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Holiday lights sparkle at history site


Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Root River Antique Historical Power hosts annual Christmas light show
By Mary JergensonMonday, December 10, 2001

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

When Mel Torme penned those opening words of the Christmas Song, it was a different era. If we were to rewrite the song to fit the 21st century, it would probably go something like this:

Popcorn popping in the microwave, Latte warming up your nose.

Some things just shouldn’t be updated. Preserving the past and helping the “now” generation learn more about their heritage is what the Root River Antique Historical Power Association is all about. This non-profit organization’s goal is the preservation of mechanical and antique machinery, and this year they celebrate their 20th anniversary. Preserving the past, does not keep the group from improving the present and expanding the future.

Each year over the third weekend in July, the group holds an antique tractor show on their grounds behind Deer Creek Raceway between Racine and Spring Valley. This is their main event of the year and months of planning go into it. Not only do they have vintage tractors, but also a permanent little town, complete with country store, barbershop, saw mill and Town Hall, set up on the site, to demonstrate how all types of machines were used. They even have an old print shop which houses a printing press. A virtual dinosaur when compared to their great, great, great grand-descendants - the lap top computer.

It was at night after the show in 2000, that one of the members had an idea. Wouldn’t the village look great all lit up at night? It was just a statement really, but the idea caught on like a wild fire and expanded into the group having a Christmas light display. By September last year a committee had been organized and Lila and Myron Kalstabakken were the new co-chairs.

The Kalstabakkens admit they did not know what they were doing, or even where to start. They did know that they wanted old fashioned decorations, and lights. None of the new twinkly lights or icicles would be appropriate. So with the help of a committee of ten members, they began their search for the what would turn out to be thousands of lights.

Remember last winter, it snowed in early November and kept right on snowing till March. The cold temperatures, and the late start made the first year of the light display an interesting undertaking. Stringing hundred .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Birth Announcements

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Michael and Jennifer Zawislak of Lanesboro are happy to announce the birth of Casey Lee Zawislak on November 29, 2001. Casey weighed nine pounds, 15 ounces.

Grandparents are Bob and Diane Zawislak of Rochelle, Illinois, Pat Marx of Rochelle, I ..... 
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College/School News

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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• Kari Byrne, a junior majoring in business administration: financial management, is participating in the University of St. Thomas’ London Business Semester program this fall. Byrne is the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Byrne, Preston.

• Jim Spe ..... 
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