Things to see and do in the City of Fertile

Nature

To foster a greater understanding of the interrelationships between human beings and their environment.

It is Ranked #1 in the City of Fertile!

The Agassiz Environmental Learning Center is located in the heart of the Sand Hills of Fertile, MN, the Nature Center combines the best of nature study, conservation education, outdoor recreation, and environmental education. The AELC site covers 640 acres and includes over 10 miles of hiking/cross country ski trails, a campground, a deck overlooking the Sand Hill River and a nature center which provides restroom facilities and a meeting room for classes and community events. Check them out!

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Golf

Come and Enjoy Our Beautiful Golf Course on the Sandhill River

It is Ranked #2 in the city of Fertile!

The Sandhill River Golf Course is a unique par 36 course set on the banks of the Sandhill River near Fertile, MN. The 9-hole public course has become popular for it's scenic views and beautiful landscaping. Sandhill River Golf Course is known for it's signature Hole #4. Golfers tee off 50 feet above the fairway and have to place their shot between the river and the woods. The course is unique in that golfers have a good chance of golfing an entire round without interference from golfers on other holes. A tarred cart path weaves around the whole course allowing golfers to golf in almost any weather condition. Schedule your tee time today!

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River Recreation

The Sand Hill River runs straight through the City of Fertile on a scenic tour through the heart of the Sand Hills.

It is Ranked #3 in the City of Fertile!

Kayaking is growing increasingly popular on the upper reaches of the Sand Hill River. Many paddlers start on Polk County # 1 just east of Fertile and end at the Nature Center for a nice 3.25 mile paddle trip. Of course, adventurous paddlers continue their stretch ending at the West Mill Site.

Don't have a kayak? You can contact the City office at 218-945-3136 during business hours (8 AM - 5PM M-F) for rental information.

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Flower Gardens

The gardens are always open during daylight hours in the summer. They are the most beautiful from late July through early September, and during that time we will have printed garden guides available then that allow you to take a self-guided tour.

It is Ranked #4 in the City of Fertile!

Bergeson Nursery is well known for its hearty flower gardens and beautiful scenery to the local folk and many people come as far from 150 miles every year to tour the gardens, attend a seminar, enjoy live music, and take in the refreshments.

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Strem Field

Driving north on Highway 32, the second left upon entering Fertile will bring you to a paved road along the north side of Sandhill River Golf Course. It runs from the end of June to the end of August each Tuesday at around 6 p.m.

It is Ranked #5 in the City of Fertile!

At Strem Field, there's a scoreboard, but no loser. There are teams, but no opponents. There's a crowd, but no jeers.

There's baseball, but there's so much more.

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Wild West Hoe Down

Sponsored by St. Joseph's Catholic Church, this community wide event is a fall festival that the community looks forward to every year!

It is Ranked #6 in the City of Fertile!

Dig out your spurs and wear your cowboys hats for a trip back in time to the wild, wild west! St. Joseph's has paid close attention to detail to bring you an experience that your family will talk about and look forward to year after year. With hay rides, great food provided by the local flavor of Erickson's Smokehouse, live and silent auctions and a barn dance to boot, you'll kick back your heals and enjoy this kick off to fall! The Hoe Down is held the weeekend after Labor day each fall at the Industrial Building located in the Polk County Fair grounds.

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Veteran's Memorial

Constructed to honor those from the Fertile area who gave their lives in service to their country, as well as to honor all who fought.

It is Ranked # 7 in the City of Fertile

In January of 2005, an informal group gathered at the Fertile American Legion Club to discuss the building of a Veterans Memorial. Discussions of a memorial had happened as early as 1918.

 

In 1946, a committee was formed but couldn't agree whether to put up a park, a pool, or a monument. Amongst those who volunteered for the project in 2006 were Troy Erickson, Keith Bolstad, Paul Reese, Donovan Wright, Wayne Thorson, Paul Gredvig, Norma Erickson, Robert Norland, Marilyn Ness, Ginny Strem, Eric Bergeson, Carole Larson and Chuck Vind.

 

Troy Erickson, an engineer with Industrial Builders of Fargo, designed a beautiful plaza. It was placed on land donated by Al and Laura Pierson and Dan and Rochelle Bauer.

 

To raise money, donors were encouraged to sponsor various aspects of the memorial. Gifts of all sizes poured in. Over 300 separate people donated. In kind donations of labor and machinery helped speed the construction.

 

Today, the Fertile Area Veterans Memorial Plaza stands as a tribute to area veterans. It is regarded as one of the most innovative and beautiful such monuments in Minnesota. Improvements and additions continue.

 
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