7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

I was lucky enough to attend the 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (GPHO) in Marshall, Minnesota. Ahem, not to be confused with Marshall County. Over the next two weeks I will be telling you all about my trip and what makes Marshall such an incredible place to visit. I’ll be highlighting a few of my favorite stops including Camden State Park, Shooter’s Sporting Clays, local food, a historical Society and Museum, local organizations, a sprinkle of politics and even a coffee shop along the way!

Let’s talk a little about Marshall. It’s a regional center in southwest Minnesota about 93 miles north east of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and about 148 miles south west of Minneapolis. Made mostly of rural and agricultural areas, it is the beginning of the Redwood River floodplain. It is home to the Schwan Food Company, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Southwest Minnesota State University and is also the site of Exelon Wind’s Marshall Wind Project. It was chosen as this years Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (MNGPHO), an event that was established in 2011 by Gov. Mark Dayton. The MNGPHO focuses on Minnesota’s hunting heritage, cultural traditions and the economic impact of the sport. The weekend included water quality testing on the Redwood River, touring of Action Manufacturing and even the dedication of the James Meger Memorial WMA, Minnesota’s newest Wildlife Management Area.


Follow along as I show you some of my favorite things found #onlyinMarshall.

Shafer Park

If you are like me and love to see the leaves change every year, look no further than Shafer Park in Wayzata. Close to Wayzata Beach and the Dakota Trail head, the park was originally called Hoagland Woods when it was purchased by the city in 1922. Early in the 21st century, is was renamed for the Shafer family, early settlers to the area including descendant Craig Shafer, the city’s first Mayor in 1946. While you stroll through the trails, taking in the beautiful scenery, you’ll come across the crown jewel of the park, a historic Trapper’s Cabin. Estimated to be over 130 years old, the Trapper’s Cabin was relocated in the fall of 2014 from its previous location. It is the oldest-known building in the city and its origins are a mystery. It can be seen in historic pictures of houses that were first built on the land in 1889.

If you want to find the best locations and times to see the leaves changes, check out Explore Minnesota’s Fall Color Report.


Late Nights Minneapolis 

Is being front-and-center at a live, late night comedy show on your bucket list? Great! I have just the thing! Late Nights Minneapolis is the city’s only fully-staged late-night style talk show and comedy experience. If that sounds like an extremely specific description, it is, because the show is the only one of it’s kind. Hosted by Joe Rapp of Bearded Men Improv and co-hosted by John Gebretatose of BLACKOUT, Late Nights features a group of improvisers, sketch comedy writers, stand-up comedians, and actors with a love for Minneapolis and a dying need to be the funniest person in the room. They come together to create the smartest, silliest comedy in Minneapolis! Sketch comedy, biting satire, and amazing guest segments – it is the best late-night show that’s not on TV. Back for their third season, you can check out Late Nights Minneapolis on the third Sunday of every month at the Phoenix Theater.

Busy on October 15th? If not, come see Late Nights one night only all sketch show; The Halloween All Sketch Spookathon! In honor of the spookiest month all year, you can even wear a costume! You can get tickets online or snag them at the door.

Annie’s Parlour

Annie's Parlour Dinkytown Minneapolis Minnesota

Up next is Annie’s Parlour, a Dinkytown landmark – an institution, if you will. If you’ve ever taken a tour of the University of Minnesota campus it’s likely that you were told about Annie’s. Known for their crispy, hot fries and malts that are big enough for two, Annie’s is as American fanfare as it gets. If you were a U grad, it’s likely that this classic in Gopher territory holds a special place in your heart. If you haven’t been, just imagine a rustic diner with a casual atmosphere that has you paying at the hostess stand. Perk: on a brisk fall day, this Minneapolis gem has the perfect patio to soak in the beautiful views of downtown from.