The western part of the section, especially along I-90 is some of the flattest land in Minnesota.
However, along the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, as well as Fillmore and Houston County; the landscape features heavy bluffs and valleys.
Rochester, which is the largest city at 111,402 (2013), is a major hub for medical development with the Mayo Clinic.
The area also contains several smaller rivers, although the area has numerous cities, as railroads criss-crossed the area.
Major cities include Rochester, Mankato, Winona, New Ulm, Faribault, Owatonna and Austin.
Blue Earth County
Le Sueur County
Mille Lacs County