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Minnesota Twine Ball

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Kate Illinois1 wrote a review Jul 2019
Chicago, Illinois3,108 contributions734 helpful votes
Francis Johnson started rolling scrap twine from his family farm and nearby neighbors. Each piece is connected by a square knot. Roadside attraction while passing through the area. There is a small museum and gift shop behind the ball of twine. Be sure to sign the guest book in the mailbox. Ample street parking.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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wolverine331 wrote a review May 2019
147 contributions108 helpful votes
Plenty of parking along the street. The Twine Ball is always on display in a glass enclosure out in front of the gift shop. You can see the ball pretty well although there is a good reflection off the glass enclosure which can hinder getting a good photo. My wife took photos from underneath tree nearby and that makes for a better photo (it hides some of the sun glare). You cannot go inside the enclosure so you aren't able to get directly near the ball. The place isn't very busy so there is plenty of opportunity to spend time alone with the ball. If you're a fan of the Weird Al song or enjoy odd roadside attractions then it's must visit. While we were there the gift shop was closed with a sign to call and see if the person was able to come help. It was Mother's Day so we didn't want to disturb and therefore didn't go in.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Tracy B wrote a review Oct 2018
Apple Valley, Minnesota187 contributions55 helpful votes
Believe it or not, this has been on my 'to do' list for many years, and my friend and I finally made it to Darwin, MN to take a look. The extremely large ball of twine is in a plexiglass hut, with some informative panels about its creation and the dedication of Meeker County native, Francis A. Johnson, to his ball of twine. Visiting the ball o' twine is free, but sadly, we were out of season for the little museum and gift shop. While just going to the ball of twine may seem like a long trip for not much, we made it part of our road trip to see other roadside attractions west of the Twin Cities, and made it a lot of fun.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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justweems wrote a review Oct 2018
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota539 contributions178 helpful votes
We stopped here on the way to my sister's wedding in Grove City, MN. It was definitely an added bonus to the weekend. The small museum and gift shop was also open. No one quite knows why Francis Johnson, son of a US senator from MN, ever thought he should start winding the twine in 1950... or more importantly... why he thought he should continue to wind. But apparently, he wound this ball of twine for 4 hours a day for 29 years when the ball finally weighed almost 9 tons and measured 12 feet wide. Mr. Johnson was never married (not sure if that was related to the twine fettish or not). He eventually died of emphysema, possibly due to inhaling twine dust. So many questions... answers we may never have. The twine ball was made even more famous by the Al Yankovic song... definitely listen to it!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Milroy204 wrote a review Aug 2018
Winnipeg, Canada201 contributions9 helpful votes
Great place for a break to stretch your legs during a road trip! It might not be a very flashy or glamourous attraction, but it is quite impressive and definitely worth seeing.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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