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The narrow-gauge Durango & Silverton train steams through history above the Animas River. (Photo by Scott DW Smith.)

The 20 Best Small Towns in America of 2012

From the Berkshires to the Cascades, we've crunched the numbers and pulled a list some of the most interesting spots around the country

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15. Menomonie, WI

Menomonie, WI
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For more than 120 summers, families from all over the Chippewa Valley have packed up picnic dinners and headed down to Menomonie to see whatever was going on at the Wilson Park band shell: sometimes a concert by the Ludington Guard Band, one of Wisconsin’s oldest performing city bands, or sometimes a Shakespearean play performed by the Menomonie Theater Guild. If you’re in town during the colder months, you can still catch a show at the historic Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, built as a community center and Unitarian church in 1889 and now serving as a visual and performing arts hub. The presence of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a widely respected polytechnical institute, draws some of the most sophisticated technological, commercial and industrial minds to the former lumber town. -- AS

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