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Preston, MN


Fri, May 10th, 2002
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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.

Envirothon

Fri, May 10th, 2002
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Monday, May 13, 2002

To some, Envirothon is a contest only for the dirt, rodent, water, and tree lovers. But that is not true: Envirothon is a contest for anyone interested in investing in the future. The Canon Envirothon website describes the ..... 
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On Dangerous Ground

Fri, May 10th, 2002
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Monday, May 6, 2002

The dangerous ground is not always to be found on the battlefield. For the unwary and the foolhardy, it lies at home. I discovered this fact shortly after I retired from whatever it was that I did for a living so many years ..... 
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Forty is much better

Fri, May 10th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2001

A decade ago, I worked at a bookstore in Fairmont with a wonderful woman named Rhea. She was a kind soul with a habit of championing underdogs. She was a chain smoker and feisty. It’s embarrassing to remember that I was ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, May 10th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Flame and Flood

Fri, May 10th, 2002
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Monday, may 13, 2002

I first learned of the Lanesboro fire on April 8 when I received an e-mail message from Eric Thiss. He and Dan Beaver of Zoo Books and Taxon Media are the publishers of my forthcoming book At Home in the Big Woods. All 50 ..... 
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A Tale of Three Shrews

Fri, May 10th, 2002
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Monday, May 6, 2002

Of Minnesota’s six shrew species, at least two are widespread throughout the southeastern Bluff Country counties. By far the largest and most frequently seen is the Short-tailed Shrew, Blarina brevicauda. Both scientific (b ..... 
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Prairie Notes

Fri, May 10th, 2002
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Jo Anne AgrimsonMonday, April 29, 2002

April showers may bring May flowers, but on our farm April brings sows farrowing, cows calving, tractors chugging, as well as school’s final projects, year-end concerts, and baseball games that, luckily, ..... 
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Tempos and Roadrunners

Fri, May 10th, 2002
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Monday, May 6, 2002

We have two new used cars in the family within the past couple of months. My wife and I purchased one of them for Matt, our high school junior. The other is a "step-car". It sort of followed our oldest son, Bob, home.
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