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Fountain, MN


Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Fountain, the western gateway to the Root River State Trail, is also the home of the Fillmore County Historical Center. The Historical Center houses a complete museum of antiques, collectibles, and memorabilia from the past, either lent or donated by residents or former residents of Fillmore County. It also offers a comprehensive library of information on the genealogy of Fillmore County. Of special interest is an airplane, constructed by Bernard Pietenpol, who resided in Cherry Grove, and was a pioneer aviator. A must see is our collection of over 35 restored Oliver tractors. Also, a rural one room school from the Fountain-Preston area has been renovated, restored, and is available for inspection on the museum grounds, located at the intersection of County Highway 8 and Highway 52.


Fountain offers an assortment of retail establishments, including Drury Furniture, offering quality furniture in room settings, and considered one of the leading furniture stores in southern Minnesota. Other businesses include Herman's Standard Service, Main Street Inn, Village Square, Ray N Dots Drive In, Willie's Grocery and Locker, Twelve Point Grill, Fountain Building Center, Fountain Grain and Feed, White Corner Cafe, Richard's Pump Service, K & R Equipment, Fountain Car Wash, Johnson Insurance Agency, The First State Bank of Fountain, Key to the Past, and Valley Design Enterprise.

Fountain's annual Trail Days celebration is held in June.
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Chatfield, MN

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Chatfield is one of those places that everyone needs to experience from time to time. Oh sure, there are supermarkets and a few convenience stores in town, like everywhere else, but this place is full of history. The downtown is filled with turn-of-t ..... 
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Canton, MN

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Canton, Minnesota, located along U.S. Highway 52 is the first city in Minnesota along this major north-south route.

Canton was originally founded in 1879 as a stopping point for the railroad. At first its legal name was "Boomer," depicting ho ..... 
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Caledonia, MN

Fri, Jan 18th, 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 l ..... 
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Preston, MN

Fri, Jan 18th, 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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Talkin’ Bob Dylan Blues

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

Once again, the inspiration for what follows has come from a recent English assignment: a (gasp) ten-page research paper complete with note cards and parenthetical documentation. Two months ago, as my fellow advanc ..... 
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The impertinence of being earnest

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Monday, January 14, 2002

It has been brought to my attention that I may have, however inadvertently, stepped on some toes here and there over the years. It has always been my credo that knowledge should be shared and not locked up in some cran ..... 
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A Rant and a Rave

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Monday, December 31, 2001

Last week, in this very paper, there appeared a quote from Garrison Keillor where he extolled the value of true newspapers: those that report crime, uncover scandal, and feature a few "irreverent columnists." This tr ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Jan 18th, 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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