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Bluff Country Gateway Towns


Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Austin

Greetings from Austin, Minnesota! Located on I-90, visitors from the west will come through this major city located on the Cedar River.

Austin is the home of the Fortune 500 company -- Geo. A. Hormel & Company. Hormel is the largest independent meat and food processor in America, but Austin is more than that!

Austin offers the visitor a wide array of seasonal activities, from summer fairs; fishing in area lakes and streams to cross-country skiing in the winter. We are the county seat of Mower County located approx-i-mately 100 miles south of the Twin Cities and about 12 miles north of the Iowa border.

Our Chamber of Commerce will be happy to supply you with information on what to see, what to do, and where to stay. Please give us a call at 1-800-444-5713 or write: Austin Visitor's Bureau, 329 Main St. N, Suite 106L, Austin MN 55912.

Grand Meadow

If you're driving from the west, take the Highway 16 exit off of I-90 and head toward Grand Meadow. Located near the border of Fillmore County and Mower County, Grand Meadow offers a variety of downtown shopping. Just east of town is Pine Lawn, a well known area picnic spot.

LeRoy

Lake Louise State Park is located in southeastern Minnesota just north of the Iowa border. The park is located in Mower County, 1 1/2 miles north of LeRoy on County Road 14, State High-way map index: L-21.

Lake Louise State Park is often referred to as an "oasis" in the rich farmland of southeastern Minnesota. Many species of wildlife are attracted by the diverse habitat of hardwood forest and old field areas found in the park.

The 1,168 acre park contains two spring-fed streams which join in the park to form the Iowa River, a dam and impoundment where a grist mill was located in the late 1800's.

Stewartville

Stewartville is a small city with a friendly atmosphere located in the beautiful Root River Valley 10 miles south of Rochester. Stewartville has much to offer, whether you come for a visit or stay for a lifetime.

The people of Stewartville are proud of their community. The business district boasts a 29-unit motel, bowling alley, banks, grocery store, drug store, small shops, a civic center, and family restaurants as well as fast food and convenience stores. Drive down the picturesque streets and you will find nine churches, a large municipal swimming poo .....
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NE Iowa Towns

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Northeast Iowa shares much of the same topography of Historic Bluff Country. Limestone bluffs, meandering rivers, springs, and rolling hills in the east and softly rolling hills with rich prairie soil in the west. Minnesota and Iowa also share the sa ..... 
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Historic Bluff Country Directory

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Preston, MN 7-10-00

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Jamie Mathison of rural Preston stands by Root River Trailhead in Preston as the surging Root continues to rise.

Preston, MN 7-10-00

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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At 5:00 pm on Monday, the Root River flowing under the south bridge in Preston continued to rise. There are varying reports of when the river is expected to crest.

Preston, MN 7-10-00

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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The South Branch of the Root River flooded its banks on Monday afternoon, closing several roads and businesses in Preston.

Preston, MN 7-10-00

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Photo left was taken looking southwest from Goose Flat Park in Preston at approximately 4:30 pm on Monday. Photo right, a local Preston boy is among the many people out scouting for rising water.

Anytown, MN

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River is the unique city of Anytown. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway. Norwegian immigrant influenc ..... 
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Birth Announcements

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Helen and Carl Ohrtman of Chatfield are proud to announce the birth of their grandson, Alexander Michael Kiacz, born Sunday, July 2, 2000. Proud parents are Heather Gillund and Michael Kiacz of Chatfield. Helen and Carl Ohrtman of Chatfield are pr ..... 
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