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K.K. Berge built this three-story structure in 1924, purposely locating it as the gateway to the community's commercial district. It was located across from the town's opera house and a bank, and near the pedestrian bridge crossing the Minnesota River and linking the residential areas on the east and west sides of the river. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Granite Falls, Minn., picks a prime location to start a new chapter for rural community

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GRANITE FALLS -- If you want to reverse years of decline and redefine a future for a small town Main Street, where do you start?

In Granite Falls, they decided there is no place better than the choicest lot in the downtown.


"He picked it because of its location,'' said Barb Benson, a member of a local group calling itself Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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