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The central Minnesota city of Pierz is adjacent to Genola, which borders the city on the south, in Morrison County. The main routes through the city are Minnesota Highways 25 and 27. Other nearby localities include Buckman, Freedhem, Hardin, Hillman, Lastrup, Little Rock, Platte, and Vawter. Belle Prairie is about fifteen miles west-northwest, St. Cloud is thirty-five miles south, Sylvan forty miles northwest, and the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is about thirty miles east of Pierz. The city’s history began in 1869 when Pierz Township was organized and named for Father Francis Xavier Pierz, a Slovenian-born missionary to the Indians who had established St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. The townsite was incorporated as Rich Prairie in 1892, but its citizens voted to change the name of the city to Pierz a couple of years later. Most of the city and township’s early residents were German Catholics, and the city still has a strong German heritage, celebrating Oktoberfest during the last weekend of August each year. The soil in the Pierz area was fertile, so agriculture quickly became the focus of the area’s economy, as it also supported businesses that catered to the needs of farmers, such as farm implement dealerships, feed stores, blacksmiths, creameries, and other stores. Topics related to either the township of city are appropriate for this category.

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