The Pursuit of Oddball Minnesota

Oddball Minnesota: A guide to some really strange places, by Jerome Pohlen was chosen as our periodic photo-op directory. We don't make 'em, we just photograph 'em.

Blue Earth, MN - September 18, 2005

Good Thunder, MN - September 18, 2005

A local told us to check out the dam down the road...

...and he told us to visit The Dam Store.

Darwin, MN - February 19, 2005

For info on the "by 1 man" fine print, visit:

That's right. It's the Twine Ball Inn!

Cosmos, MN - February 19, 2005

Cosmos used to be called Nelsonville.

An enthusiastic resident felt that giving the town a loftier name...

might bring a University to town.

This is South Milky Way.

Dawson, MN - October 25, 2004

The Gnomes of Dawson

Olivia, MN - October 22, 2004

Granite Falls, MN - October 22, 2004

Oldest rock in the world.

It's 3,800,000,000 years old.

Brainerd, MN - August 25, 2004

Castle shaped water tower.

Paul Bunyan Land

Big Paul.

Garrison, MN - August 25, 2004

Big Walleye

Big Robin Hood at Sherwood Forest Mobile Home Park

Lake City and Wabasha - May 8, 2004

Monument to Waterskiing - Lake City, MN

Historic Anderson House - Wabasha (

You can get a cat for your room at the Anderson house.

We opted out of the pimped cat program.

Arrowhead Bluffs Museum & Gift Shop - Wabasha

The proprietor and his son bagged all of these animals.

Every model of Winchester Rifle EVER made.

Suilmann's Grotto & Museum - Wabasha (now defunct)

Slippery's Tavern - Wabasha (Grumpy Old Men plays continuously)

April 24, 2003 - North St. Paul

World's Largest Snowman

Donna and Hannah with fellow oddballers Franci and Carter Rogers

White Bear Lake

World's Largest Polar Bear

Checkin' out the Monte Carlo

Buckle up!

April 18, 2003 - St. Paul

481 Laurel Avenue - F. Scott Fitzgerald Birthplace

825 Fairmount Avenue - Amelia Earhart lived here during her first years in High School, 1913 to 1915

April 10, 2003 - St. Paul

Summit Ave Haunted House

Summit Ave Undertaker's House

That's a casket on the roof!

Transit Workers' Rally at the Capitol

First Shot of WWII Fired from this Gun

John Dillinger stayed here...

and escaped from the cops.

Sarah Jane Olsen did not escape from the cops...

...she was arrested here.

April 4, 2003 - Minneapolis

Mary Richards' 1st apartment.

Mary Richards' 2nd apartment.

The Polka Dot House. The artist who lives here uses her home to draw attention to herself to promote her art.

Minnehaha Falls.

Why is this oddball?

Well, just upstream this statue of Hiawatha carrying Minnehaha commemorates Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha" a poem about two people who didn't exist written by a man who never visited the falls.

Watch out! That first step is a duesy!

November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2003 - North Shore

Monument to the 418 people who died in the Great Hinkley fire

Four trench graves where the remains of 248 Hinkley residents are buried.

"The Historic Pit" where 100 Hinkley residents, along with pets, farm animals and wild animals survived the fire.

Statues at the Pit

Big Louie the Voyageur - Barnum

Pierre the Voyageur - Two Harbors

Can somebody get this guy a pair of pants?

The Lighthouse B&B. (

Fiberglass rooster outside Weldon's Gift Shop - Two Harbors

SS William A. Irvin - Duluth (

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum - Duluth (

The Duluth Lynchings - Duluth (we don't understand why this is oddball)

Three black men, falsely accused of rape, were lynched on June 15, 1920.

Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie were circus workers.

Park Hill Cemetery - Duluth

Clayton, Jackson and McGhie are buried in this cemetery

Rocky Taconite - Silver Bay

Frank Lloyd Wright's two story gas station - Cloquet

Another giant voyageur - Cloquet

Still another giant voyageur, chainsaw-carved from a giant redwood (ironic!) - Pine City

October 27, 2003 - Anoka - Halloween Capital of the World
City Hall from across the river.

Closer to the neon jack-o-lantern

It winks!

October 12, 2003 - The Spam Museum in Austin

Itasca Rock Garden - Albert Lea

Little Mermaid - Albert Lea

The P-38s - Owatonna