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Region: Northwest
Bemidji Woolen Mills
301 Irving Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Contact: Bill Batchelder
Phone: (218) 751-5166
Fax: (218) 751-4659
E-mail: bill@bemidjiwoolenmills.com
Website: www.bemidjiwoolenmills.com
Tour Focus: Historic family-owned business, wool processing equipment dating back to 1913, carding of wool, knitting of sweaters, sewing of garments. Historic woolen mills are one of the last of its kind still operating in the United States.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: free
Availability: year-round, call for appointment
Tour Guide: owner or staff


Region: Southern
Faribault Woolen Mills
1819 NW 2nd Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021
Contact: Abi Malecha
Phone: (800) 448-9665
Fax: (507) 334-9431
E-mail: store@faribowool.com
Website: www.faribowool.com
Tour Focus: Observe the complete process of transforming raw-wool into the finished product. There is a retail outlet store across the street from the manufacturing facility.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: free
Availability: Mon-Fri, 10am or 2pm, groups larger than 10 should call for an appointment

Grand Rapids

Region: Northeast
Blandin Paper Mill
211 West 3rd Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Brenda
Phone: (218) 327-6211
E-mail: jim.kent@upm-kymmene.com
Tour Focus: Follow the process of making paper from the tree to the finished product; the tour is about 45 minutes of walking, stairs, high temperatures, and high humidity; no open-toed shoes, no cameras, no one under the age of 12, safety glasses must be worn (issued by mill).
Group Size: no minimum, 10 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: Tours begin the first week in June and run through the last week of August; days are Wed-Fri; tours begin at 10am and every hour on the hour there-after, with the last tour leaving at 3pm.
Tour Guide: guided


Region: Southern
USPS Area Mail Processing Center
851 Summit Avenue
Mankato, MN 56001
Contact: Mark Chrisensen
Phone: (507) 625-2320
Fax: (507) 625-1053
Tour Focus: Tour the facility where we handle and process mail for over 120 post offices in south central MN. Learn about various components of our facilities, including the mail sorting process, machines, and equipment.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: Free
Availability: year round by appointment
Tour Guide: Manager or supervisor

Redwood Falls

Region: Southern
Schult Homes Corporation
201 Industrial Drive
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Contact: Dennis Moore
Phone: (507) 644-3555
Fax: (507) 644-5167
Tour Focus: On this tour, learn about the construction of manufactured housing.
Group Size: no minimum, 12 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

St. Cloud

Region: Central
Jennings Decoy Company
601 Franklin Avenue
St. Cloud, MN 56304
Contact: James Russell
Phone: (320) 253-2253
Fax: (320) 253-9537
E-mail: gunningwings@yahoo.com
Website: www.jenningsdecoycompany.com
Tour Focus: Learn about and observe the manufacturing process of handmade, hand-carved decoys and the manufacturing process behind making wildlife giftware.
Group Size: 5 minimum, 45 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: call to find out hours
Tour Guide: Donna or James Russell

St. Peter

Region: Southern
St. Peter Woolen Mill
101 West Broadway
St. Peter, MN 56082
Contact: Pat Johnson
Phone: (507) 934-3734
Fax: (507) 934-9040
E-mail: spwoolen@hickorytech.net
Website: www.woolenmill.com
Tour Focus: Enjoy this walking tour through our mill operations. At the end of the tour, come visit our gift shop!
Group Size: 5 minimum, 35 maximum
Cost: Free
Availability: year-round, by appointment (closed week of July 4th)
Tour Guide: Owner or manager

Thief River Falls

Region: Northwest
Digi-Key Corporation
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Phone: (800) DIGI-KEY
Website: www.digikey.com
Tour Focus: Digi-Key is one of the fastest-growing electronic components distributors in the United States. Tours are approximately one hour in length.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum.
Cost: free
Tour Availability: Weekdays by reservation between 9am-3pm.