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

Mickey’s


Food & Drink

Housed in a vintage train car, Mickey’s has been around since 1939. Opened by Mickey Crimmons and Bert Mattson, the 20th century all-night diner has been featured in films like A Prairie Home Companion, Jingle All the Way, The Mighty Ducks, and seen on shows with the likes Alton Brown, Rachel Ray, Al Roker, and […]

September 9, 2018

The Anchor Fish & Chips


Food & Drink

Anchor Fish and Chips is a traditional pub grub in Northeast, Minneapolis. You may have seen the food truck at different festivals and events around the Twin Cities. Their brick-and-mortar establishment is a local favorite hole-in-the-wall. It is just down the street from Dangerous Man and Sleepy V’s donut shop. Anchor is a hidden gem […]

September 5, 2018

Mojo Coffee Gallery


Food & Drink

Mojo Coffee Gallery is a quaint and quirky northeast Minneapolis staple. Located in The California Art Building, Mojo is cozy, warm and inviting, with locally-made ceramic mugs, bowls, and cups all over the walls. The unique, artistic atmosphere of the coffee shop, café and ceramics gallery marries well with its grassroots, arts district, Portland vibe. […]

September 2, 2018

Minnesota State Fair 2018


Events, Food & Drink

Minnesota. State. Fair. In all it’s deep-fried, hyped, once-a-year but every year no-matter-what glory! The “Great Minnesota Get-Together” is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, attracting nearly two million people annually. What began in 1854 as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming has become the perfect, closing-out-the-summer tradition. […]

August 26, 2018

Hairy Mosquito Trading Co.


Antiques, Events, Food & Drink

The Hairy Mosquito Trading Company is crazy, eclectic, dare-I-say cooky, ice cream shop and trading post in Milaca. It’s easy to spot, just look for the large home-made metal mosquito sculpture squatting outside. Inside, you’ll find old-fashioned ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, ice cold drinks, nostalgic candy favorites such as rock candy, wax lips, Necco […]

August 23, 2018

Four Years Later


Events

The question I am most often asked is, “how long have you been doing this?” Without skipping a beat, it is always promptly followed with, “why?” Four years ago today, I lost my Dad. That was the end and the beginning of everything. Prior to his unplanned departure, I had never even thought about the […]

August 21, 2018

Lake Pepin


Parks & Geology

Lake Pepin, named for Jean Pepin who settled on its shores in the late 1600s, is the largest lake on the Mississippi River. On the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, Lake Pepin is located approximately 60 miles downstream from Saint Paul. Although Frontenac State Park takes up a large part of the Minnesota side, the […]

August 19, 2018