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Caledonia, MN


Mon, Jun 12th, 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.
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Preston, MN

Mon, Jun 12th, 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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Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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County to change solid waste plan

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, June 12, 2000

Normally when government begins dismantling one program it has another one ready to replace it. That doesn't seem to be the case with the Fillmore County Solid Waste plan.

At Tuesday's Fillmore County Board of Co ..... 
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Flood damage could be in tens of millions

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, June 12, 2000

As clean-up activities from recent flooding take place throughout Fillmore County, city, township and county officials have been busy trying to assess the damages, which could be in excess of $10 million. Once this inform ..... 
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The horse coach

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, June 12, 2000

Ever since Dan Solberg was a small boy he wanted to be a horseman. As a lad he spent time with Clint Peterson, a rural Lanesboro neighbor who was in the horse business.

Recently, Dan stood in the corral at Dap-Oh ..... 
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Tomato Tips

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, June 12, 2000

Mulch tomatoes now to prevent both early and late leaf blights, septoria leaf spot and blossom end rot. Leaf blight and septoria leaf spot are soil borne fungal diseases spread by soil splashing up from the ground during ..... 
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Survival

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, June 12, 2000

May 31, 2000: Beaver Creek, crystal clear and studded with watercress, looked like a long winding jewel as Dana Gardner and I walked its shores in search of birds. An Acadian Flycatcher, the first ever for Dana, performed ..... 
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There’s Snakes in Them Thar’ Hills

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

With records for at least 39 of Minnesota’s 50 or so native amphibians and reptiles, the rugged stream-dissected Blufflands of the far southeastern corner of Minnesota is easily the most herpetologically diverse region of ..... 
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