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Spring Grove, MN


Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Velkommen til Spring Grove

In a world of mass-produced, carbon copy, electronic images and impersonal life experiences, fine quality service and warm, friendly people are scarce as hen's teeth. But not in Spring Grove.

Spring Grove is a place where going for the mail takes two hours, where having coffee with friends goes on all day.

The pace is slow here - there are no clock towers with bonging reminders that time is escaping. Park benches invite storytellers to Viking Memorial Park in the triangle of the village or to Tollskogen park where children and squirrels frolic on brightly colored equipment.

There's a welcome reassurance here that people are important. We want you to come and meet us, to tell us about your family and the things you like to do. It's possible that you enjoy picnic lunches in serene settings. We can introduce you to many serene settings along three self-guided audio cassette driving tours through the back roads. A fourth driving tour guides you to all the country churches in the area.

While you're out there driving, watch for bald eagles and wild turkeys -- it's common to see flocks of 40-100 at feeding time. The densest population of whitetails in Minnesota is right here in Bluff Country. Maybe you're searching for your roots. Chances are that if you are Norwegian, some branch of your family passed through Spring Grove -- the first Norwegian settlement in Minnesota. Our resident historian, Georgia Rosendahl, will help you trace your immigrant family's history in this area.

If you enjoy collecting hand-made treasures and antiques, there are four shops in Spring Grove. Stop in and check out the Ballard House - antiques, specialty shop, Parlor restaurant and information center. The building is over 100 years old and a main stopping point in the city. Open seven days a week 10-5 during their season - May 1-December 30.

Specialty food and drink await you here -- mile high meringue pie and then there's Spring Grove pop! Remember the old fashioned flavors of a soda pop you had when you were a kid? Well they are available here -- 10 flavors. And if you are in Spring Grove between mid June and July 1, the aroma of fresh strawberries guides you to our strawberry farms where succulent red jewels nestle among green leaves waiting for you to pick and eat.

Syttende Mai (pronounced soot'ten de my') which translates as the 17th of May, commemorates Norwegian Constitution Day, .....
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Rushford, MN

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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The first pioneers pole-boated up the Root River to the junction of Rush Creek, peered through 10-foot tall grasses, and learned what Indians already knew - this was astonishing beauty. On Christmas Eve 1854, the first four families gathered and name ..... 
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Peterson, MN

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Peterson, nestled in the narrow Root River Valley, was founded in 1867, when the railroad was built on land donated for the use by Peter Peterson Haslerud, who settled here in 1853. He owned and platted the village site and was the major force behind ..... 
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Ostrander, MN

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Ostrander, population 276, is located on the very western edge of Fillmore County. If you were to visit Ostrander in the summer, you would most likely find a softball game in progress. Fast pitch softball has been a tradition in Ostrander for many ye ..... 
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Mabel, MN

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Mabel, Minnesota is snuggled in the southeast corner of Fillmore County; 60 miles SE of Rochester, 120 miles south of the Twin Cities; 40 miles SW of LaCrosse, Wisconsin or just 20 miles north of Decorah, Iowa.

Frank Adams was the chief const ..... 
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LeRoy, MN

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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LeRoy, gateway to Lake Louise State Park, is a bustling little town on the edge of the priaire. Located south of Spring Valley on Hwy 56, LeRoy is part of the Shooting Star Scenic Byway.

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Margaret Mead and Gilligan

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Monday, March 4, 2001

The bamboo and leaf house sat on a slight knoll overlooking the shoreline. Below, the full fury of the Pacific Ocean pounded the beach with wave after wave of crashing surf. The howling wind caused the coconut trees along ..... 
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Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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To the Editor,

Congratulations to Lanes-boro's chief of police. It is great to hear that he puts enforcing the law ahead of being "nice" to folks who have had too much to drink.

A recent national survey conducted by the National Cent ..... 
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Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Editors note: The following letter was sent to the Lanesboro City Council in response to an article that appeared in the February 25 issue of the Journal and is printed at the request of the author.

Dear City Council Members,

I was di ..... 
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