A small town in southern Minnesota, Madelia is working to defy the odds and regain their strength and independence after a devastating fire wiped out much of main street. Their new town mascot, a phoenix, properly represents the rural mentality of group effort, hard work, and never giving up.

The dishes shared below represent two small gatherings of friends and neighbors sharing their thoughts on life in rural Minnesota and what it means to be Minnesotan.

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