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One Moment, Please... Here come the parades


Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre; Publisher

Fillmore County Journal

jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com

I recently had an interesting conversation with someone who questioned why the Fillmore County Journal participates in parades.

“How much money do you make when you participate in a parade?” they asked.

As I told this person, we don’t participate in parades to make money. We actually spend quite a bit of money. Some years, we’ve participated in upwards of nine parades between May and September.

And, the reason we participate in our local parades is so that we can connect with the community. This presents an opportunity to thank our readers as we hand out goodies.

At the recent Trout Days parade in Preston, we handed out jumbo-size freeze pops until we ran out and then handed out small U.S. flags.

Sometimes we run out of items to handout, as it is hard to gauge how many people will show up for a parade.

On average, between gas and goodies, I am guessing we spend about $125 per parade. But, quite frankly, we don’t think about the cost involved. We think about all of the people we are going to meet and greet.

Parades are a big deal in our small communities. Whether it’s a church, the fire department or a local business, everyone takes pride in being a part of our communities -- and parades present an opportunity like no other.

A few years ago, for our Visit Bluff Country Magazine, I drove our company van in the Rochesterfest Parade. After that one time, I realized that I didn’t want to participate again. There were so many restrictions relating to how goodies were distributed and I didn’t recognize a lot of people in the crowd like I do when we visit each community in our primary circulation area. Essentially, that was five hours of my life I won’t get back. And, after I had already considered not participating the next year, they sent me a letter indicating a significant increase in fees to participate in the parade. So, that put an exclamation on my decision!

To sum it up, we don’t make money participating in parades. But, we do connect with our communities.

So, as the summer chugs along, when you see an opportunity to participate in a parade, either as a floater or a spectator, consider yourself part of something pretty special. You’re a part of a community that has a reason .....
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Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown & Associates, reviewed the tax increment financing plan for TIF District no. 9 at Preston’s June 6 council meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were absent. Public hearings were held for both the esta ..... 
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You choose: elect or appoint

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County commissioners are considering putting two questions on the November ballot to let the people decide. They will consider a resolution for referenda at their June 14 meeting. The questions could read “Shall the office of auditor/tre ..... 
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POET Biorefining opens employee fitness center

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

The forty-two team members of POET Biorefining in Preston can now get a workout in before they head home after work. A new fitness center in the plant’s office building was opened in November 2015. The center features weights, an elliptical, a t ..... 
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Fillmore Central accepts Boots & Badges donations from American Legion and VFW

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on May 24 at 6 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved along with the district bills. Principal Heath Olstad reported that the local banks are continui ..... 
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Roof options for Preston City Hall

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the May 16 Preston City Council meeting, options to repair and/or replace the roof on city hall was discussed. Architect Terry Grubbs had given estimates for needed exterior work on the building, which he suggested be completed in three phases. T ..... 
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Bernice Affeldt Drury

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Bernice Affeldt Drury, age 90, of Preston, Minn., died Sunday morning, May 22, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospitals - St. Marys Campus. Bernice was born May 4, 1926, in Wykoff, Minn., the daughter of Arthur and Emma (Fitzthum) Affeldt. She was raised ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Emry Duaine Peterson

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Nicholas and Kayla Peterson of Preston are pleased to announce the arrival of their son, Emry Duaine. Emry arrived May 5, 2016, weighing 6 lb 14 oz and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Laurie Bacon of Preston, Kevin Lange of Harmony, De ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Finding you

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Preston Journal Student Writing Project

By Blake Bigalk With my senior year coming to an end, and graduation within reach, this is my last article that I will be writing for the Fillmore County Journal. With that in mind, I really wanted to write about something that meant a lot to me a ..... 
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