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Caledonia, MN


Fri, May 18th, 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, May 18th, 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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Pit Falls and Pot Holes

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 7, 2001

If some of you young men are considering marriage, there are some things that you must understand. Married life is like a hi-way, it can be level and smooth or it can be bumpy and full of pot holes. It all depends upon how ..... 
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The Commute

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 21, 2001

Commuting any distance to work in Minnesota is an "iffy" proposition. Add to that being the parent of small children, and you are dancing on the edge of a sharp knife daily.

There are any number of variables each d ..... 
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Ready for Collegeitis

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 21, 2001

I have a confession to make: In the last two weeks I have twice done what some would call "skipped school." The first absolutely devious act was joining eight of my top classmates after a three and a half hour grueling exa ..... 
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Genetic Genie

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Nature provides for genetic exchanges through natural selection. Humans have long manipulated genetic inheritance through crossbreeding of plants and animals. But, in recent years, scientists have learned how to manipulate ..... 
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Return to Weaver - Field Report

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

Early Spring 2001

Regular readers may recall my article on the Blandings Turtle research project at Weaver Dunes near Wabasha, Minnesota, which appeared in the August 14, 2000 issue of the Fillmore C ..... 
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All About Strawberries

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, May 21, 2001

Even if you have a small garden you can still have a few strawberry plants. There is nothing like eating ripe, fresh berries right out of the garden. It will make you think twice about eating store bought be ..... 
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Take This Until It Hurts

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 21, 2001

I dont know why I do this to myself. My birthday is in the spring and so is my semi-annual run-in with my dentist. I could simply make the dental appointment later in the year. That way I would be spared the double-whammy ..... 
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