*For the most accurate business information please check with individual businesses. Things are changing on a daily basis.
Preston City Hall
Due to growing concerns over COVID-19, the City of Preston has closed public access to all City facilities as of March 19, 2020.
City employees will limit contact with the public in accordance with the social distancing protocols that both the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC are recommending.
City employees will continue to report to work and serve the community. These social distancing protocols will help ensure that the City can continue to provide reliable emergency services, public utilities and administrative services without interruption.
City employees will remain available to the public through telephone and email. Utility balances can be checked and paid online or by calling the utility office at (507) 765-2491 and placing payments in the drop box in front of City Hall. Other arrangements for utility payments can be made by calling the office. Planning & Zoning applications will continue to be processed and can be obtained by calling (507) 765-2153. The Police Department can be reached during the business day by calling (507) 765-2153 and after hours by calling the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 765-3874 (press option 1).
Emails addresses for City employees may be found on the City’s website at: prestonmn.org/city-hall
If you have business that is time-sensitive and must be conducted in person, please call (507) 765-2153 to make an appointment. City staff will do their best to accommodate your request.
Kurt Reicks, Mayor
Joe Hoffman, City Administrator
Fillmore County Emergency Declaration
March 19th – Fillmore County Emergency Declaration
Read the Emergency Declaration by Clicking Here
- No returns are accepted at this time and please do not use re-usable grocery sacks at this time due to COVID-19.
- •On Friday, March 20th, 2020 we will temporarily change our hours of operation listed below until further notice to help ensure the well-being of our staff, replenishment of our products and an even deeper cleaning of our stores.
NEW Store Hours Beginning Friday, March 20th 2020
7am – 7pm Monday – Saturday
8am – 7pm Sunday
At this time, we are asking all customers to respect our request of having the opening hour of 7 to 8am each day reserved for those shoppers who are at a higher risk of severe illness by COVID-19, which includes older adults and those who have compromised immune systems. This is to provide an opportunity for those individuals to be the first to shop after our overnight cleaning and reduced traffic in our stores.
When necessary, we will continue to place purchase limits on high-demand products such as hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, bottled water, gloves and bath and facial tissue to increase the likelihood of those products being available to even more of our customers.
We appreciate your support and thank you for understanding.
Owner / Operations Manager
Owner / President
Tim Kiehne, Store Manager
- •Delivery & Pick-UpIf you find yourself unsure of your health, or you are quarantined by the virus- please do not hesitate to call or order online for delivery or pick-up. We will deliver groceries to your home and drop them off at your porch if you are unable to leave or unsure.
Call Preston Foods 507-765-2465, auto attendant will answer, PRESS 1 for details and to leave us your name and phone number. WE WILL CALL YOU BACK TO GET YOUR ORDER.
You can also visit our website at www.myprestonfoods.com and submit a basic grocery list online and we will call you to confirm and provide you with the time it will be ready for pick-up or delivery. More details on the website or by calling the store
507-765-2465 – www.myprestonfoods.com
•Other places you can find food items in town: Casey’s General Store, Preston Motor Mart, Family Dollar
- •Fillmore County Food Shelf – Preston – Semcac’s food shelf provides individuals and families with a variety of nutritious food and the opportunity to stretch limited household budgets. The food shelves are sustained by monetary donations, donations of food and personal care items. To use the food shelf, the household income should be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. However, emergency food is available to any household experiencing a food crisis, regardless of household income. At this time, please call ahead before visiting. 507-765-2761
Restaurants & Bars
- •For a full list of restaurants offering takeout services and delivery please visit our Takeout Blitz page by clicking here.
Preston Hy-Vee HealthMarket Rx Pharmacy
•507-765-2156| Call for delivery or pick-up | Store Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm | Pharmacy closed for lunch from 12:30pm-1pm
F&M Community Bank
- •Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, and until further notice, all transactions which are typically done at the teller line will now be handled by using our drive-ups (available in Preston and Chatfield) or by using our night depositories (available at all offices). We will not be handling transactions face-to-face except in situations which require doing so and arrangements can be made to maintain proper social distancing. Any business which requires the handling of paperwork will require special arrangements and can be made with the lender or personal banker.
- •507-765-3823 – www.fmcommunity.com
Fillmore Central Schools
Since Governor Walz’ press conference today there have been several questions related to the impact for schools. This is the information we have at this time from the Minnesota Department of Education:
· We will continue to develop our distance learning plan. The Fillmore Central plan will be published by Friday on the school website. Please understand that this plan and the document is totally new for all schools in MN. Therefore, the plan will be very liquid. Staff will continue to update, add, and modify the plan throughout the distance learning experience.
· Distance Learning for students in Minnesota will begin Monday, March 30 and continue through Thursday, April 30. School staff will return to work Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 4. Students will return to school Tuesday, May 5.
· Free breakfast and lunch for all children will continue throughout the shutdown. Please sign up via the form on the district website if you haven’t already done so.
· We will continue to operate our daycare program and SAC for Tier I and Tier II employees. Contact Angi Kaase if you have questions.
· The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) for this year have been cancelled.
· All school activities during the shutdown are suspended. We will determine which activities will be reinstated in May at a later time.
We will continue to provide updates as information and direction from the state changes. Please read these updates in their entirety. Please continue to practice healthy habits for everyone’s safety!!!
Preston Police Department
It is the goal of the Preston Police Department to provide the highest level of service at all times. Although our level of service will not change, our method of response and call handling may be a little different for the time being. We are implementing the recommendation provided to us to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. We will continue to patrol as always. Some of the calls we receive may be handled by phone rather than in person. The calls we do respond to in person may need to take place outdoors. As always, feel free to call on us for anything you normally would call for. This message is not meant to be viewed as alarming. We just hope to be part of the solution rather than the problem. I would also recommend reading the statement from Sheriff John DeGeorge.
Thank you all,
Chief Blaise Sass
Preston Police Department
- •Christ Lutheran: In light of recent restrictions recommended by the state and national government, we will be cancelling all gatherings of 10 or more people until further notice. This means no soup suppers, no Wednesday evening Lenten services and no in-person Sunday morning worship for now. We will update you as soon as plans change and we can resume in-person gatherings.
- •United Methodist Church: Suspended worship services through the end of March.
- •St. Columban Catholic Church: All masses and public church functions are suspended until May 15th.
- •First Baptist Church of Preston: After a lengthy discussion and much prayer we have come to the conclusion that we will need to suspend our in person gatherings for this week. This will include our Kings Kids, Mid-week bible study, Women’s Missionary Fellowship, Sunday school, and Morning service. As this is a constantly changing situation we will reevaluate the situation each week and resume our regular service schedule as soon as possible. All future changes to the church schedule will be posted on Facebook as well as emailed to our members.
Park Lane Estates
- •Due to recent guidance from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services, we have restricted all visitors from Park Lane except for compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life situations. This is a requirement for all senior living and care communities throughout the country due to the public health emergency recently declared relative to COVID-19. We recognize the challenges these restrictions place on our residents and their loved ones. We encourage you to contact residents by phone, text, video chat, or social media. Please contact Cathy Nation, Administrator (507-765-9986) if you have questions about how to connect with your loved one. Thank you for understanding!
- •Due to recent guidance from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services, we have restricted all visitors from Traditions except for compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life situations. This is a requirement for all senior living and care communities throughout the country due to the public health emergency recently declared relative to COVID-19. We recognize the challenges these restrictions place on our residents and their loved ones.
Fillmore County DAC
- •UPDATE: Given the recent information in regards to the current COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota, the Fillmore County DAC will be extending our closure.The Fillmore County DAC and Thrifty Threads Store will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Stay home & stay healthy everyone!
DPS-DVS Cancels Road Tests at all Exam Stations March 18-27 Due to COVID-19 Virus Concerns
- •The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is canceling all road tests March 18-27, due to COVID-19 concerns. Anyone who has a class D, commercial driver’s license (CDL) or motorcycle road test appointment scheduled during this time will receive a cancellation notice by email or text message. Other driver services, such as knowledge testing and driver’s license applications, continue to be available to Minnesotans. Customers can check which offices are open at the DVS office locations page. Winona Drivers Exam Office: 507-312-2670 | Rochester Drivers Exam Office: 507-285-7412
Read the latest update for current customer by clicking here.
Cancelled/Postponed Local Events
- •Preston Area Community Foundation Annual Dinner and Auction
- •Preston United Methodist Church Cod Fish Dinner
- •Fillmore Central Schools – All school related activities are cancelled until school reopens.
- •Preston Pubic Library – CLOSED – Please call for book only pick ups. All programs are cancelled at this time until reopening.
- •Fillmore County History Center – Programs cancelled until reopened.
- •Preston Historical Society April Meeting
- •Historic Forestville – Closed through May 1st. – Mystery Cave/Forestville State Park OPEN
Health Related Links
- •Minnesota Department of Health https://www.health.state.mn.
- •Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/
- •Fillmore County Public Health http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/
- •Mayo Clinic COVID-19 information: https://www.
If you have information you would like added to this list please contact Gabby at 507-765-2153 or email email@example.com
Please note that information is subject to change and we will do our very best to keep this list updated.
💜Let’s fill Preston with hearts!💜
💜We know it’s good for EVERYONE to take a break and get outdoors for a walk or even go for a drive around town..especially if you’ve got kids to entertain!
💜Let’s make our trips a little extra fun…This idea is not original to us, but we love it. Cut out some hearts and hang them in your windows so people can see them while they are out walking or cruising around town. It’s simple, free and fun for EVERYONE! It can show us all that we’re in this difficult time together as a community.
💜Share this with your friends so we can fill the town with hearts! Businesses, you can participate too!