2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener


The Minnesota Governors Pheasant Hunting Opener is one of my favorite annual events. Held in Austin this year, the #MNGPHO was established in 2011 by Gov. Mark Dayton. The event focuses on Minnesota’s hunting heritage, cultural traditions and the economic impact of the sport. Hunting is a longstanding tradition in Minnesota and these kinds of […]

November 3, 2019

Steve’s Pizza

Food & Drink

Steve’s Pizza is an airy, straightforward, open-late pizza joint in downtown Austin. A menu filled with a plethora of Italian options like lasagna, alfredo, linguine, and their magnum opus, pizza. Of course, there are the fan favorites like a Mama Mia with pepperoni and sausage; a Mighty Meat pizza with pepperoni, sausage, beef, salami, and […]

October 16, 2019

Coffee House on Main

Food & Drink

I am in Austin, Minnesota for the Minnesota Governors Pheasant Hunting Opener. Whenever I go somewhere new, I instinctively look for things that start with “C”. “Candy,” “cupcakes,” “cookies,” you get the idea. Today is no different, “coffee” is on the docket. Coffee House on Main fits the bill. Cozy, check. Homey with a touch […]

October 11, 2019

Tendermaid Hamburgers

Food & Drink

Have you heard of Tendermaid? It’s an infamous loose-meat, secret-recipe burger joint with roots dating back to 1930s. Let me tell you all about it. Mildred and Jerry Thatcher loved to frequent one of the more popular eateries in Marshalltown during the early 1930s, the Taylor’s Maid-Rite. The Thatcher’s ate there so often they decided […]

June 26, 2019

The SPAM Museum

Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

A few months back, I had posted Explore Minnesota’s Minnesota Bucket List. I had nearly every box checked with the exception of the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota. During the #MNGFO2019, I was finally able to check it off my list! SPAM, if you aren’t familiar, is a brand of canned cooked pork made by […]

May 30, 2019