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Caledonia, MN


Sun, Aug 20th, 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.

Preston, MN

Sun, Aug 20th, 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, Aug 20th, 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, Aug 20th, 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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Riverfront possible site for Lanesboro Art Center

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Approximately 40 people attended a town hall meeting in Lanesboro last Tuesday to discuss possible sites for a proposed regional art center.

The city of Lanesboro has received $100,000 from the Minnesota Legisl ..... 
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Flood meeting held

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

After being flooded three times in as many weeks this summer, Spring Valley is looking at ways to prevent the same thing from happening in the future.

So last Monday, August 7, a host of local, state, and feder ..... 
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A growing market

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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By Jill O'NeillMonday, August 21, 2000

Jack Hedin does not look the part of a professional. His muddy jeans, T-shirt and rubber boots wouldn’t even fit in on casual Friday. But to Suzanne Cooper and her family of Winona, Hedin and the crew at ..... 
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The Blight is Everywhere

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Can we talk enough about Tomato Blight? I don’t think so. Up until last week I was so full of myself. Oh no, I had added compost and mulched and done all the right things, you all had blight, but not me. But I have been ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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