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Ostrander, MN


Fri, Jan 26th, 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 years, from peewees to adults.

Ostrander eateries are also becoming noted. If you are looking for pizza, burger, steaks or anything in between, we have it. Main street parking is at a premium on the weekends.

If you are visiting Lake Louise State Park or Forestville State Park we are an easy stop off. Our little city is attractive to many families as we are about a 30 mile commute to Austin, Rochester, or Cresco.

In 1891 the railroad came through what is now Ostrander. A Norwegian settlement located two miles east of here then moved onto land owned by two brothers of Dutch decent, John and William Ostrander. In 1991 we celebrated our Centennial year.

Within the last six years eight new businesses have opened. An eight unit senior housing was built. In the 60's a 50 bed nursing home opened. In the 80's our hall was remodeled through a grant for the aging from the McKnight Foundation, thus creating the Ostrander Senior Citizen Center. This is used by all as a community center.

We are a Little City With A Big Heart, stop and see us.
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Mabel, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 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.

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LeRoy, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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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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Lanesboro, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River (South Branch) is the unique city of Lanesboro. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway. Norwegian i ..... 
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LaCrescent, MN - Apple Capital of Minnesota

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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LaCrescent is a growing community with a thriving business district. Located in the southeast corner of Minnesota, LaCrescent has a boundary of the Mississippi River on one side, and the apple orchard covered bluffs on the other. Enjoy our annual App ..... 
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Winter Birds

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

January 1, 2001: We hear birds singing and see activity in fir trees as we drive slowly past a farm bordering the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Dana Gardner and I are participating in the Whitewater Christ ..... 
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Whatís In A Name?

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeoís Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Iím a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like itís going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Cast Iron Epidemic

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

I decided that it was time to change oil in both of our vehicles last Sunday. I drafted our sixteen-year-old son, Matt, to help. I thought it was a good opportunity for Matt to profit from some of my long experience an ..... 
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