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Ashby, Minnesota is a small town on the eastern fringe of the Red River Valley in Grant County, and surrounded by several lakes. The first settlers in the area came in 1867, 1868 and 1869, by ox and horse-driven wagon. When the railroad established a station there, the town was platted in 1879. Initially known as Grant, its name was changed to Brighton a few months later, and then it was renamed Ashby, for Gunder Ash, an early settler. A post office was established in Ashby in 1880, and is still in operation. The town’s population has remained under five hundred, but fairly consistent since 1910. The main road through the town is Minnesota Highway 78 and County Highway 82, while Interstate Highway 94 is nearby, west and southwest of the town. Other communities in the general area include Dalton, Elbow Lake, Erdahl, Evansville, Melby, Millerville, Squier, Wendell, and Western. Fargo, North Dakota is about seventy-five miles northwest of Ashby.



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