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Get Real. Get Rural.

Photo credit: Nicole Zempel

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Welcome to your next adventure

Hello from Granite Falls, MN, a rural community nestled in the diverse transitional space where the prairie meets the river valley. A town where you'll find weather-worn farmers with calloused hands, bustling shopkeepers arranging quaint front window displays, friendly bartenders pouring locally crafted brews and wine, hard working engineers and craftsmen designing and constructing the next wind energy project, wild-haired artists burning the midnight oil creating new public displays, precision fades being sculpted at the town's new-school style barbershop, foragers venturing out into the river valley to harvest wild delicacies, and all sorts of other folks lucky enough to live their daily lives in this picturesque setting. As a town that is both traditional and progressive, blue-collar and creative class, and the birthplace of both cooperatives and prohibition, we aren't easy to pigeonhole - and we like it that way. Come and meet some of the fascinating characters that are fueling the Granite Falls renaissance, and experience the amazing things this town and region have to offer!

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All photos courtesy Nicole Zempel

Why Granite Falls and Southwestern Minnesota?

Diverse Natural Beauty

From the tall grass prairie, home to thousands of native plant and bird species, to the Minnesota river valley with it's ancient granite bluffs, to the quiet woodland groves where deer nestle in to rest, there is so much to discover.

Unique Arts and Culture Events

With Squid Fest Community Art Festival, Western Fest, Maker's Markets, public art crosswalks, live music events, a gravel road bike race, the downtown flannel pub crawl... for a small town there is no shortage of entertaining events here.

Fascinating History

From exploring the legacy of Andrew Volstead, Granite Falls' famous legislator, to the Fagen Fighters WWII museum, to the 1880s farmstead Swensson Farm Museum,  there is so much to see and learn.

 Living in a rural setting exposes you to so many marvelous things - the natural world and the particular texture of small-town life, and the exhilarating experience of open space. ~ Susan Orlean

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All photos courtesy Nicole Zempel

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400 7th Ave, Granite Falls, MN 56241

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