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Browerville is in Todd County, near the center of Minnesota. Originally settled by John Bassett in 1865 on a location along the Long Prairie River, about three miles north of the current townsite, and known as Hartford, the town’s businesses moved from the original site to be nearer the Great Northern Railroad in 1869, and future construction was concentrated at the new site. The new town site was platted on land owned by Jacob V. Brower in 1882, and incorporated as a village in 1884, at which time it was renamed Browerville. Early residents of the town were primarily of German and Polish descent. The first Catholic church in Browerville served both Polish and German members but dissension spread through the congregation in the late 1800s, resulting in a split in the congregation that created a Polish parish and German parish, which remained separate until 1978. Zion Lutheran Church began in 1898, and remains active in Browerville. Browerville is southeast of Clarissa, its nearest neighbor. Other nearby communities are Belle River, Clotho, Cushing, Eagle Bend, Gutches Grove, Lincoln, Long Prairie, Rose City, and Spruce Center. Saint Joseph, Minnesota is sixty miles southeast, and Fergus Falls is seventy-five miles west of Browerville.

 

 

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