Explore lakes, rivers and woods in the areas of:
Alexandria • Bemidji • Brainerd Detroit Lakes • Duluth/Northeast MN Park Rapids • WALKER AREA Perham/OTTERTAIL • Wadena/Little Falls
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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 Duluth, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Perham, Wadena, Brainerd and Alexandria. There is no bad time for a visit to the Destinations area. It’s a postcard-per-
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fect 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
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bound to learn about things you didn’t even know were that close to home. Pick up a few copies of Destinations. Keep one for yourself and pass a few copies around to your friends and neighbors. And Destinations has an easy website to remember at mndestinations.com. We’ve given you an overview of Destinations country and how this publication can guide your journey. Now we invite you to turn the page and take a closer look.
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WADENA AREA 110 PERHAM/OTTERTAIL 105 ITASCA 91 PARK RAPIDS 82 WALKER AREA 79 REMER 75 DULUTH 51 DETROIT LAKES 34 BRAINERD 25 BEMIDJI 22 ALEXANDRIA 6
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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.
Bemidji Fargo Moorhead
Detroit Lakes Perham
Grand Rapids 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 Bemidji Twin Cities to Park Rapids Brainerd to Detroit Lakes Fargo to Detroit Lakes Alexandria to Brainerd Alexandria to Bemidji Alexandria to Detroit Lakes Alexandria to Perham St. Cloud to Brainerd St. Cloud to Bemidji Duluth to Bemidji
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Miles 139 206 155 224 193 93 46 87 129 80 59 64 154 153
Time 2:09 3:30 2:20 3:46 3:14 1:36 0:54 1:38 2:29 1:26 1:07 1:00 2:37 2:46
Explore historic downtown The Forum
Thereâ€™s more to downtown Alexandria than storefronts. Visitors can discover enchanting shops and beautiful boutiques. They can stroll through timeless
LAKES AREA Easy to get to, hard to leave
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.
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 www.downtownalexandria. com. www.mndestinations.com | PAGE 7
In addition, Alexandria lists several golf courses on its website (www.alexandriamn. org), an amusement park, gocart 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. The Alexandria website lists numerous resorts, motels, and many B&Bs. There are also campgrounds, RV Parks and other lodging accommodations.
Central Lakes Trail
If you like biking, walking, in-line skating or snowmobiling, you’ll love the Central Lakes
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Douglas County has a wide variety of golf courses to entertain and challenge golfers of any skill level, from firsttime 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 August 1-6), a match-play competition that draws top-notch amateur golfers from throughout the Midwest. Trail. The 14-foot-wide, 55mile 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 added last summer. Other trailheads are available in the cities of Osakis, Garfield, Brandon and Evansville. These trailheads include a parking area, porta-
ble 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. centrallakestrail.com) is used as a snowmobile trail in the winter, however studs are not allowed. Visit www.centrallakestrail.com.
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Legacy of the Lakes Museum
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 furni-
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ture 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.
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 Ave. West in Alexandria, houses an extensive classic boat collection as well as resorting, fishing, hunting and other maritime memorabilia. An exciting new addition to the museum is 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 also provides educational 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 www.legacyofthelakes. org or call (320) 759-1114.
Located near the “Big Ole” Viking statue at the north end of Broadway, the Runestone Museum is home to the controversial, world famous 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 handson children’s area.
Vikingland Band Festival
Every year, on the last Sunday in June, the streets of Alexandria come alive with the sound of music. The 33rd annual Vikingland Band Festival is set for June 25, 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 www.marching.com/events/vbf.
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 www.runestonemuseum.org for more information.
Copper Trail Brewery
Craft beer lovers rejoice! Alexandria’s first brewery in 70
years opened in late December of 2006. Copper Trail Brewing Company is located in the Willow Creek complex along 30th Avenue East in Alexandria. Co-owners Dave Gibbons and Adam Graf are excited to bring craft beer to the Alexandria area. They offer a frequently changing variety of tap beers, along with 64-ounce “growlers” to go – even on Sundays. All beer is freshly brewed on site. Customers are encouraged to check out the brewery equipment that’s on display. The brewery also offers snacks such as kettle chips and pretzels, along with pizza. The brewery plans to partner with food trucks and local eateries so customers can enjoy food with their beer. For more information, visit www.coppertrailbrewing.com or look them up on Facebook.
Carlos Creek Winery
No matter the season, there’s always something happening at Carlos Creek Winery. Founded in 1997, the winery officially opened in July of 1999. It’s located on 160 acres with 20 acres devoted to vines and 15 dedicated to apples. It was recently voted Minnesota’s Best Winery in a customer poll sponsored by WCCO-TV and was named the 2016 Alexandria Business and Industry of the Year. Visitors can sample a wide-range of the winery’s award-winning wines. The winery is owned and operated by the Bredeson family. Last year, the tasting room was expanded by 1,500 square feet and a self-guided cave tour was added. 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 weekend. Yearly events include the extremely popular “Grape Stomp” (Sept. 15-17); “Apple Fest” (in October); and “Awake the Grapes,” which includes 1K, 5K and 10K runs through the vineyards (in May). The winery is also a favorite spot for destination weddings. There’s also a full venue of musical entertainment, mys-
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Fourth of July – Watch for a Storm!
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.
tery dinner theater and other fun activities. Go to www.carloscreekwinery.com for more information or call (320) 8465443.
Big Splash is a wet, wild waterpark wonder. One of the biggest indoor waterparks 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 www.arrowwoodresort.com.
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ALEXANDRIA Theatre L’Homme Dieu
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The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) was founded more than 30 years ago as a way to bring theater to the community. The theater offers music performances, shows and events. The “Quad-A” theater is located at 618 Broadway in downtown Alexandria. For information about the latest productions, go to the website www.alexandriaareaarts.org or call the box office at (320) 762-8300.
Theatre L’Homme Dieu has been offering professional summer-stock theater to the Alexandria area since 1961. This year, the theater is partnering with Minnesota’s professional theaters to offer five high-caliber, family-friendly, often-comic musicals. This year’s line-up includes Sweet Land, The Musical (June 20-25); The Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men (June 27-July 2); The Gin Game (July 11-16), Seedfolks (July 18-23); and Million Dollar Quartet (Aug. 1-6). It 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 www.tlhd.org.
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Ice Skating at Noonan Park
Noonan Park in Alexandria is the site of the cityâ€™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 2017
Andes Tower Hills Snowmobiling
Minnesota has more than 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails that crisscross 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 is information are available at the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 206 Broadway.
Andes Tower Hills
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 a pro shop are also available. The facility recently expanded and im-
provements were added including new expert terrain, new lighting and new banquet rooms. For more information, call 1-877-542-6337 (1-87-ski-andes), or visit www.andestowerhills.com.
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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 Runestone 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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The 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 premier walleye fishing lakes. The sparkling waters of the 6,700 acre lake also offer the perfect setting for soaking in relaxing summer afternoons and taking a spin on your watercraft. For waterfowl hunters, public hunting areas are nearby. During the winter, the lake makes for great snowmobiling and ice fishing. Any time of year, be sure to check out the family resorts, campgrounds and motels inviting you to stay for your next vacation. 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.visitosakis.com. You will find a detailed list of lodging and accommodations, shopping and entertainment options, as well as a calendar of events.
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Quilts along the trail Erickson’s Petting Zoo
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.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays; and Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. from Memorial Day through September 16. From there, the petting zoo is open weekends from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-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, www.ericksonspettingzoo.com.
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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.
The 2016 Quilts Along the Trail event last September was the final one. However, a group of women who worked on QAT will be sponsoring an event called “Quilts in the Heartland – Past and Present” on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elim Lutheran Church in rural Osakis (16307 141st Ave.). Quilts will be on display and stories shared of the individual quilts.
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1-2 – Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer Boat and Rec. Show at Viking Plaza; www.vikingplaza.com. 1 – 7:30 p.m. Community Education Performing Arts series presents Dueling Guitars; (320) 762-3310, www.alexandria.k12.mn.us. 8-9 – 10 a.m. Freedom First Riders at RCC, Alexandria. 9 – 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raku Pottery Experience at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; (320) 8465443, www.carloscreekwinery. com. 9 – 2 p.m. Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra presents Children of All Ages at Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center; www.centrallakessymphony.org. 14 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theatre at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com. 19 – Noon to 1 p.m. Inclusion Network TED Talk on Workplace Culture at Alexandria Technical and Community College. 20 – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Taste of Douglas County at Holiday Inn, Alexandria; (320) 460-7911. 21 – 4:30 to 7 p.m. St. Luke’s annual Fish Fry for Missions in Garfield. 21-22 – 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association presents “Romeo and Juliet” at AAAA Theatre; www.alexandriaareaarts.org. 22 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Someplace Safe tea at Living Word Lutheran Church, Alexandria; (320) 7621995. 22 – 7 to 10 p.m. Murder Mystery Dinner “Murder at the Abbey” at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; (320) 846-5443, www.carloscreekwinery.com. 23 – 2 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association presents “Romeo & Juliet” at AAAA Theatre; www.alexandriaareaarts.org. 25 – 7 to 9 p.m. Jose Cole Circus at RCC, Alexandria. 28-29 – 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association presents “Romeo & Juliet” at AAAA Theatre; www.alexandriaareaarts.org. 29 – Bootleggers Bash at The Barn, Holiday Inn, Alexandria; (320) 762-0382, www.dchsmn.org. 30 – 2 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association presents “Romeo and Juliet” at AAAA Theatre; www.alexandriaareaarts.org. 30 – 3 to 7 p.m. Tuxedo Junction at Winter Dance Club, Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood; www. lakesideballroom.org, (320) 7626432.
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6 – 7 a.m. Chain of Lakes Sprint Triathlon; www.pickleevents.com. 6 – 10 a.m. Briggs Motley Arts and Crafts Show at RCC, Alexandria. 6 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids’ Day at Viking Plaza; www.vikingplaza.com. 6 – 4:24 p.m. to 7 p.m. Theatre L’Homme Dieu annual Run for the Roses at Legacy of the Lakes Museum, Alexandria; (320) 8463150, www.tlhd.org. 6 – 6:45 p.m. Viking Speedway Season Opener; www.vikingspeedway.net. 7 – 10 a.m. Walk MS at Voyager Elementary School, Alexandria; www.walkmnm.nationalmssociety.org. 8 – 7:30 to 9 p.m. All-District Orchestra Concert at Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center. 10 – ATCC Graduation at RCC, Alexandria. 12 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theatre at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com. 12 – 7 to 9 p.m. Alexandria Area High School Improv Show at Discovery Middle School auditorium, Alexandria. 13 – 7:30 p.m. Central Lakes Concert Association presents “Tribute to the King” at Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center; www.concertassociation.net. 13 – Community Garage Sale at RCC, Alexandria. 14 – Minnesota Fishing opener. 15 – 7:30 to 9 p.m. Alexandria Area High School Pops Concert at AAHS Performing Arts Center. 20 – Love INC Garage Sale at RCC, Alexandria. 21 – 2 p.m. Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra presents Spring in Italy at Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center. 24 – Noon to 7 p.m. Knute Nelson Foundation Golf Classic at Geneva Golf Course, Alexandria. 25-28 – Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale, Downtown Alexandria; www.downtownalexandria.com. 26-29 – Ole Oppe Fest at Big Ole Central Park, Alexandria. 27 – 6:45 p.m. OneMain Challenge Series, NMR Series, Mod Series at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net. 28 – 8 a.m. to noon: Awake the Grapes 5K and 10K Races at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; (320) 846-5443, www.carloscreekwinery.com. 28 – 6:45 p.m. Diamond Buick Mod Series, NMR Late Model Series at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net.
5 – 26th annual Duffers Delight Golf Tournament at Alexandria Golf Club 9 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theatre at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com. 10 – 6:45 p.m. Florian Sprinzel Street Stock Special at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net. 11 – 2 to 3 p.m. Alexandria High School Graduate at AAHS gymnasium. 12 – 1 to 8 p.m. United Way Golf Classic at Geneva Golf Course, Alexandria; (320) 834-7800. 12-20 – State Trap Shooting Championship at Alexandria Shooting Park. 13-17 – 10 a.m. Theatre for Young Actors at Alexandria Area Arts Association; (320) 762-8300. 15 – 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wine, Ale and Art Crawl, Downtown Alexandria; www.downtownalexandria.com. 17 – Kidz Biz Day at Viking Plaza; www.vikingplaza.com. 17-18 – 37th annual Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament; www. osakisminnesotalionswalleyetournament.com. 20-24 – 7:30 p.m. “Sweet Land: The Musical” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 23-24 – History Live! at Fort Alexandria; www.runestonemuseum.org. 23-24 – Lakes Area Endurance and half marathon; www.runthelakes.com. 24 – Awake the Lakes Ribfest at Big Ole Central Park, Alexandria; (320) 808-5038, www.awakethelakes.com. 25 – 1:30 to 4 p.m. Vikingland Band Festival, Downtown Alexandria. 25 – 2 p.m. “Sweet Land: The Musical” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 25 – Hare Scrambles: Dirt Bike Races at Andes Tower Hills, Kensington; (320) 808-9632. 27-July 1 – 7:30 p.m. “Rise Up, O Men” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria.
1 – 6:45 p.m. Second annual Viking Late Model Special at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net. 2 – 2 p.m. “Rise Up, O Men” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 4 – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Red Willow Arts Coalition presents a Patriotic Concert on the Douglas County Courthouse Lawn, Alexandria. 4 – 7 to 11 p.m. Starstorm at Arrowwood Resort and Conference
Center, Alexandria. 7 – 7 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens at Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Gardens, Alexandria; (320) 759-1114, www.legacyofthelakes.org. 7 – Chain of Lakes Classic Boat Show at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, Alexandria. 11-15 – 7:30 p.m. “The Gin Game” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 13 – 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wine, Ale and Art Crawl, Downtown Alexandria; www.downtownalexandria.com. 14 – 5 p.m. Douglas County Relay for Life at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria. 14 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theatre at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com. 14 – 7 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens featuring Sonny Knight and the Lakers at Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Gardens, Alexandria; (320) 759-1114, www.legacyofthelakes.org. 16 – 2 p.m. “The Gin Game” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 18-22 – 7:30 p.m. “Seedfolks” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 21 – 3 to 10 p.m. Broadway’s Party in the Street, Downtown Alexandria; www.downtownalexandria.com. 22 – 6:45 p.m. Fifth annual Mike Commerford Memorial Special at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net. 22 – 6 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m. Prairie Fire Theatre Performances at Discovery Middle School auditorium. 23 – 2 p.m. “Seedfolks” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 28 – 7 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens featuring Davina and the Vagabonds at Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Gardens, Alexandria; (320) 759-1114, www. legacyofthelakes.org. 29 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art in the Park, Alexandria City Park. 29-30 – Rose City Threshing and Heritage Festival; www.rosecitythreshing.org. 30 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art in the Park, Alexandria City Park. 30-Aug. 5 – Resorters Golf Tournament, Alexandria Golf Club.
1-4 – 7:30 p.m. “Million Dollar Quartet” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 3-5 – Crazy Days, Downtown Alexandria; www.downtownalexandria.com.
Alexandria Farmers Market: Saturdays, June 3-Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to noon. Thursdays, June 29-Oct. 26, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 27-Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to noon. Big Ole Central Park, Alexandria
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 www.vikinglandcorvetteclub.com
First Friday Concerts: First Friday of each month March-Dec., 7 to 9 p.m. Evansville Arts Center www.evansvilleartcenter.com
WISSOTA Car Racing: Saturdays, May-Aug., 6:45 p.m. Additional specials on other dates. Viking Speedway, Alexandria (320) 762-1559, www.vikingspeedway.net
GoKart Racing: Fridays, May-Aug., 7 p.m. Additional specials on other dates. Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria (320) 491-2618, www.runestonegokart.com Holmes City Farmers Market:
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Blizzard Hockey: Sept.-March Runestone Community Center, Alexandria www.alexandriablizzard.com
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2 – 4 to 8 p.m. 33rd annual Arts and Crafters Tour, Downtown Alexandria. 2-4 – Shoppers on the Hunt, Downtown Alexandria; www. downtownalexandria.com.
Open Mic Nights: Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Evansville Arts Center www.evansvilleartcenter.com
Live music: 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.carloscreekwinery.com
8 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theater at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com.
6-7 – 6:45 p.m. Shaw Trucking Viking Fall Classic at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net. 13 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theater at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com. 21 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applefest at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; www.carloscreekwinery.com. 31 – Downtown Trick or Treat, Alexandria; www.downtownalexandria.com.
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Saturdays, May-Oct., 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot, Holmes City
2-3 – 6:45 p.m. Northern Metal Recycling Late Models and Diamond Buick GMC Mod Series at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net.
3-4 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 33rd annual Arts and Crafters Tour, Downtown Alexandria. 10 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theater at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com. 24 – 3 to 6 p.m. Christmas at the Fort and Lighting Ceremony at Runestone Museum, Alexandria; (320) 763-3160, www.runestonemuseum.org. 25 – Small Business Saturday, Downtown Alexandria. 30-Dec. 2 – A Hometown Christmas Experience, Downtown Alexandria.
8 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theater at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com. 9 – Moonshine Madness at Panther Distillery and Downtown Osakis. 12 – 3 p.m. Trap Tournament at Alex Shooting Park 15 – Noon to 7 p.m. Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; (320) 846-5443, www.carloscreekwinery.com. 16 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; (320) 846-5443, www.carloscreekwinery.com. 17 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; (320) 846-5443, www.carloscreekwinery.com. 19 – Strike Out Illiteracy at Garden Center, Alexandria. 21-23 – Downtown Fall Festival, Downtown Alexandria; www. downtownalexandria.com. 26 – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. United Way Chili Cook-Off at Broadway Ballroom, Alexandria.
4 – 7 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens featuring Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys at Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Gardens, Alexandria; (320) 759-1114, www.legacyofthelakes.org. 4-6 – 7 p.m. “Shrek The Musical Jr.” at Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre; (320) 762-8300. 4-6 – Parkers Prairie 44th annual Fall Festival. 4-6 – Forada Days; www.foradadays.com. 5 – 6:45 p.m. Hall of Fame Night at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net. 6 – 2 p.m. “Million Dollar Quartet” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria. 11-13 – 7 p.m. “Shrek The Musical Jr.” at Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre; (320) 762-8300. 11 – 7 to 8 p.m. Live Radio Theater at Lakes Area Radio Theatre, Alexandria; www.lakesareatheatre.com. 11 – 7 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens featuring Joyann Parker at Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Gardens, Alexandria; (320) 7591114, www.legacyofthelakes.org. 12 – 6:45 p.m. Third annual Fallen Linemen Memorial Modified Special at Viking Speedway; www.vikingspeedway.net. 12-13 – Alex Knife and Firearms Show at RCC, Alexandria. 17-20 – Douglas County Fair; www. dcmnfair.com. 25 – 7 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens featuring Becky Barksdale at Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Gardens, Alexandria; (320) 759-1114, www.legacyofthelakes.org.
WATERS CROSSING WATERS
emidji is the first city on the Mississippi River. The name of the city is an Ojibwe term meaning â€œwaters crossing waters,â€? which refers to the Mississippi crossing Lake Bemidji and flowing north and east before turning south. There are many reasons to enjoy the natural lifestyle of the area. Bemidji is located north of Park Rapids on two major U.S. Highways: Highway 71 running north and south, and Highway 2 running east and west. About 14,000 people live in the city, situated on Lake Bemidji and Lake
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Irving, which are both fed by the Mississippi River. Many first-time visitors comment that the town feels much larger, and indeed, if you include highly populated townships surrounding it, the number rises to over 40,000. Bemidji has a large movie theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, a summer professional theater that presents musical performances as well as variety shows. Other area amusements include biking, boating, golf, bowling, bingo, miniature golf, horseback riding, racquetball and high school and university sports. It is
a hotbed for hunting and fishing enthusiasts. Winter recreation is provided by a curling arena, two municipal skating rinks and Buena Vista Ski Area. There are 11 area parks to enjoy, and public beaches are maintained at Diamond Point and Cameron parks. Shopping opportunities abound in the quaint downtown district and newer stores on Paul Bunyan Drive.
Tall tales and tall timber
Bemidji is the birthplace of Paul Bunyan, which makes sense since Bemidji
BEMIDJI is the First City on the Mississippi -- the river that legends claim Paul created. The legend of Paul and his mighty Blue Ox Babe goes on and on and the stories of his super powers just get bigger. There are giant statues of both Paul and Babe built right on the shores of Lake Bemidji to mark the spot where Paul was born. Descendants of old-time loggers say that this is the exact spot where the five giant storks delivered Paul to his parents. The huge statue of Paul (18 feet tall and 2.5 tons) stands next to a five-ton statue of Babe. They are thought to be the second most photographed icons in the nation, behind only Mount Rushmore.
The Bemidji area is bustling with festivals and special weekends, most of which focus on the great outdoors. Winterfest, held in February, features a curling tournament on Lake Bemidji, the Bemidji Jaycees BRRRmidji Plunge, the Polar Challenge 10k and 5k run/walk, and a cornhole tournament. Summer brings the Bemidji Youth Advisory Council Youth Rally every June 7, plus new additions to the Bemidji Sculpture Walk, Take a Kid Fishing, Fishing Has No Boundaries and Let’s Go Fishing. The Bemidji Jaycees Wa-
ter Carnival, Fourth of July celebrations, the Birchmont Golf Tournament, the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival and Art in the Park are other summer highlights. Throughout the year, the First Friday Art Walk features many gallery openings and receptions. The First City of Arts Studio Cruise features artists working in their studios. See calendar for all event dates.
Monsters lurk in area waters
The city of Bemidji lies in the epicenter of some of the most productive muskellunge waters in the country. Every year numerous muskies over 48 inches are caught, photographed and released. Closely related to the northern pike, the mighty muskies that terrorize most all other fish in northern Minnesota lakes grow to be larger and are generally more aggressive than their northern pike cousins. The battle gear required to take on these denizens of the deep is highly specialized and an experienced guide can provide tackle, rods and reels and inside knowledge. Local guides take pride in giving their clients a top-notch experience. Typically all you need is a fishing license and rain gear. The guide will provide everything else, including great fishing tales. Several fish over 50 inches have been taken, close to the coveted state record of 60 pounds plus. Again, most are photographed and released back to become fatter fish for next season.
Trails for all
The city and surrounding area also boast an extensive trail network year ’round. There are nine cross country ski trail systems in the vicinity for all skill levels and Cross Country Skier magazine named Bemidji as “one of the most attractive areas to ski in the United States.” The city also serves as a hub for two major paved trail systems with the 100mile Paul Bunyan Trail connecting Bemidji to Brainerd and the Blue Ox Trail, which extends 110 miles from Bemidji to International Falls. During the summer, bicyclists, runners and walkers frequent the trails, while snowmobilers enjoy the trails once the snow flies.
Bemidji is the nation’s curling capitol. Over at Eveleth, about 150 miles due east of Bemidji is a huge-hockey-stick-andpuck marking that city as home of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. There is no giant curling-broom-and-rock erected in Bemidji, yet, but don’t be surprised if it happens. Bemidji has long been a spawning ground for champion curlers. It is also fast becoming one for U.S. Olympic curlers.
Bemidji State University
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for area residents, visitors and students. The university emphasizes the arts in its academic offerings and programming, and presents special events as well.
Beltrami County History Center
The Beltrami County History Center is located in the Great Northern Depot in downtown Bemidji. The historical collection includes more than 105,000 pieces of American Indian and settlement artifacts, old maps, newspapers and photos.
Headwaters Science Center
Located in downtown Bemidji, the Science Center’s mission is to provide intellectual stimulation and enjoyment for children and adults via scientific and technological interactive displays, exhibits and programs.
Art, music, theater
Bemidji’s longstanding reputation for
fine art, music and theater can be attributed to a unique and creative combination of talent. The Watermark Art Center is located in downtown Bemidji. The center provides gallery space for exhibitions, music, poetry readings and social events for many organizations. It displays national, regional and local artists in group exhibits, solo shows and installations featuring a new exhibit each month from February through December. Member artists display and sell their work in the Gallery Shop on site. The center sponsors the monthly First Friday Art Walk and Art in the Park, the annual summer art fair in July. Other arts organizations in the area include the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Community Theater, Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Headwaters School of Music & the Arts. The community also hosts the Bemidji Library Book Festival each summer and the First City of Arts Studio Cruise each fall.
The Sanford Center
With 185,000 square feet, the Sanford Center has since hosted a variety of events, from large concerts to comedy and family shows. Located on the south shore of Lake Bemidji, fhe Sanford Center is the home facility for the Bemidji State University hockey teams. But it features more than just hockey. The center has also hosted BSU and high school basketball, award-winning Little Big Town and A Prairie Home Companion. The facility seats 4,300 for hockey, including 25 private suites and 200plus club-seating options. The Sanford Center can seat up to 6,000 for special events and concerts. It boasts a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and has 4,000 additional square feet in lakeside meeting rooms. There are two concession stands, three lounges and one very large dynamic scoreboard.
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Brainerd LAKES AREA
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. 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. While nature and the outdoor experience is the star here, it isnâ€™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 www.mndestinations.com | PAGE 25
there are unique experiences available while walking on a nature trail or along main street. With numerous festivals and events in winter and summer, a visitor can be as active as they want to be or simply relax with a book at the beach. While nature and the outdoor experience is the star here, it isn’t the only attraction. The Brainerd micropolitan offers diverse shopping, theater productions and world-class 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
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hardwood forests. 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 http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_ parks/crow_wing/index.html or by calling 218-825-3075.
Pillsbury State Forest
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
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Paul Bunyan State Trail
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 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.
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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 218-9634353.
Whether it’s by canoe or kayak, the Brainerd lakes area has a lot to choose from whether it’s a historic Mississippi River trek to the Crow Wing State Park or 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.
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
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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, hiking, mountain biking, 80 miles of ATV trails, 40 miles of off-highway motorcycle trails and 11 miles of offroad vehicle trails. Recreation includes dispersed camping, canoe/kayak options, picnic shelters and swimming.
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. 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.
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a 54-mile driving 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 through 14 local government jurisdictions.
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd International Raceway is best known for hosting the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals each year, but what many fans don’t know is how diverse BIR’s racing schedule has become. BIR’s 2017 schedule is jam-packed with a wide variety of racing, including drag racing, road racing, Superbike racing, en-
durance racing, an Aussie-style cruising events and two weekends for imports 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 reg-
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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.
ister to race. Check out BIRâ€™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 non-groomed trails. The arb also offers classes or workshops throughout the year, including
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hosting fascinating raptors. Past raptor event participants have been able to see the majesty of a mature bald eagle closeup. 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 http://northlandarb.org
Safari North Wildlife Park
The mission of Safari North Wildlife Park is to promote conservation and preservation through safe, afford-
able 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 tail 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.
Cuyuna mountain bike trails
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 donâ€™t think the scenery or the trails are only for summer. About 40 miles of packed multi-use trails are available for fattire biking and 20 miles of trail is groomed specifically for a fat-tire biking experience. And donâ€™t forget the yeti. Some 300 cyclists come from across the United States and Canada to compete in the annual 45NRTH Whiteout FatBike 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.cuyunalakesmtb.com.
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park located 6 miles east of Brainerd on Highway 18. Its trademark is the 26-foottall 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 http:// www.paulbunyanland.com.
Calendar of Events
Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Crosslake celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the area’s largest parade at 2 p.m. March 18. Other festivities include the St. Urho’s Day Grasshopper Hop on March 11 and the Clover Dash 5K race at 9:30 a.m. March 18. Downtown Brainerd St. Patrick’s Day Celebration The 17th annual Downtown Brainerd St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is 11:30 a.m to 3 p.m. March 11 with a kids’ costume contest at noon and parade at 1 p.m. Nisswa Turtle Races Rain or shine, Turtle Races start at 2 p.m. each Wednesday, June 7-Aug. 16, at the official turtle track behind the Welcome Center Building along the Paul Bunyan Trail in downtown Nisswa. Registration starts at 1 p.m., and participants pay a nominal fee to race a turtle. Lakes Area Music Festival The annual musical enrichment event occurs the first three weeks of August, though various concerts are held in the area year-round. Every summer, the lakes area hosts America’s finest classical musicians, in seven free-of-charge concerts. Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival The 18th annual Nisswastämman Scandinavian Folk Music and Dance Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, at the Nisswa Pioneer Village and other Nisswa venues, celebrating Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American folk music in the northwoods. Agate and Mineral Show Rockhounds will delight in
the annual Cuyuna Rock, Gem and Mineral Society’s agate and mineral show May 6-7 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.
Classic boat shows The annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous is Saturday, June 17, on the docks at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar in Crosslake. The annual Gull Lake Classic Boat Show is Saturday, Aug. 26, on the docks at Bar Harbor Restaurant in Lake Shore. Lakes Jam Lakes Jam will be June 22-24 at Brainerd International Raceway, featuring Chris Hawkey and Chris Janson on Thursday night; Buckcherry, Bret Michaels and more on rock night Friday; and Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins and Jake Owen on country night Saturday. Minnesota Redneck Festival The first Minnesota Redneck Festival is set June 3-5 in Aitkin, including lawnmower racing, an armpit serenade, bowling with tires and trash cans, toilet seat horseshoes and Miss and Mr. ‘Merica contests. Fourth of July The Brainerd lakes area is the place to be for Fourth of July festivities. Events kick off July 1 with a fireworks display over Sand Island on Cross Lake, with more fireworks July 2 at Grand View Lodge, July 3 in Pequot Lakes and July 4 at Madden’s Resort and Brainerd High School. Visit Nisswa on July 3 for the annual Freedom Days Celebration, which includes the Firecracker Run at 8 a.m. and a parade at 7 p.m. The Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days parade is at noon July 4.
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And the American Celebration in Brainerd includes an afternoon parade, music and nighttime fireworks July 4. Paul Bunyan Extreme 5K The Paul Bunyan Extreme 5K on July 8 at Mount Ski Gull features an obstacle course that includes mud pits, a rope swing, water slide and more. Bean Hole Days Pequot Lakes hosts Bean Hole Days July 11-12, serving beans baked underground overnight in Trailside Park for free at noon July 12. An arts and crafts fair boasts more than 100 vendors. Pine River Summerfest Pine River Summerfest includes a parade, softball tournament, library book sale, Lions pancake breakfast, classic car show, art show, music, food, duck races, flea market, farmers market and art and craft displays throughout Pine River July 27-30. Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals run Aug. 17-20 at Brainerd International Raceway, featuring Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stock cars and motorcycles. Lakes Bluegrass Festival The 12th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival features more than 40 shows Aug. 23-27 at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River. Nisswa Fall Festival The 44th annual Nisswa Fall Festival is Sept. 16, along with the 12th annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge in downtown Nisswa, and includes a firefighters’ pancake breakfast, medallion hunt and beanbag tournament, kids games, music and rib tasting.
Crosslake Days Crosslake Days in September offer an abundance of activities for all ages, including a classic car and motorcycle show, arts and crafts fair, chili cook-off, kids’ activities, live music and more. Salsa Oremageddon Join the challenge of the Salsa Oremageddon mountain bike race Oct. 6-7 in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Crosby and Ironton. Riverboat Days Riverboat Days event is planned Aug. 19, in Aitkin with a block party, parade and activities. Nisswa City of Lights Celebration The Nisswa City of Lights Celebration takes place annually the day after Thanksgiving - Nov. 24. Festivities for the 36th annual event include horse-drawn wagon rides, storytelling, food vendors, bonfires, holiday carolers, live reindeer, live nativity and 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 fireworks display. Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza The 28th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018, on Gull Lake’s Hole-inthe-Day Bay in Nisswa. There are 150 spots on the prize board. 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. Nisswa Winter Jubilee The annual Nisswa Winter Jubilee is held in midFebruary each year with a snow sculpture contest, live music, games for children, food, medallion hunt and the Nisswa Fire Department’s annual fishing derby on Nisswa Lake. 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. Gull Lake Frozen Fore The Gull Lake Frozen Fore, a winter golf and snowmobile charity event, is in February 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-the-day Bay. 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. Crosby’s Ice Fishing Contest The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber holds the annual event in February on Serpent Lake. Prizes go to the top catch.
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. 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 13 at the Brainerd Senior High School, 702 S. Fifth St., Brainerd. The Little Falls Arts and Crafts, Market Place and Man Cave Fairs includes a car show and swap meet during the event Sept. 9-10. Paddlepalooza Join MNSurf Company for a paddle on the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes for the fourth annual Paddle Palooza Sept. 3. The 5-mile paddle is from Nisswa Lake to Zorbaz on Gull Lake. The event is open to standup paddleboarders, kayaks and canoes. The end-of-thepaddle party features music, food and beverages. Lakes Country Triathlon The Lakes Country Triathlon proceeds go to supporting youth and community programming. The race is set 8:30 a.m. Aug. 27. Go to http://lakescountrytriathlon. com/ for more information.
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inter, spring, summer or fall â€” regardless of the time of year, Detroit Lakes plays host to a wide assortment of entertaining activities, events and festivals each January through December. Regardless of the season, there are always trails to be found at Sucker Creek and Dunton Locks for hiking, cross country skiing or simply enjoying nature up close and personal. There are also lots of quaint shopping boutiques and stores as well as several coffee shops for you to stop, rest and meet some friends for a hot cup of java, espresso or an iced beverage of your choice â€” and some of them have some pretty tasty food as well.
During the winter, a village of fish houses takes over Big and Little Detroit lakes, and snowmobilers will find over 250 miles of groomed trails winding their way through the woods and fields of Becker County. At the 200-acre Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, located just a few short miles southeast of Detroit Lakes, guests can enjoy a full range of winter activities, from downhill and cross country skiing to tubing, fat bike trails and even a terrain park to try out your snowboarding and slope style ski-
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ing skills. Maplelag Resort, located between Callaway and Richwood, offers almost 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 (March 9-11, 2017). Other area resorts offering snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and snowshoeing activities during the winter months include Rainbow Resort near Waubun, Pinehurst Resort outside Naytahwaush and Ice Cracking Lodge & Resort in rural Ponsford. Detroit Lakes’ annual Polar Fest celebration, which usually gets underway during the first week in February, offers 10 days of winter fun, from ice tee golfing to frozen fireworks to snowman building contests to a “Freeze Your Buns Run” and the infamous Polar Fest Plunge, in which foolhardy area residents plunge into the arctic waters of Little Detroit Lake to raise funds for the local Boys & Girls Club. Visit polarfestdl. com for a complete schedule of events as well as photos from various fest ac-
tivities and a merchandise store featuring a variety of Polar Fest 2017 winter gear (hats, scarves, etc.) and memorabilia for sale.
The fishing’s fine in springtime
Once the ice is off the lakes and the snow has melted, area anglers begin to turn their thoughts to the annual Minnesota walleye and bass fishing openers, which will take place on May 13 and 27, respectively. Will the weather be friendly for anglers? Will the boat motor start? Will the bass and walleyes bite? Is there enough bait? Those questions will once again be on the minds of anglers and bait dealers as they ready for the season. Most answers won’t be known until shortly after Friday turns into Saturday at the stroke of midnight, when anglers can get onto their favorite lakes once more — and legally keep the northern pike, bass, walleyes and lake trout they catch. Spring months can also find lakes area residents and visitors alike looking through the treetops for that one-of-a kind bird — during the 20th annual Feswww.mndestinations.com | PAGE 35
WE Fest Country Music Fest
WE Fest will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Aug. 3-5, with headliners Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and the Zac Brown Band. The country music festival draws an estimated 50,000 visitors to Detroit Lakes each year. tival of Birds, May 18-21 — or searching through booths at the Street Faire at the Lakes, June 2-3, for the perfect handcrafted treasure. In addition, springtime also offers a last chance to catch your breath before the never-ending march of summer events begins.
A whirlwind of summer fun
Summer, which doubles the population of Detroit Lakes each year, brings iconic celebrations like the Northwest Water Carnival, which has been in existence for over eight decades now, as well as the Becker County Fair (celebrating its 126th anniversary in 2017) and the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament (established 86 years ago). As the season begins winding down, roughly 50,000 country music fans descend on
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Detroit Lakes’ Soo Pass Ranch for the area’s largest music festival, WE Fest — which celebrates its 35th anniversary on Aug. 3-5 with an ever-expanding list of guest artists including headliners Lady Antebellum (making their WE Fest debut in 2017!), Luke Bryan and the Zac Brown Band. There are also endless hiking, biking, swimming, boating and of course, golfing opportunities available for visitors at any time, from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on into the fall months. The Detroit Lakes area boasts 412 lakes within 25 miles, including two inside its city limits — Big and Little Detroit — as well as a mile-long city beach that is one of the community’s biggest summer attractions. In addition, the county boasts more than a half dozen golf courses, with most
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of them to be found within a 20-minute drive of DL. As previously mentioned, Dunton Locks and Sucker Creek provide plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring, as does Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Maplewood and Itasca state parks are also just a short drive or bike ride away. History buffs may want to stroll through the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown
Detroit Lakes (at the junction of Washington Avenue and Highway 10), which contains plaques and monuments celebrating area war veterans past and present; the Grand Army of the Republic Park located just a couple blocks north of Highway 10 on Washington Avenue, which is one of just a handful of GAR parks still in existence across the USA; and Oak Grove Cemetery, located
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Greater Sucker Creek, (above) which encompasses the original Sucker Creek Preserve and Upstream Sucker Creek, is a local treasure for nature enthusiasts. Leading from the mineral springs at Upstream, along the creek at the Preserve to the mouth of Sucker Creek a short distance away at Big Detroit Lake, this preserve is its own mini-watershed. With handicap accessible paths as well as unimproved trails, marsh walks, a trout stream, amphitheater and interpretive signs, this 117-acre park is located just east of Detroit Lakes off Highway 10. At right, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge also includes a variety of beautiful native flora and fauna, including the purple coneflower (top) and trumpeter swans.
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just north of town on Highway 59, which boasts a Civil War monument erected more than a century ago. And be sure to check out the Becker County Historical Society & Museum on Summit Avenue (across the parking lot from the DLCCC), which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Labor Day weekend brings two popular area events, the Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Stage Race at Maplelag (Sept. 2), now entering its 27th year, and the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion (Sept. 1-4), which has been bringing PAGE 38 | DESTINATIONS 2017
steam engine lovers and old-school farming enthusiasts to the tiny community of Rollag (www.rollag.com) for more than six decades now. Over at Richwood Winery, located just to the east of the tiny hamlet of Richwood (17 miles north of Detroit Lakes), guests can sample a variety of vintages while relaxing in the bucolic setting. The winery has live music every weekend through the summer months, and also hosts several fun events including the Summer Solstice Festival (June 24); Toast to Tamarac (Sept. 8), a benefit for the nearby Refuge host-
Speaking of Tamarac Refuge, as the leaves begin showing their beautiful fall colors and the air turns crisp and cool, Tamarac’s new Discovery Center shifts into a higher gear, playing host to well over 3,000 area grade school students between September and May. The environmental education facility, which officially opened to the public in July 2015, offers both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities with a staff of experienced and well trained volunteers from the Friends organization. Tamarac also hosts its annual fall festival on Sept. 30, with guests invited to explore the confines of the Refuge by bus, by car or on foot, as well as participating in a series of organized, environmentally-themed activities for the whole family — all free of charge, though food, memorabilia and other amenities are available for purchase at the festival site as well as in the gift shop at the environmentally friendly Visitor’s Center, which was renovated in 2014 to incorporate geothermal heating and solar power. In addition, fall brings the annual Dick Beardsley Run (Sept. 9) and Damien Fall Home Tour (Oct. 7) to Detroit Lakes,
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along with Lake Park’s popular Pumpkin Fest (Sept. 2930), Oktoberfest in both Frazee (Oct. 1) and Pelican Rapids (Oct. 11-15), and the Hairy Man 5K in Vergas (Oct. 7). And that’s not even mentioning Leaf Days at Maplewood State Park, along with the many other opportunities for viewing the area’s beautiful fall colors in September and October.
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As fall gives way to winter, Vergas gears up to host its annual Red Neck Holidazzle Parade (Nov. 18), and the Historic Holmes Theatre’s new season ramps up with its annual Holmes Art Show (Nov. 16-18), which brings dozens of area artisans to the Holmes Ballroom during the day, while offering a variety of live music in the main theater at night. Come Thanksgiving weekend, Holy Rosary Church in Detroit Lakes hosts its Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 23, the same day that Lake Park’s annual Parade of Trees opens at the American Legion, running through Sunday, Nov. 26. The Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, is opening day at Detroit Mountain, or “White Friday” as the staff likes to call it. Then on Monday, Nov. 27, downtown Detroit Lakes officially gets lit up for the holidays with Santa’s
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Grand Parade of Lights. December brings a plethora of holiday celebrations both public and private to the lakes area, leading up to Candles & Carols (Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, Dec. 17); Christmas At Our House (First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, Dec. 25) and the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center (Dec. 31). As Detroit Lakes’ Chamber of Commerce likes to say, it’s all here, all year.
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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, www.visitdetroitlakes.com for any scheduling changes or additions.
• Feb 3rd-6th: Winter Ski & Yoga Retreat, Maplelag Resort, Callaway • Feb 4th: Old Timers Snowmobile Run, Lake Park • Feb 4th: Free Movie, “The Boxtrolls,” Cinemagic Theatres, Washington Square Mall, Detroit Lakes • Feb 4th: Winter Celebration, The Barn at Dunvilla • Feb 5th-7th: Canadian Why Not Bonspiel, Lakes Curling Club, Detroit Lakes • Feb 9th-20th: 2017 Polar Fest Celebration, Detroit Lakes • Feb 10th: Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Feb 10th: America in Concert, Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen • Feb 10th-12th: Vern Turner Memorial Bonspiel, Lakes Curling Club, Detroit Lakes • Feb 11th: Breakfast Rotary “Poles & Holes” Fishing Tournament, Detroit Lakes • Feb 11th: Polar Fest Chili Cookoff, Zorbaz, Detroit Lakes • Feb 11th: Learn to Ski & Snowshoe, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes • Feb 11th: Flash Point Snow Bike Race, Detroit Lakes • Feb 14th: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! • Feb 15th: Polarpalooza, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes • Feb 16th: “Alice in Wonderland,” Historic Holmes The-
atre, Detroit Lakes • Feb 17th: Polar Fest Ice Tee Golf Tournament, Detroit Lake • Feb 17th: “What A Wonderful World,” Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Feb 17th: “Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos,” Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Feb 17th: Starship Concert, Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen • Feb 18th: Freeze Your Buns Run, The Center of Detroit Lakes • Feb 18th: ULTRA Vintage Snowmobile Rally & Swap Meet, Public Beach near Pavilion, Detroit Lakes • Feb 18th: Minnesota Darkhouse Ass’n Youth Fishing Derby, Little Detroit Lake near Zorbaz, Detroit Lakes • Feb 18th: 21st Annual Polar Fest Plunge, Little Detroit Lake across from Lakeside Tavern, Detroit Lakes • Feb 18th: Frozen Fire-
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works & Tailgating on the Lake, Public Beach & Little Detroit near Zorbaz, Detroit Lakes • Feb 18th: Polaritaville Dance, Zorbaz, Detroit Lakes • Feb 18th: Canadian Manitoba Hydro, Lakes Curling Club, Detroit Lakes • Feb 24th: Chris Janson Concert, Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen • Feb 20th: PRESIDENT’S DAY
• Mar 2nd-5th: Indigenous Farming Conference, Maplelag Resort, Callaway • Mar 3rd: Copper Street Brass, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Mar 4th: Snowshoe Hike, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • Mar 4th-5th: 46th Annual Sno-Deo at Pinehurst Resort, Naytahwaush • Mar 9th-11th: Summit Pro-
ductions Presents “Blithe Spirit,” Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Mar 9th-11th: Moosejaw Old-Time Dance, Clogging & Music Weekend, Maplelag Resort, Callaway • Mar 17th: HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! • Mar 18th: Spring Splash Pond Skim & Rail Jam, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes • Mar 18th-19th: Lake Region Builders Association Home & Sport Show, Kent Freeman Arena, Detroit Lakes • Mar 28th: Classical Music Night, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Mar 31st: Tour of Manufacturing, Detroit Lakes & Audubon
• Apr 1st: Heart O’Lakes Harmony Spring Concert, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes
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• Every Sunday: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Rochert • May 5th: Roseanne Cash Concert, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • May 13th: Walleye Fishing Opener • May 18th-21st: 20th Annual Festival of Birds, Detroit Lakes • May 26th-29th Avenue of Flags/Memorial Walk, Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes • May 27th-28th: Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving, Detroit Lakes • May 29th: MEMORIAL DAY
• Every Saturday & Sunday: Flea & Artisan Market, Shady Hollow, Detroit Lakes • Every Sunday: Wildlife
Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac Refuge • Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • Every Thursday: Wild Excursions, Tamarac Refuge • Every Thursday: Summer Thursday Concerts, Lodge on Lake Detroit, Detroit Lakes (beginning June 8th) • Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood • Every Saturday & Sunday: Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving, Detroit Lakes • June 2nd: 6th Annual Shooting Star Golf Tournament, Mahnomen • June 2nd-3rd: 17th Annual Street Faire at the Lakes, downtown Detroit Lakes • June 3rd: Minnesota Muskie Fishing Opener • June 3rd: Itasca to Hubble Pond Hike, Itasca State Park • June 3rd: Breakfast on the Farm, Hawley • June 3rd-10th: Rodeo Fest, Hawley • June 9th-10th: Hawley Rodeo • June 9th-11th: White Earth Powwow • June 14th: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes • June 14th-18th: Turtle Fest, Perham
• June 16th: Becker County Relay for Life, Detroit Lakes Pavilion • June 17th: 3rd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show, Holiday Inn, Detroit Lakes • June 22nd-24th: Shakespeare in the Park, “Much Ado About Nothing,” City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • June 23rd-25th: Hope Fest 2017, Detroit Lakes • June 24th: 3rd Annual Summer Solstice Festival, Richwood Winery, Richwood • June 24th: Ladyslipper
Hike, Itasca State Park • June 25th: Tough Laker Youth Obstacle Course Run, Detroit Lakes City Park • June 30th: Shakespeare in the Park, “Much Ado About Nothing,” City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes
• Every Saturday & Sunday: Flea & Artisan Market, Shady Hollow, Detroit Lakes • Every Sunday: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac Refuge
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• Apr 3rd: Tonic Sol-Fa Concert, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Apr 7th-8th: “Seussical,” Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Apr 8th: Maple Syrup Day, Event Center, Vergas • Apr 23rd: Lakes Area Community Concert Band Spring Concert, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Apr 28th: Post Traumatic Syndrome Concert & Motion Fundraiser for the Arts, Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes
• July 16th: Parade of the Northwest, Detroit Lakes • July 23rd: 39th Annual Arts & Crafts in the Park, City Park, Detroit Lakes • July 26th-29th: 126th Annual Becker County Fair, Detroit Lakes • July 28th-30th: 63rd Annual Turkey Days, Frazee
• Every Saturday & Sunday: Flea & Artisan Market, Shady Hollow, Detroit Lakes • Every Sunday: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac Refuge • Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • Every Thursday: Wild Excursions, Tamarac Refuge • Every Thursday: Summer Thursday Concerts, Lodge on Lake Detroit, Detroit Lakes (no concert Aug. 3) • Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood • Every Saturday & Sunday: Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving, Detroit Lakes • Aug 3rd-5th: WE Fest 35th Anniversary Celebration, Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes • Aug 7th-13th: 86th Annual Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, Detroit Country Club, Detroit Lakes
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Sept. 1-4, 2017
• Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • Every Thursday: Wild Excursions, Tamarac Refuge • Every Thursday: Summer Thursday Concerts, Lodge on Lake Detroit, Detroit Lakes • Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood • Every Saturday & Sunday: Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving, Detroit Lakes • July 1st-2nd: Shakespeare in the Park, “Much Ado About Nothing,” City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • July 4th: INDEPENDENCE DAY • July 4th: Fireworks at the City Beach, Detroit Lakes • July 7th-16th: 82nd Annual Northwest Water Carnival, Detroit Lakes • July 8th: Midsummer Bike Tour, Community & Cultural Center, Detroit Lakes • July 8th: 6th Annual Ride for the Future, Detroit Lakes Pavilion • July 8th: Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast, Detroit Lakes Airport • July 8th: Pine Point Music Festival, Powwow Grounds, Pine Point • July 12th: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes
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• Every Sunday: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac Refuge • Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood • Sept 1st-4th: Western Minnesota Steam Threshers 63rd Annual Reunion, Rollag • Sept 2nd: 26th Annual Laddies Loppet, Maplelag Resort, Callaway • Sept 4th: LABOR DAY • Sept 8th: Toast to Tamarac, Richwood Winery
• Sept 9th: Dick Beardsley Run, Detroit Lakes • Sept 9th: Grape Stomp, Richwood Winery • Sept 9th: Itasca to Hubble Pond Hike, Itasca State Park • Sept 13th: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes
• Sept 16th: Lakes Trail Run, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area • Sept 16th: “The Music of the Eagles,” Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • Sept 29th-30th: Pumpkin Fest, Lake Park
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• Aug 9th: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes • Aug 10th-13th: Looney Days, Vergas • Aug 12th-13th: Pine Point Powwow • Aug 18th: Young Life Family Fun Night, City Park, Detroit Lakes • Aug 18th-19th: Harvest Festival, Wolf Lake • Aug 19th: Young Life Triathlon, City Park, Detroit Lakes • Aug 25th: Macaws for Paws, Detroit Lakes • Aug 25th-26th: Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally Racing, Detroit Lakes • Aug 26th: 12th Annual Boats & Bars, Detroit Lakes • Aug 26th: 11th Annual Hik-
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Steam Threshers Reunion - Rollag • Sept 30th: Fall Festival, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
• Every Sunday (through Oct. 16): Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Rochert • Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • Oct 1st: 21st Annual Oktoberfest, Event Center, Frazee • Oct 7th: “I Outran the Hairy Man” 5K, Vergas • Oct 7th: Damien Society Fall Home Tours, Detroit Lakes
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• Oct 14th: Fall Colors Vista Hike, Itasca State Park • Oct 31st: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
• Nov 27th: Santa’s Grand Parade of Lights, downtown Detroit Lakes
• Dec 1st-31st: Light Up the Lakes Events, Detroit Lakes • Dec 25th: MERRY CHRISTMAS! • Dec 25th: Christmas At Our House, First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes • Dec 31st: NEW YEAR’S EVE • Dec 31st: NYE Bash, Community & Cultural Center, Detroit Lakes
• Nov 1st-30th: Light Up the Lakes Events, Detroit Lakes • Nov 18th: Red Neck Holidazzle, Vergas • Nov 23rd: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! • Nov 23rd: Thanksgiving Feast, Holy Rosary Church, Detroit Lakes • Nov 23rd-26th: Parade of Trees, American Legion, Lake Park • Nov 24th: Ski Season Opens, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes
• Jan 1st: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
Experience Detroit Lakes
Cenex Community Co-ops Hot Stuff A&W
Main Street Restaurant
FUN, FOOD, AND SHOPPING ALL YEAR LONG
Cenex Community Co-ops
Main Street Restaurant
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.
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.
900 Washington Ave. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-3344
705 Hwy 10 E. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-0472
200 Holmes Street East Detroit Lakes, MN 218-846-1180
911 Hwy. 34 East Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-3190
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. Closed Sunday.
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Detroit Lakes Northwest Water Carnival
Counselor Realty - Detroit Lakes
Make a splash this summer with great fashions from Lakeshirts. We’re open all summer long 10am-8pm daily. Sweatshirts, T’s, Swimwear and more. We’re a summer kind of place.
110 West Lake Drive Detroit Lake, MN 218-247-2114 www.lakeshirts.com
Detroit Lakes Curley’s Northwest Water Carnival Cold drinks, great food over looking
P.O. Box 456 Detroit Lakes, MN 218-234-3786
www.dlinn.com Hwy 10 E. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-2121
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. Some of the 82nd Water Carnival events include the Miss Northwest Pageant, Free Kickoff Party, Demo Derby, Bed Races, Water Fights, Bash on the Beach and Parade of the Northwest to name a few. Check out dljaycees.com for a complete list of events and our entertainment for Bash on the Beach, 2017!
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beautiful Cotton Lake, does it get any better than that?! Curley’s is located on the south side of Cotton Lake on Co Hwy 29. With daily lunch and happy hour specials. Bingo, meat raffles, entertainment, big screen TV’s, pool table and much, much more, Curley’s is sure to not disappoint. Deck seating also available overlooking Cotton Lake. We can’t wait to see you this summer at the lakes!
Co. Hwy. 29 Detroit Lakes, MN
The areas only full service hotel. with 700’ of sandy beach, pool, hot tub, sauna, Ice House Restaurant, Beach Bar & Grill, Live Entertainment and much, much more! Your lakefront vacation awaits you!
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.
Hwy. 10 West Detroit Lakes, MN 218-439-6033
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Stop in today and support an American Tradition DETROIT LAKES
The American Legion Post 15
America’s Best Value Inn
Becker County Historical Society
Street Faire at the Lakes
Ice Cracking Lodge
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Find fun all year long!
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
The American Legion Post 15
Becker County Historical Society
Ice Cracking Lodge
Friday, June 2 & Saturday, June 3, 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 17th 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
Founded in 1882, the Becker County Historical Society and Museum is the place to visit in the lakes region! From a wooly mammoth tusk to the world’s smallest gas station to the legend of Old Three Legs, the museum is full of the stories of our shared past and our current lives. Over the summer months, displays about the Water Carnival of the Northwest, the Fur Trade in Becker County, and Beauty through the Ages will be featured. Our Brown Bag Lunch series happens the second Wednesday of each month at noon, with discussions on all kinds of topics. You can bring your own lunch or call ahead to reserve a boxed lunch for $5.00. You can also visit us in our log cabin and schoolhouse during the Becker County Fair. We are excited for your visit and hope you can come and help us to keep history alive! Seasonal Hours, call or visit our website for more info.
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!
Downtown Detroit Lakes 810 W Lake Dr Detroit Lakes, MN Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-3816 218-844-7469 www.DLStreetFaire.com 218-847-8533
714 Summit Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 218-847-2938 www.beckercountyhistory.org follow us on Facebook!
www.icecrackinglodge.com 30389 County Hwy. 35 Detroit Lakes, MN 218-573-3631
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Seven Sisters Spirits
Washington Square Mall
Bleachers Bar & Grill
Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center
Detroit Mountain Recreational Area
Seven Sisters Spirits 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.
25275 S. Melissa Dr. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-BEER (2337) 218-846-WINE (9463)
El Loro Just across for the Detroit Lakes Public beach, El Loro Mexican Restaurant features authentic, fresh, delicious Mexican food. Chips and salsa are served with every meal, lunch and dinner specials everyday, Margaritas and Imported beer are available from the bar, and the service is fast and friendly! For a great meal, at an affordable price, visit El Loro on Detroit Lake.
720 W Lake Dr, Detroit Lakes, MN (218) 844-5333 Follow us on facebook!
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Detroit Lakes Community Washington and Cultural Center Square Mall
Bleachers Bar & Grill
Detroit Mountain Recreational Area
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, present entertainment all year long ranging from local & regional to national and world talent! There’s even outdoor entertainment featured in the DL City Park.
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 Monday-Friday 4:006:00 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 2017!
25807 Cty. Hwy. 22 Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-6820
www.detroitmountain.com P.O. Box 1039 Detroit Lakes, MN
www.dlccc.org 826 Summit Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-4221
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 or Chinese food before seeing a movie with the family or head in for an ice cream treat after the big game. 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!
808 Washington Ave. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-1679
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 cloquet.com.
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•Research library •Model railroad project • woodworking & railroad club •Event Centers & banquet rooms for meetings, conferences, private parties,dining, dances & concerts
HOURS: Museum Mon. - Sat. 9am-4pm, Sun. 1pm - 4pm Cafe Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm Open Every Day 6333 H C Andersen Alle, PO Box 123, Askov, MN 55704 | 320-838-1607
Many museum rooms & displays: •Cars •Church •Dolls & Doll Houses •Home & Family •Industry •Logging • Military •Native American •Pine County Cities •Quarry •Textiles • Many more! • Seasonal Thrift Store
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For more Cloquet area information, please visit our website. www.visitcloquet.com
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way 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 River. 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.
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-country Skiing - Cloquet’s location provides easy access to the
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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 the summer. The river’s flow is affected by the regulation of reservoirs on tributaries, particularly the Whiteface and Cloquet rivers. From U.S. High-
ly 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 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
• 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
Visit Cloquet’s National Register of Historic Places Sites Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station
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 glasswalled 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.
Northeastern Bar & Grill
The Northeastern hotel and 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!
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Carlton County Historical Society
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. Must See
Encore Performing Arts Center
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!
JAY COOKE STATE PARK
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.
Frank Lloyd Wright
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about the Cloquet area
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.
ith its sweeping views of Lake Superior, Duluth has long won the hearts of residents and visitors alike. In fact, after just one visit to the city you may want to upgrade from visitor to resident yourself! There’s a reason this hillside, lakeside gem was voted the winner of Outside Magazine’s Best Town contest, 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 duluthmn.gov) most sporting a backdrop of the magnificent Lake Superior. Around every corner you’ll find another hidden gem.
Northshore Scenic Railroad
To dip your toes into the greatest freshwater lake in the world, head over to Park Point and Brighton Beach. If you’d rather catch a ride on your site-seeing trip, hop on the North Shore Scenic Railroad and ride the train to the Knife River Music Festival or follow along as runners complete their journey during Grandma’s Marathon. The elegant Dinner Train and
Jump on the Lakewalk in Canal Park and 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 with a rich history and by the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), the Great Lakes Aquarium, Bayfront Festival Park and the Aerial Lift Bridge. The DeWitt Seitz building is a treasure trove of fascinating shops and delicious dining. 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 musteat list for every visit to the city. At the other end of the Lakewalk you’ll find Leif Erikson Park and the Rose Garden – one of few traditional English gardens in the United States. 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 lsmma. com. When you’re looking to go for a wander away from Canal Park, head on up over the hill to the Harley Davidson Sport Center and grab yourself a piece of Harley Duluth clothing to take home. You’ll love this store. It’s one of Minnesota’s finest. Visit hdduluth.com for more information.
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the Murder Mystery Train are two of the most popular outings. Take the Fall Colors Tour through the magnificent autumn leaves or hop onto for the Beer Tasting Tour. For more information, visit nothshorescenicrailroad.org.
If you haven’t been to downtown Duluth lately, well, you haven’t been to downtown Duluth at all! Brimming with shopping and restaurants and brew pubs, it’s become the place to be. Duluth’s downtown is not only a shopping and dining destination, but 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 Casino or tip back a cold brew at the historic Fitger’s Brewery. After hitting all the hotspots downtown, head back to your room with a great book. You must visit the Amazing Alonzo book exchange on Superior St. It’s a true treasure!
Bob Dylan Way
Children of the ‘60s won’t want to miss taking a stroll on Bob Dylan Way (Michigan Street). The 1.8-mile tribute to the singer, songwriter and spokesman for his generation winds through downtown Duluth. Check out Dylan’s early childhood residence at 519 Third Ave. For more information visit bobdylanway.com.
The heart of Duluth doesn’t beat just in its city center. Head west to visit the 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. While “Out West” 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 lszoo.org for hours and a schedule of daily events.
If you’re looking for the most spectac-
Enger Tower Enger Tower overlooks the city and the port.
ular view of the area, you’ll want to make your way to Skyline Parkway, with its hairpin turns along a ridge overlooking the city, the port and the St. Louis River. Along the way visit the historic Enger Tower and enjoy a peaceful lunch near the Japanese Peace Bell and gardens. 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
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Northshore Scenic Railroad
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In the heart of Canal Park, set against the majestic Aerial Lift Bridge is a Great Lakes vessel you can’t miss—and won’t want to. Despite carrying iron ore and coal for 40 years through 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. Schedule a group visit, get ticketing information or discover its rich history at decc.org/william-a-irvin. 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. Whatever you’re looking for – fine dining, outdoor recreation, culture or art, you’ll find it in Duluth! July 4: 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. Aug: 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. Sept: Garfield Ave. 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 rac-
ing vehicles over two days of energized fun! Duluth year -round. Not a week goes by that visitors and locals alike have a reason to head out and enjoy music, theatre, the arts, entertainment and a remarkable variety of international and uniquely local fare.
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Uniquely Duluth - Event Highlights SPRING
• Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra • Minnesota Ballet • The Duluth Playhouse • Annual Duluth Boat, Sports, and Travel Show • Lake Superior Family Fun Fest • Annual Arrowhead Home & Builder Show • Annual Homegrown Music Festival • Duluth Dylan Fest
Annual Lincoln Park District Walleye Open • Duluth Fourth Fest • Annual Park Point Art Fair • The Duluth Playhouse • Downtown Duluth Sidewalk Days • Annual Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival • All Pints North Summer Brew Fest • Twin Ports Bridge Festival • Spirit Valley Days
• Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra • Minnesota Ballet • The Duluth Playhouse • KIA of Duluth Garfield Ave. Drag Races and Car Show • Duluth Lakewalk Festival • Hawk Weekend Festival • NorthShore Inline Marathon • Annual Chester Bowl Festival • Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour • Oktoberfest Duluth • William A. Irvin Haunted Ship Tours • Boo at the Zoo • Gales of November
• The Duluth Superior Film Festival • Grandma’s Marathon
• Annual Brewhouse Triathlon • Annual Bayfront Blues Festival • Art in Bayfront Park Art Fair • Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival • Duluth Triathlon • The Tribute Fest • Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival • Duluth Air and Aviation Expo • Annual Duluth Superior Pride Festival
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The aerial lift bridge is lit up with teal lighting Friday night in Duluth.
Aerial Lift Bridge
Must-see Glensheen Mansion
An absolute must-see 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 the famous 39room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, telling the story of Duluth’s rich history. Chester and Clara Congdon built Glensheen between 1905 and 1908
as their family home. This influential family is known 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. 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 glensheen. wp.d.umn.edu.
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GLENDALOUGH STATE PARK Battle Lake
LITTLE PINE LAKE
BIG PINE LAKE
New York Mills
ITASCA STATE PARK
HUNTERSVILLE STATE FOREST
BADOURA STATE FOREST
NORTH LONG LAKE
CROW WING STATE PARK
CROW WIN STATE FORE
East Gull Lake
LOWER WHITEFISH LAKE
FOOTHILLS STATE FOREST
To Deer River
GEORGE WASHINTGON STATE FOREST
CHIPPEWA NATIONAL FOREST
PAUL BUNYAN STATE FOREST
TWO INLETS STATE FOREST
SMOKY HILLS STATE FOREST
MANY POINT LAKE
OTTER TAIL LAKE
HEIGHT OF LAND LAKE
LOWER RICE LAKE
WHITE EARTH STATE FOREST
MAPLEWOOD STATE PARK
WHITE EARTH LAKE
BIG CORMORANT LAKE
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BIG STONE LAKE STATE PARK
POMME DE TERRE LAKE
LAC QUI PARLE STATE PARK
UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK
CARLOS STATE PARK
GLACIAL LAKES STATE PARK
Alexandria LAKE MARY
SIBLEY STATE PARK
BIG BIRCH LAKE
Split Rock Lighthouse
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 PAGE 62 | DESTINATIONS 2017
short hike away. The three 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 400foot 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
Temperance State Park
don’t miss 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.
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 I35 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 northshoreguide.com.
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.
lake trout, sugar-cured smoked lake trout, smoked whitefish and smoked herring anyone? Russ Kendall’s is the real deal in smoked fish, and the cheese isn’t bad either!
Lake County Historical Society Presents
Three Museums Historic Waterfront District Two Harbors, MN The D&IR RR Depot This Depot Museum features a 4000 sq. ft. of displays and videos that represents the development of communities and industry in Lake County.
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The Two Harbors Light Station The Light Station Museum features history on the development of Agate Bay, Shipwrecks, and Lake Superior.
RUSS KENDALL’S SMOKEHOUSE
15 miles north of Duluth on Scenic North Shore Drive
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Temperance State Park
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 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 lakesuperiortradingpost.com.
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derness. There are more than 1,500 miles of canoe routes and hundreds of designated campsites. Walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass are plentiful. Several canoe outfitters are available to help you plan your trip into the wilderness area. Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitting and Outdoor Store is a one-stop shop before heading into the BWCA. For more information on planning your trip, visit elycanoetrips.com. Another sure shot it Wilderness Outfitters. Visit them at wildernessoutfitters.com. Don’t let the quaint, small town atmosphere of Ely fool
you. You’ll find some of the finest shopping while wandering the charming downtown area. Many of the shops feature handcrafted items made by regional artists. After you’ve finished your canoe trip or hike and visited the shops and galleries, stop by one of the many fine dining establishments and enjoy a sizzling steak, a wild rice dish or walleye fillet cooked to per-
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fection. No matter where you land, you’ll always find good conversation and interesting tales about old Ely. A great way to see the area is on bike. Grab a rental over at Heavy Metal Sports. Visit heavymetalsports.com. Before you begin any Ely adventure, be sure to swing by Zup’s Store to stock up on supplies. Zup’s has a long tradition of superior sausage
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ocated in the heart of the Superior National Forest and on the doorstep of the wilderness area, Ely is one of the most wild and wonderful remote areas left in the continental United States. From pristine woodland streams to cool, clear placid lakes, this is one of the few places where you can still truly get away from it all. You can choose to paddle through seemingly unending chains of lakes, or motor to fishing holes most people only dream about. Canoeing, fishing and camping opportunities abound in the 2,000 lakes and streams found within the wil-
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Feel like having a cold one and getting to know the locals? Head on over to the Kwazy Wabbit. Completely renovated head to toe, you’ll love the stainless-steel backdrop of the bar and the unique draft beer dispenser. The lines run all the way down to the
Soudan Underground State Park basement where the kegs are stored, and thus your beer will be extra cold when it comes up. Visit the Kwazy Wabbit at 11 N. Central Ave. in Ely. And while we’re on the subject of refreshing drinks, be sure to stock up on the beverage of your choice before heading out on your adventure. Head over to Lakeshore Liquor at 438 E. Sheridan St. to make sure your cooler is wellstocked. For more information, call (218) 365-4011. One last detail before your adventure - be sure to check out the fishing report with Babe’s Bait in Ely. Visit babesbaitely.com/ fishing-report/ to get the latest scoop. Grab some more fishing tips over at Skubes Bait & Tackle at 1810 E Sheridan St
in Ely. Need lures, nets, bait or even a guide? Skubes has got you covered. Oh, and what does someone coming in from a paddle around the Boundary Waters want more than even a hot shower? Why a cold beer and a great steak, of course! Be sure to check out Ely Steak House for just that. Visit elysteakhouse.com for more information.
Places to see: Soudan Underground Mine
While in the area be sure to visit the Soudan Underground Mine. The mine, part of Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park, is home to 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 mndnr.gov/ vermilionsoudan. For more information, visit dnr.state.mn.us.
North American Bear Center
No visit to Ely is complete without a visit to the North American Bear Center. The
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products, family involvement and hometown pride. Established in 1916, “Grandpa” John Zupancich purchased the original store from Frank Jenko. The store at that time was directly across the street from its present location at 303 E. Sheridan St. As a result of the popularity of the wide variety of products and the old world sausages, Zup’s store found itself beginning to incorporate immediate family members into its employ. Originally operated by Grandpa John and his sons Joseph, Eddie, Ludwig, Bill, Leonard, Albert and John Jr., the store continues the tradition with family management by the grandsons and great-grandsons of John Zupancich. Zup’s was founded on family tradition and the spirit still lives within the organization. Once inside, you’ll find friendly staff, welcoming smiles and always a helping hand. Zup’s popularity is wellknown and quite apparent; just take a look at the guestbook and see for yourself.
Dorothy Molter Museum
To truly step back in time and soak up the region’s heritage, visit the Dorothy Molter Museum. Dorothy Molter was the last non indigenous resident of the BWCA. After her passing in 1986, her homestead was dismantled and transported by dogsled and snowmobile to Moose Lake, and then on to Ely where volunteers restored two of her cabins at the current museum site. The museum keeps the adventurous pioneer spirit alive and encourages all who visit to live as Dorothy did in harmony with the environ-
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ment, with great dignity, courage, helping humankind, and making a significant contribution toward a better world. For more information, visit rootbeerlady.com.
Welcome to 2 Gringos! One visit to this bustling authentic Tex-Mex grill in the great Northwoods and you’ll make it a must on every trip to Ely. Serving up tacos, burritos, enchiladas, nachos, along with ice cold beer and refreshing cocktails, it’s a perfect place to land after a long day of exploring. 2 Gringos is located
at 32 E. Sheridan St., Ely. For more information visit 2gringosgrill.com.
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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 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.
sacrifice either quality or service. For more information, visit motelely.com The Adventure Inn offers its log building with Northwoods décor with uniquely themed rooms, and a new solar building with Scandinavian decor to relax and calm you. There’s also a Jacuzzi for two for those who need extra pampering after a big day of adventure. The Inn uses only earth-friendly cleaners in its rooms and 100 percent organic cotton sheets and towels. Enjoy soft down and raw silk duvets and fluffy down or synthetic down pillows and natural, herb-tinctured soaps for hair and body. Crea-
ture comforts include fresh brewed coffee. For more information, visit adventureinn-ely.com. Lakeland Motel has been in business since 1952 and is a small motel with clean and comfortable rooms for reasonable rates. The rooms have a Northwoods feel that a lot of people expect from the area. For more information visit elylakelandmotel.com. For a full list of lodging options visit ely.org.
THE BOUNDARY WATERS
More than one million acres in size, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness contains more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails
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large hand-scribed log building on Ely’s Main Street houses a gorgeous Northwoods lobby complete with a fieldstone fireplace, beautiful listing books and coffee bar. It’s the perfect place to stop by and peruse area properties. With the complicated process of buying and selling recreational property, they offer representation to their clients and strive for excellence in customer service. The team of experienced professional staff and agents are the backbone of the brokerage with a strong foundation of trust and teamwork. Follow them on Facebook or check out their website Bearislandland.com for property info.
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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. Love the area so much you never want to leave? Be sure to check out Bear Island Land Co. Inc. to peruse properties in the region. Ely is a great place to put down roots – whether for your weekend getaway cabin or retirement home. To make this dream a reality, Bear Island Land Co., Inc. is here to serve you. It’s
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Ely Calendar of Events 2017-18 April Empty Bowl
April 25, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Location: St Anthony Church Hall, 231 E Camp St, Ely, MN, 55731 Annual fund raiser for Ely Area Food Shelf. Choose a locally crafted pottery bowl, soups and bread donated by area eateries, Silent Art Auction featuring local artisans. Community invited, suggest-
ed donation $15/person, $25/ family.
May Ely’s 7th Annual City Wide Rummage & Business Crazy Day Sale
May 20, 2017 8:00 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 Seventh Annual City Wide Rummage &Business Crazy Day Sale. Join us from 8 am to 4pm for your chance to scoop up bargains throughout the City of Ely! Many Ely businesses will be offering great Crazy Day Bargains.
June Tuesday Nite Live
Starts June 20th and runs through August 22nd. Location: Downtown Ely, MN Enjoy Live music at various venues throughout Ely. Times vary depending on venue. Visit www.ely.org for a weekly listing.
Great American Canoe Festival – date not set yet
Walleye Whamma – date not set yet Peter Mitchell days – date not set yet
July July 4th Parade & Fireworks
July 4, 2017 Parade 1 pm Fireworks 10 pm Location: Downtown Ely, Whiteside Park & Miner’s Lake Ely, MN A true small town parade kicking off at 1 pm. View a va-
Blueberry Arts Festival
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riety 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.
Janet Gensler Memorial 4 on the 4th Walk/Run
July 4, 2017 8 am Location: Trezona Trail, Ely, MN Race day registration is from 6:40-7:40am. There is also a 4-mile walk, which starts at 8:05am. Pre-register to guarantee yourself a t-shirt. Refreshments will be available after the race. Proceeds benefit the Ely Track Club.
July 28-30, 2017 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 36th year in 2016. 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 001531875r1
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August Loony Day
August 8, 2017 For the 32nd year, the air
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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 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 12 & 13, 2017 Location: Longbrach 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. Two day event with music on Saturday Night.
Boundary Waters Blues Fest
August 17-20, 2017 All day Location: Longbranch Winton, MN Join this four day event
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filled with some of the finest blues musicians around. Camp on-site or stay in a variety of Ely area lodging facilities.
Embarrass Region Fair
August 25-27, 2017 All day Three days filled with fun, food, festivities and rides.
September Labor Day Weekend Trezona Run
Proceeds benefit the Ely H.S. Track Team.
Harvest Moon Festival
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you can find wood and leather products, metal art, photography, paintings, jewelry and pottery, and many other unique hand-crafted items. Start your morning with a Blueberry pancake 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!
September 23, 2017 7:30 am (full marathon) 8:00 am (half marathon) Marathon adventure Ely style. Full marathon 26.2 miles long and starts at Camp du Nord. Half marathon 13.1 miles and starts at Bass Lake trail head. Both races finish at Ely’s Whiteside Park.
Feast your eyes on a delightful combination of orange pumpkins, purple chrysanthemums, yellow corn, juicy red tomatoes, and tasty artisan breads from the Saturday Farm Market. Tempt your palette 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.
Northern Lights 5K Glow Run
September 22, 2017 6:45 pm Location: Trezona Trail head, Ely, MN Race day registration is from 2-5:45pm.
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November Thanksgiving Night Shopping
November 23, 2017 6 pm – 9 pm Location: Ely Area Merchants, Ely, MN
November 23, 2017 5 pm – 9 pm Location: Grand Ely Lodge, Ely, MN Northwoods Partners 15th annual Festival of Trees opens with the Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving evening at 5:00 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 on Thanksgiving night and continues until noon on Sunday, December 4th. This year’s Festival also includes a chance to win a designer-decorated wreath and centerpiece through a Raffle – drawing to be held at noon December 4th.
Nestled in a quiet grove of pines on the east side of Ely, Minnesota are the cabins and museum of the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Dorothy Molter.
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over 125 local and regional artists and craftsmen. Select from functional and decorative pottery, hand turned wooden bowls, Native American art and bead work, 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.
September 23, 2017 All day Location: Ely Area Merchants, Ely, MN Join numerous Ely Merchant’s 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.
After you’re enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, 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.
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Ely Calendar of Events 2017-18 Holiday Fantasy Arts & Crafts Fair – date not yet set Ely Arts & Heritage Center, 401 N. Pioneer Road, Ely The annual Ely Greenstone Public Art’s Holiday Fantasy Arts & Crafts Fair includes a wide variety of handcrafted items great for holiday gift giving.
Small Town Christmas
November 25, 2017 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!
Ely’s Holiday Parade & City Tree Lighting
November 25, 2017 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.
Ely Christmas Choir – date not yet set
Enjoy a holiday music sung by our Community Choir.
January 2018 Northland 300 Snowmobile Ride – date not yet set Northland 300 is committed to positively impacting the lives of Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. Join sponsors and volunteers for this incredible snowmobile event. Funds raised go to Special Olympics Minnesota athletes.
Fun Run Snowmobile Event – last Saturday in January January 28, 2018 Travel by car or snowmobile to the towns of Babbitt, Tower and Ely and increase your chances to win one of over 400 prizes. Money raised goes to support snowmobile trails in the Babbitt, Tower and Ely area.
Ely Art Walk
February 1-11, 2018 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.
12th Annual Minnesota Snow Run hosted by the Pink Ribbon Riders – date not yet set
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.
WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race – date not yet set
Join the competing Mushers, Handlers, WolfTrack Classic Board Members, and Volunteers for our annual WolfTrack Classic event. 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.
February 2018 Ely Winter Festival
February 1-11, 2018 Location: Multiple locations, Ely, MN Ten days of winter fun in Ely, Minnesota: snow carvings in the park, art in merchant windows, food, music, winter sport and other art events. Fun for the whole family.
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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 real estate companies to make your northern Minnesota dream a reality. Make sure you make a stop at the Historic Soo Line Depot which houses the visitor center, public restrooms, Remer Centennial Library, and definitely check out the mural in the caboose to get a glimpse of Remer’s past. Starting over 10 years ago, a group of people with a vision of what the Soo Line Depot could be, saved the building from being demolished. Part of the Remer landscape for 100 years, a portion of that history is preserved in one area of the Depot that retains the hardwood oak flooring installed during the original construction of the Depot and the museum dedicated to the early days of Remer. 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
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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. 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.
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JULY 7-8 - Bigfoot Days - Family Picnic, Bingo, BBQ Contest, 5K Run & More!
NOVEMBER 8 - Turkey Bingo & Silent Auction Village Hall
AUGUST 11-12 - Remer Harvest Fest Entertainment, Food, Games, Live Music, & Fireworks. Sat. - All Day Activities
DECEMBER 1 - Christmas Open House - First Nat’l Bank 9 - Santa at the Library 15 - CHRISTMAS CRAWL! 16 - Chamber Christmas Party
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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.
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The Nevis Pig Races are becoming a destination for many and the event con-
tinues 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 5 on your calendar and plan a trip to Nevis to see the pigs.
Nevis’ Northwoods Triathlon sets off across north woods lakes and trails Saturday, Aug. 13. The event sends contestants
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City Beach & Park, Highway 34 to Nevis, north on CSAH 2 and west on Beach Road. Playground equipment, picnic tables, swimming beach and restrooms. Muskie Park, Highway 34 to Nevis, north three blocks on CSAH 2. Picnic tables, pavilion and playground as well as a Veterans Memorial with a lighted
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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Taste of Dorset
Dorset has become known for its annual Taste of Dorset festival held the first Sunday in August each year. Folks walk the main street of Dorset while nibbling all kinds of tasty cuisine from outdoor vendors.
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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. The Jack Weinmann Family Memorial Guest Quarters at St. Francis Lodge on Lake George opened is a retreat center for nuns started out as a vision and prayer of Sal Di Leo, a man raised by Catholic nuns in the 1960s. Each summer, the small town hosts a three-day festival that is focused on blueberries. This year it’s scheduled for July 28-30. The festival includes a blueberry pancake 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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Check the website for how to become the Mayor of Dorset at www.dorsetmn.com. This “cashroots” political process involves an annual drawing and names can be thrown into the hopper for a buck-a-pop.
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.
ark Rapids is the ultimate tourist destination with its endless recreational opportunities and lakes, friendly people and outdoors activ-
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Park Rapids ities. 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 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.
Fourth of July
Park Rapids is a destination for Fourth of July each year and has become the cityâ€™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. 5-6. Field Days activities bring visitors back to the old days with demonstrations of what life was like on a farm. Demonstrations of combining,
Hubbard County Fair
PRCA RODEO & Xtreme Bull Ride
The 39th Annual Park Rapids PRCA Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls is set for Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3 in Park Rapids. This year’s event features two days of PRCA rodeo action with all seven major events on Friday and Saturday, followed by two days of Xtreme bull riding Sunday and Monday. One of the nation’s largest bull riding and rodeo events over the 4th of July week returns with an all-star cast of bull riders and bucking. Top
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 morning are part of the events. Breakfast
stock contractors Bailey ProRodeo and Berger Bucking Bulls provide the stock. Other events include kids’ sheep riding, MOTOX Aerial Show, and nightly dances with live bands under the log pavilion. The Park Rapids venue is billed as “Minnesota’s Rodeo Capital” and is a retreat from the heat of Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, where other events are held. The Jokela ProWest rodeo and bull riding event is known for one of the largest in the Upper Midwest. Audiences return year af-
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. www.mndestinations.com | PAGE 83
The Hubbard County Fair always exposes visitors to the grandstand arena, animal barns and Midway to classic fair fun and excitement. The 2017 fair, put on by the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association, will be held July 12-16 in Park Rapids. Along with the traditional 4-H exhibits and activities, the fair features monster trucks, motocross and tractor pulls. The Midway, run by Crescent City Amusements, will run from Wednesday through Saturday this year. The talent contest and teen dance is one of the highlights as talented and brave youngsters take the stage. The 4-H Exhibit Hall will feature livestock, poultry, horses, rabbits, a dog show, 4-H vendors, open class exhibits and vendors. And don’t forget the fair food! Stop on over for cheese curds, fresh french fries, pork sandwiches, ice cream and other mouth-watering delicacies.
Rapids on Aug. 10. Teams sign up to battle it out for bragging rights and ownership of the â€œLoony Traveling Trophyâ€? for the year. World Champion Lumberjacks demonstrate wood chopping, sawing, ax throwing and more at the Lumberjack Show and Interactive Camp. This event is reminiscent of the days when pioneers came to the north woods to make a living and stayed to build our towns. Produced by the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and spanning three days in August each year, Legends and Logging Days is the definitive summer festival for Park Rapids. It kicks off downtown on Thursday night then moves to the East 40 Tractor Grounds for the Legends & Logging Days festival on Friday and Saturday. ter year to enjoy the pageantry of the are available. Go to www.parkrapidsbullopening ceremonies and the thrills of rid- ride.com for updates, details and ticket ers hanging on for life during those eight info. seconds. Updates on the musical lineup will be Legends and Logging Days available at www.parkrapidsbullride.com Park Rapids Legends and Logging The rodeo and bull ride event takes Days is Aug. 10-12 at the East 40, Park place rain or- Park shine. gatesGuide open 5 Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club Hugo's RapidsThe Destinations Ad V1at - 2017.pdf 1 2/13/2017 11:04:22 AM p.m. rain or shine with shows beginning grounds. Weekend festivities begin with at 6:30 p.m. Early bird VIP ticket specials Water Wars on Main in downtown Park
Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Contest
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.
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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.
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) will sponsor 2nd Street Stage Thursday evenings June 15 through Aug. 17 with a new lineup of bands, a beer garden, kids’ activities and more.
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2nd Street Stage
Art Leap 2016 is Sept. 23-24 in lakes country. Enjoy the fall colors on a driving tour of artists’ studios and other cultural destinations throughout our mysterious Jack Pine woods. Meet artists and artisans in their studios and workshops. Enjoy live performances of music. Maps are available at the Visitor Center and the event is free to the public. Highlights of Art Leap include outdoor music, hors d’oeuvres and seeing fall colors at their peak while driving from studio to studio. Artists utilize this event to educate people about their art.
Carter’s Red Wagon Farm
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. Additional downtown activities
Crazy Days Thursday and Friday, July 27-28. Sidewalk sales, crazy costumes and live music. Water wars on Main Thursday, Aug. 10 brings a match-up between our venerable firefighters and local teams battling it out for the legendary traveling looney trophy and bragging rights. The contest kicks off Legends & Logging Days Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12. On Halloween, hundreds of costumed characters come downtown for Trick or Treat Park Rapids. Downtown businesses kick off the holiday season the Friday after Thanksgiving, hosting a Yuletide Sampler in their stores and celebrating the annual tree lighting with a live Nativity, caroling, Santa’s arrival and the countdown to light PAGE 86 | DESTINATIONS 2017
the beautifully decorated Main Street tree. The annual event is best described as a small town, Norman Rockwell moment. For more information on these and other events, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com
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 the area via the railroad with the resorters picking up their guests at the train depot and transporting them to their re-
spective 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 www.itascatur.org.
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.
Yuletide Sampler/ Christmas tree lighting
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. 24. 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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In days gone by, Park Rapids’ main street was designed to accommodate logging wagons pulled by a six-horse team. Today, our charming downtown offers unique center parking and a friendly shopping experience.
122nd Annual Shell Prairie Agricultural Association Presents
2017 HUBBARD COUNTY FAIR Wed., July 12 - Sun., July 16 FAMILY - FOOD - FUN
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North Country Trail
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 pickers, 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 Recreation Shingobee 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 northcountrytrail.org 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
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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.
Crow Wing River Trail
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 interPAGE 94 | DESTINATIONS 2017
connected 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 it crosses County Road 13 once again. A public access is located on the river’s left bank.
Headwaters River Trail
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.
Lake Country Scenic Byway
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 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-motor-
5th and Gould. The total trail length is 110 miles and when completed, 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 â€“ 210 miles.
The Paul Bunyan Trail
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 for-
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
Area state forests
ested areas. Please be aware of private property boundaries while enjoying the scenic beauty of state forestlands.
Paul Bunyan State Forest
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 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.
Huntersville State Forest
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. A 22-mile horse trail, featuring two loops and a river crossing, starts at the Shell City Horse Campground.
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ized 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.
Two Inlets State Forest
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.
Two Inlets State Forest Trails
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.
Smoky Hills State Forest Trails
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.
Paul Bunyan State Forest Trails
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.
White Earth State Forest
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 hik-
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ing. 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 Becker 37; six or seven miles east of Waubun on Hwy 113; and 20 miles east of Mahnomen on Hwy 200.
Smoky Hills State Forest
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.
Badoura State Forest
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 Ba-
doura Fire Tower stands tall at the intersection of state Highways 64 and 87.
Chippewa National Forest
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.
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5 – North Country Trail: Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Snowshoe Hike 7 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Inside the Creative Act of Play Writing” 8 – Park Rapids Enterprise Food Shelf Chili Challenge Benefit, Park Rapids American Legion 9 – Park Rapids Job Fair 10-12 – Northern Light Opera Company presents “Three Operas,” Armory Square 11 – Julian Lawrence Gargiulo, Heartland Concert Series, Park Rapids 14 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Local Wildlife Management” 17-18 – St. Urho Days, Menahga 21 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Wine Making” 25 – Park Rapids Fireman’s Ball, Armory Square 28 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Tornado Bob”
4 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Itasca Park’s Little Known Secrets” 15 – Easter Egg Hunt, Muskie Park, Nevis 21 & 23 – Park Rapids Classic Chorale spring concert 29- North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series
2 – Hubbard County Historical Museum opens 3 – North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series 7 – Park Rapids Area Community Band Spring Concert 9- America’s Roots of Pop, Heartland Concert Series, Park Rapids 11 – Friend of the Library Book Sale 20 – Park Rapids Bike Opener 20 – North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series 21 – Park Rapids Color Dash 5K Walk/Run 22 – Hubbard County Historical Society program “Minnesota Folklore” 27 – Take Flight Spotting Spring Birds, Itasca State Park 29 – UFFDA Annual Spring Banquet 30- Bugs and Blooms Walk, Itasca State Park
Park Rapids Area High School 10 – Headwaters Animal Shelter Tails on the Trails Walk-AThon, Park Rapids 10-11 – Osage Sportsman’s Club Gun & Knife Show 11 – Nevis Sites & Bites 15- Frogleg, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 17 – Kinship Amazing Chase, Park Rapids 17 – Author Fest, Armory Square 22 – Circle of Heat, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 23-25 – 68th Annual Paul Bunyan Days, Akeley 24 – North Country Trail: Lady Slippers Hike 25 – Park Rapids Water Ski Team, Nevis 26 – Hubbard County Historical Society program “Fuller’s Tackle” 29 – The Plott Hounds, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 30 – Park Rapids PRCA Rodeo
3 – North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series, National Trails Day 3 – Take Flight Spotting Spring Birds, Itasca State Park 6 – CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care Golf Benefit, Blueberry Pines Golf Club 9 – Hubbard County Relay for Life 10 – Park Rapids Fire Department Open House 10 – Emmaville Annual Centennial 10 – Lakes to Pines 5K Fun Run,
1– Park Rapids PRCA Rodeo 2-3 – Xtreme Bull Ride 4 – Firecracker Footrace, Heartland Park, Park Rapids 4 – Fourth of July parade 4 – Park Rapids Area Community Band pre-fireworks concert 4 – Park Rapids Rotary Fourth of July fireworks 6 – Rich Mattson and the Northstars, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 7-8 – Big Foot Days, Remer 7-9 – Menahga Midsummer Festival
9 – Nevis Pig Races 12 – Itasca’s Annual Butterfly Hike, Itasca State Park 12-16 – Shell Prairie Agricultural Association Hubbard County Fair 12-16 – Hubbard County Fair, Park Rapids 13 – Corey Medina and Brothers, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 13-14 – Friends of the Library Book Sale 16 – Park Rapids Water Ski Team, Nevis 20 – The Teague Alexy Band, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 20 – Smokey Bear Day, Itasca State Park 24 – UFFDA Picnic at Heartland Park 27 – The Lucky Dutch, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 27-28 – Crazy Days, Downtown Park Rapids 27-29 – Northern Light Opera Company presents “South Pacific,” Armory Square 28-29 – Nevis Muskie Days Festival 28-30 – Lake George Blueberry Festival 29 – Park Rapids Fire Department 5 Alarm 5K Run/Walk, Park Rapids 31 – Hubbard County Historical Society program “History of Jackpine Writers”
3 – Christopher David Hanson Band, 2nd Street Stage,
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Calendar of Events
Downtown Park Rapids 3-5 – Northern Light Opera Company presents “South Pacific,” Armory Square 5 – Nevis City Wide Garage Sale 5-6 – Field Days, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club’s East 40 Grounds 6 – Taste of Dorset 10 – The 4 on the Floor, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 10 - Water Wars, Downtown Park Rapids 11-12 – Legends and Logging Days, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club’s East 40 Grounds 11-12 – Remer Harvest Fest, Remer 12 – Park Rapids Fire Depart-
ment 5 Alarm Fishing Frenzy, Park Rapids 12 – Run to the Rapids classic car show, Park Rapids 12 – Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis 17 – Farewell Milwaukee, 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 19- North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series 19 – Tour de Pines Bike Ride, Itasca State Park 19-20 – Art Fair at the Winery, Forestedge Winery 26 – North Country Trail: Annual Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park 28 – Hubbard County Historical Society program “A Different View of Itasca State Park”
1-2 – Nimrod Jubilee Days 1-3 – Art by the Lake, Walker 9 – North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series 10 – Dorset Garage Sale 13 – North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series 16-17 – Big Foot Music Festival, Remer 23 – Great American Story, Park Rapids 23 – Headwaters 100 Bike Ride, Park Rapids 23 – Annual Autumn Harvest Festival, Lantern Lit Hike, Itasca State Park 23-24 – Art Leap 25 – Hubbard County Historical
Society program “The Zither” 30 – North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series
4 – North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series 7 – North Country Trail: Tamarac Fall Festival 11 – North Country Trail: Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series 12 – Friends of the Library Book Sale 14 – Fall Colors Hike, Itasca State Park 15 – CHI St. Joseph’s Health Foundation Benefit Gala, Blueberry Pines Golf Club 21 – Take a Walk on the Wild Side, Wild Rice Festival, Park Rapids 23 – UFFDA Camp Wilderness Hunt 30 – Hubbard County Historical Society program “Restoring Old Clocks” 31 – Trick or Treat Downtown Park Rapids
23 – Turkey Trot and 5K Walk/ Run, Park Rapids 23 – Community Thank Meal, Riverside United Methodist Church 24 – Community Tree Lighting and Yuletide Sampler
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BEAR PAW 31926 City Hwy. 50 Two Inlets Lake Park Rapids, MN 56470 11 Joel & Tracey Hays 218-732-9594 • bearpawresort.com At Itasca State Park On Paved Road/Bike Trail, Wireless Internet, Outdoor Pool. Open May-Oct. Call About Short Stays. Pets Allowed With Approval. BERT’S CABINS 15782 Wilderness Drive At Itasca State Park Lake Itasca, MN 56470 N OP 12 Dave & Pat Evenwoll 218-266-3312 • bertscabins.com At Itasca State Park On Paved Road/Bike Trail, Wireless Internet, Outdoor Pool. Open May-Oct. Call About Short Stays. Pets Allowed With Approval. BREEZY POINT 54852 State Hwy. 34, Osage MN 56570 Straight Lake 218-732-3125 • 800-939-2630 11 7 Alice & Cyrus Gust breezypoint.com Handcrafted Cabins Nestled Under the Pines. Open All Year BROOKSIDE RESORT 31671 Co Hwy 50, Park Rapids, MN 56470 Two Inlets Lake 218-732-4093 29 Kellers & Wallenbergs brookside-resort.com Heated Swimming Pool, Sauna, Supervised Activities, Golf, Tennis, Free Waterskiing, Mini-Golf, Wifi, Ice Cream, Open May Through September. CAMP LIBERTY RESORT 20522 269th Avenue 8th Crow Wing Lake Nevis, MN 56457 10 Todd & Kristin Kittleson 218-652-3533 • camplibertyresort.com 8Th, 9Th, 10Th Crow Wing Lakes • Email: Vacation@Camplibertyresort.com • A Family Owned Resort For 29 Years. Exceptionally Clean, Lakeside Cabins, Level Grounds, And Spring/Fall Discounts. Daily/Weekly Rates. CEDAR SHORES LODGE 17915 Dayspring Drive & RESORT INC. Long Lake Park Rapids, MN 56470 • 218-732-4626 N N 11 17 Jerry & Wanita Nosbush cedarshoresresort.com Covered Porches On All Cabins With Beautiful Lake Views, Television In Lodge. CLANCY’S ON ISLAND LAKE 2633 Icon Drive Island Lake Park Rapids, MN 56470 • 218-730-5270 13 B N S Tim & Nikki Clancy vacationaireresort.com Year-round Activities for Everyone, Bar, Restaurant, Beach, Weddings, Reception Center, Volleyball, 10 Miles to Itasca, Hunting, Fishing, Snowmobiling EN-OF-TRAIL RESORT 48883 Marilou Drive Bass Lake Ponsford, MN 56575 5 4 John & Pat Kubat 218-573-3791 • en-of-trail-resort.com
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WILDERNESS BAY RESORT Little Mantrap Lake Mike & Pam Pfeifer
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Street shopping corridor is always a hit with visitors, with its unique variety of specialty shops, clothing stores, eateries and more. Nearby are Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Barrel O’Fun Snack Foods, Kenny’s Candy, Bongard’s Creameries and other industrial facilities where nationally-recognized products are proudly made and distributed. Perham boasts a rapidly expanding business and industrial sector, strong agricultural base, standout schools and sports teams and scenic natural surroundings. The town is seated in the northeastern corner of Otter Tail County, along Highway 10 between Wadena and Detroit
Lakes. With 1,048 lakes within its borders, the county has more lakes than any other county in the United States. Numerous rivers, streams and other waterways also meander through the countryside. The area’s abundance of pristine waters has led dozens of resort owners to take root here, and those resorts regularly draw in thousands of anglers, boaters, families and other vacationers seeking adventure and relaxation. Just down the road in any direction, are several inviting communities which showcase the best of living in lakes country. More than anything else, what keeps travelers coming back to the area again
erham is a small town with a bigtown spirit and it’s that spirit that draws visitors from near and far. Known by visitors for its fun and family-friendly community festivals, dynamic downtown shopping environment and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation, Perham is a small but shining ‘hidden gem’ seated in the heart of Lakes Country in northwestern Minnesota. With a population of about 3,000 year-round residents, Perham is a surprising hotbed of activity in the summers, as seasonal lake home owners from around the area and tourists from around the country visit town to shop and play. Resorts, hotels, shops and restaurants in and around town cater to the needs and wants of travelers, who frequently return again and again to experience this small town with a big heart – and big things happening. On just about any given weekend in Perham, but especially during the summer, the community calendar of events is packed with things to do. Events and festivals such as Perham’s International Turtle Races, the East Otter Tail County Fair, Turtle Fest and many others provide entertainment for kids and adults alike. In addition, Perham is home to two renowned museums, traditional and disc golf courses, the historic Pioneer Village, a skate park, a retro-style single-screen movie theater, a library and a community fitness center. Walking paths and recreational trails wind through town, connecting with the city’s parks, golf courses, schools and athletic fields. Downtown, Perham’s charming Main
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much more. For a complete schedule of Turtle Fest events, visit the Perham Chamber of Commerce website at www.perham.com.
and again is the Minnesota-nice attitude of residents here. The people are more than the cliche implies: they are genuinely interested in others, making Perham and the surrounding area remembered as a laid-back and family-friendly tourist destination – a place that’s considered small in terms of population and geography, but where the hearts and spirit of its people are very large.
celebration built around the turtle races, will be going on this year from June 15-18. Events will include demo derbies, town tours on the new Turtle Trolley, medallion hunts, an arts and crafts fair, parade and
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 presents interviews with veterans in order to collect and preserve their stories, and then exhibits those stories in multimedia forms for all veterans, history buffs and other interested parties to see, hear and read. For more information, visit www. itowmuseum.org. The History Museum of East Otter Tail County tells the stories of the people, places and events of the East Otter Tail County area through interpretive exhibits, photographic displays and original motion picture footage. It is housed in a
In its 33rd year, Perham’s Turtle Fest and International Turtle Races have been the highlight of the summer for local kids and families as well as visitors from all over. Hundreds of people race “their” turtle during Turtle Fest and each Wednesday, in downtown Perham every Wednesday in June, July and August, rain or shine. Turtle Fest, a multi-day community
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DEAD LAKE RESORT VACATIONS Sunset Bay Resort -
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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. www.northernlightsresort.com. email firstname.lastname@example.org Reservations: 218-758-2343.
East Otter Tail County Fair
For more than 100 years, the fair has been a summer highlight in Perham. Offering family fun with a small town feel, the fair features a carnival, concerts, a petting zoo for the kids, exhibits, livestock competitions and much more. The 2017 fair is set for July 19-22. For more information, visit www.eotcountyfair.org.
NEW YORK MILLS
New York Mills conducts a number of well-attended festivals, one of the largest being its Great American Think-Off debate, which solicits the opinions of armchair philosophers from across the country. This year, debaters will argue “Has the
2016 Election Changed Our Perception of Truth?” The 2017 Think-Off is scheduled to take place June 10. The Fish House Festival and Lundmania celebrate community and summer with a variety of events for all ages, including a fishing tournament and a great boat hunt and the boatville drags incorporating miniature pedal boats. Two other popular events usually held the third Friday in August are the Corn Feed, with about 1,200 ears of corn served. The Puppet Pageant follows the corn feed and features large, hand-made puppets. New York Mills is home to an extensive Finnish population and celebrates that heritage at the end of August during its Finn Creek Festival.
Located about 12 miles south of Per-
ham along Highway 78, Ottertail is serenely 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, 14-foot 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. Ottertail is known for its annual Otter Fest, taking place this year Aug. 12, which features kids’ games, a parade and other activities.
This year’s Dent Daze is scheduled on July 8, with lots of wholesome family fun. Events often include a 5K and 1K run, kids games and tractor pull, Big Wheels race and a parade. One popular event is the bed race, in which full size beds are raced down the street, creating lots of hilarity and fun.
Along with the festivals, community celebrations and lake recreation, there are plenty of music and 5K events to take part in. They are scattered throughout the summer and can be found at perhamchamber.com A couple of popular events include the Color Dash 5K early in the summer in Perham and OtterJam music festival in Ottertail; or see how life has changed since the pioneer days with the Black Powder Rendezvous in late August in Perham. www.mndestinations.com | PAGE 107
historic stone structure built in 1887. For more information, visit www.historymuseumeot.com.
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218-346-3480 www.bigpinelodgemn.com firstname.lastname@example.org Joe & Lisa Harlow
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Big Pine. Cozy resort with beautiful sandy beach on premiere walleye lake. Enjoy great fresh baked pizza, burgers and pop/beer in our AC lodge. Free wireless high speed internet and Wi-Fi. GALAXY RESORT 39578 Co. Hwy 41 Dent, MN 56528
800-626-0289 218-758-2841 www.galaxyresort.com email@example.com Ron and JoAnn Bina
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800-237-5331 218-495-3456 www.hollysresort.com firstname.lastname@example.org Steve & Barb Jensen. Paul & Sarah Jensen, Roger & Mary Farsdale
218-758-2555 218-298-2716 www.kimpskamp.com email@example.com John & Loranda Kimple
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Dead Lake • Pontoons, bonfire pit. Come for a relaxing family vacation. NORTHERN LIGHTS RESORT 35387 Northern Lights Trail Richville, MN 56576
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Dead Lake. Open year around. Brand New! Eleven Seasonal Sites. Sandy beach, protected bay, clean, fun, modern family resort. Rave (water trampoline). Stand up paddle boards. Kayaks. Paddle boats, innertubes, canoe free for guests. Campfire rings. Shower/restroom facility & dump station for campers. Water/electric hookups. All cabins air conditioned, housekeeping. Wi-Fi available. Spring/Fall packages. POCAHONTAS RESORT, LLC 38034 Co. Hwy. 35 Dent, MN 56528
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Dead Lake. Modern, air conditioned, paddle boat, canoe and campfire rings. 2 bedroom cabins on beautiful Dead Lake. One of Otter Tail County’s best all around fishing lakes. SUNSET BAY RESORT 38274 Co Hwy 44, Richville, MN 56576
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Dead Lake. Family fun. Secluded, wooded 15 acres w/500’ clean sandy beach. Outdoor, indoor & water activities. Wi-Fi available. Campfire pits. Spring & Fall special rates and short stays. Air conditioning extra charge. 1 unit with screened porch. Shower/restroom facilities for campers. New children’s play set to explore, and guest laundry with new Kinetico soft water system servicing the entire resort added in 2016!
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10-11 – Home and Cabin Show, 3-8 p.m. & 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Perham Area Community Center 17 – Kinship Bunco Tournament, The Cactus 18 – Horticulture Day, 8:30 a.m.4 p.m., Prairie Wind Middle School, Perham (For more information call 218-346-4051)
11 – Leadership and Hall of Fame Banquet, perham 13 – Chamber Choice Awards, Perham 22-23 – The Gathering Sporting Collectible Show, Perham Area Community Center 22 – Johnny Cash Tribute Show, Perham TBD – Rotary Spring Fling
13 – Walleye Fishing opener 26 – Chamber Golf Scramble, Lakeside Golf Course, Perham 27 – Bass Fishing opener
Every Wednesday in Perham: International Turtle Races. 10 a.m. Registration; races begin at 10:30 a.m. For more info, call the Chamber at 218-3467710 TBD – Mature Mile and 5K, Perham Living TBD – Color Dash, Perham 10 – Ronald McDonald Ride, 1 p.m. at New York Mills VFW, 10 – Great American Think-Off debate, New York Mills 14-18 – Turtle Fest, Perham; includes turtle races, walking tour, music, arts, parade and more. For a complete sched-
ule, visit perham.com 16 – Turtle Fest grand parade, 6 p.m. Perham 17 – Turtle Fest Road Race, Paul Miller Park, Perham 17 – Music and Arts Festival, Perham Center for the Arts TBD – Pancake breakfast, Perham Fire Station TBD – Patsy Cline/Loretta Lynn Tribute Show, Perham A Center for the Arts 17 – Turtle Fest Road Race, Paul Miller Park, Perham 24 – Average Joe Junior and Average Joe Triathlon, Perham TBD – Highway 10 Baseball Classic, Perham and New York Mills 24 – Ribfest, downttown Perham
Every Wednesday in Perham: International Turtle Races. 10 a.m. Registration; races begin at 10:30 a.m. For more info, call the Chamber at 218-3467710 4 – Independence Day fireworks, 10 p.m. at East Otter Tail County Fairgrounds, Perham 7 – East Otter Tail County Relay for Life, PHS track TBD – Lund Mania Summer Celebration and Fishing Tournament, New York Mills TBD – Dent Daze, Dent 8-9 – Phelps Mill Arts Festival, Phelps Mill, 10 miles north of Underwood (phelpsmillfestival.com) 17 – Ice Cream Social & song festival, Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham 20-23 – East Otter Tail County Fair, Perham TBD – Harrier Half Marathon &
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Every Wednesday in Perham: International Turtle Races. 10 a.m. Registration; races begin at 10:30 a.m. For more info, call the Chamber at 218-3467710 TBD – Rod and Gun Demo, Ottertail 4-5 – Crazy Days, Perham 11-12 – Otter Fest, Ottertail Demo derby Friday; Parade Saturday 18-20 – Black Powder Rendezvous, Pioneer Village, Perham TBD – Corn Feed and Puppet Pageant Festival, New York Mills TBD – Finn Creek Museum Summer Folk Festival, New York Mills
31 – Trunk or Treat
4 – FOCUS Christmas Plus Bazaar, Perham Area Community Center TBD – Community Carnival, New York Mills TBD –Turkey Trot, Perham 24 – Holiday Parade of Lights, at dusk in Perham TBD – Christmas Tree Festival, New York Mills
2 – Otterdazzle Parade of Lights, Ottertail 6 – Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil, 7 p.m. TBD – Community Holiday Party, New York Mills TBD – Santa Day, Community Center, Dent TBD – Longest Night Music Festival, New York Mills * Events may be added throughout the year. Dates may change.
9 – Dream for Kids TBD – Perham Ladies Charity Golf Tournament TBD – Polka Daze, Ottertail 30 – Harvest Fest, Perham TBD – Belgian Waffle Fundraiser, St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Perham TBD – Pumpkin Patch Day, New York Mills
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Wadena AREA Wide open spaces
f you like wide open spaces, you’re going to love Wadena. Wadena has several beautiful and well-maintained parks featuring everything from playgrounds to horseshoe pits. Totaling more than 200 acres of playgrounds and parks, Wadena is sure to have a few things to keep kids occupied this summer. All parks and playgrounds close at 10 p.m.
Sunnybrook Park is just east of Wadena with access from U.S. Highway 10. It is the largest park in the city with 78 acres of grass, water, pines and oak trees. Some features include: Fishing for trout and sunfish, picnic areas with grills, playground, disc golf, volleyball and softball fields, viewing of buffalo, deer, peacocks and golden pheasants at the children’s zoo. Sunnybrook also offers semi-enclosed shelters and a campground. The campground area includes PAGE 110 | DESTINATIONS 2017
20 full hookups with 39 sites and takes reservations. Open May 15Oct. 1.
Black’s Grove Park
Black’s Grove Park is two miles west of Wadena, This park, which is more than 50 years old, is sure to provide a relaxing atmosphere. Surrounded by majestic oak trees and pines, the park offers trails suitable for hiking in the summer. Children may also enjoy playing in the log shelter or looking for deer and other sorts of wildlife. A long and winding ski trail is about 7k long and can be used for hiking, mountain biking or cross-country skiing in the winter.
Tapley Park on Lincoln Avenue Southwest offers within its 18 acres: Soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, nature trails, horseshoe pits, shelter, restrooms and a play area.
Sunnybrook fishing The Southwest Playground on Fourth Street provides numerous activities for children. Some include: Playground equipment, basketball court, soccer field, tennis and volleyball courts, baseball fields, warming house and skating for the winter as well as restrooms.
Burlington Northern Park
At the center of the city, Burlington Northern Park serves as a common ground for children and adults during the summertime. The park offers a nice picnic area with the atmosphere suitable for a lunch. The park also includes a bandstand.
Softball and Horseshoe
The Softball and Horseshoe Complex is also on the southwest side of town at Second Street. This recreation complex is home to the summer recreation baseball and softball programs. The complex includes: Four
fenced softball fields, competitive horseshoe pits, concession and restroom building and a sliding hill in the winter.
Historic Wadena Depot
The restored, historic Wadena Depot opened its doors in 2008. It boasts many community and arts events throughout the year, along with wedding receptions and other private events. It is located at Burlington Northern Park near the intersections of U.S. Highway 10 and 71. www.thedepotwadena.org
Whitetail Run Golf
Golfers will want to experience the Whitetail Run Golf Course north of town. It’s a Joel Goldstand 18-hole course and captures the beauty and challenge suggested by Wadena’s motto: Where the prairie meets the woodland. 218-631-7718
Wadena County Historical Society
If you’re looking for more learning than leisure, try the Wadena County Historical Society (Museum and Historical/Geneology Research Center). It is located at 603 North Jefferson Street (U.S. Highway 71). The museum offers 15 exhibit areas featuring artifacts depicting the lifestyles of early pioneers. It has an 1886 courthouse piece on the grounds, which was part of the original courthouse, an 1886 barn wall in its country store room and a Two Nations Indian Village. It has a large collection of photographs related to Wadena County. You will find family histories of many citizens, past and present.
Murals of Minnesota
Learn about Minnesota’s history in the back alleys of Wadena with the Murals of Minnesota, also known as the Alley Arts Project. Wadena boasts dozens of huge, color murals depicting the people and places that shaped Minne-
sota history. Learn about the early settlers, the logging industry, how natural resources shaped our development and interesting people throughout the years. Stop by the Bernauer Building on Jefferson Street in Wadena to start the tour of murals.
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Wadena’s Madhatters Community Theatre group has entertained audiences for many years. To help entice kids into drama, Madhatters, with the help of Five Wings Arts Council, also sponsors a summer drama camp for ages 9-18. www.madhattersinc.org
There are many fine restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, fast food places and several bar and grills for your dining delight. The downtown area also has gift shops and more. There are several motels in Wadena and resorts in Wadena County and the surrounding area.
za Hut, the market runs from 2-5:30 p.m. each Friday during the growing season. In addition to produce, vendors offer baked goods, maple and birch syrups and meats. Salves and teas are available, along with some fresh picked flowers. The market accepts debit cards, SNAP/EBT benefits and WIC.
The Wadena Farmers Market has grown to include 15 vendors that sell a variety of produce including cucumbers, raspberries, beets, kale, potatoes, peppers, zucchini and more. Located off Highway 71 between Burger King and Piz-
The annual Christmas Festival has brought artists and art lovers together during the weekend after Thanksgiving for 30 years. The festival is held at Wadena Memorial Auditorium and Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School.
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Maslowski Wellness and Research Center
Serving the Wadena area and beyond, the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center is owned and operated by the City of Wadena. At ‘The Mas,’ staff strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment where everyone can create their own healthy lifestyle. The center has something for everyone. With over 57,000 square feet, ‘The Mas’ contains a six lane lap swimming pool, zero-entry recreational pool, 90’ water slide with various other water features. A sauna/steam room, whirlpool, warm water therapy pool, two racquetball courts, state-of-the-art fitness facility with a walking
track, and a multipurpose gym that contains court standards for 3 volleyball courts, 3 basketball courts, tennis and pickleball courts. The Mas also offers a variety of programming for all ages and levels including Red Cross Swim Lessons, fitness classes and winter leagues.
Shopping, dining and lodging
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SUNNYBROOK PARK & CAMPGROUND 218-631-7707 Ext 204
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CALENDAR of EVENTS 2017 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
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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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Mar 17 – 7th Annual Zoo Gone Wild: Pine Grove Zoo @ Falls Ballroom
Apr 8 – Full Moon Party: Shoppes of Little Falls Apr 8 – Outboard Motor Club: MN Fishing Museum Hall of Fame Apr 21 – Fishing with Pros: MN Fishing Museum @ Falls Ballroom Apr 27 - 30 – Pierz Garage Sale Days: Pierz Apr 28 – Chris Hawkey: Great River Arts Concert
May 6 & 7 – 25th Annual Field Day: County Fairgrounds May 11 - Lemonade Concert on the Hill: Linden Hill Historic Site May 13 – Full Moon Party: Shoppes of Little Falls May 14 – Mother’s Day Brunch on the Hill: Linden Hill Historic Site May 19 – Harry Potter Night: Pine Grove Zoo May 19 – MICHAEL SHYNES: Great River Arts Concert May 20-21 – Lindbergh Anniversary Celebration: May 20: 8:00am Rock & Run 1K, 3K, 5k, 10K, Scavenger Hunt 1:00pm, Lindbergh Bike tour 1:30pm, Lindbergh House tours and program 10:00-4:00, Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Museum (Lindbergh Exhibit), Fresco Art Tours May 21: FREE Airplane Rides, 9:00am Little Falls Airport (ages 8-17), Music, vintage cars with guest speaker 1:00 – 4:00, Lindbergh celebration meal 1927 at the Black and White and message from Sister City in LeBourget France May 20 – Lindbergh Anniversary Celebration: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
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Jun 1 – Pierz Rock, Roll & Stroll: Downtown Pierz Jun 3 – Plant Sale: Linden Hill Historic Site Jun 3 – Families on the WWI Home Front Tour: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Jun 4 – Dollar Day: Lindbergh Historic Site Jun 4 – Dollar Day: Fishing Museum & Hall of Fame Jun 9–23 – Lindbergh’s Complex Legacy Jun 10 – Full Moon Party: Shoppes of Little Falls Jun 16 & 17 – Little Falls Dam Festival: Maple Island Park Jun 17 – Families on the WWI Home Front Tour: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Jun 17 – River Rat Run: BellePrairie Park Jun 22 – An Evening in Black and White, Beer & Wine Tasting: Linden Hill Historic Site with United Way Jun 29 – Rock the Park: Great River Arts - Maple Island Park
CALENDAR of EVENTS 2017 JUNE – AUGUST 12TH: CHARMED RIDE SCAVENGER HUNT. WIN A BIKE AT THE COUNTY FAIR.
Great Day Trips
Jul 1 – Families on the WWI Home Front Tour: Lindbergh Historic Site Jul 2 – Bowlus Fun Day Jul 4 – Randall Parade Jul 4 – Fourth of July Enrichment Event: Pine Grove Zoo Jul 6 – Pierz Rock, Roll & Stroll: Downtown Pierz Jul 7 – Lindbergh Complex Legacy: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Jul 8 – Full Moon Party: Shoppes of Little Falls Jul 11 – Garden Walk: Linden Hill Historic Site Jul 15 – Families on the WWI Home Front Tour: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Jul 15 – Pierz Freedom Fest: City of Pierz - Genola Ballfields Jul 17 – Kids Picnic on the Lawn: Linden Hill Historic Site Jul 18 - Le Artiste on the Hill: Linden Hill Historic Site Jul 22 – Big Swing Outdoor Event: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Jul 28 – Lindberg Complex Legacy: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
Aug 1 – Falls festival on Foot (open streets party – kids/families): Downtown Little Falls Aug 3 – Pierz Rock, Roll & Stroll: Downtown Pierz Aug 5 – Full Moon Party: Shoppes of Little Falls Aug 5 – Families on the WWI Home Front Tour: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Aug 10 - 13 – Morrison County Fair Aug 11 – Lindberg Complex Legacy: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Aug 17 – Raise the Roof Pig Roast and Dance: Linden Hill Historic Site Aug 19 – Families on the WWI Home Front Tour: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Aug 25 – Lindbergh Complex Legacy: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
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Oct 7 – Zoo Fest: Pine Grove Zoo Oct 7 – Full Moon Party: Shoppes of Little Falls Oct 19 – Fall Family Fun Day: MN Fishing Museum
Nov 4 – Full Moon Party: Shoppes of Little Falls Nov 4 - Holiday Shopping—Zoo Style: 10am-1pm Nov 24 - 26 – WWI Christmas: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
4 FABULOUS CHRISTMAS TOURS: NOV 24 –DEC 3
Make it a great Christmas Senator Rosenmeier 1903 Mansion Charles Lindbergh Museum and Home tours 1920’s MN Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame (50 decorated Trees and wreaths) Linden Hill 1898 Mansion tours
Little Falls, Minnesota Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
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Dec 2 – Full Moon Party: Shoppes of Little Falls Dec 2 - Holiday Shopping—Zoo Style: 10am-1pm Dec 25 – Free Community Christmas Lunch: Charles Pizza Dec 31 – Candelight Trails: Charles Lindbergh Historic Site & Charles A Wyerhaeuser Memorial Museum
onveniently located off Highway 10, between Little Falls and Wadena, is the active community of Staples, MN. This small, rural city is truly worth a second look by area visitors. The city’s close proximity to larger lakes and cities along with its own long list of activities and outdoor resources makes Staples a great choice for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation. Visitors can take advantage of bike trails, river tubing, water sports, swimming and lakeside camping along with many fine art and music performances throughout the summer. Staples’ many parks and recreational facilities are available for
picnics, family gatherings, or just getting some fresh air and exercise. If you are a geocaching enthusiast, Staples has its own Seek and Find Adventure caches in and around the city. 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 www.greaterstaples.com
Calendar of Events MAY
Leadercast – National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) - May 5 Lumberbats - Amateur Baseball Season Opener - Pine Grove Park - May 7 Memorial Day Ceremony - Evergreen Hill Cemetery - May 29
Staples Lions Par 3 Challenge - The Vintage Golf Course - June 2 Motley June Fest/Morrison County Fair June 15- 18 Annual Father’s Day Tournament - The Vintage Golf Course - June 18 Lumberbats Annual Pine Grove Classic June 14-15 PAGE 116 | DESTINATIONS 2017
Izzy Cup Golf Tournament – The Vintage Golf Course - 9am - July 8 Music in the Park - Staples Motley Area Arts Council - Northern Pacific Park - 7pm - July 9 Staples-Motley Cardinal Alumni Basketball Tournament - July 14-15 Music in the Park - Staples Motley Area Arts Council - Northern Pacific Park - 7pm - July 16 Music in the Park - Staples Motley Area Arts Council - Northern Pacific Park - 7pm - July 23 Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre presents “Sleeping Beauty” - Centennial Auditorium - July 28
Music in the Park - Staples Motley Area Arts Council - Northern Pacific Park - 7pm - July 30
National Night Out - August 1 Music in the Park - Staples Motley Area Arts Council - Northern Pacific Park - 7pm - August 6 Old Wadena Rendezvous Days - Old Wadena Park - August 12-13 Music in the Park - Staples Motley Area Arts Council - Northern Pacific Park - 7pm - August 13 Little Red Caboose Variety Show - Centennial Auditorium - 7pm - August 24 Staples Railroad Days - August 24-27
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Calendar of Events May
TBD - Spring Pancake Supper, England Prairie Pioneer Grounds 14 - Kruzin 4 Kidz Pancake Feed, Wadena Elks Lodge
TBD - Wadena-Deer Creek Golf Scramble, Whitetail Run Golf Course 15-17 - June Jubilee, Wadena 15-17 - Wadena City Wide Garage Sales, sponsored by Wadena PJ 21-25 - Wadena County Fair 19 - Kruzin 4 Kidz Garage Sale, Wadena Elks Lodge 24 - Wings and Wheels Over Wadena, Wadena Airport
24-Aug. 4 - Madhatters Summer Drama Camp, Wadena Memorial Auditorium
TBD - Wadena County Historical Society Traveling Exhibit TBD - Madhatters Dinner Theatre, Elmer’s Texas BBQ TBD - Demo Derby, Wadena County Fairgrounds 4 - Sidewalk Sales, Wadena 5 - Annual Pig & Wing Challenge, Wadena County Fairgrounds 12-13 - Old Wadena Rendezvous, Old Wadena Park 19 - Kruzin 4 Kidz Bike Rally, Wadena Elks Lodge 25-27 - England Prairie Show Days, England Prairie Pioneer Grounds
TBD - Whiskey Creek Film Festival, Cozy Theatre 14 - Chili Cook-Off, downtown Wadena
TBD - Memorial Best Ball, Whitetail Run Golf Course TBD - Wadena County Historical Society Fall Lecture Series TBD - England Prairie Fall Pancake Supper, England Prairie Pioneer Grounds
TBD - Wadena County Historical Society Traveling Exhibit TBD - Haunted House, Wadena County Fairgrounds TBD - Bicycle race, Black’s Grove Park
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TBD - Eat, Click, Chill event, Cyber Cafe TBD - St. Ann’s Holiday Festival, St. Ann’s Catholic Church 25 - Wadena Christmas Festival, Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School
TBD - Christmas Tea Open House, Wadena County Historical Society
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