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St. Ansgar has been named the "Garden Spot of Iowa" and rightfully so. Its thriving farmland, stately trees and colorful local gardens lend dignity and charm to this friendly, small town. This proud tradition has been a part of St. Ansgar's history since it was founded in 1853 by a group of Norwegian immigrant farmers, led by the Rev. Claus L. Clausen a Danish minister. This town is named after a French monk and bishop, who in the 9th century was a missionary to the Scandinavian countries and was made the patron saint of Denmark.

St. Ansgar is also known as the Home of the Albino Deer.

The population has remained near the 1,100 mark for the past thirty years. The 2000 population for Mitchell County is 10,874.

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View the full history and fact sheet of St. Ansgar.

The St. Ansgar Heritage Museum re-opened for the season and is located in downtown St. Ansgar.


Hours are: Thursday and Friday from 10-3. If you have any questions call 641-736-4575. Free of charge for admission.


St. Ansgar known as "THE GARDEN SPOT OF IOWA" welcomes visitors and newcomers with open arms and warm smiles. Come visit and see why so many people proudly call this area home.

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