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Caledonia, MN


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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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, Feb 22nd, 2002
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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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What an Experience!!

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, Febraury 25, 2002

On April 6, 2001, twenty-nine students from Kingsland High School (including myself) and five chaperones left home to tour France for a week. After sixteen hours in the air we finally arrived in Paris and began the tr ..... 
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Strange Cargo

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, February 11, 2002

When my wife and I used to travel some years ago we would bring back certain mementoes. I should explain that these were not souvenirs in the sense that we did not buy things in shops or flea markets. For an example; ..... 
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Adventure in the Wisconsin "Dalles"

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, February 25, 2001

The Wisconsin Dells, just two hours away from Fillmore County, has an undeserved reputation for being a "cheesy" tourist trap.

I mean, it is cheesy. A place that has maybe some of the most interesting geologi ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Graze

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, February 18, 2002

Last November, I interviewed my Big Woods neighbor and dairy farmer, Bonnie Haugen, about her methods of growing grasses and grazing cows to provide a sustainable system that is good for the cows, the land, the farmer ..... 
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Squirrelly Southeastern Minnesota

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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By John LevellMonday, February 4, 2002

While a select few see them as game to be hunted and eaten and some folks think they are cute and fun to observe, most Bluffland area residents view squirrels as just two or three sp ..... 
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Dear Virginia

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Virginia CooperMonday, Febraury 18, 2002

Dear Virginia, My houseplants are infested with fruit flies, what do I do?

If these little bugs look like fruit flies, the plants are probably infested with fungus gnats. Not a threat to your p ..... 
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