Minnesota Wonders

Discovering the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter

Compared to those of my childhood, the playgrounds of today seriously blow me away. I could only have imagined such beautiful playgrounds in my dreams as a child. While the swing sets, teeter totters, and merry-go-rounds of the past were loads of fun, they can’t compete with some of the modern day playgrounds that blend art with imagination and fun. While spending a day in St. Peter a while back, the kids and I discovered one such incredible playground. The […]

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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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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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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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February Fun in Faribault-An Activity Guide

Looking for something to do during the month of February? There’s 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! Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. I will add more restaurant specials or other business deals for the […]

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Minnesota Travel Roundup – Winter 2017

We are almost to the midpoint of winter. Last week marked, on average, the coldest days of the year in Minnesota.  Even though the temperatures may begin to warm over the next couple of months, spring is still fifty-five days away.  There is still time to get outside and enjoy Minnesota’s beautiful winter.  From snowshoeing to dog sledding, there are many opportunities to get out and explore.  And if you need a break from winter, that’s ok too! I’ve found […]

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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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