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Lorne, Minnesota

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The location of Lorne

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Lorne.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Lorne, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Lorne and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Lorne and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Lorne. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Lorne.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Yellow Medicine County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Yellow Medicine County sighting report from eBird.

Since Lorne is near Chippewa County and also Lyon County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Chippewa County

Sighting report for Lyon County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Lorne.

How Far From Lorne to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Lorne to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Lorne and extending to:

  • Granite Falls [Map], which is the Seat of Yellow Medicine County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 122 miles [196.3 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Lorne to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,032 miles [1,660.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,308 miles [10,151.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,066 miles [11,371.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,981 miles [8,016.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Lorne ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Lorne.

While the name Lorne is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Minnesota

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Lorne   [Map]

Distance: About 1,413 miles [2,274 km] to the East Northeast.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Lorne   [Map]

Distance: About 1,591 miles [2,560.5 km] to the East Northeast.


Our profile page for Lorne   [Map]

Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the East.


Caroline County

Our profile page for Lorne, Caroline County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,054 miles [1,696.2 km] to the East Southeast.


Our profile page for Lorne   [Map]

Distance: About 1,923 miles [3,094.8 km] to the Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Lorne ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cottonwood   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest of Lorne   [Map]

Echo   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Granite Falls   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Hazel Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Sacred Heart   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Spring Creek   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Valley Courts   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Wood Lake   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Lorne. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Paul F. Heard

Producer, director. He was born in Olivia (Minnesota) on Monday October 13, 1913 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday February 27, 1964 at an age of 50. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Olivia [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Lorne

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul F. Heard<7>

Frances Belle O'Connor

Actress, sideshow performer. She was born in Granite Falls (Minnesota) on Tueday September 8, 1914 and died in Long Beach (California) on Saturday January 30, 1982 at an age of 67.

Granite Falls [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Lorne

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Belle O'Connor

Clarence Leonard 'Tuffy' Thompson

Professional football. He was born in Montevideo (Minnesota) on Monday September 28, 1914 and died in Jacksonville (Florida) on Saturday February 5, 2000 at an age of 85.

Montevideo [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Lorne

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clarence Leonard 'Tuffy' Thompson

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Yellow Medicine County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Lorne. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lorne) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lorne. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.7461, Longitude: -95.5745     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lorne have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Lorne to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 319.939 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.004 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.966 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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