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Old 09-02-2010, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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One small note about Mankato: there is a manufacturing plant on the west side of the city that smells up the whole town. I think it's some sort of food processing plant, but it makes this stench, almost like fried food and chemicals. Fortunately, it's not like this every day, only when there's a west wind.

Edit: I just looked it up, and it's CHS Oilseed, a soybean-processing plant. Nothing harmful, just a really unpleasant smell.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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That sounds like another town we lived in near a paper plant. Worse some days than others according to the wind. It's funny, you live near all this countryside and friends from elsewhere think it must always smell so green and fresh. I think we'd get used to it, but its nice to be prepared.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:35 AM
 
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That sounds like another town we lived in near a paper plant. Worse some days than others according to the wind. It's funny, you live near all this countryside and friends from elsewhere think it must always smell so green and fresh. I think we'd get used to it, but its nice to be prepared.
I think locals usually get accustomed to predominating odors. Northfield often smells of Malt-O-Meal, but I rarely notice it myself. I have occasionally been asked "What is that smell? It smells like... cereal" by someone who doesn't live here. Even if I don't smell anything, which is usually the case, I know the answer.

On the other hand, I went through a town in the UP once that positively reeked from its paper mill. I don't think I'd ever have gotten used to that horrid stench!
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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I looked at colleges for both places, and ended up in winona. I chose winona because it was smaller, and more countryesque rather than up and coming like Mankato. Winona is smaller and has less to do except go to bars, the one bowling alley, the movie theatre that doesn't accept credit cards and doesn't seem to be growing much (that I could see). There are a few cool paths to bike along around lakes but I have no idea about Mankato. Anywhere near the campuses of WSU and St. Mary's is definitely a college town with drunk people walking around, but I may have noticed that more because I was one of them.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I looked at colleges for both places, and ended up in winona. I chose winona because it was smaller, and more countryesque rather than up and coming like Mankato. Winona is smaller and has less to do except go to bars, the one bowling alley, the movie theatre that doesn't accept credit cards and doesn't seem to be growing much (that I could see). There are a few cool paths to bike along around lakes but I have no idea about Mankato. Anywhere near the campuses of WSU and St. Mary's is definitely a college town with drunk people walking around, but I may have noticed that more because I was one of them.
We definitely have the "college town with drunk people walking around," feel too near MSU's campus. Other parts of town are really quiet and family-oriented. Mankato is really growing rapidly, but it still has a small town feel. Also, driving five minutes out of town in any direction will put you in the middle of NOWHERE.
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