Climax, Minnesota, In Polk County on the North Dakota Border (not far from Cummings), was founded on August 18th, 1897 at a time when opportunity, poverty and the hope of having something of one’s own would drive adventurous people to such places. Popular legend says the town was named for a brand of chewing tobacco, Climax Cut Plug, “The Grand Old Chew,” a favorite of baseball players at the time. But local historians rush to say that the brand simply led the founders to the power of the word itself, a word inspiring and uplifting.
It’s a pleasant enough place, with a population of roughly 243, and home of the Sand Hill Settlement Historical Society. The community golf course, Bentwood, has fast greens and $12 greens fees on weekdays. So if you ever find yourself on the way to Grand Forks from the Twin Cities, be sure to visit.
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