Western Minnesota Prairie Waters Guide 2022

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Table of Contents Living 36 Parks & Campgrounds Get outdoorsy at one of our many parks and campgrounds 38 Map Navigate through the four counties 40 Education Our communities’ futures depend on our youngest learners 44 Community Events & Festivals Events are happening all year in Western Minnesota 46 Arts & Music Discover the essence of our area through arts and culture




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Granite Falls Canby Clarkfield

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Swift, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine counties; Montevideo, Milan, Dawson, Madison, Benson, Appleton, Kerkhoven, Canby, Clarkfield, Granite Falls


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Quietly beautiful. Wildly connected. Welcome! Our region has a rich cultural heritage and a new and emerging population that is introducing diverse perspectives and traditions. Whether you’re a newcomer or have roots here, our communities embrace the changing diversity and welcome everyone to experience the area. Strong evidence of the diversity in our region can be experienced through the businesses, community events and festivals, religious celebrations and workforce. Our communities are changing and offer a variety of inclusive lifestyle amenities to fit a wide array of needs. More importantly, you will feel welcome—our residents and visitors feel safe, respected and comfortable in being themselves. So, what are you waiting for? Settle in, get rural—and stay awhile.


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Meet Our Residents events to help local causes and bring people together. Community Pint Night is a monthly event in which $1 of every pint sold is donated to a local organization. Patton says one of the best parts of owning a business in a rural community is the relationships that come along with it. He enjoys getting to know the customers, what types of beer they like, and just chatting about what they have been up to, like he Talking Waters Brewing Company would with an old friend. Montevideo, Minnesota Because of these relationships Being a craft beer drinker and home brewer for more they’ve built, requests for Talking than a decade, Nick Patton saw an opportunity for a Waters beers are heard far beyond new business in Montevideo. Patton and partners, Phil its taproom in Montevideo. You Zachman and John Skoglund, often referred to the area can find their craft beers on tap or as a “craft beer desert.” So, instead of searching far and in liquor stores in several towns wide for new craft beers to enjoy, they decided to start throughout Minnesota. up a brewery and create their own. Patton, Zachman and Sko“The idea of opening glund followed their “Our small team is dreams of owning a our own brewery seemed a extremely passionate business, and now little crazy, but the lack of options [for craft beer] made about what we do... that they get to go to work and do what Montevideo a great location and this community they love every day candidate for the business.” That “crazy” idea became really rallying around in a community that a reality in July 2016 when us to help spread the supports them every step of the way. Talking Waters Brewing Company opened. The guys Talking Waters brand “Being able to have been the biggest watch people enjoy spend 2-3 days per week perfecting new creations in factors in our success.” our beer—whether their downtown Montevideo it is in the taproom location. From IPAs and cream ales to sours and stouts— or out in the wild—it makes all and everything in between—Talking Waters has become the work worthwhile.” a hit in the rural community. “Our small team is extremely passionate about what we do. Our goal has always been to be better every day, and we have pretty high standards for the products we put out. Between that and this community really rallying around us to help spread the Talking Waters brand, those have been the biggest factors in our success,” they say. To thank Montevideo for their continued support, Talking Waters hosts a variety of community-oriented

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Madison, Minnesota Originally from Madison, Minnesota, Amber moved to St. Paul after graduating high school to attend college and had made the Twin Cities area her home for 17 years. Hailing from Iowa, Kyle also moved to the metro, where he later met Amber. They were married in 2016 and have three children—Kolten, Harrison and Archer. Wanting to be closer to family, the couple decided to make the move from the Twin Cities to Madison in 2020. Kyle and Amber were ready to soak up all the advantages of small-town living, while working for companies in the Twin Cities area. High-speed broadband allows them both to work remotely from the comfort of their home in Madison. One of the things they particularly enjoy about small-town living is the benefit of child care that is hard to beat in larger towns. The low cost is a great perk, but an even better aspect is the ability to create a personal connection with the people taking care of their children. Though conveniences of a metro area have their perks, Kyle and Amber are happy overall with the transition—and they even have time to slow down and enjoy life’s little moments with their three children, more so than before.

“We comment all the time how happy we are with our move to Western Minnesota.”

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Chippewa County Natural resource options are plentiful in the 588 square miles of Chippewa County, whose entire western edge is comprised of the Minnesota River. In addition to the many recreational parks, the county offers three wildlife management areas, making it a hotspot for hunters, fishermen and wildlife watchers alike. But it also has made large investments in its communities, such as improving healthcare for its senior residents and providing an exceptional education. Just take MACCRAY’s forthcoming $40.7 million central campus, for example, which will feature connected pre-K/ elementary, middle and high schools. For a small-town feel with big-city innovations, Chippewa County is the place to be.

Clockwise from top: Watson Hunting Camp; cabin rentals at Wegdahl County Park; ice fishing on Lac qui Parle Lake.


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Recreation With a Side of History Whether you like to paddle the lake in your canoe or kayak, want to explore one of the numerous walking/hiking trails or cast a line for walleye, Lac qui Parle State Park offers it all. Camping and lodging are both available by reservation, and trails are open daily year round. While you’re visiting the park, be sure to stop at the Lac qui Parle Mission. Joseph Renville established the mission, where he worked with missionaries to create the first written Dakota alphabet. The recreated Mission Church is where the first church bell tolled in the Minnesota Territory in 1835. Experience the rich history at the annual Mission Sunday, which is held the second Sunday in July. Chippewa County offers two camper cabins at Wegdahl County Park, located on the Minnesota River. The rustic cabins are similar to those found in state parks and are available for use year round by reservation online at co.chippewa.mn.us. Hike or bike the trail running from the park to Montevideo, launch a canoe on the river or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings by the river in this 30-acre park. Public water access at the site also makes it a popular destination for anglers and paddlers. A Bird Hunter’s Paradise If you’re looking for one of the best waterfowl and upland bird hunting experiences in the state, you’d be hard-pressed to top Watson Hunting Camp. This camp specializes in guided geese hunts and, in addition, offers world-class guided hunts for ducks and other waterfowl, doves, pheasants and wild turkeys. And if you’re ready for a change of pace, the camp also offers fish house rentals during the winter. Accommodations range from large, heated sleeper houses, or choose to stay at the inland Watson Hunting Camp Hotel and Bar.

The camp’s bar is open seasonally and reopens during the weekend of the Minnesota fishing opener every year. Checkered Flags and Cheese Curds There aren’t a lot of counties fortunate enough to have the benefit of a speedway in their region, but luckily for visitors to the Chippewa County Fair, the Fiesta City Speedway showcases the unique thrills and dizzying array of high-speed races to get your adrenaline pumping. Races take place every day during fair week. And that’s just the beginning! For the little ones, check out the youth archery area, visit the 4-H Imagination Station or compete in turtle races. The fair also features live entertainment, a variety of fair food delights, beer gardens, a reptile zoo, tractor pulls, animal exhibits and more. The Chippewa County Fair takes place during the last week/weekend of July in Montevideo. A Little Taste of Hollywood Home to one of Minnesota’s most innovative immigrants and the background for a 2005 Hollywood film, the Olof Swensson Farm Museum is a National Registry site featuring a 22-room, turnof-the-century brick farmhouse nestled on 17 acres. Olof Swensson was a farmer, self-taught scholar, statesman, carpenter, bricklayer and more—and is considered to be one of the state’s most well-known, innovative immigrants. Also on site is a historic timber-framed barn built in the 1880s, which features an elaborate system of wind-bracing and notching, testaments to Swensson’s carpentry skills. The site served as a backdrop for several scenes in the 2005 Hollywood movie Sweet Land. The museum is self-guided, but private tours are available by appointment.


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At the confluence of the Chippewa and Minnesota rivers sits the community of Montevideo, home to some of the most impressive landscapes in southwestern Minnesota. Explore the area’s many prairies and rivers, and discover ample recreational opportunities that Montevideo has to offer. Plus, Montevideo has been named the state’s most affordable place to live by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Off to the Races Looking for some heart-pumping action? The green flag drops at 7 p.m. on Fridays during the summer at Fiesta City Speedway! There’s no better track in the region to take in your share of Modified, Super Stock and Late Model races.

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Historic Destinations The Camp Release Monument, erected July 4, 1894, stands as a reminder of Minnesota’s tragic early history as a state. The Minnesota River Valley and the area of Montevideo played an integral part in the U.S.-Dakota War in the fall of 1862. After their defeat at Wood Lake, Dakota warriors surrendered at the Camp Release site, where they released any prisoners they had. They in turn became captives—38 were executed at Mankato, some were imprisoned in military prisons, and some were executed after conviction in summary trials at the Lower Sioux Agency. The monument was the first property added to the state park system and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Agricultural Heritage Minnesota Valley Antique Farm Power and Machinery Association welcomes visitors to its 35-acre show site, known as Heritage Hill. The nonprofit hosts an array of events throughout the year for the entire family, including the annual Threshing Show and Heritage Days.

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Preserving the Old “Milwaukee Road” Formed by a group of Montevideo civic leaders, the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center works to preserve the history of railroads in western Minnesota—more

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specifically, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, often referred to as the “Milwaukee Road.” Visitors can view several railroad artifacts, including a variety of rail cars, engines, hand tools and a 90-foot turntable.

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Downtown Montevideo From well-known retailers and family businesses to locally owned fashion boutiques and art galleries, Montevideo has a wide assortment of downtown shopping options to suit all your needs.

A Home for Minnesota Veterans With expected completion in 2022, a new State Veterans Home is being constructed in Montevideo and will serve 72 residents in a residential skilled care model, with four households of 18 residents. Amenities will include private, single-occupancy resident rooms with full bathrooms, as well as living, dining, kitchen and den rooms in each household. Community spaces will be comprised of a café, club room, multipurpose room for large events, lifelong learning classroom, theater, library, meditation space and more. The design of the building will reflect a prairie-style architecture and incorporate natural materials—not to mention the views and beauty of the surrounding rural landscape. The facility is also projected to bring 150 FTE jobs to the area. Live Fit, Right in Your Own Community The CCM Wellness Center is now open! This new, 35,000-square-foot center in Montevideo provides residents with state-of-the-art equipment, well-planned spaces for exercising, basketball/pickleball courts, a yoga/spin studio, locker rooms with saunas and much more. Monthly memberships are available.

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Sister City In 1905, an unlikely friendship was forged between the rural farming community of Montevideo and the capital of Uruguay (also Montevideo) in South America. Held annually the third week of June, residents of Montevideo celebrate the relationship they’ve developed with its sister city during Fiesta Days—a multiday festival chockfull of family-friendly activities, a parade, dances and more.

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Founded by Norwegian immigrants in the late 1870s, the city of Milan is the epicenter of Scandinavian heritage and culture in Western Minnesota. Every year in May, the community celebrates its Nordic roots on Norwegian Constitution Day, known as Syttende Mai—friends, old and new, honor their pioneer heritage through music and dance, arts and crafts, and food and fellowship. Milan Village Arts School

Outdoor Adventures Take in the outdoors on the Milan Bike Trail, located on the outskirts of town along Highway 40, which offers incredible views of the scenic river valley. Then, make your way to the Milan Beach Resort. This family-owned campground is nestled on the shores of Lac qui Parle Lake, putting you right on the lake with easy access to excellent fishing.

the past 20 years, Milan has been an immigrant destination for people from Micronesia, a cluster of islands located in the South Pacific. The first Micronesians arrived in Milan in 2000, and hundreds more have since followed in pursuit of better jobs and schools, while their homelands face a dire outlook due to climate change. Fast forward to today and more than half of Milan’s population is estimated to be Micronesian—and have become an integral part of the community’s future.

Arts for All As a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the arts, the Milan Village Arts School hosts a diverse range of classes and workshops, reflecting the rich heritage within the community. Typical classes include Norwegian knife-making, weaving, rosemaling (decorative folk painting) and silver-smithing, to name a few. Attracting spoon carvers from across the U.S. and abroad, the annual Spoon Gathering in June offers a family-friendly event catering to both novice and experienced carvers.


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Yellow Medicine County Yellow Medicine County covers 758 square miles—including 21 townships and 10 communities—and is nestled between the Minnesota River Valley and the Coteau des Prairies, an area with a bevy of natural resources. Its namesake comes from the Dakota word Pejuhutazizi, or “Yellow Medicine,” which is the bitter root of the moonseed plant that Dakota people traditionally used for medicinal purposes. Rich in Native American heritage, the county has served as the homeland of the Dakota Oyate Nation for generations. Full of stunning views of the unique landscapes, friendly locals and diverse communities, Yellow Medicine County is truly a must-visit destination.

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Entertainment for Everyone When it comes to entertainment, Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort not only offers some of the best slot machines, table games and other popular betting options in the area, but it also features 160 rooms and suites, as well as some of the region’s top amenities. If gaming isn’t your speed, the resort regularly hosts live shows and has great dining options for every palate. It also boasts a 20,000-square-foot convention center that can be configured to accommodate corporate events, meetings and weddings. During the warmer months, the Prairie View RV Park and Campground gives visitors the option to set up RVs or tents, with a paved walking trail connected right to the resort. Speaking of fun—there’s nothing that brings a community together better than a county fair. The Yellow Medicine County Fair, a four-day event held annually at the fairgrounds in Canby the third weekend in July, has entertainment for young and old alike. Must-See Monuments and Museums The state of Minnesota erected the Wood Lake Battlefield Monument in 1919, in memory of those who died in this final, decisive battle in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. On September 22, 1862, General Sibley led 1,500 troops to this area. The army neared the Upper Sioux Agency that afternoon where they camped for the evening. The next day, a small group of foraging soldiers uncovered an ambush by a small group of Dakota Akita (warriors) along the creek crossing on the government road. They were just some of the 700 nearby warriors under Little Crow, a Dakota leader. Sibley’s entire army was alerted, and the Battle of Wood Lake ensued. After three hours of fighting, the Dakota quit the battlefield, having lost over 20 of their relatives. The U.S. Army suffered seven losses. The Western Minnesota Prairie Waters region has a rich history in agriculture, and there’s no better place that show-

cases its strong ag presence in the area than Minnesota’s Machinery Museum, located in Hanley Falls. This unique attraction features five buildings on a 6-acre site that showcases a century of stories about farm life. First opened in 1980, the buildings house an extensive collection of tractors, vintage automobiles, gas engines and more. There’s even a building—a converted two-story former schoolhouse—that features beautiful handmade quilts and other rural art. Abundant Recreation You don’t have to travel far to experience the great outdoors in Yellow Medicine County. Carved into the landscape by the massive glacial River Warren between 11,700-9,400 years ago, along the Minnesota River lends itself to a bevy of recreation opportunities, including fishing, paddling, hiking and more. Upper Sioux Agency State Park contains the historic site of the Upper Sioux or Yellow Medicine Agency. The park covers 1,280 acres with open prairie knolls, bluffs and cool, wooded slopes. Trails are ideal for horseback riding and hiking, and in the winter months, skiing and snowmobiling are popular activities for visitors. And mark your calendars for the Upper Sioux Community’s Pezhutazizi Oyate Traditional Wacipi Powwow, a three-day celebration of culture and heritage, held the first weekend of August. Yellow Medicine County also boasts two top-notch county parks. Timm County Park, located on the north shore of Wood Lake, is a popular camping-friendly park that offers a recently developed campground. Other amenities include a picnic shelter, swimming area, boat ramp and dock. Located in the heart of Yellow Medicine County is Oraas County Park, a serene area filled with backwater and bur oaks. This relaxing retreat is a great setting for neighborhood gatherings and family camping, and is a convenient wayside rest for travelers.


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Granite Falls is a progressive community full of natural beauty and abundant wildlife, and the Minnesota River weaves directly through the town. Whether you enjoy fishing, grabbing a bite at a locally owned restaurant or shopping for antiques, it’s not hard to find an activity here that would pique your interest. Arts, Culture and Community The arts and culture scene is alive and well in Granite Falls, thanks in large part to the Granite Area Arts Council. The council also owns and manages Makers on the Minnesota, a gallery and performance venue that features unique items for sale by local artisans, and also offers classes in a dedicated classroom space.

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Take a Stroll Across History No trip to Granite Falls is complete without a stroll across the historic 280-foot-long Roebling Footbridge. The structure was built in 1935 by the Roebling Company— the same firm famous for designing the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y. Venture across and visit the Kiwanis Popcorn Stand, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019. Granite Falls is also the proud home of the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum. This facility houses a pristine collection of fully operational active aircraft and vehicles from World War II, and also features fine art, bronze sculptures and interactive multimedia displays. Then, visit the Yellow Medicine County Museum, where displays tell a story of the geology and archaeology of the Minnesota Valley, Native American history and pioneer life in the county. A Minnesotan’s Fight for Prohibition One of Granite Fall’s more unique attractions is the Andrew J. Volstead House Museum. This house-turned-museum is the former residence of Andrew John Volstead, a former mayor of Granite Falls (1900–1902) and member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1903–1923). Volstead is best known for penning the Volstead Act in 1920, which was created to enforce the 18th Amendment by giving federal authorities power to prosecute the “manufacture, sale or distribution of intoxicating liquors.” It also defined intoxicating beverages as those containing

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more than 0.5 percent alcohol. The must-see house is one of 25 national historic landmarks in Minnesota. A Special Kind of Therapy Equine therapy has grown increasingly popular in recent years, helping patients of all ages achieve physical, occupational, developmental and speech goals. The Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center specializes in therapeutic horseback riding. In addition to therapeutic riding, the center hosts community events, offers riding lessons, coaches Special Olympic athletes and provides equine-related learning opportunities to people of all ages. Rain or Shine Recreation Whether you’re there for fun or business, the city-owned Kilowatt Community Center has every angle covered. Not only does the 36,578-square-foot center lay claim to an indoor pool, a brand-new waterslide and a gymnasium, but it also boasts a multipurpose room, fitness room, indoor track and numerous meeting rooms. For more time with Mother Nature, head to Granite Falls’ largest park, Memorial Park, which features 141 acres of natural scenery including camping spots, electrical hookups, a shelter house and showers. Surrounded by lush forest, granite outcroppings and in close proximity to the Minnesota River, the park provides a great opportunity to explore the unique beauty of Southwest Minnesota.

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Canby, often referred to as “The Gateway to the Prairie,” is the westernmost city in Yellow Medicine County. It is located in the center of a broad-flat valley and offers Instagram-worthy views of the Coteau des Prairies in South Dakota, a great ridge of rolling prairie hills. Family Festivities and Fun Canby proudly hosts the annual community festival known as Hat Daze, held over Father’s Day weekend in June. This event is jam-packed with activities, both for children and adults. Highlights of the festival include a downtown sidewalk art gallery, golf tournament, a vendor fair, fun run, the popular medallion hunt and so much more. The event also features live music, raffles

and all kinds of delicious eats and sweets to satiate your hunger. Whether you’re in the mood for some contemporary movies or if you would rather indulge in a Hollywood classic, you can find both at the Canby Theatre. Originally built in 1939, this downtown treasure features 600 seats, and the two-screen theater also houses five retail spaces and five apartments on the second floor.

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“The Most Famous House in Canby” Tabbed as the “49 Day” House, the LundHoel House Museum is truly an American-Victorian architecture wonder. Built in 1891—in just 49 days by John Lund of Lund’s Land Agency—the house has been the talk of the town with its frequent upgrades shortly after it was built, including a gas plant to light the house at night. Outdoor Adventures No trip to Canby would be complete without a visit to the hiking/biking trail that connects Lake Sylvan and Stone Hill Regional Park. Start at Lake Sylvan, and spend time at the pool and playing tennis on the newly redone court. Keep going on the trail until you get to Stone Hill Regional Park. Once there, you’ll find a sandy beach, playground, showers, restrooms, basketball and volleyball courts, a picnic area and plenty of good fishing hotspots. There are also 64 spacious campsites, most of which include electricity, water and sewer.

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The Minnesota River flows directly through Yellow Medicine County and provides an array of recreation options and wildlife viewing.


If you’re looking for a small, family-friendly community in the heart of Minnesota’s premier farming region, Clarkfield should be at the top of your list. Though relatively small in size, Clarkfield has made a concerted effort to expand learning and activity options for its residents. Emphasis on Early Education When it comes to providing a positive foundation for early learning success, the Clarkfield Area Charter School is at the forefront of catering a learning plan to match each student’s individual learning style. The K-6 school employs educators who promote strong moral values, healthy lifestyles, global and local awareness and who utilize community involvement to ensure a smooth path for future academic success. Proudly Made in the USA If you’re looking to purchase top-notch hunting gear, sportswear, workwear and more, Clarkfield Outdoors specializes in premium clothing for all seasons. Founded in 1983 by Berdette Schoep, the company started with only six patterns

and six workers, and today they have expanded their product lines to include wholesale and retail apparel and accessories for men, women and children. This growing company is the epitome of “Made in the USA.” Small City, Big-Time Fun For a small town, its residents sure know how to celebrate big. Every summer, Clarkfield hosts its ever-popular Cardinal Days. This festival has new activities added each year, including a car show and a street dance, among others. You can also indulge in some delicious local food offerings, enjoy free live entertainment, play bingo for a variety of prizes, check out the parade or vie for the $200 top prize during the event’s coveted Medallion Hunt. prairiewaters.com •

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Swift County Since its humble beginnings in 1870, Swift County has strived to develop and maintain services and opportunities to enhance the quality of life, provide safety and promote community growth for its residents. Today, the county has made big strides to bring economic development to the area, starting with its impressive 99.5-percent broadband coverage that helps individuals and businesses stay ahead of the technology curve. If you’re in search of a progressive, growing community that is wellpositioned to thrive in the future, you’ve come to the right place.


Clockwise from top: Swift Falls County Park; Appleton Area OHV Park; Swift County Courthouse.

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nearby include food, restrooms, gas and lodging. As an added bonus for riders, the city of Appleton is ATV-friendly, allowing travel on posted roads within city limits.

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A Swift County Staple You know you’re a beloved staple in the community when you’ve been around for 124 years—that’s how long the Swift County Fair has been entertaining guests of all ages in the region. This is truly a county fair that has everything—fireworks, a demolition derby, live music, a rib fest where the top local rib makers compete for top honors, 4-H exhibits and livestock shows and, of course, mouth-watering food, midway rides and games and so much more. For those on the go, the fairgrounds offer 128 full electric sites with water. The Swift County Fair is held annually during the third week/weekend in August in Appleton. Visit swiftcountyfair.org for this year’s entertainment lineup! Off the Beaten Path Once an old gravel mine, the rolling terrain and excellent riding make the Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle Park a fun family adventure. The park covers 330 acres, including 20 miles of trails. It’s ideal for off-highway vehicles enthusiasts of all skill levels, containing miles of narrow technical trails that include stairsteps, hill climbs, rock crawls and mud pits. There’s also a motocross practice track available for use. Approved vehicles include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), 4x4 trucks, motorcycles/ motorbikes and off-road vehicles like utility and side-by-side terrain vehicles. The park is open year round, although some trails close at certain times of the year. Facilities

Nature’s Serene Splendor Located on the banks of the Chippewa River, Swift Falls County Park offers a great place to hike, fish or enjoy its newly renovated playground. Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line in areas below the dam for a chance at northern pike and walleye, or try a spot along the Chippewa River to snag your catch of the day. Hiking trails are scattered across the park, offering quiet, wooded terrain with foot bridges over waterways for a truly serene escape. Camping spots are available May through October, and electricity and water hookups are available for motor homes, campers and trailers. Explore camping options, hiking trails and beautiful, scenic lakes at the 347-acre Monson Lake State Park. The park lies within the Alexandria Glacial Moraine Complex, which was created by glaciers more than 30,000 years ago. The rocks, sand and gravel left by the last glacier make up the drift that formed the rest of the awe-inspiring landscape. Speaking of glaciers, Monson and Sunburg Lakes were formed by melting ice in the glacial divide thousands of years ago. And whether you’re into hiking, fishing, birdwatching or just a lazy day floating on the lake, Monson’s sure to have something to fit your taste. The park features six electric and 14 non-electric sites for campers or RVs, and showers, flush toilets and vault toilets are available for use. After undergoing a major vegetation restoration in 2018, the 125-mile-long Pomme de Terre River now flows freely into Marsh Lake for the first time in more than 80 years. As a result, the habitat in the area has improved dramatically, creating a thriving environment for native fish and migratory wildlife. A recent water drawdown in 2021 was initiated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help protect and strengthen the growing vegetation.


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Benson The city of Benson (along with much of Swift County) owes its early growth to railroad expansion. Land developers A.W. Lathrop and W.V. Lathrop opened the first general store in Benson in 1869, anticipating a surge in trading business because of the coming railroad. And they were right. In 1870, the railroad reached the site where the Lathrops built and determined it would be a solid trading center. Soon after, the city of Benson was established, named in memory of a prominent politician from Anoka. Within five years, the population of Benson had grown to 300, with four general stores, two drug stores, two machinery houses, three hotels, one bank and two saloons. In one of the general stores, A.N. Johnson & Co., the sales ran up to $60,000 in the last eight months of 1875. Today, Benson continues to unify, support and promote growth of area businesses and enhance the quality of life for the entire community.


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A Special Link to Benson’s History First opened in 1925, Benson Golf Club started as a ninehole course but was expanded to an 18-hole championship course in 1971. The renovated clubhouse hosts events ranging from weddings, class reunions, business meetings and more. Other features include a large driving range, a well-maintained putting green and an excellent short-game practice area. The course features some tough hazards, including numerous holes with bunkers and water. And although the club has undergone a lot of changes since its inception, the original intent remains the same—bringing

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together family and friends to enjoy the game of golf, the beautiful outdoors and each other’s company. A Day Dedicated to the Kids This cool event truly is just for the kids—the annual Benson Kids’ Day takes place each summer during the third weekend of July. Children can dress up and participate in a parade, enjoy carnival rides, play in a minigolf tournament and much more. There’s also the popular Medallion Hunt, where the hunt goes on until the medallion is found and the winner receives a cash prize.

Expanded Learning Opportunities After undergoing an extensive, multiyear renovation, Benson Schools boast a brand-new auditorium; added security and safety measures at school entrances; a new early learning center; and a 3,000-square-foot multi-use cafeteria and activity space. This means we are equipped with collaborative learning environments and sought-out activity spaces that engage and elevate our students and our community—in order to meet educational needs today and into the future.

A Festival of Marching and Music Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2022, the Pioneerland Band Festival Parade is held annually on Flag Day (June 14), and features area high school bands competing for cash prizes. The early June date serves as a traditional kickoff for many bands that plan to compete in the active summer parade all across Minnesota. Last year, 11 bands competed for top honors. If you can’t be there in person, listen to the live broadcast on KSCR Radio. Take a Break from the Summer Heat Offering a zero-entry pool with various play features great for small children, the Benson Family Aquatic Center boasts a large lap pool, diving board, drop slide, large flume slide, and food and beverage vendors. Swimming lessons are provided in June, July and August to help promote confidence in the water.

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A Camping Adventure for All Check out Ambush Park for great camping and plenty of outdoor activities, including mini-golf! This campground is located on the Chippewa River and offers numerous hiking trails, a horseshoes pit, a volleyball court, electricity hookups and more.

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Appleton A lot of towns and cities find different ways to celebrate the sacrifices our war veterans made for our freedom, but maybe none as unique as Appleton. On May 21, 1947, Appleton’s residents decided to rename its streets in honor of World War II soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Since then, heroes from the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq wars have also been added. It’s Not Fall Without Applefest If you’re going to name your city Appleton, it’s highly likely you know how to put together a great apple festival. Appleton has done that and more with its annual Applefest. Held the third weekend in September, the four-day event features live entertainment, a bike rodeo, a dog parade, a daily art tour, a golf tournament, kids activities, a street dance, a car show and, of course, delicious food—both apple and non-apple related. A Summer Swimming Destination Spend hot summer days at the Appleton Aquatic Center, which features a zero-entry pool, a kids area, slides and a lounging section. During the summer, the center offers open swim, lap swim, water aerobics, deep water aerobics and swim lessons.

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Help Shape Tomorrow’s Sportsmen If you’re a serious sportsman who enjoys a range of hunting and fishing activities, the Appleton Sportsmen’s Club is a member-only organization that promotes safe hunting and fishing, including youth education classes, trap shooting leagues and various other activities. The club also offers various distances for shooting, along with a

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rifle and pistol range and a venue for a youth trapshooting league. Near the club is the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park, where challenging trails to accommodate all skill levels. River Recreation With all the great activities in Appleton, it’s sometimes easy to overlook one of the city’s most treasured attractions—the Pomme de Terre River. The river flows directly through the city and is a popular destination for tubing, canoeing and fishing. Enjoy music in the park in the summer, or play a few rounds of disc golf at Riverview Park. Riverview Park features a walking path, shelter, large playground and trail access. The Appleton Bathhouse features the restored WPA-era bathhouse located at the site of a popular (circa 1940s) swimming pond on the Pomme de Terre River. Today the park features picnic tables, a fire grill and a community campfire ring, right on the banks of the river. If the activities on the river aren’t your speed, check out the serene setting surrounding Lac qui Parle Lake. The lake is a favorite of local fishermen, as it’s stocked with white bass, walleye, northern pike, crappies and catfish. You can cast a line from shore or bring your boat and enjoy the stunning views from the water while reeling in that once-in-a-lifetime keeper.

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Swift County offers many native prairie sites, hiking trails and parks, including Marsh Lake State Park.


Though small in size, Kerkhoven has no shortage of entertaining community events, local amenities, job opportunities and kindhearted citizens. With its convenient location right along U.S. Highway 12, Kerkhoven stays connected while maintaining its small-town vibe. A Pool with Something for Everyone Visiting Kerkhoven between June and August? The Pillsbury Community Swimming Pool is a must! Offering fun for the whole family, the pool hosts aquatics programs, lap swimming, free swim, swimming lessons and concessions. Everything You Need, Right Here In Kerkhoven, there’s everything you need (and more), all within close proximity. For a bite to eat, visit Sherrie’s Cafe or Mi Rancho Viejo Mexican Bar & Grill. For groceries and hardware all in one stop, stop by Lameckers General Store. For outdoor entertainment, Pillsbury Park is a must-visit, and the sprawling pub-

lic park features sand volleyball, basketball courts, two picnic shelters and a playground. Other options include a shooting range at the Kerkhoven Sportsmen Club, or hit the links at the Kerkhoven Golf Course, a nine-hole course that features all the hallmarks of Minnesota golf. Exceptional Education Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Public Schools (KMS) provides educational opportunities for students in grades K-12, with the goal of “working together in the pursuit of excellence,” as well as a wide array of extracurricular activities ranging from sports to fine arts and much more. prairiewaters.com •

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Lac qui Parle County Lac qui Parle County, situated along the South Dakota border, is rich in agricultural history and natural beauty—and is a primary contributor to the area’s economic development. The county is full of outdoor wonders, including sheer, 60-foot cut banks created by the Minnesota River, and its Salt Lake, the state’s only alkaline wetland. The county continues to push forward in its goal of recruiting new residents and committing to a safe environment for its workers. So, whether it’s the chance to see some of the state’s most amazing natural wonders or if you’re looking to settle in a community that focuses on attracting and creating economic opportunities, Lac qui Parle County is definitely worth the visit.

Clockwise from top: Lac qui Parle County Museum; cross-country skiing on the prairie; horse trails at Lac qui Parle State Park.


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Minnesota’s Natural Hidden Gems A frequent host to students learning about earth science and a must-see for those wanting to soak up one of Minnesota’s natural wonders, the 240-acre Lac qui Parle County Park is in a class of its own. Arguably the most unique feature of the park is the rich riverbank landscape, with awe-inspiring, sheer 60-foot cut-banks forged by the Minnesota River. The natural resources available to visitors at the park are truly one of a kind and can be explored through an extensive trail system. Other amenities include canoe/kayak landings, playground equipment, picnic tables and shelters. The park is open daily year round. If you’re looking for a wildlife restoration success story, the Lac qui Parle State Park and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have come a long way in the last half-century. In the fall of 1958, only 150 geese were counted at the park. Since then, management practices have brought as many as 120,000 geese to the park at a time and has become a major spring migration stop for water birds. Similar success has

been seen with white-tail deer and other animals in the region. Be sure to plan ahead before your visit, as the park offers a wide array of activities. Besides its abundant trails and beautiful lake, it’s also home to a visitor center that features wildlife interpretive displays, meeting rooms and a nature store. There are also naturalist programs held occasionally during the summer months. If you’re a history buff, cross over to Chippewa County and visit the historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle Mission Site. The park is also a popular spot for campers—permits are available by reservation. Who would have guessed that Minnesota’s only alkaline wetland, Salt Lake, lies within Lac qui Parle County’s borders? The lake, which is one-third as salty as seawater, sits on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota. Th e high salt content has transformed this area into a birdwatcher’s dream. The lake has been recognized by the state as an area with “outstanding biological diversity” and is one of Minnesota’s top birding spots, with an average of more than 120 bird species documented each year. Each spring, shorebirds, waterfowl and other water birds visit the area to rest and feast as they make their way to northern breeding grounds. The area around the lake is not well-developed, but there is a viewing area with signage. There are also some clear spots along the shoreline where you can hike and take in the sights. A Mini “Minnesota Get-Together” Nicknamed the “Little Minnesota State Fair,” the Lac qui Parle County Fair (located in Madison) falls during the week/ weekend following Labor Day, giving one last shot at family-friendly fair fun—in case you couldn’t make it to St. Paul for the “Great Minnesota Get-Together.” The fair boasts the Minnesota High School Rodeo, live music and events, rides, games, food and beverage vendors, 4-H showings and just about everything else you’d expect to find at a classic county fair.

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Founded in 1885 and Lac qui Parle’s county seat, the city of Madison has the unique distinction of being nationally known as the “Lutefisk Capital of the U.S.” The city works hard to maintain a small-town feel and strives to make its community a great place to visit, live and work. Home of Lou T. Fisk Known as the “Lutefisk Capital of the U.S.,” Madison is home to “Lou T. Fisk,” a 30-foot cod statue that welcomes visitors into town via S. Highway 75. Lutefisk, which is a Nordic delicacy often served during the holidays, is essentially frozen, dried fish and lye. For the brave of heart, there’s a lutefisk-eating contest during the annual Norsefest celebration, held the second weekend in November. Madison’s Golf Headquarters A popular attraction for locals, the Madison Country Club is a semiprivate, ninehole course situated on 40 acres and features two water holes, one par-3 hole and eight par-4 holes. If you’re interested in joining a league, there are weekly women’s and men’s leagues. Play Ball! When the grass turns green and the sun is shining, you can bet Madison’s Memorial Athletic Park is buzzing with activity. The park is home to the Madison Mallards, an amateur team, as well as legion and junior league baseball programs, including the LqPV Eagles. Teams can compete day or night, as the lighted field allows play to continue after the sun sets for the day.


The Need for Speed Featuring a 3 /8-mile-high banked dirt track, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some awesome racing action at the Madison Speedway. The track offers a variety of racing options every Saturday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can choose to watch a variety of racing classes, including Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets and more. A Park That Has It All If you’re looking for a park that’s brimming with recreational opportunities, Slen Park offers a wide variety for activities for visitors of all ages. The biggest attraction is a modern swimming pool with a large slide, along with a toddler splash and play area for the little ones. Aside from swimming, Slen Park also features basketball and tennis courts, shelters and a playground.

Big-Screen Entertainment If you’re looking to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster or catch a free matinee featuring everything from kids’ movies or a treasured classic, you’ll be sure to find it at the Grand Theatre. This quaint, art-deco venue is open exclusively on weekends. All the World’s A Stage Once a Lutheran church, the Prairie Arts Center has hosted theatrical events and productions for more than 30 years, providing opportunities for involvement in and exposure to the performing arts for both children and adults. The building has a history of showing small one-act plays, children’s theater, large musical productions and more. The renovated sanctuary houses a stage and seating for up to 230 people. The setting is intimate, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in the productions. Next-Level Senior Living Experience Scheduled to be completed in 2022, Madison Healthcare Services’ new senior Care Center will provide an unmatched option for elder care. The 56-bed facility will offer nursing care 24 hours a day, and all residents will have private rooms with a bathroom and shower option, flat-screen TVs and large, spacious closets. Madison Healthcare is also adding a 12-unit Independent/Assisting Living Building—these private apartments will feature full kitchens and baths, underground parking and ensuite laundry.

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The city of Dawson, affectionately self-proclaimed as “Gnometown U.S.A.,” is a progressive community focused on maintaining a quality of life surpassed by none. The city boasts beautiful parks and a golf course, and Dawson excels through its excellent school and healthcare systems. Parks In Their Own Class Just east of Dawson, you will find Gnome Park Campground. This 10-site campground offers family-friendly amenities. Included in the rate is full hookup, water, sewer, electric and free Wi-Fi. Other amenities include basketball courts, pickle ball court, tennis courts, playgrounds, volleyball courts, softball fields, Dawson Aquatic Center and a full restroom/ shower house. Nestled along the river, on the southwest part of this community, you’ll find Veterans’ Park Campground. These six sites are available for year-round camping. Enjoy the use of the ice skating rink in the winter and river dock in the summer. Nearby is Frisbee golf, playgrounds, walking trails, picnic areas and open spaces. Five Days of Festival Fun Dawson’s annual Riverfest celebration is packed with events for the whole family. Activities range from a kickball tournament, fireworks, softball and golf tournaments, a parade, youth trap shoot, canoe races, a talent show, live entertainment, a craft/ flea market and the unveiling of the annual Honorary Gnome. Arts and Entertainment for All Home to the nonprofit Dawson-Boyd Arts Association, Memorial Auditorium offers world-class entertainment for all ages, including classical, folk and current music, children’s theatre, dance, comedy and opportunities for local musicians to showcase their

talents. The Dawson-Boyd Arts Association can also arrange for professional performances, master classes and workshops for students. Prioritizing Senior Healthcare Built in 2018 to meet the growing needs of the community, Johnson Memorial Care Center offers 56 private rooms, a surgery suite, a helipad and lab and radiology expansion, and it is directly attached to the clinic/hospital entrance. The facility is conveniently all connected on one campus and features a chapel, café, two guest suites, a salon and a wellness room. A Major Remodel Seeing the need for a modern addition to its school, the Dawson-Boyd School District undertook a major remodel over the last few years, as part of a plan to tear down and build a new elementary school. The school will feature a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics center; a new community center, cafeteria and kitchen; and an Innovation Lab. The remodel is expected to be completed in 2022.

conduct its housing study. This study showed that within the next 10 years, Dawson will need 75 more units of housing—leading to a partnership with SLH/HME to construct a 32-38-unit building at the east end of Ash Street. This building will be comprised of one-, two- and three- bedroom units with detached garages available. Apartment complexes such as these are what Dawson needs to help push the city forward, as job growth continues and people move to the community looking for a place to call home.

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Appleton Parks | (320) 289-1363 Appleton Municipal Campground, Riverview Park

Clara City Parks | (320) 847-2142 Community Park, Wilms Park, North Legacy Park, South Legacy Park

Bellingham City Park | (320) 568-2508

Clarkfield Parks | (320) 669-4435 Crist Park, Lions RV Park, North Park, Valhalla Park

Benson Parks | (320) 843-4775 Ambush Park and Campground, Hoiland Park, Lathrop Park, Northside Recreation Area, Roosevelt Park, Swimming Pool Park

Dawson Parks | (320) 769-2154 City Park, Theodore Christianson Memorial Park, Veterans Park, Rock Rapids, Lions Shelter

Boyd City Park | (320) 855-2242 Canby Parks | (507) 223-7295 Central Park, Triangle Park, Swimming Pool Park, Lake Sylvan Park


Ambush Park | (320) 843-4775


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City Park | (320) 769-2154 Veterans Memorial Campground | (320) 769-2154

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Memorial Park | (320) 564-3011 Prairie View RV Park & Campground | (320) 564-6043 Upper Sioux Agency State Park | (320) 564-4777


J.F. Jacobson Park | (320) 598-7373 Lac qui Parle County Park | (320) 598-7444


Lion’s Club Park | (320) 367-2140


Lion’s Club Park | (320) 734-4411 Milan Beach (Randall’s Resort) | (320) 734-4400


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Kerkhoven Parks | (320) 264-2581 Pillsbury Park, Softball Park

Marietta City Park | (320) 668-2375 Milan Parks | (320) 734-4411 Burns Park, Library (Gazebo) Park, Milan Lions Park Montevideo Parks | (320) 269-6575 Central Park, Chinhinta Park, Hillcrest Park, Lagoon Park, Larson Park, Sheridan Park, Smith Park, Wildwood Park, Windom Park

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Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge 4843 County Rd. 19 | Odessa, MN bigstone@fws.gov Lac qui Parle State Park 4047 20th St. NW | Watson, MN (320) 734-4450 Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area Route 1, Box 23 | Watson, MN (320) 734-4451 Monson Lake State Park 1690 15th St. NE | Sunburg, MN (320) 366-3797 Salt Lake Wildlife Management Area (320) 734-4451 | moumn.org Upper Sioux Agency State Park 5908 Hwy. 67 | Granite Falls, MN (320) 564-4777


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Scenic Drives Glacial Ridge Trail Numerous lakes are sprinkled among the hills and ridges of this region, carved by glaciers over 10,000 years ago. Lake Monson State Park represents the natural setting left behind for us to enjoy today.

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1933 240th Ave. | (507) 223-5607

Dawson Golf Course

1300 Walnut St. | (320) 769-2212

Granite Run Golf Course 5522 Hwy. 67 | (320) 564-4755

Kerkhoven Golf Course U.S. Hwy. 12 | (320) 264-2581

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583 11th St. W., Madison

Lagoon Park

725 Forest Ave., Montevideo

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450 St. Olaf Ave. S., Canby

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Rice Park, 835-883 Minnesota Ave., Granite Falls

Riverview Park

Veterans Memorial Park

King of Trails Centuries ago, Native Americans cut travel routes out of the virgin prairie. With the automobile invention, roadways sprung up from many of these routes. One—stretching from Winnipeg, Canada, south to the Gulf of Mexico—became known as the King of Trails. You can navigate this historic roadway down through the entire western edge of Prairie Waters. Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway The Minnesota River is the premier natural feature of this byway, stretching far beyond our western border near Ortonville, across the entire southern portion

of Minnesota to the bluff country of the Mississippi River. See 3.8-millionyear-old granite outcroppings, lush prairie grasses, national refuges and state parks. Prairie Passage Over a century ago, the western portion of Minnesota was covered by more than 18 million acres of tall grass prairie—today, less than 1 percent remains. The Prairie Passage route travels through areas of region where sparse pieces of the original prairie still remain. Yellowstone Trail In 1912, a group of small town businessmen in South Dakota undertook an ambitious project to create a useful automobile route across America, the Yellowstone Trail. Today, almost all of the route of the Yellowstone Trail is on slower, less traveled roads. Some sections of the trail, especially in the west, have remained little changed and are a must-see.

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YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY PARKS! ORAAS COUNTY PARK: Oraas Park offers a recently developed campground with water, electrical service to each site, a picnic shelter, and a children’s playground. The relaxed setting is perfect for neighborhood gatherings, family camping, and convenient wayside rest for travelers.



TIMM COUNTY PARK: This popular park is located off the north shore of Wood Lake. It offers a campground with water, electrical service to each site, a picnic shelter, swimming area, playground, volleyball, basketball, boat ramp and dock.


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EDUCATION CLARKFIELD AREA CHARTER SCHOOL Clarkfield, MN clarkfieldareacharter.org • Staff cater to individual learning styles, building a concrete foundation in academics • Offers a nurturing and stimulating environment with small class sizes • 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio DAWSON-BOYD PUBLIC SCHOOLS ISD #378 Dawson, MN | sites.google.com/ dwby.k12.mn.us/isd378/high-school • Recent remodeling of the elementary school included added classrooms, a new fitness center, student weight room and multipurpose/wrestling practice room • District provides students with opportunities to excel academically, athletically and in the arts through a well-rounded education

When a community comes together

to ensure education is a priority for its youth and the community’s future, you know you’ve found something special. Our region is proof of that and boasts a variety of districts that offer a wide array of child care and pre-K to college-level high school courses and credits. Students also have access to advanced technology, the arts and athletics, among other extracurricular activities, all of which help provide a well-rounded education for our future generations. With small teacher-to-student ratios and caring, dedicated faculty and staff, students of all ages receive a top-notch education in our region. Our region’s schools offer open enrollment, so you can choose the school that’s right for you and your family.


BENSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ISD #777 Benson, MN | benson.k12.mn.us • Recent renovations at Benson High School and Northside Elementary School added spaces to elevate academics, arts, athletics and child care, including a new 630-seat performing arts center, gymnasium, seven classrooms, preschool and a child care center space • Offers over 70 elective credits and 50 college credits CANBY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT Canby, MN | canbymn.org • Survey data shows 90 percent of students feel safe at school • Canby Elementary School was honored as a Blue Ribbon School in 2018 • Offers $1,000 scholarship to all graduating seniors with a 2.0 GPA

ECHO CHARTER SCHOOL Echo, MN | echo.charter.k12.mn.us • Small class sizes, catering to individualized attention • 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio • Offers stigma-free credit recovery through project-based learning programming KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG PUBLIC SCHOOLS Kerkhoven, MN | Murdock, MN Sunburg, MN | kms.k12.mn.us • Continued transformation of pre-K grade 12 campuses through a series of expansions, demolitions and renovations • Recent renovations in 2021 included the addition of new classrooms, repurposed student learning support, and interaction spaces, as well as an addition to parking areas and enhancements to the geothermal and ventilation systems

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Dawson-Boyd School District is made up of the communities of Dawson & Boyd and surrounding rural areas. Students have the

ability to personalize their education through choosing a college track, construction & trades track, or any combination to graduate. We offer over 15 concurrent enrollment (college credit) courses and have access to many more via online.



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LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY ISD Madison, MN | Appleton, MN lqpv.org • Both elementary schools have been updated with a modern learning environment, including LED lighting, SMART TVs, sound systems, and 1:1 devices • Middle/high school has a new STEM lab and gymnasium, an updated media center and remodeled bathrooms • District is a leader in early childhood education and provides all-district daycare options MACCRAY SCHOOL DISTRICT Clara City, MN | maccray.k12.mn.us • New, universal campus for all pre-K–grade 12 students • Some of the new additions include a dedicated space for

vocational trades, three-station gymnasium for both school and community events, 500-seat auditorium, addition of flexible spaces to support personalized learning, small group instruction and Special Education programming MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY EDUCATION DISTRICT Montevideo, MN | mrved.com • Consortium of nine school districts and one Area Learning Center in southwest rural Minnesota MONTEVIDEO PUBLIC SCHOOLS Montevideo, MN montevideoschools.com • Thunder Hawk Early Childhood Education Center offers daycare, multiple preschool program options, early childhood special education and early childhood family education programming • Montevideo Special Education Center, a 22,500-square-foot facility, focuses on students with autism, mental health and severe emotional and behavioral needs

• Montevideo Middle School is a National Blue Ribbon School and has been identified by U.S. News & World Report as a gold standard “Best School” in Minnesota • District provides robust advanced technology options for daily instruction and a 1:1 Chromebook initiative YELLOW MEDICINE EAST SCHOOLS Granite Falls, MN | isd2190.org • Offers a variety of programs to prepare students for post-high school success, including the Ramp-Up to Readiness program • Local partnerships with employers and Minnesota West work together to promote classes in early childhood education, manufacturing/ engineering, health and more • Offers up to 30 concurrent enrollment credits through PSEO college classes

Choose Where and When You Want to Learn, With Purpose MINNESOTA WEST COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE Campuses in both Granite Falls and Canby (800) 658-2330 | mnwest.edu

Discover the difference a purposeful education can make—at Minnesota West Community & Technical College. Whether it’s an associate degree, diploma or certificate, Minnesota West is your first step toward a meaningful career. Students can choose from more than 60 disciplines and five convenient campus locations throughout southwest Minnesota (plus online learning opportunities!). Heading to a four-year school after Minnesota West? No problem! Credits earned in liberal arts and science programs are designed for seamless transfer within the Minnesota State system, as well as other four-year institutions.


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SINGLE CAMPUS GROUNDBREAKING The groundbreaking for MACCRAY’s onecampus facility took place on Monday, April 5, 2021. This project brings all the schools together at the site of the high school in Clara City. The new elementary school and middle school concept will open in the fall of 2022 with the new theater/auditorium opening in the high school in November 2022. The MACCRAY School Board joined construction crews for the groundbreaking ceremony, officially kicking off construction of the new building!

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COMMUNITY EVENTS & FESTIVALS January CANBY Canby Classic Fishing Tournament Last Friday & Saturday GRANITE FALLS Mid-Winter Celebration Last Saturday

February GRANITE FALLS Ole and Lena Days First Week DAWSON Winterfest First Weekend

March MONTEVIDEO St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17

April CANBY Spring Showcase APPLETON Easter Egg Hunt MONTEVIDEO Easter Egg-citement Saturday before Easter

CLARA CITY Clara City Spring Craft Show Second Saturday WATSON Lac qui Parle Mission Open House Last Sunday

May MONTEVIDEO Fiesta Speedway Racing Starts Fridays, May-August HANLEY FALLS Minnesota’s Machinery Museum Opens May–September MILAN Syttende Mai Second Saturday GRANITE FALLS Swensson Farm Museum Opens Memorial Weekend– Labor Day



GRANITE FALLS Maker’s Market First Thursday

GRANITE FALLS Maker’s Market First Thursday

BOYD Boyd Good Time Days

GRANITE FALLS Fireworks at Prairie’s Edge Casino July 3

APPLETON Summer Concert Series Every Tuesday in June & July CANBY Music Mondays Every Other Monday in June & July MILAN Spoon Gathering Second Saturday BENSON Pioneerland Band Festival Parade & Annual Flag Day Festival June 14 CANBY Hat Daze Third Weekend

MONTEVIDEO Historic Chippewa City Opens Memorial Weekend

MONTEVIDEO Heritage Hill Threshing Show Third Weekend

BENSON Benson Memorial Day Event Memorial Weekend

MONTEVIDEO Fiesta Days Third Weekend GRANITE FALLS Western Fest Fourth Week GRANITE FALLS Western Fest Stampede Rodeo Fourth Weekend DAWSON Riverfest Last Full Weekend


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MADISON Fireworks July 4 MAYNARD Fourth of July Celebration CLARA CITY Prairie Fest Weekend after July 4; Second Weekend CANBY Cobra Fest Second Weekend WATSON Lac qui Parle Mission Sunday Second Sunday BENSON Kid Day Third Weekend CLARKFIELD Prairie Cardinal Days Third Weekend MADISON Dragonfest Third Weekend KERKHOVEN Town & Country Days Last Weekend

August GRANITE FALLS Maker’s Market First Thursday GRANITE FALLS Pezihutazizi Oyate Traditional Wacipi (Powwow) First Weekend

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CANBY Crazy Days First Saturday GRANITE FALLS Flea Market Second Weekend GRANITE FALLS Riverside Jam Second Saturday PORTER Porter Harvest Festival Third Weekend WOOD LAKE Wood Lake Community Fair Third Full Week GRANITE FALLS Rockfest Last Saturday


October GRANITE FALLS Light Up the River First Friday REGION-WIDE Meander Art Crawl First Weekend MADISON Oktoberfest First Weekend APPLETON Trunk or Treat MONTEVIDEO Trick-or-Treat Street October 31

MAYNARD Maynard Rodeo Last Saturday

GRANITE FALLS Trunk-N-Treat & Costume Contest Last Saturday



APPLETON Prairie Thunder Off-Road Rally Labor Day Weekend (Saturday)

CLARA CITY Fall Craft Fair First Saturday

GRANITE FALLS Horse Power Event at Swensson Farm Museum Second Saturday GRANITE FALLS Squid Fest & Rib Fest Second Saturday GRANITE FALLS Flea Market Second Weekend APPLETON Applefest Third Weekend CANBY Fall Fest Third Saturday

DAWSON Holiday Kickoff Vendors Fair First Saturday MADISON Norsefest Second Weekend CANBY Holiday Showcase Sunday before Thanksgiving APPLETON Holiday Extravaganza REGION-WIDE Small Business Saturday Saturday after Thanksgiving

MILAN Fall Craft Fair Saturday after Thanksgiving

GRANITE FALLS Santa & Live Reindeer at the Volstead House Sunday before Christmas

MONTEVIDEO Love Local Shopping Punch Card Saturday after Thanksgiving– December 23

County Fairs

December CANBY Hometown Holidays First Weekend MONTEVIDEO Christmas in the Village at Historic Chippewa City First Saturday MONTEVIDEO Parade of Lights & Holiday Stroll

CANBY Yellow Medicine County Fair Fourth Weekend in July MONTEVIDEO Chippewa County Fair Last Weekend in July APPLETON Swift County Fair Third Weekend in August MADISON Lac qui Parle County Fair Second Weekend in September

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Local Radio Stations & Movie Theaters RADIO STATIONS Appleton KRSU (MPR); 91.3 KNCM (MPR); 88.5 Benson KBMO-AM; 1290 KSCR-FM; 93.5 Granite Falls KKRC-FM; 93.9 Madison KLQP-FM; 92.1 Montevideo KDMA-AM; 1460 KMGM-FM; 105.5 KKRC-FM; 93.9 KRAM-FM; 96.7 MOVIE THEATERS Benson De Marce Theater (320) 842-6871 Canby Canby Classic Cinema (507) 223-5873 Madison Grand Theater (320) 598-7791 Montevideo Millennium Theater (320) 269-3135


Canby Theatre

Rich in cultural heritage and home to some of Minnesota’s greatest writers and artists, the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters region invites you to tap into your creative side and indulge in our history, culture and arts. Explore historical sites throughout the Minnesota River Valley, take a class or workshop in the middle of the prairie, participate in an art crawl or attend a live concert in one of our luscious parks—whatever you choose, you’re sure to get a taste of what our region has to offer.

Listen to Music On Tuesday evenings in the summer, enjoy band concerts at Riverview Park Bandshell in Appleton. The ’52 Wing Auditorium also presents several concerts throughout the year. Down the road in Canby, Music on Mondays at Central Park features local and regional artists multiple times each summer. The Canby Classic Cinema hosts current and classic movies, as well as performing arts events.

Meander Art Crawl

Take Part in the Arts Since 2001, the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association has brought a wide variety of quality performances to the Memorial Auditorium in Dawson. Enjoy summer theater, Christmas shows, local concerts and guest artists at The

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Prairie Arts Center in Madison, home to the Lac qui Parle Players and many other performers in this unique church-turned-theater. The Granite Area Arts Council also provides art-related experiences for the community


in and around Granite Falls, including monthly exhibits at the K.K. Berge Gallery, larger performance events throughout the year, and a summer art camp for youth and adults alike. The Montevideo Fine Arts Center hosts an array of constant activity throughout the year, including the Community Milan Spoon Gathering Concert Series, dance recitals, visiting artistic groups and school performances. In addition, the Monfind a variety of artwork, hand-thrown pottery, tevideo Arts Project aims to increase the textiles, photography, painting, woodcarving use of public art in the greater community by and more. The Milan Village Arts School installing public art pieces throughout the city. is home to a diverse offering of art activiThe award-winning Meander Art Crawl is ties to students of all ages, including folk art a well-established exhibition of local artists, classes, student studios and festivals. You can attracting thousands of people each year for even try your hand at Norwegian traditional a free, self-guided tour of artist studios. You’ll knife-making!

Visit 35 studios with 40+ local artists!

Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl

First weekend in October Painting, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, sculpture, pottery, mixed media & more Evening Events taking place Friday & Saturday artsmeander.com 1-866-866-5432 prairiewaters.com •

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EMPLOYMENT & LIFESTYLE Top Industries by Number of Jobs COST OF LIVING

The cost to live in the Twin Cities is 43 percent higher than the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters (WMPW) region, with the median hourly wages only 30 percent higher. The cost of living for a typical family is $49,068 in our region, compared to $65,292 in the Twin Cities.

1. Healthcare & Social Assistance With 3,546 jobs at 133 firms, healthcare and social assistance is the largest employing industry in the region.

2. Manufacturing Yearly Cost* Of Living For Family Of 3


*Compared to $65,292 in the Twin Cities

Median Monthly Rent

There are 1,885 manufacturing jobs across 73 firms. Average annual wages were more than $7,000 higher in manufacturing than the total of all industries.

3. Educational Services

Our region has a high concentration of employment in educational services, the third largest industry, with 1,639 jobs at 31 institutions.

4. Retail Trade

WMPW Region $611 Minnesota $1,016

Monthly child care for 1 full-time child WMPW Region $426 Minnesota $1,091

Retail trade is the fourth largest industry, with 1,559 jobs at 181 establishments.

5. Public Administration

With 1,209 jobs, the majority of employment within this industry is concentrated in the “executive, legislative and other general governmental support” subsector.

Median Home Value WMPW Region $105,843 Minnesota $223,900

Source: DEED Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages program. Please note: Child care costs are weighted to reflect both in-home and center-based rates for WMPW Region and are provided by Child Care Aware Minnesota. View the full methodology report online at: mn.gov/deed/assets/col-methodology-2015_tcm1045-133025.pdf

TRAVEL TIME TO WORK < 10 MINUTES WMPW Region 38.7% | MSP Metro 9.7%


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Our region is home to 3,272 self-employed individuals with sales receipts of $139.9 million. Make your dream business come to life here—with lower living costs and high-speed broadband access to connect to your market and a variety of resources to help start or grow your business! View available buildings and lots in the region online at prairiewaters.com/site-selector.


Over the last several years, the Prairie Waters region has worked diligently to bring the fastest fiber broadband internet to its communities. In fact, two of the five counties in this region rank in the top 10 counties in Minnesota for individuals telecommuting from home. This allows residents to bring their jobs with them to the region, while enjoying life in a slower paced community. A recent citywide survey conducted in a Prairie Waters community showed that 17 percent of its residents were currently enrolled in a college course. High-speed broadband is increasingly important to these students, as well as those in elementary and high school.


Yellow Medicine County www.co.ym.mn.gov 320-564-5841 An Equal Opportunity Employer

The County offers Competitive Salary and Benefits, Paid Time Off, Participation in the Public Employee Retirement Association Retirement Program, Remote Work Options, Flexible Scheduling and More!

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Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) is proud of its mission to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare close to home.

As the old adage goes, “You’re nothing without your

health,” and our region is ever-expanding its healthcare services so that our residents and visitors always receive first-class healthcare—regardless of their situation. Ranging from primary care and emergency room facilities to behavioral health, assisted living and long-term care, you can rest assured, you’re in good hands here. Our facilities and providers will treat you like family and help you get back to feeling like your best self—so you keep living your best life. CCM Health

APPLETON AREA HEALTH 30 S. Behl St., Appleton (320) 289-1580 | appletonareahealth.com • Offers primary care, behavioral health, emergency services, inpatient, outreach, rehabilitation services, on-campus care and assisted living • Named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in 2021


AVERA GRANITE FALLS HEALTH CENTER 345 10th Ave., Granite Falls (320) 564-3111 | avera.org/granite-falls • Hospital with emergency department, surgery and women’s center • Skilled nursing care and independent senior living • Clinic offering primary and specialty care • ALS ambulance service

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CCM HEALTH – MONTEVIDEO HOSPITAL AND CLINIC 824 N. 11th St., Montevideo (320) 269-8877 ccmhealthmn.com • Clinics in Clarkfield, Milan, Clara City and Montevideo • Offers family practice, surgery, 3D mammography and other specialty services • Walk-in clinic and urgent care

From top: Swift County - Benson Health Services’ newest clinic nurse practitioner; rendering of the assisted living facility in Madison; family care at CCM Health in Montevideo.

JOHNSON MEMORIAL HEALTH SERVICES 1282 Walnut St., Dawson (320) 769-4323 | jmhsmn.org • Offers primary care, behavioral health, new care center and assisted living • State-of-the-art suite for total hip and knee surgeries • First Olympus OER-Elite endoscopy scope cleaner installed in Minnesota MADISON HEALTHCARE SERVICES 900 Second Ave., Madison (320) 598-7556 | mhsmn.org • Renovated 56-bed skilled nursing CareCenter • Added a new 12-unit assisted living facility • 15 specialty care providers who come to you, minimizing your drive time SANFORD CANBY MEDICAL CENTER 112 St. Olaf Ave. S., Canby (507) 223-7277 | sanfordcanby.org • Provides full continuum of care, including clinic, hospital, home health, long-term care and assisted living • Outreach services provided locally SWIFT COUNTY – BENSON HEALTH SERVICES 1815 Wisconsin Ave., Benson (320) 843-4232 | scbh.org • Offers hospital and clinic services, emergency room, visiting specialists, surgery center and more • Named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award 2021, and one of the Top-Rated Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2020 by Becker’s Hospital Review

Note: Many of the region’s healthcare facilities offer

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30 South Behl Street P - 320.289.1580 | www.appletonareahealth.com

Exceptional service. Trusted care.

Hospital Appleton Area Health is proud to serve our community by providing services that allow you to receive specialized care and still stay close to home. Providing trusted, quality, compassionate care, we offer a wide array of services for all your healthcare needs. Because we're constantly growing and evolving, we're the team you can trust to deliver outstanding health care to you, our community, and the surrounding area!

Clinic Appleton Area Health Clinic is committed to providing highquality individualized care by offering primary care, specialty care, and behavioral health services. We're eager to get to know you, understand your history and concerns, and build a relationship so that we can provide the exceptional care you and your family deserve. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Call 289-1580 to schedule an appointment. 52 •(320) prairiewaters.com

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Apple Ridge Estates Apple Ridge Estates is dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable, home-like atmosphere, while promoting independence. Services available include housekeeping, laundry, utilities and television, meals, afternoon coffee and snacks, activities (baking, music, crafts, bingo, movies, church services), assistance with self care, care planning, assessments by a Registered Nurse who is on-call 24 hours/day, trained staff onsite 24 hours/day, and medication/treatment management. We look forward to building a relationship with you and your family.

Care Center Serving our community for over 50 years, the Appleton Area Health Care Center is dedicated to providing the best possible care while preserving the dignity of each and every one of our residents. Whether you’re here for only a short time or you are moving in to become a member of the AAH family, we want you to know that this is your home and we want it to feel that way!

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