Bur oak, shagbark hickory, and black walnut forests frost the hills while cleansing waters thread through them to valley bottoms creating hides for healthy native trout to flourish. And people like it here as well. The fertile soil and perfect weather during growing season have made it profitable for small farms to survive making a picturesque landscape. Strip farming to prevent erosion results in a patchwork of brown, green, and gold. Some farms have been in the hands of the same families for more than a century. We cherish our back roads in Bluff Country, and visitors do too for one never knows what might be around the next bend.

Everybody loves the old-fashioned flavors of Spring Grove Soda whose logo portrays the area’s wooded hills, streams and wildlife, and whose glass bottles hold orange and strawberry, lemon and root beer, lemon sour and black cherry, grape and cream soda –rich and tasty solutions which make everything in life more palatable. It’s a special elixir of secret formulas which have been made here for 110 years.

In July 2006 a premier 6800 square foot aquatic center launches more fun than Norwegian-American adults can imagine. The children get the picture and can’t wait to be in it. Water slopes from zero-grade entry to four feet deep with two drop water slides, two tube slides, a mushroom 6pm coupons spray fountain and a spouting geyser shooting water from the pool floor. The twelve foot depth diving well and four lap lanes beckon teen-agers. A grassy play area inside the gates provides umbrella tables for those who enjoy exercise vicariously.

Broadway musicals are performed on stage in a horse barn haymow to audiences seated in comfy chairs on the natural amphitheater hillside pasture the third weekend in July. This year the curtain rises on Grease at 8:30pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 12th through the 16th. Come early for a picnic supper a la carte on the Green. Bring a sweater because it cools off under the stars when the sun goes down.

Turkey and deer hunters and snow mobilers already know about Spring Grove. It’s an outdoors person’s paradise. Turkey and deer know about the lush wildflower carpets.

People who enjoy probing beneath the surface are fascinated by treasures found from Native American and other cultures of earlier eons. The Karst geology of this region is particular to the state of Minnesota; the glaciers didn’t reach this far.

Songbirds abound so it makes sense to come here for bird watching. In winter eagles soar over from the Mississippi to glean delicacies from freshly spread natural fertilizer. It’s common to see 50 at a time. Someone with an eagle eye might spot an eagle’s nest.

Visitors will find beautiful wooded parks with shelters and campsites, playgrounds, a softball field, tennis courts, and trails for riding horseback. Just being here in a pristine environment puts you in a good mood, and prices at our family owned restaurants and squeaky clean motel will put a smile on your face.
The local EDA creates a welcoming environment for small business owners to locate here and start businesses where the costs are low and the work force is honest. Prime industrial sites are available. Spring Grove Communications supports on line needs via DSL within the city limits and a wireless satellite computer service called Wild Blue for those in rural locations. In addition, since it is a co-op, shareholders receive annual dividends based on usage. Relocating here is a wise option.

This is a snapshot. Come visit and make your own album.


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