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Preston, MN


Sun, Jul 30th, 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!

'Round the Towns

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000
EARL JOHNSON (right) AND LOIS ROBERTON (left)


Rushford. Earl Johnson and Lois Roberton were named Mr. and Mrs. Rushford for Homecoming 2000.

Johnson worked for the Tri-County Electric ..... 
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Scheevel calls charges ridiculous

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Monday, July 31, 2000

Last week a group of Land Stewardship Project (LSP) members from Fillmore County called on state Attorney General Mike Hatch to investigate whether state legislators improperly pressured the Minnesota Department of Health ..... 
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Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Change of venue

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, July 31, 2000

The Fillmore County board is now meeting where the zoning office used to be.

The change of venue occurred after commissioner Donald Boyum complained that the U-shaped arrangement at the former c ..... 
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It all started with White Beaver

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Monday, July 31, 2000

Ive always been a bit skeptical, Ill admit, about Buffalo Bills Lanesboro connection. Never having seen any mention in Fillmore County history books that the legendary scout, buffalo hunter and showman ever spent any t ..... 
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Plan Now for Fall Vegetables

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Its not too late to sow seeds of many short season vegetables. Many gardeners want to get all their seeds in and then just let it grow! But staggering planting dates will give you a longer harvest season. This week there ..... 
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Scenes from Childhood

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

We stand on a cracked sidewalk, looking across a cyclone fence at vacant lots and trees, all that remains of the Sumner Field Housing Projects in North Minneapolis. In 1938, the year he was born, my husband's family becam ..... 
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The elusive Blue Racer

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In an edition of this column published earlier this year (Fillmore County Journal Vol. 15, No. 34, May 29, 2000) we briefly examined how the physical geography of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, in combination with th ..... 
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