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Sep 12, 2016 - Blue Earth, MN - Fun Day with Friends

(Ron Writing) We spent the day with Keith & Margie at their place. Keith made Swedish pancakes for breakfast. Then we talked and played cards until early afternoon. Margie made BLT sandwiches and sweet corn for lunch. After lunch Keith & I went to Blue Earth to pick up something Keith needed and he also took me by the John Deere dealer to show me the latest and greatest big farm machinery and tractors. While we were gone Margie and Elena went for a long walk down the road. When we got back Keith made a campfire and he and I sat out and...

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Sep 11, 2016 - Blue Earth, MN - A Very Nice Day With Friends

(Ron Writing) This morning we went to Sunday school and church with Keith and Margie at their home church in Blue Earth, MN. After church they gave us a driving tour of Blue Earth and then we went to the nearby town of Fairmont, MN and met Margie’s sister and brother-in-law at the Pizza Ranch restaurant where we celebrated Margie’s birthday. We had a nice time visiting and enjoyed the buffet lunch. After lunch we went on a driving tour of Fairmont. It’s a nice size town with many large city parks on the several lakes that form a north/south...

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Sep 10, 2016 - Blue Earth, MN - Minnesota's Bridge to Nowhere

(Ron Writing) The weather was very nice today. Keith made Swedish pancakes for breakfast served with peaches, wild Saskatoon berries they picked in Canada, and whipped cream. They were very good and Keith showed me how to make them so I plan to try them one of these mornings. Elena & I went to Blue Earth with Keith and we got some sweet corn at the Seneca Foods where they process and can sweet corn and peas that are raised by area farmers under contract. While there we also looked in the loading dock area and the labeling area of the plant....

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Sep 9, 2016 - Blue Earth, MN - Visiting Friends in MN

(Ron Writing) We spent a few more days in Boyden, IA taking care of a few things like my monthly blood test, visiting friends, and just relaxing awhile. We went to my boyhood church in Boyden on Sunday and I had a nice visit with some people that still remain there from my high school days. Also, three of my classmates that were in the area for the class reunion attended church on Sunday. On Friday, Sept. 10, we left Boyden and drove to Blue Earth, MN. Friends Keith and Margie spend their summers there at their home on a farm in rural Blue...

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Jun 2, 2016 - not welcome in Welcome

In some parts of the country campgrounds are a dime a dozen. Rapid City, where we just came from, had so many that it would have been hard to choose one if our friends weren't already there. On today's route pickin's were slim. Very few people live in South Dakota and it was an easy, speedy drive across the familiar flatness of the midwest. It struck us how green the grasslands were. We've always come through here in the summer and the land looked golden and dry. Once we got over the Minnesota border there was only one campground right off...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Jolly Green Giant

I found a free campsite by using freecampsites.net.... and we really lucked out on this one. We stayed at the Blue Earth Fairgrounds where the first night is free... with electricity, bathrooms, showers and campfire wood!! The only downside were the mosquitoes. They were terrible... we couldn't even hang outside! The main attraction of Blue Earth (named by the Natives for the river that runs through the town) is the Jolly Green Giant statue. We made sure to get our picture with him!

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Sep 15, 2014 - Blue Earth, MN - Winnebago Ind. Factory Tour

(Ron Writing) Forest City, IA is home to Winnebago Industries, which operates the largest RV manufacturing plant in the world right in this small Iowa town. Last night we stayed in their free campground, which is available to those wanting to take a factory tour or those here to get their RV repaired. They offer two tours every weekday and both of them are about 2 hours including the movie they first show before the actual tour. They have a nice visitor center and a small museum with a couple of their old RVs and displays showing the...

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May 31, 2011 - Jolly Green Giant

I got off I 90 at the Blue Earth exit to see the statue of the Jolly Green Giant and find out why the town is called Blue Earth and why the statue is here. All of my questions were answered. The city of Blue Earth gets its name from the Blue Earth River that circles the town. The river was named for a blue clay that is found high on its banks. The Jolly Green Giant statue stands as a symbol of the long history the town has with the Green Giant/Seneca Company - the largest producers of corn and peas. The statue is 47.5 feet high atop an 8...

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Jul 19, 2010 - Blue Earth, Minnesota

7/19/10 Moved on to Welcome, MN today. I had read about a statue of the Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, MN and it was close enough to drive to so after setting up the motor home we took a top down drive to Blue Earth. On the way we saw a refinery that makes E85. You didn’t have to go far to get the raw material for the refinery as it was surrounded by hundreds of acres of corn. Another odd thing we noticed on our drive was that out in the wide open country amid corn and soy bean fields the roads were numbered as if it was in the middle of...

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Sep 5, 2008 - Blue Earth, MN

After leaving the Badlands area, we drove into Minnesota & ended up stopping in Blue Earth. We got to see the 60 ft 8,000 lb. Jolly Green Giant that is in town. The cannery in Blue Earth was as you might guess Green Giant. Green Giant is now owned by another company or operates under a different name... Seneca perhaps. As you might can guess, there are quite a few farms & ranches. We saw fields of short Sunflowers which was a new crop for us. They remind me of the big Brown-eyed Susans in the Badlands area.

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Jul 4, 2008 - Day 1 - Independence Day

Friday – Day 1 “Right after God made Harleys, he made two lane blacktops”. I left about 5:45 a.m. and rode to Muskegon then took the ferry over to Milwaukee. Arrived in Milwaukee at 11:45 CST. I took I 94 about 70 miles to Madison then got off the interstate and onto Hwy 41 which was very scenic. Took that to La Crosse where I crossed into Minnesota and got on another 2LBT, Hwy 16, which I took a hundred miles to I-90, and then about 80 more miles to Blue Earth, Minnesota. Most of the way it was nothing but farms, so welcome to the...

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Jul 8, 2005 - Blue Earth Minnesota

Blue Earth Minnesota home to the Jolly Green Giant and a great place to boondock. We stayed for free at their fairgrounds, washed our coach and spent a few minutes viewing the Jolly Green Giant. I wouldn't go too far out your way to get here but if you are passing by then by all means take advantage of the fairgrounds to overnight. We left a donation of a few dollars since we stayed two days.

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