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Preston, MN


Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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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.

Fillmore County District Court Report

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor dispositions for the week of Oct 9, 2000

No Minnesota Registration - Dennis Lee Hansen, 58, Waterloo, IA. Sentenced Oct. 13, 2000, fined $85.

Exhibition Driving - Brian Dean Burgdorf, 20, Chatfiel ..... 
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'Round the Towns

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000
THIS CLASSIC 1951 STUDEBAKER was just one of over 200 vintage cars in the MOTOR-IOWAY vehicle tour that came through southeastern Minnesota last Tuesday. The tour stopped at Mabel and Lanesboro in Fillmore County. < ..... 
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Trouble in the Big Woods

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Residents and officials look for solutionsBy Nancy OvercottMonday, October 16, 2000

"It's a fright. Just look at the ruts they've made here by going through when it's too muddy. I like to bring my horse and buggy down this trail ..... 
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Board resists York Township claim

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

With Chairman Gary Peterson back at the helm, the Fillmore County Board engaged in another lengthy round of "to pay or not to pay," at its weekly meeting last Tuesday. This time the fracas was with York Township offic ..... 
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Bergey Family Farms reach "turning point"

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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$8 hogs inspire new ventureBy Wayne PikeMonday, October 16, 2000

Jerry and Jodi Bergey of rural Lanesboro have been farming long enough to have seen lots of changes in the pork industry. Jerry grew up on the farm that he ..... 
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Candidate forum:

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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District One CommissionerBy Al MathisonMonday, October 16, 2000

On November 7, the voters in District One, (Arendahl, Rushford, Holt and Norway townships) will elect a commissioner to serve on the Fillmore County Board. T ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call Ive always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

Waves of emotion. Deep sighs. Ti ..... 
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End of the Season

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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By Virginia CooperMonday, October 2, 2000

Its been a great gardening year, a little wet for a while, but still quite beautiful when we count our successes and not our failures. This is my last column for the season. I hope everyone has lear ..... 
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