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Effort underway to restore Preston's historic elevator


Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Town hall meeting planned for September 19By John TorgrimsonMonday, September 11, 2000

The Minnesota Historical Society refers to it as the Milwaukee Elevator Company Grain Elevator. And according to the Society, the elevator located at the Preston Trail Head, with its Supersweet sign and galvanized siding, is eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Former Preston Mayor Richard Nelson is one person who would like to see the elevator restored and maintained as a historical link to the city's past - when Preston was a grain shipping center for area farmers. Father Francis Galles and Sheila Craig agree with Nelson. The three are some of the people behind a community movement to generate support for preserving the elevator and creating an interpretive center.
"The elevator documents a past way of life," Galles said. "When the movement of agriculture produce was vital to the economic well being of the area."

Back at the turn of the century, the people of Preston worked hard to bring the railroad to the city. Bypassed initially by the railroads, the city commissioned a narrow gauge line to be built to Reno, near Brownsville, in 1879. And later, in 1903, a standard gauge rail spur line was created linking Preston to the Southern Minnesota railway at Isinours. In both instances, the citizens of Preston had to raise bonds to help finance the building of the railroads.

The railroad was an essential link to the markets in the East, and the town benefitted from the commercial advantages the railway provided.

Around 1890, the Milwaukee Elevator was built for the purpose of holding grain for shipment. The Milwaukee Elevator was built in the elevator style known as "country elevator", whose function was to receive grain from the farmer in wagon or truck lots and ship it to the terminal elevator via rail. Because "country elevators" were used for shipping grain rather than for long-term storage, they generally held only between 25,000 to 35,000 bushels.

The Milwaukee Elevator is built with cribbed construction, a series of interlocking bins, which is stronger and more expensive to build than studded construction. The origins of cribbed construction dates to the 1860's and generally went out of practice after 1900.

Grain was deposited into a gravity bin on the west side of the structure. Legs then carried the grain to the various cribs. The railroad tracks were directly in fron .....
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Harvest Time

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

The bounty of the season is upon us. Everything is all coming at once. Vegetables, flowers and herbs are all ready for our enjoyment. Taste the fruits of your labor and be thankful.
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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"Please Don’t 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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An afternoon in La Crosse

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

We were wandering around downtown historic La Crosse last weekend, which, I couldn’t help but notice, in places, looks a bit like downtown historic Lanesboro. The secret is out, if you want your town to be economicall ..... 
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A Favorite Teacher

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September, 2000

The sunlight is suddenly different. Insects seem to respect our peace and quiet at night a bit more than they did a few weeks ago. There is a scent of dust on sunny days and the air feels cooler and dryer than just days ..... 
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Dad

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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call I’ve always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

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The dark at the bottom of the stairway

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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My wife drove into town to look for some material for a chair that she is going to re-upholster and would be gone for an hour or two and as she was leaving, suggested that I find something useful to do. I sat at my desk and gave the matter some thoug ..... 
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Journal Profile # 79

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Name: Jim Attwood
Home: Preston
Profession: Court Administrator for Fillmore County
Family: Wife Kathy, Daughters Jessica and Emily
Hobby: History, travel, ham radio, computers
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