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Preston, MN


Sun, Sep 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, 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, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000
CONSERVATION OFFICER JEFF FLEMING stands near a pile of tires that were illegally dumped at a remote site near Granger. Fleming is asking the public's help in solving this crime. Photo by John Torgrimson.[Read the Rest]

A 'do-it-yourself' building experience

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

"Welcome to the world’s largest do-it-yourself project," Ann Osland said in greeting from the front door of her new log home.

It’s here on a windswept ridge in Holt Township, that Ann and her husband, Wallac ..... 
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Can't get no satisfaction

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

You've heard of disgruntled customers withholding payment until a service is rendered to their satisfaction. Well, the county is doing just that. Sort of!

The County Board decided on Tuesday to make only a pa ..... 
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Planning Commission looks at issues

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

There wasn’t a whole lot happening Thursday night when the Fillmore County Planning Commission held their monthly meeting. In fact, the meeting may just go down in history as one of the shortest ever.

First o ..... 
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Unfortunate Circumstances

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Early settlers faced danger in daily lifeBy Al Mathison"A whole family in the course of a half day is wiped entirely from the face of the earth," the Lanesboro Journal reported in a news story from 1892.

As the writer recounted the hor ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Sep 24th, 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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All about raspberries

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Diseases of Raspberries By Virginia CooperMonday, September 25, 2000

There are two kinds of diseases that commonly infect raspberries, the serious and the not-so-serious. Of the serious kind, we have anthracnose, cane blight, spur blight and b ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Sep 24th, 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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