By Jess Abrahamson, Anchor/Producer/Reporter - bio | email
RUSHFORD, Minn. (KTTC) -- Two couples pedaling side by side. They've come all the way from British Columbia and they like what they see here.
Steve Shute says, "It's an improvement to North Dakota! We like the rolling hills. It would be nice in the fall with all the hard woods."
That beauty is what brought settlers here in the first place.
"The first people who came here were of Norwegian descent and were absolutely taken a back by the beauty of the hills. The city was incorporated Christmas Eve, 1854," says Margaret Boehmke of the Rushford Area Historical Society.
That history lives on in the train depot.
"This is the only depot we have been told in the state of Minnesota that is a two story and on its original location."
Next door, you'll find the historic village with a chapel from 1867 and a one-room school house.
"It was called the Grinde School and it was donated to the historical society. It's really nice to visit because its the way it was back in the 1800's," explains Karrol Gielow with the Rushford Area Historical Society.
Don't break too many school rules though, the old jail is right next door.
"I had a 2nd cousin who spent a lot of time in there. When he was drinking, they'd put him in there overnight. As far as I know, there weren't really harsh criminals in here," adds Gielow.
Since Rushford was founded by Norwegians, its only appropriate we have a little lefse.
"Here's where they're mixing the potatoes with the flour, the oil and a little bit of salt. That's all that's in lefse," says Mark Johnson of Norsland Lefse.
And that simple recipe has been made in Rushford for 25 years. Thanks to the internet, people buy it from all across the country.
"Here's the finished product. See what you think."
From the joys of fresh lefse, to the happy children at Creekside Park, the castles in Rushford are the result of a community coming together.
The great flood of 2007 wiped out the equipment here. But two years later, people of all ages restored the playground to what you see today.
Through it all, some mighty branches have kept their watch over Rushford from high a top Magelssen Bluff.
The Burr Oak tree is about 200 years old and is considered the 5th largest tree in Minnesota.
The perfect place to relax for a moment after a full day exploring all that Rushford has to offer.
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