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Caledonia, MN


Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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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.

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Preston, MN

Fri, Dec 21st, 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, ..... 
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New Years' Resolution

Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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Monday, December 24, 2001

As the Christmas season has quickly approached, I have not only been thinking about Christmas but also what comes after, the beginning of a brand new year. That means thinking of a New Year’s Resolution! Today, I feel ..... 
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A Dog’s Life.....By Sam

Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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Monday, December 17, 2001

A dog’s 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

Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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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?

Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

The NBA season is fully underway. You’d 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 21st, 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

Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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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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Don't worry, help has arrived

Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, December 24, 2001

I know there are a few of you out there who never got your bulbs planted. Don't worry, help has arrived. Don't throw them out in shame. Stop feeling sorry for yourself for not being Martha Stewart. Her ..... 
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