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    (1853- )
    Born in United States
    Population: 25,114 (2019)
    County seat of Mower County, Minnesota
    Located on the Cedar River (tributary of the Iowa River)
    Home of the Hormel Foods Corporation, the Spam Museum, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center and the Hormel Institute
    Its nickname is 'SPAM Town USA.'
    Its economy is dominated by the Hormel Foods Corporation as it heavily relies on the industry of SPAM tinned meat.
    It has been vulnerable to floods and tornadoes.
    It has extremely harsh cold winters.
    The Hormel strike took place due to the management's demand of a 23% cut in wages towards 1,500 workers (1985-86).
    Its Oak Park Mall was shut down in the Great Recession (2010).
    Two artificial lakes, East Side Lake and Mill Pond, are located here.
    The SPAM Museum has free admission.
    The Hormel Institute receives help from Mayo Clinic involving cancer research.
    The Hormel strike is featured on the documentary film 'The American Dream,' which went on to win an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
    Sports figures such as retired Oakland Raiders head coach/NFL commentator John Madden and golfers Tom Lehman and Lee Janzen were born here.
    It was selected onto the list of the 'Top 10 Affordable Small Towns Where You'd Actually Want to Live' by the National Association of Realtors (2015).

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