DST's Featured States

Destination Small Town has made it their mission to provide an ever growing library featuring the small towns and counties we call home! On the map below you can travel to the small towns of the Midwest and learn what's unique about each!

Select a state, then a region and you will find each areas County Pages! These pages contain stories/videos about businesses, citizens, points of interest, festivals/events and each counties faith community. As well as stories/videos about the contribution made by farmers/ranchers and of course the history and contact information about community organizations. On all region and county pages you will also find Town Pages that share their history and a map to their location!

So here you will learn why life in each small town is like no other and that Destination Small Town should be a travelers first thought!

Town of the Month

Luverne Minnesota

The Best of Yesterday and Today

Located in the cornerstone of the state, Rock County, Luverne is a thriving community offering the sights and sounds of Minnesota’s prairie-land life. In 1867, while the first mail route was being mapped by Philo Hawes from Blue Earth, Minnesota, to Yankton, South Dakota, a stable large enough to hold six horses was built on the site where Luverne’s present-day Public Works Department building rests. Hawes named the site, Luverne, after his daughter. On October 2, 1876, the first passenger train arrived in the village of Luverne and, shortly afterwards, brought visitors to see what later became known as Blue Mounds State Park, named after a 100-foot-tall linear cliff of Precambrian Sioux Quartzite bedrock which, although pink in color, is said to have appeared bluish in the distance to early settlers. Today, Luverne offers visitors a chance to reconnect to the times of the early settlers and the history of the great bison—the animal that once roamed freely upon Minnesota’s prairies—at Prairie Heights Bison Ranch. Whether you enjoy the cultural experience of live theatre at the historic Palace Theatre or meandering through specialty stores, Luverne has sites of interest for everyone!

From the driver's seat

The interesting, the peculiar, the funky! We've seen it all on the road from the driver's seat. Here is where we share it all.

Loon Lake Cemetery tombstones displayed at Jackson County Historical Society in Lakefield MN

We stopped by to do a pre-story interview for our TV show & websit with Executive Director Mike Kirchmeier from Jackson County Historical Society. He shares why the tombstones from the Loon Lake Cemetery are at their museum.

Lakefield Mn Jackson County Historical Society Snapshot

Our Television Show

Our Television Show

 As a way to further promote the small towns of the Midwest, Our Story Productions (OSP) began airing the television show Destination Small Town in fall 2007.

To draw attention to the show, the decisions to have it take place in the fictional county of Sweet Swine, filmed by the fictional television station KLUK TV. While viewers are entertained by the zany antics of the KLUK TV shows, reporters and Sweet Swine County citizens report on real stories about their neighboring communities!

Today with over 60 volunteers and a staff of four OSP continues to produce the TV show “Destination Small Town”. Having aired in over 1,000,000 households on cable & public access TV each episode promotes the nearly 3,000 businesses and points of interest located in 900 small towns, of 9 Midwest states

For history and information about the staff and volunteers who make this TV show & website possible CLICK HERE 

To learn more about the fictional county that the show takes place in CLICK HERE

Haven’t had the time to watch the KLUK TV shows on TV? You can binge-watch the soap opera spoof”AS THE CORN GROW" or one of the quirky talk, music or reality shows by just clicking below!

Most Viewed Counties

Destination Small Town is proud to feature the small towns located in over 400 counties of the Midwest. Here you will find the counties most viewed this month!

St  Croix County Courthouse Wis

St. Croix County, WI

St. Croix County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 84,345. Its county seat is Hudson. The county was created in 1840 and organized in 1849. 

Faribault County Mn

Faribault County, MN

Faribault County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,553. Its county seat is Blue Earth. The county was founded in 1855. 

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Marion County, IA

Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,309. The county seat is Knoxville. It is named for Francis Marion, a brigadier general from South Carolina in the American Revolutionary War.

Dickey County ND

Dickey County, ND

Dickey County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,289. Its county seat is Ellendale. 

Most Recent Featured Citizens

The citizens from our towns for generations have exhibited a pride in community and an enterprising spirit! DST is proud to present the founders, business people, volunteers, entrepreneurs and military personnel who served their community and country. With this ever growing photo library, visitors are able to learn about the contributions made by their citizens!


Elvin E. Noel

He and his wife owned and operate three clothing stores for over 45 years

Michael J Dowling

Worked as a school principal in Granite Falls, Minnesota and Renville, Minnesota. He was later involved in the newspaper business, insurance, and real estate in Olivia. He also became active in local Republican politics, serving as village recorder and mayor of Olivia as well as justice of the peace for Renville County, Minnesota.

William Erickson

First World War I soldier killed in action from Renville County, town of Olivia MN

Allen R Arnold

Honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Crawford County, town of Denison IA

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