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Caledonia, MN


Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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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.

Preston, MN

Sun, Dec 24th, 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, ston ..... 
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12/25/00

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Holiday 'Round the Towns

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

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Lanesboro. The Lanesboro Lions and Santa helped the needy. Santa and his helpers - the Lanesboro Lions - served a hearty breakfast to the Lanesboro community on Saturday, Decemb ..... 
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"Bad News from a Black Coast"

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

There are those who consider the little-known Moritz Thomsen one of the best American writers of the century. Washington Post Book World, 1996.

The very last time I visited Moritz Thomsen he was sitting ..... 
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Cold talk on a cold day

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

Last Friday, the Fillmore County Board met in its last session of the year 2000. Although the agenda was light, even with sub-zero temperatures occurring outside the building, there was a lengthy discussion on a noisy ..... 
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MPCA erred in Reiland expansion

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

Fillmore County District Judge Robert Benson ruled on Friday, December 22, that the MPCA Citizens Board erred when it found that an Environmental Impact State-ment (EIS) was not necessary for the proposed Reiland Farm ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditors department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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The Plight that Failed

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

I did not make any New Years Resolutions for this year. My wife told me the one that I made last year was enough to last her for a lifetime. It wasnt so much that she told me not to, it was the way that she made her ..... 
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