St. John the Baptist in Vermillion is an imposing church for such a small town, but it serves a wide community stretching out to Hastings and even Farmington. The inside of the church is simply stunning and one of my favorite Minnesota historic churches. The painted murals are very unique, as are the large stained glass windows.
Built in 1882, the original church founders were quite the rebels. According to history, the local residents were tired of traveling to New Trier for Mass so they got together and decided to build a church of their own, all without the blessing of the local priest or the knowledge of the Bishop of St. Paul. They had no idea that 130 years later, the church would still be standing and remain a beacon to the local community.