Author's Note: The opinions expressed by A Lot Travel Do Not Reflect the views of our station.

It's hard to deny the beauty of the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes. It's often described as one of the most appealing places to live in the entire U.S.

From the sprawling prairie in the western part of the state to the bluffs of the Mississippi River, and the North Shore of Lake Superior; Minnesota has a little bit of everything.

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What makes this Minnesota town so unsightly? The answer is rather odd.
Glencoe, MN (Google Maps)

What makes this Minnesota town so unsightly? The answer is rather odd.

But, of course, there are always nits to pick, and the national publication, A Lot Travel picked one small town (which many have never even heard of) as the "ugliest" in the state.


What factors come into play to make a town "ugly"? Here's what A Lot Travel has to say:

Whether it's from lack of maintenance or just poor design choices, these fifty spots are more than an eyesore. They may be great places to live, but these cities won't be winning beauty contests anytime soon! A Lot Travel

Now that you know what the criteria are, here's what town was chosen for Minnesota:

<p><a href=",_Minnesota" target="_blank">Glencoe, Minnesota</a></p>
Small Minnesota Town Named 'Ugliest' in the Entire State
Google Maps

That's right, tiny little Glencoe, Minnesota was chosen as the "ugliest" town in Minnesota. But why? Here's their reason:

As for this tiny Minnesota town -- on top of looking generally ugly-- Glencoe suffers from the worst kind of small-town syndrome -- exclusivity. Sitting at barely 5,600 people, you’d think these residents wouldn’t act so high and mighty! - A Lot Travel

One former resident on the site Niche had this to say about Glencoe:

"Moved away about a year ago. Best decision ever. You either need to be born here or know someone born here to be accepted. The residents are very self absorbed and the schools are horrible. The kids treat new people terribly and the schools do nothing about it."

Oh my.


Small Minnesota Town Named 'Ugliest' in the Entire State
They have paved roads and Casey's Breakfast Pizza, how bad can it be? (Google Maps)

But, all that seems like pretty big generalizations to me. Having been to Glencoe on a few occasions, I've always enjoyed the small-town feeling you get there, combined with its close proximity to the Twin Cities metro.

Story Source: A Lot Travel

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Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

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