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2019 Shetek Area

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Carson Evans is one of many kids who enjoyed the waters of Lake Sarah last summer. Carson and his father, Colin, visited the popular swimming and fishing lake last June. Photo by Per Peterson

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Welcome! The Lake Shetek Area of Southwest Minnesota has lots to share. Imagine a place with …sweeping prairie vistas. …big-hearted friendly people. …sparkling lakes and streams. …a peaceful, less hurried pace of life. …a fascinating historical legacy. …abundant wildlife. …rich, fertile cropland. …opportunity as boundless as the horizon. Welcome to Lake Shetek, Tracy, Walnut Grove, and Currie. There’s much to enjoy whether your stay is for a few hours, days, several weeks, or years!

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Directory of Advertisers Tracy

Currie

Shetek Area

Bonnie & Clyde’s Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Bosacker Auctions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Brockway-Brown Vet Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Church of St. Mary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 City of Tracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 G&R Appliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Greenwood Nursery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Knakmuhs Agency/Tracy Agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Meyer’s Repair & Tracy Karate School . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Midwest Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Murrayland Agency Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 O’Brien Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Prairie View Senior Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Real Estate Retrievers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sanford Tracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 The Caboose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Tracy Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Tracy EDA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Tracy Food Pride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Twin Circle Apartments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Wheels Across the Prairie Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Currie State Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Lakeside Hideaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Murrayland Agency Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Rooster’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Ruppert Oil Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Balaton EDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Bitton’s Roadhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Carlson Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Dianne’s Dockside. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Edgewater Bay Campground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Key Largo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Murray County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Murray County EDA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Real Estate Retrievers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Schreier’s on Shetek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Shetek Lutheran Ministries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Shetek Marine/Pete’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Southwest Sanitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Walnut Grove Knakmuhs Agency/Tracy Agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant/ Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Information Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Gift Store . . . . . . . . . . .24 Walnut Grove Community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Walnut Grove Family Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Special Interests Area Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Church Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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Tracy Area Garden Tour blooms in July

It’s no garden variety event. The Tracy Area Garden & Quilt Tour, Wednesday, July 10, offers a peek at some of the area’s most creative and colorful gardens. Scores of handmade quilts add to the fun. Tickets are available the day of the event from St. Mary’s Church Women & Tracy Kiwanis. Rain date is July 11. Pie, ice cream and a rafe top off the festivities.

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Tracy Area High School senior girls each year compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and the title of Miss Tracy during Tracy Box Car Days. This year’s gala is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 1.

Tracy Chamber of Commerce The Tracy Area Chamber of Commerce, with ofices in Veterans’ Memorial Center, helps keep the community humming. Chamber-sponsored events include Tracy Box Car Days, community awards & membership banquet, Prairie Women’s Expo, Summer Classic Car & Cycle Show, Miss Tracy Scholarship Program, downtown Halloween Parade, and Parade of Lights. Want more information about Tracy? Do you have ideas for making Tracy even better? Call 507-629-4021 or email tracyareachamber.mn@gmail. com.

New discoveries are sure to amaze at the Prairie Women’s Expo.

Prairie Women’s Expo Scores of vendors and hundreds of visitors come to Downtown Tracy and the Veterans’ Memorial Center for the Prairie Women’s Expo. A host of speciality exhibits offer a much anticipated taste of spring. A fashion show, and food court help make this a crowd-pleasing event year after year. A Tracy Chamber of Commerce committee plans the event. For more information, call 507-629-4021 or email tracyareachamber.mn@ gmail.com

Colorful characters take to the streets for the Tracy Box Car Days kiddie parade. Bottom, vintage tractors of any color will roll again for the Wheels Museum’s Box Car Days tractor show, August 30-Sept. 2.


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Tracy Box Car Days Tracy Box Car Days, celebrated every Labor Day weekend, is one of Minnesota’s longest-running community festivals. The 2019 celebration, August 30-Sept. 2, will be Tracy’s 92nd. The irst Tracy Box Car Days was held in 1927, the same year that Charles Lindbergh became the irst man to ly across the Atlantic! The Monday afternoon Box Car Days parade on Labor Day is a tradition in the region, with a 1 p.m. start. Other Box Car Days activities include a downtown carnival midway, airport ly-in, mud volleyball, softball and golf tourneys, Wheels Across the Prairie Museum activities, beer gardens, Miss Tracy pageant, St. Mary’s craft fair, street dance, kiddie parade, and horseshoe tourney. For Box Car Days schedule, call 507-629-4021, email tracyareachamber.mn@ gmail.com, or visit the city website at www.tracymn.org and click on the Chamber link.

Princesses and glittering carriages are part of the magic of Box Car Days.

Tracy Area Car Show The gleaming chrome of classic cars and cycles are sure to turn heads in Tracy’s Central Park Saturday, July 13. The Tracy Area Chamber of Commerce show runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration starting at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in several classes. For updates, call the Chamber ofice at 507-629-4021 or email tracyareachamber.mn@gmail.com.

Parade of Lights A holiday Parade of Lights twinkles in Downtown Tracy on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Everyone is invited to join in the fun, for the holiday parade. Remember when? Cool, classic cars attract crowds for the July car show.

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The enthusiasm of pilots at the Tracy Municipal Airport is seldom grounded.

Tracy Municipal Airport Tracy is home to one of the inest small-town airports in the state. A 3,100-foot long, 75 feet wide primary bituminous surface runway is open year-round. Two crossing grass runways that are 2,590 feet long by 200 feet, and 1,825 feet long by 200 feet and run north to south and southwest give pilots landing options in windy conditions. Eight T-shaped hangers and one maintenance hangar are available for rent. The airport terminal is equipped with a weather data station, resting area, and restrooms. A courtesy vehicle is also available 24 hours a day. There is a 24-hour fueling station with credit card availability. A pancake breakfast “ly-in” on Labor Day, that’s held in conjunction with Tracy Box Car Days, never fails to attract a crowd. For more information, call 507-629-5528.

Tracy Public Library Tracy has an outstanding public library, conveniently located in a remodeled building at Third and Morgan. The main loor of the library features books, audiobooks, periodicals, movies, and CDs. Children’s books are on the main loor, as well as puzzles, games, a children’s table, and Legos. The library’s computers are available for use by patrons or guests. Free Wi-Fi is offered. A mezzanine has a collection of teen and young adult books. The second loor also has a conference room that is available to the public and can be reserved. Books unavailable at the Tracy Public Library can be borrowed from another library within the Plum Creek Library System or from libraries around the state through the inter-library loan program. A children’s summer story hour, children’s summer reading, adult winter reading, and author programs are among the library’s offerings. Hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 507-629-5548 or visit www. tracypubliclibrary.org.

The Tracy Aquatic Center is a cool spot to be on a warm summer afternoon.

Tracy Aquatic Center Tracy Aquatic Center offers an Olympic-sized outdoor lap pool, a beachlike splash pool for children, and a diving well. Fountains, drop slides, two large lume slides, and tables and chairs with “funbrellas” add to the fun. Lifeguards are always on duty during pool hours. Several sessions of Red Cross-approved swimming lessons are offered. The pool can also be rented for private parties. A playground, picnic area, sand volleyball courts, ball ields, and basketball courts are nearby. Open swimming hours are from 1 to 7 p.m., Sunday through Saturday, with an adult early morning swim offered from 7 to 8:50 a.m., Monday through Friday. Daily admission is $6, with $3 charged after 5 p.m. For more information, call 507-629-5537, or 629-5528.


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Swift Lake Park This 23-acre park has 12 campsites, many with electrical and/or water hook-ups. Each site is spacious and includes a picnic table and ire pit. Camping fee is $12 a night, with $3 for 30 amp service, $5 a night for 50 amp, and $2 a night for water. Weekly and monthly rates are available. Camping fees can be paid through a self-registration system with a payment box located in the campground. Facilities include a playground, bathroom/shower building, picnic shelter, and RV dumping station. A one-mile paved bicycle and walking path runs through the park. Swift Lake is stocked with bass, bluegills and crappies. A handicap-accessible ishing pier allows for shore ishing. The picnic shelter has a playground nearby. Swift Lake is a half-mile north of Tracy on County Highway 11.

Twin Circle Apartments Twin Circle Apartments are a distinctive housing complex with 12 individual apartment buildings connected by winding walkways and picturesque lower gardens. Twin Circle has 59 one-bedroom apartments, one two-bedroom apartment and four handicapped accessible apartments. A community building has a large sun porch and meeting room for social gatherings. The community room, which has a full-service kitchen, can be rented for meetings or parties. For more information, call 507-629-3160.

Multi-Purpose Center The Tracy Multi-Purpose Center at 200 Third St. is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for meetings and social gatherings.

Enjoy pancakes each Wednesday at the Multi-Purpose center.

Tracy Senior Dining is offered weekdays. On two Saturdays during the month, a Golden Age catered meal or potluck is held. There is an open potluck meal one Saturday a month. Pancakes are served every Wednesday morning, with other breakfast offerings Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. Rolls are served Friday mornings. The center has regular card clubs, pinochle, bingo, or billiards every day during the week after 1 p.m.

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Sanford Tracy Medical Center Sanford Tracy Medical Center is a 25 bed critical access hospital and rural health clinic and also offers outpatient specialty services. A 30-unit senior housing complex is attached to the facility. Satellite clinics are located in Balaton and Walnut Grove. Quality Care is provided by a team of board certiied clinicians including Dr. Andy Kopperud; Kelly Hoffman, FNP; Joe Bretschneider, PA-C; Amanda Glanzer, FNP; Dr. Ibkhan Ansine; Dr. Mark Rawson; Dr. David Springer; Greg VanderWaerdt, PA; and three behavioral health providers, Trudy Ujdur, FNP; Angela Deadrick, LICSW; and Lori Thom, LICSW. Sanford Tracy Medical Center offers family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, social services, well child check-ups for babies to teens, fracture care, injury treatment, comprehensive physicals, school and sports physicals, drug screening, laboratory, immunizations, SAGE screening program, health coach, Diabetic education and behavioral health including family and individual counseling services. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.noon. Sanford Tracy Hospital provides 24-hour emergency services, medical and surgical care for inpatient and outpatient needs, general surgery, chemotherapy and swing bed availability. Comprehensive laboratory, computed radiography, in-house CT, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation services, diabetic education and wellness programs are offered. All inclusive outreach services offer cardiology, endoscopy, pulmonology, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, adult and child psychiatry, vascular, podiatry, ENT, wound care, mammography and procedures to include cardiac echoes, stress tests, EGD and colonoscopies. Sanford Tracy, afiliated with Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, utilizes many tele-medicine resources such as Tele-ED, Tele-Stroke and Tele-Burn. The philosophy at Sanford is based on the belief that good healthcare is a right which should be guaranteed to everyone, regardless of inancial status, personal beliefs, or geographic location. We are closely linked with the rural communities we serve, and we strive to meet the healthcare needs of our communities in an eficient and caring manner achieving Sanford’s mission: dedicated to the work of health and healing. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has certiied Sanford primary care clinics in Minnesota as medical homes. This means the clinics have met a set of rigorous standards to provide patient and familycentered care. Sanford Tracy Hospital is a designated Level IV trauma center and has also achieved stroke designation by the MDH.

Prairie View Senior Living has been serving the area since 1966.

Prairie View Senior Living Prairie View is a 43-bed skilled care facility that has been serving the area since 1966. Many quality services are offered, including Skilled Nursing Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy (for in-patients or outpatients), Wellness Programs, restorative therapies, community life, respite care, social services, Hospice care, housekeeping, and laundry. Prairie View was named Tealwood Nursing Center of the Year in 2012 and the Service of Excellence Award from Care Providers of Minnesota in 2013. For more information, call 507-629-3331.

O’Brien Court O’Brien Court offers convenient, secure, independent senior living. Thirty spacious and attractive units are attached to the Sanford Tracy Hospital and Clinic. A pull cord in each room connects tenants to a 24-hour emergency response system. Designed for privacy and independence, each apartment has a complete kitchen, living room, bedroom, bath and individually controlled heating and cooling. Four different apartment styles are offered among the 30 apartments. One apartment is available as a convalescence suite, for people recovering from falls, surgeries, or illness. Residents can choose a two-meal a day plan in the dining room. Home Health Care services are also available. A spacious common area offers residents a place to socialize and host gatherings. For more information, or to arrange a facility tour, contact Manager Cindy Swenhaugen by calling: (507) 629-8450.


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Wheels Across the Prairie Museum Don’t expect to see everything in 15-minutes! The Wheels Across the Prairie Museum has 15 buildings plus a 1915-switch engine, coal tender car, wooden boxcar, and a caboose that seems ready to chug off to South Dakota!

Oasis, the Amiret Post Ofice, blacksmith shop with an onsite Blacksmith forging unique items out of horse shoes and other metals, a 19th century country schoolhouse, the Monroe Town Hall, barbershop, a summer kitchen, and “Vi’s Hut,” a quaint Norwegian cottage featuring the rosemaling of the late Vi Knott and Elvera Bisbee. The former St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, which dates from 1901, is maintained in its original state, and is available for special events.

The vintage freight train, parked alongside a restored Chicago & Northwestern Depot, is a must-see attraction on the west edge of Tracy along Hwy. 14. Visitor favorites include the railroad bench where Laura Ingalls sat as she awaited Pa’s arrival by train, as mentioned in the book “By the Shores of Silver Lake.” Children love ringing the switch engine’s bell. Children and adults alike delight in riding a miniature train that loops around the museum grounds. Small exhibits in the museum’s two-story “barn” feature vintage photographs and articles from Tracy’s early history. “Pamp Barn” features antique tractors, horse-drawn equipment, and early farming equipment. Other buildings include 1866 two-story log cabin that once stood at Murray County’s Great

From June 1 to Sept. 30, the museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open on weekends only in May and October, from 1 to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Labor Day weekend, the museum is open through Monday.

Demonstrations of long-forgotten crafts and activities are sometimes staged at the museum. This is a corn-grinding operation.

For more information, call (507) 6261949 or (507) 829-5145 or go online to www.wheelsacrosstheprairie.org or visit the museum’s Facebook page.

Tracy Country Club Tracy offers an 9-hole course with rolling hills, lat lands, a meandering creek, mature trees, and water and sand hazards, two miles east of town on Hwy. 14. The par-36 course is 2,953 yards from the men’s tees, with the longest hole being 534 yards. A 10-tee driving range and a putting green is offered, and cart rentals are available. The public course is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to close; and Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to Close. Wednesday is open for Men’s green fees only. All golfers are welcome. Call 507-6294666 to reserve tee times on weekends and for reservations for special events. The Tracy Country Club is known for its lush, rolling terrain.


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Slaughter Slough today offers a peaceful spot to view nature and wildlife.

Slaughter Slough A lonely monument resting on three stones looks over the prairie several miles east of Lake Shetek at the Slaughter Slough Waterfowl Production Area. The monument marks the horriic, August 20, 1862, encounter between a group of about 40 settlers, who had led their homes on Lake Shetek, and a group of Dakota warriors. The settlers had abandoned a horsedrawn wagon and sought refuge in nearby tall slough grasses after being attacked by their pursuers. Fourteen settlers, including eight children, were killed in and around the slough and near Lake Shetek, on that day. An unknown number of Dakota also died. Twenty-one settlers managed to escape or survive the attacks, with two women and four children taken captive. Later that fall, a group of Dakota young men, at a great sacriice to themselves, bartered for the

captives’ freedom in North Dakota and brought them to U.S. military authorities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the site as a Waterfowl Production Area. Interpretive signage, a short trail, and the rock memorial honor the three groups connected with the 1862 tragedy. The irst stone honors the Dakota Indians, the inhabitants of the land prior to white settlement. The second honors the white settlers who came to Shetek in search of a better life. The third is for the Dakota men, who were called the “Fool Soldier Band” by their people, who won the captives’ freedom. A parking area and trail leading to the monument is near the intersection of County Roads 37 and 96.

Willow Lake Lutheran Church The former Willow Lake Lutheran Church is the Tracy area’s last surviving white-steeple country church. Built on a hill seven miles south and one mile east of Tracy, the church was erected by irst-generation Norwegian immigrants in 1899. The Willow Lake congregation, which was organized in 1874, disbanded in 2006, but the Friends of Willow Lake non-proit organization preserved the country church. The Willow Lake Church is open for hymn sings in July and September. For more information, call 507-629-3488 or email friendsofwillowlake@gmail.com. Mary Mickelson, who donated land for the Willow Lake Church with her husband, shares several similarities with her more famous contemporary, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Both Mary and Laura were born in 1867. They were also married in the same year (1885), and died in the same year (1957). Willow Lake Lutheran Church remains a stately sentinel to the faith of Norwegian immigrants who established the congregation in 1874. The white-steeple church, northeast of Lake Shetek and south of Tracy, is the last remaining country church in the Tracy area.

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Plum Creek Despite its modest size, this creek is one of the most well-known in the state because of its mention in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Banks of Plum Creekâ&#x20AC;? as well as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little House on the Prairieâ&#x20AC;? television series. Located near the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dugout site one and onehalf miles north of Walnut Grove, Plum Creek is 34.5 miles long and passes through the pageant site southwest of Walnut Grove, eventually emptying into the Cottonwood River. Visitors can wade in the water by the dugout site just as Laura and her sisters likely did many years ago. Plum Creek got its name from the many wild plum trees along its course.

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Lake Laura is a favorite spot for swimming.

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End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum The End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie is on the National Register of Historic places. The museum and park recall Currie’s early days, when it was the terminus for a Chicago & Northwestern branch line from Bingham Lake. Because Currie was the end of the line, a handoperated turntable was used to turn steam locomotives around. The turntable is still operable today. Local people take great pride in the fact that the museum began with a 1972 Community Pride 4-H project.

The Railroad Yard Rail service in and out of Currie began in 1899 , when the Chicago & Northwestern extended a branch line from Bingham Lake. Because east-west rail services already ran through nearby Tracy and Slayton, the branch line was never extended further to South Dakota, and Currie became a dead end. The Currie Depot #1958 was located originally west of County Hwy. 38. In 1974, the depot was moved to its current location. A working HO scale train and model city of Currie is a featured exhibit in the restored depot. Visitors can tour several buildings within the railroad yard. An engine house has a rebuilt 1875 narrow gauge Baldwin steam locomotive, along with several other interesting displays and exhibits. Also in the yard is a Chicago & Northwestern water tower, a Section Foreman’s home, and a replica coal bunker that serves as a picnic shelter. A Georgia Northern #102 engine, a 1945 Minneapolis and St. Louis Bay Window wood caboose, a 1942 restored Grand Trunk Western caboose, a Brookville diesel switcher, velocipede, and Fairmont motorcars are also displayed.

The Historic Village A boardwalk guides visitors to the 1873 Sunrise District #1 country schoolhouse where students in eight grades were educated together. In the summer months, services are still conducted in an 1871 Presbyterian Church. The school and church were the irst built in Murray County. A replica of the Murray County Courthouse that was used from 1873-1889

Time seems to stand still at End-O-Line Park, where a vintage steam locomotive seemingly has just steamed into Currie.

showcases exhibits from the early Currie days, as well as artifacts from the 1891 Murray County Courthouse that was built in Slayton. The 1870 Currie General Store, the irst general store in Murray County, offers a glimpse of the goods that were sold and traded nearly 150 years ago. The Neil Currie gristmill, which the town was built around, holds the original grinding stone that was once used along the Des Moines River.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Tourist Center Since its inception in 1974, the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Walnut Grove has attracted visitors from over 100 countries and all 50 states. Because of the popularity of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and the “Little House on the Prairie” television series, which also debuted in 1974, visitors have locked to the museum for a chance to step back in time and visualize how the Ingalls and other families of that period lived.

1898 depot, country schoolhouse, early settler’s home, a dugout home, an onion-domed house, a covered wagon, and more.

The museum offers visitors a comprehensive collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder history. A quilt owned by Laura and Rose, a Bible from the church the Ingalls family attended, historic documents and pictures of those that Laura wrote about in her book “On the Banks of Plum Creek”, and scale models of Ingalls family television homes.

A 250+ piece doll collection is on loan and on display in Grandma’s House.

There is also a collection of items donated by the many stars of the Little House on the Prairie TV series that have visited the museum over the years. The iddle used in the TV series is now owned and on display in the museum along with a costume warn by actor Victor French “Mr. Edwards.”

The dugout home is the same size as the one described in Laura’s book “On the Banks of Plum Creek”. Visitors can go inside the dugout and get a feeling of what life would be like to live in a 10’ x 10’ space dug into the side of a creek bank. The museum is open daily during June, July, and August, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with shorter hours in April, May, September, and October.

Gift Store A recently-remodeled gift store at the museum offers a wide selection of books pertaining to Laura Ingalls Wilder, souvenirs, hand-sewn pioneer clothing, t-shirts, sweatshirts, snacks, and handcrafted items. Many items can be ordered through the museum’s website at www.walnutgrove.org.

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Ingalls Dugout Site Open from May through October, this site gives visitors access to the Ingalls family’s original dugout site referenced in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book “On the Banks of Plum Creek”.

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Located one and one-half miles north of Walnut Grove, the site has an informational sign as to the exact site along Plum Creek where the Ingalls lived when they arrived in Walnut Grove in 1874. All that remains now of their dugout home is a depression on the banks of Plum Creek, yet visitors still enjoy the experience.

Country View Senior Living Community in Walnut Grove has 16 assisted living and 12 independent living units in a variety of loor plans. The facility has an attached medical clinic. Meal programs, home care assistance, medication management, escorts, safety checks, health monitoring, and nurse visits are among the services offered. Staff is available 24 hours a day.

Harold and Della Gordon purchased the land in 1947, unaware of its historical connection at the time. Following courthouse records, Garth Williams, the illustrator of Laura’s books, discovered the Gordon’s farm had been homesteaded by the Ingalls. The Gordon family continues to maintain access to the dugout site and other items mentioned in Laura’s book such as “The Big Rock”, spring, and plum thickets. Storyboards assist the visitors along the path, which includes a bridge over the creek. Twenty-ive acres of native grasses have been planted around the dugout site.

A beauty shop, exercise room, billiard room, garages, community room, indoor mailboxes, elevator, and planned activities are among the amenities offered. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 507859-2133.

The site is open daily from dawn to dusk from May through October, weather permitting. Entrance is through the 1900-era farmstead on Redwood County Road 5. Follow the signs to a parking and picnic area. A nominal carload admission is charged.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Want to Relive the Good Old Days? “Come Home To Laura!” The popular Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant tells the story of 1870s life in the ledgling prairie town of Walnut Grove. This year’s outdoor drama is set Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20. An added feature of this year’s production is the TV STARS REUNION on July 12-13!

of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant (July 6, 13, 20).

The family-oriented two-act drama depicts the Ingalls family living near Walnut Grove in the 1870s. Staged in a beautiful natural amphitheater near the banks of Plum Creek a short distance from Walnut Grove, the outdoor drama is faithful to the “Little House” books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Area volunteers make up the cast and production crew of over 60 people. The pageant, in its 42nd season has played to over 300,000 people.

Laura/Nellie Contest: Girls 8-12 are invited to take part in the Laura Ingalls Wilder and Nellie Oleson look-alike contests. Registration is from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on July 6, 13, 20 at the Walnut Grove City Park. For online registration visit www.walnutgrove.org. Judging is based on overall appearance and knowledge of the “On the Banks of Plum Creek” book.

This story is based on the fourth book in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, “On the Banks of Plum Creek.” The drama recounts the construction of the town’s church, prairie ires, and the grasshopper plague that wiped out the family’s wheat crop. Elaborate stage sets are complemented with professional lighting and sound systems. The Ingalls’ dugout home, a church, school and general store are among the sets. Pageant Tickets for July 5-6 and 19-20: Reserved seating is $20. (1,000 numbered chairs. Children may sit on an adult’s lap for free). General admission: $18. Children age 5-and-under admitted free in general admission. General admission ticket holders should bring a blanket or folding chair for hillside seating. Live musical entertainment begins at 8 p.m. The “FRAGMENTS OF A DREAM” performance begins at 9 p.m. Pageant Tickets for July 12-13 TV STAR REUNION: Reserved seating is $35. (1,000 numbered chairs. Children may sit on an adult’s lap for free). General admission: $33. Children age 5-and-under admitted free in general admission. General admission ticket holders should bring their own blanket or folding chair for hillside seating. Live music starts at 6:00 p.m. The TV STAR REUNION begins at 7:00 p.m. Several cast members from the “Little House on the Prairie” TV series will be present to share their stories and take questions from the audience. Call 888-859-3102 or visit www.walnutgrove.org for more information or for reserved tickets. The “FRAGMENTS OF A DREAM” performance begins at 9 p.m. Location: One mile west and one-half mile south of Walnut Grove on Crown Avenue. Just as Laura’s family overcame many obstacles in their journey, you may experience a little of Minnesota’s second most favorite season…road construction. Check the website for updates on possible DETOURS and alternate routes. Pageant Suppers: During pageant weekends, churches and community groups serve meals from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Walnut Grove Community Center at 311 Sixth Street. Open to the public. Menus may vary. Call 888859-3102 for group reservations of 25 or more. Family Festival: This free annual event at the Walnut Grove City Park offers children’s activities, pioneer demonstrations, concessions, arts and crafts, live music and vendor displays. The festival is held three Saturdays

Plum Creek Rendezvous & Black Powder Shoot: July 5 & 6, two miles south and one mile west of Walnut Grove. See authentically attired re-enactors test their skills shooting black-powder irearms.

Loggers Fishing Derby: Free. Saturday, July 13 beginning at 10 a.m. at Lake Laura in Plum Creek Upper Park located one and a half miles southwest of Walnut Grove. Kids ages 12-and-under can try their luck at catching a ish and earn a prize. Bring your own ishing pole. Bait will be provided.

Walnut Grove Attractions Congregational Church Site The 1874 church that the Ingalls family attended was located on the corner of 5th and Bedel Streets. The church was torn down in 1954, replaced by private home that is unavailable for viewing.

Lafayette Bedal home Laura and Mary attended school in the home of Lafayette Bedal located on the corner of 4th and Washington Streets.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Monument Traveling north of Walnut Grove on County Road 5 for 1.6 miles will take you to a monument that honors the Ingalls family and early pioneers.

Masters Store & Hall Located on the corner of 8th Street and County Road 20, the Master’s Store and Hall is owned by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and is in the process of being restored and will be available for viewing in the next few years.

Pa’s Bell The original bell that Charles Ingalls helped purchase now hangs in the belfry of the English Lutheran Church at 450 Wiggins Street. The Ingalls family became charter members of the Congregational Church. Pa Ingalls helped pay for the church bell by donating the last $3 he had saved for a pair of new boots. The church is since gone, but the English Lutheran Church purchased the bell for its new building. The bell still calls people to worship each Sunday morning.


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Lake Shetek State Park (507) 763-3256 3.5 miles NW of Currie via County Roads 38 and 37 The 1,108-acre park’s history is rooted in the US–Dakota War of 1862. In August of that year, Dakota Indians descended on the Shetek settlement. Sixteen white settlers and an unknown number of Dakota were killed. A monument to those who died stands on the east side of the park. The park has 70 drive-in campsites (Oak Woods and Sunrise campgrounds), 64 electrical (32 have sewer, water and electric with 50 amp service). There are seven cart-in sites, seven wheelchair accessible sites, and one primitive group camp (Wilderness camp). The Zuya Group Center has an 80-person capacity. There are also four camper cabins. 14 miles of marked hiking trails include an interpretive trail to Loon Island; six-mile paved bike trail; ive miles of snowmobile trails. On the water: Boat access, canoe and kayak rental, and swimming. Other recreation: Picnic facilities, playground equipment, volleyball courts, activity ields and swimming areas. To reserve a campsite or cabin, call 866-85(PARKS) or 866-857-2757 or go on-line to www.stayatmnparks.com

Garvin Park (507) 532-8214, www.LyonCo.org In Lyon County one mile north of the junction of Highways 59 and 14. The Lyon County park’s 700 rolling acres include rugged hills and grassy

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Lake Sarah East Located on the east side of Lake Sarah on U.S. Highway 59. 1.6 acres in size includes boat landing, dock, picnic shelter, playground equipment and restroom facilities. For more information call the Murray County Parks Department at (507) 836-1195.

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