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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, 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.

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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Mr. Manners

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

I had an interesting discussion with Ellen and John the other day. We were sitting around their kitchen table conducting some business. We were having a cup of coffee in the process. I must have been looking a bit lis ..... 
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