From Kittson County, Minnesota Highway 11 goes east into Roseau County (pop. 15,629). The county seat is Roseau (pop. 2,633).
Roseau is famous for snowmobiles and ice hockey. Polaris Industries was one of the first manufacturers of snowmobiles (in the 1950s), and today it continues to make snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles in Roseau. The Polaris Experience Center has exhibits about the firm, and the adjacent factory has daily tours.
Roseau High School’s boys’ hockey team has won the Minnesota state championship seven times, tying it with International Falls for the most titles.
Roseau has a first-run movie theater called the Roso (1940).
The Roseau Pioneer Farm and Village, two miles west of town, has an agricultural museum with a variety of restored buildings.
East of Roseau on Highway 11 is the town of Warroad (pronounced “war road”). The name apparently comes from the days when Indian tribes used the area as a route to battle. Warroad is at the southwestern corner of Lake of the Woods, which extends north into Canada.
Warroad calls itself “Hockey Town USA.” Warroad High School has won four boys’ state titles and two girls’ state titles in the past 20 years. The town (pop. 1,781) has two indoor hockey arenas: Olympic Arena (1984) and the adjacent Gardens Arena (1993).
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