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APPLETON HAS A LOT TO OFFER! Campgrounds | River Tubing Canoeing | Birding | OHV Park Aquatic Center | Basketball Park Dog Park | Walking/Bike Trails Fishing | Hunting | Snowmobiling State-of-the-art Playground Frisbee Golf Course | Golf Course Marsh Lake, Lake Oliver & Artichoke Lake Close to Lac qui Parle Lake, Refuge & State Park, Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, and Chippewa Prairie Summer Concert Series Applefest 3rd weekend in September Swift County Fair 3rd week in August

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Made in Western MN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Chippewa County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11 Lac qui Parle County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-18 Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 City Parks & Campgrounds . . . . . . . . . 19-20 Community Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 Pullout Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Center Employment & Lifestyle . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-26 Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Arts & Music. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Swift County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-36 Yellow Medicine County. . . . . . . . . . . . 37-43







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THANKS TO ALL OF OUR PHOTO CONTRIBUTORS! Fagen Fighters, Get Rural MN, Gil Silvers, Ice Castle Fish Houses, Kelly Lund, Scott Tedrick, Tom Watson, Watson Hunting Camp, Western Guard FINAL CONTRIBUTORS OF TOURISM IN PRAIRIE WATERS: Chippewa County, Lac qui Parle County, Swift County, Yellow Medicine County, Cities of Appleton, Benson, Canby, Clara City, Clarkfield, Dawson, Granite Falls, Madison, Montevideo

Publisher: This publication is produced by Itineraries, Inc, in partnership with the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters CVB.

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WELCOME TO FIBER TERRITORY! Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and Federated Telephone Cooperative are pioneers in bringing state-of-the-art technology to rural communities including the counties of Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Stevens. In fact, we were among the first rural telecom cooperatives in the nation to provide fiber-to-the-premise to every member of our cooperative, literally plowing the way for advanced technology.

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Made in Western MN

Why travel far and wide in search of the finest handmade goods, when you can look right in your back yard? From craft beer and spirits to HVAC equipment and ice houses, Western Minnesota boasts some of the region’s finest manufacturers of American goods. The Region is home to 3,340 self-employed individuals. Listed below is just a sampling of the area’s local businesses. You too can make your dream business come true in Western Minnesota!

Prairie Organic Spirits

Benson | Prairie Organic Vodka, Cucumber Flavored Vodka, and Gin are crafted by a fifthgeneration family of spirit makers and a co-op of over 900 farmers.

Talking Waters Brewery

Montevideo | Talking Waters is local. The brewery is operated by three Montevideo natives who have a passion for continuously experimenting.

Hinterland Winery

Clara City | Hinterland Winery offers awardwinning wines that are grown, produced, and bottled at the winery.

Remington Ridge Vineyard

Madison | The Borstad family is bringing their homemade wine, fresh from the grapes at Remington Ridge, to you.

3B &Lac qui Parle Vineyard, Dawson | Offering delicious jelly, syrup, grape juice, and table grapes for sale. Check out Viessman Winery & Estates, opening fall 2019!

Tokheim Stoneware

Dawson | Tokheim Stoneware is part of the permanent collection of the Norwegian-American Vesterheim Museum and has traveled in several international exhibitions.

Clarkfield Outdoors

Clarkfield | Offers product lines including hunting apparel, workwear, and accessories for men, women, and children.

CNH Industrial

Benson | Manufactures Case IH agricultural equipment and exports them to over 20 markets around the world.

Fagen Inc

Granite Falls | Fagen is the largest, most respected green energy design-builder in the United States.

American Surplus & Manufacturing

Montevideo | Since 1993, Ice Castle has become the premier manufacturer of quality ice houses.

Kay’s Natural

Clara City | Producers of certified gluten-free, all natural snacks, such as puffs and chips, cereals, cookies, and more.

Northern Geo

Appleton | This geothermal company offers a variety of heating-cooling products, each engineered to meet the principal needs of residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Impact Innovations

Clara City | Manufacturers of seasonal and commercial products, including gift wrap, ribbon, window clings, display products and more.

SMI & Hydraulics, Inc.

Porter | Family owned and operated, conducting business in the welding, hydraulic, and paint industries.

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Chippewa County Clara City | Maynard | Milan | Montevideo | Watson

For a complete list of Chippewa County attractions, visit prairiewaters.com/chippewa-county

Milan Trail | The second segment of the Minnesota River State Trail begins in Milan and continues west from the outskirts of town through open countryside along MN Highway 40 to the Milan Bridge. Enjoy a nice day outdoors and walk, bike, or jog this relaxing trail. Lac qui Parle State Park | Paddle the

lake, explore one of the trails, visit the historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle mission sites, or cast a line and catch walleye, northern, perch, or crappie. Camping and lodging are available by reservation.

Lac qui Parle Mission | Joseph Renville established the Lac qui Parle 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 Minnesota in 1835. Experience the rich history at the annual Mission Sunday, the second Sunday in July. Trails are open daily. Wildlife Management Area | Part of the 33,000-acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area in Chippewa County, and includes a state game refuge, wildlife sanctuary, waterfowl feeding and resting area, duck sanctuary, and a controlled hunting zone. This area stretches between Appleton and Montevideo. (top, left to right) Community Event at County Park, Milan Trail, (bottom) Camper Cabins - Wegdahl County Park

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY Natural resource options are plentiful in the 588 square miles of Chippewa County, whose entire western edge is the Minnesota River. In addition to the many recreational parks, the county offers three wildlife management areas, making it a hotspot for hunters, fishers, and wildlife watchers. The county consists of five cities, all filled with rich histories, lively arts cultures, community activities, and inviting people.

Watson Hunting Camp | The Watson

Hunting Camp offers a high-quality hunting experience. Located in the heart of the Lac qui Parle Wildlife refuge in western Minnesota, the hunting opportunities at the camp are diverse and plentiful – offering guided hunting, ice fishing, lodging and bar.

Wegdahl County Park | Chippewa County offers two camper cabins at Wegdahl Park, located six miles south of Montevideo on the Minnesota River. Hike or bike the trail running from the park to Montevideo, launch a canoe on the river, or just sit back and relax. Public water access at the site also makes it a popular destination for anglers and paddlers.

Chippewa County Fair | The Chippewa

County Fair takes place the last week/weekend of July in Montevideo. The five-day event consists of a carnival, live entertainment, Fiesta City racing, beer gardens, reptile zoo, tractor pull, animal exhibits, and more!

Swensson Farm Museum | The Olof Swensson Farm Museum is a National Registry Site featuring a 22-room, turn-of-the-century brick farmhouse on 17 acres. On site is a historic barn which was preserved in 2003, gristmill remains, and the family burial plot. Milan Village Arts School | The Milan Village Arts School offers a venue for people to take art classes centered around the region’s Scandinavian heritage. The mission of the school is to engage people in the practice of traditional, contemporary, and folk arts fostering prosperity, community, and culture.

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Montevideo & Clara City For all of Montevideo’s attractions visit prairiewaters.com/montevideo For all of Clara City’s attractions visit prairiewaters.com/clara-city


Sister Cities - Uruguay | In 1905, an unlikely friendship was forged between the farm town of Montevideo, Minnesota, and the capital city of Uruguay. Montevideo, MN takes pride in their heritage and celebrates with a Uruguayanstyle event each June--Fiesta Days. Fiesta City Speedway | Don’t miss the green flag drop at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays throughout the summer. Watch a variety of classes race including the Late Model, Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Modified, and more. Freddy’s Food & Fun | Bring your family and friends and enjoy a night out with mini golf, go-karts, and great food. Freddy’s Food & Fun is open on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer. Arts Dairy Freeze | Iconic drive-in ice cream

parlor open March - September. The neon-lit ice cream cone on top of the building is a local icon.

Downtown Arts | Montevideo takes pride

in their arts. View stunning displays along Main Street, such as the painted mural at Artigas Plaza, the painted railroad car, and the stained glass tractor exhibit. New projects are added each year.

Shopping & Boutiques | From big name

retailers to family businesses to locally owned fashion boutiques—Montevideo has a variety of shopping options to ensure you find what you are looking for. Visit www.prairiewaters.com for a complete list of shops.

Talking Waters Brewery | Talking Waters brewery is owned and operated by three Montevideo natives with a passion for creating craft beer. Sample their large variety of brews on tap, including IPAs, signature stouts, and seasonal beers.

(top, left to right) Artigas Plaza , Christa Landmark Boutique, (bottom) Fiesta Days

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Camp Release State Monument |

Dedicated on July 4, 1894, this monument commemorates the surrender of the Dakota people and the release of 269 EuropeanAmerican captives, which took place in 1862.

Historic Chippewa City | Visit an entire

pioneer village recreating the lifestyle faced by prairie settlers more than 100 years ago. It features 24 buildings, including a bank, church, school, authentic log cabins, and shops.

Heritage Hill | Home of the Annual Heritage Hill Threshing Show, Heritage Hill consists of a 35-acre show site east of Montevideo. It is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, demonstration, and education of agricultural heritage. Tours are available upon request.

Milwaukee Road Heritage Center |

Railroads played a major role in the development of Montevideo in the 19th century. In 1992, a group of civic leaders and history enthusiasts started the center, preserving and showcasing history of the Milwaukee Road.

Clara City

Hinterland Winery | This winery proudly

offers award-winning wines that are grown, produced, and bottled by Hinterland. Stop by and enjoy wine flights, wine by the glass and bottle, wine cocktails, beer and cider, and food.

Prairie Fest | Prairie Fest is an annual celebration held the second weekend in July. Activities include everything from a pie-baking contest to kids’ tractor pull to the main parade. Healthcare Facilities | Clara City Senior

Living offers a new care center, assisted living, and independent living, all on one campus. Clara City is also home to a new clinic served by providers from the Montevideo Clinic.

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Talking Waters Brewery Co.

Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital

A unified health system dedicated to providing a lifetime of quality personalized care. 3D Mammography available 320-269-8877 | www.montevideomedical.com

Satellite Clinics:

Clara City Clinic | 320-847-3711 Clarkfield Clinic | 320-669-4417 Milan Clinic | 320-734-4632

Welcome to Clara City Family Living on the Crossroads of the Prairie

unique shops • restaurants • recreation new heated outdoor swimming pool 320.847.2142 • claracity.org

Wegdahl Park Wegdahl Park offers two new rentable cabins that are similar to those found in State Parks, and can be used year round. Enjoy public water access and a convenient location just 6 miles south of Montevideo on the Minnesota River. Call 320-269-6231 to reserve your cabin today and let your adventures start!

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Lac qui Parle County Bellingham | Boyd | Dawson | Louisburg | Madison | Marietta | Nassau

For a complete list of Lac qui Parle County attractions, visit prairiewaters.com/lac-qui-parle-county

Lac qui Parle County Park | A four seasons park perfect for sledding and snowshoeing in the winter or fishing, camping, and hiking in the summer. A unique feature of the park is the rich riverbank landscape with sheer 60-foot cut-banks. The natural resources of the park provide for a unique experience. Lac qui Parle State Park & Wildlife Management Area | Paddle the lake,

explore one of the trails, visit the historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle mission sites, or cast a line and catch walleye, northern, perch, or crappie. While at Lac qui Parle State Park, be sure to visit the 33,000-acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area. Camping and lodging are available by reservation.

Salt Lake | Salt Lake, on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota, is Minnesota’s only alkaline wetland. The water in Salt Lake is one-third as salty as seawater, which is an oasis for water birds in western Minnesota. Salt Lake is recognized by the state as a site with “outstanding biological diversity” and is one of the state’s top birding spots, according to the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union. Each spring, shorebirds, waterfowl and other water birds stop at Salt Lake to rest and feast while making their way to northern breeding grounds. (top, left to right) Lac qui Parle County Church - photo by Kelly Lund, Salt Lake Birding, (bottom) Lac qui Parle State Park

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LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY Lac qui Parle County encompasses 778 square miles of agricultural land, wooded areas, rivers, lakes, and streams. The name Lac qui Parle translates from French to “lake which speaks,” and if you visit during goose and duck hunting seasons, you’ll know why. The skies, lakes, and fields are prime areas for geese and ducks headed south. Lac qui Parle is home to families who have lived here for generations, while many new folks visit annually to enjoy the tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities, strong farming economy, and the convenience of widespread fiber optic broadband internet access.

Lac qui Parle County Fair | The Lac qui Parle County Fair is always the week/weekend following Labor Day and offers fun for everyone. There are rides, games, commercial vendors, food and beverage vendors, free entertainment, 4-H showings, and more. The Lac qui Parle fairgrounds are located in Madison. Robert Bly & Lac qui Parle County Historical Center | The birthplace of

Minnesota’s best-selling author, Robert Bly. The Lac qui Parle County Historical Center features many items from Bly’s youth as well as pioneer memorabilia, wildlife displays, Native American artifacts, the Ethel Mehlum Doll Collection, and more.

County Broadband | In 2010, $9.6 million

in ARRA funding was awarded to Lac qui Parle County to bring Fiber-to-the-Premise technology to residents and businesses. It has made the area one of the leading technology counties in the state, bringing fast speed broadband to cities and rural areas.

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Madison & Dawson For all of Madison’s attractions visit prairiewaters.com/madison For all of Dawson’s attractions visit prairiewaters.com/dawson


“Lutefisk Capital of the USA” | Madison is the Lutefisk Capital of the USA and home of “Lou T. Fisk,” the 25-foot-long cod statue that welcomes you to town as you arrive via south Highway 75. Participate in a lutefisk-eating contest during the annual Norsefest celebration, held the second weekend in November.

Madison Memorial Field | Memorial Field is home to the Madison Mallards, Eagles, Legion, and Junior Legion baseball programs. It is a lighted facility that is equipped with dugouts, concession stands, and parking. Madison Country Club | Is open April

through September, with Women’s League on Tuesdays and Men’s League on Thursdays. The facility features a nine-hole golf course situated on 40 acres, a full kitchen and bar, and dining room area.

Madison Speedway | Experience racing

every Saturday night, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Watch a variety of classes race, including Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets, and more.

Slen Park | Slen Park offers a swimming pool with a large slide and toddler area, basketball and tennis courts, sand volleyball, shelters, walking trail, and a playground. Grand Theater | Enjoy popcorn and a movie at the Grand Theater Friday through Monday. Choose from two showings and a variety of options at the concession stand. Discounted admission on Mondays. Prairie Arts Center | Madison’s own Lac

qui Parle Players provide community theatre entertainment featuring local and national talent.

(top, left to right) Madison’s Swimming Pool, Lutefisk Capital of the USA, (bottom) Madison Memorial Field

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Gnometown USA | Each year, the community pays tribute to the famous Dawson Gnomes by honoring a citizen who has impacted the community. See the gnomes for yourself at Dawson’s Gnome Park. Dawson Pedestrian Bridge | This bridge

provides a vital link to the south end of town for the Dawson community. Pedestrians have easy access to downtown Dawson by using the bridge to cross the Lac qui Parle River.

Veterans Memorial Park | Veterans Memorial Park offers a quiet, scenic camping and picnic area, along with a walking trail and BMX Bike Track. In the summer, the Farmer’s Market is open at the park each Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Riverfest | Events at Dawson Riverfest include

fireworks, softball and golf tournaments, parade, craft/flea market, and the unveiling of the annual Honorary Gnome. Whether you like to shop, compete, eat, or enjoy the friendly, rural community fellowship, this is an event for you.

Memorial Auditorium | Since 2001 the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association has offered high quality events at the auditorium for all ages. A wide variety of entertainment includes classical, folk, chamber and popular music, plus children’s theatre, dance, comedy, and opportunities for local musicians to showcase their talent. NEW Healthcare Facility | The new

facility will include a Care Center with 56 private rooms, Surgery Suite, Helipad, Lab and Radiology expansion, and Clinic/Hospital Entrance--all connected and all on one campus.

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LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY MUSEUM discover your heritage on the prairie

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Lac qui Parle Valley ISD 2853 offers a high quality, well-rounded, and comprehensive curriculum. • Over 780 students enrolled, serving the communities of Appleton, Madison and surrounding areas • 1-to-1 Chromebooks for students grades 5-12, with other technology integration opportunities at the elementary level • Several early childhood programs offered, including Pre-K classes, ECFE, Little Eagles Daycare • Excellent Athletics Programs, with several State qualifying teams including Robotics, Danceline, One Act Plays, Golf, Cross-Country • Over 30 College Credit classes offered per semester at the high school level

• Wide Variety of Arts & Enrichment programs offered including Asset Builders, jazz and pep band, swing choir, FFA, Speech, Knowledge Bowl, Drama and several others • Youth and adult recreation and enrichment classes offered through Community Education. • Several Career and Tech courses offered including Family and Consumer Science, Industrial Technology, Agriculture Education, Eagle Eye News Network Video Production Class • 95% graduation rate over the past 5 years • 11-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio

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Famous for excellent hunting and fishing, the Prairie Waters region is a natural playground for the outdoor-minded. Leave the city behind and look ahead to outdoor pursuits.

Visit prairiewaters.com/outdoor-adventures for a complete listing of all outdoor adventures.


The Prairie Waters region sits on one of the major North American flyways, attracting over 150,000 geese each season. Additionally, thousands of mallards, wood ducks, canvasbacks and other waterfowl can be found in rivers, ponds and marshes scattered throughout the area. Ring-necked pheasants and turkeys are hunted throughout the year. Whitetail deer hunting remains popular in the region, especially in the lowlands near rivers and streams. Agricultural fields immediately adjacent to marshes and rivers are especially high potential areas for deer and other wildlife. A wealth of pertinent hunting information is available throughout the region at LqP Refuge Headquarters and local DNR offices, as well as online.

Wild life Viewing

Key wildlife viewing spots throughout the Prairie Waters area include state parks, all wildlife management areas, and even the countless country roads. Spot a variety of critters, from cottontail rabbits to foxes and otters. The region is also experiencing a growing population of coyotes. You might chance a sighting in broad daylight as one of these long, lean-legged, wolflike canines lopes across an open field.


Whether in flight or perched on its nest, one of the most inspiring sights in nature is the bald eagle. Look for their large nests high up in the trees near lakes and rivers in remote areas. Other bird species you might spot in the region include loggerhead shrike, ruddy turnstone, prairie chickens, bobolink, Swainson’s hawk, western grebe, and cinnamon teal. Marsh Lake, a man-made reservoir on the Minnesota River west of Appleton, has one of the only two nesting colonies of white pelican in Minnesota. Marietta, Minnesota’s Salt Lake is the only alkaline wetland between the Atlantic Ocean and Utah’s Great Salt Lake. This popular bird-watching area is a stopover point for scores of shorebird species migrating across the Midwest.

Off Road Adventure

Challenging trails to accommodate all Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) skill levels beckon at The Appleton Area Recreation Park, one of Minnesota’s newest, public off-road vehicle parks. The 330-acre site currently includes more than seven miles of trails, including five miles specifically designed for allterrain vehicles. In addition, there is one mile of motorcycle and one mile of Enduro tracks. The site also features jumps, sand dunes and other OHV activities.


Routes traverse the entire region, from treeless prairie to quiet woods. Winter months in the Prairie Waters region offer miles and miles of groomed and un-groomed trails, for both expert and novice snowmobilers.

River & Lake Touring

The rivers of Prairie Waters – Pomme de Terre, Chippewa, Minnesota, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Hawk Creek – are the major recognized canoeing routes of the region. The DNR produces several maps, indicating the many river access points. Expect many miles of winding waters between put-ins and take-outs, as these rivers offer a myriad of turns and twists. While many of the lakes are shallow, most enable paddlers an opportunity to trace their shorelines in search of waterfowl and other shore birds.

Let’s Go Fishing

West central Minnesota’s bountiful prairie lakes and rivers abound with sport fish. If you have walleye on the brain, recommended waters include Lac qui Parle, Artichoke and Oliver Lakes, as well as the Minnesota River.

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City Parks & Campgrounds City Parks

Granite Falls Parks | 320-564-3011 East Side Park, Highland Park, Memorial Park, Rice Park, Royal Park, Sorlien Park, West End Park, Winter Park

Appleton Parks | 320-289-1527 Appleton Municipal Campground, Riverview Park, Veterans Park

Hanley Falls Parks | 507-768-3570 Centennial Park, City Park/Campground

Bellingham City Park | 320-568-2508 Benson Parks | 320-843-4775 Ambush Park, Civic Center Park, Countryside Court Park, Hoiland Park, Lathrop Park, Northside Recreation Area, Roosevelt Park, Swimming Pool Park Boyd City Park | 320-855-2242 Canby Parks | 507-223-7295 Central Park, Triangle Park, Swimming Pool Park, Lake Sylvan Park Clara City Parks | 320-847-2142 Community Park, Wilms Park

Chinhinta Park - Montevideo, MN 56265

Madison Parks | 320-598-7301 Centennial Park, J. F. Jacobson Park, Kiwanis Kiddie Park, Madison Square Park, Madison Memorial Field, Recreation Field, Slen Park Marietta City Park | 320-668-2375

Montevideo Parks | 320-269-6575 Central Park, Chinhinta Park, Hillcrest Park, Lagoon Park, Larson Park, Sheridan Park, Smith Park, Wildwood Park, Windom Park

Dawson Parks | 320-769-2154 City Park, Theodore Christianson Memorial Park, Veterans Park

Chinhinta Park

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

Milan Parks | 320-734-4411 Burns Park, Library (Gazebo) Park

Clarkfield Parks | 320-669-4435 Campground Park, Valhalla Park


Holloway City Park | 320-394-2272

Wood Lake Parks | 507-485-3476 Heritage Park, Freedom Park


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Benson Golf Club

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Lagoon Park

601-691 Forest Ave. - Montevideo, MN 56265

Lake Sylvan

St. Olaf Ave South - Canby, MN 56220

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2222 Atlantic Avenue | 320-842-7901 1933 240th Avenue | 507-223-5607 15th Ave & Locust Street | 320-769-2212 Highway 67 South | 320-564-4755

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Kerkhoven Golf Course

Riverview Park



Madison Country Club

Rice Park - Granite Falls, MN 56241 450 North Hering St. - Appleton, MN 56208

Veterans Memorial Park 945 8th St. - Dawson, MN 56232



603 Golf Course Road, West Hwy 212 | 320-264-2581 Highway 40 West | 320-598-7587

River Crest Golf Course

1101 West Hwy 212 | 320-269-8600

(top) Dawson Disc Golf, (bottom) Randall’s Beach Resort

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Refuges & Parks

Monson Lake State Park | 320-366-3797 1690 15th Street NE - Sunburg, MN 562898118

Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge Scott Simmons, Refuge Manager 320-273-2191 4843 County Road 19 - Odessa, MN 56276 BigStone@fws.gov

Salt Lake Wildlife Management Area 320-734-4451 curt.vacek@state.mn.us | moumn.org

Lac qui Parle State Park | 320-734-4450 4047 20th Street NW - Watson, MN 56295

Upper Sioux Agency State Park 320-564-4777 5908 Hwy 67 | Granite Falls, MN 56241-3609

Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area 320-734-4451 Route 1, Box 23 - Watson, MN 56295


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F Canby Triangle Park Campground 507-223-7295 G Lake Sylvan Park 507-223-7295 H Stone Hill Regional Park 507-223-7586


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Scenic Drives

The 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. The King of Trails | Tracing its origins back to the days when 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. The 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 Passages | Over 100 years ago, the western portion of Minnesota was covered by more than 18 million acres of tall grass prairie. Today, less than one percent remains. The Prairie Passage route travels through areas of Prairie Waters 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, the Yellowstone Trail, across America. 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 delight to visit.

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Chippewa County

Lac qui Parle County

Swift County

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Community Festivals Visit prairiewaters.com/events for a complete listing of all events


Granite Falls Ole and Lena Days | 1st week Dawson Winterfest | 1st weekend Montevideo Annual Ice Castle Classic on Lac qui Parle Lake | 2nd Saturday Granite Falls Mid-Winter Celebration | 4th Saturday




Canby Montevideo Clara City Watson

St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 17th Spring Showcase Easter Egg-citement | Saturday before Easter Clara City Spring Craft Show | 2nd Saturday Lac qui Parle Mission Open House | last Sunday


Hanley Falls Minnesota’s Machinery Museum Opens | 2nd Saturday Milan Syttende Mai | 2nd Saturday Granite Falls Swensson Farm Museum Opens | Memorial weekend, thru Labor Day weekend Montevideo Chippewa City Opens | Memorial weekend Benson Benson Memorial Day Event | Memorial Weekend


Boyd Canby Milan Benson Canby Montevideo Granite Falls Dawson Madison


Maynard Madison Clara City Canby Watson Benson Clarkfield Madison Kerkhoven

Boyd Good Time Days | 1st weekend Music Mondays | every other Monday in June & July Spoon Gathering | 2nd Saturday Pioneerland Band Festival Parade & Annual Flag Day Festival | June 14th Hat Daze | 3rd weekend Fiesta Days | 3rd weekend Western Fest Stampede Rodeo | 4th weekend Riverfest | last full weekend Summerfest | last weekend, thru July 4th July 4th Celebration July 4th Parade Prairie Fest | weekend after July 4th, 2nd weekend Cobra Fest | 2nd weekend Mission Sunday | 2nd Sunday Kid Day | 3rd weekend Prairie Cardinal Days | 3rd weekend Dragonfest | 3rd weekend Town & Country Days | last weekend

(top) Western Fest, (middle) Western Fest, (bottom) Wood Lake Community Fair

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Montevideo Granite Falls Canby Montevideo Porter Wood Lake

Crazy Days | 1st Thursday, Friday, Saturday Wacipi Days | 1st weekend Crazy Days | 1st Saturday Heritage Hill Threshing Show | 3rd weekend Porter Harvest Festival | 3rd weekend Wood Lake Community Fair | third full week


Appleton Prairie Thunder Off-Road Rally | Saturday of Labor Day Weekend Granite Falls Horse Power Event at Swensson Farm Museum | 2nd Saturday Appleton Applefest | 3rd weekend Canby Fall Fest | 3rd Saturday Benson Rib Fest | TBD


Region-wide Madison Montevideo

Meander Art Crawl | 1st weekend in October Oktoberfest | 1st weekend Trick or Treat Street | October 31st


Clara City Fall Craft Fair | 1st Saturday Madison Norsefest | 2nd weekend Canby Holiday Showcase | Sunday before Thanksgiving Appleton Holiday Extravaganza | 4th weekend Region-wide Small Business Saturday | Saturday after Thanksgiving Milan Fall Craft Fair | Saturday after Thanksgiving Montevideo Love Local Shopping Punch Card | Saturday after Thanksgiving - December 23rd


Canby Hometown Holidays | 1st weekend Montevideo Christmas in the Village at Historic Chippewa City | 1st Saturday Montevideo Parade of Lights & Holiday Stroll | 1st Saturday Granite Falls Elf on the Footbridge Holiday Shopping Event | 2 weeks before Christmas Granite Falls Santa & Live Reindeer at the Volstead House | Sunday before Christmas

County Fairs

Canby Yellow Medicine County Fair | last weekend in July 2019 2020 TBD Montevideo Chippewa County Fair | last weekend in July Appleton Swift County Fair | 3rd weekend in August Madison Lac qui Parle County Fair | 2nd weekend in September (top) Montevideo Fiesta Days Parade, (middle) Fagen Air Show, (bottom) Town & Country Days www.prairiewaters.com | 1-866-866-5432 | 23

Employment TOP INDUSTRIES BY NUMBER OF JOBS (Source: DEED Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages [QCEW] program)


Health Care & Social Assistance



With 3,656 jobs at 114 firms, health care and social assistance is the largest employing industry in Region 6W, accounting for more than one in every five jobs in the region.

REGIONAL INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT INCREASED PROJECTIONS, 2014-2024 (Source: 2014-2024 Employment Outlook)

12% Health Care & Social Assistance



Retail Trade


Educational Services


Public Administration

Retail trade is the third largest industry, with 1,766 jobs at 191 establishments, after seeing small job declines in recent years. Region 6W also has a higher share of total employment in wholesale trade, with 1,229 jobs at 90 firms, and average annual wages of $22,452.

Region 6W has a higher concentration of employment in educational services, the fourth largest industry with 1,722 jobs at 35 institutions, primarily at elementary and secondary schools as well as junior colleges.

With 1,255 jobs the public administration industry accounts for just over 7 percent of employment in the region, a much higher share compared to the state (5 percent). The vast majority of employment within this industry is concentrated in the “executive, legislative, and other general governmental support” subsector.

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(Source: ReferenceUSA Employer Database)

1 | CNH America


Real Estate & Rental & Leasing

With 2,131 jobs at 81 firms, accounting for 12.3 percent of total jobs in the region. The largest sectors include food manufacturing and machinery manufacturing. Average annual wages were over $10,000 higher in manufacturing than the total of all industries.

Top 10 Regional Employers

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation


Administrative support & Waste Management Services



2 | Walmart Supercenter 3 | Prairie’s Edge Casino 4 | Jennie-O Turkey Store 5 | Granite Falls Municipal Hospital 6 | Friendship Homes Of MN Inc 7 | Montevideo Health 8 | Montevideo Public Schools 9 | Yellow Medicine East Schools 10 | Swift County-Benson Hospital


Region 6W is home to 3,340 self-employed individuals with sales receipts of $135.4 million. Make your dream business come to life here – with low cost of living and high-speed broadband access to connect to your market. and a variety of resources to help grow your business!


The median hourly wage in 6W was $16.86 compared to $21.92 in the Twin Cities. The cost to live in the Twin Cities is 39% higher than 6W, but median hourly wages are just 30% higher. Region 6W had 604 openings in the 2nd quarter of 2018, ranging from 51 education, training, and library occupations (81% required post high school education) with a starting median wage of $21.44, to 78 food prep and serving occupations (8% required education beyond high school) that typically started at minimum wage.


Lifestyle Visit www.prairiewaters.com/category/stories to read firsthand accounts from Prairie Waters residents who’d live nowhere else but here.





Region 6W 40.1% | MSP Metro 10.7%


COST OF LIVING Cost to live for a typical family is $43,896 in 6W, compared to $60,864 in the Twin Cities. The median household income is $52,781 in region 6W compared to $65,699 statewide. The median family income is $65,511 in 6W compared to $82,785 statewide. 31.5% of households in the region earn more than $75,000 per year.

$57,624 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $96,760 $199,700

Stay Connected, Work Remotely 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% 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, where technology is developing more of a presence.

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The Prairie Waters region is home to educational institutions that understand each student’s unique potential. Smaller class sizes, challenging upper-level courses, advanced technology, and access to arts and athletics all contribute to a fulfilling education. A majority of the school districts offer a wide variety of community education opportunities. Parents can enjoy peace of mind knowing their students are receiving individualized attention from caring faculty and staff who are invested in this community.


1400 Montana Ave - Benson, MN 56215 (320) 843-2710 | www.benson.k12.mn.us • Benson High School students have the opportunity to earn over 50 college credits • Offers over 70 elective credits to prepare students for careers • Offers families on-site childcare for children six months – school age.


307 First St. W - Canby, MN 56220 (507) 223-2001 | www.canbymn.org • Elementary school honored a 2018 Blue Ribbon School • $1,000.00 scholarship to ALL graduating seniors with a 2.0 GPA • Survey data shows around 90% of the students feel safe at school. • Offering 24 college credits, Aviation, Crime Scene Investigation course, and more.

Lac qui Parle Valley

2860 291st Ave - Madison, MN 56256 (320) 752-4205 | www.lqpv.org • Provides a challenging, well-rounded education aided by highly qualified and welcoming staff. • Contributes to and receives steadfast support from the communities through Little Eagles Daycare, community education programs and many co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and events.


711 Wolverine Dr - Clara City, MN 56222 (320) 847-2154 | www.maccray.k12.mn.us • Highly successful four-star Parent Aware Preschool Program—nearly 70% of preschoolers attend. • Opportunity for high school students to attend three post-secondary institutions • First school in the state to have a 4-day school week that continues to operate successfully.


1501 William Dr - Montevideo, MN 56265 (320) 269-6446 | www.montevideoschools.com • Early childhood Sanford Education center offers daycare and preschool programs, Early Childhood Special Education program, Early Childhood Family Education program. • Offers advanced technology use and a 1:1 Chromebook initiative. • Ramsey Elementary offers parents the unique opportunity to select between three different types of educational programs that they feel would be the best fit for their child. • Montevideo Special Education: The 22,500-square-foot facility on the east edge of Montevideo will be ready for its first students at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The instruction will focus on students with autism, mental health and severe emotional and behavioral needs.

Minnesota River Valley Education District

1315 Black Oak Ave - Montevideo, MN 56265 (320) 269-9297 | www.mrved.com • strives to positively impact student learning and works to be on the cutting edge of school improvement efforts for a 9 district area. (left to right) Granite Falls Band Festival, Montevideo Classroom

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Clarkfield Area Charter School

Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg

ECHO Charter School

848 Chestnut St - Dawson, MN 56232 | (320) 769-2955 www.sites.google.com/dwby.k12.mn.us/isd378/high-school • Students have opportunities to excel academically, athletically, and in the arts through the well-rounded education offered at Dawson-Boyd. • Strong engagement with the community 302 15Th St N - Kerkhoven, MN 56252 (320) 264-1411 | www.kms.k12.mn.us • Small, student centered schools • Caring staff • Students explore opportunities, realize potential

Yellow Medicine East

450 9th Ave - Granite Falls, MN 56241 (320) 564-4081 | www.isd2190.org • Offers a variety of programs to prepare students for post-high school success, including the Ramp UP to Readiness program and over 30 concurrent enrollment credits through PSEO college classes. • Through Minnesota West Community we have formed partnerships with employers and offer classes in early childhood education, manufacturing/engineering, health, and more • Bert Raney Elementary School offers small class sizes, innovative technology practices, a gifted and talented program, and PBIS programming

301 13th Street - Clarkfield, MN 56223 (320) 669-1995 | www.clarkfieldareacharter.org • Students learn in a nurturing and stimulating environment with small class sizes allowing staff to cater to individual learning styles, building a concrete foundation in academics. 101 Rocket Ave - Echo, MN 56237 (507)-925-4143 | www.echo.charter.k12.mn.us • ECHO creates opportunities for every child through high academic standards, 8:1 student to teacher ratio, project-based learning, and extra-curricular activities.

Minnesota West Community & Technical College

Minnesota West offers community and technical college training opportunities—online, on-campus, and customized! This institution has been nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 Community College, Best Online College in Minnesota, and Top Digital Community College. Canby Campus 1011 First Street West – Canby | 800-658-2330 Granite Falls Campus 1593 11th Avenue – Granite Falls | 800-658-2330

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Our region takes pride in offering excellent care in all facilities of the healthcare system. The facilities are well equipped and staffed by dedicated professionals who focus on providing a lifetime of quality, personalized care. The Prairie Waters region is home to assisted living facilities featuring deluxe amenities, as well as top-notch physical therapy services, and family care. Additionally, the area provides comprehensive mental health services through established programs at Western Mental Health Center and Woodland Centers—each offering several locations throughout the region. No matter your age or medical concern, you can trust that you’ll be in good hands.

Swift County - Benson Health Services 1815 Wisconsin Ave - Benson, MN 56215 (320) 843-4232 | www.scbh.org • A state-of-the-art surgical center • An on-campus senior living & memory care facility

Montevideo Health

824 North 11th Street - Montevideo, MN 56265 (320) 269-6435 | www.montevideomedical.com • Walk-In Clinic & Urgent Care • 3D Mammography

Appleton Area Health Services

30 South Behl - Appleton, MN 56208 (320) 289-1580 | www.appletonareahealth.com • Primary care, Behavioral Health, Care Center & Assisted Living • Emergency care, acute in-patient, and rehabilitation

Madison Healthcare Services

900 2nd Ave - Madison, MN 56256 (320) 598-7556 | www.mhsmn.org • Coordination between primary care, nurses & specialists • 15 specialty care providers that come to you

Sanford Canby Medical Center

112 St Olaf Ave S - Canby, MN 56220 (507) 223-7277 | www.sanfordcanby.org • Full continuum of care provided including clinic, hospital, home health, long-term care, and assisted living • Outreach services provided locally

Granite Falls Health

345 10th Avenue - Granite Falls, MN 56241 (320) 564-3111 | www.granitefallshealth.com • Emergency department • Cardiac services • Granite Falls Birth Place

Johnson Memorial Health Services

1282 Walnut St - Dawson, MN 56232 (320) 769-4323 | www.jmhsmn.org • Ranked one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in 2018 • State-of-the-art suite for total hip and knee surgeries

Many of the region’s healthcare facilities offer satellite clinics in other communities. Visit each clinic’s website for more details.

(right) Dr. Syverson with baby, (left, top to bottom) Granite Falls Health Team, Dawson Care Center

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Art & Music

Rich in cultural heritage, the Prairie Waters region invites you to tap into your creative side and indulge in the arts.

For all Arts & Music visit prairiewaters.com/visit-here/art-culture-history


Visit 30 studios featuring 45 artisans! painting | photography | jewelry | fiber arts sculpture | pottery | mixed media & more Evening events taking plaec Friday and Saturday night. Find more info at: www.artsmeander.com | 1-866-866-5432 |


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 Madison Canby Benson Montevideo

Grand Theater | 320-598-7791 Canby Classic Cinema | 507-223-5873 De Marce Theater | 320-842-6871 Millennium Theater | 320-269-3135

APPLETON | 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. CANBY | Music on Mondays at Central Park in Canby features local and regional artists multiple times each summer. The Canby Classic Cinema now hosts current movies, classic movies and performing arts events. DAWSON | Since 2001 the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association has brought a wide variety of quality performances to Memorial Auditorium from September to June. GRANITE FALLS | The Granite Area Arts Council provides art-related experiences for the community in and around Granite Falls, including exhibits at the K.K. Berge Gallery, larger performance events and various classes throughout the year. MADISON | Enjoy summer theater, Christmas shows, local concerts and guest artists at The Prairie Arts Center, home to the Lac qui Parle Players and many more performers in this unique church-turned-theater. MILAN | The Milan Village Arts School is home to a diverse offering of art activities, including folk art classes, student studios and festivals. MONTEVIDEO | The Montevideo Fine Arts Center hosts the Minnesota Valley Community Concert Series, visiting artistic groups, and school performances each year. The Montevideo Arts Project (MAP) adds public art installations to the city annually. MEANDER | The Meander Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl has become a well-established exhibition of artists over the last decade and attracts thousands of people each year. You’ll find a variety of artwork: hand-thrown pottery, textiles, photography, painting, woodcarving, and more. www.artsmeander.com

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Swift County

Appleton | Benson | Clontarf | Danvers | De Graff | Kerkhoven | Murdock For a complete list of Swift County attractions, visit prairiewaters.com/swift-county

Swift County Fair | With carnival rides, free entertainment, beer gardens, food vendors, and much more, there is something for everyone at the Swift County Fair in Appleton. Parking and camping spots are available. The fair is held annually the third week/weekend in August.

Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle Park | This OHV Park covers 330 acres,

including 20 miles of trails. The park is ideal for OHV enthusiasts of all skill levels, containing many miles of narrow technical trails, plus a motocross practice track. Admission is free, open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset.

Swift Falls County Park | Located on the banks of the Chippewa River in the village of Swift Falls, this county park offers a great place to hike, fish, or enjoy the newly renovated playground. Camping spots are available from May to October.

(top, left to right) Riverview Dairy Barns, Monson Lake State Park, (bottom) Geese by Kelly Lund

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SWIFT COUNTY Swift County strives to develop and maintain services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life, provide for their safety, and promote community growth. The county spans 752 square miles featuring riverbanks, fertile farming land, scenic parks, open prairies, and eight cities. Employment opportunities are everywhere in the county, whether you are an entrepreneur, skilled worker, or just thinking of trying something new. With welcoming communities and a variety of events and recreational activities, Swift County is a great place to live and visit. Monson Lake State Park | Explore camping options, hiking trails, and beautiful lake scenes at this state park. Cast your line off the wooden pier or bring your boat and enjoy a sunny, summer day. Birdwatch in the 347-acre park with diverse landscapes of lakes, wetlands, and hardwood forests. Marsh Lake | Marsh Lake went through restoration in 2018, allowing the Pomme de Terre River to flow freely into the lake for the first time in over 80 years. This improved the habitat and created a suitable environment for native fish and migratory wildlife. Riverview Dairy | Focusing on fostering connections, ensuring animal health and producing high-quality milk, Riverview LLP built its first dairy in Swift County in 1999. Over the last twenty years, Riverview has developed three dairies in Swift County and care for approximately 18,500 cows every day. The company is driven by innovative ideas and passionate about developing people, while utilizing state-of-the-art technology and welcoming visitors through guided tours and student lab experiences. As a local business, Riverview supports area businesses, vendors and farmers through purchases and services.

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Appleton & Benson For all of Appleton’s attractions visit prairiewaters.com/appleton For all of Benson’s attractions visit prairiewaters.com/benson


Applefest | Craft show, golf tournament,

baking contests, parade, kids activities, street dance, fireworks, car show, and more! Held annually, the third weekend in September.

Pomme de Terre River | The Pomme de Terre runs through a variety of land types from low bluff lands, woods, pasture, farmland, and makes its way right through the town of Appleton. Great for tubing, canoeing, or fishing! Riverside & Riverview Park | Enjoy music in the park every Tuesday in the summer or play a few rounds of disc golf. Riverview Park provides a walking path, picnic shelter, large playground, restrooms, and trail access. It is located along the Pomme de Terre River and a perfect place to spend summer days. Walking, Biking & Snowmobile Trails | Bike or walk the smoothly paved path that runs through Appleton. The Appleton Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club has created a designated, groomed snowmobile route throughout the area connecting to other trail systems.

Aquatic Center | Spend hot summer days at the Appleton Aquatic Center, featuring a zeroentry pool, kids area, slides, and lounging area.

Sportsman’s Club | The club’s mission is to promote safety in hunting and fishing. They offer various distances for shooting, a rifle and pistol range, and a venue for the youth trapshooting league. Lac qui Parle Lake | This scenic lake is

abundant with white bass, walleye, northern pike, crappies, and catfish. Cast a line, bring your boat, or spend a day soaking up the sun.

(top, left to right) Appleton Pool, Appleton Riverview Park, (bottom) Appleton OHV Park

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Ambush Park | This campground is located

on the Chippewa River, offering hiking trails, horseshoes, mini-golf, volleyball, indoor showers, electric hookups, and more.

Benson Family Aquatic Center |

Offering a zero-entry pool with various play features (great for small children), a large lap pool, diving board, drop slide, large flume slide, food and beverages.

Golf Club | The Benson Golf Club features an

18-hole championship course, as well as a large driving range, well-maintained putting green, and an excellent short game practice area.

New School | New and improved $26 million renovation and additions to the Benson Area education systems. Plans include a new performing arts auditorium and collaborative learning classrooms. Construction is expected to begin in 2019. Kid Day | This Benson tradition takes place each summer on the third weekend in July. Enjoy a parade, carnival, coronation, barbecue, mini golf tournament, and more. Fun for all kids! Flag Day – Pioneerland Band Festival | The Pioneerland Band Festival parade is held annually on Flag Day – June 14th. The parade features area high school bands competing for cash prizes.

Be Our Neighbor | Benson has a

neighborhood for every type of neighbor. Active small town living or a quiet country setting, new developments or historical areas of town, find your next home with a budget that is right for you.

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320-843-4813 • CVEC.com BENSON, MINNESOTA CVEC uses the area’s highest quality corn to produce ethanol as well as Dried Distillers Grains (DDGs) Corn Oil Wet Distillers Grains (WDGs)

320-842-3255 glacialgrainspirits.com

Industrial & Organic alcohol

Producer of industrial and beverage grade alcohol owned by CVEC

Pride • Passion • Power Nothing Compares!

CNH Benson, manufacturer of Case IH agricultural equipment 260 Highway 12 SE, Benson, MN 56215

SCBHS SERVICES • 24-hour Emergency Care • Walk-in Clinic • Primary Physicians & Specialty Care Services • Swing Bed • Cardiac Rehab Services • Radiology & Imaging Services • Pain Clinic • Surgery & Wound Care • Orthopedic Surgery • Oncology & IV Therapy • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Services • Diabetes Education • Sleep Studies • Carris Health-Rice Hospice

Hospital 320.843.4232 Clinic 320.843.2030 www.scbh.org 1815 Wisconsin Ave., Benson, MN

OUR MISSION Growing community health and wellness through quality personalized health services Call or visit our website to learn more about our providers and services.

30 South Behl Street Appleton, MN 56208 www.appletonareahealth.com @appletonareahealthservices

Appleton Area Health Services provides the full continuum of compassionate care; enhancing every life we touch.

Being a community medical facility is more than offering services to sustain the health and well-being of you and your family. It’s about investing in a relationship and caring for the entire person as a whole. Our philosophy of care is that the mind and body are integrated and inseparable!

Dr. Swachetan Bajwa M.D. Family Medicine Bariatric Medicine Medical Director Chief of Staff

Tonya Diggins APRN-CNP, CNM Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health & Midwifery

At Appleton Area Health Services, we are proud to offer a full range of services including Family Medicine, Behavioral Health, Women’s Health, Obstetrical Care, Outpatient Therapy Services and Surgical Services, in addition to a wide array of Outreach Services for all your healthcare needs. At Appleton Area Health Services, we are your community of specialized healthcare providers helping you live well!

Elizabeth Charles CNM Women’s Health & Midwifery

Marcia Kells APRN-CNP, FNP, ANCC Family Medicine & Dermatology

Dr. Michael Bess M.D., FACS Board Certified General Surgeon & Wound Management

Penny Hormann APRN-CNP, WOC, CFN Family Medicine & Wound Care

Our Behavioral Health Team Appleton Area Health Services offers both Primary and Behavioral Health services to support your physical and psychological well being. Deb Colon APRN-CNP, FNP, PMHNP Mental Health Provider

Kelsey Tollefson MSW, LICSW Mental Health Counselor


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Yellow Medicine County

Canby | Clarkfield | Echo | Granite Falls | Hanley Falls | Hazel Run | Porter | St. Leo | Wood Lake For a complete list of Yellow Medicine County attractions, visit prairiewaters.com/yellow-medicine-county

Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort | Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort offers a hotel, campground, conference center, gaming, restaurants, and live shows. Play the slot machines, table games, or a variety of popular games. Whether you are looking to enjoy a buffet or book your next event, Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort is the place for you. Upper Sioux Agency State Park | This state park contains the 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, hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling. Camping spots are available. Minnesota River | The Minnesota River cuts through what is now the eastern boundary of Yellow Medicine County providing recreation opportunities, scenic views, and a relaxing atmosphere. Wood Lake Battlefield Monument |

This state monument is a fifty-foot granite shaft erected in memory of seven soldiers who died during the last battle of the Dakota War, known as the Battle of Wood Lake. Both the monument and a marker were placed on an acre of the Wood Lake Battlefield in Echo.

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Yellow Medicine County covers an area of 758 square miles, which includes 21 townships and 10 communities. The county is nestled between the Minnesota River Valley and the Coteau des Prairies, making it an area full of rich natural resources. The name of the county is derived from the Dakota word Pejuhutazizi, which is the name of the bitter root of the moonseed plant used by the Native Americans for medicinal purposes. The entire area is rich in Dakota heritage as members of the Dakota Nation found the prairie to be a bountiful place to live. Yellow Medicine County is full of scenic views, friendly people, unique communities, and so much to do.

Minnesota’s Machinery Museum |

An extensive agriculture collection of tractors, vintage automobiles, gas engines, and beautiful handmade quilts fills a former two-story schoolhouse in Hanley Falls.

Yellow Medicine County Fair |

Livestock shows, carnival rides, motor shows, entertainment, food vendors, and more all await you at the Yellow Medicine County Fair at the fairgrounds in Canby, held annually on the third week/weekend in July.

Two Community & Technical Colleges |

Minnesota West offers community and technical college training opportunities—online, on-campus, and customized. Campuses are located in Canby and Granite Falls.

Timm County Park | Located on the north

shore of Wood Lake, this popular park offers a recently developed campground with water and 110-volt electrical service at each site. Other amenities include a picnic shelter, swimming area, boat ramp and dock.

Oraas County Park | Located along US

Hwy 59, this relaxing park is a great setting for neighborhood gatherings, family camping, and convenient wayside rest for travelers. (top, left to right) Yellow Medicine County Courthouse, MN West, (bottom) MN Machinery Museum

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Canby & Clarkfield For all of Canby’s attractions visit prairiewaters.com/canby For all of Clarkfield’s attractions visit prairiewaters.com/clarkfield


Stone Hill & Del Clark Lake | Offers

a hiking/biking trail that leads to Canby, lake with a sandy beach, playground, showers and restrooms, basketball and volleyball courts, picnic area, fishing, camping hookups and more.

Hat Daze | Canby proudly hosts the annual community festival known as Hat Daze, held over Father’s Day weekend. Visit www.canbychamber.com for details.

Music in the Park | The Canby Area Arts Council sponsors several events, including Music in the Park on several Mondays in the summer at Central Park. Food is available. Lund-Hoel Museum | Take a tour of the

Lund-Hoel House Museum, proudly showcasing American-Victorian architecture.

MN West Community & Technical College | Offers community and technical

college training opportunities—online, on-campus, and customized. Visit page 27 for details.

Canby Theater | Recently reopened in 2016 by local residents, visitors can enjoy the latest movies and classic throwbacks!


Charter School | Clarkfield Area Charter School is a small K-6 school with staff who provide excellence in education.

NEW Daycare Center | Tiny Sprouts Daycare on the Prairie is an educational based daycare center that opened in 2018. Cardinal Days | Cardinal Days is a great

reason to come to Clarkfield, with new events added each year, including a car show and a street dance.

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Granite Falls For all of Granite Falls’ attractions visit prairiewaters.com/granite-falls

Granite Falls

Historic Roebling Footbridge | This

280-foot-long historic footbridge was built in 1935 and underwent rehabilitation in 2014. It is significant as it is a rare example of a suspension bridge in Minnesota. Stroll on over to the Kiwanis Popcorn Stand, marking its 100th anniversary in 2019.

Granite Area Arts Council | The

council believes in enhancing life through art with the ability it has to connect people and build healthy and vibrant communities. They showcase local artists, host art classes, and have open gallery hours throughout the week.

Memorial Park | Camping spots, electrical hookups, shelter house, and showers—Memorial Park has all the amenities for a comfortable stay. Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center | This

center helps students experience physical, emotional, and mental gains through therapeutic horseback riding. The facility consists of an indoor arena, stables, and 9.23 acres of land.

Kilowatt Community Center | This multi-

purpose activity center includes an indoor pool, new water slide, multi-purpose room, fitness room, indoor track, and numerous meeting rooms.

Fagen Fighters WWII Museum | Home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II. Also featured are fine art, bronze sculptures, and interactive multimedia displays. Through a self-guided experience, look into the lives and legacy of the Greatest Generation. Andrew J. Volstead House | 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act, which enforced Prohibition. The Volstead House, now made into a museum, will host special events in 2019 and 2020. (top, left to right) Fagen Fighters, Granite Falls Roebling Footbridge, (bottom) Granite Falls Downtown Mural

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Historic Downtown | Historic Footbridge | Andrew Volstead House | Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

GRANITE FALLS www.VisitGraniteFalls.com | GFChamber@mvtvwireless.com MINNESOTA’S MACHINERY MUSEUM


Open May 15 - September 30 Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm: Sun 1pm-4:30pm: Closed Holidays

over 20,000 sq ft of exhibits

(507) 768-3522

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where some of the Big Ideas of the early 20th century were formed Volstead Day June 29, 2019 open weekend afternoons www.volsteadhouse.org 163 9th Ave., Granite Falls, MN




• Affordable Real Estate • General Aviation Airport • Community Center: Indoor Pools, Indoor Heated Pool & Waterslide, Exercise Room, Daily Pass Available


Economic Development Authority

• Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort • Andrew Volstead House National Historic Landmark • Camping, Hiking, Canoeing & Kayaking: Memorial Park, Upper Sioux Agency State Park


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fresh bakery, deli, and many smoked meat items granite falls 320 564 3444 clara city 320 847 2400



A member of Minnesota State. An Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Educator/Employer.

ATM Locations Granite Falls Bank 24-Hour ATM

702 Prentice Street Granite Falls, MN

Almich’s Market

1340 9th Street Granite Falls, MN

MN West Community & Technical College

1593 11th Avenue Granite Falls, MN

Granite Falls Airport Minnesota Locations Clara City Echo Granite Falls Howard Lake Lake Lillian Maynard Murdock Watertown

Montana Locations Great Falls Lincoln Seeley Lake (844)772-4258

Coming Spring 2019!

New Non-Smoking Expansion

Prairie’s Edge CASINO RESORT



Owned and Operated by the Upper Sioux Community

HOTEL | RV PARK | GAMING RESTAURANTS | CONVENTION CENTER 5616 Prairies Edge Lane | Granite Falls, Minnesota www.prairiesedgecasino.com | 320-564-6011


Chamber Hours: Monday-Friday | 9AM-5PM

Fill your water bottle at our hydration station

Visitor’s Center Hours: May 1st-Labor Day | 9AM-9PM, Day after Labor Day-April 30th | 9AM-6PM

Granite Falls Area Chamber of Commerce 676 Prentice Street - Granite Falls, MN 320.321.3202

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