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Fillmore Central receives $12,000 rebate


Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on January, 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The agenda was approved as well as the minutes of the previous meeting.

While reviewing the claims, it was noted that Preston Public Utilities refunded over $700 for water charges. An abnormally high water bill prompted an investigation by the school, which resulted in the finding of an open water hydrant. Preston Public Utilities was kind enough to refund the amount, for which the school board was grateful.

Rory Lenton from Minnesota Energy Resources attended the meeting to present the board with a rebate check for $12,454 for improvements made to the school. He also offered to send Paul O’Sullivan to go through the school to look for other ways to make energy-saving changes. The service would be free of charge, and Lenton highly recommended O’Sullivan as he is very qualified and good at his job. The board gratefully accepted the offer and thanked Lenton for taking the time to attend the board meeting.

The officers for 2016 were elected with Ross Kiehne as chairperson, Craig Britton as vice-chairperson, Jim Love as clerk, Deb Ristau as vice-clerk, and Sue Sikkink as treasurer. All offices were the same as last year.

The board salaries for 2016 were approved with no changes from 2015.

The committee assignments for the coming year were set. The only changes were Craig Britton moving to the Continuing Education committee, and Deb Ristau moving to the Extracurricular committee.

The 2016 official appointments and designations were kept the same as the previous year.

Principal Heath Olstad gave his report to the board. The spelling bee was held on January 18. Shelby Hanson won first place, Joe Liew got second, and Maddie Krage came in third. Shelby and Joe will represent Fillmore Central at the district bee in February.

There are currently eight girls enrolled in the Fillmore Central dance team. The team just finished its first season and the students have enjoyed participating in it. They have been doing the high kick style of dance, but would like to move on to the more technically challenging jazz style.

The One Act Play performed publicly on January 14.

Dean of Students, Chris Mensink, noted that the K-6 grades brought in a total of 63,906 milk moola, box tops, Our Family, and Campbell’s .....
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Judge Robert Benson

Wed, Jan 27th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Judge Robert Benson, of Preston, died December 23, 2015 after fighting metastatic Merkel Cell carcinoma. He was born August 2, 1945 in Owatonna, Minn., to Josephine and Raymond Benson. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, children, Rebekah and M ..... 
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Chili Cook-off has positive turnout despite negative wind-chill

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

As temperatures dropped outdoors, some contestants brought the heat indoors with their chili entries during the annual Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off event in Preston, Minn. on January 16, 2016. Although the Candlelight Ski and bonfire were ca ..... 
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Plan details for Dairy and Farm reuse

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Councilman Robert Maust updated the Preston City Council at their January 19 meeting, offering more detailed plans for use of the former Dairy and Farm building. If the city purchases and renovates the building, it will house the Historical Society, ..... 
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National American Legion Commander to visit Preston

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

If you are a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of American Legion, you will want mark your calendar for noon on Thursday, February 4, 2016. On this special day, National American Legion Commander Dale Barnett and St ..... 
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Joyce Irene Simonson

Thu, Jan 21st, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Joyce Irene Simonson, 90, of Preston, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 2016, following a brief illness at Saint Mary’s Hospital Rochester, MN. Services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Prest ..... 
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Preston’s resolution to request state bonding reignites an old dispute

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council met for the first time in 2016 on January 4. In this new year, an old controversy has resurfaced. On July 8, 2013, District Court Judge Jeffrey D.Thompson ruled that the proposed Preston to Forestville State Trail was neve ..... 
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V. Douglas Miller

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

V. Douglas Miller, 71, of Rochester passed away at his home on January 3, 2016. Doug was born on September 11, 1944 in Preston, Minnesota to Virgil D. Miller and Serena B. Asper. He graduated from high school in 1963 from Kansas. From 196 ..... 
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