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Northeastern Iowa


Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Northeast Iowa shares much of the same topography of Historic Bluff Country. Limestone bluffs, meandering rivers, springs, and rolling hills in the east and softly rolling hills with rich prairie soil in the west. Minnesota and Iowa also share the same ethnic flavor, having been settled early by the Scandinavians, English, Irish and Germans.

Founded in 1851, Burr Oak was a major crossroads for prairie schooners, stagecoaches and travelers on their way to settle the new territory of Minnesota. Located just south of the Minnesota border on Highway 52, Burr Oak is the home of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.

South of Burr Oak on Highway 52, Decorah, the county seat of Winnishiek County, Iowa, sits on the Upper Iowa river. Deco-rah is the home of Luther Col-lege and the Vesterheim Nor-wegian-American Museum.

The towns of Lime Springs and Chester are located in Howard County, Iowa. Both communities are accessible from Highway 63.

Hayden Prairie, a 240 acre reserve, is one of Iowa's best prairie remnants. It is located three miles south of Chester and four miles west of Lime Springs.

Cresco, Iowa, is an old, pituresque, northeast Iowa town known for, among other things, being the home of Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner. It was also the home of the world's first flight attendant, Ellen Church. One cannot overlook the fact that Cresco is also home of five admirals and the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Praire Farmer Recreational Trail starts in Cresco and work will be completed this summer on a trail to Vernon Springs and Prairie's Edge Nature Center. The Nature Center and park are located two miles south of Cresco on the Turkey River.
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Anytown, MN

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River is the unique city of Anytown. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway.

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Not in my backyard

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, June 26, 2000

In the usually quiet burg of Spring Valley, the hot topic of conversation has switched as of late. While recent flooding has left the community with much to contemplate, another issue is sizzling to the forefront. What’s ..... 
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Wykoff, MN

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Our limestone karst region is dotted with "sink holes" which indicate caverns below ground such as the caves at Mystery Cave near Forestville State Park.

When you visit the heart of Bluff Country, take the drive on MN Hwy. 80 and you will fin ..... 
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Whalan/Highland area

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Whalan, with a population of 90, is one of the smaller towns along the trail. The town provides excellent access to the Root River Trail and nearby recreational activities. Situated at the midway point between Fountain and Rushford on the Root River ..... 
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Stewartville, MN

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Stewartville is a small city with a friendly atmosphere lo-cated 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 f ..... 
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St. Charles, MN

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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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 Country to the south.

It boasts a historic central business district, several year-round ..... 
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Spring Valley, MN

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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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 Spr ..... 
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Spring Grove, MN

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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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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