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Preston, MN


Sun, Oct 29th, 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/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.

Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

Fillmore County District Court Report

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor dispositions for the week of Oct 23, 2000

• Minor Consumption and Disorderly Conduct - Jacqueline Barton, 19, Spring Valley, MN. Sentenced Oct. 25, 2000, fined $235, probation for 1 year, and other court pro ..... 
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'Round the Towns

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Preston Ramon Cruz, 27, of Jalapa, Nicaragua, is spending 13 months at the Dave and Rita Wilson home at Ridgeview Farms in rural Preston, as part of the University of Minnesota’s MAST (Minnesota Agricultural Stu ..... 
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The making of a market

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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A grocery store returns to HoustonBy Jill O’NeillMonday, October 30, 2000

When Red’s IGA closed its doors on the small community of Houston, MN, (pop. 1,020) residents were forced to do their grocery shopping elsewhere ..... 
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Board corks York

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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By Mike McGrath
Monday, October 30, 2000

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the County Board of Commissioners brought to an end the debate on the issue with York Township over whether the township should receive additional co ..... 
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County employees concerned about asbestos work

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 30, 2000

Vern Johnson of Kane & Johnson Architects of Rochester held a meeting with Fillmore County employees on Thursday morning to address some of the concerns employees had over the as ..... 
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Candidate forum:

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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State Senate District 31By Al MathisonMonday, October 30, 2000

This year the race for Minnesota State Senator District 31 is between David Blanchard (D) and Kenric Scheevel (R). Scheevel was first elected to the seat in 1 ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Changes in Music:
Good or Bad?
By Chris GuttormsonMonday, October 30, 2000

How does the music of today reflect the personalities of its listeners?

There have been many changes in music over the past two decades (and over sever ..... 
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