Nemadji State Forest


Parks & Geology

Winter isn’t all bad. Take the beauty of the Nemadji State Forest for example. Established in 1935 and part of the western Great Lakes forests (WWF Classification), Nemadji is located in northeastern Pine and southeastern Carlton counties along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The northern third of the forest drains into the Lake Superior Basin-Nemadji River Watershed, […]

January 28, 2019

The Mermaid


Concerts & Venues, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink

If you are starting to get stir crazy hiding from the dropping temperature, I may have a way for you to fight the cabin fever. The Mermaid Entertainment and Event Center in Mounds View is the place to go. Start with a state-of-the-art 32-lane bowling center, sprinkle in a Sports Bar and Grille and add […]

January 25, 2019

Art’s Café


Food & Drink

Art’s Café in Moose Lake can be best described as a hometown, local-filled, casual eatery in North Country.  The wrap around counter with anchored stools lend to its cozy, small-town diner authenticity.  Like a scene from Grumpy Old Men, Art’s in the place to go for breakfast. Their flavors range from the simplistic, like the 45 […]

January 22, 2019

Uncle Loui’s Cafe


Food & Drink

If you are like me, you scout out anywhere you can find short, worn diner counters, softened vinyl stools, and bottomless coffee. Look no further than Uncle Loui’s Cafe. Opened in 1993, Uncle Louis Cafe is in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood. The dive-like, hole in the wall is a favorite among travelers and locals alike. […]

January 19, 2019

Bartz Snow Sculpture


Entertainment, Events

In case you haven’t heard of Bartz Snow Sculptures, let me introduce you. Inspired by a trip to Florida, Austin, Trevor and Connor Bartz began creating snow sculptures of sea creatures in 2012. Their first sculpture was Puffy, a 6-foot-tall Pufferfish. They have since had Wally theWalrus, Sharky the Shark, Snappy the Turtle, Finnegan the […]

January 14, 2019

Mick’s Office


Food & Drink

Mick’s Office in Moorhead is the definition of a “dive bar”. Cheap beer, cheap (and amazing!) burgers, and an atmosphere that will have you reminiscing about late nights, drinking games, and your hometown bar. Filled with pool tables, dart boards, and wooden booths, hand scribed graffiti all over the walls and ceiling – it is […]

January 12, 2019

Ice Climbing at Robinson Quarry Ice Park


Parks & Geology

This next addition to the #mnbucketlist is NOT for the faint of heart. Ice climbing is when you ascend ice formations like that of the frozen falls at Robinson Quarry Ice Park in Sandstone. Because of the incredible rock formations, Sandstone is a great place for mixed climbing where the ascent involves both ice climbing […]

January 8, 2019

Poor Gary’s Pizza


Food & Drink

I am all for small town pizza joints and Poor Gary’s Pizza fits the bill. Located in the downtown area of Moose Lake, Poor Gary’s is family owned, and couldn’t be more Mom-and-Pop if they tried. Think, old school lighted letterboard menus, bucket booth seats, and customizable everything. I mean, they didn’t even flinch at […]

January 4, 2019