American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary

Henry M. Guttormson, Post #40

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440







Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Preston

715 Highway 52

Preston, MN 55965

Phone: 507-765-7320



The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Preston is the second State Veterans Cemetery. Dedication was Memorial Day, 2016. the first veterans were laid to rest on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2015. Earl Hoff served in the Air Force a few years after World War II and through the Korean War. Clarence Quanrud served in the Navy in the mid-1950s. Both played an important part in Preston's history as mayors in the 1990s. The men were buried in their assigned places with a joint burial service in the pavilion.


Phase one developed approximately 28 acres including the main entrance, cortege assembly area, administration building, maintenance facility, roads, assembly area, committal shelter, 2,309 grave sites for casket interment, per-placed crypts, 832 in-ground cremation burials, 720 columbarium niches. The burial sites are expected to meet the need for the next decade.



For your convenience, the following information has been obtained from the Please contact the Fillmore County Veteran Services Office at 507-765-4937 or go directly to the site for assistance and further details.



  • Gravesite or Columbarium Niche

  • Pre-placed Grave liner (Standard size)

  • Headstone/Niche Cover

  • Perpetual Care



  • $0 all burial options

Spouse/Eligible Dependent*

  • $745 all burial options

*Fees for spouse/eligible dependents cannot be prepaid and are subject to change



Pre-registration ensures your eligibility in advance and eliminates delays in providing military documents to the cemetery.  Pre-registration applications are available at the cemetery office or at your local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO). Contact your CVSO at or by calling 1-888-LinkVet (546-5838) MDVA's one-stop customer service line for all Minnesota Veterans and their families.



The funeral director or the next of kin makes burial arrangements for an eligible Veteran, spouse or dependent at the time of need by contacting the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. A spouse or dependent is buried based upon the eligibility of the Veteran. To establish the Veteran's eligibility, a copy of the Veteran's military discharge document or a DD214 must be provided. If these documents are not available, the cemetery must be provided with sufficient military information to allow the cemetery to access federal US Department of Veteran Affairs and/or military records to establish eligibility. The cemetery staff will set a tentative date for the committal service pending verification of service and character of discharge, and will notify the applicant when the committal service is scheduled. The proposed date and time will be approved only when the cemetery verifies eligibility and confirms the arrangements.



Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time. Temporary containers and water are provided in location around the main cemetery drive. Floral items will be removed from graves by cemetery personnel as soon as they become faded or unsightly, artificial flowers may be placed on grave during the periods specified on the floral regulation signs located around the main cemetery drive. Plantings statues, vigil lights, breakable objects of any nature and any other type of commemorative items are not permitted on the graves.



The cemetery can do seven committal services per day, Monday - Friday, on a first-come basis, every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (3 p.m. is cremation only). Committal services are limited to 20 minutes. All committal services should be brief and need to start on the hour at the scheduled time. Families who extend their services can greatly affect others who have reserved the following time. All committal services are held in the committal service building rather than at the actual gravesite because of burial rates and operational considerations, This ensures the family's safety and provides a fitting location for military honors and the ability of our staff to continue cemetery operations. The remains are removed from the committal service building for burial following the family's departure and are never left unattended by cemetery staff. Clergy services and other arrangements are the responsibility of the family or family representatives. These arrangements are normally coordinated through the chosen funeral director.



A pre-placed grave liner will be provided by the cemetery for all casket burials. Traditional gravesites are available for individuals who choose to purchase a sealed burial vault from their chosen funeral director.



In-Ground cremation gravesites provide a traditional burial option for cremated remains. In-ground cremation gravesites are marked with an upright marble headstone. The choice for the placement of cremated remains either in-ground or above-ground will need to be determine by the next-of-kin.



The columbarium provides an above-ground option for cremated remains. Columbarium niches are marked with a marble niche cover. The choice for the placement of cremated remains either in-ground or above-ground will need to be determined by the next-of-kin.



Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Preston

715 Highway 52

Preston, MN 55965

Phone: 507-765-7320

Fax:  507-765-3793




Contact the Fillmore County Veterans Service Office at 507-765-4937 for assistance and details or click here for Burial and Memorial Benefits


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Upstairs facilities available to anyone for meetings and/or parties.

  *You do not have to be a member to rent the facilities.

Meetings / Kitchen / Dining Hall only, no Bar - everything you need except the food and cooks $30

Entire upstairs with Bar and Bartender $50

Call 507-467-3440 during business hours for bookings.


American Legion Post #40

Henry M. Guttormson

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440


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