Minnesota Wonders

Ten Minnesota Ways to Get in the Christmas Spirit-2016

Are you feeling like Christmas yet?  Would you like to start a new family tradition? Here are ten unique Minnesota Christmas event ideas that are sure to get you and your family in the Christmas spirit!   1. Go back in time and experience Christmas the way people did a hundred years ago.  There are all kinds of historic houses, mansions, and villages across Minnesota that are open for tours. Check out the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul, Mayowood […]

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World’s Largest Turkey – Frazee, Minnesota

Otter Tail County, located in northwestern Minnesota, is a hot spot for giant roadside sculpture.  With over a 1000 lakes, it’s also a popular spot for fishing, boating, and family fun!  On our last visit to Otter Tail County, I shared with you the story of Otto the Otter in Fergus Falls.  You can learn about Otto and the many other attractions of Fergus Falls by clicking here. Located just off Highway 10, the small town of Frazee welcomes visitors […]

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One “Giant” Minnesota Protest: Big Vic, the Voyageur

Note:  If you head to the far northern tip of Minnesota, you will find a couple of super cool giants.  I am dividing this story into two separate blog posts.  First up is Big Vic, the Voyageur, which can be found in the small town of Ranier.  In a couple weeks I’ll share the story of Smokey Bear, which stands a couple miles away in International Falls.    Let’s face it.  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.  Donald Trump has […]

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Happy Veterans Day!

Thanks to all the veterans that have served our country and also to your families, who also sacrifice so much. We are so lucky to have such brave men and women in our country! I love how so many communities have taken the time to create veterans and war memorials, even in super small towns. The memorial below is found in Cleveland, Minnesota, located just east of St. Peter with a population just over 700 people. These spaces always provide […]

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The Murals of Faribault

In the town that I call home, one of my favorite things to see are the murals of Faribault. Bursting with color, the murals showcase some beautiful artwork and scenes from Faribault’s historic past, like this one of the bustling downtown in the 1950’s. (See map at the end of this post for all the mural locations in Faribault.)   Murals began showing up in 2007.  Artists and others from the community came together and formed the Mural Society of Faribault, […]

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Alexandria’s “Big Ole”

  This week we head to Alexandria, home to the mysterious Runestone and the giant Viking, Big Ole. A great family vacation destination, Alexandria will keep you busy with its beautiful lakes, many museums, and outdoor fun. Standing 28 feet tall and weighing 8,000 pounds, the Viking “Big Ole” protects the city of Alexandria with his shield and sword. Built by artist Gordon Shumaker out of fiberglass, Big Ole represented Minnesota in 1965 as part of a display at the […]

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Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan and Babe

Perhaps the most famous sculptures in all of Minnesota, Paul Bunyan and Babe attract thousands of visitors every year to far northern Minnesota. Bemidji offers loads of family fun with opportunities to learn about science, history, culture, and more! In 1937, the city of Bemidji created the giant sculptures of Paul Bunyan and Babe for their winter carnival celebration. At 18 feet tall and weighing 2.5 tons, Paul stands on the shore of Lake Bemidji, which is said to be […]

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Olivia’s Giant Ear of Corn

This week we travel to southwestern Minnesota and visit the town of Olivia. The heart of agriculture country, Olivia pays tribute to one of Minnesota’s most cultivated crops: corn. In 1973, Olivia became known as the “Corn Capital of the Midwest.” To promote the idea, they constructed this monument to corn, which measures 25 feet tall and is made out of fiberglass.  Nine different seed research companies in the area employ many local people and create new varieties of corn. […]

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