Minnesota: Kanabec County

Kanabec County (pop. 16,239) is just west of Pine County. The county seat is Mora (pop. 3,571).

Kanabec County Courthouse (1894)

The word “Kanabec” comes from the Ojibwe word “Ginebig,” meaning “snake” – as in the Snake River that runs through the county.

There are three Snake rivers in Minnesota.

The town of Mora is known for its 22-foot, fiberglass Dala horse, built in 1971.

A Swedish tradition

Mora’s namesake and sister city of Mora, Sweden, is the endpoint of the annual 90-kilometer Vasaloppet cross-country ski race – one of the world’s biggest ski races.

This is the Minnesota Mora’s own Vasaloppet race.

The major landmark in the town of Ogilvie (pop. 369) is a reinforced concrete watertower, built in 1918.

Reminiscent of Northern European castles

The 3/8-mile Ogilvie Raceway is a clay track that has weekly races in season.

Opened in 2009