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Caledonia, MN


Sun, Aug 6th, 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, Aug 6th, 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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'Round the Towns

Sun, Aug 6th, 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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A feedlot officer for the county

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

At last Tuesday’s Fillmore County Board meeting, zoning administrator Norm Craig introduced Mike Frauenkron (pronouced frown-crown), who has been hired as the county’s feedlot officer.

"Mike came in here like gan ..... 
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Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Agencies meet on flood cleanup

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Public meeting scheduledBy John TorgrimsonMonday, August 7, 2000

Over 30 officials from federal, state and local government agencies met in Preston on Thursday, August 3 to discuss how to continue with flood clean up activities in Fillm ..... 
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A history written in mud

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Soil erosion in southeastern MinnesotaBy By Wayne PikeMonday, August 7, 2000

It has been said that the history of mankind could be written in mud. No matter where humans settle, we disturb the natural balance by harvesting trees, grazing ..... 
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Plan Now for Fall Vegetables

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

It’s not too late to sow seeds of many short season vegetables. Many gardeners want to get all their seeds in and then just let it grow! But staggering planting dates will give you a longer harvest season. This week there ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 6th, 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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