Minnesota Off The Beaten Path

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Minnesota Off The Beaten Path

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    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    1,840 acres to hike with rampant wildlife,picnic shelters,indoor amphitheater,a children's playground,and a water slide/pool facility. Take I-94 east past downtown St. Paul to McKnight Road and take a left. Both park entrances are on the left off of Lower Afton Rd.

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    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    Nicollet is the only inhabited island on the Mississippi and was named for Joseph Nicollet, who explored and mapped the mighty river in the 1830's. This 48-acre limestone oasis was once a busy industrial center of factories, mills and ice houses. It was also, for a time, a fashionable address so while the early commercial structures are mostly...

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    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    A vestige of bygone days, this cheerful, red clapboard shop has been serving the suburb of Deephaven for over one hundred years…with just a few hiccups. In 1895 - back when citizens of urban Minneapolis escaped the oppressive summer heat by jumping streetcar or buggy to cottages, grand hotels and beaches ringing Lake Minnetonka - Ralph Chapman...

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  • Lakes / Rivers

    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    The Winchell is a little-known section of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area that is believed to have once been used by local indigenous people. Unpaved paths drop down below the main trail, that follows the west side of the river, and into the lower Mississippi River Gorge. The paths meander up and down, through woods and nice...

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  • Zoo / Parks / Gardens

    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    You can visit wolves,porcupines, bobcats, raccoons, gray foxes, black bears, and raptors, such as a red-tailed hawk,New Guinea Highlands wild dogs and an assortment of owls. They are located about 20 miles north of the Twin Cities near Forest Lake. Check their website for ongoing events.

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  • STILLWATER

    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    If you're visiting during the fall harvest are in the market for a pumpkin...consider taking a little side trip to Axdahl's Garden Farm. We always get our pumpkins and apples here and take lots of pictures. You can borrow a wagon to pick your own or you can grab a pre-picked pumpkin from the barn. There's also small petting zoo and a gift shop. You...

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  • The Walter Library

    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    This building is hard to resist. The renovation has created interest and beauty in every corner. It is an interesting contrast to see the students hard at work on the most modern of technologies in this ornate high-ceilinged reading room!

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  • ST. PAUL

    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    If you´re not from Minnesota, you might not know that St. Paul and Minneapolis are different cities.. maybe you do.. St. Paul is older, more scenic, and more residential then Minneapolis.. It´s the capitol of Minnesota, and has wonderful Victorian Mansions on Summit Avenue.. I also recommend going to Grand Avenue.. a trendy shopping district . The...

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  • Lake Calhoun

    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    Uptown Minneapolis still has a few hidden gems that defines the original uniqueness and draw it had when Prince sang a song about it. Uptown is off the beaten path. Way up on the second floor of Calhoun Square. Tucked away in a little hole in the wall (the space formally occupied by Socks Appeal) is the hidden gem Magnetic Originals By Gauss. Its...

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  • Shops / Markets

    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    The Minneapolis Farmer's Market is a great place in the summer and fall to find fresh produce and other odd's and end's. With all sorts of things to buy (fresh roasted corn on the cob, clothing, hand made soap, honey, ect...) and live ethnic bands, it is a great way to start a weekend morning. Located at 312 East Lyndale Ave N, check out their...

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  • The Drum Beats On...FREE

    This photo was taken at a PowWow that was held in GrandPortage, MN.It is definately a very beautiful ceremony of the Native American people to behold. There is a grand entrance where all the dancers enter the arena. They form a procession that dances it's way around a large circle to the beat of one large drum that has 6 or 7 people beating it &...

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  • Judge C. R. Magney State Park

    When we first saw the sign pointing to the Judge C. R. Magney State Park we thought, "What a dreadfully dull name for a park." But later we learned that the good Judge Magney, (1883-1962) Mayor of Duluth, District Judge, Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, was an avid outdoorsman, instrumental in creating this park and numerous others in...

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  • Camp Release State Historical Park

    This is one of those captivating little out-of-the-way places that we stumbled upon while en-route to somewhere else. Serendipity! It's the stuff that makes for great travel memories.Camp Release was the name given to a military camp on the Minnesota prairie at the end of the US-Dakota conflict in 1862. While the American Civil War was raging,...

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  • Say you've been to Chainsaw Sisters

    This was the spot we ended our canoe trip at in 1993. We had a couple of leaders so I don't remember every lake we hit unfortunately, but the jest was Moose Lake to Mudro. After 4 days of the camping food, we all headed straight in for the soda and junk. If we hadn't been teenagers, I'm sure the ice cold beer would have been the drink of choice. :)

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  • Sax-Zim Bog

    Sax-Zim Bog is one of the top birdwatching areas in the Midwest, and attracts birdwatchers from around the world, especially in the winter, when such owl species as great gray owl, northern hawk-owl, and snowy owl can sometimes be easily found. Named after two old towns located in the vicinity, Sax and Zim, the 200-square-mile...

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  • Pickwick Mill

    Pickwick Mill is in southeastern Minnesota in the tiny village of Pickwick, about 15 minutes south of Winona. It can be found by following the signs off Highways 14 & 61, for about two miles on County Road 7. The operating stone mill is situated beside the very picturesque Lake LaBelle which offers trout fishing and a picnic site. For a small fee...

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  • MINNEAPOLIS HAS A TWIN

    Minneapolis has a twin city - St. Paul. There are some great restaurants over the river...all price ranges. The St. Paul Grill is a bit pricey, but one can get the best milkshakes in the world in that town - and real, old-fashioned breakfasts.Garrison Keillor is well known to many radio fans. He appears live on the Prairie Home Companion..broadcast...

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  • Devil's Kettle

    At the base of the Lower Falls on the Brule River you will see a long flight of stairsteps ascending and a small wooden sign which reads: "Devil's Kettle, 700 Yards." Although we had just come down a long series of steps to reach this point, we continued onward. In all there are more than 180 stairsteps along the way, so be forewarned.Just as we...

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  • Lake Itasca: Birthplace of the...

    Lake Itasca, a small glacial lake with a surface area of 1.8 square miles, is the centerpiece of Lake Itasca State Park. From this beautiful serene northwoods lake, 1,475 feet above sea level, the Mighty Mississippi River begins to flow on its winding way, 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. At the spot where the river flows from the lake one can...

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  • Grand Marias Light

    When we were touring Minnesota's North Shore we made a lunch stop in Grand Marias.Here we saw the diminutive Grand Marias Light. This four-legged steel structure, thirty-five feet above Lake Superior, marks the end of Grand Marias' primary breakwater. It warns mariners away from the low breakwater while guiding vessels into the town's harobr. This...

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  • Two Harbors Lighthouse

    Two Harbors Lighthouse, overlooking Lake Superior, was built in 1892, to guide iron-ore freighters and other vessels to the busy loading docks nearby. It is the oldest operating light station on Minnesota's North Shore. The Coast Guard automated the station in 1981, and later turned it over to the Lake County Historical Society which operates a...

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  • The Pumpkin Patch

    This is America. Pumpkins growing fat and plump in anticipation of Halloween. Every kid loves a pumpkin patch--especially Linus from the cartoon series "Peanuts". The cartoonist Charles Schultz was born and raised in St. Paul. I suspect he had firsthand knowledge of Minnesota's pumpkin patches. Like Linus, I have yet to see the Great Pumpkin arise...

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  • Spring Creek Memorial Chapel

    65 families in the area got together and built this memorial chapel at the Spring Creek Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery founded in 1906. The granit marker's inscription says: "For He is our peace..." Eph 2:14This Memorial Chapel is dedicated to the memory of all the loved ones who have gone before us, to honor the pioneers who struggled to settle the...

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  • Really, really old...

    Original markings from when my family originally owned it still visible.The owners that bought it from my family are only second to own this land. It was nice of them to have us for our family reunion.

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  • Old Barn

    Here is the barn that is on my great, great grandfather's homestead in Minnesota. It's a huge building, and really old.

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  • Farm Lands

    We drove from Minneapolis out to a family reunion on a farm that was originally homesteaded by my great, great grandparents who travelled from Norway in 1876. This region of Minnesota is comprised of low rolling hills, large beautiful trees, green, green, and more green fields. I wondered where all the water for the Mississippi River comes from...

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  • Black Bears in their natural habitat

    We visited this Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary one day in August of 1998. You drive along a long dirt/gravel road to where there are some observation decks. These bears really are wild and there have been attacks in the past, but generally, they seemed well-behaved. They feed them and I guess that's how they know to gather there during parts of the...

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  • Abandoned farm house

    The remains of an early homesteader in rural Rice County, Minnesota. Many such ruins dot the fields of rural Minnesota. The winters must have been brutal before the advent of central heating systems.

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  • Church on the hilltop

    The settlers of this state most often built their rural churches on the highest hilltop in the region. I'm not sure if it was an attempt to get closer to God or whether the Norskes not being all that good with directions, simply set their church on the highest hill so it would always be in sight and easy to find.This photo is of the Vasa Lutheran...

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  • Wolves

    Minnesota has always had wolfpacks patrolling its northern forests. A few decades ago the wolves were all but wiped out from the lower 48 states. Minnesota was the lone exception with its sparsely populated northern forests. Minnesota does not have free range livestock, so there was not the same type of wolf bounty hunting as plagued the western...

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  • Sunset over McIntosh

    While driving home to BC after spending a year at the University of New Brunswick, we camped in McIntosh. This was in April of 1984.

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  • Pass through McIntosh, Minnesota

    After spending a year at the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, I returned to BC with some classmates. We drove across the country in a Volkswagon van. After following along Lake Superior on the USA-side, we passed into Wisconsin and then Minnesota.

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  • 'Dinkytown', an area of SE...

    'Dinkytown', an area of SE Minneapolis adjacent to the University of Minnesota along University Avenue, is a bustling community of mostly students and academic types. There are good used bookstores, pleasant little restaurants and bars, and an excellent small movie theater that often shows arty films you won't find anywhere else in town. There's...

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  • If you're from one of those...

    If you're from one of those smog filled, crime infested, traffic jammed cities then you will love Duluth! Duluth offers great outdoors,parks,lakes, great scenery and chemical free fresh clean air!!There are also some of the best sceneic routes in the US in that area! So make sure you have a car!Where should I stay? NANIBOUJOU LODGE20 Naniboujou...

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  • I think most people miss...

    I think most people miss Northern Minnesota. Usually the draw would be Minneapolis/St. Paul, or the Mall of America. But if you want to see what Minnesota is really all about, go where the city people flock to for their vacations---NORTH! The smallest towns find themselves with populations doubled and tripled in the summer with boaters, fishers,...

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  • If you like getting out away...

    If you like getting out away from the city, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is a great place to go canoeing and camping... one of my favorites.Also, northern MN has loads of great camping and fishing... this is the land of 10,000 lakes! I like the Grand Rapids area, take the drive north from there on Hwy 38... make sure you stop in Bigfork...

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  • Everyone needs to go to the...

    Everyone needs to go to the Minnesota State Fair at least once in their life! Lots to see and lots to eat (most of it deep fried and on a stick). I grew up in Minnesota and try to make it back for the Fair at least every few years. It runs the last two weeks in August, ending on Labor Day.Don't miss it!

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  • Ever heard of Soudan, MN? No?...

    Ever heard of Soudan, MN? No? I'm not surprised. It's pretty small...But it does have the Soudan Underground Mine State Park there.A century slips by when you visit this park. Visitors wear hard hats and journey down 2,400 feet via a 'cage.' On the 27th level, the transportation shifts to a rail car for a ride back into the mine as you listen to...

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  • MINNESOTA IS HOME TO SEVERAL...

    MINNESOTA IS HOME TO SEVERAL OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVALS.FOR THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC LOVER THE SONSHINE FEST IN WILLMAR IS GREAT. IT'S A HOOT TO SEE TEENS WITH EVERY HAIR COLOR AND BODY PIERCING GATHERED TO PRAISE AND PRAY. DETROIT LAKES HOSTS THE SPIRITFEST WHICH IS ANOTHER AWESOME CHRISTIAN FEST. ALSO IN DETRIOT LAKES IS WE FEST FOR ALL YOU COUNTRY MUSIC...

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  • ##37.A LOCAL TOLD ME THAT...

    ##37.A LOCAL TOLD ME THAT THE WEATHER THAT DAY WAS THE BEST ITS BEEN IN THREE WEEKS...SUNNY AND MILD.AFTER TAKING AN INORDINATE AMOUNT OF TIME SEARCHING FOR SUPPLIES IN GRAND MARAIS, I FINALLY MADE IT TO THE TRAILHEAD AND STARTED THE HIKE AT 12:30. THE TRAIL LEADS THROUGH FOREST, THEN SWAMP (THOUGH THE SWAMP IS BILLED AS A CANOE WILDERNESS), THEN...

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  • #VIEW FROM TOP. THE LOCAL...

    #VIEW FROM TOP. THE LOCAL MYTH IS THAT YOU CAN SEE LAKE SUPERIOR ON A CLEAR DAY. THE SKIES WERE PRETTY CLEAR, BUT I DIDN'T SEE NO LAKE SUPERIOR!

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  • #THE HIGH POINT IS EAGLE...

    #THE HIGH POINT IS EAGLE MOUNTAIN...ELEVATION IS 2301 FEET...HIKE IS 6.4 MILES...MY HIKING TIME WAS 3 HOURS AND FIFTEEN MINUTES.

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  • Minnesota Valley National...

    Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is close to things like Mall of America. It is a refuge in the heart of an urban area. That is the unique thing about it. You don't feel like you are any where near a big city when you are there. It is located in Bloomington at 3815 E. 80th street across from the Airport Hilton Hotel. (We walked to the...

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  • Rice Park and Ordway theater...

    Rice Park and Ordway theater in St. Paul. Park your car near Rice Park if you can and you will be a short walk from Landmark Center, Science Museum, Children's Museum, and River Centre.

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  • This is not a zoo or a museum....

    This is not a zoo or a museum. It is a big outdoors and sporting goods store called Cabela's. Cabelas is in Owatonna near I-35 highway. It is beautiful inside. I am going to add some photos I took in the store to a travelogue because I thought it was so nice.

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