Minnesota Wonders

Take a ride on Minnesota’s State Bike Trails

Like a lot of kids growing up in the eighties, I didn’t wear a bike helmet. And I didn’t think much about it until I started riding through the city with my own children. I decided to invest in one for myself after having one too many close calls with the drivers on our roads today. Let’s face it; there’s a lot of distracted drivers out there! That’s why I have fallen in love with the bike trails of Minnesota. […]

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Taking the 30 Days of Biking Pledge in Minnesota

It seems like every week on Facebook, one friend or another is participating in a running race or a triathlon. Their posts always inspire me, and I have been thinking about “joining the club”. While athletics were a huge part of my life in high school and college, my participation in sports since motherhood has consisted mainly of playing with the kids in the backyard. Of all the sports we play, riding our bikes by far has become my favorite […]

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Easter Egg Hunts and April Fun in Faribault

Looking for something to do during the month of April? There are lots of activities for young and old going on in Faribault and our surrounding communities. Whether you’re just looking to get out of the house, wanting to explore the outdoors, or hoping to find some family fun, there is something for everyone to discover in our local communities! Easter will be here before you know it. As I come across special activities I will add them to the […]

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50 Wacky Roadside Attractions in Minnesota to Visit with Kids

It all started five years ago in western Minnesota. While on vacation in Otter Tail County, my kids needed to get some energy out at a playground. Because we didn’t have one at our resort, we would often head to the parks in nearby towns to play. One of the parks we loved to visit is found in the tiny town of Vergas (population 331). Vergas is home to the World’s Largest Loon, and it is the loon that birthed my grand idea. It […]

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St. Urho and Family Fun in Menahga

As you head to the heart of north central Minnesota, you will find the community of Menahga.  Located about three hours north of the Twin Cities, the small town of Menahga (population 1,304) features some great family friendly amenities. From a beautiful beach and city park to an ancient legend that the locals celebrate every year, Menahga’s charm will entice you to visit and explore this lovely area of Minnesota. St. Urho Back in the 1950’s, the legend of St. Urho began […]

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March Fun in Faribault – An Activity Guide

Looking for something to do during the month of March? There are lots of activities for young and old going on in Faribault and our surrounding communities. Whether you’re just looking to get out of the house, wanting to explore the outdoors, or hoping to find some family fun, there is something for everyone to discover in our local communities! St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. I will add more restaurant specials or other business deals […]

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Visiting the National Eagle Center

One of the most incredible sights that can be seen along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota is the migration of eagles. When temperatures begin to rise in late winter as the rivers and wetlands begin to open up, the eagles return to Minnesota from their winter homes in the southern United States. Between late February and the end of March, you have a great chance to view these amazing birds in Minnesota. A couple of years ago, my kids […]

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Flying Drones Indoors – Minnesota

It’s not unusual these days to go to an outdoor event and see a drone flying around taking pictures. Drones are being used in many different types of applications. Farmers are using them to scout for pests and spot mineral deficiencies in their crops. Law enforcement agencies are using them to hunt down criminals. Realtors’ are using them to take pictures of properties as a marketing tool. Drones seem to be everywhere. And if you were shopping for your kids […]

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Discovering the Red Wing Shoe Museum

Located in southeastern Minnesota along the Mississippi River, the city of Red Wing is home to many museums, shops, and attractions. Recently while passing through the town, we decided to stop and visit the Red Wing Shoe Museum and Store.  You’ll find it on Main Street, also known as historic Highway 61, which travels through the heart of Red Wing and is part of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. The Red Wing Shoe Company was founded in 1905 […]

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Minnesota Ice Golf – Teeing Off for a Cause

This past week, I sat down to interview my brother-in-law, Jason DeMars, to learn about the unique Minnesota sport of ice golf. Ice golf is another great way to experience the ice on one of Minnesota’s frozen lakes.  Here in southern Minnesota, it has also turned into a way for people to give to a great cause in effort to help out a fellow Minnesota neighbor in need.   When did you first play ice golf? “I started to play […]

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