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On The Road: St. Ansgar


ST. ANSGAR, Minn. (KTTC)--  The lure of shady trees and sparkling water along the Cedar River is an irresistible combination, add in some campgrounds, golf courses and parks and you have St. Ansgar.

"Don't have to go to the Twins to see a good game. Come right here to St. Ansgar," says long-time resident Karen Robertson.

With a population of less than 2,000 people, St. Ansgar is a place where everyone knows everyone.  And while St. Ansgar may be small, it has a big city concept. Karen explains, "We have tremendous industry here, the young people are coming back, the schools are growing."

Karen Robertson and her husband were born and raised in the St. Ansgar area, "Our children and grand-children have gone to school here."

St. Ansgar has been long deemed the garden spot of Iowa and Karen's the main care-taker for the towns most popular garden. The paved path and bright colors of the children's garden offer a unique trail for biking, walking or jogging.

However, that's just one area that's blooming in St. Ansgar. "We offer a lot with our businesses downtown."

Not only does the town have one of the most modern oat processing plants in all of North America, but it has more than 60 businesses.  Along the main drag you'll find everything from banks and restaurants to bridal boutiques, "The school systems great, law enforcement's great," comments resident Jim Sloane.

The St. Ansgar community's most important industry is modern, large-scale agriculture. A tractor or two headed down main street isn't anything out of the ordinary for these folks, "There's nothing bad about this except for the rain."

On our visit to St. Ansgar Rain was the talk of the town, "Never seen it this bad...never," in his 32 years living in the rural area Sloane says he's never seen plumbing business so busy or fields so flooded.

"It's over-flowed and I've emptied it and it's filled right back up again," but as Sloane told us, these hard times once again show him why he became a part of this community.

 "If anything goes wrong you help people they help you. Everybody is in it for everybody."'
The tight knit community often refers to one another as a big family. Karen explains, "We mourn with our fellow citizens and we rejoice with them."

Reflecting on her many years spent here, Karen says it would be hard to call any other place home.

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