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Preston, MN


Sun, Aug 13th, 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 State Park and Mystery Cave west of town, the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center northeast of town, the Preston Trailhead of the Root River State Trail (for biking and hiking) 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!

'Round the Towns

Sun, Aug 13th, 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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A Day on the Farm

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

“The organic market is hot,” Tim Findley said last week, “Get ready for the horse race because it’s the new big thing.”

Findley is a resource coordinator for Organic Valley, an organic food distributor located ..... 
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Board spends time on budget

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Discusses early retirement incentive By John Torgrimson

Monday, August 14, 2000

For the second week in a row, the county board spent most of their time discussing the proposed 2001 budget with various department heads. On Tuesd ..... 
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Flood meeting held

Sun, Aug 13th, 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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Like getting paid for fishing

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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In search of the endangered Blanding’s Turtle
By John P. LevellMonday, August 14, 2000

This is work? A real, honest-to-goodness paying job catching turtles, easily my all-time favorite animal with the possible exception of dogs. This ..... 
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More Highlights from the

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Fillmore County FairBy Virginia CooperMonday, August 14, 2000

There were so many great questions asked; last week we heard about all the trouble with tomato blight. This week will focus on Rust Diseases, especially in lawns.

Rust disea ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 13th, 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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The elusive Blue Racer

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In an edition of this column published earlier this year (Fillmore County Journal Vol. 15, No. 34, May 29, 2000) we briefly examined how the physical geography of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, in combination with th ..... 
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