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Preston, MN


Sun, Oct 8th, 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 State Park and Mystery Cave west of town, the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center northeast of town, the Preston Trailhead of the Root River State Trail (for biking and hiking) 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 Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

'Round the Towns

Sun, Oct 8th, 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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Coal country

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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A visit to Pennsylvania’s pastBy Nancy OvercottMonday, October 2, 2000

When Brenda Johnson’s five year old daughter grows up, she’ll assume that leadership is something that comes naturally to women. Johnson first started ..... 
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What would you do if it was your building?

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, October 2, 2000

There must be a maxim out there that says something like "hard chairs make for short meetings."

That's not to say that Tuesday's Fillmore County Board meeting was exceptionally long, because it wasn't. It was h ..... 
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Rural change discussed at Annual Township Banquet

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"The 9,000 township officers across Minnesota are the best lobbyists in the entire state," Lothar Walter told a large audience of Fillmore County township officers at Eagle Bluff last Thursday evening.

Walter is the ..... 
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Candidate forum:

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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District Five CommissionerBy Al MathisonMonday, October 9, 2000

On November 7, the voters in District Five, (Amherst, Preble, Harmony Canton and Newburg townships) will be electing a new commissioner to replace the retiri ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call I’ve 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 8th, 2000
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By Virginia CooperMonday, October 2, 2000

It’s 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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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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