Lund Boats


Historical & Museum, Retail

One of the best parts about the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener is that the host city or county invites you into areas that would otherwise not be as easily accessible to the general public.  Enter, a tour of the Lund Boat Factory in New York Mills. Lund Boats are a favorite in my family. My […]

May 26, 2021

Spanky’s Stone Hearth


Food & Drink

During my stay on the Oregon Trail in Vergas, I took the two-minute walk over to Josh’s other establishment; Spanky’s Stone Hearth. Don’t let the name fool you, this is an upscale, fine-dining, foodie paradise. Adding to my glamping experience, they offer hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and even an option to just let the chef […]

May 18, 2021

Rose Lake Glamping


Accomodations

This year, for the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, I had the opportunity to explore Ottertail County while staying in a noteworthy, refurbished covered wagon. Yes, you heard that right. Imagine Oregon-trail-meets-spacious-Airstream. Just off Highway 4 in Frazee, tucked into an unassuming lakeside neighborhood are Rose Lake Glamping’s two, huge, cozy glamourous Conestoga wagons. The wagons […]

May 18, 2021

Intermission


Personal

Long-time followers may have found me noticeably absent.   Around this time last year, as I scheduled summer trips, geared up for the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, and planned outings to share so that you too could get outside, we all watched as we were pleaded with to do the opposite – to stay home. […]

May 16, 2021

So Very Missed


Cemeteries & Graveyards

I have spent the better part of my adulthood as the writer in my family. This designation, while a privilege, is not without personal anguish. I have had the unique opportunity to tell others stories, write the congratulatory toasts, departing words, and put to paper heartaches that were not mine alone. If you have followed […]

December 6, 2020

John A. Latch State Park


Parks & Geology

If you are looking for a tough (but quick) hike in southern Minnesota, look no further than John A. Latsch State Park. Located just 12 miles northwest of Winona, the roadside park functions primarily as a wayside on U.S. Route 61, which runs between the Mississippi River and the base of three steep bluffs. The […]

October 5, 2020

Sunflowers and Bittersweet Luck


Parks & Geology

My grandfather is dying. They say six months if we’re lucky. I have known death all my life though this is the first time I have had advanced notice. Maybe it’s because I am his namesake. For whatever reason, I am allotted borrowed time. Time to ask him about every photo he has hanging on […]

August 25, 2020

Safari North Wildlife Park


Parks & Geology

When I was asked to check out the Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd, I jumped at the chance. First, I have spent my entire life passing through Brainerd and I had no idea something so cool would be hiding in plain sight (I mean, besides Paul and Babe), and second, I will look for […]

August 11, 2020

Mantrap Valley Conservation Club (MVCC)


Historical & Museum, Parks & Geology

Growing up in Minnesota, I spent most of my time in the Northwoods. My parents were adamant about safety, education, and conservation. We were required to take DNR courses on things like lawful hunting and fishing, and recreational vehicle and firearm safety. Enter, Mantrap Valley Conservation Club and Auxiliary. The MVCC is a favorite in […]

July 25, 2020

Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour


Food & Drink

There is something about a small-town ice cream parlor; the smell of warm saccharine wafting in the air, cheery staff that make servicing swaths of people look like a breeze, and an invitingly dim-lit patio ushering you in as a summer day comes to a cool. Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour in picturesque downtown Afton fits […]

May 23, 2020

Love Creamery


Food & Drink

My favorite time of year to eat ice cream is in winter. Call me crazy but there is nothing better than matching cold with flavor AND you don’t have to worry about it melting! Enter, Love Creamery. Located off Superior Street in Duluth’s up-and-coming Lincoln Park area, you can find Love next to Corktown Deli […]

February 25, 2020

Zenith Bookstore


Bookstore

The Zenith Bookstore in West Duluth is a worn-in, well-loved bibliophiles paradise. It is located just off the highway in a former liquor store next to Beaner’s Central coffeehouse, now Wussow’s Concert Cafe. You can’t miss it, just look for the vibrant and inviting mural of a collection of books painted by local artist Tom […]

February 13, 2020

Afton Alps


Entertainment, Food & Drink, Parks & Geology

During the winter, social media feeds are filled with two groups of people, those that have mastered skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, and other cold-weather endeavors with the smiles and hordes of gear to prove it, and those that stay inside. There isn’t often a medium. I find myself to be someone who falls in the […]

February 2, 2020

Al’s Breakfast


Food & Drink

When it comes to tiny breakfast joints, Al’s Breakfast in Dinkytown takes the cake. Ubiquitous in the list of iconic places in the Twin Cities, the narrow stop is a whopping 9 feet long and 10 feet wide. Al’s serves made-from-scratch breakfast fare, sass, and cramped quarters. Paying homage to their history and neighborhood, you […]

January 26, 2020

Tipsy Chicken Kitchen & Cocktails


Food & Drink

Whenever my mom gives a recommendation, I go out of my way to indulge. She has an eye for finding diamonds. This time, she had me head to the Tipsy Chicken Kitchen and Cocktails and it did not disappoint! Tucked away in a strip mall on the edge of Elk River, Tipsy has an old-farmhouse-meets-retro-rustic […]

January 20, 2020