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The town of Godahl is an unincorporated community along the borders of Brown and Watonwan Counties. Godahl was named for Anders Knudson Godahl, an early settler from Norway. The name means “Good Valley” in the Norwegian language. The first two service businesses in Godahl were the Nelson-Albin Creamery and the Nelson-Albin Cooperative Mercantile Association. Both were a shared effort between residents in Nelson Township, Watonwan County and Albin Township in Brown County. The creamery started around 1891, and the store was built in 1894 across the road from the creamery, in Watonwan County. The Nelson-Albin store was the oldest cooperative store in the state when it closed in 2016.