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

Olivia MN

The Corn Capital of the World

Located 90 miles west of the Twin Cities, the community of Olivia is the county seat and a service center for Renville County and the surrounding area. It is in one of the most productive agricultural areas in the United States, and is known as the “Corn Capital of the World,” having the highest concentration of seed research and processing companies of any place on the globe. Its reputation has brought visitors from 53 foreign nations and all 50 states to Renville County within the last four years to study agriculture. To learn more about Olivia CLICK HERE

From the road

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

Honoring the cultures of the Lakota and Dakota Chamberlain SD

The Dignity sculpture is a stunning combination of art and history. Located on a bluff near Chamberlain SD (population 2,300) the stainless steel, 50-foot-tall statue was specifically designed by sculptor Dale Lamphere to honor the cultures of the Lakota and Dakota people.

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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!

Some of our viewers favorite stories

Here you will find a selection of some of this months most viewed video stories produced by DST. To add a bit of fun each story is introduced by a character (played by one of our volunteers) who appears on our television show!


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!

Renville County Mn

Renville County, MN

Renville County is located in Southern Minnesota. The County of Renville is named in honor of Joseph Renville who formed the county in 1855. Renville County has a total area of 979 square miles and a population of 14,982 according to the 2015 U.S. Census. Five commissioners represent the five districts, 27 townships, and 10 cities within the county. Renville County's mission is to keep and enhance the quality of life for our family of citizens through services, stewardship of resources, and shared responsibility. 

Mitchell County Ks

Mitchell County, KS

Mitchell County Courthouse is located at 111 South Hersey in Beloit Kansas. Located within the native limestone building are many of the county's departments and offices.

Mitchell County was given official status by the State of Kansas in 1871. Work on the current courthouse was started in 1900 and in November of 1901 the building was dedicated.

Jerauld County Sd

Jerauld County, SD

In 1873, the area occupied by the present Jerauld County was organized into Wetmore County. In 1881, Wetmore and its neighbor county to the south, Cragin County, were combined to form Aurora County. In 1883, the area of the former Wetmore County was reincorporated as present-day Jerauld County. It was named for H. J. Jerauld, a legislator.

Traill County ND

Traill County, ND

Traill County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census listed the population at 8,121. Its county seat is Hillsboro, and its largest city is Mayville. The county was formed in 1875. 

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!

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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.
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Susanna M. Salter

Mayor of the town of Argonia, she was one of the first women elected to any political office in the United States.
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William Erickson

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

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

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