Minnesota Wonders

Virginia’s Floating Loon

Visiting Minnesota’s Iron Range left a lasting impression on my family.  Filled with amazing historical places to visit, lots of outdoor things to do, and cities with much to explore, you will enjoy traveling to this amazing part of Minnesota. After driving up the north shore, we headed west to Virginia and stayed overnight for a few days while we explored this area of the Iron Range. Virginia’s Floating Loon Built out of fiberglass by Bill Martin, this giant loon […]

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Otto the Otter in Fergus Falls

Our family vacations every year in Otter Tail County on beautiful Star Lake.  There is no shortage of beautiful lakes in Otter Tail County.  Its home to over 1,100 lakes!  That’s the most lakes in one county in the nation!  Otter Tail County is also a hot spot for roadside sculpture and is where my interest with these giants started. Otto the Otter In 1972, a group of Fergus Falls students from a high school shop class built Otto the […]

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Cloquet Voyageur

Big Voyageur on the St. Louis River As part of a bicentennial celebration in 1976, Cloquet built this 20-foot-tall voyageur made of fiberglass to honor the history of settlement along the St. Louis River. The sculpture is a little tricky to find. It is located on the south side of the St. Louis River in Dunlap Island Park near Broadway and St. Louis Avenue. Outdoor Fun Cloquet has 14 parks loaded with things to do!  We visited Pinehurst Park where […]

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Owatonna’s Flying Jets

South of the Twin Cities on Interstate 35, you will find the charming city of Owatonna. Our family goes to Owatonna quite a bit, as it is just “down the road” from where we live in Faribault. Since my husband’s a fisherman, we visit Cabela’s on a regular basis. My kids, on the other hand, have developed an obsession with eating at the Panda Express, which is located just off the Interstate. Over the years, we’ve made an effort to […]

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Get Up Close with Minnesota Birds

A couple of weekends ago, I traveled with my family to Nerstrand State Park in southeastern Minnesota to watch the process of bird banding.  A beautiful sunny morning, the licensed bird researchers set up two poles with a 25 foot net attached between them.  The birds flew into the net, which captured them until the bird researchers removed them to be banded.  The great thing about watching bird banding, is being able to see the birds up close.  You get […]

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Welcome to Minnesota Wonders!

I love the the back roads of Minnesota.  They lead to so many amazing, wonderful places that can put a smile on your face in a heartbeat and put you on the path of relaxation and renewal.  I hope to share these inspiring places with you here at Minnesota Wonders.  Along the way, I’ll be highlighting Minnesota’s family friendly places, fun getaways for two, spiritual spaces to reflect and relax, and places that are just plain fun to visit.  I […]

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