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Preston, MN


Sun, Dec 3rd, 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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'Round the Towns

Sun, Dec 3rd, 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 Minnesotaís MAST (Minnesota Agricultural Stu ..... 
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Zoning official in hot seat

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

In the Fillmore County Commissionersí chamber there are two seats for visitors who come before the Board. Often joked about as the "hot seats" when new visitors come forward at their appointed time, one of the chairs t ..... 
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A play is born

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

"It was like finding yourself in mid-air without a parachute," Hal Cropp said. "We were all ready to start three weeks of rehearsals but we suddenly didnít have a play to rehearse."

Cropp is executive director of th ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 3rd, 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 auditorís department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sometimes I get yelled at

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

I think that most of us have heard stories about the absent minded professor. Well, I am not now nor have I ever been a professor, but I am and always have been absent minded. In my case, being absent minded is like n ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Dec 3rd, 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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Through the Years

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

Times have gradually changed throughout the years. Even though I have only been living for 17 years, I have seen a lot of changes. I canít even imagine how much has changed for my parents, not to mention my grandparent ..... 
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