Plainview is a progressive, small town in southeastern Minnesota located 21 miles from Rochester, with a population of 3,340. Plainview is 14 miles from hunting, fishing and boating on the Mississippi River. The Whitewater and Zumbro River Valleys are less than five miles from city limits. And two state parks are within fifteen minutes of Plainview! The city is also located at the edge of the 2,000,000 sq. miles Richard J. Dorer Hardwood Forest, which covers parts of seven counties. Plainview residents are fifteen minutes away from four recreational areas within the Forest.

“Quality of life” and 21st century amenities rate high in Plainview! The Jon Hassler Theater offers the region a variety of professional productions throughout the year. The Rural America Writers’ Center is a regional hub for aspiring writers and playwrights. Plainview’s eight parks offer residents picnic areas, play equipment, tennis courts, softball diamonds and an archery range. Golfers can enjoy a 9-hole regulation length golf course. From the community pool, library, restaurants and more, everyone can take advantage of the small town feel of the area with the convenience of being within driving distance to larger cities and amenities.

The Plainview area is within 15 miles from hunting, fishing and boating on the Mississippi River for those who strive for the outdoorsy alternatives. Our area also offers multiple parks and valley access points for the Whitewater State Park, Carly State Park, the Richard J. Dorer Hardwood Forest and the Zumbro River Valley, which are all within 15 minutes of the area! Not into the sporty options? Don’t miss the beautiful bluebell flowers that bloom in the spring.