Derived from an old Indian word, Okabena means "Nesting place of heron." Okabena was once known for wildlife. Along with the wildlife, many other interesting events have taken place within its small borders. Motorized Surfboards were once produced and sold in this community, hundreds of miles from the sea. Now, the town that people thought would leave the map, has hung on, and is making a come back. With the remodeling and addition to its school, Southwest Star Concept, the town is picking up again. Although its numbers are small, Okabena has a thriving sense of community.
Welcome to the history of Okabena, Minnesota. Okabena has an amazing history filled with trials and triumphs. Naturally history that has spanned 125 years gets lengthy. I have broken it down into sections and timelines. Perhaps as you read some of the history, you will recognize the names of descendents, friends, or even Okabena citizens of today!!!