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Paynesville, Minnesota is situated on the North Fork of the Crow River, and just north of Lake Koronis, in southern Stearns County. Nearby Rice Lake is a popular fishing destination. Minnesota Highways 4, 23 and 55 are the chief routes through the city. Nearby communities include Eden Valley, Hawick, Lake Henry, Roscoe and Regal. Willar is about thirty miles southwest, Sauk Centre about thirty miles north-northwest, and St. Cloud thirty-five miles northeast of Paynesville. Originally part of Verdale, Paynesville Township was organized in 1867, and named for Edwin E. Payne, thought to have been the first settler, having come to the area in 1857, and platting the village site that same year. A post office was established later that year, with Edwin Payne as postmaster. The city of Paynesville was incorporated as a village in 1887, and annexed to New Paynesville in 1904, after which the "New" was dropped from the name. New Paynesville had been created when the Minneapolis and Pacific Railroad bypassed the original townsite. Both the M&P Railroad and the Great Northern had stations in Paynesville. Paynesville Township, which operates as a separate governmental entity, was known as New Paynesville Township when it was organized in 1890. Topics relating to either the City of Paynesville or Paynesville Township are appropriate for this category.

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