When you think “Minnesota,” you might immediately picture the scenic North Shore or the bustling Mall of America. But Minnesota is much more than that. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is peppered with small communities, and Little Minnesota spotlights 100 towns with populations under 100. Each entry features folks who know what it means to help their neighbors and locales that range from quaint to historic.
Jill has been working on Little Minnesota for the last few years. The project began as an effort to recall the history of Strandquist, MN, the small town where her father, Jim Musburger, began his coaching career. Excited by the fascinating stories she found there, she continued on to other small towns in the area, eventually covering the whole state in search of the tales and characteristics that make each little city so special. The 100 towns represented are now “around 100” in population after the 2010 census, as some of them have grown, bucking the trend of metro migration of the last few decades.
Each town has a photo gallery, a story of how and why the city was founded, and where it stands today. When you read about these little places, still alive and well in most cases, you will want to see them for yourself. Enjoy the journey with us, and then plan your own visit to see what makes each town unique. You will find everything from a top-class steakhouse to fabulous pies to a biker bar or two. These are quiet places, away from frantic traffic (harvest time excepted), noise, and bright lights — cities where you can still see the stars.
Publication date: November 28, 2011 from Adventure Publications. http://www.adventurepublications.net The 2nd printing came out in February, 2012.
You can order from Beagle Books & Bindery in Park Rapids. http://www.beagle-books.com
Little Minnesota is also available at bookstores around the state. For a short list of stores that we have visited, see “Events.” You can contact us directly at the address below, or via email with the form on the “Contact” page.
PO Box 649
Park Rapids, MN 56470
This sweet little town near Lanesboro has the Root River State Trail running right through the heart of it. Your reward for riding there is truly sweet — Aroma Pie Shoppe! We will have a booth at the Stand Still Parade from 10 AM – 3 PM and will sign Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around 100 (featuring Whalan of course) and The Best of Itasca: A Guide to Minnesota’s Oldest State Park.
Little Minnesota toured the northwestern part of the state during the last week in August, 2015. Warren, Greenbush, Hallock, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls, Roseau, and Warroad were the lucky towns of the northwest.
April 23, 2015 We visited the Reading Council of Thief River Falls for a full presentation in the evening.
May 21, 2015 An evening presentation of Best of Itasca for an educational society in Detroit Lakes.
August 31, 2015 Hubbard County Historical MuseumDeane will close the summer season for the Historical Society with a whirlwind tour of Itasca’s very best scenic sites, peppered with history and some insider secrets that we hope will surprise even the historians in the crowd. Open to the public, we will meet in the Northwoods Bank community room at 7 PM.