minnesota mapFor those of you not in the know, Alvarado is a town of around 370 residents in northwestern Minnesota, about 90 miles north of Fargo.

It lies on the Snake River in Marshall County in the Red River Valley.

It is a tight-knit community founded by mainly Scandinavian immigrants. But this town got a Spanish name from a stockholder in the railroad. Unlike the standard pronunciation, we say the town’s name with a long “a” on the third syllable. That’s how we’ll know if you are local or not.

Alvarado no longer has a school or a grocery store or even a cafe, but after more than 100 years, it is still going strong.