Driving east on Highway 55 is a tutorial in suburban history. Progress has come in spastic leaps along this state route. Homes well past their golden anniversaries abut modern office complexes and SuperAmerica stations. An apple orchard is still closed for the season near the rustic '60s-style Pine Bend Motel. Ferrellgas and Freightliner facilities compete for space with fields of corn and soybeans. Just inside the Rosemount city line, the road narrows to two lanes, and as the daylight dims, the lights at the Koch Refinery make the industrial complex look like a futuristic Emerald City. On a breezy day, the plant's smell of foul egg and burned rubber... More >>>