Lanesboro, Minnesota

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Lanesboro is a city in Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 788 at the 2000 census. The town is a popular destination for tourists. The Root River flows through it, with a waterfall on the edge of town. The Root River State Trail and other bike paths also serve the town. An Amish community is in the area and the town is home to many unique shops and restaurants, and a new theater.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 kmĀ²), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highways 16 and 250; and County Roads 8 and 21 are four of the main routes in Lanesboro.

Trail connection

Lanesboro is one of several towns intersected by the Root River segment of the Blufflands State Trail.


Lanesboro received the Great American Main Street Award in 1998. Author John Villani named the community one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. It has also been rated one of the "50 Best Outdoor Sports Towns" by Sports Afield magazine.[3]

Crown Trout Jewelers of Lanesboro was a finalist in the 2002 International Gold Virtuosi Jewelry Design Competition, one of four American jewelry studios given that distinction from 5200 total entries.

Most recently, Outside Magazine featured the community as one of the "20 Best Dream Towns in America".[4]


Since 1989, Lanesboro has been home to the Commonweal Theatre Company, a professional ensemble dedicated to celebrating the human condition through actor-based storytelling. Each year, the Commonweal offers 4-6 plays ranging from Ibsen to family-friendly entertainment to holiday classics. During the summer months, two plays run in repertory, giving visitors the opportunity to see two different shows during their stay. The Commonweal, in cooperation with area businesses and organizations, hosts an annual Ibsen Festival celebrating Norwegian art and culture through workshops, lectures, food, and featuring Commonweal's production of an Ibsen play. A live one-hour radio show, "Over the Back Fence," is broadcast each Sunday evening from the theater during the summer months with tickets sold at the door. On July 7, 2007, the Commonweal opened a new theater facility called The Commonweal. This $3.5 million home seats 191 patrons in a thrust auditorium with an exterior designed to complement historic Lanesboro. The interior design was coordinated by area artist Karl Unnasch with regional elements such as reclaimed barn stone and lumber, cement floors and a permanent installation of area objects. [5]

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