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Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 dedicated to Preston exhibit


By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Milwaukee Road Historical Society President Bob Storozuk addressed the crowd at the dedication of the Milwaukee Road Caboose #02095 to the exhibit in Preston, Minn. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Members of the Preston Historical Society, Bob Storozuk who is the President of the Milwaukee Road Historical Society, Representative Greg Davids and the public gathered at the site of the historic Milwaukee Elevator on August 16 to welcome the addition of Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 to Preston.

The caboose, built in 1951, was recovered by the Preston Historical Society after a search commenced in October of 2007. With rumor that a caboose was located Prairie du Chien, Wis., historical society members pursued the lead only to come up empty handed. However, just a month later in November members found what they were looking for in Mauston, Wis.

After a considerable down payment and a financing plan of 18 months, more challenges faced the historical society’s members. Transporting the caboose turned out to be no easy task while also being costly. Within the minutes of one Preston Historical Society meeting, a line read, “We are short funds to pay for the caboose to bring it home.”

With Caboose No. 02095 paid of in June of 2009 and arriving in Preston in late September, restoration was ready to begin, though the bulk of the work was done in 2012-2013.

A significant amount of detailing was completed for the restoration. Welding, setting on original rails, painting, reupholstering and new lettering were all preparations for the dedication program on August 16.

Preston Historical Society President Dick Petsch explained that many of the venders who ended up working on the caboose were also volunteers who put in a countless number of hours on the project.

Special speaker Storozuk representing the Milwaukee Road Historical Society presented a message at the dedication. The Milwaukee Road Historical Society, or MRHA as it’s known, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that focuses its efforts to study and preserve the history of the Milwaukee Road.

The Milwaukee Road is a railway system that is linked to Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and the Pacific Railroad. The network had its inception in 1850. Though the MRHA does not affiliate itself with any railroad company, it is considered an official historical body dealing with the Road itself, its predecessors and its subsidiaries.

In his delivery to the audience, Storozuk explained the importance of the railroad and its history, specifying that the railroad once held great value in Presto .....
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A lifelong investment in Lanesboro

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Michael Hayner Lanesboro, Minn. is known for many things. Lanesboro has an abundance of clear trout streams, bike paths, beautiful bluffs, and more countryside to explore than many other places.These attractions bring tourists from around the na ..... 
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Canton was right on with Day Off

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Canton Features

The city of Canton, Minn. celebrated its 135th Day Off celebration with hundreds of residents and visitors enjoying three days of summertime fun August 15 - 17, 2014. A softball tournament got the weekend started Friday and continued through Sunda ..... 
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Ag Days fields fun for all

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The annual Ag Days celebration took place August 12-17, 2014 in Spring Valley, Minn. with activities taking place from Tuesday through Sunday all around town. Spring Valley Senior Living’s Cutest Pet Contest got the ball rolling on Tuesday and t ..... 
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Lantern tours available at Niagara Cave

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn. has begun offering lantern tours of the cave each Saturday evening through Labor Day to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the cave opening to the public for tours. Mark Bishop, owner of Niagara Cave, stated, “The ..... 
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Small hitch in Western Days

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Although Western Days 2014 in Chatfield, Minn. started out a little bumpy with the carnival rides not arriving as they were scheduled, the city went forward with the many other activities that had been planned for the 47th annual celebration. Cody ..... 
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Greenleafton hosts National Night Out

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

As the country celebrated National Night Out the evening of Tuesday, August 5, 2014, so did the small town of Greenleafton, Minn. Hosted by the Greenleafton Reformed Church and its Missions Committee, the event brings hundreds of people to enjoy ..... 
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30th Buffalo Bill Days a success

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The city of Lanesboro had something for everyone during the 30th annual Buffalo Bill Days which was held August 1, 2, and 3, 2014. Officially beginning the celebration with the opening of the Beer & Brat tent on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. people ..... 
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Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging under new ownership

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dan and Melanie Ritter have set their “sites” on a new adventure with the purchase of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging located between Lanesboro, and Whalan. After owning and operating several businesses in the past the couple decided in was ..... 
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