Junquemonger Sales Outlet

Antiques, Retail

Are you into trinkets, baubles, and collectibles of all kinds? How about vintage and retro with a side of mid-century? If you answered yes, look no further than the Junquemonger Sales Outlet. “Junk-monger,” as it’s aptly pronounced, is located in Two Inlets, a tiny town outside of Park Rapids that my family knows quite well. […]

June 28, 2022

Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting Show

Entertainment, Events

I am all about getting out and experiencing new things. That is why when I found out about the Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting show, I had to attend. The Gould’s are two brothers who have been around for more than a decade, entertaining fans through playful banter, trick shooting, and live shows at outdoor events. […]

June 17, 2022

Father Hennepin State Park

Parks & Geology

Of all the state parks in Minnesota, a handful always find a way to the top of my list when looking for a weekend away. Enter, Father Hennepin State Park in Isle. Located on the southeast shore of Mille Lacs Lake, the hideaway park is gorgeous. Long, sandy beaches and rocky shoreline; a campground and […]

June 8, 2022

Hazelwood Food + Drink

Food & Drink

Up next on the Minnesota Bucket List is Hazelwood Food and Drink. With three locations, Bloomington (pictured), St. Louis Park (pictured), and Tonka Bay.  Hazelwood is part of Nova Restaurant Group that also owns Tavern 4 & 5, Chesters Kitchen and Bar, Pescara, and Terza Ristorante – each of which are incredible. So it is […]

January 9, 2022

Route 61 Lounge and Bowling

Food & Drink

Route 61 Lounge and Bowling (formerly Gampers) has been a mainstay in Moose Lake for over 35 years.  The restaurant slash bowling alley slash arcade recently went through a face life during the shutdown and is back better (and busier!) than ever.  I originally came in for a family dinner while passing through town for […]

October 30, 2021

Candlelight Experience

Concerts & Venues, Holidays

If you are looking for something unique to do, I encourage you to check out a Candlelight concert. Each concern is an intimate, sensory experience through dim-lit ambiance and classical music set in a backdrop of an iconic sanctuary. I attended the Halloween compositions in which the exceptionally talented Listeso String Quartet. They played familiar […]

October 10, 2021

Sweetly Kismet Candy Store

Food & Drink

If you are headed into or out of Duluth, make a point to stop at the Sweetly Kismet Candy Store in Carlton.  Just off Interstate 35, alongside Kwik Trip, you will find an unassuming dirt road that leads to a big, beautiful white building.  While the building isn’t visible from the highway, its 4-foot by […]

October 3, 2021

Tipsy Steer

Food & Drink

Brandon and I have been friends for over 20 years. One of the hallmarks of our relationship is that no matter where life has taken either of us, we pick up right where we left off and almost always over a plate of copious amounts of food, whether it be tin can nachos or a […]

September 26, 2021

The Defeat of Jesse James Days

Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink

This past weekend, I headed to The Defeat of Jesse James Days in Northfield. Part of an annual event held the weekend after Labor Day, this festival began in 1948 as the “Fall Festival” including “Jesse James Day” on that Saturday. History on the namesake:  On September 7, 1876, eight men rode into downtown Northfield […]

September 18, 2021

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

Food & Drink

If you haven’t been to Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, I recommend adding it to your list. Seated on the Mississippi riverfront, Psycho Suzi’s has been a Northeast Minneapolis staple since 2003. The second-to-none institution is located in a 15,000-square-foot space that used to house Gabby’s. Head over to the riverside, dog-friendly patio where you’ll find […]

September 5, 2021

Bar La Grassa

Food & Drink

Bar La Grassa has been a mainstay in the North Loop off Washington Avenue since 2005. Lead by James Beard Award-winning chef Isaac Becker, BLG features a variety of classic and inventive Italian pasta dishes (fresh, filled, or dry) small plates with bold flavors, and wines. We made sure to try the ricotta with picked […]

August 12, 2021

Franz Jevne State Park

Parks & Geology

My favorite state parks are those that are obscure, hard to get to, and have less foot traffic. You’d be hard-pressed to find another that fits the bill as well as Franz Jevne State Park in Birchdale. The 118-acre park is located on the south banks of Rainy River (which demarks the Canada–United States border) […]

July 27, 2021

Dorset Chick’n Coop Restaurant and Bar

Food & Drink

When it comes to go-to dinner spots, Dorset Chick’n Coop Restaurant and Bar always fits the bill. The Coop is located in Dorset, a tiny community with a population of 22 just six miles east-northeast of Park Rapids and six miles west of Nevis. It is also located along the Heartland State Trail making it […]

July 10, 2021

The MinneSoda Fountain

Food & Drink

If you happen to find yourself on Main Street in Park Rapids, I highly recommend you stop at the MinneSoda Fountain, a few doors down from Revel Brewing. One part old-fashioned ice cream parlor and one part sub sandwich shop, once inside, the place will transport to the 1950s. Take a seat at one of […]

July 4, 2021

Lake Superior Helicopters

Entertainment, Events, Parks & Geology

If you love the North Shore, there is no better way to see it than from above. Lake Superior Helicopters opened in 2009 and allow you to see one of the largest tourist destinations in the midwest. I loved the experience, from the office staff to the pilot. Worth snagging a tour this summer. They […]

June 27, 2021

“So, here it is…”


As my grandfather was laid to rest, I was asked to provide a eulogy worth of him… In the words of my late, WWE and superhero loving legendary grandfather who we have all come here to celebrate, “what the hell are all of you doing here?” At age 81, my grandfather died peacefully after complications […]

June 25, 2021

Outstate Brewing Company

Food & Drink

As I was looking for places to stop in Fergus Falls, I stumbled on Outstate Brewing Company. The entrance is unassuming as it is tucked away in an industrial area. Once inside the beautiful taproom, it’s hard to miss the giant, glass garage door to the patio that overlooks Otter Tail River Reservoir. After perusing […]

June 20, 2021

Historic Phelps Mill and County Park

Historical & Museum

The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener is a unique time to explore areas that otherwise I may have missed. Enter, the Historic Phelps Mill and County Park. The beautifully preserved mill was initially built 1888–1889, along with a wooden dam, by William E. Thomas, a local entrepreneur who owned a flour and feed business in Fergus […]

June 16, 2021

Shoreline Restaurant, Bar & Bowl

Food & Drink

While I was in Ottertail County, I drove through Battle Lake just after a rain shower. As I rounded a corner through town, I caught a glimpse of a vibrant rainbow and had to stop to take a picture. After a few shutter clicks, I turned to find myself in the Shoreline Restaurant, Bar & […]

June 13, 2021

Maplewood State Park

Parks & Geology

I was lucky enough to stop at Maplewood State Park during the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener. Located on the outskirts of Pelican Rapids in the heart of Ottertail County, this state park was created in the early 1960s as the hilly, lake-dotted terrain was better suited to recreation than to farming. The park is located […]

June 9, 2021