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Christopher and Flora Dinehart moved from Chicago to Slayton in 1882, the year the town was platted, because they thought it was a good place to open a bank. Nine years later they hired Minnesota architect Frank Thayer to design a house for them.

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There is a short section of a log lying on its side not far from the parking lot at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, just down river from Little Falls, Minn. The log has been laying there for nearly four decades and is somewhat decayed. Yet it is still more than half as high as a tall person.

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A total of 124 tractors took part in this year’s parade. They came in all sizes and makes: gleaming behemoths with living room-sized cabs to antique flywheel workhorses. 

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Rural Minnesota and Iowa are blessed with historic architecture and historic places. Visiting them can be like taking a course in state histor…

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One day Virgil Schwanke came across a tractor he didn’t want to scrap, so he fixed it up and put it in the back of a Quonset building. That tractor seemed to have a magnetic attraction. It was joined by more tractors — as well as trucks and cars — until the Quonset was full.

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If you live in Minnesota and haven’t looked at the bottom of a lake through a hole in the ice while sitting in your dark house with a fire in the stove, you must do that next winter.

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Most every township has its own final resting place and even smaller plots with a handful of graves crop up here and there in the countryside. But few can match the compelling story of Budejovice church and cemetery located a couple of miles west of Montgomery, Minn.

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If you’re just dying to belt out the “Star Spangled Banner” or your rendition of Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” the band shell in Sinclair Lewis Park is just the place for you.