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Caledonia, MN


Sun, Dec 31st, 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 31st, 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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1/1/01 - 2001

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Maxx, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot,

Holiday 'Round the Towns

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

Past

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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Confessions of a cyber-sniper

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, January 1, 2001

The fact that I had been obsessed by the object for the last 10 days had absolutely nothing to do with my decision to "take it" in the last possible second. This was my standard operating procedure. Early on I had been ..... 
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Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, January 1, 2001

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners did not meet this week.

A talk with the Senator

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, January 1, 2001

What do you expect the highlights of the coming session to be?

Scheevel: This will be an intense session, youve got new committee chairs and youve got the budget surplus, which is going to drive the dis ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 31st, 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 31st, 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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