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Preston, MN


Fri, Dec 14th, 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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Monday, December 17, 2001

The Christmas season is rapidly approaching. Many good traditions accompany the Christmas holidays and then there are some that should be re-evaluated. Is it really necessary that our society has developed this Christ ..... 
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A Dogs Life.....By Sam

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Monday, December 17, 2001

A dogs life can be the best of times and it can be the worst of times, mine is somewhere near the middle.

By and large, I have it pretty good, I have my own room and three meals a day. I suppose that a dog s ..... 
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Commute 007-Grandpa Brink

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Monday, December 3, 2001

In the fall of 1999, I was driving through Preston on the way to my new job in Rochester. Up ahead a couple of blocks, I saw a frail man slowly crossing the street to get to a group of mailboxes. As I passed him, I re ..... 
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Are You Game?

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Monday, November 19, 2001

The NBA season is fully underway. Youd have to live under a rock not to have seen MJ, his Airness, firing away for the Wizards. After all, TNT and NBC plan on having the lowly Wizards on the tube whenever possible; t ..... 
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Neither Snow nor Rain nor Dark of Night

Fri, Dec 14th, 2001
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Monday, November 26, 2001

On my usual late morning walk down our Big Woods road, I cross the bridge over the South Fork, pass the road to Jaymour Larson's old place, round the big curve and am nearing the tall post that once supported Pancake ..... 
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Turtle Dreamtime

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By John LevellMonday, December 10, 2001

While long winter naps certainly seem appealing, a cold weather snooze lasting some five or six months is just a tad bit excessive. Factor in not a breath of fresh air or single bit ..... 
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Is It Really Winter?

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Virginia CooperMonday, December 3, 2001

As I sit down to write this column, I wonder if there is really anything left to say about gardening. This morning we all awoke to see a covering of white. It was quite lovely, but sad, as it does herald ..... 
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A Cup of Christmas Mania

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By Wayne PikeMonday, December 17, 2001

I was lying on the couch after supper tonight admiring the Christmas tree. Visions of recent lutefisk suppers danced in my head and occasionally I thought I could still taste it even though it has been a ..... 
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