Minnesota Favorites

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  • Sun dogs and halo in Monticello, MN.
    Sun dogs and halo in Monticello, MN.
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  • Downtown

    Minneapolis Favorites

    This Romanesque Revival pile was designed by the firm of Long and Kees, who would just three years later create the plan for the much more "refined" Minneapolis City Hall a few blocks away. Wikipedia describes this building as "Richardsonian Romanesque," but I don't see very much Richardson here! This was the tallest building outside New York City...

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  • Mall of America

    Minneapolis Favorites

    I hate shopping, especially in busy malls during the weekend, but Mall of America was a totally different experience. The mall is huge, but it is not intended only for shopping lovers. Inside the building there is big entertainment complex, for kids and for adults, unique restaurants, movie theater and so on.

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  • Combined Suggestions

    Minneapolis Favorites

    One thing I really like to do during the summer is grab a bottle of wine and head down to the bandshell at Lake Harriett. During the summer there are nightly free concerts put on by a variety of local groups. The music provides a nice background to a lovely lake and (usually) a pleasant group of people. This isn't exactly a hopping event, but if...

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  • Seasons

    Minneapolis Favorites

    To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty, but to walk the gray Winter woods and find the buds which will resurrect that beauty in another May is to partake of continuity. - - - Hal Borland, New York Times, November 28, 1948

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  • Information / Sources

    Minneapolis Favorites

    I like to look at local newspapers of cities I'm going to visit to get a feel for the town. Here's a link to the StarTribune The picture of the paper in this tip was added a few years ago and we in fact now have a new Twins stadium in downtown Minneapolis, opening April 2010. I hope to go to a game this year some time and have some pictures along...

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  • People

    Minneapolis Favorites

    Alright, NO ONE says "ya you betch" that is a NOT true lol. You're more likely to hear, "sweet" or in the college community "tight" and the ever popular "cool" If someone says anything close to "Ya" it will be "yep" or "sure" and there is NO accent. Uggg! Having traveled myself I have been told FIRST HAND, that I do NOT have an accent. I have been...

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  • Lakes / Rivers

    Minneapolis Favorites

    The mighty Mississippi starts in Minnesota and divides the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Unfortunately, the water is a bit too rough here for swimming, but it makes great photos and is still a major commercial thoroughfare.

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  • Minnehaha Falls

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    This 53 foot waterfall is highly unusual for this part of the country. It's on Minnehaha Creek, a tributary of the Mississippi, and is a main feature of Minnehaha Park, in the southeastern part of the city. Minnehaha Creek is a tributary of the Mississippi. The word "Minnehaha" comes from the Dakota language, comprising the roots "minne" for...

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  • Sun Dogs

    While sun dogs can be seen anywhere around the world during any season, this particular sun dog photographed in Monticello, was created by Minnesota's extreme cold weather and the low arch of the sun in December. When the weather gets really cold, little ice crystals can float in the air reflecting the sun's rays at such an angle as to create a...

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  • Minneapolis

    The settlement that was to become Minneapolis was founded in 1856 on the south bank of the Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls. Minneapolis was established at Saint Anthony Falls because it was impossible to travel upriver from the falls at the time, and the falls also provided a source of power for new industries.Originally called Albion, the...

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  • Saint Paul

    The settlement that was to become Saint Paul was established in the 1840s by French-Canadian voyageurs at a location where two clefts in an 80-foot (24-meter) bluff created a convenient landing. A retired fur trader named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant established a saloon in the new settlement, which took the name of Pig's Eye Landing. However, Father...

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  • History of Minnesota

    Originally the Dakota were the dominant Native American culture throughout area but during the 1700's, the encroaching white population from the East, forced the Ojibwe, into Minnesota territory. Years of bitter fighting between the two tribes followed and today, the Dakota and the Ojibwe remain the two main indigenous groups in the state. When the...

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  • LAKES AND PARKS

    Minneapolis is surrounded by beautiful lakes and parks. Here are a few photos of French Park in suburban Plymouth.See a play at the Guthrie or check out the art museums. Shop downtown and never have to walk outside!

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  • Grumpy Old Men

    That movie with is full of comedy, and perhaps a little truth. From what I can tell, the people who settled Minnesota, wether they are Norwegian like my realtives or not, were hard-working people with a wonderful sense of humor as part of their make up. I haven't ever lived there, but I bet it is a State full of old characters who can make you...

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  • An autumn view of the Minnesota River

    Often times in the deep dark winter, I curse Minnesota as being the most wretched of states. Why, I wonder, do people who have the means to pick up and leave (such as me), not pick up and leave. Who can stomach day after day of sub zero temperatures and a springtime that takes an eternity to arrive. I guess the answer lies in the changing of the...

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  • Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth

    America's only all fresh water aquarium is located at 353 Harbor Drive in Duluth. For information phone: 218-740-3474

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  • Paul Bunyan's Animal Land

    This is a family owned animal park that has been featured on Animal Planet Television. It is located in Bemidji, Minnesota

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  • Minnesota Zoo

    Visit the Minnesota Zoo just 20 miles south of the Twin Cities. It is located at 13000 Zoo Boulevard in Apple Valley

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  • Red Lake Indian Reservation

    Visit the Chippewa at the Red Lake Indian Reservation. They have casinos for your gambling pleasure and pow wows.

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  • Lake of the Woods

    Take the boat trip across Lake of the Woods (as far north as you can go and still be in the continental United States) which starts in Warroad.Get your charter boat at Warroad Estates MarinaWarroad is also known as "Hockey Town USA" and you can tour the Christian Hockey Stick Factory there.

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  • Visit the Mall of America

    Visit the Mall of America. It's the largest shopping mall in the world in the USA. It is also the home of some theme parks, such as Knott's Camp Snoopy, Underwater Adventure, Lego Imagination Center, General Mills' Cereal Adventure, NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway, and more.The mall is located in Bloomington, Minnesota where I 495 crosses Rte 77.For...

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  • Visit Minneapolis

    Visit Minneapolis. There's lots to do there.See the Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2400 Third Avenue South See the Minneapolis Planetarium 300 Nicollet MallSee the Bell Museum of Natural History 10 Church Street SESee the American Swedish Institute 2600 Park AvenueSee the Hennepin History Museum 2303 Third Avenue SouthSee the numerous lakes and...

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  • The Frozen Coast

    Lake Superior is almost an inland ocean. It is as big as New England . Contains as much fresh water as the other four Great Lakes combined. And if drained would cover the entire North American continent with several feet of water. Oh, and it is very cold, even in the midst of summer its water temperatures do not rise above 34 degrees F.

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  • Hiking up a frozen river

    Many rivers flow out of the hills along the North Shore. In the springtime they are rushing torrents of water making for several thrilling waterfalls. In the summer and autumn the riverside trails are popular with hikers (rightly so, for the scenery is magnificent.) But in the wintertime, the adventurous traveler can have these magnificent trails...

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  • White Birch, Blue Skies

    Head as far north as you can physically bear it in the wintertime. Sure its mighty cold, but the skies can be brilliantly blue and oh so crystal clear. It's like everything magically coming into focus rewarding the brave souls with frost bitten toes.

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  • Steaming Lake Superior

    An very unusual phenomenon is steam rising from Lake Superior. I can't give you all the ins and outs of the chemistry involved, but I can tell you that the Lake temperature is extremely close to 32 F or O C and that the air temp is something like -15 F or -26 C. I guess that given those temps, the right barometric conditions and very little wind or...

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  • The Endless Forest of the Superior...

    Along the northshore of Lake Superior is a truly superior hiking trail. It is not as long or as famous as either the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. However, the Superior Trail is rugged and scenic as it winds it way from the Duluth area to the Canadian border. Endless trees and endless shore.

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  • ITASCA STATE PARK...this is...

    ITASCA STATE PARK...this is where the famous Mississippi river is born (above is a picture) ! You must absolutely go there, it's south west of Bemidji city in North Western part of the state. Apart the source of the river, there are plenty of great walks and trails to do...lots of 'pure' forest air. There are so many nice State Parks in MN that I...

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  • go_doggo's General Tip

    Ice fishing is a good way to spend time with buddies and drink a lot. I tried to take a picture of the fishing shacks, but they needed to take them off the lakes by the end of the day- bad timing on my part. sorry

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  • Minnesota lakes

    When going to Minnesota you really should visit one of the lakes. There are about 12.000 in Minnesota so it shoulnt be hard to find one. Most of the lakes are great for fishing, swiming or hiking

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  • Culture anyone? The Twin...

    Culture anyone? The Twin Cities has an amazing busy art scene. In addition to the Guthrie Theatre, there are the Walker Art Center, the internationally-lauded Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the giant Minneapolis Children's Theatre and the attached Minneapolis Institute of Art. Many year-round theatres and galleries thriving in a town where theatre and...

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  • Go to the boundary waters...

    Go to the boundary waters canoe area. This is in Northern Minnesota between the US and Canada. This is truly Gods country and you will not find a more peaceful place to visit. Seeing snow for the first time.

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  • Stay in small towns, enjoy the...

    Stay in small towns, enjoy the lakes and state parks summer or winter, DON'T go near the Mega Mall and avoid the 'free'ways if at all possible The small towns, the work ethic, the honest family farmers

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  • A visit to the north shore of...

    A visit to the north shore of Lake Superior is quite spectacular. It's beautiful, haunting and captivating. This stretch of lake shore runs from the Canadian border on south to the the very interesting city of Duluth. An alternative to this trip is to take a drive down the Mississippi from the twin cites and visit Lake Pepin, which isn't really a...

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  • Mall of America is a tourist...

    Mall of America is a tourist trap, but one of those place you need to experience if you're here! Minnesota also have great performing arts! Also, if you like fishing...well the license plates state 10,000 lakes, need I say more? The snow..............NOT!!!!!! I'll miss the performing arts the most...unless I move to NYC!

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  • CHECK OUT THE HEAVENLY...

    CHECK OUT THE HEAVENLY SCENERY. DRIVE NORTH ALONG LAKE SUPERIOR AND HAVE A PICNIC ALONG THE SHORE. AUTUMN IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WITH THE UNDESCRIBABLE COLORS AND FRESH CRISP AIR.HEAD SOUTH FOR SOME GEORGOUS FARMLAND. YOU MAY EVEN SEE SOME AMISH FARMERS IN THE FIELDS OR DRIVING BUGGYS ALONG THE ROAD.IF SNOW IS YOUR THING ( IF NOT WHAT ARE YOU DOING...

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  • There are a lot of great...

    There are a lot of great things to see in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Among the sites that we visited is the Mall of America (the largest shopping mall in America: so large it houses a roller-coaster IN THE MALL!) Another MUST see is the Walker Art Center. This features a nice collection of works from American artists. And yet another is the...

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  • Lake Calhoun if your in the...

    Lake Calhoun if your in the city. This is one of the best places to hang out, especially in the summer. Go during the Uptown Art Fair in August, usually it's the 1st weekend. It's filled with culture,food, and art. If you are going farther north you must see Lake Mille Lacs. The best time to go there is in the Fall with colors it is just...

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  • If you are any place near...

    If you are any place near Bloomington you just have to go to Mall of America. It is a place to shop and spend money and could be considered a tourist trap. Even so, if you have never been there it is worth seeing once. I did spend money there and found some stores I was glad I went in to. Camp Snoopy was mostly for kids but I liked the movie...

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  • There is so much to see and do...

    There is so much to see and do in Minnesota. As a bird watcher one of my favorite things was seeing the abundant natural areas of the state. Dawn at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge with wood ducks winging through the trees all around us.

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  • There is a lot to do in...

    There is a lot to do in Minnesota! The natural surroundings are incredible, no matter what time of year it is. The people are incredibly friendly. The Twin Cities are sophisticated and cool (as well as very cold!). Great theater, music, movies, restaurants, etc. And Jesse Ventura! A state where people say 'You betcha, sunshine!' and 'Uf Da!' A...

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  • Duluth - Lake Superior is the...

    Duluth - Lake Superior is the only spot in Minnesota I've had a chance to visit. Therefore, my Minnesota page is only on this area for know. I hope to see more of the beautiful state in the future. Looking out into my friends' backyard and seeing 2 small black bears playing.

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  • Cascade River

    The Cascade river is one of many beautiful streams you'll find along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The trail along the river provides great views of the falls that cascade down this stream.

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  • Don't forget to look down when...

    Don't forget to look down when you're out hiking in the woods. Nature's beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.Photo by Karen Byerly.

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  • Duluth LIft BridgeThe lift...

    Duluth LIft BridgeThe lift bridge allows freighters to pass under on their way to the Duluth Harbor. This is a popular park with restaurants nearby and access to the shore.

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