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Whalan/Highland area


Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Whalan, with a population of about 90, is one of the smaller towns on the trail, though one of the most memorable. The town provides excellent access to the Root River State Trail and nearby recreational activities. Situated at the midway point between Fountain and Rushford on the Root River Trail, Whalan affords the biker and hiker with green areas that are ideal for picnicking or as resting spots before continuing on one's journey.

Whalan is home to the famous Stand Still Parade, held annually in May.

One of the more well known trout streams in Southeast Minnesota runs a few miles out of Whalan along Gribben Valley. A beautiful drive along this valley takes one to the town of Highland. Once a major stagecoach stop for travel among cities in the area, historic Highland serves as an agricultural gathering point for farmers in the area. The Highland Store, a 100 year old general store, carries everything from groceries to nuts and bolts.

Stewartville, MN

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Stewartville is a small city with a friendly atmosphere located in the beautiful Root River Valley 10 miles south of Rochester. Known as the Gateway to the Historic Bluff County, Stewartville has much to offer, whether you come for a visit or stay fo ..... 
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St. Charles, MN

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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St. Charles, known as the Gladiola Capitol, and located at the Gateway to Whitewater State Park to the north and I-90 entrance to S.E. MN. Historic Bluff ..... 
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Spring Valley, MN

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Sample the Seasons in Spring Valley

Sample spring and rediscover the solitude and harmony of nature. Angle for trout, enjoy wild flowers, take up birding, scout for mushrooms -- these and more can be enjoyed in the countryside near S ..... 
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Spring Grove, MN

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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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 G ..... 
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Rushford, MN

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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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, Apr 13th, 2001
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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, Apr 13th, 2001
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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, Apr 13th, 2001
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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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