a small town in Jackson County
Okabena is a town in Jackson County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 188 at the 2010 census. The community’s name is a Dakota term meaning “the nesting place of herons.”
Okabena was founded in 1879 after the railroad had been extended to that point. A post office has been in operation at Okabena since 1880.
United States Post Office 56121, Okabena MN
A creamery reminds us of the agricultural roots and a time when creameries were common.
The bowling alley is now closed.
A little excitement in a small town
On May 19, 1933, the Okabena Bank was robbed by Bonnie and Clyde. After leaving the bank, they were shot at many times, but escaped on a country road with approximately $2500 (approximately $44,000 in 2013 dollars).