Lyon County Historical Society and Museum

My last stop during the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener was the Lyon County Museum. Nestled in downtown Marshall, the museum is home to the Lyon County Historical Society (LCHS) and the Prairieland Genealogical Society. LCHS was formally founded in 1954 and showcases the history of the entire county. It includes resources like obituary files, church and family history books, and other records. In 1957, LCHS created a museum within a Great Northern Railroad baggage coach located alongside the Lyon County Courthouse. Having moved several times since then, the museum finally came to live in the former Marshall Lyon County Library, which provided three floors of space for research, programming, and exhibit galleries.  The exhibits include a real 1950’s Schwan’s ice cream and soda fountain lunch counter, and a full size cabin that had to be dismantled and then reassembled inside the building, and many others you can see pictured. The whole place was packed full of hidden gems and historical hints about what life was like in Lyon county through the years. I had so much fun paging through old Sears catalogues and seeing all the old orange and black high school lettermans jackets. Fun fact about Marshall Senior High School; Walt Jocketty, the former General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and Sean Tillman, Minneapolis’ infamous Har Mar Superstar are alumni.

Read more about the 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener here.

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Pheasant Hunting / Wounded Warriors Guide Service

The 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include some pheasant hunting. Not a hunter or gun owner myself, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by experts and enthusiasts alike. I had never been hunting before, but grew up around the practice.

Luckily, over the course of the weekend, I had the honor of spending a great deal of time with the Wounded Warriors Guide Service, who were gracious enough to let me follow. They are a unique, Minnesota-based organization that provides outdoor recreational activities for disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Founded by veterans, for veterans, to honor their sacrifices and service, WWGS began in Bemidji, MN and since then have expanded to Grand Forks, and Mankato.

When I first met WWGS, I immediately found kinship. Welcoming and wholehearted, they let me join in on their comradery, game pursuit and process. Taking part gave me a deep appreciation for the practice and those that lawfully participate in it. It was also an incredible way to stand alongside and take in the beauty of some of the most orphic places in southern Minnesota.

Read more about the Wounded Warriors Guide Service here.

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Bello Cucina

During the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, I fell in love with Bello Cucina in Marshall. Italian dining at its finest, Bello has six locations, Fergus, Marshall, Morris, Spicer, St. Joseph, and Alexandria. To be honest, I didn’t expect to find a place like this when I got into Marshall. I was very pleasantly surprised. The warm, fireplace ambiance paired well with the displays of olive oils, and balsamic vinegar. I really loved their take on Bruschetta. Adding roasted bell pepper cream cheese to toasted bread with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, capers, red onion and olive oil. Mmmm, so good! The Pancetta also got rave reviews with crimini, shiitake, oyster, button and Portobello mushrooms in garlic and butter, tossed with fettuccine in alfredo sauce. Speaking of fettucini… The alfredo, wow! I’d come back for just that! Any favorite Italian places in you area?


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Shooters Sporting Clay

During the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, I was able to attend the SMSU High School Trap Shoot Challenge at Shooters Sporting Clay. After, we were able to traverse the course. Shooters Sporting Clays, Inc. is a family-friendly, year-round gun range in Redwood County, Minnesota. They have a heated, indoor 5-stand facility is designed for the colder weather of Minnesota, with a clubhouse where shooters can kick back and relax. Shooting is often associated with protection or hunting, but it has also long been a stress-relieving, recreational activity.

Whether you are a marksman or a novice, you can take part in the experience. The sport is designed to simulate live quarry shooting, where the fluorescent orange clay targets are projected airborne and on the ground (rolling), which you can see in some of the pictures.

I spent my time tagging along with the Wounded Warriors Guide Service. They were nice enough to let me follow them around with a camera while they tried their hands at taking down the argil discs. Established in 2009, WWGS provides outdoor recreational activities for disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces. They also offer year-round adventures that include fishing , large and small game hunting, long range shooting, backpacking/camping, and others. As you can see, we all had a blast!

Read more about the Wounded Warriors Guide Service here. Read more about the 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener here.

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The Daily Grind

One of my favorite things about traveling to new places is checking out the local coffee shops. When I was in Marshall for the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, I went in search of a vanilla latte (a personal favorite of mine). The Daily Grind, a friendly coffee house located in the newly refurbished downtown district met my need. I loved it so much I had to go back twice! Along with their coffee, they also serve up a variety of pastries including a freshly made pumpkin bar that did not disappoint. The atmosphere is cozy, relaxed and inviting and the staff is warm and welcoming, too! Do you have a favorite local coffee shop that you just can’t live without?

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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.

 

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Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

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The Brau Brothers Brewing Company is located in Marshall, a southwestern Minnesota town famous for being the headquarters to the Schwan Food Company and home to Southwest Minnesota State University. It only seems fitting with frozen food and college life that Marshall would need a brewery. And that’s exactly what it got with Brau Brothers who make it their personal mission to service and harvest locally. They have the largest hopyard in the upper Midwest and grow their own barley, making all of Brau Beer distinct to the region. Here are some of their numbers; ten fermenters, fifteen barrel brew system, six finishing tanks, a dozen tap lines, ten different in-house sodas served from a fire truck parked in the middle of the taproom, AND open seven days a week. Brau has become quite known for small batches, rural relationships and their house-smoked pastrami sandwiches made in their Gastropub-esque kitchen. If you’re in the area or plan on passing through, stop and get a flight of Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale, Boojoos, Pumpkin Ale and Cherry Bean Coffee Stout.