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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.

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Lake Park, Iowa has an official museum, Heritage Square Museum, operated by the Lake Park Historical Society. Its three buildings deserve a visit. If you’re looking for something a little less formal, you can also find that in Lake Park, at 20 Ave. B East. The sign in the front door reads “Doug Ahrenstorff — Little Tractors”.

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Designers of the Butterfield monument incorporated plastics, LED lighting and computerized plasma-cut steel to fashion a striking and dignified tribute to those who served.