Minnesota Wonders

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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Touring Minnesota’s Oldest Cathedral in Faribault

Just before Christmas, I went on an amazing tour of Minnesota’s oldest Cathedral. Just fifty miles south of the Twin Cities in Faribault, the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior endures as a symbol of justice and tolerance for one of Minnesota’s most important historical figures, Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple. Bishop Whipple and the Dakota Conflict After being ordained the first Episcopalian Bishop of Minnesota in October of 1859, Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple moved to Faribault in 1860.  He visited the […]

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Exploring the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

Whether you want to escape the winters cold or cool down from the summer’s heat, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is the perfect place to take your family for an afternoon of fun.  The thing that I love most about this museum is that it’s like a slice of a Minnesota summer that has been brought indoors. Located in Mankato, Minnesota, the museum is about a ninety-minute drive southwest of the Twin Cities. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota […]

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Remembering the Dakota Conflict and Mankato’s Reconciliation Park

The Dakota Conflict of 1862 can be described as one of the most pivotal moments of Minnesota history.  In the fall of 1862, bloodshed began when four young Dakota killed five white settlers near Acton township in southwestern Minnesota.  The conflict, however, between the settlers and Dakota started long before the start of the war. Through a series of treaties including the Treaty of Traverse de Sioux and the Treaty of Mendota in 1851, the Dakota had ceded nearly all […]

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