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Preston, MN


Fri, Jul 20th, 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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Remembering Gene Larson

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, June 25, 2001

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It was another fine mess

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 23, 2001

I decided that I had to buy a new car. Well, it was actually my wife who decided that I had to buy a new car. The last time she decided that I needed to buy a new car was fourteen years ago. And I havenít been the same si ..... 
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Commute 003

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 16, 2001

I read an article last Sunday that said Americans are giving less attention to cleaning their houses. Once again, Iím way ahead of a national trend.

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"Threshing: There Was Always a Lot of Clowning Around"

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 23, 2001

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A Big Woods Wedding

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

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The Run Has Begun

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Carrots do Love Tomatoes

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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A Stickler for Reality

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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By Wayne PikeMonday, July 16, 2001

Having been home from our trip to Colorado for a couple weeks, I have had time to reflect on some of the events and observations that we made. Traveling to another state can hardly be considered exotic, but i ..... 
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