Minnesota Wonders

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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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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