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Preston, MN


Fri, Aug 31st, 2001
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The city of Preston became situated on the south branch of the Root River in 1853. The location of the town was most desirable as the river afforded opportunities for a dam, land for houses and access to abundant supplies of timber, water power, stone work and railway service.

Preston derives its name from Luther Preston, the town's first postmaster, a friend and employee of John Kaercher, in 1856. Mr. Kaercher is cited as one of the founding fathers of the city as a result of a failed business deal in Carimona which led Mr. Kaercher to locate his two mills in the area that now comprises Preston. The city was incorporated in 1871 and the original plat contained 11 blocks with one reserved for a Court House square. The direction of city streets conforms to the cardinal points of the compass.

Preston is located in the "Driftless Area" of southeastern Minnesota, a mecca of karst geology, hardwood forest lands, wild turkey, whitetailed deer, trout fishing, agriculture, apple orchards and numerous "sink holes", springs, brooks and streams. Visitors to our city and area enjoy year-round fishing, snowmobiling, canoeing, tubing, tennis, bowling, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and golfing. With convenient access to Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park west of town, the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center northeast of town, the Preston Trailhead of the Root River State Trail (for biking, hiking, and cross country skiing) and nearby Amish who frequent our community, Preston offers a peaceful, small town atmosphere close to many interesting and invigorating activities of southeast Minnesota's Historic Bluff Country!


Trout Days, Preston's annual celebration, is held the third weekend in May.

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Not being reasonable, is not necessarily unreasonable

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Monday, September 3, 2001

An essay by Neil Haugerud

Reason, one can argue, is perhaps one of the most overrated attributes of human intelligence, and the archenemy of innovation and spontaneity. While the analytical lifestyles of today ..... 
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Sam goes to the show

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Monday, August 27, 2001

Last Thursday, I found myself sitting in on a Town Meeting. The only reason that I had for attending was my curiosity. I had never attended one and I wanted to see what it was all about. The meeting started off with the ..... 
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Commute 004

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Monday, August 13, 2001

I am often asked why I live in a small town and commute forty-five minutes each way to work. I say that I prefer the lifestyle. If the person asking has ever lived in a small town, they probably know what I mean. If not ..... 
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"In Those Days You Walked."

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Monday, August 20, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony ..... 
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Butterflies through Binoculars

Fri, Aug 31st, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

What creature flies; makes no sounds; does not bite, sting or carry disease; is bright orange with dark bands on its upperparts and silver spots below; and is common in meadows, fields and along roadsides in Fillmore Cou ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blandings Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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Questions from the Neighborhood

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Virginia CooperMonday, September 3, 2001

How do I tell when eggplant is ripe? According to Charles Nissley's Pocket Book of Gardening: 'The eggplant must be used while it is still highly glossy on the outside. As soon as the outside begins to ..... 
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Dry Spell

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Monday, August 27, 2001


This has been one hot dry summer. Over the last ten weeks we have received less than two inches of rain. I dont know if that qualifies us for a drought, but it certainly is a wicked dry spell. Even with the satura ..... 
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