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Students help city of Preston celebrate Arbor Day
Every year on Arbor Day, this year Friday, April 24, the city of Preston tries to plant a tree or trees to help continue improving the beauty of the city and give back to the community the oxygen shade and furry and feathery creatures that come from or with trees. This year, the city planted two Autumn Blaze maple trees near St. Columban Catholic Church with the help of several Fillmore Central sixth graders. Shown in the front, from left, are Jecob Wood, Riley Lange, Isabel Buentello and Eve Grabau. In back are Park Board member Art Callanan, Preston Public Works director Jim Bakken and Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District's Resource Conservation technician Rick Grooters. BRETTA GRABAU/NEWS LEADER
If inanimate objects could talk, this clock would have quite the story to tell. This clock belonged to the Olson brothers and would have seen the whole mysterious scenario. BRETTA GRABAU/NEWS LEADER
If inanimate objects could talk, this clock would have quite the story to tell. This clock belonged to the Olson brothers and would have seen the whole mysterious scenario. BRETTA GRABAU/NEWS LEADER
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:04 AM

Last week, Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase made public the findings of Captain John DeGeorge who looked into the 79-year-old murder case of brothers Sever and Knute Olson.

  • Several of the Preston building and rental property owners gathered at the F & M Bank Community Room to learn more about the Minnesota Small Cities Development Grant Program (SCDP) on Friday, April 24. The Preston Economic Development Association is contemplating applying for the grant in order to offer owners of both categories the opportunity for rehabilitating their buildings.

     
  • Many enjoy Swing Into Spring event as SMIF CEO explains programs, services

    “It is very much an affair of the heart,” Tim Penny said, describing his work as CEO/president of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). He addressed members of the Harmony community attending the Swing Into Spring event last Wednesday, hosted by the Harmony Area Community Foundation (HACF).

     
  • Lanesboro students earn State FFA Degree

    Five Lanesboro high school seniors received the Minnesota State FFA degree on Monday, April 27 at the University of Minnesota. Another earned his degree last year.

     
  • Local farms avoiding avian flu

    Owners of two area turkey farms report keeping an extra close eye on their birds and bio-security measures as an avian flu designated as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues to spread in western Minnesota, now reaching Steele County.

     
  • Investigation leads to new interest  in cold murder case from 1936

    Last week, Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase made public the findings of Captain John DeGeorge who looked into the 79-year-old murder case of brothers Sever and Knute Olson.

     
  • A comprehensive Health and Human Services finance proposal by House Republicans would provide Greater Minnesota nursing homes with hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue if signed into law.

     
  • New Flood Insurance Rate Maps will receive public input; may mean changes

    The creation and future implementation of new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) in Fillmore County has raised concerns for a number of business owners and individuals, both in the country and in cities.



     
  • The Preston City Council held its annual board of equalization prior to its meeting on Monday, April 20.

     
  • Life can change with one choice

    Students at Fillmore Central High School took time out of their regular school schedule on Thursday, April 16, to listen to a heavy and sobering story. Sept. 4, 2012, was a day that changed the life of Matt Logan of Byron forever and cost him the life of his precious 17-year-old daughter. It's a story he wants to share to the younger generation. His is a story full of lessons to help students understand the risks of texting and driving or even driving while distracted.

     
  • The congregation at Mabel First Lutheran will be celebrating a year of making a difference through its mission outreach on Sunday, April 26.

     
  • Members of the Junior Olympic Volleyball 16s Team approached the Mabel City Council on Wednesday, April 8, regarding fundraisers it would like to hold in the upcoming months. The team will be traveling to New Orleans to participate in a national tournament in June and are looking for ways to raise funds to pay for the trip.

     
  • Members of Lanesboro horticulture class address school board

    The Lanesboro School Board was joined by several members of the school's horticulture class at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 16. The students brought both a request for the board and an update on the greenhouse.

     
  • The Lanesboro Historical Museum will be open to the public on Saturday, May 2, from 1 to 5 p.m., and community members are invited to come in and see the fruits of all the work and reorganization the museum has undergone during the past few months.

     
  • Access an inner artist, support Relay For Life fundraiser in Cherry Grove

    On Tuesday, May 5, painters and non-painters alike will have an opportunity to have fun, paint a picture with their own personal flare and support a fight against cancer.

     
  • Henrytown Lutheran congregation focuses on moving forward

    Last week, the congregation of Henrytown Lutheran mourned the loss of their church building. Many visited the site on Thursday, watching as the country church was engulfed in flames. Others came later, when a pile of rubble continued to smolder, a grim view of what was left of a once beautiful church. Many did not visit until Sunday when they joined their fellow church members to pray for the strength and guidance to rebuild and carry on the strong legacy of the Henrytown congregation.

     
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