HotDish Hell, MN: T.G.I.F…..what’s the point?


January 11, 2013 by meximo70

tumbleweedcoverHotDish Hell seems to keep their town quiet, because there’s a history of great entertainment here, that has long since went the way of the buffalo or coyote…or…however that saying goes…

As early as the 1900’s, HotDish Hell boasted Interlocking Park. This attraction brought visitors from everywhere. There was a large inn and restaurant, a japanese garden, a zoo, a ferris wheel, water attractions, cabins, boat rides, tumbleweedinterlockingpkand a dance hall. Even the local chapter of the KKK used the park for some of their rallys. Although the park reached it’s peak in the 1920’s, the city of HotDish Hell had the chance to buy it but they voted it down. The park eventually fell to disrepair where the only thing left of the park was the dance hall which burned to the ground in 1972. It is now the site of the Interlocking Yak Club.

tumbleweeddriveinIn the 50’s and 60’s there was a Drive-In movie theatre and a teen hang-out was built and chaperoned by the HotDish Hell P.D. But the land was sold and a K-Mart was put up and interest was lost in the teen hang out and was also closed and torn down.

Businesses were lost to the downtown area moved into the new Mall that was built on the old Marvin County Fairgrounds. The Mall had restaurants and a movie theatre. The movie theatre was eventually moved to an adjacent lot to K-mart. Now, both K-mart and the movie theatre are closed down, and the lot is used for teaching people to drive motorcycles.

The new Fairgrounds used to bring in open-air concerts by big name bands. But the city decided they didn’t like that element in their town, so they put the kybosh on the summer concerts.


So on a Friday night there isn’t a lot for kids to do, or for couples here in HotDish Hell. You can either go bowling down at the tumbleweedbowlingBoremore Lanes, hit up an event at the HotDish Hell Opry Huis if there is one, or go drinking at one of our many bars. Otherwise, you’ll have to make your way to Sureburn,MN; to the areas closest movie theatre where they show one movie, and it’s usually family friendly, or head to Pankato.


5 thoughts on “HotDish Hell, MN: T.G.I.F…..what’s the point?

  1. Jack Flacco says:

    HotDish, Hell sounds like one of those ghost towns that many years ago thrived on the simple things in life, but because industry moved away, the townsfolk have moved away too. I’m also picturing it as one of those towns where the aliens would land and everyone would be at the drive-in on a Saturday night. The aliens would then consider the cows as the population, abduct them and the town would remains safe. Oh, and I’m also getting the Eight-Legged Freaks vibe from your writing as well! It’s a movie from the early 2000’s where the town’s population gets attacked by giant spiders.

    Gosh, I better stop watching so many movies, I think I’m dreaming aliens and zombies in my sleep! 🙂

    • meximo70 says:

      i think if you’re going to look at this town in a movie monster type of way…picture late 80’s “The Blob” with some of Dean Koontz’s “Phantoms” mixed in.
      The sad part is, this town has so much potential and would make a perfect minnesota resort town. But the city council always says “we don’t want that ‘type of element’ in our city”. i’m like what kind? the money spending, revenue generating kind? do you want your own townspeople leaving town to spend entertainment dollars? le sigh

      • Jack Flacco says:

        I agree with you. New business needs to move into a town to keep it alive. This means hair salons, banks, restaurants, real estate brokers, car dealers, etc. Without growth, a town may as well cash it in. Like you said, the townsfolk will go somewhere else to spend their cash.

  2. Lill Robinson says:

    Oh, Helen, you crack me up!

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