Minnesota: Lincoln County

Lincoln County (pop. 5,896), just south of Yellow Medicine County, is one of 23 Lincoln counties in the U.S.

Ivanhoe, the county seat, is the smallest county seat in Minnesota, with a population of 559.

The courthouse was built in 1919.

Tyler (pop. 1,143), the largest city in Lincoln County, has it annual Aebleskiver Days in July.

It’s a spherical Danish pancake.

On Aug, 21, 1918, Tyler was hit by the fourth deadliest tornado in Minnesota history; 36 people were killed, and more than 100 were injured.

The town of Hendricks (pop. 713) is at the northern edge of the Buffalo Ridge Wind Farm,  one of the largest wind farms in the U.S., with several hundred wind turbines.

The turbines are more than 200 feet tall.

Lake Benton (pop. 683) is only 28 miles east of Brookings, S.D., home of South Dakota State University.

Central campus and Campanile, SDSU


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8 comments on “Minnesota: Lincoln County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    Hey! How’d that SDak state capitol get into
    Minnesota? Pretty slick, kid!

  2. Kathy Kasten says:

    –and aebliskevers are a real treat–if you can find them. It translates to apple pancake, I believe. Tyler used to have a bakery that carried them–I think it has closed.

  3. John Dodds says:

    they look delicious.

  4. JP says:

    Tyler got hit with another tornado, which did quite a little damage a year or two ago as well. Clean up and restoration took a long time. The rolling, sort of flat nature of the land leads to lots of wind–therefore the successful wind farming business all along this corridor of MN… Enjoy reading your posts.

  5. kelton2012 says:

    It’s pretty random to say that Lake Benton’s claim to fame is its proximity to Brookings, S.D. A better notation for Lake Benton would be to mention its opera house, which was built in the late 1890s and still is a venue to many theatrical productions.

  6. kelton2012 says:

    You’re forgiven! Great website. Fun and informative.

  7. tomikoden says:

    I am a sucker for Aebleskivers…I’d do just about anything for them. And those tornadoes seem to be quite a devastating trend for MInnesota 😦 Great snapshot of Lincoln County. Thanks 🙂

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