Minnehaha Falls bring nature to urban area in Minneapolis

Autumn provides a beautiful backdrop to Minnesota’s Minnehaha Falls. The falls, part of Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, was featured in an 1855 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poet based his characters – Hiawatha and Minnehaha – on Ojibwe tribal members. A sculpture representing Hiawatha and his love, Minnehaha, is located upstream from Minnehaha Falls. […]

Roseville’s Bent Brewstillery serves up a double hit

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make a good beer. Or does it? Bent Brewstillery founder Bartley Blume was once an engineer with NASA. Why would a guy who worked for an agency that puts rockets and people into space want to make his own beer? It hearkens back to 2007, when his wife […]

Roseville ‘perfectly positioned’ in Twin Cities

When we travel, we tend to stay near at least one of the attractions we plan to visit. So, when we travel to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, we tend to stay downtown or near the Mall of America. Our recent trip to Minnesota gave us an opportunity to change that up. And are we […]

We had a gourd time at Minnesota’s ‘Pumpkin Nights’

Minnesota offers a twist on the traditional pumpkin patch. “Pumpkin Nights” combines 3,000 gourds into 12 galleries over a half-mile walk. Each gallery features designs ranging from international locations to Minnesota icons. We took in the first-year event courtesy of “Pumpkin Nights” marketing team. We were impressed with the production, which is the first of […]

St. Paul’s Fort Snelling history strikes personal chord

Visiting Minnesota’s Historic Fort Snelling was more than just a tourist stop for me. It was the military base used to imprison members of my tribe (Santee Sioux, Eastern Dakota, or iSanti) during the mid-1860s before forcing them to move to a reservation at present-day Santee, in northeast Nebraska. My great-great-grandparents (Francois and Mary) and […]

September Midwest Travel Twitter Chat – featuring Albert Lea, Minnesota

Disclaimer: Thanks to Albert Lea tourism, Albert Lea Downtown Association and Freeborn County, Minnesota, for sponsoring this post and the September Midwest Travel Twitter Chat.  All opinions and views are ours. Located just north of the state border with Iowa, Albert Lea is the first city you’ll encounter on I-35 in Minnesota. Known as the Land between […]

Northfield, Minnesota: The defeat of Jesse James and his gang

I’ve long had a fascination with Jesse James’ story. Lisa and I have been slowly taking a Jesse James “tour” around the Midwest. The James-Younger Gang ran into not-so “Minnesota Nice” when it attempted to rob the Northfield bank Sept. 7, 1876. The First National Bank of Northfield is now a museum, which tells the […]

Albert Lea – Beauty, history and Minnesota lakes

  Mrs. C and an early rocker hail from a small southern Minnesota city. Marion Ross and Eddie Cochran grew up in Albert Lea. They were each proud of their hometown. Ross – who rose to fame in the role of Mrs. Cunningham on the 1970s hit television series “Happy Days” – routinely returns home. […]

Bloomington, Minnesota: Mall of America colors in some new attractions

We’ve learned over the years that no matter how many times you visit the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, you will see something new. The nation’s largest indoor shopping center is constantly switching out stores, restaurants and attractions. Stores such as Nordstrom and Sears have been at the Mall since it opened in 1992. […]

Austin, Minnesota: SPAM Museum is all about the pork product

Growing up in Nebraska, it wasn’t uncommon to eat SPAM for lunch or dinner. When we moved to Fremont, which has a Hormel’s plant, it also wasn’t uncommon to smell the company’s product being made. It seemed every summer, a slow “aroma” from the Hormel plant whiffed its way across the city of about 22,000. […]

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