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Traditions of Preston under new ownership

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Roger Carlsen, of Mantorville, Minn., has taken ownership of Traditions of Preston located in Preston, Minn. Roger states that he has been looking to purchase an assisted care facility for quite some time and found Traditions of Preston to be just what he was looking for.

The building was in pretty good shape, but Roger has been making improvements to make the building in tip-tip top shape. Work has been done outside such a re-paving the parking lot and a little more work will be done outside when spring arrives.

Inside the building improvements such as painting and replacing lighting has been done and additional items will be taken care of to “spit and polish” the building according to Carlsen. Carlsen intends to make the building as bright and cheery as possible for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Roger Carlsen has mostly owned apartment buildings in the past but said that the transition to owning Traditions of Preston went seamlessly and he has had experience with the management company and has a good relationship with them which made the new venture go smoothly.

An additional reason that the transition went so well is the staff. Roger Carlsen stated, “Everyone on the staff is wonderful.” This includes the maintenance man to the cook as well as the management. Carlsen said that a big part of buying and taking over Traditions of Preston was the fact that it was already being managed well and staff turnover is low, which is a sign of how dedicated the staff is.

Carlsen decided not to change the name of the business after speaking with residents, staff, and community members who felt the name should stay the same. Carlsen will not be moving to the Preston area as he has family, including grandchildren, that live near his current home.

According to Carlsen, his favorite part of owning Traditions of Preston is meeting people, saying, “Everyone has a story to tell. He enjoys hearing those stories. His number one goal is to make the experience for residents better as Traditions is their home.

Roger says that Traditions of Preston has a lot of activities including pie socials and other activities that bring people from the community to visit. Andrea Atwood, Director of Housing, does a great job promoting these events. The Facebook page for Traditions of Preston is a great site to visit as many pictures of events, residents, and guests are put on the page for family and friends to view.

Traditions of Preston has 24 rooms with two rooms currently vacant. Phone (507) 765-3837 for more information. The address of Traditions of Preston is 608 Winona Street in Preston, Minn. The website is The Facebook page for Traditions of Preston is www.facebook/Traditions-of-Preston-LLC.

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