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Terrace, MN Nov 20

The last post was about one of the biggest cities in the world. Here’s a little info about one of the smallest—Terrace, Minnesota.

Terrace is so out of the way, it’s not even on the way to someplace else. It’s easy to miss even if you look it up on Google Maps. The population last time I was there was about two dozen, and most of the folks had Norwegian accents.

The town is home to one of the few remaining water-powered grain mills in the state. It’s no longer functioning, but you can still see the turbine and tell where the millrace, now filled in, runs under the road. Three times the site hosted the Minnesota Orchestra, once performing the 1812 Overture with live cannons aimed out over the millpond. Picture thousands of people descending on this hamlet for an evening open-air concert given by one of the world’s foremost orchestras. People talked about it for years. They still have a popular fiddling contest every year, and a few other events, and the mill museum is open to the public.


To check out the mill online, go to  And if you want to get away from it all and still do a bit of shopping (they have a gift shop, maybe a small eatery) it’s worth the drive. Take some pictures and share them here.

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