Minnesota Wonders

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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10 Great Movies Filmed in Minnesota

It’s a wonderful time of year in our house, both because it’s Christmas and because the kids and my husband have time off.  One of the activities we love to do over Christmas break is to make a big bowl of popcorn and watch some movies together as a family. As I was thinking about finding some movies for the holiday break, Minnesota came to mind.  We’ve had some pretty amazing films created right here in the land of 10,000 […]

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Minnesota Travel Roundup – December

Here’s a collection of Minnesota vacation and travel resources from the last month from some of my favorite Minnesota blogs.  There’s so much to do in Minnesota this time of year! Have fun exploring! MinneMama Adventures Would you like to discover some amazing ways to spread the Christmas spirit?  Nikki shares some wonderful ideas for family activities in her post { 25 Days of Christmas Joy }.   Twin Cities Mom Blog Monica shares some great ideas about serving others this […]

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Christmas Lights at the Keller Farm

One of the most beautiful Christmas light displays can be found on the prairie farmland in rural Rice County.  With a incredible love for the Christmas season, the Kellers have be decorating their farm with thousands of Christmas lights for many years.  The lights usually gets turned on in the middle of December and run through January 6th. The Keller Farm address is 10557 190th Street East, Nerstrand.  To get there, head east on Highway 60 out of Faribault about […]

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Faribault Christmas Lights Tour – Ten Great Displays

Over the past couple of weeks, my daughter and I have been searching the streets of Faribault, our hometown, for the coolest Christmas light displays.  We haven’t been disappointed.  The citizens of Faribault certainly have the Christmas spirit!  Thanks for passing it along and going through the effort to brighten our community with Christmas cheer!  I did my best when taking the pictures, but they really don’t do the lights justice. The displays are way more beautiful when you see […]

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Jerry’s Tree and Star – Christmas Lights that Dazzle

If you have ever driven on Interstate 35 in southern Minnesota after dark this time of year, chances are you have gazed upon Jerry’s tree.  Jerry Lageson began stringing the thousands of white LED lights upon his tree during the Christmas of 2012.  Since that time, over a million people have seen his display while traveling on the interstate.  I love Jerry’s motto from the video below: “Life is not about the breaths you take but about the moments that […]

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Exploring International Falls – Smokey Bear and Cubs

Part two:  A few of weeks ago, I wrote about the Big Vic the Voyageur sculpture in the small town of Ranier.  You can read about it here.  This week we head a couple of miles away to International Falls to learn about America’s favorite forest ranger, Smokey Bear.   Built in 1953 by Gordon Shumaker, Smokey Bear measures 26 feet tall! The U.S. Forest Service created the character of Smokey Bear in 1944 to educate people about the dangers […]

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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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