City of Madison

Madison is the county seat of Lac qui Parle County. An ambitious, fun-loving community (who else would celebrate “Stinker Days”?) right in the heart of the county, it is close to two of the region’s most renowned birding areas: Salt Lake to the southwest, and Marsh Lake and Lac qui Parle Lake to the north and east respectively.

The city of Madison boasts a rich heritage, and is the birthplace of Minnesota’s Poet Laureate and best-selling author, Robert Bly. The Lac qui Parle County Historical Center features many items from Bly’s youth as well as native artifacts, pioneer memorabilia, wildlife displays, Native American artifacts, the popular Ethel Mehlum Doll Collection and more. Madison is also the home of the county fair and features dirt track auto racing each weekend during the summer.

Madison’s own Lac qui Parle Players provide community theatre entertainment featuring local and national talent. This local community theatre troupe schedules performances in the Prairie Arts Center each season that showcase comedy, tragedy, music and dance.


Lutefisk Capitol of the USA

Madison fish signDon’t forget that Madison is the Lutefisk Capitol of the USA and home of “Lou T. Fisk” – you’ll be greeted by the 25-foot-long cod statue when you arrive in town via south Highway 75. Our Lutefisk Eating Champion Jerry Osteraas can eat eight pounds in one sitting! Come and take him on during the annual Norsefest celebration which is held the 2nd weekend in November. That event includes the Lutefisk Eating Contest which has been featured nationally on the Travel Channel, CBS Sunday Morning and other outlets.

Minnesota’s newest scenic byway, U.S. Highway 75, The Historic King of Trails, runs right through Madison tying this town to a corridor that runs from Winnipeg to the Gulf of Mexico.

Both Madison and nearby Boyd have several structures on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The longest running community festival in the entire United States, the annual Boyd Good Time Days Festival, is held every June.

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Prairie Arts Center
Lac qui Parle County Museum
Robert Bly Study Museum
Lac qui Parle County Fair
Wissota Speedway

Madison, Minnesota

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