In a tiny town in the middle of central Minnesota that most have never heard of, lies a Roadside Attractions goldmine. This is Vining- Population 68. There really isn’t much activity here other than a gas station, a post office, and the sculptures of Ken Nyberg strewn about all over town.
The city park next to the gas station right on HWY 210 features the bulk of the series – an elephant, a pliers crushing a bug, an astronaut (an homage to Nyberg’s daughter Karen), a watermelon, etc. There are more to found around town too. And out at his workshop. And in neighboring towns. And all over the state.
Vining is a must for any Roadside Attraction enthusiast!
While in the area: Glendalough State Park is just northwest of here, offering rest and respite for the working man. And the nearby town of Battle Lake is pretty cool to check out too. Vining is near many different lakes too, so plan your trip accordingly.