Troll Park – Starbuck, MN


Troll Park is a located directly north of the Minnewaska District Hospital in Starbuck, MN. The entrance is near the intersection of West 6th Street and Holly Ridge Drive near the west outskirts of town.

The actual name of the park is the Holly Skogen Park. In Norwegian the word for woods  is “Skogen” and the park is located in the Holly Hill section of Starbuck, hence the name, Holly Skogen Park. But because of the many trolls that dot the parks two-acres wooded wilderness, the children call the area Troll Park.

Troll park is privately owned and maintained by Arne Pederson who opened the park to the general public in 1986. The park gets about 2000 visitors a year, who gladly sign the park’s guestbook as they enter this charming municipal oasis.

The park features stone-lined trails which wind their way through a thick growth of evergreen trees and brush, beautiful rocks and flowers, a gazebo, a post office letterbox, a wooden sign with the carving of the Viking boat, and a replica of a Norwegian Stav Church.

A small stream fed by springs near the center of the park has a dam. It produces a waterfall which turns a water wheel for a miniature flour mill. A red covered bridge, one of seven in the park, beckon visitors at the entrance of the park.

Holly Skogen Park
706 W 6th Street
Starbuck, MN 56381

Starbuck, MN (Website)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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