I love shooting old barns and deserted houses and am constantly setting my compass in different directions looking for that perfect scene. If you're in the mood for finding those kind of shots, here's a secret location:
Go through Stillwater, MN across the bridge and follow Wisconsin 35 north. It starts out as freeway, but once you get off at the Osceola exit, the fun begins. I just take any road that catches my fancy from there and do a cross-stitch pattern across the farmland. There's no traffic and usually plenty of room to pull over. I can't tell you exactly where I found my shots because frankly I can't exactly remember, but that area is rich with Americana and history. Of course, try to be respectful of No Trespassing signs and locked buildings, stay out of old barns (the floors tend to collapse), and only take photographs when you leave.