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Caledonia, MN


Fri, Nov 30th, 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, Nov 30th, 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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Thinking 'bout love

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Monday, December 3, 2001

Recently, my English teacher assigned the class to write an essay about their thoughts on love. Initially, I had a very difficult time with the assignment. I just kept thinking, "what do I really know about love, Im o ..... 
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Beer Baron

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Monday, October 22, 2001

I have read that to make beer, good water is of primary importance. Since our well is very deep and tests show no impurities or crud of any kind, it should make for the basis of an excellent brew. I have also read nume ..... 
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Commute 007-Grandpa Brink

Fri, Nov 30th, 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, Nov 30th, 2001
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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, Nov 30th, 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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Return of the Eagles

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, November 12, 2001

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures of early November 2001, Bald Eagles can again be seen soaring over the Root River Bluffs of the Lanesboro region. Their arrival, as much a ..... 
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Is It Really Winter?

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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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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