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Preston, MN


Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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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/Mystery Cave State Park west of town, the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center northeast of town, the Preston Trailhead of the Root River State Trail (for biking, hiking, and cross country skiing) 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!


Trout Days, Preston's annual celebration, is held the third weekend in May.

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Monday, September 3, 2001

An essay by Neil Haugerud

Reason, one can argue, is perhaps one of the most overrated attributes of human intelligence, and the archenemy of innovation and spontaneity. While the analytical lifestyles of today ..... 
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Sam the Wonder Dog

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Monday, September 10, 2001

One of the movies that I have in my collection is about a boy and his dog titled, LASSIE COME HOME. After I watched it, I started to think; I have a dog, he is smart and why couldnít he get into show business? After ..... 
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Commute 004

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Monday, September 10, 2001

Itís been twenty-four years since I took ninth grade biology, so it came as a real surprise when my teacher called me a couple of weeks ago. My name has changed since then, so he wasnít sure whom he was calling, but ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

Another N.F.L. season is upon us and I am ready to make my predictions.

Looking ahead 16 regular season games and several playoff matchups from now, I pick the St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins to go al ..... 
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Butterflies through Binoculars

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

What creature flies; makes no sounds; does not bite, sting or carry disease; is bright orange with dark bands on its upperparts and silver spots below; and is common in meadows, fields and along roadsides in Fillmore Cou ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blandingís Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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Seed Saving Starts Now there.

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, September 10, 2001

If it makes a seed, you can save it. Whether it comes true, or the next generation of plants is identical to the parent depends on whether the plant is open pollinated or a hybrid.

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The Day of the Cricket

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Monday, August 27, 2001

It is an ill wind that blows no one any good. This summerís heat and lack of rain will result in a crop disaster for some farmers. To those of us who donít like to mow lawns, the same weather gives us a vacation from th ..... 
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