40 responses to Minnesota Amish
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    Hilarian Brey
    Comment on Fall Amish consignment auction (July 2nd, 2014 at 16:57)

    Fall Amish consignment auction

    Can anyone tell me the exact date for the Amish consignment auction near St. Charles, MN again this fall? I think it is on Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 but am not for sure.
    We really enjoy them.

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    Comment on Minnesota Amish (July 2nd, 2014 at 19:53)

    Not real sure, however, they are located a short distance from the Mayo Clinic. so, why not just website to the St Charles City Hall for example. obviously, those people will have the info that you’re looking for.

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    Comment on Hello (July 13th, 2014 at 16:06)


    We would like to visit your area, are you close to the mayo clinic?We will be coming from Minneapolis.

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      Comment on Minnesota Amish (September 12th, 2014 at 14:19)

      St Charles. MN Obviously will have their own website for local Amish Information, that people asking were looking for. I’ve had tours. and its a wonderful and warm community.

      My advise is to go by Private Car, the tour driver will drive for you.
      . Do NOT and I mean, do NOT take pictures of Amish people or any pictures of their houses and barns. however, the tour driver will give you more instructions. .

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    Comment on Haystack Supper & Bake Sale (September 12th, 2014 at 12:19)

    Haystack Supper & Bake Sale

    AMISH BENEFIT Haystack Supper & Bake Sale! Fri., Sept. 12, 4-8 p.m. Borgholm Town Hall 1/2 Mile South of Bock, MN on CR. 1.

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    Comment on Minnesota Amish (October 1st, 2014 at 07:52)


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    Willy Moss
    Comment on Antique Treadle Sewing Machines (October 15th, 2014 at 06:34)

    Antique Treadle Sewing Machines

    I am Dr. Willy the sewing machine man. I have a few treadle machines I would
    like to sell, prices are reasonable. I operate Dr. Willy’s Sewing and Sharpening
    in Crystal,MN 55422 # 763-710-7403 I have completely refurbished the machines. Two Singers,and one Minnesota brand. The cabinet for the Minnesota needs some work.Both Singer cabinets have been refinished. I just don’t have
    room for them in my shop.Please let me know if interested.
    Thank you
    Dr. Willy

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    Comment on Why no Amish in ND? (January 9th, 2015 at 12:15)

    Why no Amish in ND?

    With many Amish living in MN and some close to the ND border, it is interesting that we do not have any Amish in our state. There are many farms and pasture land for sale in the eastern part of the state. There is one county close to the MN border that has a lot of pasture land and land that is coming out of CRP in the near future. This land typically sells for much less than land that has been farmed. I think the land prices overall are very reasonable compared to other parts of the country. Maybe one day the Amish will take a good look at ND.

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      Comment on ND Amish (January 9th, 2015 at 14:46)

      ND Amish

      I should note that we did have Amish in ND from 1894 until 1956 when only 3 members remained according to GAMEO.

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      Comment on Will Amish settle in North Dakota? (January 11th, 2015 at 13:25)

      Will Amish settle in North Dakota?

      It will probably happen again someday; I’ll make a “bold” prediction and say that within the next 5 years there will be a North Dakota Old Order Amish community (an arbitrary guess based on general Amish westward migration).

      As you say the state has had an Amish presence before (at least 4 different communities) and Amish currently live and survive in similar latitudes. You’ve also got Amish in three neighboring states (Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana), so I’d bet some adventurous soul(s) will take a look at some point fairly soon and take a crack at North Dakota, assuming there’s not some factor I’m unaware of which would make ND unattractive.

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    Hilarian Brey
    Comment on Spring Amish consignment auction in St. Charles MN (March 6th, 2015 at 12:14)

    Spring Amish consignment auction in St. Charles MN

    Is the next spring consignment amish auction in St. Charles MN on May 23rd 2015?

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      Al in Ky
      Comment on Minnesota Amish (April 27th, 2015 at 20:55)

      Hilarian — A few days ago I received my annual brochure from the Country Fresh Produce Auction (Amish) at St. Charles and it has listed May 23 as the date of the furniture, flowers and quilt consignment auction you asked about.

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    Michelle Dick
    Comment on Annual and Perennial Plants near Clarissa MN (April 23rd, 2015 at 09:34)

    Annual and Perennial Plants near Clarissa MN

    I have heard great information about annual and perennial plants available for purchase from Amish near Clarissa MN. Can anyone tell me where the place is located and when the plant sales will begin for Spring 2015? Thank you…

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      Kevin Happke
      Comment on Greenhouse location (April 27th, 2015 at 22:36)

      Greenhouse location

      I believe it is located just south of Clarissa on county road 11 on the west side of the road their should be some signs posted there, as far as hours they are open everyday but Sunday and I would think the plants would be ready any time you would want to stop.

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    Comment on Becker County Amish (April 27th, 2015 at 20:11)

    Becker County Amish


    I am so thrilled to have Amish neighbors and slowly building up some kind of a relationship with them. I was speaking with one of the oldest sons today next door and it occurred to me to ask him what kind of Amish he was, but that seemed like it might be rude….? Does anyone know what kind of settlement is in Becker county? Or how I could find out? We have recently been house hunting for my brother in the area and discovered many Amish in our area. My neighbor said they have now about 30 families in our 15 mile radius alone.

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      Comment on Minnesota Amish (April 28th, 2015 at 08:21)

      I don’t know this community, but you might ask which other communities they are back and forth with, or where they originally came from, or where else they have family.

      From that you might be able to get a sense of which affiliation they are, combined with any observations on their material level – do they use the SMV triangle? Outhouses? Phone shanty? What do the business signs look like–are they professionally made or mostly hand-written signs? There is a list of 40+ Amish affiliations included in the book The Amish which also might be helpful: http://amishamerica.com/amish-affiliations/

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        Comment on Minnesota Amish (April 29th, 2015 at 11:30)

        They do use a SMV triangle and the signs I’ve seen for their businesses, are homemade. I believe they moved here from southern Iowa, though I’d have to confirm that with my husband who has spoken to them more about that. I will definitely check out that book, thanks Erik 🙂

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      Jonathan Edwards
      Comment on Flavor (April 28th, 2015 at 17:34)


      There are two “Hillsboro (WI)”-style districts in northwest Minnesota (one actually has a Swartzentruber background but has adjusted to the Hillsboro Ordnung) but I think they are north of Becker County. The only settlement I recognize is Frazee. They are fairly traditional Andy Weavers. They fall somewhere between the Fredericktown (OH) [Andy Weaver/Dan] and Kenton flavors. Oh, and the Hillsboro people pulled out of northern Indiana back in the 1970s and 1980s, so they allow more material things than most Andy Weavers (who pulled away from the largest Amish groups in the 1950s), but are still much plainer than the mainstream Amish. With all of this said, the Becker County folks — like most Amish people — probably know where they fit without understanding the nuances of their religious identity or the history that led to development of these varying practices and identities.

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    Kirsten H
    Comment on In need of help! (July 31st, 2015 at 11:50)

    In need of help!

    I’m writing to you out of sheer desperation. I was wondering if you had ever heard of any of the Amish people taking in a troubled & challenging young adult, to help give her some core values and ethics, but not necessarily to join the Amish?
    Here’s my dilemma:
    My daughter who will be 18 In Aug. and has had emotional/behavioral issues her whole life. I’ve taken her to numerous specialists, treatment centers, therapists and nothing changes. She has been in the counties care for the last 2 years and they have had worse outcomes than I did. She is currently in Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Lino Lakes, MN for the simple reason that she would not follow the counties rules and had an open criminal case, so they used that to “contain” her till she’s 18 and they don’t have to deal with her any longer. Her doctors have suggested she have a guardian, but the county wants no part of it.
    I guess I just wondered if you think there might be a family that would be willing to help us??

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      Comment on Minnesota Amish (July 31st, 2015 at 12:30)

      Hi Kirsten, I know you sent a similar message to me over email, just letting you know I just replied. Although as I said in that email I don’t have anything concrete on this, maybe someone else here could advise. I’m sorry to hear about this struggle.

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      Comment on taking in kids (October 16th, 2017 at 12:14)

      taking in kids

      Each Amish community establishes their own rules – some are more strict than others. Here in Missouri a non-Amish “English” as we are called, can send their children to an Amish school – the children must abide by all the rules. This is with special permission.
      To take a person into their home to live with them – would require following all their rules as well….that would be rules of dress, speech, work, prayer, church, — everything!
      I’ve never heard of this being done.
      An 18 year old with emotional problems would, in my opinion, not be able to make such a drastic change! I’ve interacted with the Amish closely and have eaten in their homes and spent the night as a guest as well. It would be difficult for me to live totally as an Amish person with all the rules and dress etc for a week.
      I have, however heard of Mennonite families taking children into their homes like this – but once again, the children must follow all the rules of dress etc.

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    Comment on Amish Pie Making Class (August 27th, 2015 at 16:47)

    Amish Pie Making Class

    Lanesboro Local is once again taking registrations for some educational and very interesting classes.

    • Saturday, August 29, 2015, 9 a.m., Amish Pie Making

    Lanesboro Local’s Amish classes are offered on Southeastern Minnesota Amish farms.
    Class gathers at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota, by 9 a.m., and will be transported via 14-passenger van to the Amish home. Want to have an experience of a lifetime? This is our last offering for our Amish Classes.
    To register or to just see more information go online at lanesborolocal.org and search under upcoming classes!

    “Lanesboro Local offering classes in August”:


    Roadside Market Baked Goods and Baskets
    Joseph & Amanda Hershberger
    12668 US Hwy 52
    Canton, MN 55922
    Season: April through October, special orders welcome in the off-season
    Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday

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    cheryl wilson
    Comment on Harness makers (March 18th, 2016 at 10:29)

    Harness makers

    Would you know of any amish harness makers in MN,WI, or Iowa?


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    Kevin Happke
    Comment on Harness maker (March 18th, 2016 at 12:15)

    Harness maker

    Hello Cheryl, So where are you located? What are you looking to have done?
    If you would like you can call me to at 320-468-6474.


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    Comment on Visit Amish (April 27th, 2016 at 23:32)

    Visit Amish

    I’m wondering if you could help me find some areas of Amish that sell at their farmsteads goods they make. We have toured places with our tour bus company at Long Prairie, MN. We want to tour more as it is interesting to learn about their lifestyle and the ladies on our tours but a lot of their goods. We are not interested in visiting an Amish store-only individual farmsteads. We are looking in the Parkers Prairie, Wadena etc. area. Thanks for your help.

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      Kevin Happke
      Comment on amish in Wadena (April 28th, 2016 at 00:40)

      amish in Wadena

      Hello, Give me a call at 320-468-6474 and I will tell you where you can find some Amish that sell goods.


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        Wendy Bernardy
        Comment on Minnesota Amish (April 28th, 2016 at 16:48)

        Thank you, I will call. Wendy

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      Al in Ky
      Comment on Minnesota Amish (April 28th, 2016 at 02:52)

      Hopefully, Kevin can help you with specific Amish farms where different items are sold, but if not, I have a suggestion.
      The New American Almanac (also known as “Raber’s Almanac”) lists most Amish communities in the U.S. I looked in my copy and found the following areas in northern Minn. where there are Amish communities: Mill Lacs/Milaca, Mora, Pierz, Frazee, New York Mills, Long Prairie, Wadena and Clarissa. Further north in Minn. are Fosston, Fertile, and Clearbrook. You may want to get a copy of this almanac to find some more specific addresses in these communities, although the almanac does not list specific farms where products are sold. Also, it’s quite far from where you are, but in southeastern Minn. are the Harmony/Canton, St. Charles, and Granger settlements. I have been to these settlements many times and there are many Amish farms (especially in Harmony/Canton area) where products are sold. The Visitor’s Center in Harmony likely could be helpful with names of specific Amish farms. I haven’t been to any of the communities in northern Minn., but wish I could help you more with specifics. The number of Amish settlements in Minn. is slowly, but surely growing.

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        Comment on Minnesota Amish (April 28th, 2016 at 15:36)

        Thank you!

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    Comment on Minnesota Amish (April 28th, 2016 at 16:24)

    Error; I apologies; I met possiblbity to make a day outing!

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    Comment on Minnesota Amish (April 28th, 2016 at 16:27)

    Error #2 2.5 Hrs drive from MPLS. to St Charles, MN excluding Burbs!

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    Comment on Near Chisago County? (August 23rd, 2017 at 21:14)

    Near Chisago County?

    What’s the nearest Amish community near Chisago County, MN (and into western WI)?

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    J. M.
    Comment on Lengby (September 19th, 2017 at 11:35)


    My friend is moving from Wisconsin to Lengby, Minnesota. I’m not sure whether they’re founding an entirely new settlement or district, or moving to a pre-existing one. I think her husband has family there, so there’s already SOMETHING there… It seems to be a very harsh climate.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Minnesota Amish (October 17th, 2017 at 19:42)

    I read in last week’s issue of The Budget (Amish/Mennonite weekly newspaper) that there is a new Amish community at Hinckley, Minnesota.

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    Cathy hansen
    Comment on China or Curio Cabinet (November 8th, 2017 at 11:28)

    China or Curio Cabinet

    I have purchased an older piece of furniture, and from research I feel that it may be from an Amish furniture maker in Minnesota. It may date to mid century 1900’s as a guess. Under the bottom it has a roughly carved backward letter h in small case, and I’m wondering if that may be a maker’s marking.
    Would you have any information to assist me in my research? I could send a photo.
    It is a china cabinet, three sides of glass, with soldered glass at the top, 2 front paw/claw feet, and an interior light under the top with an elongated bulb, under a metal cover. The back has tiny staples, rather than nails.
    It is 60″H, 31″W, and about 16″ depth.

    Thank you!

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    Hilarian Brey
    Comment on Spring 2018 auction at St Charles MN (March 1st, 2018 at 11:21)

    Spring 2018 auction at St Charles MN

    Can anyone tell us when the 2018 spring Amish auction will again be held near St Charles MN? We have always enjoyed going to it.

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    Katherine Sitzman
    Comment on Old Barn (June 26th, 2018 at 03:09)

    Old Barn

    I am hoping to have an old barn removed 10 miles East of North Branch MN. My uncle suggested that I have an Amish community remove the barn and take the wood to reuse. Is there anyway to contact them to eee if they would be interested in this trade?

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    Comment on help with canning from the Amish (July 23rd, 2018 at 22:53)

    help with canning from the Amish

    is there any communities of Amish near stewartville MN? I just started canning again and want to learn to pressure cook can, and I know a ton of amish woman do canning and wanted to learn from the best, also how to make my own dresses ect. any help would be appreciated thanks!

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    Comment on Lumber Sawmills (October 9th, 2018 at 14:05)

    Lumber Sawmills

    We are looking to source rough sawn lumber / pallet parts. Locations in Central MN and Western Wisconsin are best for proximity.

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    Brenda J
    Comment on Mobile Homes (October 11th, 2018 at 21:55)

    Mobile Homes

    Looking for someone to take old mobile home off lake property…was told possibly Amish would be interested to recycle. Anyone in Lake Sarah (Mentor/Erskine) area?

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