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home : republican-leader : preston/lanesboro/fountain area news April 16, 2014

Family Dollar opens in Preston
The new Family Dollar store opened in Preston last Thursday and has been busy welcoming customers into its aisles throughout its grand opening week.  BRETTA GRABAU/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
The new Family Dollar store opened in Preston last Thursday and has been busy welcoming customers into its aisles throughout its grand opening week. BRETTA GRABAU/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
Over the past few months, travelers coming through town on Highway 52 have witnessed the construction of a new Family Dollar store in Preston. As the time drew near for the opening, people could see electricians working in the building, shelves being installed and merchandise being laid out. Citizens anticipated the new store to be a tremendous asset to the community.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Six sites in Fillmore County ready for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Fillmore County law enforcement agencies are participating in the 2014 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, April 26.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Friends of Forestville get new officer, look for donated, possible state dollars
The Friends of Forestville convened at the Spring Valley Public Library last Thursday, April 10, in anticipation of spring at Historic Forestville, looking forward to a busy season at the vintage village located inside Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
National Trout Center introduces new program coordinator during open house
Minnesota's Stream Trout Fishing season opener dawned Saturday with one of the first thunderstorms of the year. Many anglers from all over the area descended on the streams only to be driven away by darkness and downpour. Several even braved harsh rain and difficult driving conditions to partake in the trout season opening.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Fountain council updated on installation of new trail maps
Rose Voigt of the Trail Towns committee presented an update to Fountain's city council on Thursday, April 3, regarding the committee's intentions to replace maps that are posted along the Root River Trail before the 2014 Taste of the Trail event.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
New playground to be erected near Preston's swimming pool
As summer approaches, so does the realization that children on break from school will be gathering en masse at certain areas of town for recreation. One very popular place in the summer is the city pool in Preston. A playground is located nearby and children are often playing on it while taking a break from the pool.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Preston council tackles public hearings and a special meeting
The Preston City Council met for a short and decisive special meeting on Wednesday, April 9, to discuss and vote on the Tax Increment Financing District 7 and the business subsidy agreements for both Preston Dairy and Farm and Gehling Auction Company.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Highway 52 resurfacing among construction projects this summer
Several projects in the area, including Highway 52 resurfacing, are among the more than 300 construction projects scheduled in Minnesota for 2014.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Teal ribbons raise awareness of victims of sexual violence
To honor the victims of sexual violence, Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted (DFO) Victim Services and Fillmore Family Advocates, with the support of area city councils, have hung teal ribbons in nearly every town within Fillmore County as a visual reminder of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
New site supervisor got first look at Forestville as student
"I'm looking forward to being here in the spring...one of the things I've missed is seeing the school groups come to Forestville...I'm looking forward to sharing living history with our youth, to harvesting the asparagus, seeing the lilacs in bloom, spring at Forestville," said Historic Forestville's new site supervisor, Alyssa Wagner.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Spanish banquet is cultural opportunity for area residents
In an area with residents' ancestors coming from Scandinavian countries, many times hearing of Spanish food makes one think "spicy" or "tortillas." Fillmore Central Spanish teacher Brian Wolfgram believes this to be a common misunderstanding when it comes to food from Spanish-speaking countries.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Preston council holds four public hearings, discusses industrial park feasibility study
The Preston City Council had a busy night on Monday, April 7, with four public hearings and a full agenda.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Lanesboro council discusses placing historic decals in vacant building windows
In order to disguise the fact that several buildings in Lanesboro are vacant, the city's Economic Development Authority (EDA) has suggested placing historic decals into the windows of each of these buildings. The idea behind this is to make the buildings appear as though they are not vacant. The hope is that showing some attention to the building would attract people to possibly buy it for a specific purpose rather than leaving them vacant.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Commissioners review tobacco use policy for employees
Fillmore County Human Resources Officer Kristina Kohn presented a policy for a smoke- and tobacco-free workplace, along with several other updates and a request to hire a part-time custodian during the Tuesday, April 1, Fillmore County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Lanesboro graduate plans trip to Kenya as mentor for young people
No one knows the opportunities that may arise through connections in their jobs. As a research student at Mayo Clinic several years ago, Robin Sautter, a graduate from Lanesboro High School, connected with another woman named Winter Okoth.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Fillmore Central board approves change to snow day policy
The Fillmore Central School Board discussed changes within the school policy concerning snow days during its regular meeting last Tuesday, March 24. After its discussion, the board approved the changes to do what is best for both the students and district.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Fillmore Central, Birds of Prey booster clubs combine
In order to curb confusion as clubs go from business to business for fundraisers, the Fillmore Central Booster Club and Birds of Prey Booster Club have joined forces. Under the Booster Club umbrella, every other club will receive their shares of fundraisers to which businesses donate money.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Cemetery director states Preston's veterans cemetery will be the most beautiful of its kind
David Swantek, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery director in Little Falls, Minn., told over 150 Preston area residents the veterans cemetery being built in Preston is likely to become one of the most beautiful and unique state veterans cemeteries in the United States.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Preston approves resolution for annexation ordinance, accepts bids for street improvements
The Preston City Council met in special session on Monday, March 31, to discuss the resolution for annexing 8.01 acres belonging to Preston Dairy and Farm and Gehling Auction into the city limits.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Smithsonian Magazine honors Lanesboro in special destination list
In its most recent issue for the month of April, the Smithsonian Magazine released a publication of the top 20 small towns to visit in the United States. Many of these towns belong to the east coast and states such as Florida, Virginia and Vermont. Others were from Arizona and Idaho.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Commissioners OK County 1 bid, consider veterans support program
The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners convened this past Tuesday, March 25, with a busy agenda that included a highway project bid approval, consideration of a veterans support program and several retirements.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014


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