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Preston, MN


Sun, Aug 27th, 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!
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'Round the Towns

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000
NATIONAL BIBLE QUIZ champions from the Fillmore Free Methodist Church are Stephen, Susanna and Sarah Hopper.


Preston. The 141st running of the Fillmore County Fair was considered a success a ..... 
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County continues budget hearings

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Highway Engineer, Steven Voigt, is hopeful that he will have half a million dollars of unused highway funds this year to apply to his 2001 budget. This, in addition to advance payments of $2 million from 2002 county sta ..... 
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Sawmills back on the agenda

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

The Fillmore County Planning Commission met last Tuesday, evening and spent the greater part of the meeting discussing a proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding sawmills.

The zoning ordinance was c ..... 
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To pay or not to pay

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

The county board seemed to wade through one administrative dilemma after another as it met last Tuesday in its role as Fillmore County government’s top managers. Still haunting the board in the execution of its duties i ..... 
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West to the Oregon Coast

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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By Carol ThouinMonday, August 28, 2000

It started out like most family vacations. We packed up essential gear, made a quick trip to the bank for a healthy supply of traveler’s checks and performed a last-minute check of the house. The windows ..... 
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More on Tomatoes

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

Was last week’s article enough on tomatoes? Almost, but not yet. A few more diseases of tomato that you should be aware of are Bacterial Spot, Verticillium Wilt and Fusarium Wilt. Remember when all tomato tags of hybrid ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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"Please Don’t Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, ple ..... 
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