Leaf River, Minnesota

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Leaf River, or Leafriver, is a ghost town in section 22 of Leaf River Township, Wadena County, Minnesota, United States.Today the town has a population around 50. There is a restaurant, a golf course, and a residential community.


The village of Leaf River had a post office from 1880 until 1882, and again from 1902 until 1908.[1] It was served by a station of the Great Northern Railway.[2]


The village received its name from the Leaf River, which was in turn named for the Leaf Mountains, which were called by the Ojibwa Gaaskibag-wajiwan.[2] This name was translated by Gilfillan as "Rustling Leaf Mountains."


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