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Old 09-24-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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Default Any charming towns near Rochester?

I might be relocating from New England. Are there any small villages with charm/history near Rochester?
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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Mantorville. I'm sure there's more but that's the first that pops into my head as being charming with history.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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Lanesboro is very quaint, with lots of B&B's and a nice bike trail.

Wabasha is along the Mississippi River, and has a nice main street--its more of a small town than a village though.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:59 PM
 
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Northfield Mn. It has charm and history.
It was the last frontier town facing alot of change, from the old wild wild west of yesterday, to the changing of the guard so to speak.
One day, Jessie James and some of his gang rode in, and robbed the bank, on horse back.
There was gun battle as the locals defended their money and many of the gang was killed and some got away. This event marked the end of the outlaw era and started a new way of life.
The bank is still there on mainstreet, and the bullet holes are still visible in the bricks of the building.

Red Wing Mn. a few miles away had an accident on the river where a ferry boat had some sort of an accident and either sank or caught on fire and many people were lost.
This happened maybe 100 years ago or more.

Walnut Grove Mn. where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived growing up. Little House on the Prarrie.
Onother one of her books is called "The Long Winter".

Hope this helps a little.
If you move to Mn. its a great place and southern portions are filled with old growth prarrie grass how it used to be. Most of this history is gone now and only some remains along sections of prarries.

There are many wildlife and bird santurraries located down in this part of the state also. In some areas the Native Americans who lived in the area carved in rock there stories and words. Many of these areas are for us to see and visit.

Many areas still linger with the thoughts and feelings of those who came before and settled and made this their home. For the men and women who lived this hard life, grew with it a sense of strong home feelings.
There is no other like it.
Minnesota is my favorite state to live in.

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Old 09-24-2009, 05:43 PM
 
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Default always amazed

Thanks for such a thoughtful reply. Always amazed how helpful total strangers can be.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:05 PM
 
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Thanks hfiss am always glad to try to help somehow. Im from the Northern part of the state, Duluth to be exact and we are some of the best and friendliest always willing to help out.
Most folks up here are caring and honest and hard workers.

Thanks
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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How close to Rochester are you talking about, hfiss? For the record, Mantorville is about 22 miles from Rochester, Lanesboro is about 42, Wabasha also about 42, Northfield about 64, Red Wing about 50 and Walnut Grove either 166 or 207 - depending on which route you take.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:32 PM
 
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Let's not forget St. Charles, 20 miles east of Rochester. And floodprone Elba, a small little town in the Whitewater Valley where most of my relatives come from. Some great scenery down there. Nice hilly cemetery.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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How close to Rochester are you talking about, hfiss? For the record, Mantorville is about 22 miles from Rochester, Lanesboro is about 42, Wabasha also about 42, Northfield about 64, Red Wing about 50 and Walnut Grove either 166 or 207 - depending on which route you take.
Northfield 45 miles about
Red Wing 38 miles about
Walnut Grove 150 miles about
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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According to all the maps and my own experience, my mileage is much more accurate.
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