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Preston, MN


Sun, Oct 1st, 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!
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'Round the Towns

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000
CONSERVATION OFFICER JEFF FLEMING stands near a pile of tires that were illegally dumped at a remote site near Granger. Fleming is asking the public's help in solving this crime. Photo by John Torgrimson.[Read the Rest]

A call to service

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Women and Leadership in Fillmore CountyBy Martha Greenwald Monday, October 2, 2000

When Brenda Johnsonís five year old daughter grows up, sheíll assume that leadership is something that comes naturally to women. Johnson f ..... 
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Chairs, asbestos and other things

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, October 2, 2000

There must be a maxim out there that says something like "hard chairs make for short meetings."

That's not to say that Tuesday's Fillmore County Board meeting was exceptionally long, because it wasn't. It was h ..... 
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Beware of the Jackelope

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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A Cautionary TaleBy Neil Haugerud Monday, October 2, 2000

In 1851 a roving band of Arapaho Indians encountered a small herd of dwarf antelope, the same size as their camp dogs, foraging near the Badlands of South Dakota. ..... 
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Facilities Committee votes 8-1 for new courthouse

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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A citizenís advisory committee voted 8-1, Thursday, in favor of building a new Fillmore County courthouse instead of proceeding with extensive remodeling of the existing building.

The consensus of the committee was that the preferred location ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call Iíve always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

Waves of emotion. Deep sighs. Ti ..... 
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End of the Season

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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By Virginia CooperMonday, October 2, 2000

Itís been a great gardening year, a little wet for a while, but still quite beautiful when we count our successes and not our failures. This is my last column for the season. I hope everyone has lear ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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