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Welcome to Jasper sign. (Justine Wettschreck/Daily Globe)

Torn between two counties: Jasper deals with the everyday challenges of being in two counties

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JASPER -- When homesteaders founded the city of Jasper, they were thinking about the proximity to the quarries laden with the Sioux quartzite from which the town got its name.

In 1888, the year Jasper was officially founded, some settlers had lived in the area for over a decade. The township of Rose Dell had been declared created in 1877 by the Rock County Board, but somehow Jasper ended up straddling the county line of Rock and Pipestone counties.

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