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Another option for Internet service comes to Preston


Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

HTC Connects Technician Barry Churchill holds a receiver used to capture HTC Connects signal for wireless internet service. Photo submitted



Most residential and commercial customers in Preston have been used to having two options for Internet service: Medicom and Centurylink.

Well, now there’s another option.

Historically, the Harmony Telephone Company has had great success with providing telephone and Internet service to the people of Harmony. About 11 years ago, Bluff Country Computer Works was established with a key team member, Barry Churchill.

With the collaborative insights brought together by the team at the Harmony Telephone Company, they launched HTC Connects, a wireless ISP (Internet Service Provider).

In October of 2012, HTC Connects was born with the first customer going online.

Currently, HTC Connects serves a total of 98 residential and 14 commercial customers in the area, and that number continues to grow each month.

In February of 2014, HTC Connects is expanding their services to Preston.

There are now 14 residential and five commercial customers in the Preston area.

“With our expansion into Preston, we can offer commercial and residential customers service from a local provider who understands their needs and challenges. With our years of experience in the internet industry and established customer service practices, we can provide a low cost, high speed internet alternative with great local service,” said Alissa Stelpflug.

For the future of this 70-year-old company, they are continuously reviewing options to expand their service into surrounding areas. While there are no specific areas planned at this time it is something they will review very regularly to determine if there is a need that can be met with the technology that is currently available.

They currently offer residential packages starting at $49.95 with 3 megabyte download and 1 megabyte upload speeds. They also have options with greater capacity starting at $129.95 for 20 megabyte download and 10 megabyte upload speeds. “If our advertised packages don’t meet the needs of a customer we are willing to work with the customer to create a customized solution that will fit their needs,” shared Alissa Stelpflug.

According to Barry Churchill, he is “Proud to be able to offer a service that people want that is reliable, fast and includes great, local customer service. I have been a technician for almost 11 years for HTC and we strive to prov .....
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A business that evolved on a foundation of family and community support

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Twenty years ago, Pam Ristau took a leap of faith on establishing her CPA firm in Preston, Minn. While that wasn’t her original plan when she first went to college at Gustavus Adolphus, it became more apparent in the years that followed. Her ..... 
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students selected from Fillmore Central

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

The following ten Fillmore Central Band Students on being selected to participate in the 2015 Luther College Dorian Honor Band on Sunday, February 22 and Monday, February 23, in Decorah, Iowa: Participating in the Massed Bands: Cami Jones, flute ..... 
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Rose Kathryn Haagenson

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Rose Kathryn Haagenson, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in West Chicago, Ill. She was born July 22, 1925 in Preston, Minn., the daughter of John and Lena (nee Krock) Shields. Rose was united in marriage to Stanley H ..... 
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Many make tracks to Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston All

A mild but breezy evening was on tap for Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off 2015 on January 17 in Preston, Minn. with many area residents and guests attending. The free event is sponsored by the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tra ..... 
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Preston woman survives vehicular plunge into Root River

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

At approximately 7:11 p.m., on Friday, January 9, 2015, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a report that there was a one vehicle accident south of Wykoff on County Road 5, just south of County Road 12 on the way to Forest ..... 
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Clarice Ebner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Clarice Lorrayne Ebner, 90, of Preston, died Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Bur ..... 
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Preston discusses possible meeting schedule changes

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The regular meeting time for the Preston City Council was discussed at the January 5 meeting. Re-elected Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilmen Charles Sparks and Robert Maust recited the oath of office as they began their new terms. Reicks said they ..... 
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