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Preston, MN


Sun, Jul 2nd, 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!

'Round the Towns

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Rushford: A well-attended public hearing was held in Rushford on June 26, regarding the future of the citys airport. Coincidentally, it was the twenty-third anniversary, to the day that the airport was officially dedicated. A MN. DOT study ha ..... 
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Federal disaster funds authorized

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Federal disaster funds were made available on Wednesday, June 28, 2000 to help communities in seven southeastern Minnesota counties recover from the effects of recent spring storms, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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An idea whose time has come

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Board sets up facilities committeeBy John TorgrimsonMonday, July 3, 2000

A few months ago, Commissioner Donald Boyum proposed setting up a citizen's committee to advise the county board on what should be done about remodelling the court ..... 
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The Great-horned Owl of Houston

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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A visit to the areas newest Nature Center
By Nancy OvercottMonday, July 3, 2000

A loud piercing shriek startles me and a Red-winged Blackbird flies so close I can feel the rush of his wings. Naturalist Karla Kinstler tells me that t ..... 
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Renovating Strawberries

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Firstly, are your strawberries everbearing or Junebearing? Everbearing strawberries fruit all season long, or at a minimum, spring and fall. Junebearers deliver all their berries at once but not necessarily in June, depending on the variety.

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Survival

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Monday, June 12, 2000

May 31, 2000: Beaver Creek, crystal clear and studded with watercress, looked like a long winding jewel as Dana Gardner and I walked its shores in search of birds. An Acadian Flycatcher, the first ever for Dana, performed ..... 
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