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MINNESOTA CROSSWORD AND TRIVIA INSIDE!

PLAN YOUR NEXT NORTH STAR STATE ADVENTURE TODAY. Inspiration and resources for day trips, weekend getaways and longer stays

Akeley // Alexandria // bemidji // brainerd // Cloquet // Detroit lakes Dorset // duluth // ely // nevis // north shore // osakis // park rapids perham // remer // staples // Superior // wadena

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GO PLACES?

M Alexandria.................................................................................................................... 6 Osakis...........................................................................................................................15 Detroit Lakes............................................................................................................16 Perham........................................................................................................................30 A Very Minnesotan Crossword Puzzle.......................................................33 Wadena......................................................................................................................34 Staples........................................................................................................................38 A Very Minnesotan DESTINATIONS Area Map............................. 40-41 Brainerd......................................................................................................................42 Very Minnesotan Trivia .....................................................................................48 Remer..........................................................................................................................49 Akeley..........................................................................................................................52 Nevis/Dorset ..........................................................................................................55 Park Rapids..............................................................................................................56 Bemidji........................................................................................................................ 70 The Northland (Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Ely, North Shore)......................................... 71 Magazine Editor: Marie Johnson Magazine Designer: Jamie Hoyem Cover/Map Illustration: Troy Becker

innesota. It’s the Land of 10,000 Lakes, at least three alleged birthplaces of Paul Bunyan, an estimated bazillion hotdishes annually, probably (not an official number), and so, so much more. It’s the state of lake-loving, flannel-wearing charm, and the “Minnesota Nice” folks who live here love to celebrate all that it has to offer, all year long. Visitors always welcome. Here in the pages of Destinations, we hone in on Minnesota’s central and northern lakes regions, from Detroit Lakes on the west up through the North Shore on the east. The unique and diverse cities and small towns that span this stretch offer special events and places galore to explore the state’s rich history and abundant recreational and retail opportunities. There’s a plethora of selfie-worthy stops in these parts, from the legendary and mysterious -- is the Kensington Runestone real or fake? Find out at the museum in Alexandria -- to the iconic, like the Paul Bunyan statues in Bemidji, Brainerd and Akeley, and the Mississippi Headwaters at Itasca State Park. So if you’re ready to “Go Places,” as the theme of this year’s magazine encourages, then we invite you to use Destinations as a starting point for inspiration and preparation. Plan your next road trip, day trip, weekend getaway or full-on vacation with our tips and information on where to go, what to see, where to play and where to stay. Visit us online at mndestinations.com, and find fun Destinations apparel at shop.forumcomm.com/midwestapparel. Destinations is a travel magazine published jointly by the following Forum Communications Company newspapers: Alexandria Echo Press, Brainerd Dispatch, Detroit Lakes Tribune, Duluth News Tribune, Park Rapids Enterprise, Perham Focus, and Wadena Pioneer Journal.

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he Alexandria area is brimming with 375 glacier-formed pristine lakes, making it the perfect playground for swimmers, boaters, anglers, golfers, bicyclists, hikers, bird watchers, ice skaters, skiers, snowmobilers and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. If you don’t consider yourself an outdoors person, there are still plenty of things to enjoy while on vacation here. You can: • 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. Lake Brophy County Park

• Tour a winery or brewery — the award- winning Carlos Creek Winery is just three miles north of Alexandria and it added a brewery a couple of years ago, 22 Northmen. Another brewery, Copper Trail, is on North Broadway near the Big Ole statue and the Central Lakes Trail. • Catch an entertaining baseball game or college-level hockey game. In addition, Alexandria lists several golf courses on its website, alexandriamn.org, an amusement park, go-kart racing, horseback riding, three museums, public swimming beaches, an indoor water park, a winter ski hill, three marinas and more. 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.

This park has it all – huge playground, great beach, fishing pier, a place to launch your kayak or canoe, picnic spots, mountain biking, walking and hiking trails with the best view of Alexandria and surrounding areas. The top of the hills are 140 feet above Lake Brophy. In the winter, there is ice skating and sledding. It’s a great place to take your family, friends or to just go on a nature walk by yourself.

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REEL IN SOME FISHING FUN

Angling for some fun on the water? Alexandria Echo Press outdoors column writer Mike Frisch shares these fishing tips: July and August can be challenging times for walleye and panfish anglers, as the good shallow bites of early season for these species have passed. The heat of summer, however, is often prime time for largemouth bass fishing, particularly those roaming lush, deep weedlines. Midwest anglers would be hard pressed to find an area with more lakes with better deep weedlines, and with more bass than the Alexandria area has. The famed “Alex Chain” is a prime

example, but there are a variety of other lakes, both big and small, in the area that host excellent largemouth bass populations, as well. A simple way to fish these lakes is to hold the boat just out from the deep weedline and cast mid-to-deep-diving crankbaits ahead and along the weedlines and reel them back to the boat. The Pro Model crankbaits come in a variety of sizes for effectively targeting weedlines in various water depths. Plus, these baits come in baitfish-imitating patterns like bluegill, sunfish, and perch patterns that mimic the baitfish that Alexandria area bass feed on.

SEE THE ‘7 WONDERS’ OF ALEXANDRIA Here’s seven must-see sights in the Alexandria area, according to Explore Alexandria Minnesota: 7. Glacial Ridge Scenic Highway. This officially designated Minnesota State Byway includes more than 220 miles of beautiful rural routes through rolling hills, lakes, woods, prairies and farmlands. Find it in Douglas County along Highways 27 and 29. 6. Lake Carlos State Park / Inspiration Peak. They’re both fantastic natural attractions for the area. The park is located 10 miles north of Alexandria and Inspiration Peak is 25 miles northwest. Inspiration Peak, which is managed by Lake Carlos State Park, is the highest peak within the glacial-formed Leaf Hill Moraines. 5. Historic Downtown. Downtown Alexandria is teeming with lush history and some of the best locally-owned shops and restaurants around. 4. Big Ole. It’s not every day you’ll see a giant 28-foot-tall Viking standing guard over a city’s downtown! Big Ole was built in 1965 for the New York’s World Fair by a fiberglass sculptor. 3. The Kensington Runestone. Is it an authentic historical artifact carved by explorers from Norway way before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, or is it an elaborate hoax? You decide. The famous rock is on display at the Runestone Museum on North Broadway. 2. Central Lakes Trail. Since the trail was built on an old rail line, it provides its users with a flat and smooth experience as it routes through dozens of rolling hills, lakes, woods and prairies, spanning a total of 55 miles from Fergus Falls to Osakis. 1. Chain of Lakes. Lakes link to one another by channels without having to portage your watercraft (accessibility varies by lake, season and boat size). Lakes include Carlos, Darling, Le Homme Dieu, Geneva, Victoria, Cowdry, Jessie, North Union, Taylor, Stony and Brophy. mndestinations.com | PAGE 7


LEARN YOUR LAKES HISTORY: LEGACY OF THE LAKES MUSEUM

The Legacy of the Lakes Museum offers visitors a chance to experience the history of boating and resorts in the Alexandria area and beyond. The museum, located on Third Avenue West, houses an extensive classic boat collection as well as resorting, fishing, hunting and other maritime memorabilia. An exciting 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. The museum also provides educational programs in the summer, such as sailing lessons, water safety and youth boat operation. The museum opens for the year in midMay. It also participates in a classic boat show on July 9-10 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center on Lake Darling. For more information, go to legacyofthelakes.org.

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DINE AL FRESCO

A beautiful summer day in the Alexandria lakes area is hard to beat. Especially when there are so many options to dine outside or sip on your favorite beverage under a bright blue sky. Angelina’s Restaurant joined the dining “al fresco” trend last summer, offering a rooftop dining experience at its popular establishment along Highway 29 North. Other outdoor patio seating choices abound – Alexandria Golf Club, Boulder Tap House, D. Michael B’s, Deck Bar and Grill, Fat Daddy’s Bar and Grill, Geneva Golf Club, La Ferme, Lake Cafe, Lure Lake Bar, Mi Mexico, Pike and Pint, Depot Express, Travelers Inn, Willy T’s and Zorbaz, just to mention a few. PAGE 8 | DESTINATIONS 2021

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HIT THE SLOPES: ANDES TOWER HILLS

Located just 15 miles west of Alexandria, Andes Tower Hills has 15 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 available. For more information, call 1-877-5426337 or visit andestowerhills.com.

HISTORY OR HOAX? MYSTERY SURROUNDS MUSEUM’S RUNESTONE

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, whom some believe discovered America long before Christopher Columbus. Inside the museum, you will also find exhibits on Native Americans, homesteading, Minnesota wildlife, Scandinavian immigrants, a children’s area and more. The outdoor campus, which is open April through October, has nine historical buildings, a large agricultural building and a large replica of a Viking ship. Go to www. runestonemuseum.org for more information.

SLEDDIN’ TIME: SNOWMOBILE TRAILS ABOUND HERE

Douglas County offers scenic views on 368 miles of trails connecting every community in the area. Snowmobile trails also link to the 55-mile Central Lakes Trail, a four-season recreational trail that spans the county. A free trail map and additional trail information are available at the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, at 206 Broadway.

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TAKE IN A PLAY

Alexandria is home to the Andria Theatre, a premier live theatre and performing arts center and home to the nonprofit Alexandria Area Arts Association.

Its mission is to build community by igniting interest and participation in and through the performing arts. The mission is accomplished by providing community-based theatre and education-oriented programming that

exceeds expectations, led by a staff of seasoned professionals. Check the website – andriatheatre.org – for performance times, future plays and to purchase tickets.

CHEERS TO THIS GRAINS AND GRAPES

Whether you’re into sipping award-winning wines or prefer a cold glass of craft beer, the Alexandria area offers two breweries and at least four wineries. Copper Trail is in downtown Alexandria on North Broadway, near the famous Big Ole Viking statue. Copper Trail’s industrial style taproom has a relaxing atmosphere, with seating along the bar top, on custom-made tables made from refurbished wood or on the outside patio. Ask for a tour of the brewery system and see exactly how your craft beer was made, 20 feet from where it was poured. The brewery also has a wide selection of games, from cribbage to checkers, and Jenga to Scrabble. Stop in, have a brew from the frequently changing tap list, and grab a Growler or Crowler to go. 22 Northmen Brewing Company opened two summers ago on the same property as Carlos Creek Winery. Inspired by Viking architecture from around the 12th Century, 22 Northmen is a place to not only enjoy great beer, but to also experience a fun Viking vibe – and grab a Growler to take home. The brewery also houses a wood fired pizzeria, called Valkyrie’s, and has live music performances both inside and outside, depending on the season. Wineries in the area include the aforementioned Carlos Creek Winery, which will be hosting its 21st annual “Grape Stomp” this September. Other wineries in the area include Burr Vineyards in Brandon, and L’Etoile du Nord Vineyard and 68 and Vine Veterans Winery, both near Miltona. Burr Vineyards is a small, boutique, family winery that specializes in hand-crafted wines derived from the cold-hardy grapes grown adjacent to the winery. The winery, which overlooks Burr Lake, offers several varieties of wine and is open in the summer for tastings. L’Etoile du Nord Vineyard is located on the west side of Lake Irene. Their estate wines are handcrafted in small batches from

grapes grown in their vineyard. They also offer Mead, which is made from local honey and cider, which are made from local fruits. The newest winery is 68 and Vine Veterans Winery, which is located just north of Alexandria. The vineyard offers wine made from 100% Minnesota grapes, grown right on the 40-acre farm. 68 and Vine vineyard and winery is owned by two military veterans.

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PARK YOURSELF: UNWIND AT ONE OF DOZENS OF GREEN SPACES

New improvements at parks in Alexandria and around Douglas County are turning the great outdoors into a year-round playground for children and adults. The latest buzz is about all the work that’s been going on at Lake Brophy County Park along Brophy Landing, off County Road 82 northwest of Alexandria. Walking and bike trails were added, a big playground was installed, sand was brought in to form a beautiful beach area, and a bathhouse was constructed. There are also sledding hills, picnic areas, a children’s zip line, ice skating, lots of green space, fire rings, easy access to the Central Lakes Trail and more. You can also relax, picnic, walk or play in one of the dozens of Alexandria parks. The three main parks with shelters are City Park, Noonan Park and Fillmore-Dean Melton Park. During the winter months, the pond at Noonan Park transforms into an ice skating rink, complemented by a warming house. Fillmore-Dean Melton Park has a brand new shelter and restrooms, great for family gatherings. It houses a kid-friendly play area, baseball field and large open area.

Big Ole Webcam

Locals and visitors alike can stop by Big Ole and take a selfie using the Big Ole webcam that is found on the ALP Utilities website – www. alputilities.com/big-ole-webcam/. It’s a fun way to get a group shot with the 28-foot fiberglass statue located in Big Ole Central Park. Once you open the website on your cell phone, just take a screenshot to capture you, your group and the famous Viking statue. You must use Firefox, Safari or Edge browsers. Chrome currently does not work with the ALP camera, which is mounted on the pole in front of Big Ole.

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alexandria Events calendar MAY

Every Friday: GoKart Racing, 7 p.m., Douglas County Fairgrounds; 320-4919249, runestonegokart.com. Every Saturday: WISSOTA Car Racing, 6:30 p.m., Viking Speedway; 320-762-1559, vikingspeedway.net. Every Sunday: Vikingland Corvette Club’s Sunday cruise and dinner, 4:30 p.m., Alexandria Clinic parking lot; vikinglandcorvetteclub.com. 1: Theatre L’Homme Dieu Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party, Carlos Creek Winery 1: Viking Seafaring Vessel Display, Runestone Museum 1: On Golden Pond, Andria Theatre 2: On Golden Pond, Andria Theatre 6: History At Home: Gar Wood 13: History At Home: Phil Noonan 20: History At Home: A Biography of a One Room Schoolhouse 23: Immortal Words, Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra and Chorale 26: Alexandria Technical & Community College Foundation – Scramble for Scholarships Golf Tournament 27: Schjei Country Concert, Courthouse Lawn, Alexandria 28-30: Ole Oppe Fest, downtown Alexandria, alexjaycees.com

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Festival, tentative, marching. com/events/vbf TBD: Music in the Gardens

JULY

30: Awake the Grapes 10K/5K/0K Run, Carlos Creek Winery 31: Blue Star Museum Program begins

JUNE

Every Friday: GoKart Racing, 7 p.m., Douglas County Fairgrounds; 320-4919249, runestonegokart.com. Every Saturday: WISSOTA Car Racing, 6:30 p.m., Viking Speedway; 320-762-1559, vikingspeedway.net. Every Sunday: Vikingland Corvette Club’s Sunday cruise and dinner, 4:30 p.m., Alexandria Clinic parking lot; vikinglandcorvetteclub.com. 3: Livewire Concert, Courthouse Lawn 10: Nathan’s Old-Time Band, Courthouse Lawn 11-13: History Live, tentative, Runestone Museum 16: Habitat Hardhat

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Luncheon, Knute Nelson Memorial Park 16: Happy Hour, Knute Nelson Memorial Park 16-19: Grease, Andria Theatre 17: Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys Concert, Courthouse Lawn 18-20: Art DeTour, multiple artists and locations, alexart.org 18-20: Runestone Days, Kensington 23-26: Grease, Andria Theatre 24: Country Roads Concert, Courthouse Lawn 27: Vikingland Band

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Every Friday: GoKart Racing, 7 p.m., Douglas County Fairgrounds; 320-4919249, runestonegokart.com. Every Saturday: WISSOTA Car Racing, 6:30 p.m., Viking Speedway; 320-762-1559, vikingspeedway.net. Every Sunday: Vikingland Corvette Club’s Sunday cruise and dinner, 4:30 p.m., Alexandria Clinic parking lot; vikinglandcorvetteclub.com. 1: Blue English Concert, Courthouse Lawn 4: Special July 4 Concert, Douglas County Courthouse Lawn 4: Evansville Red White & Boom Days, tentative 4: StarStorm, Arrowwood 8: Bob & The BeachCombers Concert, Courthouse Lawn 9-10: Legacy of the Lakes Museum Classic Boat Show 15: Stone Road Concert, Courthouse Lawn 20: Ice Age Exhibit opening, Runestone Museum 22: Rockin’ Hollywoods

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ONGOING EVENTS Blizzard Hockey September-March Runestone Community Center, Alexandria alexandriablizzard.com Photography Workshops First Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. Evansville Arts Center evansvilleartcenter.com Concert, Courthouse Lawn 23-25: Waterama, Glenwood 24-25: Rose City Threshing & Heritage Festival, rosecitythreshing.org 28-31: Aladdin JR, Andria Theatre 29:. Blonde and the Bohunk Concert, Courthouse Lawn TBD: Miltona Tornado Days TBD: Music in the Gardens, legacyofthelakes.org

AUGUST

Every Friday: GoKart Racing, 7 p.m., Douglas County Fairgrounds; 320491-9249, runestonegokart.com. Every Saturday: WISSOTA Car Racing, 6:30 p.m., Viking Speedway; 320-762-1559, vikingspeedway.net. Every Sunday: Vikingland Corvette Club’s Sunday cruise and dinner, 4:30 p.m., Alexandria Clinic parking lot; vikinglandcorvetteclub.com. 1-7: 100th annual Resorters Golf Tournament 4-7: Aladdin JR, Andria Theatre 5: 70s Magic Sunshine

Band Concert, Courthouse Lawn 5: History At Home: Theresa Hicks 6: Ring of Fire Bull Ride, Parkers Prairie 6-8: Fall Festival, Parkers Prairie 11: Annual Steak Fry, Runestone Museum, runestonemuseum.org 12: 57 Chevy Reunion Band Concert, Courthouse Lawn 17-21: Douglas County Fair 19: A Woman’s Place: Women on the Frontier 19: Cimarron Concert, Courthouse Lawn 26: History At Home: Female Racers 26: Red Letter Band Concert, Courthouse Lawn 28: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, YMCA TBD: Alexandria Festival of the Lakes, alexfest.org TBD: Garfield Days, Forada Days, Brandon SummerFest TBD: Music in the Gardens

SEPTEMBER

Every Sunday: Vikingland Corvette Club’s Sunday cruise and dinner, 4:30 p.m., Alexandria Clinic parking lot;

vikinglandcorvetteclub.com. 2: Robby Vee Concert, Courthouse Lawn 17-19: Grape Stomp, Carlos Creek Winery 18: Museum Day 25: Matt Kjelland Memorial Run/Walk, Alexandria City Park TBD: Central Lakes Concert Association, centrallakesconcerts.com

OCTOBER

23: Oktoberfest, Carlos Creek Winery 31: Fall Fest in the Fort, tentative, Runestone Museum 31: Trick or Treat, downtown TBD: Central Lakes Concert Association, centrallakesconcerts.com

NOVEMBER

4-6: Alexandria Area Holiday Arts & Crafters Tour, facebook.com/ crafterstour 26: Christmas in the Fort TBD: Central Lakes Concert Association, centrallakesconcerts.com

DECEMBER

7: Donation Day at the Museum 17: Christmas Bake Sale, Runestone Museum

Check out these websites for more information on many of the great events going on around Alexandria: alexandria.ce.eleyo.com, redwillowartscoalition.org, centrallakesconcerts.com, legacyofthelakes.org

Red Willow Arts Coalition Summer Concert Series Thursdays, May 27-Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria redwillowartscoalition.org Open Mic Nights Third Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m. March-December Evansville Arts Center evansvilleartcenter.com First Friday Concerts First Friday of each month March-Dec., 7 to 9 p.m. Evansville Arts Center evansvilleartcenter.com Live music Year round: Saturdays, 2 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Sundays, 1 p.m. Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria 320-846-5443, carloscreekwinery.com Alexandria Farmers Market Saturdays, May 9-Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to noon. Thursdays, June 25-Oct. 29, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 30-Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to noon. Big Ole Central Park, Alexandria Holmes City Farmers Market and Community Breakfast Saturdays, May 16-Oct. 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast through 10:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot, Holmes City mndestinations.com | PAGE 13


SOUND THE CHIMES

This one’s for the kids. The Alexandria Rotary Club constructed the all-new Alexandria Community Musical Playground at Big Ole Central Park along 2nd Avenue and North Broadway in the summer of 2020. The new playground consists of six different musical instruments. One of the instruments is an imbarimba, which is a pentatonic instrument that delivers resonating sounds. The inspiration for this instrument combines two African classics, the marimba, a resonated xylophone, and a kalimba, which is a thumb piano. Another instrument is the serenade, which allows users to play songs using the color-coded chimes and attached songbook. This instrument has 15 chimes that are diatonic and provide a pleasant, sweet sound. All the instruments can withstand the elements and be used year-round.

EXPLORE CENTRAL LAKES TRAIL 55 MILES OF PAVED PATHWAY

If you like biking, walking, in-line skating or snowmobiling, you’ll love the Central Lakes Trail. The 14-footwide, 55-mile trail is a paved 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. For more information, visit centrallakestrail.com.

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GOLFING OPTIONS, FROM BEGINNER TO EXPERT

Want to brush up your golf game? Douglas County has a wide variety of golf courses to entertain and challenge golfers of any skill level, from first-time beginners to league experts. You can play a quick nine holes or take on a 27-hole championship course. Many courses feature scenic views of lakes, woods and rolling hills. Each summer, the Alexandria Golf Club plays host to the popular Resorters Golf Tournament. This summer will be the 100th annual and it will take place Aug. 1-7. It’s a matchplay competition that draws top-notch amateur golfers from throughout the Midwest.

STAR STORM LIGHTS UP THE SKY A FOURTH OF JULY SHOW TO REMEMBER

This Fourth of July – watch for a storm! Although there are several fireworks displays around the area on the Fourth, one of the most spectacular is Star Storm. Those who go to Lake Darling near Alexandria will enjoy a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display set to music. The annual display, which is designed to be enjoyed either from land or 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.


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SMALL TOWN, BIG THINGS TO SEE AND DO

With a population of 1,773, Osakis is serenely seated on the southern shores of Lake Osakis – one of the state’s premier walleye fishing lakes. The sparkling waters of the 6,700acre lake also offer the perfect setting for soaking in a relaxing summer afternoon, or 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.

Tip Top Dairy Bar

This iconic ice cream shop has been serving up treats on West Nokomis Street since 1955. The business even won WCCO-TV’s “Viewer’s Choice” for Best Ice Cream Shop in Minnesota. It’s open from about April through September, depending on the weather. The ice cream shop serves up ice cream cones, malts and sundaes along with hamburger baskets and other classic menu items. 001686051r1

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Lovin’ that lake life

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eople just love it in Detroit Lakes. “DL,” as the locals call it, is a laid-back place where folks are happy to hang out by the water in their flip-flops all summer long, and then just as happy to head to the hills in their ski boots in winter. A prime example of Minnesota’s famous ‘lake culture,’ Detroit Lakes is a magnet for summer tourists. Boating, tubing, biking, beach-going -- there’s never a shortage of outdoor fun in the sun. The community’s mile-long beach, just blocks from downtown, along with its generous smattering of stores, restaurants and lakeside hotels and resorts, are all big draws for warm weather visitors. All year long, recreational opportunities, festivals, shopping, and community events abound. Autumn’s the scenic season for leafpeeping, pumpkin patches and deer hunting; birders flock to this migration hotspot every spring; and winter’s the hottest time of year for skiers, snowmobilers and ice anglers. The community calendar is packed with concerts and powwows, golf tournaments and flea markets, festivals and rodeos, street fairs and classic car cruises, and everything in-between. Check out Detroit Lakes to find out for yourself why people just love it here.

Zorbaz

This beloved “Minnezota” bar and restaurant mini-chain with 11 locations across the Northland started right here in Detroit Lakes, in 1969. A unique and casual lakeside pizza joint, Zorbaz also offers Mexican fare and all sorts of drinks, along with occasional live music. The flagship Zorbaz is located along the city’s mile-long beach, just across the street from Detroit Lake.

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WORTH THE DRIVE: COOL PLACES OFF THE BEATEN PATH

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE RIDE THE WAVES, TAKE A DIP OR DROP A LINE

There are plenty of places to get wet in Detroit Lakes. The recreational lakes around town are popular for sailing, canoeing, jet skiing, kayaking, speedboating, pontooning, paddleboarding and other water sports, and it’s common for people to boat through several lakes at a time via the Pelican River chain. No boat? No problem. Rentals are available at J&K Marina at the Detroit Lakes City Beach. Speaking of the City Beach, if you’re looking for a good place to take a dip or sunbathe, this mile-long treasure is a sure bet. It’s the most popular spot around for swimming, biking, scuba diving, socializing, yoga on the sand and other summer fun. It runs along West Lake Drive, just south of downtown. The City Park and Pavilion are at one end of the beach, and restaurants like Zorbaz and Lakeside Tavern are just across the strip. There are also motels and hotels right on the beach and nearby. If you’re up for a fishing challenge, try muskie fishing. The muskie fishing opener is June 5, and Detroit Lake is one of the best muskie lakes in the state. Guide service is available throughout most of the area, or just get out there and hit the weedlines.

DETROIT LAKES IS CELEBRATING 150 YEARS!

The city of Detroit Lakes is turning 150 years old in 2021! To celebrate, fun events are happening throughout the year, and even into next winter with the planned construction of a massive lighted ice palace on Detroit Lake. A sailboat sculpture regatta, contests and raffles, an all-school reunion and more are all a part of the festivities. City Sesquicentennial Day is July 29. For more information, visit DL150.com.

‘BEST OF THE LAKES AREA’

Find the businesses, services, entertainment venues and more that Detroit Lakes Tribune readers chose as the “Best of the Lakes Area” in 2020. Winners are listed in the Tribune’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards magazine, found at issuu.com/dlnewspapers/docs/2020readerschioce.

Trowbridge Creek Zoo, located about 10 miles south of Detroit Lakes on County Highway 17 (toward Vergas), has kangaroos, parrots, elk, deer, wolves, porcupines, alligators and dozens of other local and exotic animals. There’s also a petting zoo area. Camel rides and a playground for kids add to the fun. The zoo is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends as weather permits before and after that. For more information, visit trowbridgecreekzoo.com. For a quiet, near-pristine wildlife experience in the heart of Becker County, visit the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Tamarac has a rich history, and is treasured for its hunting, fishing, ricing, maple sugaring and forest resources. It covers 42,724 acres and was established in 1938 as a refuge breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge has rolling forested hills interspersed with lakes, rivers, marshes, bogs and shrub swamps. The refuge office/visitor center is located 18 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, at the junction of County Roads 26 and 29. Escape the crowds and experience the creaking of saddle leather as you take part in a guided horseback ride under the big blue sky at Timberline Ranch. About a five minute drive from Detroit Lakes, on Highway 25, this place feels farther out of town than it really is. A working horse ranch and rescue with a petting farm and gift shop to boot, Timberline Ranch boasts fresh air, hundreds of wooded acres to explore, and the peace and quiet of country trails. Call ahead to reserve your spot on a saddle. mndestinations.com | PAGE 17


TEST OUT THE TERRAIN ATV TRAILS IN BECKER COUNTY

There are miles of ATV and OHV trails around, with the northeastern part of Becker County being a particular hotspot. The Forest Riders Trail in the Smoky Hills and Two Inlets State Forest is a 100-mile scenic ride through Becker and Hubbard counties, on terrain ranging from rolling and hilly to level and smooth. Some are joint trails that are used for snowmobiling in the winter. A local ATV club, Woods-n-Wheels, helps maintain the trails, organizes group rides and overnight trips, and even offers personal guided rides for interested visitors. Contact the club by visiting the Woods and Wheels ATV Club Facebook page or woodsandwheelsatvclub.com. Trail maps are also available at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce office.

NORTHWEST WATER CARNIVAL: A MULTI-DAY SUMMER STAPLE

A major highlight of the summer in Detroit Lakes is the 85-yearold Northwest Water Carnival, a multi-day community extravaganza complete with competitions, contests, kids’ games, live music and the best-in-the-region Parade of the Northwest, all of which revolve around and celebrate the area’s love of the water. There are water fights, concerts on the beach, sand castle competitions and so much more. This year’s water carnival will be going on July 9-18. For details, visit dljaycees.com.

DETROIT MOUNTAIN: A SKIING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING MECCA

Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, with its handsome ski lodge, hills for downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing, cross country trails, mountain bike trails, hiking paths, skills park, natural play area and more, has been the area’s premiere recreation destination since it opened in 2014. It offers outdoor opportunities for every season. For more information, visit detroitmountain.com. Cox’s Point

Also known as the sandbar or peninsula, this shallow spot between Big and Little Detroit lakes is the place for boaters to be and be seen on summer weekends, especially over the Fourth of July. People congregate here to party, play games, wade in the water and just enjoy some sun. Fun fact: This sandbar is what put the “detroit” in Detroit Lakes (“detroit” is the French word for strait).

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ICY ENDEAVOR: POLAR FEST

A multi-day celebration of the good ol’ Minnesota cold, Polar Fest gives people plenty of reasons to get out of their warm houses and into the thrill of the winter outdoors. Events and attractions include a lighted ice palace, snow and ice sculptures, a Polar Fest Plunge challenge, the famous Poles ‘N Holes Ice Fishing Derby, and much, much more. The festival takes place in midFebruary. For more information, visit polarfestdl.com.

Pickleball

An impressive spread of six outdoor pickleball courts, newly opened in 2019 at Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz), gets constant game action by hundreds of local and visiting players from across the United States. The Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball Association meets at the courts most mornings, and also hosts regular tournaments and potluck socials. All are welcome to join in. For more information, visit the DL Pickleball Facebook page.

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BIRDERS’ PARADISE DL A MIGRATION HOTSPOT

The Detroit Lakes area is home to over 250 species of birds. A mix of pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairies, sand dunes, bogs, marshes, lakes and more make up a transition zone that attracts many avian visitors. • The Pine to Prairie Birding Trail runs through Detroit Lakes and extends 300 miles north to Manitoba, Canada. It features 23 birding sites, most of which are on public land or private reserves open to the public. Birding trail logo signs are in place at a number of birding locations, with interpretive signs in place at featured sites. • Excellent viewing of waterfowl and birds of prey is available at Hamden Slough, near Audubon. Its wetlands and natural grasslands are home to many interesting and unusual shore and marsh birds during their nesting and migratory seasons. Best viewing is during early morning and evening hours, May through November. • Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, located about 15 minutes northeast of Detroit Lakes, is also a great place to spot birds and other wildlife, as well as the buds and blooms of spring. The same can be said of Dunton Locks County Park, Sucker Creek Preserve and Maplewood State Park — all within easy driving distance of Detroit Lakes.

BLAZE A TRAIL SNOWMOBILING IN BECKER COUNTY

More than 200 groomed miles of trails are maintained in Becker County, and many area snowmobile clubs offer group rides and fun run events. The Detroit Lakes area is also home to some of the region’s best snowmobile racing. Maps and more information are available at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce office. PAGE 20 | DESTINATIONS 2021

The Ice Cream Truck

Chase after this ‘sweet’ ride as it cruises around the Detroit Lakes City Park and Beach area on hot summer days, and beat the heat with a frozen treat. The truck makes various stops around town every May through September. Visit The Ice Cream Truck Facebook page to find out where it’s headed next.


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Callaway Municipal Liquor Store Located 11 miles North of Detroit Lakes on HWY 59. Stop at our Non Smoking Establishment and PLAY our gaming machines. Avoid the wait and shop here for your Off Sale purchases, Senior Discounts of 10% every Wednesday in our Off Sale. Callaway Liquor is owned and operated by the City of Callaway. As a city owned establishment, proceeds from the store funnel directly back into the Callaway community. Stop in, we have a lot to offer: Large selection of pizza and appetizers, TV’s to watch all your sporting events, Bar Bingo Friday and Monday at 6pm, AGS Gaming machines, Pull tabs, On-site ATM Monday –Sat 4-6pm and Sat Noon to 1pm. Daily food Specials. Happy hours. Hwy 59 North Callaway, MN

Double S Rodeo/Arena Family friendly rodeo held in Detroit Lakes, MN. August 13th at 7 pm and August 14th at 6 pm. Follow us on facebook for details. Action packed night with 13 different events! Enter your kid in mutton busting. first come first serve. Awesome food vendors, jewelry, leather, and tack vendors as well. End each night on the dance floor with Silverado Friday night and DJ Trey Windhorst Saturday night. Stock contractor Wojo’s Rodeo Performance. Double S also holds a summer barrel league. Barrel shows Wednesday evenings, check online for dates. Check us out at our facebook page ‘Double S Arena Barrel Shows’ for updates. At the end of the year, August 28th and 29th we host the Turn & Burn Barrel Jackpot with $4,200.00 added money! Doublesarena.com Hwy 59 North Detroit Lakes, MN 218-234-7491

Detroit Mountain Recreational Area

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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!

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

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Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store

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70,000 square feet of shopping & thousands of new and gently-used items. Sales support the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Truck Load DEALS from major retailers! New Furniture, clothing, housewares, appliances, decor & MORE THRIFT - gently-used, second-hand items. Inventory varies and can include: furniture, household items, clothing, shoes, luggage, linens, sporting goods, toys, games, books & MORE We have A LOT of clothes! 480 racks of clothes = 55,000 items to choose from! Hours to SHOP: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Hours to DONATE: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Sunday Donation Doors are CLOSED Pick-up HOTLINE: 218-850-9952 Your thrift is their gift. When you buy and donate here, the sales support the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The Club provides structured after school and summer programming for hundreds of children, 5-18 years of age.

Lakes Area’s Best Sports Bar featuring several 75” HD TV’s. Enjoy our scenic deck overlooking Dead Shot Bay for a relaxing setting. Play a game of volleyball on our regulation beach sand court! We have pulltabs, etabs and Booty Chaser Bingo. Happy hour Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00 p.m. The perfect place to watch a game on TV or just hang with friends! We look forward to seeing you at BLEACHERS in 2021!

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August 13th and 14th, 2021. Make the most of summer with two days of fun in beautiful downtown Detroit Lakes! The Street Faire features an arts and craft show (over 130 artists booths), free live music, a variety of fair food, kid’s entertainment, beer garden, and more! Stay and play at the lakes for fun, food and festivities for the official kick-off to summer during the 21st Annual Street Faire at the Lakes.

If you want to experience Detroit Lakes newest restaurant drop by and check us out. We are family owned and operated and pride ourselves on the freshest and highest quality food. Daily Lunch and Dinner specials along with a full bar. Happy Hour Monday-Sunday 3pm-6pm. The menu ranges from Sushi, Hibachi and American Food including official broasted chicken to please everyone’s tastes. Closed on Tuesdays.

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.

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Pens & Needles Lakeside Retreats Hobby Resort Are you looking for a peaceful place where you and your friends or family can spend time together, engage in your favorite hobby or just spend a relaxing time? Pens & Needles Lakeside is the perfect location! Our facility is ideal for hobbies like scrapbooking, quilting, and sewing to name a few. It is also the perfect place for a family vacation, business meetings, and other social gatherings.

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Seven Sisters Spirits Voted the Best Liquor Store in the Lakes Area three years running. 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. Seven Sisters caters to the customer. Once through the door, you will find an unsurpassed selection of beverages. A selection unlike any in the area, focusing on beer, wine, and liquor. Frequent in-store samplings on Fridays and Saturdays. Hosting a big event? Call them for special pricing! STORE HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY 8AM - 10PM • SUNDAY 11AM -6PM 25275 S. Melissa Dr. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-BEER (2337) 218-846-WINE (9463)

Detroit Lakes Northwest Water Carnival 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. Kickoff Party Friday, July 9th featuring 32 Below. Some other events of the 85th Water Carnival events include the Miss Northwest Pageant, Demo Derby, 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. Pre-Bash Party Friday, July 16th with Terri Clark. This year’s Bash on the Beach, Saturday, July 17th, features Clay Walker. P.O. Box 456, Detroit Lakes, MN Mandie - 320-444-5603 Annette - 218-234-9012


TUESDAYS IN THE PARK BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIR AND ENJOY

Bring a chair or comfy blanket to sit on and nestle next to the City Bandshell for Tuesdays in the Park. These weekly concerts at the City Park feature familyfriendly performances by some of the area’s best musicians, playing every Tuesday in June, July and August. Concerts are free, with free will donations accepted. Local food trucks are usually parked nearby for those who want to grab some grub. The music starts at 7 p.m.

SuLaine’s Antique Mall

Fans of antiques, refurbished furniture and thrift-style decor and other goods will be in heaven at SuLaine’s, the area’s largest antiques and collectibles dealer. Located right on Highway 10 on the east end of town, the strip mall-style building is a treasure trove of unique finds from multiple regional sellers. Antiques enthusiasts and bargain hunters won’t be disappointed.

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TOUR THE TOWN ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET: ART & ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR

As the name implies, this walking tour is all about interesting art and architecture in Detroit Lakes. Historical buildings like the Detroit Lakes Public Library and Detroit Lakes Pavilion are included on the tour, along with several notable murals, sculptures and other creative pieces in town. Designed to be family-friendly, the self-guided tour features two possible routes — a 1 mile and a 2.2 mile — with either 13 or 24 sites to be seen along the way, depending on which route you choose. The best way to take the tour is with an informational brochure in hand, available in the main entrance area of the Historic Holmes Theatre.

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SCULPTURE SCAVENGER HUNT FIND ALL THE FISH

Detroit Lakes is home to 18 unique sunfish sculptures, viewable at various locations around town. Created and painted by local artists, the 4-foot “Sunny in DL” sculptures range from the serious to the silly: one is rosemaled, while another has sunglasses; one sports a sun, while another has arms. The fish were made in 2002. Try and find them all!

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Detroit Lakes Events Calendar MAY

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AUGUST

20-22: Festival of Birds

Every Saturday & Sunday: Shady Hollow Flea Market, 12672 Cty. Hwy. 17 Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park 9: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive 11-12: Hawley Rodeo, Hawley 11-13: 152nd Annual White Earth Powwow, on the White Earth Powwow grounds

JULY

Every Saturday & Sunday: Shady Hollow Flea Market, 12672 Cty. Hwy. 17 Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park 4: Fireworks at the City Beach 9-18: Northwest Water Carnival 10: Music on the Mountain with Billy Currington, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area 14: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive 22-25: 66th Annual Turkey Days, Frazee 25: Art in the Park, City Park 28-31: Becker County Fair

HATFIELD’S ISLAND VIEW RESORT

Every Saturday & Sunday: Shady Hollow Flea Market, 12672 Cty. Hwy. 17 Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park Every Tuesday: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park 5-7: WE Fest Country Music and Camping Festival 9: Crazy Days 9-15: Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, Detroit Country Club 11: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive 12-15: Looney Daze, Vergas 13-14: Street Faire at the Lakes 21: Detroit Lakes Craft Beer Tour, Washington Ballpark 21: Young Life Triathlon, City Park 27: Ojibwe Forests Rally Racing

SEPTEMBER

Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park Every Saturday: Shady Hollow Flea Market 4: Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Races, Maplelag 4-6: Shady Hollow Flea Market 8: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive 10: Toast to Tamarac,

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BREATHE IN THE FRESH AIR: NEARBY PARKS, PRESERVES AND OUTDOOR RECREATION AREAS NORTH • Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Audubon, less than 10 miles away. Features trails to see many bird species like eagles, owls and chickens, plus different wildlife. EAST • Mountain View Recreation Area, less than 5 miles away. Features 3 miles of natural surface trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding. • Smoky Hills State Forest in Osage, less than 30 miles away. Features different trails with water and foliage views, plus a 20-mile ATV trail.

PUTT AROUND: 5 GOLF COURSES WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF TOWN

Whether you’re looking for an easy evening game among friends, a competitive match, nine holes or 18, there’s something for every golfer in and around Detroit Lakes. Five minutes from Detroit Lakes are the Detroit Country Club, Lakeview Golf Course, Forest Hills Golf Course, Maple Hills Golf Course and River Hills Golf Course. Of note is the week-long Pine to Palm Amateur Golf Tournament, one of Minnesota’s so-called “resort circuit” tourneys. Pine to Palm has been held at Detroit Country Club every August since 1932. Tubing

Tubing trips down the Otter Tail River are always a party, so grab your friends and head to Charlie’s Tubing (218-8473258) or K & K Tubing (218-847-5734). Both are just seven miles east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 34. Warm days, cool nights on a gorgeous clear lake close to .com Itasca State Park.

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SOUTH • Sucker Creek Preserve, less than 5 miles away. Features an amphitheater and trails to see wildlife such as fish, amphibians and birds. • Dunton Locks County Park, less than 5 miles away. Features biking and hiking trails, fishing piers and multiple water views. Remnants of Indian burial grounds are still present throughout the park. • Vergas Trails in Vergas and Frazee, less than 15 miles away. Features biking, hiking and motorized vehicle trails to try and see the Hairy Man of Vergas or the other legends that are rumored to be in the trails. • Maplewood State Park in Pelican Rapids, less than 30 miles away. Features many different trails for different views of nature and water, plus different water access points. WEST • Buffalo River State Park in Glyndon, less than 35 miles away. Features trails to see and hear more than 200 species of birds and 40 species of wildlife, such as coyotes, badgers and foxes. • Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area in Glyndon, 35 miles away. Features prairie fields to see wildflowers and wildlife such as deer, birds and bird nests. mndestinations.com | PAGE 29


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mix of prairie, wetlands and forests, with its record number of lakes and other waterways, creates the perfect environment for wildlife watching, fishing, hunting, birding, swimming, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, and the list goes on. Perham is home to two renowned museums, a dog park, traditional and

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One of the nation’s ‘Best Small Towns to Visit! *selected by Smithsonian Magazine in 2018 disc golf courses, the historic Pioneer Village, a skate park, a retro-style movie theater, a community pool and fitness center, and public library. Walking paths and recreational trails wind through town, connecting to the city’s parks, schools and athletic fields. A map of the town’s trails and parks can be found at perham.com Downtown, Perham’s shopping corridor is a consistent hit with visitors, with a unique variety of specialty shops, clothing stores, eateries and more. Learn more about the city of Perham and all it has to offer at progressiveperham.com.

SUGGESTED ROAD TRIP: OTTER TRAIL SCENIC BYWAY

A great drive any time of year, the Otter Trail Scenic Byway is especially picturesque in the fall, when colors are at their peak. The rolling, tree-rich route is perfect for leaf peeping, and it travels right by Maplewood State Park, one of the best places in Minnesota to take a fall color tour. At 150 miles, the route makes for a fun oneday excursion, or can easily be extended into a weekend trip or longer. Stop by one or all of the communities linked by the route -- one of which is Perham. Others include Fergus Falls, Battle Lake, Pelican Rapids and more. Each has a distinct character and plenty to offer visitors. Travelers on the byway pass by tribal hunting grounds and battle sites, former routes of fur traders and explorers, towns that boomed and died, and much more. The route offers views of more than 1,000 lakes and wildlife-filled wetlands, and features sight-seeing stops at 19th century flour mills, scenic trails, roadside sculptures, historic sites and informational markers. Find a detailed map and additional information about the Otter Trail Scenic Byway at exploreminnesota.com.

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Perham Events Calendar

9: Glen Campbell Tribute Show, Perham High School Auditorium

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5: OtterDazzle, downtown Ottertail

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A Very Minnesotan Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 State Park with an iconic swinging bridge (2 words) 2 Puck’s partner 7 Where “North Country” was filmed (2 words) 10 Canoe’s sidekick 11 First European to see Brainerd 13 Popular cocktail (2 words) 15 Capital 19 Duck duck ____ duck 20 Home of the world’s largest tiger muskie 23 Fundraiser at a bar (2 words) 24 Artifact found near Alexandria in 1898 26 County with the most lakes in America 27 Glass of beer that comes with the favorite cocktail 29 Popular winter sport 32 Sport invented here 35 Home of Moondance Jam 36 Largest county 39 ”____ betcha!” 40 ”Dontcha ____?!” 44 Gophers color 47 National Park noted for stargazing 48 Great Lake on the northeastern border 49 Fishy Scandinavian delicacy 51 Askov’s ____ Festival 55 Metro city, abbr. 58 State fish 59 Small town known for its International Turtle Races 60 The largest inland lake 61 State motto 66 Paul Bunyan’s trusty companion 67 North Shore landmark completed in 1910 (3 words) 69 Don’t call it a casserole 70 Common silent auction item 71 Searching for Bigfoot 72 Word that can indicate vague dislike or disagreement 73 Lake name that means “filthy water” in Ojibwe 74 Duluth structure dedicated by Norwegian royalty in 1939 (2 words) DOWN 1 One of two Grumpy Old Men actors (2 words) 3 Birthplace of Greyhound Bus Lines 4 ____ Canoe Area Wilderness (2 words) 5 World famous healthcare center 6 ”Curling capital of the U.S.” 8 State flower (2 words) 9 Grain grown in aquatic areas (2 words) 12 Symbol associated with Detroit Lakes 14 Where the world’s largest Paul Bunyan statue is

Puzzle Credit: Marie Johnson // Answers on Page 48 16 Neighbor to the east 17 28-foot Viking in Alexandria (2 words) 18 Highest point 21 Nature Center with 1.1 billion-year-old lava flows (2 words) 22 Favorite multi-platinum soul singer 25 Expression of surprise 28 There are actually 11,842 of these here 30 Minnesota ____ 31 18,000 ____ of fishable rivers and streams

33 Much-appreciated car feature in winter 34 Birthplace of Sinclair Lewis 37 Mississippi River source 38 Still-operational landmark in Duluth (3 words) 41 Church desserts 42 Infamous machine in “Fargo” 43 Northernmost spot in the continental U.S. (2 words) 44 Most visited State Park 45 Birthplace of Bob Dylan 46 A “Minnesota Goodbye” has this many stages 50 “____ Life”

52 “Minnesota, Hail to ____!” 53 There’s one for every six people here -the most of all states 54 ‘Aw Jeez’ alternative (2 words) 56 Soft, warm fabric 57 201 lakes have this name 59 Don’t call it soda 62 “Bull’s-eye” store chain headquartered here 63 Get-togethers with crockpots 64 Football cheer 65 Pesky “state bird of summer” 68 State bird

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omething good is happening in Wadena. That’s a motto the city embraces daily as it enjoys a resurgence of exciting businesses throughout the town. It’s a place where you can start your day enjoying German delicacies, sample just-roasted coffee, and easily walk the historic art deco-styled downtown. If you’re looking for more peace and quiet, step out to one of the many outdoor opportunities in and outside of Wadena’s city limits. Make your way back into town later for a movie and supper, or drinks at the new brewery or distillery. Stay the night in a tree house, A-frame or rustic farmhouse, all within minutes of Wadena.

Green Island

This little-known escape is a place of peace and quiet right inside the city. While it’s set next to Wadena’s largest car lot, Kal’s Kars, a short walk will have you feeling like you’ve left the city behind. This private property is open to all. Enjoy the nature park featuring walking trails, artscapes, picnic areas, gardens and even a meditation hut. Find the island at 850 Scheer Drive NE, Wadena.

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• wadenapj.com • wadena.org • thedepotwadena.org

“When people are out here, they are usually looking for a little quiet and some chance to just kind of be alone.” -Property Owner Kent Scheer


HANG OUT IN BACK ALLEYS. NO REALLY.

The back alleys of downtown Wadena may seem like strange places for tourists to hang out, but there’s something truly unexpected to be found there — unique and eyeopening murals that tell the story of Minnesota’s history. Murals of Minnesota, also known as the Alley Arts Project, features dozens of huge, colorful murals depicting the people and places that have shaped the state’s history over the past 1,000 years. Some Murals are even found inside Wadena businesses.You’ll have to do some exploring to find them all.

GET FIT, HAVE FUN: CHECK OUT ‘THE MAS’

Serving the Wadena area and beyond, the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center, better known as “The Mas,” has something for anyone interested in fun and fitness. The 57,000-square-foot facility contains a six-lane lap swimming pool, zeroentry recreational pool, water slide and other water features, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a multipurpose gym. Fitness classes, swimming lessons and other programs are available for all ages and levels. Day passes are available.

A CHAMPION-CALIBER COURSE WHITETAIL RUN

Golfers will want to experience the Whitetail Run Golf Course north of town. It’s a Joel Goldstand 18-hole course that captures the beauty and challenge of this place “where the prairie meets the woodland.” For more information, call 218-631-7718. mndestinations.com | PAGE 35


CITY OF PARKS

Wadena boasts a total of more than 200 acres of playgrounds and parks. All parks and playgrounds close at 10 p.m. Sunnybrook Park, just east of Wadena with access from U.S. Highway 10, is the largest park in the city, with 78 acres of grass, water, pines and oak trees. Fish for trout and sunfish, grill out or have picnics, play disc golf, volleyball or softball, and play on the playground. A children’s zoo has buffalo, deer, peacocks and golden pheasants. There are also semi-enclosed shelters and a campground open from May 15 to October 1. On the other side of town, two miles west of Wadena, is Black’s Grove Park.

Surrounded by majestic oak trees and pines, this 50-year-old park provides a place for relaxation. Trails are suitable for hiking in the summer, and children will enjoy playing in a log shelter or watching for wildlife. A long and winding ski trail can be used for hiking, mountain biking or cross-country skiing in winter. A soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, nature trails, horseshoe pits, a shelter, restrooms and play area are all offered at Tapley Park. The park is located on Lincoln Avenue Southwest and encompasses about 18 acres. The Southwest Playground on Fourth Street provides numerous activities for children, including a

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

WATCH THE TRAINS ROAR PAST

The restored, historic Wadena Depot hosts a number of community and arts events throughout the year, and is the home of the Wadena Chamber of Commerce. It is located at Burlington Northern Park near the intersections of U.S. Highway 10 and 71 where you can still sit and watch the trains go by. Make a stop here for information on visiting and touring this gem of a community. For more information, visit thedepotwadena.org. Explore more online • wadenapj.com • wadena.org • thedepotwadena.org

WADENA COUNTY FAIR IS BACK

Fair dates: June 17-20 Grandstand events • June 17-18: Wojo’s Rodeo at 7 p.m. • June 19: RRVPA Truck & Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. • June 20: Demo Derby at 1 p.m. Enduro Racing Series • Sundays at 1 p.m.: May 23, June 13, July 11, July 25 • Saturday, Aug. 14: Championship Race at 1 p.m.

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PLAN TO ATTEND WADENA’S JUNE JUBILEE

Wadena’s signature event, June Jubilee returns June 10-12 with the following main events planned so far: • June 10: Parade at 7 p.m. • June 12: Family Fun Day at Sunnybrook Park

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EASTWOOD INN OF WADENA

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BROOKSIDE MOTEL

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SUNNYBROOK PARK & CAMPGROUND 218-631-7707 Ext 204

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ith a new hotel in town, you can stay after you play in the beauty that surrounds the quiet city of Staples. There’s plenty of parking and no lines to keep you from enjoying a relaxing float down the slow-moving Crow Wing River. Take a walk, bike or roll down the new paved paths around town and you’ll find they take you to a special place called Living Legacy Gardens. This place has more flowers, shrubs, plants and butterflies than your senses can handle. If you need more adventure, head to one of the many nature areas in town, like Pine Grove Park, which sports towering pines from days of old. Take rest in their shade while enjoying an amateur baseball game. Walk around town for a taste of a variety of food options. Don’t forget to watch the sunset while strolling on Minnesota’s longest fishing pier, on Dower Lake. More information about Staples and the surrounding area can be found online at greaterstaples.com.

FLOAT THE CROW WING RIVER

If you’re looking for an escape from the bustle of the beaches and boat parades on area lakes, the Crow Wing River may be just the place to let the worries of the world pass on by. With convenient access points throughout the area, this slow-moving waterway has fishing, swimming and floating options around every turn. Visit the Minnesota DNR website for a water trail map with access points and outfitters along the route. McGivern Park

McGivern Park, north of Staples, is more than just a place to slip into the Crow Wing River. The site includes a public shooting range, covered shelter, tent campsites and campfire wood is provided. Just a short drive out of town, this escape is a gem for the region.

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HISTORY ON THE RAILS

Staples is proud of its rich railroad history. Trains continue to rumble through town on a frequent schedule. You can catch a glimpse of that history in the two-story brick Depot, constructed in 1909-1910 in the Classical Revival style and now open to the public. Staples hosts Railroad Days each August with events spread throughout town. This year the fun is planned from August 16-22. Some of the planned highlights are: • Thursday, Aug. 19 - Lakewood Golf Tournament • Saturday, Aug. 21 - Sisters with Sass 5K, Chamber Vendor Show, Chamber Cook Off, Lefty’s Street Dance, Chamber Parade


EAT Y A L P Y A T S

Staples, MN. Where small town charm meets outdoor adventure and fun! Float down the Crow Wing River, fish off the Dower Lake pier, or enjoy a round of golf at The Vintage Championship Golf Course. Catch a Lumberbats baseball game, concert in the park or dine at one of our many charming bars or restaurants. And don’t forget to end your day at the Timberlake Hotel, where people AND pets are always welcome.

Get-away, relax and have some fun this summer in Staples, MN!

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here is no better destination than the Brainerd lakes area to enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts of home, to be closer to all that nature can provide — 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 ride or scuba dive, lakes and rivers for fishing and recreation. Load up the bike (or rent one) to try the Cuyuna Range mountain bike trails, then take a break in an area coffee shop or eatery. The area has 45 resorts and more than 400 holes of golf, plus a zip line. Or camp and see the glorious Milky Way, away from city lights. While nature and the outdoor experience are the stars here, that’s not the only attraction. Visit historic homesteads in area parks — from early settlements to the nearby boyhood home of famed

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aviator Charles Lindbergh — along with local history museums and art galleries. But the area offers so much more, from Brainerd-Baxter to Pine River, Pequot Lakes to Crosslake, Crosby to Pillager, there are unique experiences available, whether walking on a nature trail or shopping along a main street. With numerous festivals and events all year long, a visitor can be as active as they want to be or simply relax with a book at the beach. 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. Go to visitbrainerd.com and explorebrainerdlakes.com/events for more information and calendars of events.

HE’S KIND OF A ‘BIG’ DEAL MEET TALKING PAUL BUNYAN

Generations of children have heard the largerthan-life and animated Paul Bunyan greet them by name. He’s been a Minnesota tradition since 1954. The 26-foot-tall legendary lumberjack continues this tradition at Paul Bunyan Land, an amusement park 6 miles east of Brainerd on Highway 18. Paul’s faithful friend Babe the Blue Ox is nearby. The amusement park has about 30 rides for kids. For more information, go to paulbunyanland.com.


CUYUNA MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

Enjoy heart-pumping action with tight turns and scenic vistas along 30 miles of trails spread across 800 acres of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Trails wind around mine pits and lakes with breathtaking overlooks. With more than 30 purposebuilt routes to choose from, mountain bikers from beginner to pro can enjoy a ride. Find more info at cuyunalakesmtb. com. Bonus pro tip: You can stay in a yurt while at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Three seven-person yurts are available for rent year-round along the Yawkey Mine Lake.

BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

This world-class racing facility combines a road course and dragstrip, and continues to grow and bring in top names in racing and rising stars. The 600-acre facility attracts a weekend population of 100,000 for its annual marquee drag racing event — Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Nitro-fueled NHRA drag racing returns to BIR for the 39th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Aug. 19-22, 2021. The raceway offers 200 acres of camping, a playground, driving school, band stage, and bar and grille, along with 164 full-service recreational sites, shower trailers and in-field deluxe condominiums. For more information on events, go to brainerdraceway.com.

Lakes Area Music Festival

This captivating festival brings nearly 200 world-class classical musicians to audiences for a summer series of free concerts. Outdoor yoga and ballet performances are sometimes incorporated into the concerts, too. Pre-concert lectures provide greater insight into the music, authors and musicians. For more information, go to lakesareamusic.org/.

BEST BETS FOR SHORT TRIPS

STAY FOR THE WEEKEND: Whether a beginner or an expert mountain biker, the 30 miles of mountain bike trails, or miles of paved walking and biking trails, or hours of kayaking on the clear waters of the mine pit lakes provide an outdoor escape in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, which is known for its “breath-taking rides” and scenic overlooks. The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail provides 8 miles of paved trail. There are multiple options for a weekend getaway, from camping to hotel rooms, cabins and resorts, along with eateries and breweries throughout the area. Hike or bike to the top of Miner’s Mountain, the highest point in the recreation area, to put it all in perspective.

STAY FOR A DAY: Bike or drive from Brainerd and Baxter to the Crow Wing State Park for a day trip to the park to hike scenic trails, step back into history for unspoiled sweeping views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers and the historic Old Crow Wing Town Site. Interpretive signs provide a look into the past for the frontier town. “Start from the picnic area parking lot. From the boat landing, climb the stairs to Chippewa Lookout. Stand high atop the Mississippi River for distant views,” the park notes, adding along with canoeing or kayaking, the park provides a great place to get back to nature and observe wildlife. mndestinations.com | PAGE 43


CONNECT WITH NATURE WITH A PEACEFUL PADDLE

Whether by canoe or kayak, paddle the peaceful expanse of the Pine River, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-designated canoe route with nearly 60 miles marked as a water trail for travel. This river flows through the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. Or, take a historic Mississippi River trek to the Crow Wing State Park. You can also enjoy the calm, deep, turquoise-colored waters of the Cuyuna Range mine pit lakes. Glide above the outstretched limbs of mature trees entombed in the clear water that reclaimed the mine pits. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from area establishments that 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.

PLAY A ROUND

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.

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MOUNT SKI GULL SKI IN WINTER, ZIP LINE IN SUMMER

Mount Ski Gull offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing in one convenient location near the shores of Gull Lake, off Cass County Highway 77 in Fairview Township between East Gull Lake and Lake Shore. Mount Ski Gull offers another way to see the lakes area’s beauty — on a zip line. The Brainerd Zip Line Tour boasts seven zip lines of varying length, with bridges and tree platforms connecting them. The daring rider can jump off the edge into a 50-foot free fall. The longest zip line is more than 950 feet long. For more information, call 218-963-4353 or visit mountskigull.com.


GO BIG ON SELFIES

Take a selfie-photo tour with “the bigs” — the giant walleye on the shores of Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison, the leaping deer in Deerwood, a waving Paul Bunyan at the Brainerd Lakes Area Welcome Center, the colorful serpent on the shores of Serpent Lake in Crosby, or Babe the legendary blue ox at Paul Bunyan Land near Brainerd, or the big man himself — the 26-foot-tall talking Paul Bunyan.

OUTBACK TRAIL RIDES

See the beauty of the lakes area from the back of a horse on a guided trail ride through the Pillsbury State Forest near Pillager. The scenic trail rides are designed for riders of all ages and experience levels. The family-owned ranch also provides riding lessons. For more information, go to outbackranch.com/.

Cuyuna Pump Track

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

The mighty Mississippi River runs through the Brainerd lakes area, offering opportunities to bike or walk along its banks, or boat, kayak or canoe down the water. Or, you can simply watch the bald eagles who live along its expanse.

Offers more than 2,000 feet of continuous circuit of dirt rollers, berms and jumps for a variety of skill levels with tent and RV campsites, pavilion and playground and all near the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails. “This pump track is a hidden gem in the Cuyuna area,” Lindsay Leet wrote in a review. “With loads of dirt trails, hills, mounds and more tucked into a relatively small area, it offers lots of opportunity for practice and fun.” For more information, go to ci.cuyuna.mn.us/pump-track.

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The historic 100-foot Pequot Lakes fire tower, north of County Highway 11 and east of Highway 371, is on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a bird’s eye view of the lakes area. The fire tower is open for people to climb the 135 steps from dawn to dusk daily in the warm months. Interpretive signs along the crushed granite walking path to the fire tower share information about the history of the park and of fire towers, Minnesota landscapes, and fires and firefighting. Two trails lead to the fire tower -- a 0.3 mile Fire Tower Trail and a 0.4 mile Wildlife Loop. Dogs are welcome, with two Mutt Mitt stations for people to clean up after their dogs.

A midsummer day brings throngs to Pequot Lakes to take part in the annual Bean Hole Days celebration, where cast iron kettles of beans are buried so they can cook overnight and be served free of charge at noon the following day in Trailside Park. The community picnic tradition stretches back 82 years. People move quickly through the lines to receive their free cup of beans, bun and water. A King Bean and Queen Bean are crowned each year during the event. Bean Hole Days is scheduled July 14, 2021, with a crafter show.

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Minnesota Trivia: Let’s Play 20 Questions! QUESTIONS 1. In 1933, which infamous American gangster shot up and robbed First National Bank in Brainerd? 2. Three National Hockey League players -- Jamie Langenbrunner, Derek Plante and Corey Millen -- all hail from this northern Minnesota town. 3. During the Roaring ‘20s, which Brainerd area resort hosted big names in Hollywood, including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Jack Dempsey? 4. Which 1957 U.S. Air Force project launched a balloon into the Earth’s stratosphere from Portsmouth Mine in Crosby? 5. Detroit Lakes is the hometown of which Minnesota Vikings player? 6. What does the name Minnesota mean? 7. Minnesota has over three times more of what kind of animal than it does college students? 8. Trail-a-Sled Inc., the original manufacturer of the Scorpion snowmobile, was founded in which lakes area. 9. In what year did Minnesota become a state? 10. This famous Minnesota-born actress is named after a city in the state. 11. At what big event did President Theodore Roosevelt deliver his famous, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” speech, in 1901? 12. Which American actor set a lap record at Brainerd International Raceway in 1977 during the Uncola Nationals? 13. Minnesota has roughly how

many miles of shoreline? 14. The first intercollegiate game of what sport was played in Minnesota, in 1895? 15. What kind of apples were developed by the University of Minnesota, in 1974? 16. Four-year-old Robert Tufts became the youngest mayor in history when his name was drawn from a hat in 2013 to lead what small Minnesota town? 17. This system of canals, channels and locks opened in 1959, allowing ships from the Atlantic Ocean to reach Duluth, on the western end of Lake Superior. 18. This 1,000-feet-long, suspension-style bridge, built in 1855, was the first in the nation to span the Mississippi River. 19. Why did Detroit change its name to Detroit Lakes in 1926? 20. What Minnesota community is named after Alexander Kinkead, an early settler and first Postmaster of the town site he helped establish in 1858? ANSWERS 1. Baby Face Nelson (a.k.a. Lester Joseph Gillis). 2. Cloquet. 3. Breezy Point Resort. Musicians Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Count Bassie also headlined there. 4. Manhigh II. The Manhigh project launched three balloons in 1957 and 1958 to investigate human factors of space flight. The first was launched from South St. Paul and the third from Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico. 5. Adam Thielen. 6. “Cloudy water” or “sky-tinted water,” from the Dakota words “minni,” meaning water, and

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California, Florida and Hawaii combined. 14. Basketball. 15. Honeycrisp. The apples have generated millions in patent royalties for the university. 16. Dorset. 17. The St. Lawrence Seaway. 18. The Hennepin Bridge. It was used by people traveling to Nicollette Island in Minneapolis and operated for 20 years before another bridge essentially replaced it. 19. Postal mixups were happening between there and Detroit, Michigan. 20. Alexandria

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December 3rd: First National Bank Christmas Open House

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August 14th: Remer Harvest Festival

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o drive around northern Minnesota is complete without a visit to Akeley, the home of one of the biggest selfie stops in the state — everybody wants their picture taken with the legendary big man himself, Paul Bunyan. Local lore has it that the giant lumberjack was born in Akeley, and the community honors its native son with the world’s largest Paul Bunyan statue. His huge hand outstretched, the 31-foot friendly behemoth has welcomed visitors for more than 25 years. Located on the Lake Country Scenic Byway, 10 miles west of Walker, Akeley is a hard-tomiss destination for anyone traveling around the area. The little town of about 440 people offers an array of outdoor activities and attractions for visitors, including a city beach and campground, picnicking, fishing, and trails for hikers, snowmobilers, ATVs and more. Paul Bunyan State Forest, just north of Akeley, has hundreds of miles of recreational trails, and The Heartland Trail — a 49-mile, multiple-use trail open to non-motorized recreation — meanders right through town. Resorts around the lake-rich area offer amenities for a vacation to remember. Explore more online • akeleymn.com

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In addition to the giant statue, Akeley boasts a Paul Bunyan Museum, with exhibits on the town’s logging history. There’s also an annual Paul Bunyan Days celebration, featuring a parade, food, refreshments, flea market, live music and more. The 73rd annual Paul Bunyan Days is June 25-27. PAGE 52 | DESTINATIONS 2021

HOME OF THE ‘PURPLE PLUNGE’

Audrey’s Purple Dream is held each February. Hardy Minnesotans brave the cold waters of 11th Crow Wing Lake to take the “Purple Plunge” as a fundraiser for local residents battling cancer. There is also a fishing tournament with prizes.


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The Paul Bunyan Museum The Paul Bunyan Museum contains the history of Akeley. You will find interesting relics and many articles containing our history. It is staffed during the summer months by volunteers. Make sure you give those dedicated individuals a hearty thank you when you stop.

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Nevis lays claim to the title, “Home of the world’s largest tiger muskie.” Its trademark statue resides in the city’s Muskie Park.

DIVINE SWINE WITNESS THE NEVIS PIG RACES

Nevis lays claim to the title, “Home of the world’s largest tiger muskie.” Its trademark statue resides in the city’s Muskie Park.

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TEST YOURSELF AT THE NORTHWOODS TRIATHLON

Gateway to the Paul Bunyan Forest

On Aug. 14, the popular Northwoods Triathlon sends contestants into the waters of Lake Belle Taine, over 14 miles of scenic countryside aboard a bike and down the Heartland Trail on a 5K run.

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evis is celebrated as the gateway to the Paul Bunyan Forest, where hikers, campers, snowmobilers and ATV riders enjoy more than 40,000 acres of woodland. The Heartland Trail, especially popular with bicyclists, runs through Nevis. Located on State Hwy. 34 between Park Rapids and Walker, this quaint village is home to several restaurants, small shops, a grocery store and more.

Greetings from A TASTE OF SMALL-TOWN MINNESOTA

Dorset is known for its annual Taste of Dorset festival, held the first Sunday in August. Folks walk the boardwalk while testing out all kinds of tasty cuisine from outdoor vendors. The tiny town is a popular spot for bicyclers, who travel to Dorset via the Heartland Trail. mndestinations.com | PAGE 55


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Gateway to Itasca State Park

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ark Rapids is the ultimate tourist destination, with endless recreational opportunities, lakes and friendly people. Known as the “Gateway to Itasca State Park,” the population swells in the summertime as visitors return to the area for its unique and beautiful natural surroundings, particularly the more than 500 clean, clear lakes that surround the area and invite all types of water sports — from fishing to water skiing. The Park Rapids area also boasts more than 3.5 million forest acres to explore year-round. In the fall, visitors enjoy hiking, hunting, canoeing, fishing, biking and colorful autumn leaves. Ample snowfall attracts snowmobilers every winter. Ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skijoring and many other wintertime activities abound. In-between the outdoor fun, check out the many shops, restaurants and entertainment options, as well.

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MODERN FEATURES, SMALL-TOWN CHARM: A MAIN STREET LIKE NO OTHER

Park Rapids’ old-fashioned Main Street, with center parking, offers a variety of unique stores, restaurants and shops filled with fun items. Downtown visitors are welcomed with blooming flowers and several quaint characteristics, like customized, granite inlays on street corners depicting local lakes, decorative light poles, and unique benches, trash cans and bicycle racks.

BEAUTIFUL AND BOUNTIFUL OUTDOOR RECREATION GALORE Hubbard County’s beautiful natural resources provide the scenery, while numerous trails offer outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to explore year-round. Many of Hubbard County’s 313 lakes have public accesses for swimming, fishing and canoeing. Park Rapids has numerous public parks, such as the Red Bridge Park and Heartland Park, both located on the Fish Hook River.

Park Rapids’ Signature Event: Independence Day

The Fourth of July has become Park Rapids’ signature event. The celebration includes a large parade through town, the Firecracker 5K Foot Race in Heartland Park, lake flotillas, patriotic music by the community band and a famous fireworks display over the beautiful Fishhook River. The fireworks display has grown into one of the largest and most spectacular shows in the state.

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BRONCS AND BULLS THE LARGEST PRO RODEO IN MINNESOTA

The road to Las Vegas and National Finals Rodeo features a major stop at Minnesota’s largest pro rodeo event, held in Park Rapids over the Fourth of July weekend. Jokela ProWest has been granted special approval from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioning body for an exciting rodeo format. The threeday event, July 2-4, will feature Xtreme broncs and bulls each day, with the PRCA’s top contestants riding the nation’s toughest bucking stock for eight seconds. This format will showcase elite contestants setting a new bar for athletic ability and professionalism. The show is the largest professional rodeo event in Minnesota, and one of northern Minnesota’s premiere summer attractions. Nightly popular features include women’s professional barrel racing, an exciting aerial show by Freestyle Moto X cycles from the X Games competition and nightly rodeo dances under the log pavilion, plus kids’ sheep-riding and more. Visit parkrapidsbullride.com for updates, details and ticket info.

DOWNTOWN FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Crazy Days, July 22-23, makes finding bargains fun. Businesses go all out with sidewalk sales, staff in crazy costumes, and live music and kids’ entertainment, too. The extra-wide Main Street is the perfect place for the Run to the Rapids classic car show, Aug. 6-7 this year. Car buffs will see beautifully restored classic cars and trucks and can meet with their proud owners. On Halloween, hundreds of princesses, ninja turtles, goblins and other cute costumed characters come downtown for Trick or Treat Park Rapids. Downtown businesses herald the holiday season the Friday after Thanksgiving by hosting a Yuletide Sampler with hot cider, hot chocolate and treats in their stores. The Yuletide Sampler is a prelude to the annual CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice Tree-Lighting Ceremony, with a Christmas carol singalong, Santa’s arrival, fire pits for roasting marshmallows and the countdown to lighting the beautifully decorated tree on Main Street. The annual event is best described as “a Norman Rockwell moment.”

HUBBARD COUNTY FAIR: A SUMMER CLASSIC

The Hubbard County Fair includes a variety of entertainment at the grandstand arena and in the band shell, 4-H exhibits in the animal barns and a midway filled with games and rides. The 2021 fair will be held Wednesday to Sunday, July 14-18 in Park Rapids. Midway carnival rides will be open from Wednesday evening through Saturday. Other events planned for the fair include motocross, a talent show, a truck and tractor pull, Baja racing and a demolition derby. And don’t forget the fair food! Stop in for cheese curds, corn dogs, fresh french fries, pork burgers, ice cream and other mouth-watering goodies.

PAUL BUNYAN STATE TRAIL

At 115 miles long, this is the longest of Minnesota’s state trails, and the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the country. Extending all the way from Crow Wing State Park to Lake Bemidji State Park, it is an ideal bike and snowmobile trail.

2nd Street Stage: A Summer Music Series

Join the great community get-together for the summer music series, 2nd Street Stage, held Thursday nights, June 17 through August 19. Each week brings a new band, social hour, beer garden, cornhole tournaments, kids’ activities and more.

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU: THEATRES AND BANDS AROUND 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 side-splitting comedy. It is located in Hubbard on the south end of Long Lake. • Jasper’s Theater, east of Park Rapids, provides comedy and musical theater for area residents and visitors alike. • And the Heartland Concert Association, Park Rapids Area Community Band and Classic Chorale provide entertainment throughout the year.

A CELEBRATION OF THAT LUMBERJACK HERITAGE

Legends and Logging Days celebrates the area’s history of logging and lumberjacking. The definitive summer festival in Park Rapids, festivities start with Water Wars at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 on Main Avenue downtown, followed by live music on 2nd Street Stage. On Saturday, Aug. 6, events continue at the East 40 Park Rapids Antique Tractor Grounds, at 1008 Eighth Street East, a few blocks south of State Highway 34. Lumberjacks will demonstrate sawing, log rolling and other feats reminiscent of the days when pioneers came to the north woods to make a living. Master chainsaw artists will carve their masterpieces, and spectators can watch as logs take shape into works of art before their eyes.

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PARTY WITH THE PUMPKINS

Carter’s Red Wagon Farm annually holds pumpkin parties on a grand scale in October. 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. A new, 6.5-acre maze, incorporating a historical theme, is created every year. The farm is located southwest of Park Rapids.

CATCH THIS: MINNESOTA’S SECONDLARGEST ICE FISHING TOURNEY

SOARING EAGLE TRAIL

The Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club welcomes beginning or experienced cross-country skiers to their 10 kilometers of marked and groomed trails through snow-laden balsam, pines and spruce. Soaring Eagle Cross-Country Ski Trails are located at 25467 U.S. Highway 71, eight miles north of Park Rapids and across from the Eagle View Golf Course. Visitors may bring their own skis or check out Itascatur’s ski equipment at no cost. They have both adult- and children-sized skis, boots and poles. They also have experienced skiers to help beginners get started in the sport — and serve cups of hot cocoa to warm up. Open houses take place every Sunday through January and February, weather and snow conditions permitting.

LEAP INTO THE ARTS

Marvel at the fall colors during Art Leap, a driving tour of artists’ studios and other cultural destinations throughout the area, and meet artists and artisans in their studios and workshops. Enjoy live performances of music. Maps are available at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and the event is free to the public. Going on Sept. 25-26. PAGE 66 | DESTINATIONS 2021

The Park Rapids American Legion Ice Fishing Contest is held the first Saturday of February each year. Well over 2,000 eager anglers are attracted to Fishhook Lake for the second-largest fishing tournament in the state, after Brainerd. Unlike other fishing contests, each ticket at the Park Rapids event provides a chance to win both fishing awards and raffle prizes. Last year, more than $125,000 in prizes were given away, including a $30,000 gift certificate to a local truck dealership and a fish house.

HEARTLAND STATE TRAIL

The Heartland Trail was one of the first rail-to-trail projects in the country. During the spring, fall and summer, the 49-mile, multiple-use trail is open to non-motorized use such as bicycling, hiking, walking and inline skating. In the winter, it is part of a huge network of groomed snowmobile trails.The Heartland Trail rests on an old railroad bed that starts in Park Rapids and travels through Dorset, Nevis, Akeley, Walker and Cass Lake. The Park Rapids to Walker segment also has a second grassy trail for horseback riding and mountain biking. The Heartland State Trail connects with the Paul Bunyan State Trail system and other regional trail Systems.


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ark Rapids is the gateway to Itasca State Park. The south park entrance is a 19-mile drive from Park Rapids north on U.S. Highway 71, and the east entrance is only a couple miles farther north, near the junction of Highways 71 and 200. Itasca State Park encompasses Lake Itasca,

the official source of the Mississippi River, and is a scenic area of northern Minnesota that has remained relatively unchanged from its natural state. Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota’s oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Stand under towering pines at Preacher’s Grove. Visit the

Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann’s Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota’s seven National Natural Landmarks. But the main attraction is walking across the

headwaters of the Mississippi River on stones at the mouth of Lake Itasca. There are plenty of other outdoor activities to do at the park, such as taking an excursion boat on Lake Itasca, exploring along Wilderness Drive, biking or hiking along more that 30 miles of designated trails, fishing in one of the many lakes, observing the wild flowers in season, or birding. Like the entire Park Rapids area, wildlife can be seen throughout the park. For more information about events and schedules, call Itasca State Park headquarters at 218-699-7251 or go to dnr.state.mn.us/ state_parks/itasca/Index.html.

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Welcome to the Huntersville Forest area! The trails in the area primarily follow old logging roads. There are marked trails with maps available at the spring and fall trail rides, and maps of all the trails available through the DNR (www. dnr.state.mn.us) Trails meander through pine, aspen and oak forests, and at times, along the Crow Wing and Shell Rivers. There is one river crossing at Huntersville. There, the “green bridge”, as it is affectionately called, a restored wood plank bridge is available for horses to cross without having to share the bridge with car traffic. The river is also shallow enough to be forded here. Trails are sandy, easy to navigate, and many are wide enough to accommodate teams with wagons. Riders often see wildlife, including white tailed deer, wild turkeys, grouse, as well as many other species. This area is beautiful at spring green up and gorgeous in fall colors! PAGE 68 | DESTINATIONS 2021

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PARK RAPIDS Events calendar MAY

1: Hubbard County Historical Museum opens 1: Nemeth Art Center opens

JUNE

17: 2nd Street Stage 24: 2nd Street Stage

JULY

1: 2nd Street Stage 2-4: Headwaters PRCA Xtreme Bull Ride and Pro Rodeo 4: Firecracker Footrace, Heartland Park

4: Fourth of July parade 4: Park Rapids Area Community Band pre-fireworks concert 4: Park Rapids Rotary Fourth of July fireworks 8: 2nd Street Stage 14-18: Hubbard County Fair, Shell Prairie Agricultural Association 15: 2nd Street Stage 22: 2nd Street Stage 22-23: Crazy Days 29: 2nd Street Stage 30-Aug. 8: “Pippin,”

Northern Light Opera Company

AUGUST

5: 2nd Street Stage 6-7: Run to the Rapids classic car show 12: 2nd Street Stage 14: Legends and Logging Days, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club’s East 40 Grounds 19: 2nd Street Stage 21-22: Art Fair at the Winery, Forestedge Winery, Laporte

28: Veterans Tribute Program, Howard Maninga’s home, Ponsford

SEPTEMBER

25-26: Art Leap 2021

OCTOBER

1-31: Shoptoberfest, downtown 31: Trick or Treat Downtown Park Rapids

NOVEMBER

26: Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and Yuletide Sampler

Note: Events are subject to change. Always check with the organizer before making plans. All events listed are in Park Rapids unless otherwise noted.

The Source of the Mississippi River

Lake Itasca tours Lake Itasca Tours

Itasca State Park By The Numbers 500,000 people visit the park each year 32,690 acres spanned across three counties 2,552 miles spans the distance of the Mississippi River - Gulf of Mexico 1891 is the year the park was founded 1,558 feet above sea level (Data from ISP website) 1,077 acres of water is named Lake Itasca 405 camping sites 222 species of birds have been recorded to be seen in the park 49 miles of hiking trails 31 miles of snowmobile trails circle the park 16 miles of paved bike trails 13 miles of groomed cross country ski trails

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9.6 miles of the North Country Trail pass through Itasca

2 - Itasca is the second oldest state park in the United States 1.5 Wheelchair Accessible miles of Trails mndestinations.com | PAGE 69


Voted ‘Best Minnesota Town’ *by Minnesota Monthly in 2017

The first city on the Mississippi

Explore more online • bemidjipioneer.com • visitbemidji.com • ci.bemidji.mn.us

Greetings from

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t doesn’t get much more Minnesotan than this little city of tall timber, tall tales, lots of plaid, and Paul Bunyan. Folk tales claim the giant lumberjack created the Mississippi River with his massive footsteps, along with all the area’s lakes. Today, in a nod to these tales, an 18-foot statue of Paul Bunyan stands next to a 5-ton statue of his beloved blue ox, Babe, on the shores of Lake Bemidji. They are believed to be the secondmost photographed roadside attraction in the nation, behind only Mount Rushmore. Breath-taking natural beauty surrounds Bemidji, with over 400 crystal clear fishing lakes in the region. Fishing, boating, swimming and other water activities are a big draw for visitors,

as are the area’s extensive trail systems, golf courses, hunting opportunities and more. There are area parks to enjoy and public beaches maintained at Diamond Point and Cameron parks. Winter recreation is provided by a curling arena, two municipal skating rinks and Buena Vista Ski Area.

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Headwaters Science Center www.hscbemidji.org

218-444-4472 413 Beltrami Ave. Bemidji, MN 56601


Greetings from

Explore more online

• duluthnewstribune.com • visitduluth.com • ely.org • visitcloquet.com • northshorevisitor.com

Greetings from Minnesota’s Port City

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his port city on Lake Superior offers dramatic views of the Duluth Harbor and picturesque city hillside. Whether it’s the recreational trails, craft breweries, diverse dining, entertainment venues or the Big Lake, Duluth has something for everyone.

WHO WAS VOTED THE DULUTH AREA’S “BEST OF THE BEST” IN 2020? Here are some of the most popular votes. For a full list of the Duluth News Tribune’s “Best of the Best” 2020 People’s Choice Award winners, visit fliphtml5.com/lvjf/jsmt.

• Best Park / Gooseberry Falls — dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park. html?id=spk00172#homepage According to the website, Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife. • Best Restaurant / Boat Club — boatclubrestaurant.com

According to The Boat Club’s website, this restaurant is “a nautically simplistic space inspired by the amazing view of Lake Superior right out the dining room windows, and the rich Duluth boating and shipping history. This local flair continues with the menu, which includes fresh local fish, fresh seafood, high quality steaks and homemade pastas.”

• Best Museum / Glensheen — glensheen.org According to their website, come “see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. Our 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th-century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.” • Best Burger / Anchor Bar — anchorbarandgrill.com/about-the-anchor “We are a small but a very unique and popular establishment. We serve burgers and fries, that’s it folks — no chicken or fish and, according to many people, we have the best in the, well, I have heard city, Twin Ports, state and world, so take your pick!” • Best Brew Pub / URSA Minor — ursaminorbrewing.com “Our mission at Ursa Minor Brewing is to unite people through incredible craft beer and give people genuine experiences, meaningful connections, and a chance to give back to the community around them.” Enger Tower

This five-story stone tower on the city hillside overlooks the Duluth Harbor and St. Louis Bay. It was dedicated by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway in 1939. Stroll through the Japanese garden, which features thousands of flowers and a peace bell gifted from Duluth’s sister city, Ohara, Japan. Visit engertowerduluth.com for more information.

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Brighton Beach

Located in Kitchi Gammi Park, Brighton Beach is known for its smooth stones, crashing waves and stunning views of Lake Superior. It’s a popular destination for picnicking, sunbathing and relaxing in hammocks. The best times to visit are sunrise and sunset. For more information, visit duluthmn.gov/parks.

Canal Park

Watching the ships is the highlight of a trip to Canal Park. While you’re there, check out the many shops and restaurants; the free Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center & Park; and games and concerts at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and Amsoil Arena. Bayfront Festival Park, the Great Lakes Aquarium and downtown are within walking distance. Learn more at canalpark.com/things-to-do.

Ely’s Peak

Hike to Ely’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views of the city and Lake Superior by accessing the Superior Hiking Trail at 123rd Avenue West on the Munger State Trail and traveling east to the Magney-Snively trailhead. The total distance is 4.3 miles. More information is available at shta.org.

‘BEST OF THE BEST’

The Duluth News Tribune asked the Northland to determine the Best of the Best for 2020. Over 165,000 votes were tallied in four categories: Arts & Entertainment, Dining & Drinking, Local Business, and Services. Results can be found at fliphtml5.com/lvjf/jsmt

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short drive over the Blatnik or Bong bridges connects the Twin Ports cities of Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth. Superior is bordered by the Superior, St. Louis and Allouez bays and the St. Louis and Nemadji rivers. Attractions include several museums — the Fairlawn Mansion, Old Firehouse and Police Museum, S.S. Meteor Maritime Museum, the Douglas County Historical Society and A World of Accordions Museum — as well as the Superior Entry Lighthouse on Wisconsin Point.

AMNICON STATE PARK

The Douglas Fault geological formation created the waterfalls at Amnicon Falls State Park, about 20 minutes southeast of Superior. View the falls from a covered footbridge or from 2 miles of trails. Picnicking areas and camping are available. More information is available at dnr.wisconsin.gov/ topic/parks/amnicon.

RICHARD I. BONG VETERANS HISTORICAL CENTER

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is named for World War II pilot Dick Bong, who flew more than 200 missions over the Southwest Pacific and destroyed 40 enemy planes — a U.S. piloting record. The center explores the life of the Poplar, Wisconsin, pilot, as well as other veterans, with artifacts, military vehicles, interactive displays and more. Learn more at bongcenter.org. PAGE 74 | DESTINATIONS 2021

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A charming river town

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uilt along the St. Louis River, right off Interstate 35 and about 25 minutes west of Duluth, Cloquet offers smalltown charm and amenities such as skiing and biking trails, all within close proximity to lakes and campgrounds.

GORDY’S HI-HAT

THE BEACH

Cloquet may not have a lake or ocean, but it still has The Beach. This zero-entry pool in Pinehurst Park has filtered, chlorinated water and a sand bottom. There are slides, changing rooms, a sand volleyball court, picnic areas, concessions and lifeguards on duty. More information can be found at isd94.org/domain/71.

Hand Pattied Hamburgers, Hand-Battered Alaskan Fish, Homemade Onion Rings, and Fresh Blended Malts

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Gordy’s Hi-Hat is locally famous as a seasonal destination for customers craving its homemade onion rings, hand-battered fish and old-fashioned malts. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, with a 1950s diner theme. Fans will even line up outside the door when Gordy’s opens for the season. Learn more at gordys-hihat.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 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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HOURS: Museum Tues-Sat 9am-4pm • Sun 12-4pm • Closed Mondays Cafe Hours: Tues-Sat 7:30am-2:30pm • Sun 9am-2:30pm • Closed Mondays 6333 H C Andersen Alle, PO Box 123, Askov, MN 55704 | 320-838-1607

www.pinecountyhistoricalsociety.org

For more Cloquet area information, please visit our website. www.visitcloquet.com

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Greetings from

Gateway to the Boundary Waters

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gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely is a popular destination for camping, fishing, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities. Its biggest draw, however, may be canoeing — in fact, it’s home to at least two dozen canoe outfitters. Ely hosts a wide variety of recreational, arts and music events throughout the year, ranging from the Blueberry/Art Festival in July, to the Harvest Moon Festival in September, to the Winter Festival in February.

BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS

The premier canoeing and fishing destination in Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness offers more than 1 million acres of pristine beauty in the Superior National Forest, including almost 150 miles along the Canadian border, over 1,000 miles of canoe routes, more than 2,000 campsites and a dozen hiking trails. Access permits are required year-round. Learn more about Boundary Waters permits at recreation.gov/permits/233396. For even more information, visit bit.ly/37NCSi9.

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INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER

The International Wolf Center’s mission “advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.” The center includes a live wolf exhibit with “ambassador” wolves, daily programs and film presentations. More information is available at wolf.org.

NORTH AMERICAN BEAR CENTER

The nonprofit North American Bear Center is dedicated to dispelling myths about bears. It works closely with bear researchers to curate its exhibits and content. The center features “ambassador” black bears, a theater, interpretive nature trails, a gift shop and daily programs. Learn more at bear.org.

Greetings from the An abundance of beauty

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ust the drive along Minnesota’s North Shore is worth the trip — no itinerary needed. Local residents and tourists enjoy the natural beauty of its forests, rivers and of course, Lake Superior, during all four seasons. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, shopping and dining opportunities abound in the many small communities along the shore.

MORE MARVELOUS STOPS ALONG THE NORTH SHORE

• Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center: Known for its 1.1 billion-year-old lava flows and cobblestone beach, the Cove also offers nature-themed learning opportunities and activities. It’s located just a few miles south of Schroeder. • Silver Bay Marina: Managed by the city of Silver Bay, this marina and refuge was the first on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Charter fishing is available. For more info, visit silverbay-marina. com. • Red Dot ATV Trail System: Accessible in Silver Bay, the 30-mile Red Dot Trail runs through Tettegouche State Park and connects to the Moose Walk and Moose Run trails. • Temperance River State Park: Located just south of Tofte, this park offers rock climbing, fishing, hiking, camping, a beach and picnic area, and more. • Heartbreak Ridge: This 18-mile fall color tour drive is sometimes on paved roads, sometimes not, but it’s always 100% gorgeous. Find a map of this and other Superior National Forest fall color driving tour routes at fs.usda.gov.

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CASCADE RIVER STATE PARK

Lutsen may be famous for its ski resort, but there are other attractions worth visiting, as well. Cascade River State Park features five small waterfalls, hiking and cross-country skiing trails and a campground. Hike to Lookout Mountain to capture a postcard photo op on the North Shore. Learn more at dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks.

SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE

BLACK BEACH

Silver Bay’s Black Beach is unique for its blackhued, sparkling stones. The black color comes from the natural transport of taconite tailings into the sand. The city of Silver Bay was founded in 1954 as a company town built to process taconite mined from Babbitt, Minnesota. The Black Beach Municipal Campground recently opened adjacent to the beach. Find more information at bit. ly/37M6Enc.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park’s namesake may be one of the most iconic landmarks in Minnesota. The Split Rock Light Station, about 20 miles up the North Shore from Two Harbors, was completed in 1910 and guided the passage of iron ore freighters from the Iron Range. Tours are available. The state park also includes a gift shop, camping sites and picnic areas. The paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail passes through the park. More information can be found at mnhs.org/splitrock.

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