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Caledonia, MN


Sun, Oct 15th, 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.

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Preston, MN

Sun, Oct 15th, 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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Fillmore County District Court Report

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor dispositions for the week of Oct 9, 2000

No Minnesota Registration - Dennis Lee Hansen, 58, Waterloo, IA. Sentenced Oct. 13, 2000, fined $85.

Exhibition Driving - Brian Dean Burgdorf, 20, Chatfiel ..... 
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'Round the Towns

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000
THIS CLASSIC 1951 STUDEBAKER was just one of over 200 vintage cars in the MOTOR-IOWAY vehicle tour that came through southeastern Minnesota last Tuesday. The tour stopped at Mabel and Lanesboro in Fillmore County. < ..... 
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Trouble in the Big Woods

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Residents and officials look for solutionsBy Nancy OvercottMonday, October 16, 2000

"It's a fright. Just look at the ruts they've made here by going through when it's too muddy. I like to bring my horse and buggy down this trail ..... 
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Board resists York Township claim

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

With Chairman Gary Peterson back at the helm, the Fillmore County Board engaged in another lengthy round of "to pay or not to pay," at its weekly meeting last Tuesday. This time the fracas was with York Township offic ..... 
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Bergey Family Farms reach "turning point"

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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$8 hogs inspire new ventureBy Wayne PikeMonday, October 16, 2000

Jerry and Jodi Bergey of rural Lanesboro have been farming long enough to have seen lots of changes in the pork industry. Jerry grew up on the farm that he ..... 
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Candidate forum:

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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District One CommissionerBy Al MathisonMonday, October 16, 2000

On November 7, the voters in District One, (Arendahl, Rushford, Holt and Norway townships) will elect a commissioner to serve on the Fillmore County Board. T ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call Ive 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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