City of Browns Valley, MN

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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the City of Browns Valley is to welcome new residents and businesses, provide the resource, opportunity, and environment necessary for growth, manage the City in a responsible manner and maintain a friendly, small town atmosphere.

VISION STATEMENT

Browns Valley’s vision is to continually strive toward making improvements in our City whether it’s improving public service, upgrading public infrastructure, promoting new and existing business, and marketing our strengths to help our community grow in the future.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the City of Browns Valley is to welcome new residents and businesses, provide the resource, opportunity, and environment necessary for growth, manage the City in a responsible manner and maintain a friendly, small town atmosphere.

VISION STATEMENT

Browns Valley’s vision is to continually strive toward making improvements in our City whether it’s improving public service, upgrading public infrastructure, promoting new and existing business, and marketing our strengths to help our community grow in the future.

Our History

The Village of Browns Valley was established in 1866 by Major Joseph R. Brown, and incorporated on February 23, 1881. It was first called Lake Traverse Post Office, but changed to Browns Valley in honor of Major Brown. It became well known for its fur trapping and hunting.

The advantages of being between two lakes invited settlers to come and establish their businesses of farming, commercial fishing and mercantile.

Browns Valley lies on the Continental Divide. The marker is on Highway 28 west of town. Lake Traverse on the north side of the road flow north into the Red River and further on to the Hudson Bay in Canada. Waters on the south side of the road by way of the Little Minnesota River, wind through Browns Valley into Big Stone Lake. They continue on to the Minnesota and Mississippi River until they reach the Gulf of Mexico.