending on the age group and reading levels of the students.  This goal was set at an expectation that we would love to see all kids reach. Once the students reached their reading goal on their reading log, they were offered an added incentive from area businesses.

Set Goals:

3/4 & 4/5 Preschool has a goal of 200 minutes

K-2 has a goal of 300 minutes

3-4 has a goal of 400 pages 

5-6 has a goal of 600 pages

In the month of February there were 229 students that turned in reading logs! Although “I Love To Read Month” is over, the incentive program is not. Area businesses are continuing to offer the added incentive through the month of March.  

Thank you to families, Fillmore Central teachers and businesses for your time, interest, and involvement on this great incentive program for the students.

Hoffman Stables

Preston’s “DMC” is the SMSVC

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As the greater Rochester area celebrates the establishment of the state-supported Destination Medical Center, aptly coined the DMC, the greater Preston area recognizes the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (SMSVC) as an economic engine ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Due to the harsh winter and many snow days that came with it, the Fillmore Central School Board discussed the current policy in regards to make-up days. The current policy states the first snow day is forgiven, and after that the district must ma ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ryland Marshall Craig

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Ryland Marshall Craig was born on Sunday, January 5 at 12:41 p.m. in Princeton, Minn.. His parents are Lee and Teresa Craig of Elk River, Minn. Ryland weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 ¼ inches long. Grandparents are Norm & Sheila Craig, Preston, ..... 
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National Trout Center has new program director

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Board of Directors of the National Trout Center has announced that they have selected Richard L. Enochs as the program coordinator for the 2014 season. Mr. Enochs lives in Winona, Minn. with his wife Nancy. Rich is a retired business professi ..... 
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Kenneth William McBride

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kenneth William McBride, 84, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully Monday, March 17, 2014, at his residence. Kenneth was born February 12, 1930, on the family farm in rural Olmsted County, to William & Emma (Oldenburg) McBride. He lived most o ..... 
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Kay Christine Hines Laging

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Christine Hines Laging, age 74, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Kay was born August 18, 1939, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Sidney and Frances ..... 
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In the Service - Chelsea R. Larro

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Chelsea R. Larro of Preston, Minn. received her commission as an officer in the United States Navy, Medical Service Corp. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in psychology (honors) from Mankato State University, she was accepted to Loyola Univ ..... 
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Preston calls for hearing initiating TIF process

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 17 Preston City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to set a public hearing on April 21 regarding a plan to set up tax increment financing district (TIF) number 8. If an industrial park is developed at the southwest corner of th ..... 
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