In Minnesota we're used to hard-to-pronounce or unique names of cities and towns.  But there are some lesser-known towns that pop up every now and then that you realize you've never heard of.  Some of the towns have interesting back-stories too.

So let's have some fun and see how many of these you've heard of.  Bonus points if you've been there.

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  • Nimrod - Located in Wadena County and one of the smallest incorporated towns in Minnesota.  The population as of 2021 is just 82 people.
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  • Assumption - This is an unincorporated community about an hour Southwest of Minneapolis.  Fun fact - According to Wikipedia they had a post office from 1881-1906.  With all the post office delivery problems these days it feels like mail has slowed back to the pace it was back then.
  • Climax - Ok, if you live in Minnesota you've most likely heard of this.  But a list of wacky town names isn't complete without it.  The 12 year old in us all gets a little embarrassed.  The adult in us wonders if moving there might be fun?
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  • Pillager - According to the name you may need a good security system here.
  • Welcome - Could there be a more "Minnesota Nice" sounding town?
  • Fertile - They have a disturbingly low population considering the name.  804 people as of the 2020 Census. But still, looks lots of kids in this town so apparently it's all good.

 

  • Cologne - Best smelling town in Minnesota?
  • Ball Club - Nothing needs to be said.  You're thinking it already.  This is an unincorporated community located within the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. It's about 20 miles west of Grand Rapids.
  • Day - Good day? Bad day? We don't know.
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  • Embarrass - I always thought that International Falls was the coldest place in Minnesota. But according to Wikipedia, "with an average annual temperature of 36.4 °F, Embarrass is notable as the coldest place in Minnesota."

So how did you know? How many have you actually been to?

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