REGIONAL ROUNDUP Preston day care center to expand again this month

By John Weiss

PRESTON -- The day care center at Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston expanded -- again -- this month.

In September 2003, it opened for 3- to 6-year-olds. In September 2004, it added an infant room for children 6 weeks to 15 months old. And, early this month, it opened a toddler room for children from 15 months to 3 years old, said Kayla Lange, lead teacher in the preschool room. The age groups are in different rooms but next to each other, she said.

The center opened, under the auspices of the local community education program, because there wasn't enough day care in the area, Lange said. The center is open to children of teachers or anyone from the community.


The center could be a potential blessing for the Fillmore Central school system, which includes Preston, Harmony and Fountain. People in the area have several school districts from which to choose. Organizers hope the day care will attract and keep parents in the Fillmore district, Lange said.

The center now has more than 20 children enrolled, but it averages about 15 daily, she said.

"I love it, I absolutely love it," Lange said. She works with those 3 to 5 years old, the ages she likes best.

Anyone interested in the center is asked to call Allen LaFleur at (507) 765-3809, ext. 439.

Wabasha gets Homeland Security grant

WABASHA -- The Wabasha Fire Department has received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The department announced a week ago that Wabasha will get $116,284.

Money may be used to update air packs and other gear, training, and anything that improves a fire department's ability to respond to emergencies.

In the past few years, dozens of other departments in the state also have received grants.


Out and about

A candlelight ski is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 at Rice Lake State Park northwest of Claremont.

If there isn't enough snow, it will be a candlelight hike. A warming shelter, campfire, baked goods and hot drinks will be offered. More than 300 candles will be lighted along a 1.5-mile route that begins at the boat launch. The event is organized by Friends of Rice Lake State Park. Those coming to the park will need a park sticker on their vehicles.

The North American premiere of a film about Kenny Salwey, a river rat who lives south of Alma, Wis., will be at 2 p.m. March 6 at the Alma High School auditorium. The film was made in and along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa and deals with Salwey and the river's ecosystem. The film, "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat," was produced by the British Broadcasting Corp. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger. Send a check made out to Alma Chamber of Commerce-Salway Event to Bank of Alma c/o film tickets, Box 247, Alma, WI, 54610. The high school is about three miles south of Alma.

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