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Situated at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Blue Earth River, the city of Blue Earth, Minnesota is the seat of government for Faribault County, not Blue Earth County, which is to the north. When Interstate Highway 90 was built in 1978, the east and west construction crews met in Blue Earth, and a golden stripe of concrete on the Interstate marks the event. I-90 intersects US Highway 169 in the northern part of the city. Nearby communities include Brush Creek, Delavan, East Chain, Easton, Elmore, Fairmont, Frost, Granada, Guckeen, Huntley, Imogene, Northrop, Pilot Grove, and Winnebago. Mankato is about forty miles north, and Owatonna is seventy miles northeast. Blue Earth was platted in 1856, taking its name from the Blue Earth River, the branches of which surround the city, which was itself named for the blue-black clay found along the river banks. A large statue of the Jolly Green Giant attracts thousands of visitors to Blue Earth each year.



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