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Preston, MN


Sun, Dec 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, 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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Holiday 'Round the Towns

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Monday, December 11, 2000

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Lanesboro. The Lanesboro Lions and Santa helped the needy. Santa and his helpers - the Lanesboro Lions - served a hearty breakfast to the Lanesboro community on Saturday, Decemb ..... 
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All the right stuff

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Shuttle mission Endeavour gets local send offBy Mary JergensonMonday, December 11, 2000

As I look out on this wintry day in Fillmore County, it seems odd to think that just a few days ago my family was in sunny Florida f ..... 
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County increases taxes by 8%

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners held a Truth in Taxation hearing at the courthouse last Thursday evening. Present at the meeting were four commissioners and eleven department heads, along with about seven c ..... 
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Letters to Lydia

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

It is 1966. My grandma, Lydia Harris DeLeeuw, lies semi-conscious in Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glencoe, Minnesota, the town in which she was born. She is eighty-nine years old and dying of colon cancer. My grandfather ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditors department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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The Getaway

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

My wife and I like to take a short trip every year after Labor Day. We decided that this year we would return to the Black Hills and see how the work was getting on at the Crazy Horse monument, visit Mount Rushmore an ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

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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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