• Sweden in Minnesota

    Walking around Lindström, it's not hard to guess where the area's first settlers came from. If the multitude of umlauts don't give it away, the herds of Dala horses and straw goats will. Factor in the giant white coffee pot in the sky, and you can be pretty sure this is Swedish country.

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  • Oronoco's Gold Rush

    Every August, the tiny southeast Minnesota town of Oronoco becomes the mother lode. Tents full of carved armoires and sideboards pop up along the town's narrow streets. Yards sprout crates of antique lunch boxes and duck decoys. The church ladies bake pies, the VFW folks flip pancakes and firefighters put hot dogs on the grill. Then the people come, stampeding through the streets like sheep to salt.

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