Banning State Park


Parks & Geology

Banning State Park is located directly off Interstate 35. Stretched along 10 miles of the Kettle River near Sandstone in Pine County, the park is known for camping, picnicking, and cross-country skiing. It is a favorite for those seeking beautiful trails, however, there is also quite a lot of history to soak in such as […]

November 11, 2018

Take 16 Brewing Co.


Food & Drink

One of the last places I stopped during the #MNPHO2018 was Take 16 Brewing. Housed in a former auto parts store and auto repair shop, Luverne’s first-ever brewery is named for old Highway 16 that connected Detroit to Yellowstone National Park. The highway was established in 1926 and was the main traffic route west and […]

November 10, 2018

St. Croix State Park


Parks & Geology

Saint Croix State Park is located on the eastern edge of the Mille Lacs Uplands and borders Chengwatana State Forest to the southwest and Saint Croix State Forest to the northeast. The largest of Minnesota’s state parks, Saint Croix State Park follows the shore of the St. Croix River and contains the last 7 miles […]

November 5, 2018

JJ’s Tasty Drive-In


Food & Drink

As soon as I got into Luverne for the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (#MNGPHO2018), I passed by an old would-be drive-in. After a few events, and coaxing from friends (I’m looking at you, Greta!), I headed over to JJ’s Tasty Drive-In. Mom-and-pop establishment, check. Treasured local dive, check. Malts so thick you could eat […]

November 3, 2018

2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener


Events

The Governors Pheasant Hunting Opener (#MNGPHO2018) is one of my favorite events of the year. It brings much of what I love about Minnesota together; allowing you to brave the crisp, morning air, feel the warmth release and rise from the covered ground as you quietly make your way across the field, while the wind […]

October 29, 2018

Herreid Military Museum


Antiques, Historical & Museum

During the #MNGPHO2018, I headed over the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building which houses Brandenburg Gallery, and the Luverne Chamber of Commerce, and the Herreid Military Museum. The Herreid opened in July 2009 and is located on the third level of the four-story former jail. Floors filled with stories, photos, videos, artifacts, memorabilia, and dioramas […]

October 27, 2018

Springbrook Nature Center


Parks & Geology

(One more hiking spot and I’ll be back to the #MNGPHO2018!) Springbrook Nature Center is a metro oasis hidden away in a residential area in Fridley. The center has all sorts of educational programs, school programs, nature camps, and even an interpretive building. The 127-acre park and nature reserve include native prairies, oak and aspen […]

October 24, 2018

Sherburne Wildlife Refuge


Parks & Geology

(Taking a break from the #MNGPHO2018 to bring you an exceptional hiking spot!) The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Zimmerman was established in 1965 as a refuge for over 230 species of birds, 58 species of mammals, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians. The 30,700-acre forested, marshy Refuge has massive bodies of water making […]

October 20, 2018

Blue Mound State Park


Historical & Museum, Parks & Geology

Blue Mounds State Park is in Rock County near the town of Luverne. Named for the linear escarpment of Precambrian Sioux Quartzite bedrock you can see protruding from the prairie polka-dotting the landscape. The old quartzite quarries in the park were owned and operated by the Luverne Granite Company. The stone was used to construct […]

October 18, 2018

Rock County History Center


Antiques, Historical & Museum

When I headed down to Luverne for the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (#MNGPHO2018), I had no idea what to expect. As soon as I got into town, I heard a stranger say to his companion, “Did you see all the nutcrackers at the History Center? We should go there.” I immediately turned my eavesdropping […]

October 16, 2018

The #MNGPHO2018


Events, Parks & Geology

Good morning, Minnesota. Is that a new coat you’re wearing? It looks amazing! Even though I woke up in the southwestern-most corner of Minnesota like this, I’ll be telling you all about blaze orange and warm weather of the #mngpho2018 over the next two weeks. Hosted by the incredible Luverne community, you can expect to […]

October 14, 2018

Grand Portage State Park


Parks & Geology

Grand Portage State Park is at the northeastern tip of Minnesota, on the Canadian border. Not actually owned by the state of Minnesota, this State Park is located in the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and is leased to the state for $1 a year. Interestingly, it is the only U.S. state park jointly managed by […]

October 7, 2018

Suomi Hills Recreation Area


Parks & Geology

Suomi Hills Recreation Area rests along the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway in Itasca County. Miles of wilderness invite you to immerse yourself in hiking, off-road biking, canoeing, and exploring. Access into Suomi Hills semi-primitive non-motorized area is by foot and non-motorized travel only but totally worth it for the beautiful views and […]

October 5, 2018

Willie Walleye


Historical & Museum

After I went to Big Bog State Recreation Area, I decided I had to see Willie Walleye, the 40-foot, 2 ½ ton fiberglass fish in Baudette. I am a purveyor of all things roadside attractions so taking a trip to see the famed “symbol of the Lake of the Woods” was a must. The idea […]

October 3, 2018

Big Bog State Recreation Area – Northwest


Parks & Geology

Continued. The northern portion of Big Bog State Recreational Area is composed mostly of wetlands. The bog’s geological patterns formed over the past 5,000 years, and you can see it still present in the glacial ridges, depressions, and ovoid islands. Considered one of the best-kept secrets in northern Minnesota, the 500-square-mile peat bog is the […]

October 1, 2018

Big Bog State Recreation Area – Southeast


Parks & Geology

If you haven’t been to Big Bog State Recreation Area in Waskish, you are really missing out. There is so much to write about this place, that I can’t even fit it in one post! Coincidentally, the recreation area also has two parts; southeast and northwest. Located on Minnesota State Highway 72, just north of […]

September 27, 2018

Able Seedhouse + Brewery


Food & Drink

Northeast Minneapolis is chock full of history, most notably seen in the refurbished buildings that now house coffee shows, chic salons, trendy office space, bold marquees, and, of course, breweries. Able Seedhouse + Brewery has become a favorite of the masses and with good reason. Located in a former General Electric light bulb plant that […]

September 20, 2018

Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee


Food & Drink

Off Central in Northeast Minneapolis, Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee is a true neighborhood hangout. Step up to the counter custom built from reclaimed wooden doors. Peruse the menu, filled with breakfast sandwiches, tacos, wraps, French toast (yes, it’s as good as it looks!), and coffee drinks. There’s even a rack of vintage mugs for […]

September 16, 2018