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Le Sueur, Minnesota is situated along the Minnesota River and US Highway 169, between Mankato and the Twin Cities, primarily in Le Sueur County, with a portion of the city extending into Sibley County. US Highway 169 and Minnesota Highways 93 and 112 are the main routes through the city. Henderson is north of Le Sueur, while Ottawa is to the south. Other nearby communities include Arlington, Blakeley, Cordova, Gaylord, Heidelberg, Jessenland, Le Center, Montgomery, New Sweden, Norseland, Lexington, New Rome, St. Benedict, St. Henry, St. Thomas, and Traverse. Prior to assuming its current name, Le Sueur was known as Prairie La Flecke by the French and, before that, it was known as Wahinoge by the Native Americans. After the area was opened to white settlement, the first person to stake a claim was George W. Thompson, who came in 1852. When the land that he first claimed was taken from him on an appeal to the governor from a man named Henry McLean, he moved one mile upriver, where he was joined by a group led by J.M. Farmer in founding the village of Le Sueur. Meanwhile, McLean founded another village named Le Sueur City, and litigation over the matter delayed the incorporation of either community until the legislature acted to unite both communities into one borough town, named Le Sueur, in 1867. An early resident, who practiced medicine in Le Sueur, was William Worrall Mayo, who later founded the Mayo Clinic. His home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Green Giant Company was founded in Le Sueur in 1903, although it was first known as the Minnesota Valley Canning Company. Green Giant was headquartered in Le Sueur until Pillsbury acquired the company in 1979, moving its facilities to Minneapolis, retaining only a research center in Le Sueur.


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