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About Emmons


Emmons, MN is located in south central Minnesota on the Minnesota side of the Minnesota/Iowa Border.  Due to Emmons' location on the MN/IA border, some Emmons addresses are actually located in Iowa.  The city of 391 residents is conveniently located at the intersection of State Highway 69 and County Road 4 near State Line Lake.  Emmons, Minnesota is a short commute from both Albert Lea, MN (12 miles) and Lake Mills, IA (6 miles).  Other nearby towns include Twin Lakes (MN), Glenville (MN), Alden (MN), Conger (MN), Northwood (IA), Forest City (IA), Mason City (IA), and Clear Lake (IA).  Emmons is located a short drive from two major Interstate Highways: I-90 running east/west and I-35 running north/south. 

State Line Lake is a focal point of Emmons, Minnesota.  There is abundant wildlife, opportunities for hunting and boating, building sites, and gorgeous views.  Located on the western shore of State Line Lake, tree-filled Gateway Park boasts a lighted baseball diamond with grandstand, a new playground area, picnic grounds featuring two shelters, modern restroom facilities, lots of wildlife, and ample parking.  The exclusive 440-acre Pheasant Links Golf Course/Hunting/Sporting Clay establishment, owned and operated by Diamond Jo Casino, is located on the north side of State Line Lake.   

Emmons local government consists of 1 mayor (Paul Henschel)  and 4 city councilors (Loren Honsey, Jerry Martinson, Neil Honsey, and Jason Taylor).  City council meetings are held at 7pm on the second Monday of every month at the Emmons City Hall.  Law enforcement protection is provided by the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office and Fire/EMS service is provided by the Emmons Volunteer Fire Department/First Responders.  Emmons is approximately 15 minutes from the Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Albert Lea and approximately 35 minutes from Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, IA.  Nearby airports include the Albert Lea Airport and Mason City Airport.  Emmons is part of the Glenville-Emmons School District, but is also served by the Alden-Conger School District, Albert Lea School District, and Lake Mills School District through open enrollment.  Nearby colleges include Riverland Community College in Albert Lea and Austin, MN as well as Waldorf College in Forest City, IA.  Emmons also has a Community Library.

Housing is extremely affordable in the Emmons, Minnesota area.  One will find a blend of modern homes, as well as classic homes built during Emmons' heyday in the late 1800's/early 1900's.  There are apartments and rental homes also available.

Each summer, Emmons celebrates its location on the Minnesota/Iowa border with Emmons Borderfest.  Emmons Borderfest consists of a weekend filled with nightly street dances, live entertainment, a parade, a car/motorcycle show & cruise, and more.  The Borderfest crowd often numbers around 1200 people.  Emmons has welcomed national country recording artists such as Jimmy Wayne ("Paper Angels" and "You Are") and Rachel Proctor ("Me and Emily" and "Days Like This").  Past entertainment has also included the famous Johnny Holm Band, Vic Ferrari, The Rockin' Hollywoods, Lucky Town, The Circuit Breakers, Bad Monkey, and Shag.  Borderfest 2013 schedule TBA.