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elcome to Destinations – your ticket to fun, scenic and interesting vacation playlands throughout Minnesota. This publication is your guide on where to go and what to do as you explore the scenic lakes, rivers and woods of Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Perham, Wadena, Brainerd, Park Rapids and Duluth. There is no bad time for a visit to the Destinations area. It’s a postcard-perfect world year-round. Come and visit the hundreds of fun places where you can hike,


swim, golf, fish, hunt, bird watch, berry pick, ski, windsurf, play tennis, relax, skateboard, sunbathe, toboggan or sled, shop ‘til you drop or just see the sights. Destinations will lead you to theater, art and music produced by local talent. We’ll show you the annual citywide festivals that nearly every community in the area proudly presents. If you already live in Destinations country, you’re bound to learn about things you didn’t even know were that close to home.


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Quick reference for driving distance between these Minnesota cities. For a detailed map of the area, please see pages 60-61.

Fargo Moorhead

Grand Rapids Detroit Lakes Perham

Duluth Superior

Park Rapids


Wadena Brainerd Little Falls



St. Cloud Twin Cities

Location Twin Cities to Alexandria Twin Cities to Detroit Lakes Twin Cities to Duluth Twin Cities to Park Rapids Brainerd to Detroit Lakes Fargo to Detroit Lakes Alexandria to Brainerd Alexandria to Detroit Lakes Alexandria to Perham St. Cloud to Brainerd


Miles 139 206 155 193 93 46 87 80 59 64

Time 2:09 3:30 2:20 3:14 1:36 0:54 1:38 1:26 1:07 1:00

Explore historic downtown

There’s more to downtown Alexandria than storefronts. Visitors can discover enchanting shops and beautiful boutiques. They can stroll through timeless



brims with lakes, history, trails, museums, arts


he phrase, “Easy to get to – hard to leave,” isn’t just a Chamber of Commerce pitch line for the Alexandria lakes area. It’s true. People are having a hard time leaving because they’re having so much fun. Alexandria is conveniently located on Interstate 94 – 110 miles from Fargo, 68 miles from St. Cloud, 131 miles from Minneapolis and 142 miles from St. Paul. Nestled in scenic rolling hills and trees where the prairie meets the forest, the Alexandria area is brimming with 375 glacier-formed, pristine lakes. That makes it the perfect playground for swimmers, boaters, anglers, golfers, bicyclists, hikers, bird watchers, ice skaters, skiers, snowmobilers and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Even if you don’t consider yourself an outdoorsman or outdoorswoman, there’s still plenty of fun to enjoy while on vacation in the Alexandria lakes area: • Browse for antiques. • Take in an arts production.

• Shop historic downtown Alexandria or visit the Viking Plaza. • Explore the area’s fascinating – and controversial – history. • See a movie – there’s a nine-screen movie theater near the mall. • Get a workout at the Alexandria Area YMCA. • Tour a winery – the award winning Carlos Creek Winery is just three miles north of Alexandria. • Catch an entertaining baseball game or college-level hockey game. In addition, Alexandria lists several golf courses on its website (, an amusement park, go-cart racing, horseback riding, three museums, public swimming beaches, a water park, a winter ski hill, three marinas and much more – all in the Alexandria lakes area. There is also a trail of antique, curio and specialty shops (many of them downtown) that collectors, browsers and shoppers love to follow, and Alexandria has a very active downtown restaurant and shopping area.

antique stores to find unexpected treasures and nostalgic memorabilia. They can take a break and try out one of the many cozy eateries. For information on upcoming events, visit | PAGE 7



Golf Courses

Douglas County has a wide variety of golf courses to entertain and challenge golfers of any skill level, from first-time beginners to league experts. You can play a quick nine holes or take on a 27-hole championship course. Many courses feature scenic views of lakes, woods and rolling hills. Each summer, the Alexandria Golf Club plays host to the popular Resorters Golf Tournament (this year from July 29-Aug. ), a match-play competition that draws top-notch amateur golfers from throughout the Midwest.

DIVERSIONS INDOORS AND OUT The Alexandria website lists numerous resorts, motels, and many B&Bs. There are also campgrounds, RV Parks and other lodging accommodations.


If you like biking, walking, inline skating or snowmobiling, you’ll love the Cen-

tral Lakes Trail. The 14-footwide, 55-mile trail is a paved, biking and walking trail that spans Douglas County from Osakis through Evansville and on to Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County. Located on the old Burlington Northern rail line grade, the Central Lakes Trail connects the cities of Osakis, Nelson, Alexandria, Garfield, Brandon, Evansville and Melby in Douglas County. The trailhead and parking area in Alexandria is located at the north end of Broadway in Big Ole Central Park. A “fix it” repair station for bicycles was recently added there. for a full list of trail heads and information


Other trailheads are available in the cities of Osakis, Garfield, Brandon and Evansville. These trailheads include a parking area, portable restrooms and a trailside shelter. A bike shelter is also available along the trail about one and one-half miles east of Nelson. The Central Lakes Trail also connects to the Lake Wobegon trail, which runs from Osakis through Sauk Centre to St. Joseph. Together, they make the longest paved bike trail in the state. The Central Lakes Trail (www. is used as a snowmobile trail in the winter, however studs are not allowed.


The Viking Plaza in Alexandria has more than 30 stores for customers to shop in comfort.

Many updates and improvements have been completed and more are on the horizon. The Viking Plaza is often described as “tomorrow’s mall” and management takes pride in offering customers a clean, relaxing and fun environment that makes the mall not just a place to shop but a destination to visit. It’s the largest shopping mall in Douglas County. Recent upgrades were made inside and out, including comfortable new furniture for shoppers to take a break, a creative playscape for children, a new entrance off South Broadway, new signs and free Wi-Fi access for shoppers. There are events happening all year round at the Viking Plaza. It’s also a popular spot for walkers to get in some exercise, seven days a week.


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The Legacy of the Lakes Museum offers visitors a chance to experience the history of boating and resorts in the Alexandria lakes area and the entire state. The museum, located on Third Avenue West in Alexandria, houses an extensive classic boat collection as well as resorting, fishing, hunting and other maritime memorabilia. The newest attraction is the Boat House, a newly renovated indoor

lect Friday nights in the summer in the beautiful Legacy Gardens. The 2018 summer lineup will be announced this spring. The museum also educational provides programs in the summer, such as sailing lessons, water safety and youth boat operation. The museum will open for the year in mid-May. For more information, visit its website at or call (320) 759-1114.

event space. The museum also is home to the Maritime Gardens. It features a grand design of gazebos, park benches, lush flower gardens, ornamental grasses, streams and waterfalls and an event stage with seating. Recent improvements include mobile audio tours, an expanded Gar Wood exhibit and an improved duck boat exhibit featuring rare decoys and unusual hunting memorabilia. The museum hosts live music events on se-

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Vikingland Band Festival

Every year, on the last Sunday in June, the streets of Alexandria come alive with the sound of music. The 34th annual Vikingland Band Festival is set for June 24, featuring the Midwest’s finest high school marching bands in a fun but intense competition. Summer parade bands are at their peak in June and pull out all the stops as they perform on the city’s extra-wide main street. The Vikingland Band Festival parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and proceeds along Broadway from Fourth Avenue to 15th Avenue. For more information about the band festival, visit the website RUNESTONE MUSEUM

Located near the “Big Ole” Viking statue at the north end of Broadway, the Runestone Museum is home to the controversial, world fa-

mous Kensington Runestone. It tells of early explorers to this area from Norway, and some believe they discovered America long before Christopher Columbus. There are also Native American exhibits, exhibits on early immigrants and the history of Alexandria, a memorial/gun exhibit, a Minnesota wildlife exhibit, and a hands-on children’s area. The museum is located in Fort Alexandria, a nearly exact replica of the stockade constructed in 1862 by order of the governor of Minnesota. It’s located at 206 Broadway. Go to for more information.


No matter the season, there’s always something happening at Carlos Creek Winery. Founded in 1997, the winery officially opened in July 1999. It’s located on 160 acres with 22 acres devoted to vines. Carlos Creek Winery is the preferred wine of the Minnesota Wild and the “Official Wine of Minnesota Fun!” Visitors can sample a wide range of the winery’s award-winning wine and hard cider. Grape varieties include Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Valiant, King of the North, Marquette, Petite Pearl, Crimson Pearl and a mystery variety. The winery is owned and operated by the Bredeson family. A couple of years ago, the tasting room was expanded by 1,500 square feet, giving visitors plenty of room to sample wine and talk to the servers. They also added a self-guided cave tour – a kind of underground museum that showcases the history of the wine industry, its processes and products. A new demonstration vineyard offers details about the grapes that are being grown. October through April hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and

noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. June through August hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. September and May hours are from noon to 6 p.m. daily. Live music is offered every Saturday, year round and the winery offers free production and vineyard tours on Saturdays, June through Labor Day, at 1 and 3 p.m. Yearly events include the extremely popular “Grape Stomp” (September 14-16, 2018) featuring 12 bands on four stages; “Apple Fest” (held October 20, 2018) featuring a pumpkin-throwing catapult; and “Awake the Grapes,” which includes 1K, 5K and 10K runs through the vineyards (held the Sunday of Memorial weekend). The winery is also a favorite spot for destination weddings. It hosts more than 50 weddings each year, plus a number of corporate events. It was recently nominated a “top three non-metro venue” by Minnesota Meetings and Events and was given the “Bride’s Choice Award” by Wedding Wire. There is also a full venue of musical entertainment, mystery dinner theater and other fun activities. Go to for more information or call (320) 846-5443. | PAGE 11

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Although there are several fireworks displays around the area on the Fourth of July, one of the most spectacular is Star Storm. Those who go to Lake Darling near Alexandria on July 4 will enjoy a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display set to music. The annual display, which is designed to be enjoyed either from land or from the lake, is organized by Arrowwood Resort. Folks can watch the show from the front lawn of Arrowwood, which overlooks the lake, or they can boat over to see the display. Watchers are encouraged to tune into KXRA-FM, 92.3, for the show.


Big Splash is a wet, wild waterpark wonder. One of the biggest indoor water parks in the state is at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, located about four miles north of Alexandria on Lake Darling. The 38,000-square-foot water park offers a wide variety of water activities, including four-story waterslides, a “Lazy River” floating inner tube ride, a lily pad water walk and a

tropical whirlpool spa and waterfall. There’s also a children’s play fort in a zero-inch-entry pool. Spectator passes are also available. In 2016, it was voted as the Best Family Resort and Waterpark by readers of the SUN Media Group in the Twin Cities. For more information, call (320) 762-1124 or visit the Big Splash website at

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Theatre L’Homme Dieu has been offering professional summer-stock theater to the Alexandria area since 1961. This year’s theater series includes the touching drama, “Driving Miss Daisy,” the romantic comedy, “String,” the fastpaced romp, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” and two to-be-announced musicals. Two concerts are also set – “Memories,” celebrating the music of Barbara Streisand, featuring Patty Peterson on July 26; and “Wild Angels and the Hand-

some Devils,” featuring some of the music business's biggest female stars: Janis Joplin, Adele, The Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert, Heart, Shania Twain, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Raitt and Carrie Underwood on Aug. 15-16. The theatre also has fun activities planned during the Kentucky Derby in May. Theatre L'Homme Dieu is located at 1875 County Road 120 NE. For more information, call (320) 846-3150 or visit the website | PAGE 13


Noonan Park in Alexandria is the site of the city’s outdoor public skating rinks. The rinks are regularly maintained, have a warming house, and are well lit for night skating. The park is generally open for skating around December 20, or whenever there is eight inches of ice. Hours for the rink and warming house are Monday through Friday from 3 to 9:30 p.m. and weekends and vacation days from 1 to 9:30 p.m. The rinks are closed daily from 5 to 6 p.m. During school vacations, the rinks open at 1 p.m. There is no charge to skate at the park. The rinks are located on the east side of Alexandria off of Nokomis Street and between Ninth and 10th avenues. PAGE 14 | DESTINATIONS 2018




Minnesota has more than 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails that criss-cross its forests, prairies, hills and lakes. Here in Douglas County, it’s just as wonderful for snowmobilers. There are breathtaking scenes on 368 miles of trails that wind throughout the county, connecting every community in the area. Snowmobile trails also connect with the 55-mile Central Lakes Trail, a four-season recreational trail that spans the county.

A free trail map and additional trail information are available at the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 206 Broadway.


Think you have to go to the mountains to have winter fun? If so, you haven’t been to Andes Tower Hills.

Located just 15 miles west of Alexandria, Andes Tower Hills has 16 downhill ski runs ranging from beginner to expert, as well as facilities for tubing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Ski and snowboard lessons, a racing program, lodging, a restaurant, equipment rentals and

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City Parks stone Place and then west on Lake Park Avenue). LEGION PARK – Broadway and Eighth Avenue West, Alexandria. In the winter, the park is flooded with water to create an ice skating rink. MANOR HILLS PARK – Take Highway 29 North to Manor Drive and go two blocks to the right on Springdale in Alexandria. MARTIN’S HOPE PARK – Second Avenue, across the street from Big Ole Central Park in Alexandria. NOONAN PARK – this city park is located at Nokomis Street and 10th Avenue in Alexandria. Be sure to pack your picnic lunch and include some corn or lettuce for the ducks! From the playground to scenic pond, this park is a favorite all year round. The frozen pond, hockey rink and warming house are a great place to spend a winter’s day. OAK KNOLL PARK – northeast side of Alexandria near McKay Avenue. Take Highway 29 North, turn right on McKay Ave. and left on Oak Knoll Dr. OSAGI PARK – Lake Street in Osakis. Picnic tables and shelter, restrooms, playground and lake shore (no swimming area). POOCH PLAYLAND – a new dog park with a fenced-in area. Located at the south end of Victor Street on the east side of Alexandria. RUNESTONE PARK – about one mile east of Broadway in Alexandria on Sixth Avenue East.

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ALEXANDRIA CITY PARK – Alexandria City Park – north end of town, one block west of County Road 42 (North Nokomis). Playground, picnic area, tennis courts, swimming beach, fishing pier. The point between Lakes Agnes and Henry offers a great view of the two lakes and city skyline. BIG OLE CENTRAL PARK – north end of Broadway in Alexandria, next to Lake Agnes. Gazebo, kiosk, parking area for the Central Lakes Trail. DEAN MELTON FILLMORE PARK – Fillmore Street and 15th Avenue West in Alexandria. Includes skateboarding with ramps and rails. FRED FOSLIEN PARK – Victoria Heights, two blocks south of Highway 27 off Knut Street in Alexandria. GENEVA CREST PARK – west side of Lake Geneva in Alexandria (take County Road 82 East to Birch Avenue, then go east on Basswood two blocks and east on Geneva Drive). GOOSE PARK – three blocks west of Broadway on Fifth Avenue West, Alexandria. LAKE AGNES PARK – south shore of Lake Agnes along County Road 37, Alexandria. LAKE CONNIE PARK – Seventh Avenue East between Roosevelt and Spruce streets, Alexandria. LAKEVIEW PARK – County Road 82 and Birch Avenue in Alexandria (take County Road 82 East to Birch Avenue, turn west on Rune-


Visit Osakis Osakis offers lakes, zoo, distillery, festival and more


he charming town of Osakis is located along I-94 in Central Minnesota, just two hours west of the Twin Cities. Osakis is located on the southern shores of Lake Osakis – one of the state’s

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Those looking for off-the-water options should definitely check out downtown Osakis featuring several antique and specialty shops and cozy dining options. If you’re planning a getaway with the young ones, venture over to the local parks and stop by the local petting zoo. And be sure to bring your bikes – Osakis is at the heart of the Central Lakes Trail and Lake Wobegon Trail. Please check out the website at www. You will find a detailed list of lodging and accommodations, shopping and entertainment options, as well as a calendar of events.


From spring Easter egg hunts to fall corn mazes, pony rides and pumpkin patches, families will enjoy an afternoon at Erickson’s Petting Zoo, located at 11890 Hope Road SE near Osakis. Admission ranges from $6.50 to $8.50 per person. It’s open weekends in April and May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays; and Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. from Memorial Day through September 16. From there, the petting zoo is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays through October 31. In the winter, Erickson’s is open by appointment. The zoo features a playground, plus wholesome family fun on an old fashioned farm. Animals include pygmy goats and their kids, sheep, miniature horses, llama, potbelly pigs, rabbits, and many varieties and colors of chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, peacocks, pigeons, doves and more. For more information, call (320) 762-0184 or check out its website, PAGE 18 | DESTINATIONS 2018


Osakis is home to Minnesota’s first legal whiskey distillery, Panther Distillery, which opened in 2011. Take a tour and learn how the company makes the best tasting whiskey by hand. Then enjoy a sample of the distillery’s products and check out the gift store. Panther Distillery uses hand-selected Minnesota-grown ingredients, American white oak barrels, and three 500-gallon Kentucky-built stills. Tours are available daily and are led every half hour. The last tour of the day will be led one half hour before the closing time. No reservations are necessary, but if you have a large group, it is advisable to call ahead. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6

p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It is closed Sunday. In September, watch for an annual event called Moonshine Madness – a citywide celebration with a theme going back to the Prohibition Days. For more information, go to www. or check out their Facebook page.



The fourth weekend in June, Osagi Park comes alive with activities for all ages during the Osakis Festival. The celebration is complete with kids’ events, food, flea markets and crafts, antique tractors, street dances and grand parade.


If you want to experience a blast from the past and check out an array of impeccably restored classic cars, make plans to attend the Roddin’ Round the Lake event in Osakis on the second Friday and Saturday of July. Hundreds of cars line the streets of downtown Osakis and the proud classic car owners love to show off their prized possessions and chat with the crowd. The Central Lakes Cruzers organizes the popular, family-friendly event.


Park your vehicle and make the Osakis Trailhead your launching point for a biking adventure this summer. Osakis connects two extensive trail systems in West Central Minnesota. Look for new improvements at the trailhead this summer, including a new bicycle repair station. The trailhead is located on Central Avenue, just north of Main Street.

Visit Sauk Centre The boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis


f you’re in the Alexandria area, take a half-hour drive on Interstate 94 to the historic town of Sauk Centre and its original “Main Street.” It’s the home of Nobel Prize winner and author Sinclair Lewis. Some suggestions: Visit Lewis’ boyhood home; hike or bike the Lake Wobe-

gon Trail; visit quaint shops and restaurants, including a ghost tour; enjoy Sauk Lake with fishing and canoe trips; go on garden tours; visit a winery, zoo, distillery and farmers’ markets. The Glacial Lakes Trail is also nearby. The Convention and Visitors Bureau Information Center has moved down-

town at 308 Oak St. So. and is open MonFri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for brochures, information and maps. For more visitors’ information, call 855-444-SAUK (7285) or go to the website, | PAGE 19

Alexandria Area Calendar of Events APRIL

Monday, April 2 4-7 p.m. Foreign film: Amal, Grand Arbor Theatre Thursday, April 5 4:30-8 p.m. STEAM Expo, Alexandria Area High School Sunday, April 8 4 p.m. River Songs & Tales with Mark Twain, VocalEssence, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center Friday, April 13 6 p.m. St. Mary’s Casino Night, Carlos Creek Winery 7-8 p.m.”James Dimes” and “Our Miss Brooks” Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre Saturday, April 14 10 a.m. Freedom First Riders 11th Annual Bike Show, Runestone Community Center 7 p.m. Hope is the Message Tour, Alexandria Covenant Church 2 p.m. Robb Justice, Carlos Creek Winery Sunday, April 15 2 p.m. Spring Play, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center 2 p.m. Robb Justice, Carlos Creek Winery Monday, April 16 4-7 p.m. Documentary Film: Meet the Patels, Grand Arbor Theatre Friday, April 20 6:30-10:30 p.m. Spring Release: Wine, Women and Fashion, Carlos Creek Winery 7 p.m. Alice in Wonderland with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, Discovery Middle School 7:30 p.m. Nunsense, The Andria Theatre Saturday, April 21 9:30 a.m. Antique Auction silent bidding, with live auction at 1 p.m., Alexandria Senior CenterNunsense, The Andria Theatre Sunday, April 22 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Raku Pottery Experience, Carlos Creek Winery 2 p.m. Nunsense, The Andria Theatre 3-7 p.m. Dance with Tuxedo Junction, Lakeside Dance Club Thursday, April 26 7 p.m. Dancing with the Alexandria Stars, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center, PAGE 20 | DESTINATIONS 2018

Friday, April 27 7:30 p.m. Nunsense, The Andria Theatre 7:30 p.m. Nunsense, The Andria Theatre Sunday, April 29 2 p.m. Nunsense, The Andria Theatre


Saturday, May 5 10 a.m. Alexandria Spring Arts, Craft and Gift Show, Runestone Community Center Run for the Roses Derby Party and 5K Run/Walk, Legacy of the Lakes Museum Monday, May 7 7:30 p.m. AAHS and DMS Orchestras Concert, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center Friday, May 11 7-8 p.m.”The Fat Man” and “Not Doin’ Nuthin’” Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre Wednesday, May 16 7:30 p.m. Pops Concert, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 19 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mai Fest, Runestone Museum 6:30 p.m. Races at Viking Speedway Sunday, May 20 2 p.m. Spring in Spain & Latin America, Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center Thursday, May 24 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Gun Shy Friday, May 25 Ole Oppe Fest

Saturday, May 26 Ole Oppe Fest Sunday, May 27 8 a.m.-noon Awake the Grapes at Carlos Creek Winery, includes 1K, 5K and 10K runs through the vineyards. Ole Oppe Fest Monday, May 28 Ole Oppe Fest Thursday, May 31 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Doc's Dixieland


Saturday, June 2 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Reel Team Bass Tournament, Lake Ida 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lake Reno Walleye Tournament, Hwy 29 S., Alexandria 6:30 p.m. Races at Viking Speedway Monday, June 4 Noon-5 p.m. Duffer’s Delight Golf Tournament, Alexandria Golf Club Thursday, June 7 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn Friday, June 8 7-8 p.m.”The Man From Venus” and Dr. Tweedy” Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre Thursday, June 14 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Jazz Dot Combo Saturday, June 16 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Osakis Lions Club Walleye Tournament, Lake Osakis 6:30 p.m. Races at Viking Speedway Wednesday, June 20 7 p.m. Trio Con Brio from Sweden Concert, Mount Carmel Ministries Thursday, June 21 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Holy Rocka Rollaz 2018 Vestlandslag/Valdres Samband Stevne for descendants of Norwegian immigrants, Holiday Inn, Alexandria Friday, June 22 7 p.m. Peder Eide in Concert, Mount Carmel Ministries 2018 Vestlandslag/

Valdres Samband Stevne for descendants of Norwegian immigrants, Holiday Inn 2018 Osakis Festival Saturday, June 23 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Denny’s Super 30 Fishing Tournament, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Amateur Bass Series, Lake Ida 9 a.m.-5 p.m. History Live! Fort Alexandria 6:30-8:30 p.m. Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere, Alexandria Area High School 6:30 p.m. Races at Viking Speedway, 300 Fairgrounds Road, Alexandria 2018 Vestlandslag/Valdres Samband Stevne for descendants of Norwegian immigrants, Holiday Inn, Alexandria 2018 Osakis Festival Awake the Lakes Ribfest 2018, Big Ole Central Park, Alexandria Sunday, June 24 1:30 p.m. Vikingland Band Festival on Alexandria’s Broadway. 2018 Osakis Festival History Live! Fort Alexandria Tuesday, June 26 String, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Wednesday, June 27 String, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Thursday, June 28 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Pure Country GOLD String, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Friday, June 29 String, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Saturday, June 30 String, Theatre L'Homme Dieu


Sunday, July 1 String, Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Wednesday, July 4 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn Special Patriotic Concert Dusk Star Storm fireworks display - Arrowwood Resort Thursday, July 5 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Jolly Huntsmen Cloud Cult concert, Theatre L’Homme Dieu Friday, July 6 Cloud Cult concert, Theatre L’Homme Dieu It looks like Fri, April 28 is missing

Resorters Golf Tournament Tuesday, July 31 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged], Theatre L'Homme Dieu Resorters Golf Tournament


Wednesday, Aug. 1 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged], Theatre L'Homme Dieu Resorters Golf Tournament Thursday, Aug. 2 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn Broken Fiddle The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged], Theatre L'Homme Dieu Resorters Golf Tournament Friday, Aug. 3 7 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Company, West Central Area Secondary School auditorium The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged], Theatre L'Homme Dieu Resorters Golf Tournament Saturday, Aug. 4 Downtown Crazy Days 1 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Company, West Central Area Secondary School auditorium 7 p.m. Barbary Coast Dixieland Band in Concert, Mount Carmel Ministries The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged], Theatre L'Homme Dieu Resorters Golf Tournament Sunday, Aug. 5 1 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Company, West Central Area Secondary School auditorium The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged], Theatre L'Homme Dieu Thursday, Aug. 9 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Honky Tonk Cowboys Friday, Aug. 10 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Rising Stars Performance, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center 7 p.m. Music in the Gardens/ Garden Party, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, Alexandria 7-8 p.m.Arch Obler and Wendell & Chalie Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre Wednesday, Aug. 15 Wild Angels and the Handsome Devils - Women of Rock, Pop & Country, Theatre L'Homme Dieu

Thursday, Aug. 16 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Salty Dogs Wild Angels and the Handsome Devils - Women of Rock, Pop & Country, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Thursday, Aug. 23 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Jazz Committee Thursday, Aug. 30 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - I Witness



First Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. Evansville Arts Center

Friday, Sept. 14 Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp 7-8 p.m.”My Friend Irma” and Easy Aces” Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre Saturday, Sept. 15 Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp Sunday, Sept. 16 Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp


Fridays, May-Aug., 7 p.m. Additional specials on other dates. Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria (320) 491-2618, www.


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Friday, Oct. 12 7-8 p.m.”Das Wunder Madchen” and “My Favorite Husband” Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre Saturday, Oct. 20 Apple Fest at Carlos Creek Winery Friday, Oct. 26 7-8 p.m. Special Halloween Show Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre


Thursday, Nov. 1 34th Annual Arts & Crafters Tour Friday, Nov. 2 34th Annual Arts & Crafters Tour Saturday, Nov. 3 34th Annual Arts & Crafters Tour Friday, Nov. 9 7-8 p.m.”Light Behind the Eyes” and “Abbott & Costello” Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre


Friday, Dec. 14 7-8 p.m.”I’m Dreaming of Christmas” and “Blondie” Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre



Saturdays, May-August, 6:45 p.m. Additional specials on other dates. Viking Speedway, Alexandria (320) 762-1559, www.

September-March Runestone Community Center, Alexandria

Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Evansville Arts Center


First Friday of each month March-Dec., 7 to 9 p.m. Evansville Arts Center


Memorial to Labor Day weekend: Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 1 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day: Saturdays, 2 p.m. Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria (320) 846-5443, www.

VIKINGLAND CORVETTE CLUB’S SUNDAY CRUISE AND DINNER: Sundays, May-Sept., 5 p.m. All classic and muscle cars included on first Sunday of each month Alexandria Clinic parking lot


Saturdays, June 3-Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to noon. Thursdays, June 29-October 26, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 27-October 24, 9 a.m. to noon. Big Ole Central Park, Alexandria HOLMES CITY FARMERS MARKET: Saturdays, May-Oct., 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot, Holmes City | PAGE 21


between the two "Nunsense" shows Tuesday, July 10 Driving Miss Daisy, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Wednesday, July 11 Driving Miss Daisy, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Thursday, July 12 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - Front Fenders Driving Miss Daisy, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Friday, July 13 5 p.m. Relay for Life, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria 7 p.m. Music in the Gardens, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, Alexandria Driving Miss Daisy, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Roddin’ Round the Lakes classic car club event, Osakis, Central Lakes Cruzers 7-8 p.m. ”Ray & Iver” Live Radio Theater, Lakes Area Radio Theatre Big Ole SUPathon, recreational paddling festival, paddleguru. com Saturday, July 14 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum Summer Showcase, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, Alexandria Driving Miss Daisy, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Roddin’ Round the Lakes classic car show, Central Lakes Cruzers, downtown Osakis Big Ole SUPathon, recreational paddling festival, paddleguru. com Sunday, July 15 Driving Miss Daisy, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Thursday, July 19 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn Diamond Back Friday, July 20 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Performance, Discovery Middle School Thursday, July 26 7 p.m. Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn - White Sidewalls Memories - Celebrating the Music of Barbra Streisand, Theatre L'Homme Dieu Friday, July 27 7 p.m. Music in the Gardens, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, Alexandria Saturday, July 28 9 a.m. Art in the Park, City Park Road, Alexandria Sunday, July 29 Art in the Park, City Park Road, Alexandria

Detroit Lakes LIFE’S A BEACH!



ig in to Detroit Lakes. From the dog days of summer to the coldest days of winter, this recreational hub in northwestern Minnesota is known for its neverending assortment of places to visit, people to see and things to do. Entertaining shows, activities, festivals and other fun events fill the calendar, year-round. With more than 400 lakes within 25 miles of Detroit Lakes, there’s a plethora of opportunities for fishing, swimming, camping, boating, vacationing and more. The city boasts a popular mile-long beach, the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area (for skiing, tubing, biking and other outdoor activities), a community center with the area’s largest indoor kids’ playland, several parks, a myriad of resorts and hotels, a wide variety of shops and restaurants, a historic theatre, museum and much, much more. Detroit Lakes is also recognized as the home of the annual WE Fest Country Music Festival, Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, Becker County Fair, Northwest Water Carnival, Polar Fest, Shady Hollow Flea & Artisan Market and a long list of other fun events. It is the county seat of Becker County, and has a yearround population of roughly 9,000. Read on to discover more about what Detroit Lakes has to offer, all year long.




Fishing is one of the most popular things to do around Detroit Lakes, and that’s perhaps never more true than in May, with the annual Minnesota walleye and bass fishing openers. After the ice thaws and the winter fish houses come down, the spring openers draw boatloads of eager anglers to Detroit Lakes -- literally -- and get the locals back out on the water, as well. May is also the month when birders from all over the United States flock to the area for the annual Festival of Birds. Detroit Lakes is known as a “birders’ paradise” for its location in a transition zone of tall grass prairie, northern hardwood and coniferous ecosystems. Becker County is home to 250 spe-

cies of birds, and the Detroit Lakes area is considered a migration hotspot. The festival offers birders the chance to see and hear many of these birds in action. Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, located about 15 minutes northeast of Detroit Lakes, is a great place to spot birds and other wildlife, as well as the buds and blooms of spring. The same can be said of Dunton Locks County Park, Sucker Creek Preserve, and Maplewood and Itasca State Parks -- all within easy driving distance of Detroit Lakes. Furry friends will want to get outdoors to stretch, play and sniff all the spring smells, too. Let your dog have his day at the new Detroit Lakes City Dog Park, located at 1023 10th Avenue Southeast.

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Tamarac, located about a 15-minute drive northeast of Detroit Lakes, is known as a “birder’s paradise.” It was established as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife in 1938. The landscape is characterized by rolling forested hills interspersed with shallow lakes, rivers, marshes and shrub swamps. A Visitor’s Center features a large screen theatre, observation deck and exhibits of local wildlife, history and habitats. Interpretive trails wind through the refuge, which also harbors a sanctuary area, picnic area, cross-country ski trail, educational programs, fishing opportunities and more. | PAGE 23

White Earth Pow Wow

This year will mark the 150th anniversary of the annual White Earth Pow Wow, a beloved tradition and celebration of the White Earth Nation. Events will take place on the White Earth Pow Wow Grounds, about 30 minutes north of Detroit Lakes, June 8-10.

SUMMER The population doubles in Detroit Lakes in the summertime. Seasonal residents return to their lake cabins, and the resorts fill up with warm-weather visitors. The community responds by making sure there’s never a shortage of things for people to do. The local calendar of events is always jam-packed every June, July and August. A major highlight of the summer is the 80-plus-yearold Northwest Water Carnival, a week-long community extravaganza complete with competitions, contests, kids’ games, live music and the iconic Parade of the Northwest.

The Becker County Fair is another iconic celebration in Detroit Lakes, offering all the classic fair foods, rides, games, entertainment, animals and exhibits that crowds have come to expect and love. The fair is celebrating its 127th anniversary this year. The Pine to Palm Amateur Golf Tournament is another big event of summer. One of Minnesota’s so-called “resort circuit” tourneys, the weeklong event has been held at Detroit Country Club every August since 1932. Of course, no list of Detroit Lakes summer highlights would be complete without WE Fest, one of the na-

tion’s leading country music festivals. Every August, about 50,000 country music fans descend on Soo Pass Ranch to whoop it up as celebrity sing-

ers rock their socks off. At the time this magazine went to press, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Vince Gill were all scheduled to appear this

Northwest Water Carnival

This is the always-highly-anticipated summer event that has it all; a week-long community celebration of summer that took root in Detroit Lakes 83 years ago. This year’s carnival, going on July 6-15, will feature water fights, kids’ games, music and food, a sand castle building competition, chili cook-off, Miss Northwest pageant, geocaching, more food, and other fun. A Bash on the Beach is scheduled for July 14, and the iconic Parade of the Northwest will follow on July 15. PAGE 24 | DESTINATIONS 2018


year, among nearly a dozen others. For those looking for something a little lower-key, Detroit Lakes has plenty to offer on that end, as well. There are endless hiking, biking, swimming, boating, golfing and other outdoor opportunities available for visitors at any time. The city’s mile-long beach is a go-to spot for swimmers and sunbathers, and more than a half dozen golf courses lie within Becker County, most

of those within a 20-minute drive to Detroit Lakes. As mentioned previously, Dunton Locks County Park, Sucker Creek Preserve, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, and Maplewood and Itasca State Parks provide opportunities for some at-yourown-pace exploring. History buffs may choose to stroll through Veterans Memorial Park (at the junction of Washington Avenue and Highway 10 down-

WE Fest Country Music Festival

WE Fest is one of the nation’s leading country music festivals. An estimated 50,000 country music fans will descend on Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes this August 2-4 to whoop it up as A-list country stars rock their socks off. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Vince Gill are among this year’s headliners, with nearly a dozen others set to perform, as well. | PAGE 25

town), the Grand Army of the Republic Park (one of the few GAR parks still in existence in the U.S., on Washington Avenue a couple blocks north of Highway 10), and Oak Grove Cemetery (just north of town on Highway 59, which boasts a Civil War monument erected more than a century ago). The Becker County Historical Society and Museum is also a “don’t miss” spot. It’s located across the parking lot from the community center, on Summit Avenue. All summer long, the Lakes Area


Farmers Market sets up shop at Peoples Park on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and the Shady Hollow Flea & Artisan Market draws bargain-hunters to its location just south of town on County Highway 17. There are also community concerts at the City Park Bandshell every Tuesday evening, and Thursday concerts at the Lodge on Lake Detroit. Labor Day weekend brings two unique events to the area, with the Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Races at Maplelag, a popular event now en-

tering its 28th year, and the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, which has been bringing steam engine lovers and old-school farming enthusiasts to the tiny community of Rollag for 64 years. Just north of Detroit Lakes, by about 17 miles, is Richwood Winery, where guests can sample a variety of vintage wines while relaxing in the bucolic setting. The winery has live music every Saturday through the summer, as well as a handful of other fun events.


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One of Minnesota’s three so-called “resort circuit” tourneys, the week-long Pine to Palm Golf Tournament has been held at Detroit Country Club – the oldest public golf course in Minnesota – every August since 1932. With its rolling hills, small greens and tight fairways, the Pine to Palm course is known as a challenging one. The Pine to Palm Golf Tournament draws about 500 players annually.

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Anywhere you go in Minnesota, fall is the season of orange, red and yellow. Pumpkin festivals and fall color tours are always on everybody’s autumn to-do lists, and the same is true in the Detroit Lakes area. One of the best places around for viewing the fall colors is Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, which hosts an annual fall festival inviting the public to explore the refuge by bus, car or on foot. There are also organized, environmentally-themed activities for the family, all free of charge. While you’re there, stop in to the Discovery Center, which opened to the public in 2015. Experienced staff and volunteers from the Friends of Tamarac lead indoor and outdoor learning opportunities at this educational facility.

Leaf Days at Maplewood State Park offers another fantastic opportunity to see and celebrate the seasonal changing of the leaves. The park has more than 9,000 acres filled with sugar maple trees, which provide excellent fall colors. Fall in Detroit Lakes also brings the annual Dick Beardsley Run, complete with live music, crazy cheering fans and a rocking finish line, as well as the Damien Home Tour, a fundraiser for local charities. There’s also a Lakes Trail Run at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. Nearby communities host their own fun festivals, like Frazee and Pelican Rapids, which each put on an annual Oktoberfest, and Lake Park, which has a popular Pumpkin Fest. In Richwood, the Richwood Winery hosts its annual Grape Stomp.

Detroit Mountain

Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, with its handsome ski lodge, cross country trails, ski, snowboarding and tubing hills, bike trails, hiking paths and more, has been the area’s premiere recreation destination since it opened in 2014. It offers outdoor opportunities for every season, but particularly shines in winter. PAGE 28 | DESTINATIONS 2018

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When the waters freeze, a village of fish houses takes over Big and Little Detroit Lakes, and ice fishers take their places over the holes. When the snow falls, snowmobilers enjoy more than 250 miles of groomed trails winding their way through the woods and fields of Becker County. At the 200-acre Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, guests can enjoy a full range of winter activities, from downhill

and cross country skiing to tubing, snowboarding, and Fat Bike trail riding. In Peoples Park, an outdoor skating rink is open, with warming house hours in January and February. Maplelag Resort, located north of Detroit Lakes between Callaway and Richwood, offers nearly 45 miles of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails, an ice skating rink and sliding hill, and is also home to the Moosejaw Old-Time Dance, Clogging & Music Weekend.

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, as well as Maplewood and Itasca State Parks, also offer trails and activities for folks looking for some winter fun. Detroit Lakes’ biggest event of the winter is its annual Polar Fest, a multi-day celebration of the season that takes place every February. From “Ice Tee” golfing on the frozen lake to the famous Polar Fest Plunge fundraiser and Poles ‘N Holes Fishing Derby, Polar Fest encourages people to get out and enjoy the cold.



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Detroit Lakes Calendar of Events

This information was provided by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, and dates are subject to change. Please visit the website, for any scheduling changes or additions. MARCH

16: “Motion Goes Irish - A Fundraiser for the Arts,” Historic Holmes Theatre 17: Murder Mystery Dinner, Lodge on Lake Detroit 20: “How I Became a Pirate,” Historic Holmes Theatre 22: Arena Dances, “Main Street Projects,” Historic Holmes Theatre 24: Heart O’Lakes Harmony Spring Concert, Historic Holmes Theatre

24-25: Lake Region Builders Association Home & Sport Show, Kent Freeman Arena


6: “River Songs & Tales of Mark Twain,” Historic Holmes Theatre 12-14: Children’s Theatre Company’s “Seed Folks,” Historic Holmes Theatre 14: Maple Syrup Day, Vergas

14: Lakes Area Community Concert Band Spring Concert, Historic Holmes Theatre 27: “Artrageous” Musical, Historic Holmes Theatre 28: Spring Women’s Wellness & High Tea, Lodge on Lake Detroit


4: Arlo Guthrie Concert, Historic Holmes Theatre 12: Walleye & Bass Fishing

Opener 12: Live at the Lodge & Spring Art Gallery, Lodge on Lake Detroit 16: Zeitgeist & Kevin Kling Present “For the Birds,” Historic Holmes Theatre 17-20: 21st Annual Festival of Birds, Detroit Lakes 25-28: Avenue of Flags/ Memorial Walk, Oak Grove Cemetery 27: Live Music, Lodge on Lake Detroit

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Every Saturday & Sunday: Shady Hollow Flea & Artisan Market, 12672 Cty. Hwy. 17 Every Sunday: Wildlife Movies, 2 p.m. start, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell Every Wednesday: Wild Wednesdays, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Every Thursday: Summer Thursday Concerts, Lodge on Lake Detroit Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood Every Saturday & Sunday: Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving 1: 7th Annual Golf Tournament, Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen 1-2: 18th Annual Street Faire at the Lakes, downtown 2: Muskie Fishing Opener 2: Breakfast on the Farm, Hawley 3-10: Rodeo Fest, Hawley 7: Becker County Relay for Life, Detroit Lakes Pavilion 8-9: Hawley Rodeo 8-10: 150th Annual White Earth Pow Wow, on the White Earth Pow Wow Grounds 13: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive 13-17: Turtle Fest, Perham 15: Oak Crossing Family Council Party, Holy Rosary

Parish Center 20: Butterfly Hike, Itasca State Park 21-23: Shakespeare in the Park, “Macbeth,” City Park Bandshell 23: 4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival, Richwood Winery, Richwood 24: Tough Laker Youth Obstacle Course Run, City Park 29-30: Shakespeare in the Park, “Macbeth,” City Park Bandshell


Every Saturday & Sunday: Shady Hollow Flea & Artisan Market, 12672 Cty. Hwy. 17 Every Sunday: Wildlife Movies, 2 p.m. start, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell Every Wednesday: Wild Wednesdays, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Every Thursday: Summer Thursday Concerts, Lodge on Lake Detroit Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood Every Saturday & Sunday: Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving 1: Shakespeare in the Park, “Macbeth,” City Park Bandshell 4: Fireworks at the City Beach

6-15: 83rd Annual Northwest Water Carnival 7: Midsummer Bike Tour, Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center 7: 7th Annual Ride for the Future, Detroit Lakes Pavilion 7: Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast, Detroit Lakes Airport 11: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive 15: Parade of the Northwest 19-21: Hope Fest 2018 22: 40th Annual Arts &

Crafts in the Park, City Park 25-28: 127th Annual Becker County Fair 27-29: 64th Annual Turkey Days, Frazee


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Peoples Park Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell Every Wednesday: Wild Wednesdays, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Every Thursday: Summer Thursday Concerts, Lodge on Lake Detroit Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood Every Saturday & Sunday: Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving 2-4: WE Fest 36th Anniversary Celebration, Soo Pass Ranch 6-12: 87th Annual Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, Detroit Country Club 8: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive 9-12: Looney Days, Vergas 11: 4th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show 11-12: Quake the Lake Powerboat Races 11-12: Pine Point Powwow

17: Young Life Family Fun Night, City Park 17-18: Harvest Festival Wolf Lake 18: Young Life Triathlon, City Park 24: Macaws for Paws 24-25: Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally Racing 25: 13th Annual Boats & Bars 31: Western Minnesota Steam Threshers 64th Annual Reunion, Rollag


Every Sunday: Wildlife Movies, 2 p.m. start, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood 1-3: Western Minnesota Steam Threshers 64th Annual Reunion, Rollag 1-2: 28th Annual Laddies

Loppet Mountain Bike Races, Maplelag 7: Toast to Tamarac, Richwood Winery, Richwood 8: Dick Beardsley Run 8: Grape Stomp, Richwood Winery, Richwood 12: Cruise DL Night, West lake Drive 15: Lakes Trail Run, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area 15: Fall Festival, Hawley 28: Fire & Ice Fundraiser for Essentia Health St. Mary’s Foundation, Fireside Restaurant 29: Pumpkin Fest & Firemen’s Dance/Baseball Tournament 29: Fall Festival, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge


Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park 4: Corporate Clash, Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural

Center 6: “I Outran the Hairy Man” 5K, Vergas 6: Damien Home Tour


1-30: Light Up the Lakes Events 22: Thanksgiving Feast, Holy Rosary Church 22-25: Parade of Trees, American Legion, Lake Park 23: White Friday Ski Season Opener, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area 26: Santa’s Grand Parade of Lights, downtown


1-31: Light Up the Lakes Events 16: Candles & Carols, Trinity Lutheran Church 25: Christmas At Our House, First Lutheran Church 31: New Year’s Eve Bash, Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center

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If quality and convenience is what you’re looking for, then head on over to the Cenex Convenience Store located on Hwy. 34 East. Fresh made pizzas from Hot Stuff and famous A&W cheeseburgers are sure to satisfy your appetite. If you’re in a hurry, use the drive thru located on the South side of the building. Need a place to enjoy your morning coffee or doughnut; we have an expanded seating area with WiFi. Check out the newly expanded grocery offerings, featuring Rock Bottom pricing on all your favorite quality grilling meats, buns and more! There is even an ATM on site and propane service. All this, coupled with high quality Cenex fuel makes this your one stop for convenience. 911 Hwy. 34 East Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-3190

If you want to experience one of Detroit Lakes’‘local hangouts’, you have to stop by Main Street Restaurant! They have been voted the “Best Breakfast in Town” and they are sure to deliver. Main Street Restaurant offers quality, homemade food and big portions at a reasonable price. Daily breakfast and lunch specials round out the plethora of menu options. Homemade caramel rolls, cookies and muffins can be picked up for a quick breakfast or enjoyed with a bottomless cup of coffee and some good conversation with the locals. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find it at Main Street Restaurant on Washington Avenue, in the heart of Detroit Lakes.

If your looking for a true “mainstay” in Detroit Lakes, Country Kitchen is your spot. Weather its breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is the place to be. Great food, great service, what else could there be. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe summer season. See you all soon!

Welcome to Lakes Liquor located in the Downtown Crossing addition. Stop in and check out our beer cave, wide selection of wine and craft beers along with 30 cooler doors to shop from.

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Lakes Liquor is owned and operated by the City of Detroit Lakes. It’s a premier libation destination for residents and tourists alike. As a city-owned establishment, proceeds from the store funnel directly back into the Detroit Lakes community. Stop in and see us, and ask about volume discounts. Hours of Operation: 9:00am10:00pm Monday-Saturday. 11am-6pm Sunday.

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America’s Best Value Inn Detroit Lakes is your best choice within the northwestern region of Minnesota. We offer ideal accommodations and location whether you are in town for boating, hunting and fishing, or simply passing through on your way to Canada or Minneapolis. At America’s Best Value Inn Detroit Lakes, our goal is to provide our guests with a great experience, not just a place to stay. At America’s Best Value Inn Detroit Lakes, we’ve got you covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow. Now under new management! 400 Morrow Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-1651 • 888-315-2378

Street Faire at the Lakes

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Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2, kick off your summer with a full weekend of family fun in downtown Detroit Lakes! The Street Faire features a juried art show (over 125 artists), FREE live music, a variety of delicious “Fair Food”, bingo, strolling entertainment and a beer garden. Stay and play at the lakes for fun, food & festivities for the official kick-off to summer during the 18th Annual Street Faire at the Lakes.

Stop in for great food, good conversation and a cold beverage when you visit the lakes! Located just across from Legion Beach on Big Detroit Lake, you will be welcomed with local hospitality. Enjoy homemade meals, hearty breakfasts, juicy burgers and grilled steaks. Don’t forget to ask about happy hour and daily specials! When you visit the Legion, You support our vets and their mission to better our community! Restaurant Hours Breakfast M-F 6-1pm Sat & Sun 8am-Noon Lunch M-F 11am-1pm Lounge Hours M-F 4pm-Close Sat 2pm-Close

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Becker County Museum

The Becker Museum has something for everyone. From a 100lb meteorite, to the world’s smallest gas station to the legend of Old Three Legs, the museum displays the stories of our past. Our research library is filled with photos, newspapers, family records, yearbooks, township records and more. The lower level features science and children’s activities giving visitors of all ages the opportunity for a hands-on learning experience. Downtown History tours, Brown Bag Lunches, Flashlight Tours, Cemetery Walks and our log cabin and schoolhouse (during the Becker County Fair) brings history to life for visitors. Don’t forget to stop in the gift shop to find work from local authors, musicians, visual artists and more! The Becker County Museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10am-4pm. For more information, please feel free to contact us. 714 Summit Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 218-847-2938 follow us on Facebook!

Ice Cracking Lodge When your activities for the day have ended, join us in the lodge for food, spirits, games, Sarsaparilla, frosty mugs of beer and regaling the events of the day. You might want to come try out our world famous Thunderburger! Our lodge offers arcade games, class II gambling and a jukebox if the day is rainy and your activities were canceled. We also have off highway gas. We are open year round. Call or visit our facebook page for our hours of operation. Closed on Tuesdays. Like us on Facebook!

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Lakeshirts No trip to Detroit Lakes is complete without a stop to Lakeshirt’s Beach Store. Located on the renowned mile-long beach on Detroit Lake, Lakeshirts has all your beach needs covered – from shades to sandals, sweats to swimwear. And don’t forget our selection of the coolest t-shirts you can find anywhere. We’re open all summer long; every day from 10AM to 8PM. Don’t miss our world famous tent sales, either! People travel from all over just to come to the area and shop them. Like us on Facebook and we’ll keep you updated with all the details. See you on the beach! 110 West Lake Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 218-247-2114 lakeshirtsblue84

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The Northwest Water Carnival is a must stop destination this summer. This has been a staple in DL since its inception in 1935, and this year promises to be an amazing celebration that you will not want to miss. Free kickoff Party Friday, July 6 featuring Tripwire. Some other events of the 83rd Water Carnival events include the Miss Northwest Pageant, Demo Derby, Bed Races, Water Fights, Bash on the Beach and Parade of the Northwest to name a few. Check out for a complete list of events. New this year, pre-Bash Party Friday, July 13th with Hairball. This year’s Bash on the Beach, Saturday, July 14th, features Warrant & Firehouse. P.O. Box 456 Detroit Lakes, MN 218-234-6836

We have been around for 49 years and get better every year! Hundreds of locals and tourists come on weekends all summer long. Huge attendance on the holiday and Wefest weekends. New and old merchandise, tasty food, and entertainment. Plenty for the kids to do, too. Located right in the center of the lakes region on Lake Melissa, 5 mi south of Detroit Lakes. Open every weekend rain or shine, Memorial to Labor Day. Free parking and admission.

The areas only full service hotel, with 700’ of sandy beach, pool, hot tub, sauna, marina, pontoon, rentals, shuttle available to Detroit Mountain, Ice House Restaurant, Beach Bar & Grill, Live Entertainment and much, much more! Your lakefront vacation awaits you!


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Located in the Heart of the Lakes Country in Detroit Lakes, MN, Forest Hills Golf & RV Resort is surrounded by over 400 of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes within a 25-mile radius. Izzos Sports Bar and Grill, overlooking the 18th green on our Championship Golf Course, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal and refreshments.

J & K Marine was founded in 1992. We‘re open 7 days a week and we offer a complete list of marine services. We carry Alumacraft Fishing boats, Sanger Tow boats, Larson Sport boats, G3 boats, South Bay and Cypress Cay pontoons. We also sell, service and deliver Beach King docks & lifts, with a full display in our showroom on Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes…OR visit our Marina on Little Detroit Lake for all our rental opportunities! We’ll see you at the lakes!

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The inventory at Seven Sisters Spirits is as unique as the experience. Standing grand and beautiful, the log building both fits in with the surrounding lakes feel and also stands out as a destination most anyone would like to visit. Located just three minutes from WE Fest, Seven Sisters caters to the customer, regardless of what they’re looking for. Once through the doors, customers will find an unsurpassed selection of beverages. Besides the 23 coolers filled with domestic and imported beers, there are shelves filled with craft beers where customers can build their own six packs, picking a variety to test.

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled experience in “The Backyard,” the LARGEST indoor playland in the region. The DLCCC is a state-of-the-art theatre, fitness, aquatic and recreation center featuring cardio equipment, weights, an 8-lane pool with waterslide, running/walking track, racquetball, basketball and much more. People of all ages come here for fitness & fun, making the DLCCC THE Center to learn, grow and play. The Historic Holmes Theatre, adjacent to the fitness, aquatic & recreation center, presents entertainment all year long ranging from local & regional to national and world talent! There’s even outdoor entertainment featured in the DL City Park. 826 Summit Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-4221

Lakes Area’s Best Sports Bar featuring a 75” HD TV. Come check out our daily lunch specials. Voted the best burger in the Lakes area. Enjoy our scenic deck overlooking Dead Shot Bay for a relaxing setting. Play a game of volleyball on our regulation beach sand court! Happy hour MondayFriday 4:00-6:00 p.m. 2-4-1 burgers every Sunday 5:00-8:00 p.m. See you at BLEACHERS!

The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is a first-class four-season recreational destination in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The mountain features brand new ski lifts, a new terrain park, midwest’s largest tubing hill and cross country ski trails. In spring, summer and fall there are beautiful hiking trails with a special scenic outlook. Purpose-built biking trails have been professionally designed and engineered to host all level of mountain bike enthusiasts. Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is truly a place for everyone! We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

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Your one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment headquarters in Detroit Lakes is located in the Washington Square Mall in downtown Detroit Lakes. Over 30 businesses, featuring unique shopping, great services, casual dining and fun entertainment. Grab some delicious pizza, Chinese or Mexican food before seeing a movie with the family. Spend a “girls day out” shopping at trendy stores, pampering yourselves with luxurious spa treatments and having lunch at the best coffee shop in DL, right on the corner. While you’re there, find a fun crafting project or the perfect gift for anyone on your list!

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ith its fun and family-friendly community festivals, charming downtown shopping environment and great opportunities for outdoor recreation, Perham is a small but sparkling ‘hidden gem’ in the heart of Minnesota’s Lakes Country. Seated in the northeastern corner of Otter Tail County, along Highway 10 between Wadena and Detroit Lakes, Perham has made a name for itself as a progressive little city with a big heart. The city’s year-round residents number around 3,000, but the area’s population swells to three times that in the summers, when seasonal lake home and cabin owners are factored in. On just about any given weekend in Perham, especially between June and August, the community calendar is packed with things to do. Events and festivals such as Perham’s International Turtle Races, the East Otter Tail County Fair, Turtle Fest, Pioneer Fest and many others provide entertainment for kids and adults alike. In addition, Perham is home to two renowned museums, a new dog park, traditional and disc golf courses, the historic Pioneer Village, a skate park, a retro-style single-screen movie theater, a community pool and fitness center, and library. Walking paths and recreational trails wind through town, connecting with the city’s parks, schools and athletic fields. Downtown, Perham’s Main Street shopping corridor is a consistent hit with visitors, boasting a unique variety of specialty shops, clothing stores, eat-

eries and more. Local business owners always greet their customers with a smile. In addition, outdoors enthusiasts have countless opportunities to get out and explore around Perham, all year long. The area’s mix of prairie, wetlands and forests, along with its record number of lakes and other waterways, creates a diverse ecosystem fit for wildlife watching, fishing, hunting, birding, swimming, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, and the list could go on. Dozens of resort owners have taken root in the area to cater to sportsmen, families and anyone with an appreciation for the great outdoors.


Now in its 34th year, Perham’s Turtle Fest is the highlight of the summer for local kids and families as well as visitors from all over the world. Built around the community’s weekly International Turtle Races, which take place every Wednesday in June, July and August at Turtle Race Park in downtown Perham, Turtle Fest is a multi-day summer celebration featuring food, family-friendly events and plenty of fun. Events typically include a grand parade, town tours on the Turtle Trolley, prize giveaways, an arts and crafts fair, kids’ activities, live music, comedy performances and much more. | PAGE 39





This year’s Turtle Fest will be held June 13-17. For a complete schedule of festival events and more information on the weekly races, visit the Perham Chamber of Commerce website at


For more than 100 years, the fair has been a summer highlight in Perham. Offering family fun with a smalltown feel, the fair features a carnival, concerts, a pet-

ting zoo for kids, exhibits, livestock competitions, live entertainment and much more. The 2018 fair is set for July 19-22. For more information, visit

Just east of Perham, down Highway 10, is New York Mills. This artsy little community is the home of the Cultural Center, and it hosts a handful of events and festivals throughout the year. One of the best recognized of those events is the annual Great American Think-Off, a public debate that solicits the opinions of armchair philosophers from across the country. This year, debaters will argue over, “Which plays a larger role in shaping one’s life: success or failure?” The 2018 Think-Off is scheduled to take place June 9.





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Perham is home to two renowned museums – the History Museum of East Otter Tail County and the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum, or ITOW. ITOW is an internationally recognized, one-of-a-kind museum that turns the recorded oral stories of veterans into multimedia exhibits, preserving their war stories for others to hear, for years to come. The History Museum of East Otter Tail County tells the stories of the people, places and events of the area through interpretive exhibits, photographic displays and original motion picture footage. It is housed in a historic stone building constructed in 1887. A genealogy lab is open to visiting researchers. For more information on either museum, visit

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On Dead Lake, Richville, MN. Clean, Fun, Family Resort with 10 modern a/c cabins and 8 campsites with water/electric. Hookups some lakeside. Pets allowed. Sandy beach with water tramp, kayaks, SUP etc. Brand New: 11 Seasonal sites. Check our website for details. email Reservations: 218-758-2343.

ing Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. Today, it’s a serene little place to escape, with lakes and wooded areas dotting the prairie landscape. Annie Battle Lake, a non-motorized “heritage fishery,” provides a tranquil fishing experience for all; several canoe-in and cart-in campsites line the shore of this 335-acre crystal clear lake. The park rents kayaks and canoes for a noise-free experience. There are also interpretive trails that follow the lakeshores.


Also in New York Mills, the annual Lund Mania and Summer Celebration offer a variety of fun events for all ages, including a parade, a fishing tournament and the beloved “boatville drags” -- miniature pedal boat races through the heart of town. It’s all happening this year on July 6. On August 17, the community’s annual Corn Feed, with about 1,200 ears of corn served, will precede the Cultural Center’s traditional Puppet Pageant. The pageant features handmade, larger-than-life puppets telling the epic Finnish story of the Kalevala. New York Mills is home to an extensive Finnish population and celebrates that heritage every August with its Finnish Folk Festival. Held at the Finn Creek Open Air Museum over the last weekend of the month, the festival features Finnish foods, heritage talks, historical demonstrations, entertainment, kids’ activities and more. For more information, visit


The Phelps Mill Festival is the area's largest art and craft event of the summer. On July 14 and 15 of this year, Phelps Mill County Park will host hundreds of art vendors, food booths, performers and kids' activities. Visitors can shop, walk the park grounds, tour the old mill, listen to music and try out the variety of ethnic and American foods served.


There are two state parks within easy driving distance to and from Perham. Maplewood State Park, approximately 16 miles away on Highway 108, is a heavily wooded and hilly, moderate-sized park featuring scenic walking and horseback trails, campsites, fishing, hiking, swimming and more. Eight major lakes and many ponds offer water lovers places to swim, fish, boat and relax. Lake Lida has a sandy beach and large picnic areas for visitors. Glendalough State Park, south of Perham near Battle Lake, was a playground for the wealthy at one time, even host-


For a tiny town of less than 200 people, Dent knows how to put on a big party. Its annual summer festival, Dent Daze, always promises loads of family fun. Events include a parade, bed races, 5K and 1K run, kids’ games and tractor pull, and much more, taking place over a weekend in early July. Dent is located on Highway 108, about 10 miles southeast of Perham. | PAGE 41



Otter Fest, featuring kids’ games, a parade and other community celebrations, will take place on August 11 in Ottertail. Located about 12 miles south of Perham along Highway 78, Ottertail is situated on the eastern shores of Otter Tail Lake, the largest lake in Otter Tail County. The city’s ‘pet’ otter – a 10-foot high, 14foot long statue made from 1,200 pieces of welded steel – is a prominent and popular landmark that sits along the city’s bike path, at the corner of Highways 78 and 108. The community also hosts an annual Polka Fest in September, a Pumpkin Festival every October, and the Otter Dazzle winter festival around the holidays.































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9-10: Home and Cabin Show, Perham Area Community Center, 3-8 p.m. & 8 a.m.3 p.m. 17: Horticulture Day, Prairie Wind Middle School, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 17: Kinship Bunco Tournament/ St. Patty's Costume Contest 24: Trade Show, New York Mills 31: Easter Egg Hunt, New York Mills


7: Arbor Day Open House (free trees), United Community Bank of Perham 12: Perham Area Chamber Leadership & Hall of Fame Awards Banquet 14: Maple Syrup Fest, Vergas 14-15: The Gathering Sporting Collectible Show, Perham Area Community Center 27: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes


5: Perham Rotary Spring Fling, Lakeside Tap 12: Opening Walleye Fishing TBD: Perham Area Chamber Golf Scramble, Perham Golf Course 26: Opening Bass Fishing


Every Wednesday: International Turtle Races; 10 a.m. registration, races begin at 10:30 a.m. For more info, call the Perham Area Chamber at 218346-7710

9: Great American Think-Off, New York Mills 9: 17th Annual Ronald McDonald House Ride, New York Mills VFW 13-17: Perham Turtle Fest 15: Perham Turtle Fest Grand Parade, 6:30 p.m. 15-16: Perham Brew Fest 16: Music and Arts Festival at Perham Center for the Arts 16: Turtle Fest Half Marathon, 5K, & 10K Road Race, Arvig Park 16: 150th Anniversary of Otter Tail County / 20th Birthday of the EOT History Museum 22-24: Highway 10 Baseball Classic, Perham and New York Mills 23: BBQ Rib Cookoff, downtown 30: 15th Annual Average Joe Triathlon, Arvig Park


Every Wednesday: International Turtle Races; 10 a.m. registration, races begin at 10:30 a.m. For more info, call the Perham Area Chamber at 218346-7710 4: Fireworks, Krueger Field/ Fairgrounds, 10 p.m. 6: Lund Mania Summer Celebration and Fishing Tournament, New York Mills 13: Relay for Life of East Otter Tail County, Perham High School Track 14-15: Phelps Mill Arts Festival 19: Calvary Pie & Ice Cream Social, Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham

19-22: East Otter Tail County Fair 27: Tuffy Nelson Golf Classic TBD: Dent Daze, Dent


Every Wednesday: International Turtle Races; 10 a.m. registration, races begin at 10:30 a.m. For more info, call the Perham Area Chamber at 218346-7710 3-4: Perham Crazy Days 9-12: Vergas Looney Daze & Parade 10-11: Otter Fest in Ottertail, Friday night Demo Derby, Saturday Parade 17: Corn Feed and Puppet Pageant Festival, New York Mills 18-19: Pioneer Days 17-19: Black Powder Rendezvous Aug 31-Sept 3: Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sales TBD: Finn Creek Summer Folk Festival, New York Mills


Aug 31-Sept 3: Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sales 8: Dreams for Kids Ride 9: Charity Golf Tournament: Proceeds go to Someplace Safe 14-16: Perham Area All School Reunion 29: Lakes Area Home Tour 28-29: Disgruntled Daze 29: Harvest Fest TBD: Polka Daze, Ottertail TBD: EOT Place Base Productions


27: Kids Halloween Party, New York Mills 31: Trunk or Treat TBD: Pumpkin Festival, Ottertail TBD: Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch, New York Mills


3: Women of FOCUS Annual Christmas Plus Bazaar 16-18: Perham Area Community Musical 22: Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble 5K 23: Holiday Parade of Lights 23-Dec 1: Christmas Tree Festival, New York Mills TBD: Community Carnival, New York Mills


Nov. 23-Dec. 1: Christmas Tree Festival, New York Mills 1: Community Christmas Party, New York Mills City Hall Ballroom 1-24: Perham's Winter Wonderland 1-15: Perham Giving Tree 1: Otter Dazzle, Ottertail 6: Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil, Angel of Hope Park, 7 p.m. TBD: Santa Day, Dent TBD: Longest Night music Festival, New York Mills * Events may be added throughout the year. Dates may change. | PAGE 43


Wadena AREA Wide open spaces


adena’s motto, “Where the prairie meets the woodland,” is fitting. The city is uniquely situated in central Minnesota as a gateway to outdoor recreation in the North Country. With more than 200 acres in parkland and a 3.5-mile paved recreational trail that winds through a wetland, visitors have every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. The city’s downtown shopping corridor has a well-preserved art deco style that’s unique to Wadena. Gift shops, cafes and coffee shops line the streets. Throughout town, restaurants and bars and grills abound to suit every taste, and travelers have several lodging options to choose from. With its focuses on recreation, arts and culture, history, and economic progress, Wadena offers a little something for everyone. MURALS OF MINNESOTA You’ll find something truly unPAGE 44 | DESTINATIONS 2018

See our calendar of events on page 51 expected in the back alleys of downtown Wadena -- unique and eye-opening murals that tell the story of Minnesota’s history. “Murals of Minnesota,” also known as the Alley Arts Project, features dozens of huge, colorful murals depicting the people and places that have shaped the state’s history over the past 1,000 years. Learn about the early settlers, the logging industry, how natural resources impacted economic development, unique historical figures, and more. Stop by the Bernauer Building on Jefferson Street to start the tour.


The restored, historic Wadena Depot hosts a number of community and arts events throughout the year, as well as wedding receptions and other private affairs. It is located at Burlington Northern Park near the intersections of U.S. Highway 10 and 71. For more information, visit

Sunnybrook fishing Serving the Wadena area and beyond, ‘The Mas’ has something for everyone interested in fun and fitness. The 57,000-square-foot facility contains a six-lane lap swimming pool, zero-entry recreational pool, water slide and other water features, as well as a sauna/steam room, whirlpool and warm water therapy pool. There’s also a state-ofthe-art fitness facility with a walking track, racquetball courts and a multipurpose gym that can accommodate volleyball, basketball, tennis and pickleball. Fitness classes, swimming lessons and other programs are available for all ages and levels. Day passes are available.


Golfers will want to experience this champion-caliber course north of town. The Whitetail Run Golf Course is a Joel Goldstand 18-hole course that captures the beauty

and challenge suggested by Wadena’s motto: “Where the prairie meets the woodland.” For more information, call 218-631-7718.

cucumbers, raspberries, beets, kale, potatoes, peppers, zucchini and more. Baked goods, maple and birch syrups, meats, salves and teas are also available, along with some freshpicked flowers. Located off Highway 71 between Burger King and Pizza Hut, the market runs from 2-5:30 p.m. each Friday during the growing season.


Located at 603 North Jefferson Street in Wadena, the Wadena County Museum features 15 exhibit areas with artifacts representative of early pioneers. It has a Two Nations Indian Village, as well as a large collection of photographs related to Wadena County. Outdoors, enjoy the Memorial Garden and original 1886 court house tower. In addition, there is a Historical/ Genealogy Research Center on site, where families can find information on local citizens past and present.


This annual festival has brought artists and art lovers together during the weekend after Thanksgiving for the past 30-plus years. It’s held


at Wadena Memorial Auditorium and Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School.


The Wadena Farmers Market has grown to include about 15 vendors that sell a variety of produce, including

Wadena boasts a total of more than 200 acres of playgrounds and parks. Sunnybrook Park, just east of Wadena with access from U.S. Highway 10, is the largest park in the city, with 78 acres of grass, water, pines and oak trees. People can fish for trout and sunfish, grill out or have picnics, play disc golf, volleyball or softball, and play on the playground. A children’s zoo has buffalo, deer, peacocks and golden pheasants. There are also semi-enclosed shelters and a campground open May 15-Oct. 1. | PAGE 45



Farmers Market

The Wadena Farmers Market has grown to include about 15 vendors that sell a variety of produce, including cucumbers, raspberries, beets, kale, potatoes, peppers, zucchini and more. Baked goods, maple and birch syrups, meats, salves and teas are also available, along with some fresh-picked flowers. Located off Highway 71 between Burger King and Pizza Hut, the market runs from 2-5:30 p.m. each Friday during the growing season. On the other side of town, two miles west of Wadena, is Black’s Grove Park. Surrounded by majestic oak trees and pines, this 50-year-old park provides a place for relaxation. Trails are suitable for hiking in the summer, and children will enjoy playing in a log shelter or watching for wildlife. A long and winding ski trail can be used for hiking, mountain biking or cross-country skiing in winter. A soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, nature trails, horseshoe pits, a shelter, restrooms and play area are all offered at Tapley Park. The park is located on Lincoln Avenue Southwest and encompasses about 18 acres. The Southwest Playground on Fourth Street provides numerous activities for children, including a play-


ground, courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball, soccer and baseball fields, and skating in the winter. A warming house and restrooms are on site. At the center of the city is Burlington Northern Park, a place where people of all ages gather during the summertime. The park offers a picnic area and a bandstand. The Softball and Horseshoe Complex is on the southwest side of town, at Second Street. Home to summer recreation baseball and softball programs, this complex includes four fenced softball fields, competitive horseshoe pits, a concession area, restrooms and a winter sliding hill. All parks and playgrounds close at 10 p.m.


Wadena’s Madhatters Community Theatre group has entertained local audiences for many years. The group regularly produces musicals, dinner theatres, plays and lab theatres, and also sponsors a summer drama camp for kids. For information on the latest productions, visit

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CALENDAR of EVENTS 2018 Overflowing with history and tradition, Little Falls is a place where young and old alike immerse themselves in the many attractions and events that speak of life. ATTRACTIONS

Gordon Rosenmeier House (Tours) Visitor Center Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and State Park (Tours) Linden Hill Mansions (Tours) Minnesota Fishing Museum & Hall of Fame Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Museum Minnesota Military Museum Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Cass Gilbert Depot (Tours) Pine Grove Zoo and Park

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Jun 1-22 – #ONLYINMN Monument Jun 1 – Kick off to Summer Extravaganza Jun 2 – Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Jun 3 – Charles Lindbergh House & Museum: Dollar Day Jun 7 – Pierz Rock, Roll and Stroll, Downtown Pierz Jun 7 – An Evening in Black & White Beer & Wine Tasting, Linden Hill Jun 7 – Open Mic Night, Great River Arts Jun 10 – Lindbergh’s Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Jun 13 – Toy making for the animals, Pine Grove Zoo June 15 – 14 Fridays Concert: Big Sweet Life: Great River Arts Jun 16 – Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Jun 16 – River Rat 5K Run/Walk, Belle Prairie Park Jun 16 – Dam2Dam Bike Ride Jun 16 – Little Falls Dam Festival, Maple Island Park Jun 20 – Lone Eagle Auto Club Car Show, Le Bourget Park Jun 24 – Lindbergh’s Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum Jun 28 – Rock the Park, Maple Island Park Jun 30 – Full Moon Party, Shoppes of Little Falls Jun 29, 30 & July 1 – Swanville Carnival




Jul 1 – Bowlus Fun Day Jul 4 – 4th of July Enrichment Event, Pine Grove Zoo

CALENDAR of EVENTS 2018 Jul 4 – Randall Parade Jul 5 – Pierz Rock, Roll and Stroll Jul 5 – Open Mic Night, Great River Arts Jul 7 – Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Jul 8 – Lindbergh’s Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Jul 10 – Garden Walk, Linden Hill + 4 community gardens Jul 14 – Piers Freedom Fest Jul 17 – Log Jam 2 open air concert, Linden Hill Barn Jul 21 – Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Jul 22 – Lindbergh’s Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Jul 22 – Big Swing, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Jul 27 – Full Moon Party, Shoppes of Little Falls

Great Day Trips


Aug 1 – The Green Fair Folk Festival, St. Francis Convent Aug 2 – Pierz Rock, Roll and Stroll, Downtown Pierz Aug 2 – Raise the Roof pig roast, Linden Hill Pavilion Aug 2 – Open Mic Night, Great River Arts Aug 4 – Platte River Day, City of Royalton Aug 4 – Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Aug 7 – Falls Festival on Foot/National Night Out, Fire Station Aug 9-11 – Morrison County Fair Aug 11 – Crazy Day, City of Pierz Aug 12 – Lindbergh’s Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Aug 18 – Pixar Night, Pine Grove Zoo Aug 18 – Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Aug 21 – A Cultural Cooking Class, Sprout Aug 22 – Lone Eagle Auto Club Car Show, Falls Ballroom Aug 24 – Wacky Hacker Golf Tourney, Horizon Health Aug 25 – Full Moon Party, Shoppes of Little Falls Aug 25 – Pierz Oktober Fest Aug 26 – Lindbergh’s Complex Legacy - Presentation & Discussion, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum


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Sept 1 – Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour, Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Sept 8-10 – Little Fall Art & Craft Fair Weekend Sept 15 – Cheers to Morrison County, Camp Ripley Sept 22 – Full Moon Party, Shoppes of Little Falls Sept 29 – Kids Day, Morrison County Fairgrounds


Oct 6 – Pine Grove Zoo Fest Oct 18 – Retirement Breakfast, Camp Ripley Oct 19 – 14 Fridays Concert: Monroe Crossing: Great River Arts Oct 27 – Growers & Makers Marketplace, Sprout Oct 27 – Full Moon Party, Shoppes of Little Falls Oct 31 – Downtown Trick or Treating


Nov 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17 – Great River Arts Fall Dinner Theater Nov 10 – Franciscan Harvest Supper, St. Francis Convent Nov 16 – Harvest Ball, Horizon Health Nov 17 – Growers & Makers Marketplace, Sprout Nov 24 – Full Moon Party, Shoppes of Little Falls Nov 23–Dec 2 – Christmas Tours Nov 23 – Santa Parade, Downtown Little Falls, 6pm


Dec 1 – Carousel of Crafts, Middle School, 9-3 Dec 1 – Full Moon Party, Shoppes of Little Falls Dec 7 – 14 Fridays Concert: Great River Arts Dec 8 – Growers & Makers Marketplace, Sprout Dec 21 – 14 Fridays Concert: A Harper’s Chord Christmas Great River Arts Dec 25 – Free Community Christmas Lunch, Charlies Pizza Dec 31 – Candlelight Trails, Lindbergh State Park a Fishininggm useum Minnesot sh 11 | mnfi


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eave the chaos behind. Satisfy your craving for hometown goodness. Play outside, walk to dinner, and wonder at the stars above. Conveniently located off Highway 10 between Little Falls and Wadena, Staples is a smart choice for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation. Close to larger lakes and cities, along with its own lengthy list of activities and outdoor resources, this small town is anything but sleepy. Bike trails, river tubing, water sports and lakeside camping ensure you get a healthy dose of fresh air. Relax with fine art and music performances in all seasons. Run off some energy, marvel at

nature, and gather with family in one of Staples’ many parks and recreational facilities. Follow the Central Minnesota Barn Quilt Trail that winds through town. Staples is proud to be the home of the amateur baseball team the Lumberbats, the Joel Goldstrand designed golf course, The Vintage, CLC's beautiful Living Legacy Gardens, and Minnesota's longest fishing pier, located at Dower Lake Recreation Area. More information about Staples and the surrounding area can be found at

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4: Leadercast, National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) 6: Lumberbats, Amateur Baseball Season Opener, Pine Grove Park 28: Memorial Day Ceremony, Evergreen Hill Cemetery


1: Staples Lions Par 3 Challenge, The Vintage Golf Course 2-3: Lumberbats Annual Pine Grove Classic 5: Central Minnesota Boys Choir Annual Concert, Sacred Heart Church, 7:30 p.m. 16: Motley June Fest 17: Annual Father’s Day Tournament, The Vintage Golf Course PAGE 50 | DESTINATIONS 2018

23-24: Lumberbats Tournament


7: Izzy Cup Golf Tournament, The Vintage Golf Course, 9 a.m. 8: Music in the Park, Staples-Motley Area Arts Council, Northern Pacific Park, 7 p.m. 14-15: Staples-Motley Cardinal Alumni Basketball Tournament 15: Music in the Park, Staples-Motley Area Arts Council, Northern Pacific Park, 7 p.m. 22: Music in the Park, Staples-Motley Area Arts Council, Northern Pacific Park, 7 p.m. 27: Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre presents “Wizard of Oz,” Centennial Auditorium

29: Music in the Park, Staples-Motley Area Arts Council, Northern Pacific Park, 7 p.m.


5: Music in the Park, Staples-Motley Area Arts Council, Northern Pacific Park, 7 p.m. 7: National Night Out 11-12: Old Wadena Rendezvous Days, Old Wadena Park 12: Music in the Park, Staples-Motley Area Arts Council, Northern Pacific Park, 7 p.m. 13: MGA Senior Tour, The Vintage Golf Course, 10 a.m. 23: Little Red Caboose Variety Show, Centennial Auditorium, 7 p.m. 23-26: Staples Railroad Days


Wadena Area Calendar of Events MAY

TBD: M-State Graduation 13: Kruzin 4 Kids Pancake Feed, Wadena Elks Lodge 18: England Prairie Pancake Supper, England Prairie Pioneer Grounds 20: Enduro Races, Wadena County Fairgrounds, 2 p.m. 25: High School Commencement


TBD: Pig Races, Kinship fundraiser, Wadena County Fairgrounds 14: Town & Country Breakfast, BN Park 14: Parade 14: Lion’s Burger Cookout, Corner Dayton & Jefferson 14-16: June Jubilee 14-16: City Wide Garage Sales 16: Family Fun Day, SunnyBrook Park 16: Enduro Races, Wadena County Fairgrounds, 6 p.m. 17: Wadena VFW Youth Fishing Derby, Sunnybrook Park 21-24: Wadena County Fair 23: Wings & Wheels Over Wadena, Wadena Airport 21: Lumberjack show at 7 p.m., Them Pesky Kids band to follow, Wadena County Fairgrounds 22-24:Kruzin 4 Kids Garage Sale 22: Bulls N Barrels at 7 p.m., Shalo Lee Band to follow, Wadena County Fairgrounds 23: RRVP pull at 6 p.m., Audio Throttle band to follow, Wadena County Fairgrounds 23: Sunnybrook Stomp-walk /run, Sunnybrook Park 24: Demo Derby, Wadena County Fairgrounds, 2 p.m. 30: Wings & Wheels Over Wadena, Wadena Airport


JULY 17:

Tri-County Health Care Block Party, TCHC 28: Red River Valley Pullers truck pull, Wadena County Fairgrounds, 2 p.m. 29: Enduro Races, Wadena County Fairgrounds, 2 p.m. 29: Music in the Park, Staples-Motley Area Arts Council, Northern Pacific Park, 7 p.m.


TBD: Pig N Wing Challenge, Wadena County Fairgrounds

13: TCHC Golf Scramble, Whitetail Run 18: Kruzin 4 Kids Bike Rally, Wadena Elks Lodge 19: Enduro Races, Wadena County Fairgrounds, 2 p.m. 19: Kruzin 4 Kids Bike Rally, Wadena Elks Lodge 24-26: England Prairie Pioneer Days, England Prairie Pioneer Grounds


4: First Day of WDC School 9: Enduro Races, Wadena County Fairgrounds, 2 p.m. 28: WDC Homecoming, WDC High School


7: Enduro Races, Championship Race (top 10 drivers), Wadena County Fairgrounds, 2 p.m. 8: Live Pink 20: Mountain Bike Race, Black’s Grove


22: Community Thanksgiving Dinner 24: Wadena Christmas Festival, Wadena Deer Creek Elementary TBA: Empty Stocking Program, WDC High School





s the name suggests, the Brainerd lakes area is known for its lakes - hundreds of sparkling water bodies and 2,000 miles of shoreland amid tall pines with hundreds of miles of bicycle, walking, jogging and snowmobile trails. There are deep mine pit lakes for a quiet kayak or scuba dive, plenty of water for anglers and recreation and 100,000 acres of wetlands. Spend a day on Gull Lake where you have numerous options to dock the boat and grab a bite to eat at establishments located across all parts of the lake. Load up the bike or rent one to try the Cuyuna Range mountain bike trails and then take a break in an area coffee shop or eatery. The area has 45 resorts and more than 400 holes of golf and a zipline. Or camp and see the glorious Milky Way away from city lights. Want to be active, share a day with friends and family and raise funds for a good cause? There are numerous charity 5K run/walk events or even marathons throughout the lakes area communities. While nature and the outdoor experience is the star here, it isn’t the only attraction. Visit historic homesteads in area parks from early settlements to the nearby boyhood home of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh along with local history museums or art galleries. But the area offers so much more, from Brainerd-Baxter to Nisswa, Pequot Lakes to Crosslake, Crosby to Pillager there are unique experiences available while walking on a nature trail or along main street. With numerous festivals and events in

winter and summer, visitors can be as active as they want to be or simply relax with a book at the beach or inside in front of a cozy fire. The Brainerd micropolitan offers diverse shopping, theater productions and worldclass summer music fests with everything from bluegrass to symphonic orchestra to opera, and a regional airport with commercial and general aviation. So no matter what the interest is, the Brainerd lakes area has plenty to do and see.


Crow Wing State Park, located south of Brainerd on Highway 371, is a nature lover's delight. Explore prairie, pine and hardwood forests. PAGE 54 | DESTINATIONS 2018

View the Mississippi River from historic and picturesque "Chippewa Lookout." Novice canoeists can paddle the calm waters of the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers. Crow Wing is a park rich in cultural history. In this area, a frontier town emerged to serve the needs of travelers and traders. The town died when the railroad chose to cross the river at Brainerd. Walk through the site of the Old Crow Wing Village for a sense of history. The park still has a section of the famous Woods Trail, which served ox cart traffic that carried supplies between St. Paul and the Red River settlements. Camping and lodging are available at the park. More information can be found at state_parks/cro w_wing/ index.html or by calling 218825-3075.


The trails at Pillsbury State Forest, located north of Pillager and west of Gull Lake, meander through a heavily forested area consisting of a variety of deciduous and coniferous trees. The woods are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you're likely to see evidence of beavers and other wildlife. You may also find several varieties of wildflowers, including the yellow lady's-slipper. The trail system in this state forest is especially popular with equestrians and mountain bikers during the

summer and cross-country skiers in the winter. Land ownership within this forest includes state, county, municipal and private holdings. Trespass laws are enforced. Please be aware and respect these lands. Grouse hunters find good bird hunting in the fall. The forest is closed to off-highway vehicles so bird hunters are assured they will not be disturbed by ATV traffic while walking the old logging roads. Recreational facilities in the forest include the Walter E. Stark Horse Assembly Area, Shafer Lake and Green Bass Lake. Rock Lake Campground and Day-Use Area can serve as a great alternative to the more developed and heavily used Crow Wing State Park. | PAGE 55


The lakes area has a number of sand beaches to enjoy listening to the lapping waves while reading a hot bestseller or to enjoy the water. Whipple Beach is considered a jewel of Baxter with extensive sand beach, playground, fishing dock, kitchen facilities, picnic tables, trails and bathrooms. In Brainerd, Lum Park’s 38 acres include a beach on Rice Lake, RV campsites, playground, boat landing, fishing pier, disc golf, sand volleyball, pavilions and restrooms. Pelican Beach near Nisswa offers a shallow, sugar sand beach and swimming

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Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore is an 80-acre park featuring a babbling brook, tall trees and wildlife. Stony Brook, a state-designated trout stream, winds through the park, which offers benches for viewing, a picnic pavilion with electrical outlets, a playground, restrooms and trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Go west on County Road 77 through Lake Shore, then right on Cass County Road 78 at Bar Harbor, and right on Ridge Road. Nisswa City Park is on the north end of downtown Nisswa and has a children’s playground. It is near the Paul Bunyan State Trail and has skating rinks and




Foot Hills State Forest is about 12 miles west of Pine River and offers a trail system that’s used for hiking and off-highway vehicle riding in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Camping sites are also available. The Spider Lake Trails travel 29 miles throughout Foot Hills State Forest. From smooth and sandy to rough and rocky, the trails provide a challenging ride as they curve around lakes and ponds, follow ridges, and traverse several hills and slopes throughout the forest. Trails are open year-round, except on groomed, signed snowmobile trails. The forest has 8.6 miles of cross-country skiing, hik-

ing pier, playground, swings, picnic tables, grill and a picnic shelter. There is a boat access just north of the park. In Pine River, visit the Dam Park, which offers a swimming beach, large playground area, grill areas, picnic tables, swimming beach and fishing pier.

a warming house, ball field and community center. Pequot Lakes offers a playground for children in the heart of downtown in Trailside Park on the Paul Bunyan Trail. Venture to Bobber Park under the bobber water tower to find Paul Bunyan’s lumberjack chair and Babe, the Blue Ox for photo opportunities. Looking for a more natural area? Visit Gildner Park at the corner of South Oak and Pillsbury streets, which has playground equipment for young children, benches and picnic tables, or Mayo Lake Nature Preserve. Less than five minutes from Highway 371 - take County Road 168 to Hurtig Road to 69th Street Southwest - this park features 67 acres of land in Crow Wing and Cass counties that surrounds the southern portion of Mayo Lake. There are trails for recreational activities. And Sibley Lake Park, on Sibley Lake at the intersection of North Oak and West Sibley streets, offers a fish-



ing, mountain biking, 80 miles of ATV trails, 40 miles of off-highway motorcycle trails and 11 miles of off-road vehicle trails. Recreation includes dispersed camping, canoe/ kayak options, picnic shelters and swimming.


The forest has 3 miles of cross-country skiing, 1.2 miles of hiking, 27 miles of horseback riding trails and 27 miles of mountain biking in addition to canoe/kayak or fishing and swimming opportunities.

area, making it a great place for young kids to swim. There are picnic tables, as well as restrooms and changing facilities. From Nisswa, take County Road 18 to County Road 4. Go right on County Road 4 to County Road 118 and turn left. Turn left again at the Public Water Access. Follow past boat access to the beach area parking. On Gull Lake, you can find a public sandy beach and boat launch area near the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gull Lake Recreation Area. The beach offers a shaded picnic area, grills, shelter and fishing pier. There is a playground and fishing area at the campground. A small fee

is required. From Nisswa, take Highway 371 south to County Road 125 (Gull Lake Dam Road). Go right and follow to the campground, park and beach on Gull Lake. In Crosslake, located at the Pine River Dam, you’ll find the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cross Lake Recreation Area. Onsite beaches offer swimming near a playground, camping area and boat launch. Located 22 miles north of Brainerd on Crow Wing County Road 3, the campground entrance is across from the intersection of County Roads 3 and 66.


Whether by canoe or kay-

ak, the Brainerd lakes area has a lot of options. Paddle the peaceful expanse of the Pine River, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designated canoe route with nearly 60 miles marked as a water trail for travel. This river flows through the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. Take a historic Mississippi River trek to the Crow Wing State Park or enjoy the calm, deep, turquoise-colored waters of the Cuyuna Range mine pit lakes. Glide above the outstretched limbs of mature trees entombed in the clear water that reclaimed the mine pits. For silent sports enthusiasts there is no better way

to see the area from quiet, small lakes to large, bustling waterways. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from area establishments, which will deliver them to the launch point and pick them up when the paddling adventure is complete. Or try a stand-up paddle board on any number of Crow Wing County’s more than 400 glorious lakes.


The Paul Bunyan State Trail boasts 123 miles of continuously paved trail from Crow Wing State Park south of Brainerd to Bemidji State Park in Bemidji. The longest recreational trail in Minnesota ranges from flat and



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25–27 ..........Street Car Showdown 8–10 .............MAP Proving Grounds 15–17 ............Wet & Wild Weekend 29–Jul 1 .......PleasureLand RV Show & Go 10–12 ...........Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Race

Aug 16–19 ....... Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug Sep Sep

31–Sep 2 .....GSTA Muscle Car Shootout 14–16 ...........MAP Proving Grounds 21–23 ...........Wet & Wilder Weekend

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open to hilly and scenic. It passes through 15 communities - including Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa and Pequot Lakes - and connects with the Heartland Trail, Blue Ox Trail and Cuyuna State Trail. It is popular with bikers, hikers, walkers, runners, inline skaters and snowmobilers. It’s a member of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame with more than 650,000 users a year visiting the trail, making it one of the premier state trails in Minnesota. Bring a bike or rent one, including multi-passenger options, from a number of providers in area communities.

route made up entirely of county roads that take travelers through 14 jurisdictions and two counties (Crow Wing and Cass). There are hiking and walking trails, recreational parks and lakes, wildlife management areas, and historical artifacts. The route has a nonprofit organization, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, that manages the projects, programs and events along the route. Crow Wing County's State Aid Highway (CSAH) 16 is the spine of the byway. At the intersection with CSAH 66, the route travels both north around the Whitefish Chain and south along the north side of Pelican Lake. It passes


The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a 54-mile driving


through 14 local government jurisdictions.


Mount Ski Gull offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing in one convenient location near the shores of Gull Lake, off Cass County Road 77 in Fairview Township between East Gull Lake and Lake Shore. Mount Ski Gull offers another way to see the lakes area beauty on a zip line that opened two years ago. The Brainerd Zip Line Tour boasts seven zip lines of varying length, with bridges and tree platforms connecting lines. The daring rider can jump off the edge into a 50-foot free fall. The longest zip line will

be more than 950 feet long. Capture the adventure with GoPro, available for rent. For more information, call 218-963-4353.


Brainerd International Raceway is best known for hosting the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals each August, but what many fans don’t know is how diverse BIR’s racing schedule has become. BIR’s 2018 schedule is jampacked with a wide variety of racing, including drag racing, road racing, Superbike racing, endurance racing, an Aussie-style cruising events and two weekends for imports



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and sport compacts that feature drifting, autocross and open lapping events. There’s even racing called watercross that features snowmobiles racing on open water. Most weekends include two or more events taking place simultaneously. Fans need to only buy a single ticket to enjoy all the events going on inside BIR that day. And for every event on the schedule, including NHRA Nationals, kids who are 12 and younger get in free. In addition to being great spectator events, BIR’s racing action usually includes opportunities for fans to get behind the wheel and try their hand at competitive racing. As long as their car, truck or

bike meet safety requirements, they can usually register to race. Check out BIR’s website for more details and a list of events: www.BrainerdRaceway. com. BIR is located 5 miles north of Baxter on Highway 371.


Northland Arboretum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting the community involved in and aware of nature. The Arb, located on 14250 Conservation Drive, behind the Westgate Mall in Brainerd, has a wide, beautiful area for you and your family to explore. Have a peaceful walk on the nature trails, or take your mountain bike for a ride. Winter time? You can

cross-country ski on groomed, snow-covered trails. Snowshoe or winter hike on nongroomed trails. The arb also offers classes or workshops throughout the year, including hosting fascinating raptors. Past raptor event participants have been able to see the majesty of a mature bald eagle close-up. Looking for an outdoor fitness trail? The arb added an accessible wellness fitness trail in 2015, complete with exercise stations for stretching, cardio, balance and strength training. Using a downloadable app, users will be able to interact with the fitness stations for instructions on equipment use, to track their progress or share their outing on social media. For more information on the Arb, go to

Wildlife Park is to promote conservation and preservation through safe, affordable and memorable experiences with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation. There are hundreds of mammals, birds, reptiles and primates that make their home in the wildlife park. People can take camel rides and view the African and Asian grasslands exhibits from the viewing areas. Feeding the animals at Safari North Wildlife Park is a thrill for any age. While you enjoy your stay at Safari North take a walk on the wild side as you hand feed the white-tailed deer, or step up high and feed a giraffe from the comforts of a feeding station.


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The Brainerd lakes area, known for its recreational lakes popular for fishing and boating, is also home to numerous nationally recognized championship golf courses. Golfers could play a different championship course every day for a week. Golfing legends Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Joel Goldstrand all have developed courses in the lakes area.




See Gull Lake aboard the Destiny Cruise luxury yacht, the North Star. Day and evening public cruises combine cuisine and beverages with the lake landscape, available from the comfort of an indoor salon or an outdoor observation deck. Tour Pelican Lake aboard the Breezy Belle, the paddle wheel boat at Breezy Point Resort. Each season more than 4,000 people see Pelican Lake from the decks of the Belle. Both the North Star and the Breezy Belle offer public and private cruises.


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Enjoy heart-pumping action with tight turns and scenic vistas with more than 25 miles of mountain bike trails spread across 800 acres of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Trails wind around mine pits and lakes with breath-taking overlooks. Trails, the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew calls ribbons of red gold, range from beginner to expert. The mountain bike trails in the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area have grown into a world-class attraction. When taking a break from the exhilarating descents, mountain bikers can watch for bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, beavers and other wildlife. But don’t think the scenery or the trails are only for summer. About 40 miles of

packed multi-use trails are available for fat-tire biking and 20 miles of trail is groomed specifically for a fat-tire biking experience. And don’t forget the yeti. Some 300 cyclists come from across the United States and Canada to compete in the annual 45NRTH Whiteout Fat Bike Race in February, giving spectators a chance to see the bikes up close and encourage racers on with -what else? -- cowbells! Not to mention a chance to see the Whiteout yeti mascot. Top off the experience with a selfie with the Cuyuna yeti. Find maps, tips and upcoming competitions at www.


of Brainerd on Highway 18. Its trademark is the 26-foot-tall animated and talking statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. As children enter, Paul welcomes them by name. The amusement park has about 30 rides for children. This Old Farm surrounds Paul Bunyan Land with 40 buildings decorated with authentic antiques in original settings. For more information, go to


The lakes area is home to several craft beer options with local brews. Make it a daylong outing by visiting Jack Pine Brewery’s tap house in Baxter, Gull Dam Brewing Co. and Big Axe Brewing Co. in Nisswa, 14 Lakes Brewery in Crosslake, Cuyuna Brewing Co. in Crosby, and the Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd. Also venture to the Dennis Drummond Wine Co. near Brainerd with wine tasting, retail, bistro and wedding venue.

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This Place is a MUST stop for the Families -- it’s so much more than what you see from the Highway!

Brainerd Area Calendar of Events CROSSLAKE ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION Crosslake celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in style with the area’s largest parade on St. Patrick’s Day itself this year - Saturday, March 17, 2018. Related festivities include the Ms. Blarney & Mr. Malarkey Pageant on March 3 at Manhattan’s, the St. Urho’s Day Grasshopper Hop on March 10, the Clover Dash 5K race March 17 and the St. Patrick’s Day raffle ticket drawing March 23 at Andy’s Bar & Grill. Take part in the annual Clover Dash 5K or start your day at the Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast. Check out a variety of family activities including RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon rides before choosing your spot to watch the parade. DOWNTOWN BRAINERD ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION The annual Downtown Brainerd St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will be from 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m. March 17, 2018, hosted by Brainerd Community Action.

AGATE AND MINERAL SHOW Rockhounds will delight in the annual Cuyuna Rock, Gem and Mineral Society Rock Show May 5-6 inside and around the curling club building at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 2000 S.E. 13th St., in Brainerd. This year, the society will be host to the 77th annual Midwest Federation Convention. Concessions are included outside the show. The show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6. Cost to attend is $1 for those age 16 and older. ARTS AND CRAFT FESTIVALS More than 150 artisans are expected for the Spring Arts and Craft festival from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12, 2018, at the Brainerd Senior High School, 702 S. Fifth St., Brainerd. Go to http://isd181. org for more information. The Little Falls Arts and Crafts, Market Place and Man Cave Fairs draws more than 100,000 people during the twoday event. In its 46th year, the fair includes a car show and swap meet during the event Sept. 8-9, 2018. NISSWA TURTLE RACES The 55th season of Nisswa Turtle Races kicks off Wednesday, June 6, at the official turtle track located behind the Welcome Center Building along the Paul Bunyan

Trail in downtown Nisswa. Rain or shine, races start at 2 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 22, attracting huge crowds each week. Registration starts at 1 p.m., and participants pay a nominal fee to race a turtle. Winners of each heat race again to determine the grand champion. NISSWA-STÄMMAN SCANDINAVIAN FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL The 19th annual Nisswastämman Scandinavian Folk Music and Dance Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, at the Nisswa Pioneer Village and other Nisswa venues, celebrating Scandinavian and Scandinavian/ American folk music in the northwoods. The event also offers singing and dancing workshops, a children’s activity area and Scandinavian foods. On Saturday, June 9, a fiddler’s parade on the Paul Bunyan Trail in Nisswa kicks off the allday folk music festival, which culminates with a smorgasbord feast. CLASSIC BOAT SHOWS The Brainerd lakes area is home to two classic wood boat shows. The annual Whitefish Chain Antique & Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous will be Saturday, June 16, on the docks at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar in Crosslake. The 10th annual Gull Lake Classic Boat Show will be Saturday, Aug. 25, on the docks at Bar Harbor Restaurant in Lake Shore. The day will include breakfast and live music, and will conclude with the classic boat tour of Gull Lake and shoreline parade around 4:30 p.m. LAKES JAM Founded in 2012, Lakes Jam is an annual event that unites rock and country music fans from all walks of life and brings them to Brainerd International Raceway for a weekend of live music and camping. This year, Lakes Jam will be June 21-23, featuring Jake Nelson, Tim Hurley, Ashley McBryde and

country headliner Locash on Thursday night; Elizabeth Lyons, The Skahls, Lauren Alaina, Kip Moore and headliner Brantley Gilbert on country Friday night; and Pop Rocks, Zed Leppelin, Jack Russell’s Great White, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and headliner George Thorogood & The Destroyers on Saturday rock night. For more information, go to Rain or shine, the shows go on. FOURTH OF JULY The Brainerd lakes area is the place to be for Fourth of July festivities from Brainerd to Nisswa to Pequot Lakes to Crosslake. Events kick off Tuesday, July 3, with Nisswa Freedom Days, including events all day and a patriotic parade at 7 p.m., and Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days festivities that culminate that night with fireworks at dusk. Lots of events are on tap Wednesday, July 4, including the Stars & Stripes Parade at noon in Pequot Lakes and the American Celebration in Brainerd, which includes an afternoon parade, music and nighttime fireworks. Fireworks shows are scheduled at dusk July 2 at Grand View Lodge’s The Pines golf course; July 3 in Pequot Lakes; July 4 at Madden’s Resort and at Brainerd High School; and July 7 over Sand Island on Cross Lake. BEAN HOLE DAYS Pequot Lakes hosts Bean Hole Days on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10-11. The annual community celebration includes crowning the Bean Hole King and Queen; preparing, burying, cooking and serving beans baked underground overnight in Trailside Park to thousands of attendees; and an arts and crafts fair with more than 100 vendors. Beans, a bun and beverage are served for free at noon July 11. PAUL BUNYAN EXTREME 5K The Paul Bunyan Extreme 5K on Saturday, July 14, at Mount | PAGE 63


RUN/WALK Looking for a new 5K challenge, or a maybe a marathon? The lakes area has it covered. Whether it’s a 5K for a charity or 26.2 miles, there are multiple options, or combine them all in one event with the 11th annual Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon on April 27-28 in Nisswa. Save the date for the June 9 Sour Grapes Half & Half walk/run in Brainerd. The races include a half-marathon run, a 10.55K run/walk, a kids mile run, and a kids half-mile run. Celebrate the Fourth with the Nisswa Firecracker Run Up North on July 7, or the Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye in Crosslake on July 7, featuring 5K and 10K races sponsored by the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association to raise money for walleye habitat. In its third year, the Whitefish Warrior on Aug. 4 in Crosslake features a 2-mile journey through the Nordic Ridge

Recreation area filled with challenging adventures like walls, slippery valleys, archery, a kayak course and mud. Run for a cause at the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure June 30. The Dru Sjodin Purple Elephant 5K/10K run/ walk Aug. 11 in Pequot Lakes celebrates the life of the former Pequot Lakes woman who was murdered and raises awareness of violence against women and children. Join the Warrior Homecoming Run in the fall, or add a tradition by taking part in numerous walks and runs to be active and assist charities throughout the year in the lakes area.

Ski Gull features an obstacle course that includes mud pits, a rope swing, water slide and more. The family-friendly event encourages costumes. Visit www.paulbunyanextreme5k. com. PINE RIVER SUMMERFEST Pine River Summerfest is an annual event to celebrate summer that includes a parade, softball tournament, library book sale, classic car show, art show, music, food, duck races, flea market, farmers market and art and craft displays throughout Pine River. Dates are July 27-29. LAKES AREA MUSIC FESTIVAL The 10th annual musical enrichment event begins with a community concert on July 29 and features a 10th anniversary gala on Aug. 4. The August festival brings world-class musicians, seminars, ballet, and a symphony finale to Brainerd, though various concerts are held in the lakes area year-round.. For three weeks each summer the festival provides free classical music performances, including chamber music, symphonic orchestra and semi-staged opera. LAMF also provides educational opportunities for students of all ages, including a week long kids' day camp, preconcert lectures, adult education seminars, and master classes for local musicians. The Lakes Area Music Festival also offers a winter concert series as well. RIVERBOAT HERITAGE DAYS Step back in time to appreciate the days when rivers were roads used to move people and produce with the Riverboat Heritage Days from Aug. 3-5 in Aitkin. LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals will run ThursdaySunday, Aug. 16-19, at Brainerd International Raceway, featuring Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stock cars and motorcycles. LAKES BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The 13th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival features more than 40 shows WednesdaySunday, Aug. 22-26, at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River. Performers PAGE 64 | DESTINATIONS 2018

include national bands David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition from Kentucky, The Malpass Brothers from North Carolina, The Darrell Webb Band from Pennsylvania, The Purple Hulls from Texas, Amanda Cook & Kennesaw Ridge from Florida, Bluegrass Martins from Missouri and Bluegrass Express from Michigan. The lineup includes Minnesota bands Monroe Crossing, Shaffer’s Lost 40, and Tim & Cindy & Friends. The event includes camping, jamming, workshops and food. New this year is an Old Time Square Dance on Thursday afternoon with The Eel Pout Stringers and dance caller Robin Nelson. LAKES COUNTRY TRIATHLON The race begins with a 1/4-mile swim in Whipple Lake in Baxter (known for its calm waters), then switches to a 14-mile bike through the rolling hills surrounding the Baxter/ Brainerd lakes area, and ends with a very flat 3.2 mile run through a quiet residential area. Proceeds go to supporting youth and community programming. The race is set 8:30 a.m. Aug. 26. Go to http:// for more information. PADDLEPALOOZA Join MNSurf Company for a paddle on the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes for the fourth annual Paddle Palooza Sept. 2. The 5-mile paddle is from Nisswa Lake to Zorbaz on Gull Lake. The event is open to stand-up paddle boarders, kayaks and canoes. The end-of-the-paddle party features music, food and beverages. NISSWA FALL FESTIVAL The 45th annual Nisswa Fall Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 15, along with the 13th annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge in downtown Nisswa. This longtime fall tradition includes a firefighters’ pancake breakfast, medallion hunt and bean bag tournament, as well as kids games and music. CROSSLAKE DAYS Crosslake welcomes fall with Crosslake Days each September, offering an abundance of activities for all ages, including a classic car and motorcycle show,

arts and crafts fair, chili cookoff, kids’ activities, live music and more. OREMAGEDDON The Teravail Oremageddon mountain bike event in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is scheduled for the first Saturday in October. Details for the event will be posted at http://www. NISSWA CITY OF LIGHTS CELEBRATION The Nisswa City of Lights Celebration takes place annually the day after Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 23. Festivities for the 37th annual event will begin in the afternoon with horsedrawn wagon rides, storytelling, food vendors, bonfires, holiday carolers and live reindeer. The Pioneer Village is the setting for the live Nativity and the Love Lights a Tree program. At 5:30 p.m., the lights come on throughout town, and Santa Claus greets the children in the gazebo. The event culminates with a fireworks display. WORLD FAMOUS FISH HOUSE PARADE Welcome the holiday season with the World Famous Fish House Parade in Aitkin on Black Friday. The event, which includes a craft fair, draws some 3,000 parade-goers from across the U.S. BRAINERD JAYCEES $150,000 ICE FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA The 29th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay in Nisswa. The event attracts more than 10,000 anglers who compete for more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. For more information, visit 45NRTH WHITEOUT The 45NRTH Whiteout is raced in February on the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails, located in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Crosby and Ironton, featuring 20 miles of groomed singletrack mountain bike trails. The 45NRTH Whiteout has three different races and rides, depending on your mood: 30K

Race, 20K Race and the 10K Race/Ride. Go to http://www. html for more. CROSSLAKE WINTERFEST Crosslake celebrates winter with WinterFest each February with numerous outdoor and indoor activities at area establishments. A key event is SoupFest, where people can sample soups throughout town and vote for their favorite. CROSBY’S ICE FISHING CONTEST The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber holds the annual event in February on Serpent Lake. Prizes go to the top catch. NISSWA WINTER JUBILEE The annual Nisswa Winter Jubilee celebrates winter in mid-February each year with a snow sculpture contest, live music, food, medallion hunt, parade and more. Festivities cap off Sunday of that February weekend with the Nisswa Fire Department’s annual family friendly fishing derby on Nisswa Lake. GULL LAKE FROZEN FORE The Gull Lake Frozen Fore, a winter golf and snowmobile charity event, takes place at the end of February each year at establishments around Gull Lake. The outdoor weekend festival begins on a Friday night on Hole-in-the-Day Bay with the Frozen Flop where people plunge into the lake for charity. Saturday, participants take shuttles or drive snowmobiles and play nine holes of winter golf. Sunday features the Gull Lake Food Fest on Hole-in-theday Bay. SCORPION HOMECOMING In February, classic snowmobiles grace the ice on Scorpion Lake in Crosby. The Scorpion Homecoming in 2017 featured revolutionary TrailA-Sled airsleds from the late 1950s and early 1960s, Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce Annual Ice Fishing Contest & Scorpion Homecoming. The event is devoted exclusively to the memory of Trail-A-Sled Inc. and Scorpion Inc. creators and manufacturers of the legendary Scorpion snowmobile.



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With over 100 lakes this area is great for fishing. Drop a canoe in one of the area rivers and do some exploring. Thousands of acres of public land with hundreds of miles of trails creates opportunity to get into the woods, whether “Squatching,” hiking, biking or riding on your OHV. The Eagle Country ATV/ Snowmobile club prides itself in having some of the best maintained trails in the state. When you need to get back to civilization, take a stroll down Remer’s classic Northern Minnesota Main Street which boasts restaurants, gas stations, a grocery store, a custom meat market, bars, antiques, local craft store, thrift store, community library, motel, bank and two



elcome to Eagle Country. Remer is conveniently located in the southeast corner of the Chippewa National Forest; a 650,000 acre forest that is home to the largest population of nesting bald eagles in the contiguous 48 states. Watching eagles soar over the lake or above the tree-line while enjoying the many outdoor activities, is truly a breathtaking and majestic event. Surrounded by hundreds of lakes, streams, rivers and vast expanses of forest, the area provides an unparalleled setting for year-round outdoor activities, abundant wildlife and nature. The area has a rich history of logging and farming. The SOO Line Railway brought further economic vitality in the early 1900’s.

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2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month 5 pm at the Depot May: 4th: First National Bank – Plant Day (Friday) 27th: Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast (Sunday) June: 1st: First National Bank – Priority 55 Golf Tournament (Friday) TBD: Garden Club’s annual perennial flower sale (Saturday) 16th: Library Open House, Shop Local, book/bake sale & box car derby (Saturday) July: 6th & 7th: Bigfoot days: Family Picnic, Bingo, BBQ Contest, 5K run and more! August: 10th & 11th: Remer 71st Annual Harvest Festival: Friday Entertainment, Food, Games, Live Music and Fireworks Saturday - All day activities September: 2nd: Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast (Sunday) TBD: Fall has it all

15th & 16th: Bigfoot Music Festival (Saturday & Sunday) TBD: Kids Day & Fall Fest: Box Car Derby, Bake Sale, Pumpkin Painting, Sidewalk Sales and More! Library – Author talk, book sale, hot dogs and chips October: 9th: Annual Chamber Dinner (Tuesday) 27th: Fireman’s Annual “Outdoorsman Night” (Saturday) 31st : Haunted House (Wednesday) 31st : Trunk or Treat – School parking lot (Wednesday)

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The Soo Line North Trail stretches 52 miles through Cass County before ending near the community of Cass Lake. Much of the trail passes through the Bowstring State Forest. There’s no better way to experience the forest than along a trail, and odds are excellent riders will see northern Minnesota’s abundant wildlife. There are two public restrooms for the convenience of travelers and people using the Soo Line Trail. Come to Remer and help search for

Bigfoot, with numerous sightings and close encounters, some as recent as last summer, Remer provides the perfect base camp for your “squatching adventure”. Bigfoot Days is July 6-7 and offers great family fun. The second annual event features BBQ challenge, Bigfoot calling contest, town hall meetings with the Bigfoot Research Team, the She Squatchers, music, a 5k run/walk, ATV ride, parade, kids games and more.





alker, located on the shores of Leech Lake and the Chippewa National Forest, is busy throughout the year with celebrations, musical events and unique shopping opportunities. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe operates Northern Lights Casino, near Walker. A land of stories and rich history, tourists can learn more about the area by visiting the Cass County Museum. A community center holds a fitness center, meeting rooms and space for community events, such as flea markets. PAGE 68 | DESTINATIONS 2018

On Aug. 10-11, Remer celebrates its 71st annual Harvest Festival with one of the largest parades in the north country, fireworks, music, food, games. This event is a hit every year. In September, Remer hosts Fall Has It All (dates to be determined). The third annual Bigfoot Music Festival is slated for Sept. 1516, with professional musicians, great food, craft beer and more. Enjoy the activities and maybe even dance a jig with Bigfoot!


Visitors flock to the 12th annual Moondance Jammin’ Country Fest to hear some of the world’s greatest country artists. This year’s festival is set for June 21-23, 2018. Moondance Jam, celebrating its 27th anniversary, attracts thousands. Held July 19-21 at the 300-acre Moondance Events campground and concert area east of Walker, Minnesota’s largest rock-n-roll concert will have something for every fan.



This 47th annual event is slated for August 10-13, 2018. Enjoy sailing, campfires, music

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This kid-friendly festival on Sept. 8 features ethnic music,

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finest display of sportsmanship and ice antics, the Eelpout Festival is an experience not to be missed. It’s held each February.


A family-fun event, Walker Bay Day is Aug. 3. Activities include a 5K walk/run, Big Dig, pow wow, strolling magician, games and a water ski team show.





keley offers many outdoor activities and attractions for tourists. It is located right on the corridor of the Lake Country Scenic Byway, 10 miles west of Walker and five miles east of Nevis. Highway 64 also goes south toward Motley.

Besides being a good place to enjoy the outdoors, the small town offers plenty of other attractions with two theaters. Many artists also make their home in Akeley. The former school now includes a public library, archery range and a used clothing and furniture shop. A commu-

nity garden is established near the former school. Several organized events throughout the summer lead ATV riders through the managed network of trails in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. The many resorts around the lake-rich area offer amenities and shopping for a vacation to remember.

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Akeley’s Paul Bunyan statue in the center of town can’t be missed. He is shown down on one knee with his huge hand held out to comfort kids of all ages. The 31-foot tall statue has welcomed visitors to Akeley for more than 25 years. There is a picnic area, covered pavilion and park close to Paul’s statue. Also, the Heartland Trail routes behind the pavilion and during warmer weather, you might find music, barbecues, parties and all kinds of activities going on around the town’s favorite icon. The 70th annual Paul Bunyan Days is June 22-24 this year in Akeley. For more than six decades the community of Akeley has celebrated the legendary lumberjack, Paul Bunyan. This summer will be no exception. The event features a parade, great food, a refreshment garden, flea market and crafters, live music and more.


Each February, the annual Audrey’s Purple Dream Fishing Tournament is held son kicks off in mid-June and runs PARKS on 11th Crow Wing Lake, Akeley. Audrey’s Purple Dream is dedicated through mid-September. The build- Akeley is also home to two parks that to the memory of Audrey Faye Pidde, a ing is a former dry goods and gro- provide an excellent area to spend time lifelong resident of Akeley. She passed cery store that has been converted outdoors and have a picnic. away March 24, 2005 after a battle into this theater with the down home City Park, Highway 34, Akeley. Picnic living room atmosphere. It is a foot tables, shelter, Paul Bunyan Historical Soagainst cancer. IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF ART, PRIMITIVES, hand clappin’, fun, lively mu- ciety Museum, Paul Bunyan’s statue and The event’s founder, MelissaANTIQUES,GARDEN ‘Nib’ stompin’, Come See Us In GLASSWARE & MUCH MORE! Plan Your Stay InPaul’s The Cradle. Niblick succumbed to cancer in 2009. sical theater. CHARMING SHOP FULL OF TREASURES Heart Of The Niblick organized the community fund City Beach & Campground, Highway Open May thru Mid-November Paul Bunyan Forest raiser in 2005 in honor of her friend and 34 to Akeley, then follow signs. Public MUSEUM Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 am Sunday afternoons & Mondays Don’t missWing the 70th cancer victim Audrey Pidde. One of Most PidCrow Lake,annual shelter, The Paul Bunyan Museum contains access to 11th Seasonal hours beginning October 1 de’s wishes had been to travel to Alaska. the history of Akeley. Restaurant You will Openfind Dailyinter• Full Bar • picnic OFF SALE tables, fishing, boat landing and Niblick took on the role of fundraiser to esting relics and many articles3 miles campground. containing North on Hwy. 64 fulfill the dream. The Heartland Trail goes directly our history. It is staffed during theAkeley, summer MN months by volunteers. Make sure you give through the heart of Akeley where you 218-652-2964 with outdoor those dedicated individuals a hearty 800-725-1579 thank will find a parking WOODTICK THEATRE Junearea 22-24, 2018 re34 Downtown Akeley • 612-720-8833 strooms. you when you stop. Woodtick Theatre’s summer Hwy.

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evis is a great little town on the shores of Lake Belle Taine featuring the “World’s Largest Muskie.” Nevis is celebrated as the gateway to the Paul Bunyan Forest, where hikers and campers can enjoy more than 40,000 acres of woodland. Nevis is located on Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Walker. It claims to be home of the world’s largest tiger muskie – a statue of such can be found if you drive up the main street to the park. Nevis features public access to the beautiful 1442 acre Lake Belle Taine. Good for fishing and recreation. On its shores is another public park with restrooms, pavilion and sandy beach. The swimming area PAGE 72 | DESTINATIONS 2018

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is marked and has a floating pontoon for rest and diving. Water ski enthusiasts also use the Nevis bay area to practice and perform. State forest trails are signed for off-highway vehicle travel, and the famous 27-mile Heartland Trail runs through Nevis. It is kind of the midpoint of the Walker to Park Rapids portion of that trail. The community offers several public recreational facilities, such as a public beach, park, dock, boat ramp and public access to Lake Belle Taine. The quaint village is home to several restaurants, small shops, a grocery and of course the trademark – the muskie in the center of town that reigns and watches over all festivities and activity. Nevis is also a growing artist commu-

nity, where a number of artists and musicians share their talent at area events and local establishments. Poke around a bit and one will find that town has a lot of heart. Nevis will celebrate its annual Muskie Days July 27-28. Geared to young and old, the event features parades, food, games and music. The annual town celebration beginning in 1948, continues to evolve from the carnival in past years to a vibrant independent music festival in recent years featuring multiple stages and upwards of 30 bands. The Muskie Market vending stretches all along the Heartland Trail through the park. There are bouncy castles for children, a grand parade, music, vending and the event is geared for families.


The Nevis Pig Races are becoming a destination for many and the event continues to grow. Thousands flood to Nevis for the event that features young piglets heading out with the bell to gain fame – or infamy – for their sponsors. The pigs are trained by Gary and Glenda Dauer, of Leader. This year is sure to bring squeals of joy once again to those who attend. So make sure to mark July 8 on your calendar and plan a trip to Nevis to see the pigs.


Nevis’ Northwoods Triathlon sets off across northwoods lakes and trails Saturday, Aug. 11. The event sends contestants into the waters of Lake Belle Taine for a quarter-mile swim, over 14 miles of scenic countryside aboard a bike and down the Heartland Trail on a 5k run.


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orset is located about six miles east of Park Rapids or six miles west of Nevis on Highway 34 and about a mile north on state Highway 226. Many travelers bicycle to Dorset by


starting on the Heartland Trail in Park Rapids, Nevis, Akeley or Walker. Some start out at the trailhead in Dorset. There is plenty of blacktopped parking, a playground to keep the kids amused while

parents can relax at the rest area, which includes toilets and picnic tables. Plus, the trailhead is right next to downtown Dorset for easy access to restaurants and shopping.

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features, including more than 500 clean, clear lakes that surround the area and invite all types of water sports from fishing to water skiing. Visitors return each year to stay at resorts and cabins during the summer. The area also boasts more than 3.5 million forest acres to explore during a visit to Park Rapids. Fall is also a popular time to visit the Park Rapids area, with plenty of places to hike, canoe, fish and bike. Driving around for a look at colorful trees in the fall is also a popular activity.


Park Rapids is a destination for Fourth of July each year and has become the city’s signature event. The celebration includes a large parade through town, Firecracker 5K Footrace in Heartland Park and a famous fireworks display over the

beautiful Fish Hook River. The annual fireworks display has grown each year to now one of the largest and spectacular shows in the state. In between these events, be sure to check out the shops and restaurants that are open for visitors to enjoy during the day.


The Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club will have its annual Field Days show Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5. Field Days activities bring visitors back to the old days with demonstrations of what life was like on a farm. Demonstrations of combining, threshing, tractor plowing, shingle making, a hay press, gas engines, lath making, snow fence machine and sawmill are done on the grounds. Horse-related machinery is on display as well. For the kids there is a petting zoo, miniature railroad train rides and collectibles. Square dancing, gospel music and a church service Sunday | PAGE 75


ark Rapids is the ultimate tourist destination with its endless recreational opportunities and lakes, friendly people and outdoors activities. It is known as the Gateway to Itasca State Park because of its proximity to the park, located 22 miles north on Highway 71. Park Rapids swells in the summertime as visitors return to the area for its unique

Hubbard County Fair The Hubbard County Fair includes a variety of entertainment at the grandstand arena, 4-H exhibits in the animal barns and a midway filled with classic rides and excitement. ing are part of the events. Breakfast and lunch are served both days and a light supper is available Saturday evening. Ice cream is plentiful and available all weekend. A tractor parade is held each day and Saturday features a tractor pull. The Antique Tractor and Engine Club grounds are located on County Road 6 about a half mile south of Highway 34 on the east side of Park Rapids.


The 2018 fair, organized by the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association, will be held July 11-15 in Park Rapids. The midway, run by Crescent City Amusements, will be open from Wednesday evening through Saturday. The motocross event will kick off the fair events on Wednesday. The talent contest is one of the highlights Thursday, as brave youngsters take the stage. A dart tournament will be held Thursday evening. Friday will be Senior Day. Other events planned for the fair include Kids’ Day, rodeo events and tractor pulls. The fair will conclude Sunday with “Cowboy Church” and the demolition


derby. The 4-H Exhibit Hall will feature livestock, poultry, horses, rabbits, a dog show, 4-H vendors and open class exhibits and vendors throughout the fair. And don’t forget the fair food! Stop on over for cheese curds, corn dogs, fresh french fries, pork burgers, ice cream and other mouth-watering delicacies.


The road to Las Vegas features a major stop at the 40th annual Headwaters PRCA Xtreme Bull Ride and Pro Rodeo. The four-day event in Park Rapids features two days of bull riding on Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5. The exciting pro bull ride pits a tough, wiry cowboy on the back of a hulking 2,000­-pound beast for eight excruciatingly long seconds. A professional PRCA Rodeo, showcasing all seven major events, follows on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. In honor of their 40th anniversary, Jokela ProWest will be adding $40,000 into the prize money, which will move them into a new elite status drawing the best in the world-re-

nowned PRCA sanctioning organization based in Colorado Springs, Colo. The PRCA is the NFL of rodeo with highly skilled and highly paid rodeo competitors setting a new bar for athletic ability and professionalism annually. Several top stock contractors will be brought in to Park Rapids to provide champion bucking stock tough enough for these cowboys. The highly attended show is largest professional rodeo event in Minnesota, drawing hundreds of top professional PRCA competitors from the world over as well as the toughest livestock going head to head in Park Rapids. Cowboys here will earn points for every dollars to help qualify them compete for millions prize money as well as bigtime endorsements at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, held in Las Vegas in December.

Nightly popular features include the Women's Professional Barrel Racers Association, plus an aerial show by Freestyle Moto X cycles from the X Games competition and the hottest dances under the log pavilion. Kids sheep-riding and other entertainment to be announced. The rodeo and bull ride take place rain or shine. Gates open at 5 p.m with shows beginning at 6:30 p.m. Beginning April 1, advance discounted general admission seats, VIP boxseats or new Party Platform tickets are available. Go to for updates, details and ticket info.


Park Rapids Legends and Logging Days is Aug. 9-11. Weekend festivities kick off with Water Wars on Main in downtown Park Rapids on Aug. 9. Teams sign up to battle it out for bragging rights


The Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Contest is held the first Saturday of February each year and draws many people to the area and onto Fish Hook Lake. The event gives away more than $130,000 in prizes each year, including a truck and fish house most years.


and ownership of the “Loony Traveling Trophy.” The festival then moves to the East 40 Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club grounds on Friday and Saturday. The family-friendly event offers thrilling lumberjack action, amazing master chainsaw sculptors, tomahawk and archery demonstrations, historical en-

campment, live music, fabulous food and so much more. It is reminiscent of the days when pioneers came to the Northwoods to make a living and stayed to build our towns. Produced by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Legends and Logging Days is the definitive summer festival for Park Rapids.

The old-fashioned Main street, with center parking, is like no other. Downtown Park Rapids offers a variety of unique stores, restaurants and shops that are filled with fun items. Visitors are welcomed with blooming flowers and several street features including customized granite inlays on street corners depicting area lakes, decorative light poles, along with unique benches, trash cans and bicycle racks. Although downtown has several new features, it also maintains its old-fashioned charm.


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The extra-wide Main Street is the perfect place for the Run to the Rapids classic car show, Aug. 11 this year. Car buffs will see beautifully restored classic cars and trucks and can meet with their proud owners. Crazy Days on Thursday, July 26 makes finding bargains fun. Businesses go all out with sideChoose Home or Choose Convenient walk sales, staff in crazy costumes, and live Office Delivery Curbside Pickup music and kids’ entertainment, too. Available at all locations Available at all locations* On Halloween, hundreds of princesses, *(Grand Forks/EGF pickup at our The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association sponsors 2nd1315 Street Stage, a S. Columbia Rd. location) Ninja turtles, goblins and other cute costumed characters come downtown for Trick or Treat free summer music series, Thursday evenings June 14 through Aug. 16 with a new Park Rapids. lineup of bands, a social hour, beer garden, kids’ activities and more. Downtown businesses herald the holiHugo's - Park Rapids Destinations Guide Ad - 2018.pdf 1 2/2/2018 4:19:33 PM day season the Friday after Thanksgiving by

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Carter’s Red Wagon Farm annually holds pumpkin parties on a grand scale. Activities include journeys through an “amazing” maze, setting sail in giant pumpkin boats, wagon rides and performances by illusionists and the rockin’, squawkin’ scarecrow band. Tony and Linda Carter are the masterminds behind the merriment and Tony creates a new maze each year. The farm is located southwest of Park Rapids.

hosting a Yuletide Sampler with hot cider, hot chocolate and treats in their stores. The Yuletide Sampler is a prelude to the annual CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice Tree-Lighting Ceremony with a Christmas carol sing-along, Santa’s arrival, fire pits for roasting marshmallows and the countdown to lighting the beautifully decorated tree on Main Street. The annual event is best described as a Norman Rockwell moment. www.parkrapids Visit to see the webcam on Main and others on area lakes and at the Mississippi headwaters. The website also provides updates on events, promotions, a member directory and much more.

the area via the railroad with the resorters picking up their guests at the train depot and transporting them to their respective resorts. The resorters would use roadways as well as waterways to the resorts. In 1920 there were 11 resorts in the area and within two years that number had doubled providing accommodations for 1,500 visitors. The number jumped to 47 in 1928 and topped 200 in the early 1970s. The number of facilities is fewer at this time, but there are plenty of quality resorts, motels, private campgrounds and bed and breakfasts to provide a quality stay in the area.


Itascatur is a bike, ski, and run club from the Park Rapids area. It is a social and active group that sponsors the Headwaters 100 bike ride every September as well as running races throughout the year. The club has built and maintained the Soaring Eagle Ski Trails and Nordic Center north of Park Rapids. The club has an organized bike rides in the summer and also has gatherings during the ski season. For more information, go to

Located at the intersection of Highways 71 and 34, Park Rapids was established in 1879 when C.O. Todd filed the original town site. The railroad arrived in 1884 and the city was named as the county seat of Hubbard County in 1887. The local economy is based on tourism, agriculture, logging and light manufacturing with a strong service sector. Tourism in the area was a thriving industry starting in the late 1880s. Most came to PAGE 82 | DESTINATIONS 2018



Entertainment and fine arts possibilities abound in the Park Rapids area. The Nemeth Art Center and Hubbard County Historical Museum are both located in the original Hubbard County Courthouse at 3rd and Court in Park Rapids.


The Northern Light Opera Company stages musical productions each summer, along with other productions during the year. The Long Lake Theater presents heartwarming drama and sidesplitting comedy and is located in Hubbard on the south end of Long Lake. Jasper’s Jubilee Theater on Highway 34 east of Park Rapids provides comedy and musical theater for area residents and visitors alike. And the Heartland Concert series, Community Band and Classic Chorale provide entertainment throughout the year.


Park Rapids has numerous public parks that are well-used by visitors as well as residents. Red Bridge Park and Heartland Park are located on Fish Hook River and are at the start of the Heartland trail, which is a popular destination for cyclists. Depot Park near downtown

Park Rapids features tennis courts and an ice skating rink in the winter. The All-Veterans Memorial Park is located on Highway 71 south, adjacent to the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The memorial is devoted to the memory of all veterans of all wars and branches of service. Visitors will find granite monoliths commemorating past wars and a stone walkway and benches commemorating individual veterans. The lighted area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Construction has begun on the All Veterans Memorial Interpretive and Educational Center.


Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, the community comes together to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and partake in the true meaning of giving. The Yuletide Sampler and Community Christmas Tree Lighting is held the day after Thanksgiving on Main street in Park Rapids. This year, the event is Friday, Nov. 23. Each year, a tree is donated by someone in the area and the night is filled with Christmas carols and an appearance by Santa Claus.


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breakfast, a blueberry ball and a blueberry square dance. There is an educational booth on blueberries. A pie sale, a pig roast and the Firemen’s Bean Feed are also great fun. There is a quilt show, an arts and crafts show and a flea market. The Lake George Community Park is on Payne Lake. Swimming beach, baseball field, picnic tables, picnic shelter, playground, toilets and public access.

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he community of Lake George is perhaps known best for its blueberry festival and the lake is known for great fishing. It is located six miles east of Itasca State Park on 71/200 towards the Kabekona Corner. The lake itself is a spring fed lake and a great place to catch panfish, walleye, northern pike and bass. The water is clear, clean and inviting.

Travel the Road to the Source Explore charming shops, enjoy great dining and ďŹ nd family fun on your way to the Headwaters! Itasca State Park By The Numbers 500,000 people visit the park each year 32,690 acres spanned across three counties 2,552 miles spans the distance of the Mississippi River - Gulf of Mexico

1891 is the year the park was founded 1,558 feet above sea level (Data from ISP website) 1,077 acres of water is named Lake Itasca 405 camping sites 222 species of birds have been recorded to be seen in the park

49 miles of hiking trails 31 miles of snowmobile trails circle the park 16 miles of paved bike trails 13 miles of groomed cross country ski trails 9.6 miles of the North Country Trail pass through Itasca

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Hiking opportunities abound on the North Country National Scenic Trail, one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the United States and the only one in Minnesota. It connects seven states between New York and North Dakota. In Minnesota, the North Country Trail was completed through the Chippewa National Forest in the late 80s and through Itasca State Park in the mid-90s. Construction of the trail between the Chippewa National Forest and Itasca State Park was completed in November of 2009. It is now possible to hike between SE Juggler Lake Road in Becker County and the southeast edge of the Chippewa National Forest, approximately 136 miles. Here the trail passes through county lands, Itasca State Park, the Paul Bunyan State Forest and the Chippewa National Forest (the width of Cass County) to the Aitkin County line southeast of Remer. The trail path is natural with roots and snags removed, and brush and overhanging limbs trimmed for unimpeded hiking. Being open to foot traffic only, hikers, berry pick-

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ers, hunters, birdwatchers, geocachers, cross country skiers and snowshoe hikers have miles of trails to explore. There are summer parking lots at the following trailhead locations: There are summer parking lots at the following trailhead locations: Chippewa National Forest Picnic Area south of the Highway 371/200 junction Shingobee Recreation Area southwest of Walker on Highway 34. Cass County Highway 12 approximately 5 miles southwest of Walker . Highway 64 and East Steamboat Forest Road, approximately 4 miles north of Akeley. Nelson Lake Campground in the Paul Bunyan State Forest west of Highway 64, access off of Hwy 64 on the Gulch Lake Roads just south of the Forest Edge Winery. Hubbard County Highway 4 and Halverson Forest Rd, approximately 3 miles south of the town of Lake George. The south entrance of Itasca State Park, off of Highway 71. Itasca State Park, .5 miles


north of Highway 113 on 540th Avenue. Anchor Matson Forest Road, west of Itasca State Park, 2.8 miles north of Highway 113. Clearwater County Highway 39, west of Itasca State Park, 1.5 miles north of Highway 113. Highway 113, northwest of Bad Medicine Lake, .8 miles west of Becker County 37. Elbow Lake Road, northwest of Ponsford Prairie, 1.4 miles west of Becker County 37. There is a kiosk or signboard with information about the trail at most locations. Posted on the kiosks are hiking distances to the nearest kiosk or a number of roads not listed above that cross the trail where road parking is available. For example, a short hike of interest would be from the Shingobee Recreation Area to Hwy. 12. This hike of 2.7 miles goes by Lake Six, crosses the combined Paul Bunyan and Heartland Bicycle Trails and on to Hwy. 12. There are scores of hiking opportunities, long and short, from the locations listed above. See for information about the

entire trail from New York to North Dakota.


Canoeing is prevalent along the rivers throughout the Park Rapids area. Fishing, swimming, camping and photography enthusiasts will especially enjoy a serene river excursion. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends planning a canoe trip. The local Forestry office on Highway 34 west in Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on Highway 71 south have free maps available. Most people paddle two to three river miles per hour. In addition to sunscreen and bottled water, don’t forget to bring life jackets – state law requires that every person on board have a personal flotation device. Several canoe outfitters are located in the Park Rapids area that provide complete camping and canoeing equipment as well as maps and transportation to and from local access spots. Tubing is also available for those who don’t want to canoe.


it crosses County Road 13 once again. A public access is located on the river’s left bank.


After checking out Itasca State Park, it’s time to paddle on the Mississippi at the Headwaters River Trail. In its first 90 miles, the Mississippi River winds through ancient lakebeds, glacial hills, wetlands, nine large lakes and narrow valleys of spruce. Rapids dot the entire river, which offers great walleye, northern pike and muskie fishing.


The Lake Country Scenic Byway is an 88-mile corridor along Highway 34 between Detroit Lakes and Walker with a spur north from Park Rapids on Highway 71 to Itasca State Park. Following the Lake Country Scenic Byway, visitors discover many places to explore: Itasca State Park, the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and Leech Lake. Two historic markers and interpretive signs are up along the Lake Country Scenic Byway. One sign is located at the Height of Land Town Hall between Park Rapids and Detroit

Lakes on Highway 34. The other sign is near the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and 105th Avenue in Arago Township north of Park Rapids.

the Paul Bunyan State Trail will also connect with the Blue Ox Trail forming one of the longest rail to trail conversions in North America – 210 miles.



The Heartland Trail is an old railroad bed that starts in Park Rapids and travels through Dorset, Nevis, Akeley, Walker and ends up at Cass Lake. It is a 49 mile multiple use trail, open to non-motorized use during the spring, fall and summer for bicycling, hiking and inline skating. Users can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife and wildflowers along the way. In the winter, the Heartland Trail is part of a network of groomed riding trails in the area.


The Paul Bunyan Trail is a bike trail and snowmobile trail that starts at Baxter and includes 69.6 miles of paved trail to Walker, 39.5 miles of unpaved trail that weaves and bobs between Walker and Bemidji and then five miles of paved trail from Lake Bemidji State Park to Co. Rd. 20 across the Mississippi River trestle to 5th and Gould. The total trail length is 110 miles and when completed,

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages state forestlands for all types of outdoor recreation, including camping, mountain biking, off-highway vehicle riding, hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, horseback riding and picking berries and mushrooms. The DNR is only one of many landowners in these forested areas. Please be aware of private property boundaries while enjoying the scenic beauty of state forestlands.


Divided into two units, one north and one south, the Paul Bunyan State Forest offers miles of hiking trails and trails for off-road vehicles, as well as areas for snowmobiling, horseback riding and mountain biking. The DNR manages two outdoor recreational facilities in Paul Bunyan State Forest. Mantrap Campground has | PAGE 93


The Crow Wing River is an excellent river for canoeing. The nearly 115-mile river is perfect for family excursions. Quieter stretches of the Crow Wing make excellent swimming and fishing spots. Numerous campsites dot the forested riverbanks on the journey southward. The Crow Wing River flows from a chain of 11 interconnected lakes, which begins near Nevis and Akeley. The river joins the Mississippi River at Crow Wing River Park just south of Brainerd. There is no usage charge at any of the public access sites to the river, but a nominal camping fee is charged at county-administered campsites. While there are many starting points on this trail, here is one suggestion: head to a carry-in access point roughly two miles south of Nevis on County Road 13, between Seventh and Sixth Crow Wing Lakes. Launch from there, and then paddle on the Crow Wing River through Fifth Crow Wing Lake. There is a short portage right around the Fifth Crow Wing dam and over County Road 33. Follow the river until

er 37; six or seven miles east of Waubun on Hwy 113; and 20 miles east of Mahnomen on Hwy 200.


Located 10 miles west of Park Rapids, the Smoky Hills State Forest was established in 1935 to perpetuate forest management and fire protection. Presently there are almost 24,000 acres of land within the boundaries of the state forest.

38 campsites, a picnic area, swimming beach, playground and boat landing. Mantrap Lake is a designated muskie lake. To reach the campground from Park Rapids, take CSAH 4 north to Emmaville and turn right onto CSAH 24. Travel east 1.5 miles until you reach Co. Rd. 104, turn left and follow the signs. Contact Itasca State Park at 218-266-2100 for further information. Gulch Lakes Campground provides camping and picnic sites, a boat launch and hiking trails. The campground may be reached via the Halverson Forest Road (east from CSAH 4) or on the Gulch Lake Forest Road (west from Highway 64). Contact Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-755-3843 for additional information about this campsite.

A 22-mile horse trail, featuring two loops and a river crossing, starts at the Shell City Horse Campground.


Over 26,000 acres set in a landscape that’s gently rolling to hilly, with scattered lowlands. Two Inlets Trail provides over 27 miles of snowmobile trail that connects to other area trails. Two Inlets Lake provides good fishing. Located about 10 miles north of Park Rapids west of Highway 71.

Huntersville State Forest boasts approximately 150 miles of logging trails, which are open for motorized and non-motorized use. The forest is located in northern Wadena County, roughly 12 miles southeast of Park Rapids. Five campsites are found in Huntersville State Forest. All offer picnic tables, fire rings, firewood, toilets and well water. Most have nice swimming areas adjacent to the campground and canoe landing. PAGE 94 | DESTINATIONS 2018


The Two Inlets State Forest is located in Becker County. From Park Rapids, take Highway 71 north 10 miles to CSAH 41. Turn left, travel 1.5 miles and then turn right. Boat accesses are provided on Hungryman and Cedar lakes. Pack a lunch and head to the Cedar Lake Picnic Area. The South Two Inlets Forest Road traverses the forest from east to west. It is open to public travel. Two Inlets Lake provides very good fishing for all warm water species.



Rolling-to-moderately steep slopes characterize this nearly 24,000-acre forest.

Smoky Hills offers 30 miles of snowmobile trails and exceptional hunting for deer and grouse. South half of the forest is good for fall foliage viewing. Pick fruit and mushrooms. Located 10 miles west of Park Rapids off Hwy 34.


Over 72,000 acres of terrain that’s rough and hilly, with many tiny ponds and bogs. Paul Bunyan State Forest has 50 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 15 miles of ungroomed trails. Located just north of Akeley on Hwy. 64.


About 160,502 acres of the forest is rolling hills and lakes, 4/5th of which is variegated forest and 1/5th is lowland brush and marsh. Almost all of this forest is within the boundaries of the White Earth Reservation. The Shuttlebug Nature Trail is popular for summer hiking. It has 70 miles of marked and groomed snowmobile trails. Here are several routes into the White Earth State Forest: 20 miles north of Park Rapids on Hwy 71, then west on Hwy 113; 14 miles east of Detroit lakes on Hwy 34 then about 15 miles north on Beck-


The Badoura State Forest is located 10 miles south of Akeley on Highway 64. It is located around the Badoura State Tree Nursery, the state’s oldest tree nursery, founded in 1931. The location is very visible to travelers, as the Badoura Fire Tower stands tall at the intersection of state Highways 64 and 87.


Six miles of trails wind through a variety of upland habitats, including mature jack pine, young red pine, cedar swamp and oak-birch forest. Called the Shingobee Recreational Area Trail system, it is located five miles southwest of Walker. The six-mile trail loops through mixed aspen, birch and pine forest along two small lakes and Shingobee River valley of Chippewa National Forest. It intersects with the North Country National Scenic Trail. Visitors will find family campgrounds, located across the forest, offering everything from protected boat harbors to hot showers. Many of the campgrounds have access to hiking or biking trails, fishing piers, scenic byways, and of course, some of the best fishing lakes in the state.

Park Rapids Calendar of Events



3 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Stories of Influential Women” 10 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “The Halifax Explosion of 1917” 17 – Cahal Dunne, Heartland Concert Association Series, Park Rapids 28- Spring Bird Migration Hike on North Country Trail


1 – Hubbard County Historical


5 – CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care Golf Benefit, Blueberry Pines Golf Club 10 – Nevis Sites & Bites 13 – Passion for Fashion Style Show, CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Auxiliary, St. Johns Lutheran Church 14- 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 16 – Author Fest, Park Rapids 20 – 23rd annual Butterfly Hike, Itasca State Park 21 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 22-24 – 70th annual Paul Bunyan Days, Akeley 23- Dorset Boardwalk Art Festival 24 – Water Ski Show, Halverson Beach, Nevis, 5 p.m. 28– 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids


4-7 – 40th Annual PRCA Pro Rodeo/PBR Professional Bull Ride 4 – Firecracker Footrace, Heartland Park, Park Rapids 4 – Fourth of July parade 4 – John Michael Lerma Pie

Contest, Park Rapids 4 – Park Rapids Area Community Band pre-fireworks concert 4 – Park Rapids Rotary Fourth of July fireworks 5 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 6-7 – Bigfoot Days, Remer 8 – Nevis Pig Races 10 Dorset Crazy Days 11-15 – Shell Prairie Agricultural Association Hubbard County Fair, Park Rapids 12 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 15 – Water Ski Show, Halvorson Beach, 5 p.m. 19 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 19 – Smokey Bear Day, Itasca State Park 26 - 2nd Street Stage, Park Rapids 26 – Crazy Days, Downtown Park Rapids 27 – CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice chicken dinner, American Legion 27-Aug. 4 – Northern Light Opera Company, “My Fair Lady,” Armory Square 27-28 – Nevis Muskie Days Music Festival 27-29 – Lake George Blueberry Festival


2 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 5 – Park Rapids Water Ski Show, Nevis City Beach, 5 p.m.


9 – Dorset Garage Sale 15-16 – Bigfoot Music Festival, Remer 22 – Great American Story, Park Rapids 22 – Headwaters 100 Bike Ride, Park Rapids 22-23 – Art Leap


6 - Harvest Moon Festival 31 – Trick or Treat Downtown Park Rapids


16 – CHI St. Joseph’s Health Foundation Benefit Gala, Chase on the Lake 22 – Turkey Trot and 5K Walk/ Run, Park Rapids 22 – Community Thank Meal, Riverside United Methodist Church 23 – Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and Yuletide Sampler 24 - Small Business Saturday


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6 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “The Story of Ah-Gwa-Ching” 7 – Park Rapids Enterprise Food Shelf Chili Challenge Benefit, Park Rapids American Legion 15 – Windsync, Heartland Concert Association Series, Park Rapids 13 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Protecting Election Integrity” 20 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Scandinavian Crime Thrillers” 27 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “JFK Assassination: Mystery and Legend” 31 – Easter Egg Hunt, Muskie Park, Nevis

Museum opens 6 – Park Rapids Area Community Band Spring Concert 26 – Take Flight Spotting Spring Birds, Itasca State Park 27– Wildflower Walk, Itasca State Park

4 – Nevis City Wide Garage Sale 4-5 – Field Days, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club’s East 40 Grounds 5 – Taste of Dorset 5 – Water Ski Show, Halverson Beach, Nevis, 5 p.m. 9 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 9-11 – Legends and Logging Days, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club’s East 40 Grounds 10-11 – Remer Harvest Festival 11 – Run to the Rapids classic car show, Park Rapids 11 – Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis 16 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 17 – Festival of Tables, CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary, Riverside Methodist Church 18– Tour de Pines Bike Ride, Itasca State Park 18-19 – Art Fair at the Winery, Forestedge Winery





Founded in 1948 with charter members from throughout the county, the Pine County Historical Society has had its physical home in Askov since sometime in the 1960s when it made its home on Askov’s Main Street in the building now known as Lena’s. The Burlington Northern


Aug. 24, 25 & 26, 2018


Railroad gave the Askov Depot to the Society, which then became known as the Depot Museum. Subsequently the Society acquired the old service station that came to be known as the Farm Museum and the Presbyterian Church which was renamed the Pine County History Center. In 2011 BNRR requested the Society relocate the depot and the ac-

quisition of the old Askov high school building became a reality. Consolidation of all the artifacts from the three sites began in the school in spring of 2012 and the new Pine County Historical Museum opened its doors at the beginning of June 2012. For more information visit


Research Library • Model Railroad Project & Club Event Center & Banquet Rooms • SEASONAL Thrift Store Many Museum Rooms & Rotating Displays: Cars • Church • One Room School • Home & Family • Industry • Logging • Military Native American • Pine County Cities • Quarry • Textiles • Many more! HOURS: Museum Mon. - Sat. 9am-4pm, Sun. 1pm - 4pm Cafe Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm 6333 H C Andersen Alle, Askov, MN | 320-838-1607





elcome to the Rutabaga Capital of the World! Be sure to mark your calendar for August 24-26, 2018 when a festival celebrating the region’s history draws hundreds of folks to the community. The City of Askov was founded in 1906 following a mass immigration of Danish residents. The town was largely a logging settlement, formerly named Partridge, but the Danes changed the name to Askov to honor their homeland, which is the name of a small city in Denmark. A town festival was organized in 1910 where the townspeople shared their vegetables and crops in a fair-type of gathering. The spirit of its origins are celebrated each year at Rutabaga Festival!





as lifelines of the lumber industry beginning in the 1870s. The City of Cloquet grew on the banks of the St. Louis River, which continues to be a centerpiece for recreation and industry. With the sawmills, paper company and railroads in operation by the turn of the 20th century, Cloquet grew quickly. By 1890 the population was 2,530 and within two decades it had grown to 7,031. On October 12, 1918, devastating forest fires destroyed six towns and villages in the region, including Moose Lake and Cloquet. More than 550 people lost their lives in the fires. The City of Cloquet was almost completely burned, only to rise again from the ashes to become a changed, yet stronger community. Today the region is a hub of activity, offering four seasons of fun for residents and visitors alike. For more information visit


Biking – Enjoy a long season on the Willard Munger State Trail, one of Minnesota’s most extensive trail systems. You’ll pass right through the heart of some of this region’s most spectacular and memorable scenery along more than 50 miles of well-maintained asphalt trails. In Cloquet, there are no trail fees, and entry points are just minutes away. Swimming Beach – Pinehurst Park in Cloquet is a great place to go for a swim with fil-


he natural beauty of the land surrounding the Cloquet area makes a majestic statement about the quality of life its residents enjoy. The rural lifestyle is greatly enhanced by equal access to both the Northwoods and lively urban centers. The diversity of recreational opportunities and educational and community activities give its neighborhoods their special flavor. Adjacent to the St. Louis River, Cloquet has everything for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy – wildlife, water and recreation, plus the only whitewater rafting in Minnesota. Whatever your preference, it’s all here with Minnesota small-town hospitality to boot. The St. Louis River played an important role in the City of Cloquet’s history, as the waterway supported an entire industry during the fur trade era beginning in the mid-1700s. Later, rivers served

tered, chlorinated water and a sand bottom. The clean, cool water is refreshing on a hot summer day and sunbathers and children will love the sandy beach. Golf – Link up with some of the best golf around. Cloquet area courses are on par with the best in the region, so you’re guaranteed challenging rounds of golf and excellent service. Reasonable green fees and special arrangements for tournaments and other groups leave you free to focus on your game-winning drive! Camping – Here’s the pitch: come camp in Cloquet! Four area campgrounds cater to every camping enthusiast who can’t wait to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Canoeing & Boating – Stream flow usually peaks in late April and falls throughout | PAGE 97

er. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are for anyone with adventure and excitement in their blood. Seasoned guides help even those with no rafting experience face rumbling, tumbling rapids that roar through a rugged granite gorge.


Fall Colors – Take a leisurely drive through nearby Jay

Cooke State Park on a winding two-lane road and catch some of the region’s most scenic colors. Or hike and bike along the park’s 50 miles of trails. There are miles of hiking options on unmarked trails along the banks of the St. Louis River right within the Cloquet city limits. Pine Valley Park offers six kilometers of hiking on scenic wooded trails, located on the southern

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the summer. The river’s flow is affected by the regulation of reservoirs on tributaries, particularly the Whiteface and Cloquet rivers. From U.S. Highway 53 to Cloquet the river falls 136 feet, an average of 1.5 feet per mile. The river varies in width from 75 to 600 feet. Whitewater Rafting – Plunge head-on into excitement – and the St. Louis Riv-

edge of the Cloquet city limits. Snowmobiling – Offering 500 miles of beautiful, uncrowded, groomed trails in Carlton County along with connections to Wisconsin and Aitkin and Pine County trails. Snowshoeing – From traditional snowshoes to modern ones, there are a wide range of styles to fit any body. Minnesota State Parks offer programs throughout the winter focusing on the fun of snowshoe hikes. Candlelight walks, moonlight walks, GPS hikes and winter fun can be found across the state. Tubing – Enjoy snow tubing at Pine Valley Park in Cloquet. There are two hills to tube down, with a tow rope to pull you back up to the top. Concessions are available in the chalet. Cost is $5 per person and the tubing hill is open on the weekends, late December through early March. Downhill & Cross-coun-


about the Cloquet area

• There are 75 lakes in Carlton County • The St. Louis River is the largest river to flow into Lake Superior • Actress Jessica Lange, NHL Hockey Players Jamie Langenbrunner, Derek Plante, and Corey Millen were born there • The region has the only whitewater rafting in Minnesota • Carlton County has more than 500 miles of snowmobile trails • Cloquet offers two of the last remaining ski jumps in Minnesota • Located at the Lake Superior North Shore and BWCA intersection of I-35 and Highway 33 North, Cloquet is a major artery from Minneapolis/St. Paul Area to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Ely and International Falls. Cloquet is conveniently located just two hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul on I-35 North

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try Skiing – Cloquet’s location provides easy access to the area’s best skiing opportunities. Cloquet is a great place to go cross-country skiing and is also the home to the Cloquet Invitational - Ski Jumping/ Cross Country Nordic Combined Event.


The Frank Lloyd Wright gas station is the only operating service station designed by internationally known architect Frank Lloyd Wright. See the cantilevered copper canopy, which extends 32 feet, the glass-walled observation lounge and the towering pylon that reaches 60 feet above the polygonal roof. This unique architectural structure was listed on the National Register in 1984.


The Northeastern Hotel & Saloon was established in 1885 and is thought to be the oldest saloon in Minnesota. The Northeastern survived the 1918 fire, serving as a makeshift hospital. See the original African mahogany bar, a 1936 hand-painted mirror, and a 1936 moose head with a story you’ll want to hear!

Open daily for drinks and lodging.


The 1919 Shaw Memorial Library building, now housing the Carlton County Historical Society, was built on the 1901 foundation of the previous library building, destroyed by the 1918 fire. In 1987 the library moved out and the Carlton County Historical Society moved in, creating a museum. Visit the Historical Society at 406 Cloquet Ave.


The Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery has been the home of the County Seat Theater Company since 2008. Enjoy local art in the gallery and a glass of wine before the show. This is community theater at its best!


The Cloquet area is also one of the best places to enjoy the fall colors, with Jay Cooke State Park’s winding two lane roads and 50 miles of trails to take you on this spectacular journey. There are also trails on the banks of the St. Louis River within the city limits and miles of scenic wooded trails in Pine Valley Park on the southern edge of Cloquet.

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March 16-17, 2018 – Home, Business & Sport Show March 31, 2018 – Easter Egg Hunt July 4, 2018 – July 4th Celebration July 4, 2018 – Sawdust 5k September 3, 2018 – Labor Day Celebration October 12-13, 2018 – Craft, Art & Vendor Fair November 29-December 1, 2018 – Santa’s Home for the Holiday’s Celebration December 1, 2018 – Alumni Hockey Game, Cloquet vs. Duluth East

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eaturing panoramic vistas of Lake Superior, plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure, amazing food and drink, and much more, Duluth has long claimed the hearts of residents and visitors alike. This laketo-hilltop gem of a city was voted the winner of Outside Magazine’s Best Town contest in 2014, beating out 64 other remarkable cities to rise to the top. Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Department boasts no fewer than 132 parks in Duluth (to find them, visit; most sporting a backdrop of the magnificent Lake Superior. Duluth is also the recipient of the 2016 Fittest City award, named by Fitbit, PAGE 100 | DESTINATIONS 2018

and one of America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns in 2017, named by National Geographic. For these reasons and plenty more, many people visit Duluth for a weekend and wind up relocating here … permanently.


Jump on the Lakewalk in Canal Park to enjoy one of the most majestic strolls in America, while watching ships from all over the world come in. Canal Park is anchored by world-class dining establishments and a rich history. Check out the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), the Great Lakes Aquarium, Bayfront Festival Park and

Fine Candies Women’s Clothing Personal Body Products Gifts from Minnesota T-Shirts & Sweatshirts Cooking Gear Toys & Games Jewelry Regional Art & Handcrafts Smoked Fish & Cheese Bakery Bar 4 Restaurants

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To dip your toes into Lake Superior, the greatest freshwater lake in the world, your best bets are Park Point or Brighton Beach. To access Park Point, you’ll need to cross the Aerial Lift Bridge, which is a treat in and of itself. If you’d rather catch a ride on your


If you haven’t been to downtown Duluth lately, well, you simply haven’t been downtown at all! Brimming with new and established restaurants, brew pubs, and great shopping, it’s become the place to be. Not only is Duluth’s downtown a shopping and dining destination, but also a treasure for historians. The Depot is a restored and repurposed train station, home to several organizations including the St. Louis County Historical Society, the Veterans’ Memorial Hall, the Duluth Playhouse, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the North Shore Railroad and the Duluth Art Institute. While downtown, catch a classic movie at the Zinema 2 and enjoy a drink and an appetizer at Zeitgeist Arts Café. Roll the dice at the Fond-du-Luth Casi-

Enger Tower overlooks the city and the port.

no or tip back a cold brew at one of our local microbreweries and brew pubs: the historic Fitger’s Brewery, Carmody Irish Pub, Blacklist Artisan Ales, or Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub. Duluth’s historic NorShor Theater, originally opened in 1910 when it was known as The Orpheum, features productions from the Duluth Playhouse. After hitting all the hotspots downtown, head back to your room with

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sightseeing trip, however, hop on the North Shore Scenic Railroad and ride the train! The elegant Dinner Train and the Murder Mystery Train are two of the most popular outings. Take the Fall Colors Tour through the magnificent autumn leaves or hop onto the Beer Tasting Tour to sample amazing local brews. For more information, visit


the Aerial Lift Bridge. Be sure to visit the Lake Superior Maritime Visit Center when in Canal Park. The center showcases films on the Great Lakes and model ships and exhibits. It’s also a great viewing area to watch your ship come in. For a schedule of arrivals and departures, visit The DeWitt Seitz building is a treasure trove of fascinating shops, delicious dining, and art. And you’ll want to be sure to grab a bite at the historic Grandma’s Saloon as well. Famous for its wild rice soup, you’ll put this on your must-eat list for every visit to the city. If you love locally-made craft beverages, check out Hoops Brewing, Canal Park Brewing, or Vikre Distillery. At the other end of the Lakewalk, you’ll find Leif Erikson Park and the Rose Garden – one of only a few traditional English gardens in the United States.

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In the heart of Canal Park, set against the backdrop of the majestic Aerial Lift Bridge and resting contentedly in Lake Superior’s harbor, is the William A. Irvin - a Great Lakes vessel you can’t miss – and won’t want to. Despite carrying iron ore and coal for 40 years, through plenty of bright sunny days and treacherous storms, this massive ship remains in pristine condition today. Don’t miss your chance to tour the proud flagship of U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet. The Halloween season brings some spookiness onboard the great vessel with its “Haunted Ship tours.” Schedule a group visit, get ticketing information or discover its rich history at


The heart of Duluth doesn’t just beat in its city center. Head west to visit the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center, the historic Clyde Iron Works restaurant and Wade Stadium. If it’s adventure you’re seeking, head to Spirit Mountain and enjoy disc golf, a ride on the zip line, mini-golf and mountain biking. Mont du Lac Resort also offers an abundance of outdoor fun. After your adventures, enjoy an icy-cold craft


beer at Lake Superior Brewing. While “out West,” be sure to visit the Lake Superior Zoo. The zoo is home to large carnivores, playful primates and cool cats that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Friendly zookeepers will answer all your questions and, if you’re lucky, you might get to hold a snake or a cockroach! Visit for hours and a schedule of daily events. Another must-see neighborhood is Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District. With an ongoing revitalization happening here as we speak, there’s something for everyone. Find great eats and drinks at Dulu-

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As you travel east on Skyline, you’ll come upon Hawk Ridge, a renowned site for observation of raptor migration. Visitors come from all over the world to visit each year. Hawk Ridge’s guest register sports entries from thousands of visitors who have come from all 50 states and from more than 40 other countries. For more information, visit hawkridge. org. Travel all the way east along Skyline to check out Seven Bridges Road. Yes, there really are seven bridges! Be sure to visit for a full history of Skyline, including a comprehensive list of stops.


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An absolute must-see while in Duluth is Glensheen Mansion on London Road. Steeped in history and mystery, this stunning architectural wonder is perched on the shore of Lake Superior and is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. The seven-acre estate features gardens, bridges and of course the famous 39­–room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship. Glensheen was the home to Chester and Clara Congdon, who built Glensheen between 1905 and 1908 as their family home. This influential family is known


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for opening up iron mining in the region and setting aside land for public use, such as the North Shore Scenic Highway and Congdon Park. The holiday season is a magical time at Glensheen. The home is decorated with 25 glowing Christmas trees, appearing just how the Congdons would have decorated it themselves over 100 years ago. A new wintertime detail Glensheen has added for kids is an elf hunt. Children are tasked with locating the 25 elves, which are strategically hidden throughout the mansion. Glensheen is a wonderland in the summertime, too.


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reation, culture or art, you’ll find it right here in Duluth! July 4th: Visit Duluth presents Minnesota’s largest fireworks extravaganza. The aerial display begins at 10:10 p.m. in Bayfront Park. The region’s most spectacular fireworks display. August: Bayfront Blues Festival. Welcome to the Bayfront Blues Festival, one of the largest annual outdoor music events in the upper Midwest. Each year nearly 20,000 fans are treated to more than 30 different acts on two stages at one of the region’s most beautiful open-air venues. September: Visit Duluth’s Garfield Avenue to check out the Kia of Duluth Drag Races. Don’t miss North America’s only 1/8-mile legalized drag racing on a public street! Come out and witness more than 100 drag racing vehicles over two days of energized fun!

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Guests can stroll the grounds, walk down by Lake Superior, and visit Glensheen’s expansive gardens. The Wednesday evening Concerts on the Pier are a great opportunity for families to get out for a fun evening together. Featuring live Minnesota bands, food trucks, and ice cream vendors, the kids can run and play while their parents enjoy live music and an icy cold beer. And, last but not least, Glensheen offers a bit of the macabre. On June 27, 1977, Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse Velma Pietila were found murdered in the mansion. Two riveting novels were written on the famous murder, “Glensheen’s Daughter” and “A Will to Murder.” For more information on visiting the mansion, go to

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ust a few minutes outside of Duluth beginning on Highway 61 stretching all the way up to the lakefront in Two Harbors and beyond to the Canadian border is a breathtakingly beautiful route designated a National Scenic Byway, and it’s a trip not to be missed. The area is rich in history – fishing, mining, lighthouses, shipping, logging and trains. The entire drive winds through state parks, national and state forests, charming communities, and trails galore all within a stone’s throw of Lake Superior. For avid anglers, the Lester, French, Sucker, and Stewart Rivers all have spring steelhead runs. The Sucker River also has an abundant spring sucker run. Be sure to get out of the car at the Gooseberry River. Two waterfalls are visible from the bridge and three more are a short hike away. The three PAGE 106 | DESTINATIONS 2018

lower falls drop more than 100 feet and the river path is stunningly beautiful. To see Gooseberry in all her glory, visit during spring runoff in April and early May.


On your way up the shore you’ll want to stop at Split Rock River, where you can access the river from the trailhead in the parking lot on the west side, or at an old road turnoff about a quarter mile east of the river on the lake side. Three miles upstream the west and east branches of the Split Rock join, beginning a 400-­foot tumble over cascades and rapids terminating in a high falls about one mile from the mouth. At Split Rock Canyon, the river spreads into a wide flat valley before discharging into Lake Superior. And don’t miss

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Split Rock Lighthouse on your leisurely journey up the shore. Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark’s construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, it soon became one of Minnesota’s best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the light station offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting. Split Rock Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark.


For the most dramatic views of the North Shore’s rivers, head to the Temperance. A mere quarter mile upstream, the Temperance River takes a spectacular last drop into a gorge so narrow you can’t always see where the river lands. Upstream a few yards more are roaring cascades. Just below Highway 61 is a footbridge showcasing the river’s mouth, for which the river was named. Temperance was credited as the only river along the North Shore without a sandbar at its mouth (though in some years it actually has a bar). The headwaters of the Temperance include Brule Lake, which is also the headwater for the Brule River.


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Each September the annual NorthShore Inline Marathon draws more than 3,000 skaters in the country’s largest inline skate marathon. Enjoy the country’s most scenic and exciting inline skating event along the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior. The 26.2­mile marathon begins just south of Two Harbors and continues along Scenic Highway 61, rolling through the I­-35 tunnels and finishing at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. For more information or to register, visit northshoreinline. com. For more information on the North Shore and a full schedule of events, go to

is complete without a stop at the legendary Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse in Knife River. Smoked salmon dip, smoked lake trout, sugar-cured smoked

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Trail National Scenic Byway, winding 57 paved wilderness miles northwest near the border of Canada. It’s the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness BWCA, named one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic. Make sure you stop by everyone’s favorite store on the shore while you’re in the area. Joynes Department Store/Ben Franklin’s is not to be missed! Also on your shopping list should be Lake Superior Trading Post. If you need it or want it, you’ll find it here! For more information visit

At the far end of the shore you’ll find yourself in Grand Marais – a breathtaking, sleepy village of artists, fine dining and unique shops. The town is picturesque North Shore, with Lake Superior stretched out to the south and the pine forests climbing the ridge line to the north. There’s no shortage of open mic nights, art showings, live music, folk school classes, plays, readings, happy hours, quaint cottages and outdoor activities. A side trip out of Grand Marais will lead you up the Gunflint



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f you’re looking to get away from it all, then Ely must be at the top of your go-to destinations. From taking wilderness adventures to experiencing that quaint vibe of a thriving small community, Ely has something for everyone.


As a hub city to the western end of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Ely is located in the heart of the Superior National Forest, one of the most wild and remote areas left in the continental United States. Remember the last time you watched the sunrise in the quiet of the morning or caught that big fish? How about sitting next to a crackling campfire on a summer night and hearing the call of a loon across the lake? Recreate your memories and create new ones in one of the best wilderness areas in the world… the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness & Quetico Park. Several canoe outfitters

are available to help you plan your trip into the wilderness area. Spirit of the Wilderness in Ely is your one-stop location for all your wilderness travel needs. A full-service outfitter providing complete and partial outfitting, canoe/kayak & SUP board rental, bunkhouse lodging, guide service, permit issuing, ground and towboat transportation to entry points and more. Their retail store includes live bait, fishing tackle (they talk fishing), outdoor clothing and footwear, camping gear and canoe accessories. They’re open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily May through October. Call 800-950-2709 or visit to start planning a trip of a lifetime. Voyageur North Outfitters can assist you with a customized guide trip, outfitting services and group expeditions in the BWCAW and Quetico Provincial Park. Visit www.vnorth. com. Canoe Country Outfitters is conveniently located in downtown Ely, plus they have a private canoe base on Moose Lake about 20 miles east of Ely. Find more at www.

PAGE 110 | DESTINATIONS 2018 Wilderness Outfitters is the oldest established outfitter in Ely, operating since 1921. Visit to plan your next trip. The Superior National Forest, established in 1909, offers the outdoor enthusiast a variety of recreation activities: hiking, bicycling, canoeing, climbing, fishing, horse riding, hunting, OHV riding, nature viewing, scenic driving, and plenty of winter activities like snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing as well. With over 2,000 miles of trails covering 695 square miles, there’s plenty to explore in Mother Nature’s northern backyard. Visit www.fs.usda. gov/superior for details. If you prefer boutiques, galleries and fine dining instead of dirt trails and hiking paths, then Ely’s got you covered. The folks in the small town of 3,400 invite you to browse their quaint streets and visit the businesses that thrive here with their handcrafted wares made by local artists. A popular gathering spot

to hang with locals is the Front Porch Coffee & Tea Co., host of Tuesday Night Live music events in June, July and August. Located at Fourth and Sheridan, the Front Porch is a wifi hotspot where you can stay connected. See www. Whether or not a trip to the BWCAW is on your agenda, a stop at “Crapola” is a must. Crapola was founded by accidental entrepreneurs Andrea and Brian Strom of Ely. What started as a humorous play on words (by creatively combining the letters of the words CRanberry, APple and granOLA) became a real-life product thanks to the couple's hard work and a bit of luck. Launched at a farmers market in 2007, Crapola is now available in 200-plus stores. While the Stroms are serious about ingredient quality and production methods, they are all fun and games when it comes to marketing, claiming that their high-fiber granola "Makes Even Weird People Regular.” Be sure to get there early, they close at 4 p.m. Find them at 16 N 1st Ave. E. in Ely.

Don’t forget to stop at Zup’s Food Market, too, for their famous homemade sausage and beef jerky - delish! Zup’s can fill all your grocery needs for your big adventure at 303 E. Sheridan St., Ely. And on your return trip, after you’ve enjoyed a whole week or just a weekend in the wilderness, you’ll be craving an ice cold beverage, so stop at Kwazy Wabbit Saloon to whet your whistle. Your beer is extra cold thanks to their unique draft beer dispenser, where the lines run all the way to the basement where the kegs are stored. Visit them at 11 N. Central Ave. in Ely.


If you’re coming in from a nine-day paddle, spent the day shopping the quaint local shops, or you’ve been stomping through the Blueberry Arts Festival, cap it off with stop at one of the many fine dining establishments and enjoy a sizzling steak, a wild rice dish or walleye fillet cooked to perfection. The Ely Steak House offers fabulous, fresh homemade northwoods food, and genuinely great service. Try their famous “Bucky” burger and one of over 50 different bottled beers. Visit for details. Sir G’s Italian Restaurant offers great Italian food, piz-



ze, wine and beer, all in a family dining atmosphere. Located at 520 E. Sheridan St., Ely, they offer dine-in, carry out or seasonal (winter) delivery; call 218-365-3688. There are plenty of dining options in Ely, with Insula (145 E. Sheridan St.), Britton’s Cafe (5 E. Chapman St.), Boathouse Brewery (47 E. Sheridan St.) and Chocolate Moose (101 N. Central Ave.) getting the nod for favorite local cuisine.


Ely offers something for everyone when it comes to dreamland: modern hotels, motels, resorts and lodges, rustic campgrounds and cabins, cozy bed-and-breakfast inns, and even houseboats.

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Ely’s No. 1 get-away destination, Grand Ely Lodge made the list of Best 15 Romantic Weekend Getaways in Minnesota by in 2017. It features lakeview lodging, a restaurant and bar, resort adventure, and can accomodate meetings, retreats, weddings and special events. For more details, visit www. Lakeland Motel has been in business for over 65 years, serving the Ely community with clean and comfortable rooms for reasonable rates. The rooms have a Northwoods feel that a lot of people expect

While in the area be sure to visit the Soudan Underground Mine. The mine, part of Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park, is Minnesota's oldest iron ore mine, where visitors can learn how mining shaped the history and culture of the Iron Range. Take an underground mine tour and travel a half-mile beneath the earth to the deepest area that was mined. Explore the dry house, drill shop, crusher house and engine house and take the boardwalk past one of the deepest open mine pits. Don't miss the hiking trails that take you through a northern hardwood conifer forest. For more information, visit vermilionsoudan.


No visit to Ely is complete without a visit to the North American Bear Center. The center is the only Science/Nature museum of its kind. Dedicated to replacing old myths with facts, it lets people learn about bear traits, ecology, and bears’ relationship with humans. The Bear Center is also home to ambassador black

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bears living in a naturally forested enclosure, complete with a pond and waterfalls. The bears forage on a variety of wild foods in the enclosures and they live as natural a life as possible. Visitors can watch the bears interact, play, forage, swim, vocalize, climb trees and hibernate. Visit bear. org for more information.


Built to preserve the legacy and memory of one of the Northwoods most celebrated residents, the Dorothy Molter Museum sits nestled in a grove of pines, representing an era that is now gone. Some remember her fondly as the “Root Beer Lady” while others recall her as the “Nightingale of the Wilderness” or, simply, Dorothy. Regardless, Dorothy Molter’s inspiring story of resiliency and fortitude is a gem in Minnesota’s history. With exhibits housed within Dorothy’s own historic log cabins,

this Ely museum strives to inspire the next generation of Northwoods stewards through the lens of Dorothy’s incredible life as the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters.


The International Wolf Center was established in 1989 as a temporary facility until the 17,000-square-foot facility opened in June 1993, featuring unique triangular observation windows that

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The Boundary Waters look out onto a 1.25-acre wolf enclosure. The Center was established to advance the survival of wolf populations by education folks about wolves. Visit for program and exhibit details.


The Ely Arts & Heritage Center features the Pioneer Mine complex, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Shaft House features photos and artifacts from the underground mine which closed in 1967. Visitors are welcome free of charge. The Miners Dry House features events, art shows and classes throughout the year and is located alongside the Trezona Trail, overlooking Miners Lake, a designated trout lake for fishing. Visit www. for more information.


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More than one million acres in size, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness contains more than 1,200 miles of water trails, 12 hiking trails and more than 2,000 designated campsites. Because this area was set aside in 1926 to preserve its natural state and was made part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964, the BWCAW allows visitors to experience canoeing, portaging and camping as the French Voyageurs of 200 years ago did.


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May 19, 2018 8 am to 4 pm Location: Throughout Ely, MN This great Minnesota pastime takes on an entirely new meaning when the whole city of Ely turns out on the same weekend for Ely’s Eighth Annual City Wide Rummage & Business Crazy Day Sale. Join us for your chance to scoop up bargains throughout the city of Ely! Many Ely businesses will be offering great Crazy Day bargains.




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July 4, 2018 Parade 1 pm Fireworks 10 pm Location: Downtown Ely, Whiteside Park & Miners Lake, Ely, MN A true small town parade kicks off at 1 pm. View a variety of floats, vehicles, music and more! After sunset, join the town at 10 pm in celebrating July 4th with festive fireworks at Miners Lake. Additional events scheduled throughout the day.


July 4, 2018 8 am Location: Trezona Trailhead, Ely, MN Race day registration is from 6:45-7:50 am. There is also a 4-mile walk, which starts at 8:05 am. Pre-register to guarantee yourself a t-shirt. Refreshments will be available after the race. Proceeds benefit the Ely High School track team.


July 27-29, 2018 All day Location: Whiteside Park, Ely, MN The Blueberry/Art Festival, Ely’s signature summer event, features more than 260 artists and crafters, 30 food vendors and local musicians. The Ely Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event, which celebrated its 37th year in 2017. It draws some 40,000 people over a three-day period to enjoy fine art, quality crafts and great ethnic food. The festival is held in Ely’s beautiful Whiteside Park where you can find wood and leather products, metal art,

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breakfast. While you are shopping for that special one of a kind original piece of art you may want to take a break and listen to one of the musical acts that are scheduled every day. There are activities for the children and other amusements. Make sure you visit the food court with all kinds of tempting food. The stores and restaurants in town join in the festivities offering specials and tasty concoctions featuring a blueberry theme such as blueberry banana smoothies, tea, muffins, lemonade and scones to name a few. Make it a weekend and take in all Ely has to offer including hiking, day canoe trips, museums and other attractions. Refresh and relax in one of Ely’s beautiful lodging facilities after a fun day of shopping, dining and other activities. Don’t forget to book early!

The Blueberry Arts Festival, Ely’s signature summer event, features more than 260 artists and crafters, the last weekend in July.



August 14, 2018 For the 33rd year, the air in downtown Ely will resonate with the sound of loons. No, it is not an invasion of the twolegged bird, but rather residents and visitors taking part in a contest to be crowned as Loony Day champions! Kids and adults alike will compete with their best imitations of the popular bird. Past events have drawn large crowds for

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the loon call of the contestants, many of whom return each year to battle for first place in their respective age brackets. Spectators also have a chance to win!


August 11-12, 2018 Location: Longbranch, Winton, MN The Ely round of the International Watercross Association ( IWA ) Season is sponsored by the Ely Watercross Association. The Ely Watercross Association is a group of dedicated individuals interested in promoting the sport of snowmobile watercross racing. This is a two-day event with music Saturday night.


August 24-26, 2018 All day Enjoy three days filled with fun, food, festivities and rides.


August 30 to September 1, 2018 All day Location: Longbranch, Winton, MN Enjoy this three-day event filled with some of the finest blues musicians around on the edge of the BWCAW. Camp on-site or stay in a variety of Ely area lodging facilities.



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tion of orange pumpkins, purple chrysanthemums, yellow corn, juicy red tomatoes, and tasty artisan breads from the Saturday Farm Market. Tempt your palate with a variety tasty treats from our incredible food vendors. Top it off with a cup of latte and a piece of blueberry pie made fresh the day before the festival.



September 3, 2018 9 am Location: Trezona Trail, Ely, MN Race day registration is from 8-8:50 am for the 4-mile run or 4-mile walk around scenic Miners Lake. There is also a 1-mile kids' race. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Ely High School track team.


September 7-9, 2018 All day

Location: Whiteside Park, Ely, MN Shop a delightful mix of original art and crafts from over 125 local and regional artists and craftsmen. Select from functional and decorative pottery, hand turned wooden bowls, Native American art and beadwork, paintings, leather and lots more! Enjoy demonstrations by some of the artists, book signing by local authors and pony rides and petting zoo for children. Listen to the music by the Singing Slovenes, or take in one of Dr. Silas McFee’s Magical Medicine Show. Enjoy songs from the voyageurs and logging camps as you weave through the booths to find that perfect piece for your home or that unique gift for a loved one. Feast your eyes on a delightful combina-


September 22, 2018 7:30 am (full marathon) 8 am (half marathon) Marathon adventure Ely style. Full marathon is 26.2 miles long and starts at Camp du Nord. Half marathon is


September 22, 2018 All day Location: Ely Area Merchants, Ely, MN Join numerous Ely merchants in our annual Chocoholic Frolic event. Sample delicious chocolate treats at participating stores, sign up for merchant sponsored door prizes and the $250 grand prize, and enjoy a variety of sales along the way.


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November 22, 2018 6-9 pm Location: Ely Area Merchants, Ely, MN After you're enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner,

KWAZY WABBIT SALOON Pull Tabs, Pool Table, & Giovanni’s Pizza Open from 8am-1am, Monday-Saturday

218-365-2333 11 North Central Avenue, Ely, MN 55731


Location: Longbranch, Winton, MN Dog Jam provides a wide range of music for a diverse group of listeners. Visit www.elyblues. com for more details. Camp on-site or stay in a variety of Ely area lodging facilities.

September 21, 2018 7 pm Location: Trezona Trailhead, Ely, MN Race day registration is noon to 5:45 pm

13.1 miles and starts at Echo Shores Resort. Both races finish at Ely’s Whiteside Park.

Ely Steak House ELY

Home of the Black & Bleu Spanked “Kick Butt” Steak!


AND WORLD FAMOUS BUCKY BURGER Open Daily 11AM - 1AM 216 E. Sheridan St, Ely 218.365.7412 |

Eco-friendly with impeccably clean and comfortable rooms

Close to Restaurants & “Something Better at a Budget Rate” 1047 E. Sheridan St., Ely 218.365.3237 or 800.891.0334

Coffee Shops, Lounges, and Area Attractions!

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Ely Calendar of Events 2018-19 bundle up and head on downtown Ely. Merchants open their doors and welcome you in for some Christmas cheer and goodies, and also some special deals for your holiday shopping.


November 22, 2018 5-9 pm Location: Grand Ely Lodge, Ely, MN Northwoods Partners 15th annual Festival of Trees opens with the Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. The community is invited to join us for refreshments and entertainment. The Festival also includes a Christmas Boutique with a wonderful selection of handmade gift items. Memorial Balls may be purchased throughout the holiday season to remember or honor a loved one. The Silent Auction for decorated trees and wreaths begins Thanksgiving night and continues until noon Sunday, December 3. This year’s Festival also includes a chance to win a handmade queen size quilt and pillow through a raffle – drawing to be held at 1 p.m. December 3.



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November 23-24, 2018 Friday noon to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 2pm Location: Ely Arts & Heritage Center, Ely, MN The annual Ely Greenstone Public Art’s Holiday Fantasy Arts & Crafts Fair includes a wide variety of handcrafted items great for holiday gift giving.




November 24, 2018 All day Location: Ely Area Merchants, Ely, MN Shop local! Support our fantastic downtown merchants. Find a wide variety of gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Register for great prizes!


November 24, 2018 5 pm Location: Downtown Ely & Whiteside Park, Ely, MN After a fun-filled day of shopping, join residents in Ely’s annual Holiday Parade. Santa will be there too! After the parade, join us in Whiteside Park for hot cocoa, cider, cookies, carolers and the City Tree Lighting ceremony.



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FEBRUARY 2018 January 31 to February 10, 2019 Location: Multiple locations, Ely, MN Ten days of winter fun: Snow carvings in the park, art in merchant windows, food, music, winter sport and other art events. Fun for the whole family.


January 31 to February 10, 2019 Location: Multiple locations, Ely, MN Please join us for the annual Ely ArtWalk, when the city of Ely is transformed into an art gallery, a window-shopping exhibition of more than 400 pieces of art by artists with direct ties to the Ely area in the shops and windows of downtown businesses.


tion not yet set Hosted by the Pink Ribbon Riders Pink Ribbon Riders provides financial assistance to both men and women diagnosed with breast cancer. PRR hosts snowmobile and many other events as fundraisers. Pre-registration is required.


February 24, 2019 Join the competing mushers, handlers, WolfTrack Classic board members, and volunteers for our annual WolfTrack Classic event. Kick off the event with pre-race activities on February 23. Saturday visit with mushers and meet their amazing dogs during our Vet Checks at Vermilion Community College. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lasagna dinner at the Ely Senior Center Nutrition Site followed by the bib presentation. Of course, everyone will want to view the race starts and finishes on Sunday, followed by the awards banquet at the Grand Ely Lodge.

Great Italian Food, Pizza, Wine & Beer, all in a family friendly atmosphere!

520 East Sheridan St., Ely



•Dine-In & Take-Out •Pasta & Pizza - Made from Scratch •Gluten Free Options Available




Call to book your next stay 800-847-0054 or email

1020 East 1st Street (Hwy. 34 East) Park Rapids, MN 56470

218-732-9704 • 1-877-274-3040

• Free Breakfast, including hot waffles • Free Cable TV with HBO • Free High Speed Internet • Jacuzzi Suites • Kings, Queens & Double Beds

• Guest Laundry • Truck Parking • Outside Outlets • AARP & Senior Discounts

Cozy cabins nestled in tall pines on the Fish Hook River. Good fishing and good shopping, the best of both worlds. See our ad inside. 700 Park Ave. North, Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-9711 • 800-733-9711

Your morning begins with a delicious, home-cooked breakfast. And after a busy day, wind down on the deck as you watch the river go by.

Red Bridge Inn Seven non-smoking rooms with breathtaking views of Fish Hook River.


Open Year Round 118 North Washington, Park Rapids, MN 56470

218-237-7337 855-237-7337

Cozy country lobby with stone fireplace, handcrafted Amish furniture and Beaver chew lamps

Welcome to the end of the day. Hwy. 34 East, Park Rapids, MN 56470

218-732-1234 • 800-634-3444

Indoor Pool • Spa • Sauna Try our king spa, two room king suites or our two room grand suite w/spa! Continental Plus Breakfast (Including Hot Belgian Waffles) Direct Snowmobile Trail Access FREE wireless high-speed Internet & 32” TVs

Minnesota Destinations 2018  

Welcome to Destinations – your ticket to fun, scenic and interesting vacation playlands throughout Minnesota. This publication is your guide...

Minnesota Destinations 2018  

Welcome to Destinations – your ticket to fun, scenic and interesting vacation playlands throughout Minnesota. This publication is your guide...