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Spring Grove, Minnesota: Troll, Viking, and Bear

Proud of its Norwegian heritage, Spring Grove has a cluster of unusual statues including a troll, two different Vikings, and a pair of Norwegian-American comic strip characters.

123 Maple Drive, Spring Grove, MN
Downtown. On the north side of Maple Drive just north of its intersection with Hwy 44/Main St. In front of an old creamery building, across the street from the town park, which has other interesting statues.
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Vaaler sculpture.

Troll, Viking, and Bear

Concrete statues of a bear, a troll, and a Viking stand outside of the old Creamery building in the heavily-Norwegian town of Spring Grove. Across the street are a few less-interesting bronze statues in the city park.

[BS Meyer, 01/29/2014]

The troll and Viking, who stands 12 feet tall, were sculpted by local businessman Owen Vaaler. And don't dismiss the bronze statues across the street: they include another heroic Viking and two obscure Norwegian-American comic strip characters named Ola and Per.

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Boy and the Boot, West Union, IA - 43 mi.

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