Located in the southeastern region of the state, this region is bordered by the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin along the east, and Iowa to the south. Home to 20 of Minnesota's counties, it contains beautiful river bluffs, rich farmland, several Native American Indian Reservations, and the cities of Rochester, Mankato, Faribault, and Northfield.
Support for this region of Minnesota Compass is provided by Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $48 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 27 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood and entrepreneur development.