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Middle River (KMHL) – Free land, free beer and free cable TV for anyone who moves to this small town in northwest Minnesota?  Hunters, take note!

Middle River claims itself to be the goose capital of the state, according to a story in the Star Tribune.  The city of 300 people is offering 100-by-300-foot lots complete with “a free building permit, two free years of municipal water and sewer, free electric hookup, three months of free cable TV, a $100 gift certificate to the local tavern,” among other freebies.  The first couple of lots have already been snapped up.

The City of Middle River’s website proclaims, “Don’t just feel at home – make Middle River your home!”  The local bank president Josh Smith, who also leads the sportsman’s club in town, told the paper, “We’re trying to grow the community.”  Middle River is located near the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area which is a breeding ground for geese, ducks, song birds, deer, bear, turkeys, wolves, and raptors among other animals.  The population of Middle River has plummeted more than 50-percent since 1970. Just a few years ago, the Greenbush-Middle River School Board voted to close the Middle River campus.

(Story from Y.105FM-Roy Koenig)