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On the Road to Faribault

FARIBAULT, Minn. (KTTC) -- Nestled along I-35, Faribault, Minnesota was founded in 1852 by Alexander Faribault. The town is rich with history, home to Heisman Trophy winner of 1941 Bruce Smith, and full of things to do.

It's a mix of the old and new. For those with a taste for gourmet cheese, deep inside The Cheese Caves of Faribault people are busily working on making bleu and gorgonzola cheeses.

Caves of Faribault Quality Systems Manager, Rueben Nilsson says, "All the generations of cheese being made here kind of leaves an environment of the bacteria and the mold that goes into the cheese and it kind of gives the unique character that you can only find in this plant and these caves."

That's many, many generations!

Nilsson says, "What we're trying to do is stay true to the tradition of this plant and all the hard work that went into making this handmade cheese. But we're combining that with some modern science and some modern techniques."

Handmade woolen blankets are created at a historical business brought back after facing closed doors for three years, many careful hands are back hard at work.

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Marketing/Creative Director John Mooty says, "It's one of those places where no matter how old you are, no matter what your perspective is on history it's hard not to feel that romance and magic walking through the place."

Using a skill that few in the country still possess the blankets have become symbols of quality.

Mooty explains, "What makes it special is not just the aesthetic or design or color but it's what has gone into it to bring it to that point. So many different hands have touched it."

And what Minnesota town would be complete without options for a day on the water? At Winjum resort on Roberds Lake it's just one of many options to soak up the summer sun.

Winjum General Manager Pam Sartor says, "There's a lot of pluses to owning and running a resort. You get to meet a lot of people and you make a ton of friends, get to know people from all over the place. Of course in the summer you've got some pretty long hours but it's fun. I mean, it's a good time and it's fun to see kids have fun."

Faribault Heritage Day runs June 13 - June 17.

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