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Milwaukee Road Historical Association President to speak at caboose dedication


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

A dedication of the restored 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead in Preston. The Trailhead is located at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Center Street.

The speaker for the event will be Bob Storozuk, President of the Milwaukee Road Historical Association. Bob Storozuk has been president of MRHA for the past 17 years and has also produced 10 videos on various elements of Milwaukee Road history. In addition he has authored, or co-authored four books on the railroad and has made extensive presentations to many community and historical organizations on both the Milwaukee Road and railroads in general, in the United States and Canada. He is a retired Chicago elementary school principal.

The focus of the MRHA is on providing historical information about the Milwaukee Road and its predecessors, however, extensive time, energy and funding is devoted to preservation and restoration of the railroads equipment, buildings and records. An annual meeting is held each year in a city or town which the Milwaukee served and they have published an extensive number of books on the railroad and its operations. In addition, they have produced and developed videos on the railroad and special books for children. They also share information and materials with other historical groups. Their website www.mrha.com has contact information for those looking for information, as well as the materials offered in the Company Store.

The caboose is part of the historical campus in Preston which includes the 1902 Milwaukee Elevator (on the National Register of Historic Buildings), a 1939 Milwaukee Road boxcar, and the restored O’Hara Schoolhouse.

The Preston Historical Society has been working for the past five years to completely restore the actual caboose once used on the Milwaukee Railroad. After purchase in Mauston, Wisc., the caboose was then moved to Preston.

Welded, set on original rails, painted, reupholstered, and with new lettering, the caboose will be ready for tours after the program at 10:30 a.m. The dedication and ribbon cutting will be followed by refreshments.

Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour coming to southeast Minnesota

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Local businesses are encouraged to welcome participants of the BAM Bicycle Tour to our area. At 4:30 p.m. on August 13, the Bicycling Around Minnesota annual tour will begin registration in Preston for the start of the 2014 tour. ..... 
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Fillmore SWCD to receive dividend from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will receive a dividend in the amount of $3,234 from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) in November. MCIT is a member service organization that provides 81 of Minne ..... 
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Minnesota starwatch for August 2014

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Deane Morrison August is a great month for vacations, and even the planets seem to be at play. Take Mars, for example. Last month its eastward motion carried it past its longtime companion, the bright star Spica, in Virgo. As August begins, Ma ..... 
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Houston overlook sign program July 26

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Visit the HOUSTON overlook sign on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Meet at the Houston Nature Center. Ever want to go up to see the huge stone “HOUSTON” sign on the hill north of Houston but didn’t know who to call or how to get there? Here’s ..... 
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New EAB discovery near Caledonia prompts renewed call to restrict firewood movement

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed another emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation – this time on private land near Caledonia, in southeastern Minnesota. MDA Entomologist Mark Abrahamson says the infestat ..... 
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Forestry Field Day July 23 near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

On July 30, 2014 the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a field day to explore past, present, and future restoration practices taking place at the Isinours Forestry Unit just outside of Preston, Minn. The tours will begin ..... 
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Battle of Tupelo, MS. Commemoration and Civil War Soldier Grave Rededication

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Saturday July 12, 2014 Silver Creek Cemetery, Houston, Minn. Ceremony commences at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by: Civil War Commemoration Task Force, Silver Creek Cemetery Association, Houston American Legion Post 423 and the Houston County Historica ..... 
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The ABC's of bees

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

A free beekeeping class, “The ABC’s of Bees,” will be held Wednesday, July 9, from 5-6 p.m., at Creekside Park in Rushford, Minn., in the small pavilion. The class is part of an ongoing educational and community effort by the Rushford Peterson ..... 
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