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Caledonia, MN


Sun, Sep 10th, 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

Sun, Sep 10th, 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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'Round the Towns

Sun, Sep 10th, 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, Sep 10th, 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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Primary runoff on Sept. 12

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Commissioner candidates present qualificationsMonday, September 11, 2000

By John Torgrimson

Several county commissioner candidates will be on the primary election ballot on Tuesday, September 12. The primary is a run-off electio ..... 
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Primary runoff on Sept. 12

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Commissioner candidates present qualificationsMonday, September 11, 2000

By John Torgrimson

Several county commissioner candidates will be on the primary election ballot on Tuesday, September 12. The primary is a run-off electio ..... 
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John J. Ryan

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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5th DistrictI was raised on a family farm east of Manly, IA, and served two years in the army, before coming to Harmony in 1961. In 1963 I married Mary Ann Beckman. We have two children, Raeanne and Philip. I was employed 22 years with Armour Company ..... 
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Marc Prestby

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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5th DistrictBeing a life-long resident of Fillmore County I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Board of Commissioners if elected. I have served on the Canton City Council for the past eight years. I am presently employed by Rochester Sch ..... 
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Robert Anfinson

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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5th DistrictI was raised on a family farm in Norway Township north of Mabel. I graduated from Rushford High School in 1963 and attended Winona State College. Since 1965, I have been farming in Preble Township. In 1976, Caroline Kingsbury of Harmony a ..... 
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