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Located at the junction of Minnesota Highways 23 and 65, the city of Mora is the county seat of Kanabec County, Minnesota. Mora is seventy-two miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, fifty-two miles northeast of St. Cloud, and ninety-one miles southwest of Duluth. Smaller nearby communities include Andree, Beroun, Bock, Braham, Brook Park, Brunswick, Coin, Grass Lake, Grasston, Greely, Henriette, Lewis, Lake, Mission Creek, Pine City, Rock Creek, and Quamba. The village of Mora was platted in May of 1882. At that time, the railroad had not yet reached the community, but it had been surveyed and was under construction. In late October of that year, a construction train was the first to reach the location of Mora. This was the short-lived Hinckley branch of the Minneapolis and St. Cloud line. A railroad station opened in Mora in December of that year, and a post office was established the following year, with Myron Kent as the first postmaster. Mora was named for Mora, Dalarna, Sweden, the home town of an early settler. Myron Kent platted the town of Mora, was its first postmaster, served as county attorney, operated a store, and carried on logging operations. Kent was later convicted of the murder of his wife in North Dakota, and was sentenced to life in prison. Although the city’s population remains below four thousand, its population has not decreased since a census was first taken in 1900. Mora is home to a large Dala horse, which is a carved, painted wooden horse statue originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna, and a Mora clock, commemorating the city’s Swedish heritage.


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