Over the past 70 years, the Preston Lions Club has been working to improve the quality of life in Preston and support those who live within the community. Through those years, the members may have changed, but the commitment to the city of Preston has not.
City Clerk Karen Larson gave the Mabel EDA (Economic Development Authority) an update on the Mabel Community Center during the regular EDA meeting last Wednesday evening.
In honor of outstanding contributions in the fight against cancer, the American Cancer Society recently presented the volunteers from the Relay For Life of Fillmore County a Regional Community of Hope Award. The volunteers and committee chair, Sue Sikkink, were honored at the 2014 Southeast Minnesota Leadership Conference held in Owatonna, on Nov. 1.
“I’ve heard one pastor say – ‘just have your bags packed and get ready for an adventure,’” said the Rev. Elliott Malm.
Residents in the Lanesboro community have completed an artistic project to be proud of as the mural they helped formulate nears completion. The artwork on the hallway walls outside the library features over 20 different scenes that capture the essence of life in Lanesboro.
The Lanesboro School Board met for its regular board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 20. Board members were joined by Pam Ristau, who presented the school's audit report for the 2013-2014 school year.
Several residents who live along CSAH 35 and First Avenue Southwest in Harmony attended the assessment hearing for the street and utility improvement project, held prior to the Harmony City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.
Fillmore Central High School set aside time in its day on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to honor the 2014 members of the Falcon Scholar Club. Many parents, friends and relatives gathered in the high school stage gym to celebrate with the club members and hear from the guest speakers, Jane and Kerry Kingsley.
Christmas is a time for giving. As the season of Thanksgiving passes, thoughts turn to decorating the Christmas tree and purchasing gifts for family and friends. The holiday season also includes the spirit of generosity as many contribute gifts to Christmas in Fillmore County for those who may be unable to buy their own gifts for their family.
Eyes beyond Fillmore County are keying in on a Third District Court case in Preston that appears to pit Amish religious beliefs against government regulations in the area of zoning codes and environmental protection. The strengthening of groundwater protection rules has seen an increase in similar cases across the country.
Last Friday, Nov. 21, 61 Mabel-Canton students were inducted into the school’s 90’s Club in honor of their academic achievements for the 2013-14 school year.
More than 100 people gathered in Red Wing Saturday, Nov. 15, for a regional growth initiative organized by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), which is offering $100,000 to help start multi-community projects.
The Fillmore County Board gained a new commissioner — Harry Root, who was sworn in Tuesday, Nov. 18 — and, as expected, is losing a commissioner — Tom Kaase, who turned in his resignation, effective Dec. 30, so he can assume the position of sheriff.
Separate requests for conditional use permits (CUPs) for the siting of a new Verizon cell phone tower and the creation of a family pond, both located in Fillmore County, will be addressed by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners during a future board meeting. The date is yet to be determined, but may be in December.
Ukrainian foreign exchange student Khrystyna Kurylo thoroughly loves the English language and hopes to return home next summer with a more developed American accent. As she studies at Fillmore Central this year, being involved in extra curricular activities and through her classes and friendships, there is much to learn about the language and its characteristics.