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Caledonia, MN


Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Caledonia was named for the ancient name of Scotland. Caledonians celebrate their founding with an annual Founder's Day celebration in June. The hardwood forests and terrain are unique to this area. Torrents of meltwater carved out deep valleys and left towering 250 foot limestone bluffs and rolling hills leading to the Mississippi River. Early settlers used cattle as draft animals before horses came into the area. Horses were too expensive.

Many older buildings in Caledonia are built of locally quarried rock and plastered with native lime sandstone. This includes the Houston County Courthouse, Jail and Scheck's Mill.

The area is criss-crossed with spring fed streams which run winter and summer. A natural supply of trout hide in the watercress covered stream beds. Hiking, skiing, groomed snowmobile trails, camping facilities, picnic areas, a picturesque nine hole golf course, parks and playgrounds are available for your enjoyment. Caledonia offers walking and driving tours for all seasons.

The Houston County Historical complex features a log home, the Daily Schoolhouse and two buildings with most of their original furnishings--the Mayville Township Hall and the Sheldon Presbyterian Church.

Fall brings a spectacular blaze of color to the hills and bluffs, with shocks of corn appearing in the woven fields of the contour farmed land. Contour farming, which originated in this area to combat soil erosion, creates a montage of swirling corn and hay, weaving around the rolling hills.

In October the town is decorated with scarecrows. Unique Christmas lighting outlines the buildings of the downtown area in December. A Christmas parade is also held in December.

Caledonia, the Wild Turkey Capital of Minnesota, offers an abundance of wildlife for hunters and observers alike. The forest offers a home for a variety of birds. Sportsmen are rewarded with bountiful numbers of wild turkey, deer, and trout.

Preston, MN

Fri, May 3rd, 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, ..... 
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The Farm Game

Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Monday, April 29, 2002

Let us permit Nature to have her own way; she understands her business better than we do.
--Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

This quote is printed on the side of the box to one of my favorite childhood ..... 
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On Dangerous Ground

Fri, May 3rd, 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 3rd, 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 3rd, 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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Bluff Country Bird Festival

Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2002

"I think of Fillmore County as my true home," says John Hockema, one of Minnesota's most skilled birdwatchers. John and I are visiting over lunch at the Harmony House. We have just come from a planning meeting for the th ..... 
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A Tale of Three Shrews

Fri, May 3rd, 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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2002 Perennial Plant

Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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of the Year
Virginia CooperMonday, March 4, 2002

The Perennial Plant Association has named Phlox 'David' to be the plant of the year. Each year this esteemed group chooses a plant whose character and grace deserve a place of honor.

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