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Janesville is in Waseca County, in lower Minnesota. The chief route through the city is US Highway 14, which runs east-west, just south of Janesville. County Road 3 runs north-south through the town. Nearby communities include Alma City, Eagle Lake, Elysian, Greenland, Madison Lake, Morristown, Pemberton, St. Clair, Warsaw, Waseca, and Waterville. Mankato is from fifteen to twenty miles west, and Faribault is just under thirty miles northeast of Janesville. The village of Janesville was originally known as Empire, but an addition was platted in 1856, who named it Jane, for Jane Sprague, an early settler, which was later enlarged to Janesville, and eventually accepted as the name of the entire village. Janesville Township was organized in 1856, and named for the village. In 1869, the Winona and St. Peter Railroad extended a track east of Janesville, and it wasn’t long before nearly all of the buildings from the original townsite were moved to be in proximity of the railroad, and this new village site became known as East Janesville. In 1870, the new village was incorporated as Janesville, while the original townsite became known as Old Janesville. The city has increased in population each census year since 1960.



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