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Preston, MN


Sun, Aug 20th, 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, Aug 20th, 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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County continues budget hearings

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Highway Engineer, Steven Voigt, is hopeful that he will have half a million dollars of unused highway funds this year to apply to his 2001 budget. This, in addition to advance payments of $2 million from 2002 county sta ..... 
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Riverfront possible site for Lanesboro Art Center

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Approximately 40 people attended a town hall meeting in Lanesboro last Tuesday to discuss possible sites for a proposed regional art center.

The city of Lanesboro has received $100,000 from the Minnesota Legisl ..... 
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Flood meeting held

Sun, Aug 20th, 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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A growing market

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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By Jill O'NeillMonday, August 21, 2000

Jack Hedin does not look the part of a professional. His muddy jeans, T-shirt and rubber boots wouldnít even fit in on casual Friday. But to Suzanne Cooper and her family of Winona, Hedin and the crew at ..... 
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The Blight is Everywhere

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Can we talk enough about Tomato Blight? I donít think so. Up until last week I was so full of myself. Oh no, I had added compost and mulched and done all the right things, you all had blight, but not me. But I have been ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 20th, 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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Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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"Please Donít Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, ple ..... 
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