South East Minnesota Region

South East Minnesota features the most diverse landscape in Minnesota. It contains 23 Counties.

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.


Benton County
Blue Earth County
Brown County
Dodge County
Faribault County
Fillmore County
Freeborn County
Goodhue County
Houston County
Le Sueur County
McLeod County
Meeker County
Mille Lacs County
Mower County
Nicollet County
Olmsted County
Rice County
Stearns County
Steele County
Wabasha County
Waseca County
Winona County

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