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DESTINATIONS COUNTRY Alexandria Lakes Area.................... 7 Bemidji......................................... 23 Brainerd......................................... 26 Detroit Lakes................................. 35 Hinckley/Mille Lacs........................ 51 Cloquet.......................................... 52 Duluth............................................ 55 Superior WI.................................... 64 Iron Range..................................... 67 North Shore.................................... 69 Ely.................................................. 71 Itasca............................................ 75 Remer............................................ 80 Walker Akeley Dorset Nevis................. 82 Park Rapids................................... 86 Perham New York Mills, Ottertail....... 104 Wadena to Little Falls................. 112 Area Maps........................... 6 and 58 Publisher: Jody Hanson Design: Karla Mikkelson & Lori Mork Cover photo: Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer For more information on Destinations call (320) 763-3133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
elcome to Destinations – your ticket to fun, scenic and interesting vacation playlands throughout Minnesota. This publication is your guide on where to go and what to do as you explore the scenic lakes, rivers and woods of Duluth, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Perham, Wadena and Alexandria. There is no bad time for a visit to the Destinations area. It’s a postcard-perfect world year-round. Come and visit the hundreds of fun places where you can hike, swim, golf, fish, hunt, bird watch, berry pick, ski, windsurf, play tennis, relax, skateboard, sunbathe, toboggan or sled, shop ‘til you drop or just see the sights. Destinations will lead you to theater, art and music produced by local talent. We’ll show you the annual citywide festivals that nearly every community in the area proudly presents. If you already live in Destinations country, you’re bound to learn about things you didn’t even know were that close to home. Pick up a few copies of Destinations. Keep one for yourself and pass a few copies around to your friends and neighbors. And Destinations has an easy website to remember at mndestinations.com. We’ve given you an overview of Destinations country and how this publication can guide your journey. Now we invite you to turn the page and take a closer look.
Destinations is published jointly by the following newspapers: Alexandria Echo Press, Bemidji Pioneer, Detroit Lakes Tribune, Duluth News Tribune, Park Rapids Enterprise, Perham Focus, Wadena Pioneer Journal, Brainerd Dispatch.
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DESTINATIONS COUNTRY Quick reference for driving distance between these Minnesota cities. For a detailed map of the area, please see pages 50-51.
Bemidji Fargo Moorhead
Detroit Lakes Perham
Grand Rapids Duluth Superior
Park Rapids Wadena Brainerd Little Falls
St. Cloud Twin Cities
Location Twin Cities to Alexandria Twin Cities to Detroit Lakes Twin Cities to Duluth Twin Cities to Bemidji Twin Cities to Park Rapids Brainerd to Detroit Lakes Fargo to Detroit Lakes Alexandria to Brainerd Alexandria to Bemidji Alexandria to Detroit Lakes Alexandria to Perham St. Cloud to Brainerd St. Cloud to Bemidji Duluth to Bemidji
Miles 139 206 155 224 193 93 46 87 129 80 59 64 154 153
Time 2:09 3:30 2:20 3:46 3:14 1:36 0:54 1:38 2:29 1:26 1:07 1:00 2:37 2:46
Douglas County has a wide variety of golf courses to entertain and challenge golfers of any skill level, from firsttime beginners to league experts. You can play a quick nine holes or take on a 27-hole championship course. Many courses feature scenic views of lakes, woods and rolling hills. Each summer, the Alexandria Golf Club plays host to the popular Resorters Golf Tournament (this year from August 1-6), a match-play competition that draws top-notch amateur golfers from throughout the Midwest.
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Alexandria LAKES AREA
he phrase ‘easy to get to, hard to leave’ isn’t just a Chamber of Commerce pitch line for the Alexandria lakes area. It’s true. People are having a hard time leaving because they’re having so much fun. Alexandria is conveniently located on Interstate 94 – 110 miles from Fargo, 68 miles from St. Cloud, 131 miles from Minneapolis and 142 miles from St. Paul. Nestled in scenic rolling hills and trees where the prairie meets the forest, the Alexandria area is brimming with 375 glacier-formed, pristine lakes. That makes it the perfect playground for swimmers, boaters, anglers, golfers, bicyclists, hikers, bird watchers, ice skaters, skiers, snowmobilers and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Even if you don’t consider yourself an outdoorsman or outdoorswoman, there’s still plenty of fun to enjoy while on vacation in the Alexandria lakes area: • Browse for antiques. • Take in an arts production. • Shop historic downtown Alexandria or visit the Viking Plaza.
• Explore the area’s fascinating – and controversial – history. • See a movie – there’s a nine-screen movie theater near the mall. • Get a workout at the Alexandria Area YMCA. • Tour a winery – the award winning Carlos Creek Winery is just three miles north of Alexandria. • Catch an entertaining baseball game or college-level hockey game. In addition, Alexandria lists several golf courses on its website (www.alexandriamn. org), an amusement park, go-cart racing, horseback riding, three museums, public swimming beaches, a water park, a winter ski hill, three marinas and much more – all in the Alexandria lakes area. There is also a trail of antique, curio and specialty shops (many of them downtown) that collectors, browsers and shoppers love to follow, and Alexandria has a very active downtown restaurant and shopping area. The Alexandria website lists numerous resorts, motels, and many B&Bs. There are also campgrounds, RV parks and other lodging accommodations.
EXPLORE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN There’s more to downtown Alexandria than storefronts. Visitors can discover enchanting shops and beautiful boutiques. They can stroll through timeless antique stores to find unexpected treasures and nostalgic memorabilia. They can take a break and try out one of the many cozy eateries. For information on upcoming events, visit www. downtownalexandria.com. www.mndestinations.com
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Central Lakes Trail
If you like biking, walking, in-line skating or snowmobiling, you’ll love the Central Lakes Trail. The 14-foot-wide, 55-mile trail is a paved, biking and walking trail that spans Douglas County from Osakis through Evansville and on to Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County. Located on the old Burlington Northern rail line grade, the Central Lakes Trail connects the cities of Osakis, Nelson, Alexandria, Garfield, Brandon, Evansville and Melby in Douglas County. Fergus Falls
The trail head and parking area in Alexandria is located at the north end of Broadway in Big Ole Central Park. Other trail heads are available in the cities of Osakis, Garfield, Brandon and Evansville. These trail heads include a parking area, portable restrooms and a trailside shelter. A bike shelter is also available along the trail about one and one-half miles east of Nelson. The Central Lakes Trail also connects to the Lake Wobegon trail, which runs from Osakis through Sauk Centre to St. Joseph. Together, they make the longest paved bike trail in the state. The Central Lakes Trail (www.centrallakestrail.com) is used as a snowmobile trail in the winter, however studs are not allowed. Visit www.centrallakestrail.com.
The Viking Plaza in Alexandria has more than 30 stores for customers to shop in comfort. Many updates and improvements have been completed and more are on the horizon. It’s the largest shopping mall in Douglas County and offers free Wi-Fi access for shoppers. There are events happening all year round at the Viking Plaza. It’s also a popular spot for walkers to get in some exercise, seven days a week.
The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum offers visitors a chance to experience the history of boating and resorts in the Alexandria lakes area and the entire state. The museum, located on Third Avenue West in Alexandria, houses an
extensive classic boat collection as well as resorting, fishing, hunting and other maritime memorabilia. An exciting new addition to the museum is the Maritime Gardens. It features a grand design of gazebos, park benches, lush flower gardens, ornamental grasses, streams and waterfalls and an event stage with seating. Recent improvements include mobile audio tours, an expanded Gar Wood exhibit and an improved duck boat exhibit featuring rare decoys and unusual hunting memorabilia. The museum also provides educational programs in the summer, such as sailing lessons, water safety and youth boat operation. For more information, visit its website at www. mnlakesmaritime.org or call (320) 759-1114.
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Located near the “Big Ole” Viking statue at the north end of Broadway, the Runestone Museum is home to the controversial, world famous Kensington Runestone. It tells of early explorers to this area from Norway, and some believe they discovered America long before Christopher Columbus. There are also Native American exhibits, exhibits on early immigrants and the history of Alexandria, a memorial/gun exhibit, a Minnesota wildlife exhibit, and a hands-on children’s area. The museum is located in Fort Alexandria, a nearly exact replica of the stockade constructed in 1862 by order of the governor of Minnesota. It’s located at 206 Broadway. Go to www.runestonemuseum.org to learn more.
Big Splash is a wet, wild waterpark wonder. One of the biggest indoor waterparks in the state is at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, located about four miles north of Alexandria on Lake Darling. The 38,000-square-foot water park offers a wide variety of water activities, including four-story waterslides, a “Lazy River” floating inner tube ride, a lily pad water walk and a tropical whirlpool spa and waterfall. There’s also a children’s play fort in a zero-inch-entry pool. Spectator passes are also available. For more information, call (320) 762-1124 or visit the Big Splash website at www. arrowwoodresort.com.
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Vikingland Band Festival
Every year, on the last Sunday in June, the streets of Alexandria come alive with the sound of music. The 32nd annual Vikingland Band Festival is set for June 26, featuring the Midwest’s finest high school marching bands in a fun but intense competition. Summer parade bands are at their peak in June and pull out all the stops as they perform on the city’s extra-wide main street. The Vikingland Band Festival parade begins early afternoon Sunday and proceeds along Broadway from Fourth Avenue to 15th Avenue. For more information about the band festival, visit the website www.marching.com/events/vbf.
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No matter the season, there’s always something happening at Carlos Creek Winery. Founded in 1997, the winery officially opened in July of 1999. It’s located on 160 acres with 20 acres devoted to vines and 15 dedicated to apples. It was recently voted Minnesota’s Best Winery in a customer poll sponsored by WCCO-TV. Visitors can sample a wide-range of the winery’s award-winning wines. Grape varieties include Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Sabrevois, Valiant, King of the North, Prairie Star, Marquette and Petite Pearl. Apple varieties include Cortland, Fireside, Haralson, McIntosh, Regent, and its largest planting, Honeycrisp, the state apple of Minnesota. The winery is owned and operated by the Bredeson family. Winter hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Summer hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Spring and fall hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Complimentary tours are offered daily year-round. (No reservations are needed for groups fewer than 20.) Yearly events include the extremely popular “Grape Stomp” (September 16-18 this year and featuring 12 bands on four stages); “Apple Fest” (held in October) featuring a pumpkin-throwing catapult; and “Awake the Grapes,” which includes 1K, 5K and 10K runs through the vineyards (held in May). The winery is also a favorite spot for destination weddings. It hosts more than 40 weddings each year, plus a number of corporate events. It was recently nominated a “top three non-metro venue” by Minnesota Meetings and Events and was given the “Bride’s Choice Award” by Wedding Wire. There is also a full venue of musical entertainment, mystery dinner theater and other fun activities. Go to www. carloscreekwinery.com for more information or call (320) 846-5443.
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Fourth of July – Watch for a Storm!
Although there are several fireworks displays around the area on the Fourth of July, one of the most spectacular is Star Storm. Those who go to Lake Darling near Alexandria on July 4 will enjoy a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display set to music. The annual display, which is designed to be enjoyed either from land or from the lake, is organized by Arrowwood Resort. Folks can watch the show from the front lawn of Arrowwood, which overlooks the lake, or they can boat over to see the display. Watchers are encouraged to tune into KXRA-FM, 92.3, for the show.
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The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) Theatre offers music performances, shows and events. The “Quad-A” theater is located at 618 Broadway in downtown Alexandria. For information about the latest productions, go to the website www.alexandriaareaarts. org or call the box office at (320) 762-8300.
Theatre L’Homme Dieu
Theatre L’Homme Dieu has been offering professional summer-stock theater to the Alexandria area since 1961. This year, the theater is partnering with Minnesota’s professional theaters to offer five high-caliber, family-friendly, often-comic musicals. This year’s line-up includes a to-be-announced comedy (June 21-26); River, a tribute to three legendary women songwriters: Carole King, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell (July 5-10); Urinetown, the Musical (July 12-17); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (July 26-31); and A Skidoo Named Desire: Love and Other Things Minnesotan (August 2-9). It also has fun activities planned during the Kentucky Derby on May 7, including a Run for the Roses 5K. Theatre L’Homme Dieu is located at 1875 County Road 120 NE. For more information, call (320) 846-3150 or visit the website www.tlhd.org.
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Noonan Park in Alexandria is the site of the city’s outdoor public skating rink. The rink is regularly maintained, has a warming house, and is well lit for night skating. The park is generally open for skating around December 20, or whenever there is eight inches of ice. Rink and warming house hours are Monday through
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Friday from 3 to 9:30 p.m. and weekends and vacation days from 1 to 9:30 p.m. The rink is closed daily from 5 to 6 p.m. During school vacations, the rink opens at 1 p.m. There is no charge. The rink is located on the east side of Alexandria off of Nokomis Street and between Ninth and 10th avenues.
Minnesota has more than 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails that criss-cross its forests, prairies, hills and lakes. Here in Douglas County, it’s just as wonderful for snowmobilers. There are breathtaking scenes on 366 miles of trails that wind throughout the county, connecting every community in the area. Snowmobile trails also connect with the 55-mile Central Lakes Trail, a four-season recreational trail that spans the county. A free trail map and trail information are available at the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 206 Broadway.
Noonan Park – this city park is located at Nokomis Street and 10th Avenue in Alexandria. Be sure to pack your picnic lunch and include some bread for the ducks! From the playground to scenic pond, this park is a favorite all year round. The frozen pond, hockey rink and warming house are a great place to spend a winter’s day.
Alexandria City Park – north end of town, one block west of County Road 42 (North Nokomis). Playground, picnic area, tennis courts, swimming beach, fishing pier. The point between Lakes Agnes and Henry offers a great view of the two lakes and city skyline. Big Ole Central Park – north end of Broadway in Alexandria, next to Lake Agnes. Gazebo, kiosk, parking area for the Central Lakes Trail. Dean Melton Fillmore Park – Fillmore Street and 15th Avenue West in Alexandria. Includes skateboarding with ramps and rails. Fred Foslien Park – Victoria Heights, two blocks south of Highway 27 off Knut Street in Alexandria. Geneva Crest Park – west side of Lake Geneva in Alexandria (take Highway 27 East to Birch Avenue, then go east on Basswood two blocks and east on Geneva Drive). Goose Park – three blocks west of Broadway on Fifth Avenue West, Alexandria. Lake Agnes Park – south shore of Lake Agnes along County Road 37, Alexandria. Lake Connie Park – Seventh Avenue East between Roosevelt and Spruce streets, Alexandria. Lakeview Park – Highway 27 East and Birch Avenue in Alexandria (take Highway 27 East to Birch Avenue,
turn west on Runestone Place and then west on Lake Park Avenue). Legion Park – Broadway and Eighth Avenue West, Alexandria. Manor Hills Park – Take Highway 29 North to Manor Drive and go two blocks to the right on Springdale in Alexandria. Martin’s Hope Park – Second Avenue, across the street from Big Ole Central Park in Alexandria. Noonan Park – this city park is located at Nokomis Street and 10th Avenue in Alexandria. Be sure to pack your picnic lunch and include some bread for the ducks! From the playground to scenic pond, this park is a favorite all year round. The frozen pond, hockey rink and warming house are a great place to spend a winter’s day. Oak Knoll Park – northeast side of Alexandria near McKay Avenue. Take Highway 29 North, turn right on McKay Ave. and left on Oak Knoll Dr. Osagi Park – Lake Street in Osakis. Picnic tables and shelter, restrooms, playground and lakeshore (no swimming area). Pooch Playland – a new dog park with a fenced-in area. Located at the south end of Victor Street on the east side of Alexandria. Runestone Park – about one mile east of Broadway in Alexandria on Sixth Avenue East.
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Lake Osakis. The annual Ferret Drive Floaters Pontoon Parade takes place on July 4 at 1 p.m. Participants can line up near Baughs Creek on the north end of Lake Osakis. The parade can be viewed from the resorts on the north end of the lake and it will pass by Battle Point County Park.
Big Chippewa Lake. The annual Fourth of July boat parade begins at 2 p.m. on the southeast side of the lake in front of Ramsdell’s Beach. Lake Amelia. Boat parade will begin at 1 p.m. on July 4. Lake Ida. The annual Lake Ida 4th of July Boat Parade usually begins at 10 a.m. at the sand bar on Pilgrim Point. It circles the north half of the lake and returns to Pilgrim Point for watermelon, lemonade and prizes for the best decorations in the parade. Chain of Lakes. The annual Chain of Lakes 4th of July Boat Parade begins on the south side of Lake Carlos, near the Carlos/Darling bridge and features hundreds of pontoons, boats, sailboats and personal watercraft. Judging takes place midway.
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From land, lakes and air, many events will take place in and around the Alexandria area to celebrate Independence Day. The Alexandria area makes full use of its lakes for the occasion with several boat parades. For the most up-to-date information on all Fourth of July celebrations, check out Alexandria’s Echo Press newspaper or go online to www.echopress. com closer to the holiday.
FREE CONCERTS Red Willow Arts Coalition hosts a free concert on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn each Thursday night at 7 p.m. during the summer months. Grab a blanket, a chair, or just a patch of grass and enjoy a variety of great quality, live music. For the schedule, visit www.redwillowartscoalition.org.
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Fat Daddy’s Bar and Grill offers an American style menu with daily and nightly specials. Located inside Fat Daddy’s is Garden Center Lanes, with 34 bowling lanes, a large arcade, full service pro shop, and snack bar with made-to-order pizzas. Need a venue for a wedding reception, meeting, anniversary party, or family gathering? Connected to Fat Daddy’s is Broadway Ballroom. Out of town guests? Hampton Inn and Suites is conveniently located right next door. 320.763.6565. 115 30th Ave East. www.gardencenterlanes.com
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Year after year, Lake Osakis ranks among the top 10 fishing lakes in Minnesota. At 6,300-acres, a variety of fish habitat harbors walleye, northern pike, small and largemouth bass, sunfish and crappie. The town of Osakis is also the trailhead for the Central Lake and Lake Wobegon Trails. Ten resorts, camping sites and hotels offer great places to stay while you fish, swim and boat the lake. Dining, antique and Amish shopping is all just a short drive away. 800.422.0785. www.lakeosakismn.com
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The charming town of Osakis is located along I-94 in Central Minnesota, just two hours west of the Twin Cities. Osakis is located on the southern shores of Lake Osakis – one of the state’s premier walleye fishing lakes. The sparkling waters of the 6,700 acre lake also offer the perfect setting for soaking in relaxing summer afternoons and taking a spin on your watercraft. For waterfowl hunters, public hunting areas are nearby. During the winter, the lake makes for great snowmobiling and ice fishing. Any time of year, be sure to check out the family resorts, campgrounds and motels inviting you to stay for your next vacation. Those looking for off-thewater options should definitely check out downtown Osakis featuring several antique and specialty shops and cozy dining options. If you’re planning a get-
colors of chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, peacocks, pigeons, doves and more. For more information, call (320) 762-0184 or check out its website, www. ericksonspettingzoo.com.
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away with the young ones, venture over to the local parks and stop by the local petting zoo. And be sure to bring your bikes – Osakis is at the heart of the Central Lakes Trail and Lake Wobegon Trail. Please check out the website at www.visitosakis. com. You will find a detailed list of lodging and accommodations, shopping and entertainment options, as well as a calendar of events.
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Erickson’s Petting Zoo
From spring Easter egg hunts to fall corn mazes and pumpkin patches, families will enjoy an afternoon at Erickson’s Petting Zoo, located at 11890 Hope Road SE near Osakis. It’s open weekends in April and May from 10-4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays; and Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. from Memorial Day through September 20. From there, the petting zoo is open weekends from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays through October 31, including the Thursday and Friday of MEA weekend (October 20-21) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In the winter, Erickson’s is open by appointment. The zoo features a playground, plus wholesome family fun on an old fashioned farm. Animals include pygmy goats and their kids, sheep, miniature horses, llama, potbelly pigs, rabbits, and many varieties and
This is an annual event that takes place in September after Labor Day in Osakis, featuring quilts of all styles and sizes for public viewing along a two block area of the Central Lakes Trail in downtown Osakis. Also featured are musical entertainment and food vendors. Last year’s event was bigger and better than ever because it was combined with the popular Moonshine Madness Day in Osakis. This year’s event may be impacted by the city of Osakis’ downtown restoration project. Check the Quilts Along the Trail Facebook page for the latest information.
Roddin’ Round the Lakes
If you want to experience a blast from the past and check out an array of impeccably restored classic cars, plan to attend the Roddin’ Round the Lake event in Osakis on the second Friday and Saturday of July. Hundreds of cars line the streets of downtown Osakis and the proud classic car owners love to show off their prized possessions and chat with the crowd. The Central Lakes Cruzers organizes the popular, family-friendly event.
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21-23 – Viking Plaza Race Car Show, Alexandria; www.vikingspeedway.net. 21 – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Taste of Douglas County at Broadway Ballroom, Alexandria. 22 – 6 to 10 p.m. Wine, Women and Fashion Spring Release at Carlos Creek Winery, www.carloscreekwinery.com. 7:30 p.m. John Berry concert at Grace Church, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. Proof at Alexandria Area Arts Association; www.alexandriaareaarts.org. 23 – 7:30 p.m. Proof at Alexandria Area Arts Association; www.alexandriaareaarts.org. 24 – 2 p.m. Alexandria Area High School spring musical at the Performing Arts Center. 2 p.m. Proof at Alexandria Area Arts Association; www.alexandriaareaarts.org. 25 – April 26 - 7 to 9 p.m. Ales for Tails fundraiser at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria. 28 – 7:30 p.m., Link Union performing at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center, Central Lakes Concert Association, www.concertassociation.net. 28-May 1 – Vintage Car Show, Viking Plaza, www.vikingplaza.com 29-30 – 7:30 p.m. Proof at Alexandria Area Arts Association; www.alexandriaareaarts. org.
1 – 2 p.m. Proof at Alexandria Area Arts Association; www.alexandriaareaarts.org. 10 a.m. Walk MS: Christopher & Banks Alexandria Walk 2016 at Voyager Elementary School, Alexandria; (855) 372-1331, www.walkmnm.nationalmssociety.org. 4 – 6 p.m. First Wed. series: David Scherer at Calvary Lutheran Church, Alexandria.
AREA CALENDAR of EVENTS 2016
7 – 4:24 p.m. Run for the Roses, Theatre L’Homme Dieu fundraiser at MN Lakes Maritime Museum. 6:45 p.m. Racing season opener, Viking Speedway, www.vikingspeedway.net. 10 a.m. – Chain of Lakes Triathlon; www. pickleevents.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spring Arts & Crafts Show, Runestone Community Center, Alexandria; www.briggsmotley.com. 10 – 7:30 p.m. Salut Salon performing at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center, Central Lakes Concert Association, www.concertassociation.net. 14 – 6-10 p.m. USMTS Modified Special racing at Viking Speeway MN Fishing Opener & Alexandria Garage Sales. 16 – 7:30 p.m. AAHS Pops Concert at the Performing Arts Center. 22 – 2 p.m. Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra presents Symphony from Scandinavia at AAHS Performing Arts Center; www.centrallakessymphony.org. 26-30 – Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale, www. downtownalexandria.com. 28 –29 MN Modified Nationals, Viking Speedway, www.vikingspeedway.net. 29 – 10 a.m. Awake the Grapes 5K and 10K race and 1 Mile Fun Run at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; www.awakethegrapes. com. 30 – 10 a.m. Memorial Day Parade on Broadway in Alexandria, with service at Kinkead Cemetery. 10 a.m. Osakis Memorial Day Parade and Service at Lakeside Cemetery, Osakis.
10 – 7:30 p.m. Collective Unconscious concert at Theatre L’Homme Dieu. 11 – 6:45 p.m. Florian Sprinzel Street Stock
Special, Viking Speedway, www.vikingspeedway.net. 16 – Wine & Art Crawl, Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association, www.downtownalexandria.com. 18-19 – Osakis Lions 36th annual Walleye Fishing Tournament, Lake Osakis, http:// www.osakisminnesotalionswalleyetournament.com. 23-26 – 48th annual Osakis Festival; www. visitosakis.com. 21-26 – Theatre L’Homme Dieu opener. 24-25 – Lakes Area Endurance and half marathon, www.runthelakes.com. 25 – Awake the Lakes Rib Fest at Big Ole Central Park, Alexandria; www.awakethelakes.com. 26 – 1:30 p.m. 32nd annual Vikingland Band Festival, www.marchingevents.com/ events/vbf. Alexandria Vintage Car Club Car Show & Swap Meet, Douglas County Fairgrounds. 30 – 7:30 p.m. Matt Vee concert (tribute to Neil Diamond) at Theatre L’Homme Dieu.
1 – 7:30 p.m. Matt Vee concert (tribute to Neil Diamond) at Theatre L’Homme Dieu (TLHD) 4 – 10 p.m. Star Storm Fireworks Display at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, Lake Darling. Sunset: 4th of July Fireworks at Osakis Country Club; www.visitosakis.com. Noon: Lake Miltona boat parade 5-10 – River: A Tribute to Three Legendary Women Songwriters. TLHD 8 – Douglas County Relay for Life at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria. 8-9 – Roddin’ Round the Lake Car Show, Osakis. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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ALEXANDRIA 9 – MN Lakes Classic Boat Show at Arrowwood. www.mnlakesmaritime.org. 10 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Douglas County Tour of Gardens, www.dcmg.info. 12-17 – Urinetown at Theatre L’Homme Dieu. 14 – Wine & Art Crawl, Alexandria Downtown Merchants, downtownalexandria.com. 16 – Community Ed. Performing Arts series presents Accidental Hero; www.alexandria.k12.mn.us. 6:45 p.m. – UMSS Sprint Car Special, www.vikingspeedway.net. 15-17 – Miltona Tornado Days; www.miltona.org. 15-16 – Art of the Lakes studio tour, Alexandria and various locations; www. aotl-studiotour.org. 22 – Party in the Street www.downtownalexandria.com. 23 – Mike Commerford Memorial Special, Viking Speedway 26-31 – Love, Loss and What I Wore at Theatre L’Homme Dieu. 30-31 – Rose City Threshing & Heritage Festival, www.rosecitythreshing.org. 30-31 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Art in the Park at Alexandria City Park; wwwalexandriaareaarts.org.
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2-9 – A Skidoo Named Desire at Theatre L’Homme Dieu. 3-4 – 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale, National Guard Armory, Alexandria. 4-6 – Crazy Days, Alexandria Downtown www.downtownalexandria.com. 5-7 – Forada Days, www.foradadays.com 6 – 6:45 p.m. Hall of Fame night, Viking Speedway, www.vikingspeedway.net. 12-14 – Parkers Prairie Fall Festival. 13 – 6:45 p.m. Fallen Lineman Memorial Modified Special, Viking Speedway. 18-21 – Douglas County Fair, dcmnfair.com.
3 – 4; 6 p.m. NLRA Labor Day Double Dip Special, Viking Speedway 10 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Quilts Along the Trail on Central Lakes Trail, downtown Osakis Moonshine Madness, Osakis. www.pantherdistillery.com. 16-18 – Grape Stomp and Fall Festival at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria; www.ccwgrapestomp.com. 20 – Strike Out Illiteracy bowling tournament at Garden Center Lanes, Alexandria; www.echopress.com.
29-Oct.1 – Thurs.-Sat. Downtown Fall Festival, Alexandria Downtown Merchants, www.downtownalexandria.com.
6 – 3-7 p.m. Women’s Showcase at Viking Plaza, Alexandria; (320) 763-3133, www.echopress.com. 7 – 6 p.m. Viking Fall Classic, Viking Speedway, www.vikingspeedway.net. 8 – 3 p.m. Viking Fall Classic, Viking Speedway, www.vikingspeedway.net. 22 – Applefest at Carlos Creek Winery; (320) 846-5443, www.carloscreekwinery.com. 31 – Downtown Trick or Treat, Alexandria www.downtownalexandria.com.
3-5 – Thurs.-Sat. 32nd annual Arts and Crafters Tour, a juried event. www.facebook.com/crafterstour 17 – Beaujolais Noureau Wine Dash, www.downtownalexandria.com. 25 – 3:30-6 p.m. Christmas in the Fort, Runestone Museum. 26 – A Hometown Christmas Experience, www.downtownalexandria.com.
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emidji is the first city on the Mississippi River. The name of the city is an Ojibwe term meaning â€œwaters crossing waters,â€? which refers to the Mississippi crossing Lake Bemidji and flowing north and east before turning south. There are many reasons to enjoy the natural lifestyle of the area. Bemidji is located north of Park Rapids on two major U.S. Highways: Highway 71 running north and south, and Highway 2 running east and west. About 14,000 people live in the city, situated on Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving, which are both fed by the Mississippi River. Many first-time visitors comment that the town feels much larger, and indeed, if
you include highly populated townships surrounding it, the number rises to nearly 40,000. Bemidji has a large movie theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, a summer professional theater that presents musical performances as well as variety shows. Other area amusements include biking, boating, golf, bowling, bingo, miniature golf, horseback riding, racquetball and high school and university sports. It is a hotbed for hunting and fishing enthusiasts. Winter recreation is provided by a curling arena, two municipal skating rinks and Buena Vista Ski Area. There are 11 area parks to enjoy, and public beaches are maintained at Diamond Point and Cameron
WATERS CROSSING WATERS parks. Shopping opportunities abound in the quaint downtown district and newer stores on Paul Bunyan Drive.
Tall tales and tall timber
Bemidji claims the birth of Paul Bunyan, which makes sense since Bemidji is the First City on the Mississippi -- the river that legends claim Paul created! The legend of Paul and his mighty Blue Ox Babe goes on and on and the stories of his super powers just get bigger. There are giant statues of both Paul and Babe built right on the shores of Lake Bemidji to mark the spot where Paul was born. Descendants of old-time loggers say that this is the exact spot where the five
Canoeing An abundance of rivers and lakes makes canoeing one of the most popular and family-friendly activities when visiting the Bemidji area.
and reels and of course inside knowledge. Local guides take pride in giving their clients a top-notch experience. Typically all you need is a fishing license and rain gear. The guide will provide everything else, including great fishing tales! Several fish over 50 inches have been taken, close to the coveted state record of 60 pounds plus. Again, most are photographed and released back to become fatter fish for next season.
giant storks delivered Paul to his parents. The huge statue of Paul (18 feet tall and 2.5 tons) stands next to a five-ton statue of Babe. They are thought to be the second most photographed icons in the nation, behind only Mount Rushmore.
The Bemidji area is bustling with festivals and special weekends, most of which focus on the great outdoors. Winterfest, held in February, features a curling tournament on Lake Bemidji, the Bemidji Jaycees BRRRmidji Plunge and a cornhole tournament. Summer brings the Bemidji Youth Advisory Council Youth Rally every June 7, plus new additions to the Bemidji Sculpture Walk, Take a Kid Fishing, Fishing Has No Boundaries and Let’s Go Fishing, the Jaycees Water Carnival, Fourth of July celebrations, the Birchmont Golf Tournament, the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival and Art in the Park are sum-
mer highlights. Throughout the year, the First Friday Art Walk features many gallery openings and receptions. The First City of Arts Studio Cruise features artists working in their studios. See calendar for all event dates.
Monsters lurk in area waters
The city of Bemidji lies in the epicenter of some of the most productive muskellunge waters in the country. Every
year numerous muskies over 48 inches are caught, photographed and released. Closely related to the northern pike, the mighty muskies that terrorize most all other fish in northern Minnesota lakes grow to be larger and are generally more aggressive than their northern pike cousins. The battle gear required to take on these denizens of the deep is highly specialized and an experienced guide can provide tackle, rods
Bemidji is the nation’s curling capital. Over at Eveleth, about 150 miles due east of Bemidji is a huge-hockey-stickand-puck marking that city as home of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. There is no giant curling-broom-and-rock erected in Bemidji, yet, but don’t be surprised if it happens. Bemidji has long been a spawning ground for champion curlers. It is also fast becoming one for U.S. Olympic curlers.
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Located in downtown Bemidji, the Science Center’s mission is to provide intellectual stimulation and enjoyment for children and adults via scientific and technological interactive displays, exhibits and programs.
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The Beltrami County History Center is located in the Great Northern Depot in downtown Bemidji. The historical collection includes more than 105,000 pieces of American Indian and settlement artifacts, old maps, newspapers and photos.
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Bemidji’s longstanding reputation for fine art, music and theater can be attributed to a unique and creative combination of talent. The Watermark Art Center is located in downtown Bemidji. The center provides gallery space for exhibitions, music, poetry readings and social events for many organizations. It displays national, regional and local artists in group exhibits, solo shows and installations featuring a new exhibit each month from February through December. Member artists display and sell their work in the Gallery Shop on site. The center sponsors the monthly First Friday Art Walk and Art in the Park, the annual summer art fair in July. Other arts organizations in the area include the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Community Theater, Paul Bunyan Playhouse and
The campus is important to the aesthetics of Bemidji and BSU plays a central role in providing cultural opportunities for area residents, visitors and students. The university emphasizes the arts in its academic offerings and programming, and presents special events as well.
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The Sanford Center
Bemidji opened its new multi-use event center in October 2010. The Sanford Center, with 185,000 square feet, has since hosted a variety of events, from large concerts to comedy and family shows. Located on the south shore of Lake Bemidji, The Sanford Center is the home facility for the Bemidji State University hockey teams. But it features more than just hockey. The center has also hosted BSU and high school basketball, award-winning Little Big Town and A Prairie Home Companion. The facility seats 4,600 for hockey, including 25 private suites and 200-plus club-seating options. The Sanford Center can seat up to 6,000 for special events and concerts. It boasts a 10,000-squarefoot ballroom and has 4,000 additional square feet in lakeside meeting rooms. There are two concession stands, three lounges and one very large dynamic scoreboard.
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The city and surrounding area also boasts an extensive trail network year ‘round. There are nine cross country ski trail systems in the vicinity for all skill levels and Cross Country Skier magazine named Bemidji as “one of the most attractive areas to ski in the United States.” The city also serves as a hub for two major paved trail systems with the 100-mile Paul Bunyan Trail connecting Bemidji to Brainerd and the Blue Ox Trail, which extends 110 miles from Bemidji to International Falls. During the summer, bicyclists, runners and walkers frequent the trails, while snowmobilers enjoy the trails once the snow flies.
Headwaters School of Music & the Arts. The community also hosts the Bemidji Library Book Festival each summer and the First City of Arts Studio Cruise each fall.
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Fourth of July Speaking of “rockets red glare,” the Bemidji Fourth of July celebration lasts for about five days based on what day July 4th falls on. Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival serves up fireworks, a grand summer parade, carnival, kids events, and more. It’s also a great time to enjoy hundreds of lakes and picnic spots.
BRAINERD Lakes Area
s the name suggests, the Brainerd lakes area is known for its lakes - hundreds of sparkling water bodies and 2,000 miles of shoreland amid tall pines with hundreds of miles of bicycle, walking, jogging and snowmobile trails. While nature and the outdoor experience is the star here, it isn’t the only attraction. There are deep mine pit lakes for a quiet kayak or scuba dive, plenty of water for anglers and recreation and 100,000 acres of wetlands. The area has 45 resorts and more than 400 holes of golf. But the area offers so much more,
from Brainerd-Baxter to Nisswa, Pequot Lakes to Crosslake, Crosby to Pillager. With numerous festivals and events in winter and summer, a visitor can be as active as they want to be or simply relax with a book at the beach. The Brainerd micropolitan offers diverse shopping, theater productions and summer music fests with everything from bluegrass to symphonic orchestra, a regional airport with commercial and general aviation. So no matter what the interest is, the Brainerd lakes area has plenty to offer.
Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza
The 27th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay. The event attracts more than 10,000 anglers who compete for more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. Billed as the world’s largest charitable ice fishing contest, it generates more than $150,000 for area charities annually. There are 150 spots on the prize board and the prize values are distributed throughout the list. For more information, visit www.icefishing.org.
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Crow Wing State Park
Crow Wing State Park, located south of Brainerd on Highway 371, is a nature lover’s delight. Explore prairie, pine and hardwood forests. View the Mississippi River from historic and picturesque “Chippewa Lookout.” Novice canoeists can paddle the calm waters of the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers. Crow Wing is a park rich in cultural history. In this area, a frontier town emerged to serve the needs of travelers and traders. The town died when the railroad chose to cross the river at Brainerd. Walk through the site of the Old Crow Wing Village for a sense of history. The park still has a section of the famous Woods Trail, which served ox cart traffic that carried supplies between St. Paul and the Red River settlements. Camping and lodging are available at the park. More information can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ crow_wing/index.html or by calling 218825-3075.
Pillsbury State Forest
The trails at Pillsbury State Forest, located north of Pillager and west of Gull Lake, meander through a heavily forested area consisting of a variety of deciduous and coniferous trees. The woods are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you’re likely to see evidence of beavers and other wildlife. You may also find several vari-
Shafer Lake and Green Bass Lake. Rock Lake Campground and Day-Use Area can serve as a great alternative to the more developed and heavily used Crow Wing State Park.
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eties of wildflowers, including the yellow lady’s-slipper. The trail system in this state forest is especially popular with equestrians and mountain bikers during the summer and cross-country skiers in the winter. Land ownership within this forest includes state, county, municipal and private holdings. Trespass laws are enforced. Please be aware and respect these lands. Grouse hunters find good bird hunting in the fall. The forest is closed to off-highway vehicles so bird hunters are assured they will not be disturbed by ATV traffic while walking the old logging roads. Recreational facilities in the forest include the Walter E. Stark Horse Assembly Area,
Mount Ski Gull offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing in one convenient location near the shores of Gull Lake, off Cass County Road 77 in Fairview Township between East Gull Lake and Lake Shore. In the spring of 2016, Mount Ski Gull will have another way to see the lakes area beauty on a zip line. The Brainerd Zip Line Tour promises seven zip lines of varying length, with bridges and tree platforms connecting lines. The daring rider can jump off the edge into a 50-foot free fall. The longest zip line will be more than 950 feet long. Capture the adventure with GoPro, available for rent. For more information, call 218-9634353.
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Whether it’s by canoe or kayak, the Brainerd lakes area has a lot to choose from whether it’s a historic Mississippi River trek to the Crow Wing State Park or the calm, deep, turquoise-colored waters of the Cuyuna Range mine pit lakes. For silent sports enthusiasts there is no better way to see the area from quiet, small lakes to large, bustling waterways. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from area
BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals is held at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) every summer and features the world’s best drag racers and the fastest cars. At center stage is four days of ground-pounding, lightning-fast, blow-your-mind drag racing. Every household name in drag racing competes at the NHRA Nationals on BIR’s world-renown track, the fastest drag strip in the country. Names like John Force, Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon, Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Brandon Bernstein, Cruz and Tony Pedregon and Minnesotans Greg Anderson and Jason Line push themselves and their cars
to the limits as they compete for a world championship in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. And this year’s race features the return of Pro Stock Motorcycle, always a fan favorite at BIR. The Top Fuel Dragsters get down the quarter-mile track in less than four seconds at speeds of over 300 mph. They crank out 10,000 horsepower along the way. Blink at the wrong time and they’re long gone. BIR is located north of Baxter on Highway 371 on Birchdale Road. For more information go to http://brainerdraceway.com/ nhra-nationals. www.mndestinations.com www.mndestinations.com
establishments, which will deliver them to the launch point and pick them up when the paddling adventure is complete. Or try a stand-up paddle board on any number of Crow Wing Countyâ€™s more than 400 glorious lakes.
Paul Bunyan State Trail
The Paul Bunyan State Trail boasts 123 miles of continuously paved trail from Crow Wing State Park south of Brainerd to Bemidji State Park in Bemidji. The longest recreational trail in Minnesota ranges from flat and open to hilly and scenic. It passes through 15 communities - including Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa and Pequot Lakes - and connects with the Heartland Trail, Blue Ox Trail and Cuyuna State Trail. It is popular with bikers, hikers, walkers, runners, inline skaters and snowmobilers. A member of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, more than 650,000 users a year visit the trail, making it one of the premier state trails in Minnesota.
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a 54-mile driving route made up entirely of county roads that take travelers through 14 jurisdictions and two counties. There are hiking and walking trails, recreational parks and lakes, wildlife management areas, and historical artifacts. The route has a
non-profit organization, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, that manages the projects, programs and events along the route. Crow Wing Countyâ€™s State Aid Highway (CSAH) 16 is the spine of the byway. At the intersection with CSAH 66, the route travels both north around the Whitefish Chain and south along the north side of Pelican Lake. It passes through 14 local government jurisdictions.
Northland Arboretum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting the community involved in and aware of nature. The arb, located on 14250 Conservation Drive, behind the Westgate Mall in Brainerd, has a wide, beautiful area for you and your family to explore. Have a peaceful walk on the nature trails, or take your mountain bike for a ride. Winter time? cross country ski on groomed trails. Snowshoe or winter hike on non-groomed trails. The arb also offers classes or workshops throughout the year, including hosting fascinating raptors. Looking for an outdoor fitness trail? The arb added an accessible wellness fitness trail in 2015, complete with exercise stations for stretching, cardio, balance and strength training. Using a downloadable app, users will be able to interact with the fitness stations for instructions on equipment use, to track
their progress or share their outing on social media. For more information on the arb go to http://northlandarb.org
Safari North Wildlife Park
The mission of Safari North Wildlife Park is to promote conservation and preservation through safe, affordable and memorable experiences with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation. There are hundreds of mammals, birds, reptiles and primates that make their home in the wildlife park. People can take camel rides and view the African and Asian grasslands exhibits from the viewing areas. Feeding the animals is a thrill for any age. While you enjoy your stay at Safari North take a walk on the wild side as you hand feed the white tail deer, or step up high and feed a giraffe from the comforts of our feeding station.
Paul Bunyan Land/This Old Farm and Pioneer Village
Paul Bunyan Land is an amusement park located six miles east of Brainerd on Highway 18. Its trademark is the 26-foottall animated and talking statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. As children enter, Paul welcomes them by name. The amusement park has about 30 rides for
The Brainerd lakes area, known for its recreational lakes that are 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.
EVENTS Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Crosslake celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in style with the area’s largest parade Saturday, March 18, 2017. Other events
have grown into a world-class attraction. Bikers can watch for bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, beavers and other wildlife. But don’t think the scenery or the trails are only for summer. About 40 miles of packed multi-use trails are available for fat-tire biking and 20 miles of trail is groomed specifically for a fat-tire biking experience. And don’t forget the yeti. Some 300 cyclists come from across the United States and Canada
include a Ms. Blarney and Mr. Malarkey Pageant, St. Urho’s Day Grasshopper Hop, a 5K Clover Dash race and other day-long events March 18 at area establishments.
instruction for high school students, open rehearsals, and pre-concert lectures. For more information, go to lakesareamusic.org.
Lakes Area Music Festival
The eighth season of the annual musical enrichment event is July 31 through Aug. 21. With stellar performances from more than 140 musicians, the festival brings national talent to Brainerd for three weeks each summer to provide classical music performance, including chamber music, symphonic orchestra and semi-staged opera. The musicians are drawn from ensembles and conservatories such as the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and more. In addition, educational opportunities are offered – including a week-long daycamp for children, performance-based
to compete in the annual 45NRTH Whiteout FatBike Race in February, giving spectators a chance to see the bikes up close and encourage racers on with -- what else? -- cowbells! Not to mention a chance to see the Whiteout yeti mascot. Top off the experience with a selfie with the Cuyuna yeti. Find maps, tips and upcoming competitions at www.cuyunalakesmtb.com.
Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival
This music and dance festival will take place Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, at the Nisswa Pioneer Village, celebrating Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American folk music in the northwoods. Performers come from Norway and Sweden, as well as various parts of the US and the local area. The event offers singing and dancing workshops, a children’s activity area and Scandinavian foods. On Saturday, June 11, a fiddler’s parade on the Paul Bunyan Trail in Nisswa kicks off the allday folk music festival, which culminates with a smorgasbord feast.
children. This Old Farm surrounds Paul Bunyan Land with 40 buildings decorated with authentic antiques in original settings. For more information go to www.paulbunyanland.com.
Enjoy heart-pumping action with tight turns and scenic vistas with more than 25 miles of mountain bike trails spread across 800 acres of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Trails wind around mine pits and lakes with breath-taking overlooks. Trails, the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew calls ribbons of red gold, range from beginner to expert. The mountain bike trails in the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area
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Nisswa Turtle Races
The 53rd season of Nisswa Turtle Races will kick off Wednesday, June 1, at the official turtle track located behind the Welcome Center Building along the Paul Bunyan Trail in downtown Nisswa. Rain or shine, races start at 2 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 17, attracting huge crowds each week. Registration starts at 1 p.m., and participants pay a nominal fee to race a turtle. Winners of each heat race again to determine the grand champion. There are special races for grandparents, visitors staying at resorts, tiny tots and those from out of state as well.
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Fourth of July
The Brainerd lakes area is the place to be for Fourth of July festivities from Brainerd to Nisswa to Pequot Lakes. Events kick off Sunday, July 3, with the Nisswa Freedom Days Celebration, featuring a full schedule of activities all day, culminating with an evening parade. Events also kick off in Pequot Lakes on Sunday, July 3, ending with fireworks at dusk. The Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days parade is at noon Monday, July 4. And the American Celebration in Brainerd includes an afternoon parade, music and memorable nighttime fireworks on Monday, July 4. Crosslake traditionally hosts fireworks over Sand Island on Cross Lake.
Paul Bunyan Extreme
The Paul Bunyan Extreme 5K on Saturday, July 9, at Mount Ski Gull features an obstacle course that includes mud pits, a rope swing, waterslide and more. The family-friendly event encourages costumes. Visit www.paulbunyanextreme5k.com.
Bean Hole Days
Pequot Lakes hosts Bean Hole Days on a Tuesday and Wednesday in mid-July. The annual community celebration includes crowning the Bean Hole King or Queen; preparing, burying, cooking and serving
the beans in Trailside Park to thousands of attendees, and an arts and crafts fair with more than 100 vendors. The bean recipe is top secret, and beans, a bun and beverage are served for free.
Pine River Summerfest
Pine River Summerfest is an annual event to celebrate summer that includes a parade, softball tournament, library book sale, Lions pancake breakfast, classic car show, music, food, duck races, flea market, farmers market and art and craft displays throughout Pine River. Dates are July 29-31.
International Vintage Boat Show
The Whitefish and Gull Lake chains are both home to annual antique and classic wood boat shows. The Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous will be Saturday, June 18, at Moonlite Bay in Crosslake. The Gull Lake Classic Boat Show will be Saturday, Aug. 27, at Bar Harbor in Lake Shore.
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals will run Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 18-21, at Brainerd International Raceway, featuring Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stock cars and motorcycles.
Lakes Jam is an annual event that unites rock and country music fans from all walks of life and brings them to the Brainerd lakes area. Lakes Jam is held at Brainerd International Raceway and offers camping and weekend fun. Founded in 2012, Lakes Jam intends to deliver a line-up from an array of excellent live performing artists every year. This year Lakes Jam will be held June 23-25, featuring headliners Toby Keith on Friday night and Styx on Saturday night. For more information go to http://www.lakesjam.com.
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Lakes Bluegrass Festival
The 11th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival will feature more than 40 shows Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 25-28, at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River. Performers include national, regional and local bluegrass bands, along with camping, jamming, workshops and food.
Crosslake welcomes fall with Crosslake Days each September, offering an abundance of activities for all ages, including a classic car and motorcycle show, arts and crafts fair, chili cook-off, kids’ activities, live music and more.
Gull Lake Frozen Fore
The 12th annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore, a winter golf and snowmobile charity event, takes place at the end of February each year at establishments around Gull Lake. The outdoor weekend festival begins on a Friday night on Hole-in-the-Day bay with the Frozen Flop where people plunge into the lake for charity. Saturday, participants take shuttles or drive snowmobiles and play nine holes of winter golf. Sunday features the Gull Lake Food Fest on Hole-inthe-day Bay.
Crosby’s Ice Fishing Contest
The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber holds the annual event in February on Serpent Lake. Prizes go to the top catch.
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Nisswa City of Lights Celebration
The Nisswa City of Lights Celebration takes place annually the day after Thanksgiving - Friday, Nov. 25. Festivities for the 35th annual event will begin in the afternoon with horsedrawn wagon rides, storytelling, food vendors, bonfires, holiday carolers and live reindeer. The Pioneer Village is the setting for the live Nativity and the Love Lights a Tree program. At 5:30 p.m., the lights come on throughout town, and Santa Claus greets the children. The event culminates with a rare winter fireworks display that lights up the crisp night sky.
Nisswa Winter Jubilee
The annual Nisswa Winter Jubilee celebrates winter in mid-February each year with a snow sculpture contest, live music, games for children, food, medallion hunt and more. Festivities cap off with the Nisswa Fire Department’s annual family friendly fishing derby on Nisswa Lake.
Crosslake celebrates winter with WinterFest each February with numerous outdoor and indoor activities at area establishments. A key event is SoupFest, where people can sample soups throughout town and vote for their favorite.
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against women and children. Join the Warrior Homecoming Run in the fall. Why so serious? Run through cascades of color with the Kaleidoscope 5K fun run Aug. 20 to benefit Central Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in Brainerd. Prepare for Thanksgiving Day with a prefeast run dressed as a pilgrim in the annual Turkey Dash in Baxter. In October, don a superhero or scary creature costume for the Crosslake Monster Dash 5K fun run/walk.
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Community Day May 21 in Aitkin, or join the 17th annual Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure June 25. Celebrate the Fourth with the Nisswa Firecracker Run July 3, or the Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye in Crosslake, a 5K race to raise money for walleye habitat. The Dru Sjodin Purple Elephant 5K/10K run/ walk Aug. 13 in Pequot Lakes celebrates the life of the former Pequot Lakes woman and raises awareness of violence
Looking for a new 5K challenge, or a maybe a marathon? Whether it’s a 5K or 26.2 miles, there are many options, or combine them all in one event with the April 29-30 Run for the Lakes in Nisswa. Save the date for the June 11 Sour Grapes half & half run in Brainerd. This year’s races include a half-marathon run, a 10.55K run/walk, a kids mile run, and a kids halfmile run. Run for a cause with the Officers Down 5K and
ties. On Gull Lake, you can find a public sandy beach and boat launch area near the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gull Lake Recreation Area. The beach offers a shaded picnic area, grills, shelter and fishing pier. There is a playground and fishing area at the campground. A small fee is required. F In Crosslake, located at the Pine River Dam, you’ll find the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cross Lake Recreation Area. Onsite beaches offer swimming near a playground, camping area and boat launch. Located 22 miles north of Brainerd on Crow Wing County Road 3, the campground entrance is across from the intersection of County Roads 3 and 66.
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The lakes area has a number of sand beaches to enjoy listening to the lapping waves while reading a hot bestseller or to enjoy the water. Whipple Beach is considered a jewel of Baxter with extensive sand beach, playground, fishing dock, kitchen facilities, picnic tables, trails and bathrooms. In Brainerd, Lum Park’s 38 acres include a beach on Rice Lake, RV campsites, playground, boat landing, fishing pier, disc golf, sand volleyball, pavilions and restrooms. Pelican Beach near Nisswa offers a shallow, sugar sand beach and swimming area, making it a great place for young kids to swim. There are picnic tables, as well as restrooms and changing facili-
inter, spring, summer or fall – regardless of the time of year, Detroit Lakes plays host to a wide assortment of entertaining activities, events and festivals each January through December. Regardless of the season, there are always trails to be found at Sucker Creek and Dunton Locks for hiking, cross country skiing or simply enjoying nature up close and personal. There are also lots of quaint shopping boutiques and stores as well as several coffee shops for you to stop, rest and meet some friends for a hot cup of java, espresso or an iced beverage of your choice – and some of them have some pretty tasty food as well.
During the winter, a village of fish houses takes over Big and Little Detroit lakes, and snowmobilers will find over 250 miles of groomed trails winding their way through the woods and fields of Becker County. At the 200-acre Detroit Mountain Recreation Area (www.detroitmountain.com), located just a few short miles southeast of Detroit Lakes, guests can enjoy a full range of winter activities, from downhill and cross country skiing to tubing, fat bike trails and even a terrain park
to try out your snowboarding and slope style skiing skills. Maplelag Resort (www.maplelag.com), located between Callaway and Richwood, offers almost 45 miles of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails, an ice skating rink and sliding hill, and is also home to the annual Detroit Lakes Invitational Nordic Ski Meet (set this year for Jan. 12) as well as the Moosejaw Old-Time Dance, Clogging & Music Weekend (March 11-13). Other area resorts offering snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and snowshoeing activities during the winter months include Rainbow Resort near Waubun (www.rainbowresort.com; though they are closed this winter for owner’s health reasons), Pinehurst Resort outside Naytahwaush (www.pinehurstmn.com) and Ice Cracking Lodge & Resort (www.icecrackinglodge.com) in rural Ponsford. Detroit Lakes’ annual Polar Fest celebration, which usually gets underway during the first week in February, offers 10 days of winter fun, from ice tee golfing to frozen fireworks to snowman building contests to a “Freeze Your Buns Run” and the infamous Polar Fest Plunge, in which foolhardy area residents plunge into the arctic waters of Little Detroit Lake to raise funds for the local Boys & Girls Club. Visit polarfestdl. www.mndestinations.com
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The fishing’s fine in springtime
Once the ice is off the lakes and the snow has melted, area anglers begin to turn their thoughts to the annual Minnesota walleye and bass fishing openers, which this year will both take place on the same weekend. Will the weather be friendly for anglers? Will the boat motor start? Will the bass and walleyes bite? Is there enough bait? Those questions will once again be on the minds of anglers and bait dealers as
they ready for Saturday, May 14. Most answers won’t be known until shortly after Friday turns into Saturday at the stroke of midnight, when anglers can get onto their favorite lakes once more – and legally keep the northern pike, bass, walleyes and lake trout they catch. Spring months can also find lakes area residents and visitors alike looking through the treetops for that one-of-a kind bird – during the 19th annual Festival of Birds, May 19-2 – or searching through booths at the Street Faire at the Lakes, June 3-4, for the perfect handcrafted treasure. In addition, springtime also offers a last chance to catch your breath before the never-ending march of summer events begins.
A whirlwind of summer fun
Summer, which doubles the population of Detroit Lakes each year, brings iconic celebrations like the Northwest Water Carnival, which has been in existence for over eight decades now, as well as the Becker County Fair (celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016!) and the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament (established 85 years ago). The 81st Annual Northwest Water Carnival is set for July 8-17, with the Becker County Fair coming up just a couple of weekends later, July 27-30. That weekend also plays host to Frazee’s Turkey Days celebration. In August, golfing fever takes over the lakes area, as the 85th Annual Pine to Palm is
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to Labor Day and on into the fall months. Detroit Lakes boasts 412 lakes within 25 miles, including two inside its city limits – Big and Little Detroit – as well as a mile-long city beach that is one of the community’s biggest summer attractions. In addition, the county boasts more than a half dozen golf courses, with most of them to be found within a 20-minute drive of
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As the summer season begins winding down, roughly 50,000 country music fans descend on Detroit Lakes’ Soo Pass Ranch for the area’s largest music festival, WE Fest – which celebrates its 34th anniversary on Aug. 4-6 with an ever-expanding list of guest artists including headliners Eric Church, Tim McGraw and Kid Rock.
DL. As previously mentioned, Dunton Locks and Sucker Creek provide plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring, as does Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Maplewood and Itasca state parks are also just a short drive away. Labor Day weekend brings two popular area events, the Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Stage Race at Maplelag (Sept. 4), now entering its 26th year,
and the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion (Sept. 2-5), which has been bringing steam engine lovers and old-school farming enthusiasts to the tiny community of Rollag (www.rollag.com) for more than six decades now. Over at Richwood Winery, located just to the east of the tiny hamlet of Richwood (17 miles north of Detroit Lakes), guests can sample a vari-
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DETROIT LAKES Speaking of Tamarac, as the leaves begin showing their beautiful fall colors and the air turns crisp and cool, the Refuge’s new Discovery Center shifts into a higher gear, playing host to well over 3,000 area grade school students between September and May. The environmental education facility, which officially opened to the public this past July, offers both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities with a staff of experienced and welltrained volunteers from the Friends organization. Tamarac also hosts its annual fall festival on Oct. 1, with guests invited to explore
the confines of the Refuge by bus, by car or on foot, as well as participating in a series of organized, environmentally-themed activities for the whole family – all free of charge, though food, memorabilia and other amenities are available for purchase at the festival site as well as in the gift shop at the environmentally friendly Visitor’s Center, which was renovated in 2014 to incorporate geothermal heating and solar power. In addition, fall brings the annual Dick Beardsley Marathon (Sept. 10) and Damien Fall Home Tour (Oct. 1) to Detroit Lakes, along with Lake Park’s popular Pumpkin
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Fest (Sept. 23-24), Itasca State Park’s Harvest Festival (Sept. 24), Oktoberfest in both Frazee (Oct. 2) and Pelican Rapids
(Oct. 5-9), and the Hairy Man 5K in Vergas (Oct. 22). And that’s not even mentioning Leaf Days at Maplewood State
Park (dates to be determined), along with the many other opportunities for viewing the area’s beautiful fall colors in September and October.
Lighting up the lakes for another holiday season
As fall gives way to winter, Vergas gears up to host its annual Redneck Holidazzle Parade (Nov. 19), and the Historic Holmes Theatre’s new season ramps up with its annual Holmes Art Show (Nov. 17-19), which brings dozens of area artisans to the Holmes Ballroom during the day, while offering a variety of live music in the main theater at night. Come Thanksgiving weekend, Holy Rosary Church in Detroit Lakes hosts its Thanksgiving Feast on Nov.
24, the same day that Lake Park’s annual Parade of Trees opens at the American Legion, running through Sunday, Nov. 27. Then on Monday, Nov. 28, downtown Detroit Lakes officially gets lit up for the holidays with Santa’s Grand Parade of Lights. December brings a plethora of holiday celebrations both public and private to the lakes area, leading up to the Rock ‘N Roll Christmas Spectacular (Historic Holmes Theatre, Dec. 22), Christmas At Our House (First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, Dec. 25) and the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at the DLCCC (Dec. 31). As Detroit Lakes’ Chamber of Commerce likes to say, it’s all here, all year.
Frazee, MN “Home of the World’s Largest Turkey”
Conveniently located along the junction of Highway 10 and Minnesota State Highway 87, Frazee, Minn. sits along Becker County’s southernmost boarder. It’s hard to miss the “Home of the World’s Largest Turkey”, as a giant replica of the bird marks the exit travelers might want to take when looking for a place with a small-town feel and some unique shops and restaurants. Don’t miss out on Turkey Days in July, as the demolition derby and car show rip into town and vendors, people
and a parade of fun fill the streets. Recreation is year round in Frazee, as summer brings lake lovers looking to relax, boat and fish. But the fun doesn’t stop with the snowfall, though, as the Frazee area offers 12 miles of groomed trails for skiers, as well as snowmobile trails galore. Anglers switch from summer rods to winter rods and hit the ice for a whole, new experience in lakes country. For vacationers, Frazee may very well be one of Minnesota’s best kept secrets!
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The joy of life comes from our memories created. We look forward to serving you locally sourced, creative cuisine with an elevated experience. A Lakes Area Destination, Spanky’s Stone Hearth, on Beautiful Rose Lake.
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DETROIT LAKES This information was provided by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Dates subject to change. Please visit the website, www.visitdetroitlakes.com for any scheduling changes or additions. May 2016 • Every Sun.: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • 5: United Way Day of Caring, Becker County • 5: Chamber Awards Banquet, Detroit Lakes • 7: Simply Pink/Truly Teal Breast & Ovarian Cancer Race, City Park, Detroit Lakes • 7: Deb Jenkins Band Concert, Best Western Premier Lodge on the Lake, Detroit Lakes • 11: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes • 13: Kenny Rogers Farewell Tour Concert, Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen • 14: Bass & Walleye Fishing Opener • 15: Lakes Area Wedding Expo The Barn at Five Lakes Resort, Frazee • 17: Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • 19-22: Festival of Birds, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes • 20: Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • 21: No Mercy 5 Cage Fights, Kent Freeman Arena, Detroit Lakes • 21: Spring Wildflower Hike, Itasca State Park • 27-30 Avenue of Flags/Memorial Walk, Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes • 28-30: Memorial Weekend Trapshoot, Becker County Sportsmen’s Club, Detroit Lakes
2016 CALENDAR of EVENTS
• 28-30: Shady Hollow Flea Market Opening Weekend • 30: MEMORIAL DAY • 30-31: Discovery Dives, Tri-State Diving, Detroit Lakes June 2016 • Every Sat. & Sun.: Flea & Artisan Market, Shady Hollow • Every Sun.: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • Every Tues. & Sat.: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • Every Tues.: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • Every Thurs.: Wild Excursions, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • Every Thurs.: Summer Thursday Concerts, Best Western Premier Lodge on the Lake (beginning June 16) • Every Sat. & Sun.: Discovery Dives, TriState Diving, Detroit Lakes • 3-4: 16th Annual Street Faire at the Lakes, downtown Detroit Lakes • 4: MN Muskie Fishing Opener • 4: Natl.Trails Day Hike, Itasca State Park • 5: Mountain Bike Racing, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes • 8: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes • 8-11: MN State Firefighter Conference, DL Pavilion and M State-Detroit Lakes • 10-11: Hawley Rodeo • 10-11: Holy Rosary Catholic School Centennial Celebration, Detroit Lakes • 10-12: White Earth Powwow • 10-13: Holy Rosary Catholic School Centennial Celebration, Detroit Lakes • 15-19: Turtle Fest, Perham • 16-19: Hope Fest 2016, Detroit Lakes • 17-18: American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Detroit Lakes Pavilion • 18: Day of Gathering, Sherrin Park, Pelican Rapids
• 18-19: Quake the Lakes Powerboat Races & Classic Boat Show, Holiday Inn, Detroit Lakes • 24: Party in the Park, Detroit Lakes City Park • 24-26: Shakespeare in the Park, “Henry IV Part 1,” City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • 25: 3rd Annual Summer Solstice Festival, Richwood Winery, Richwood • 25: Missoula Children’s Theatre performance, Historic Holmes Theatre • 25: Ladyslippers of Itasca Hike, Itasca State Park July 2016 • Every Sat. & Sun.: Flea & Artisan Market, Shady Hollow • Every Sun.: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • Every Tues & Sat: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • Every Tues: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • Every Thurs: Wild Excursions, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • Every Thurs: Summer Thursday Concerts, Best Western Premier Lodge on the Lake • 1-2: Shakespeare in the Park, “Henry IV Part 1,” City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • 4: INDEPENDENCE DAY • 4: National Trails Day Hike, Itasca State Park • 4: Fireworks at the City Beach, Detroit Lakes • 5: Mountain Bike Racing, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes • 8-17: 81st Annual Northwest Water Carnival, Detroit Lakes • 9: Midsummer Bike Tour, Community & Cultural Center, Detroit Lakes
July 2016 • 9: Ride for the Future, Detroit Lakes Pavilion • 9: Pine Point Music Festival, Powwow Grounds, Pine Point • 9-10: Phelps Mill Art Festival, Phelps Mill Park, Battle Lake • 13: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes • 13: Paddling the Route of the Schoolcraft Kayak Tour, Itasca State Park • 17: Parade of the Northwest, Detroit Lakes • 24: 38th Annual Arts & Crafts in the Park, City Park, Detroit Lakes • 27-30: 125th Annual Becker County Fair, Detroit Lakes • 29-31: 62nd Annual Turkey Days, Frazee • 30: Firemen’s Street Dance, Softball Tournament & City Wide Rummage Sales, Lake Park August 2016 • Every Sat. & Sun.: Flea & Artisan Market, Shady Hollow • Every Sun.: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • Every Tues.& Sat.: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park • Every Tues.: Tuesdays in the Park Community Concert Series, City Park Bandshell, Detroit Lakes • Every Thurs.: Wild Excursions, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • Every Thurs.: Summer Thursday Concerts, Best Western Premier Lodge on the Lake (no concert Aug. 6) • 2: Crazy Daze, downtown Detroit Lakes • 4: 57th Annual District Horticulture Show, Mahnomen • 4-6: WE Fest 34th Anniversary Celebration, Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes
2016 CALENDAR of EVENTS
• 8-14: 85th Annual Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, Detroit Country Club, Detroit Lakes • 10: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes • 11-14: Looney Days, Vergas • 13-14: Pine Point Powwow • 19: Young Life Family Fun Night, City Park, Detroit Lakes • 20: Young Life Triathlon, City Park, Detroit Lakes • 21: Holy Rosary Parish Festival, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes • 26: Macaws for Paws, Detroit Lakes • 26-27: Ojibwe Forests Rally, Detroit Lakes • 26-27: Wolf Lake Harvest Festival • 27: 10th Annual North Country Hiking Fest, Itasca State Park • 27: 11th Annual Boats & Bars, Detroit Lakes September 2016 • Every Sun.: Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge • Every Tues. & Sat.: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • 2-5: 63rd Annual Western MN Steam Threshers 62nd Annual Reunion, Rollag • 4: 26th Annual Laddies Loppet, Maplelag Resort, Callaway • 5: LABOR DAY • 6-8: Antique Motorcycle Club of America Natl. Road Run, Detroit Lakes • 9: Toast to Tamarac, Richwood Winery • 10: Dick Beardsley Run, Detroit Lakes • 9: Toast to Tamarac, Richwood Winery, Richwood • 10: Grape Stomp, Richwood Winery • 14: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes • 16th: Hoedown for DL Imagination Library, Shorewood Pub, Detroit Lakes • 23-24: Pumpkin Fest, Lake Park • 24: Harvest Festival & Lantern Lit Hike, Itasca State Park
• 30: Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation Fire & Ice Fundraiser, The Fireside, Detroit Lakes October 2016 • Every Sun. (through mid-October): Wildlife Movies (2 p.m. start), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Rochert • Every Tues. & Sat.: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes • 1: Damien Society Fall Home Tours, Detroit Lakes • 1: Fall Colors Vista Hike, Itasca State Park • 1: Fall Festival, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Rochert • 2: Oktoberfest, Frazee Event Center • 5-9: Oktoberfest, Pelican Rapids • 15: Pumpkin Festival, Ottertail • 2: Hairy Man 5K, Vergas November 2016 • 17-19: Holmes Art Show, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • 19: Lakes Area Community Concert Band, Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • 19: Redneck Holidazzle, Vergas • 19: Discovering the Civilian Conservation Corps, Itasca State Park • Nov 24: Thanksgiving Feast, Holy Rosary Church, Detroit Lakes • Nov 24th-27th: Parade of Trees, American Legion, Lake Park • Nov 25th: Ski Season Opens, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes • Nov 28th: Santa’s Grand Parade of Lights, downtown Detroit Lakes December 2016 • 3: Discovering the Civilian Conservation Corps, Itasca State Park • 22: Rock ‘N Roll Christmas Spectacular, Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes • 25: Christmas At Our House, First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes • Dec 31st: New Year’s Eve Bash, Community & Cultural Center, Detroit Lakes
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If quality and convenience is what you’re looking for, then head on over to the Cenex Convenience Store located on Hwy. 34 East. Fresh made pizzas from Hot Stuff and famous A&W cheeseburgers are sure to satisfy your appetite. If you’re in a hurry, use the drive thru located on the South side of the building. Need a place to enjoy your morning coffee or doughnut; we have an expanded seating area with WiFi. And don’t forget to stock up on all your grocery items. Cenex carries all your favorites from candy bars and pop to chips and ice cream treats. There is even an ATM on site and propane service. All this, coupled with high quality Cenex fuel makes this your one stop for convenience. 911 Hwy. 34 East Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-3190
If you want to experience one of Detroit Lakes’‘local hangouts’, you have to stop by Main Street Restaurant! They have been voted the “Best Breakfast in Town” and they are sure to deliver. Main Street Restaurant offers quality, homemade food and big portions at a reasonable price. Daily breakfast and lunch specials round out the plethora of menu options. Homemade caramel rolls, cookies and muffins can be picked up for a quick breakfast or enjoyed with a bottomless cup of coffee and some good conversation with the locals. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find it at Main Street Restaurant on Washington Avenue, in the heart of Detroit Lakes. 900 Washington Ave. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-3344
If your looking for a true “mainstay” in Detroit Lakes, Country Kitchen is your spot. Weather its breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is the place to be. Great food, great service, what else could there be. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe summer season. See you all soon!
Welcome to the all new Lakes Liquors located in the Downtown Crossing addition. Now that we are in our new store we are able to offer so much more~ including a beer cave and our newly expanded selection of wine and craft beer!!
705 Hwy 10 E. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-0472
Lakes Liquor is owned and operated by the City of Detroit Lakes. It’s a premier libation destination for residents and tourists alike. As a city-owned establishment, proceeds from the store funnel directly back into the Detroit Lakes community. Stop in and see us, and ask about volume discounts. Hours of Operation: 9:00am10:00pm Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 200 Holmes Street East Detroit Lakes, MN 218-846-1180
DETROIT LAKES Lakeshirts
Detroit Lakes Northwest Water Carnival
Breezy Shores Resort and Beach Club
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Lakeshirts Make a splash this summer with great fashions from Lakeshirts. We’re open all summer long 10am-8pm daily. Sweatshirts, T’s, Swimwear and more. We’re a summer kind of place.
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Detroit Lakes Northwest Water Carnival
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The Northwest Water Carnival is a must stop destination this summer. This has been a staple in DL since its inception in 1935, and this year promises to be an amazing celebration that you will not want to miss. Some events of the 81st Water Carnival events include the Miss Northwest Pageant, Night Golf, Demo Derby, Bed Races, Water Fights, Bash on the Beach featuring Craig Morgan, and Parade of the Northwest to name a few. Check out dljaycees.com for a complete list of events.
Breezy Shores is Still Committed to Your Vacation Time... Enjoy Snowmobiling, Skiing, Boating, Swimming, Sauna, Skating, Fishing, Biking, Kayak, Bowling, Hiking, Dining, Shopping, Flea Market, Wine Tours, and So Much More Detroit Lakes has to Offer. All Condos Have One Master Bedroom, Two Twin Beds in the Second Bedroom, Fireplace in the Living Room, Kitchen & Dining and Private Laundry. Shared Swimming Pool, Sauna, Hot Tub, Sandy Shoreline, and Game Areas. Member Owners Are Allowed to Rent Additional Units. (Sorry, not for public rental.)
When you stay at Holiday Inn on the Lake, you will find everything you and your family need for a great time. Our location on Big Detroit Lake offers you endless possibilities making it the ultimate destination for Minnesota vacations - every season of the year. The areas only full service hotel. With 700’ of sandy beach, pool, hot tub, sauna, marina and much, much more! Your lakefront vacation awaits you!
P.O. Box 456 Detroit Lakes, MN 701-261-5489
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Located in the Heart of the Lakes Country in Detroit Lakes, MN, Forest Hills Golf & RV Resort is surrounded by over 400 of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes within a 25-mile radius. Izzos Sports Bar and Grill, overlooking the 18th green on our Championship Golf Course, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal and refreshments.
Hwy. 10 West Detroit Lakes, MN 218-439-6033
The Barn at Dunvilla Hosting weddings and celebrations year ‘round! The Barn at Dunvilla is a unique country destination perfect for weddings, reunions, parties, conferences and special events. From the warm stone fireplace, to the expansive upstairs barn loft, the charm of The Barn will leave you and your guests with a memory that will last a lifetime. With space to accommodate over 250 people, separate areas for dining, dancing, outdoor patio featuring breathtaking views of Lake Lizzie and the surrounding farmland, The Barn provides the ideal four-season setting for any occasion. ❖ Over 7,000 sq. ft. ❖ 3,500 sq. ft. barn loft ❖ New boutique hotel next door! ❖ Indoor & outdoor picture settings 48203 U.S. 59 Pelican Rapids, MN 612-618-8134
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Street Faire of the Lakes
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America’s Best Value Inn Detroit Lakes is your best choice within the northwestern region of Minnesota. We offer ideal accommodations and location whether you are in town for boating, hunting and fishing, or simply passing through on your way to Canada or Minneapolis. At America’s Best Value Inn Detroit Lakes, our goal is to provide our guests with a great experience, not just a place to stay. At America’s Best Value Inn Detroit Lakes, we’ve got you covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow. Now under new management!
Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4, kick off your summer with a full weekend of family fun in downtown Detroit Lakes! The Street Faire features a juried art show (over 125 artists), FREE live music, a variety of delicious “Fair Food”, bingo, strolling entertainment and a beer garden. Stay and play at the lakes for fun, food & festivities for the official kick-off to summer during the 16th Annual Street Faire at the Lakes.
Founded in 1882, the Becker County Historical Society and Museum is the place to visit in the lakes region! From a wooly mammoth tusk to the world’s smallest gas station to the legend of Old Three Legs, the museum is full of the stories of our shared past and our current lives. Over the summer months, displays about the Water Carnival of the Northwest, the Fur Trade in Becker County, and Beauty through the Ages will be featured. Our Brown Bag Lunch series happens the second Wednesday of each month at noon, with discussions on all kinds of topics. You can bring your own lunch or call ahead to reserve a boxed lunch for $5.00. You can also visit us in our log cabin and schoolhouse during the Becker County Fair. We are excited for your visit and hope you can come and help us to keep history alive! Seasonal Hours, call or visit our website for more info.
When your activities for the day have ended, join us in the lodge for food, spirits, games, Sarsaparilla, frosty mugs of beer and regaling the events of the day. You might want to come try out our world famous Thunderburger! Our lodge offers arcade games, pool table, class II gambling and a jukebox if the day is rainy and your activities were canceled. We also have off highway gas. We are open Sunday through Thursday from 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm Memorial Day to Labor Day. Labor Day to Memorial Day we are closed on Tuesdays. Like us on Facebook!
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DETROIT LAKES Seven Sisters Spirits
Washington Square Mall
Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Bleachers Bar & Grill
The Center of Detroit Lakes
Detroit Mountain Recreational Area
Seven Sisters Spirits The inventory at Seven Sisters Spirits is as unique as the experience. Standing grand and beautiful, the log building both fits in with the surrounding lakes feel and also stands out as a destination most anyone would like to visit. Located just three minutes from WE Fest, Seven Sisters caters to the customer, regardless of what they’re looking for. Once through the doors, customers will find an unsurpassed selection of beverages. Besides the 23 coolers filled with domestic and imported beers, there are shelves filled with craft beers where customers can build their own six packs, picking a variety to test. 25275 S. Melissa Dr. Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-BEER (2337) 218-846-WINE (9463)
El Loro Just across for the Detroit Lakes Public beach, El Loro Mexican Restaurant features authentic, fresh, delicious Mexican food. Chips and salsa are served with every meal, lunch and dinner specials everyday, Margaritas and Imported beer are available from the bar, and the service is fast and friendly! For a great meal, at an affordable price, visit El Loro on Detroit Lake.
720 W Lake Dr, Detroit Lakes, MN (218) 844-5333
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Bring the whole family for a funfilled experience in “The Backyard,” the LARGEST indoor playland in the region. The DLCCC is a state-of-theart 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. www.dlccc.org 826 Summit Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-4221
Your one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment headquarters in Detroit Lakes is located in the Washington Square Mall in downtown Detroit Lakes. Over 30 businesses, featuring unique shopping, great services, casual dining and fun entertainment. Grab some delicious pizza or Chinese food before seeing a movie with the family or head in for an ice cream treat after the big game. Spend a “girls day out” shopping at trendy stores, pampering yourselves with luxurious spa treatments and having lunch at the best coffee shop in DL, right on the corner. While you’re there, find a fun crafting project or the perfect gift for anyone on your list!
Lakes Area’s Best Sports Bar. Come check out our daily lunch specials with our expanded menu. Taco grinders, philly sandwich, wings, ALL the sports games you could ever hope to watch on their huge TVs and a scenic deck overlooking Dead Shot Bay for a relaxing setting. Maybe you’d rather play a game than watch one, they have that covered too with summer volleyball leagues, or try your hand at shuffle board year round. They haven’t forgotten about the night life either, 1/2 price appetizers on Thursdays, Winter meat raffles every Wednesday night. Don’t forget about 2-4-1 burgers every Sunday! No matter the day of the week Bleachers has you covered.
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, tubing hill, and cross country ski trails. In spring, summer and fall there are beautiful hiking trails with a special scenic outlook. Purpose-built biking trails have been professionally designed and engineered to host all level of mountain bike enthusiasts. Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is truly a place for everyone! We look forward to seeing you in 2016!
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resorts and bed & breakfasts. And if the beauty of the lakes doesn’t get you, the natural habitat that surrounds Vergas just might, as the woodlands and all of its creatures are just around the corner, ready to be explored via the area’s trail systems. Join the fun with Looney Daze in August, when the water fights break out and vendors and visitors fill the streets. The Vergas community lives by the motto: “We are small enough to know you, but big enough to serve you!”
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Known as “Home of the Loon”, beautiful Vergas, Minn. is located in the heart of Lakes Country in north central Otter Tail County. Although the quaint, scenic town is actually named after a railroad, Vergas is better known for its lakes and loons. In fact, a 20-foot replica of Minnesota’s state bird sits along the shores of Long Lake, positioned in the center of the city park. Along those clear, fun-filled lakes, travelers can find a variety of affordable
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or most folks who travel the I-35 corridor, the name “Hinckley” conjures up images of giant cinnamon rolls at Tobies Restaurant and playing the slots at Grand Casino Hinckley. Because it’s located halfway between the Twin Cities and Duluth, it’s a great place to stop to take a break. But Hinckley has a whole lot more to offer.
Hinckley Fire Museum
The Hinckley Fire Museum is a must-see for visitors to the area. The museum interprets the story of the Great Fire of 1894 in the restored depot that was originally built in 1894, just after the fire. The museum, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, includes the original waiting rooms for men and women, the eating area known as the Beanery and the Freight Room, where once every hour a 20-minute documentary video about the fire is played. Life in the 1890s is on exhibit upstairs in the Depot Agents Apartment.
Willard Munger State Trail
The Willard Munger State Trail makes the Hinckley area a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The trail is a collection of multiple-use trails between Hinckley and Duluth, and is the longest continuous paved trail in the state, and third in the nation at 70 miles. It consists of interconnecting trails offering hiking, biking, in line skating and snowmobiling. The trail highlights the picturesque scenery and rich history of East Central Minnesota and follows the route of the railroad that saved many lives in the historic Hinckley and Cloquet fires in the 19th century.
entertainers in the Events and Convention Center, as well as a Summer Concert Series in the 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater located next to the casino.
Kettle and St. Croix Rivers
Looking for a great place to hit the waters canoeing or kayaking in the area? Explore the exciting waters of the Kettle and St. Croix Rivers near Hinckley. These rivers provide challenging waters for all skill levels. Well known for its rapids at Hell’s Gate and Blueberry Slide, Banning State Park is a favorite for many kayakers. The St. Croix River follows the boundary between Minnesota and Wisconsin, offering a quiet
and intimate look at nature’s beauty.
Antiques America Mall in Hinckley has more than 50 dealers and 10,000 square feet, showcasing a unique, ever-changing selection. The mall is a spacious two-level multi-room building for an easy, comfortable nontraditional antique shopping experience. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Located at the south end of Tobies Restaurant parking lot. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit Hinckleymn.com.
The Grand Casino complex just off I-35 boasts live entertainment, fine dining and the area’s best games, including stateof theart slots, blackjack and poker. The Silver Sevens Lounge offers live music Tuesday through Sunday evenings. The Grand Casino Hinckley also hosts top
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he natural beauty of the land surrounding the Cloquet area makes a majestic statement about the quality of life its residents enjoy. The rural lifestyle is greatly enhanced by equal access to both the Northwoods and lively urban centers. The diversity of recreational opportunities and educational and community activities give its neighborhoods their special flavor. Adjacent to the St. Louis River, Cloquet has everything for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy – wildlife, water and recreation, plus the only whitewater rafting in Minnesota. Whatever your preference, it’s all here with Minnesota small-town hospitality to boot. The St. Louis River played an important role in the City of Cloquet’s history, as the
Encore Performing Arts Center waterway supporting an entire industry during the fur trade era beginning in the mid-1700s. Later, rivers served as lifelines of the lumber industry beginning in the 1870s. The City of Cloquet grew on the banks of the St. Louis River, which continues to be a centerpiece for recreation and industry. With the sawmills, paper company and railroads in operation by the turn of the 20th century, Cloquet grew quickly. By 1890 the population was 2,530 and within two decades it had grown to 7,031. On October 12, 1918, devastating forest fires destroyed six towns and villages in the region, including Moose Lake and Cloquet. More than 550 people lost their lives in the fires. The City of Cloquet was almost completely burned, only to rise again from the ashes to
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become a changed, yet stronger community. Today the region is a hub of activity, offering four seasons of fun for residents and visitors alike.
Biking - Enjoy a long season on the Willard Munger State Trail, one of Minnesota’s most extensive trail systems. You’ll pass right through the heart of some of this region’s most spectacular and memorable scenery along more than 50 miles of well-maintained asphalt trails. In Cloquet, there are no trail fees, and entry points are just minutes away. Swimming Beach - Pinehurst Park in Cloquet is a great place to go for a swim with filtered, chlorinated water and a sand bottom. The clean, cool water is refreshing on a hot summer
day and sunbathers and children will love the sandy beach. Golf - Link up with some of the best golf around. Cloquet area courses are on par with the best in the region, so you’re guaranteed challenging rounds of golf and excellent service. Reasonable green fees and special arrangements for tournaments and other groups leave you free to focus on your game-winning drive! Camping - Here’s the pitch: come camp in Cloquet! Four area campgrounds cater to every camping enthusiast who can’t wait to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Canoeing & Boating Stream flow usually peaks in late April and falls throughout the summer. The river’s flow is affected by the regulation of reservoirs on tributaries, particularly the Whiteface
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Downhill & Cross-country Skiing Cloquet’s location provides easy access to the area’s best skiing opportunities. Cloquet is a great place to go cross-country skiing and is also the home to the Cloquet Invitational - Ski Jumping/Cross Country Nordic Combined Event.
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The Cloquet area is also one of the best places to enjoy the fall colors, with Jay Cooke State Park’s winding two lane roads and 50 miles of trails to take you on this spectacular journey. There are also trails on the banks of the St. Louis River within the city limits and miles of scenic wooded trails in Pine Valley Park on the southern edge of Cloquet.
Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station The Frank Lloyd Wright gas station is the only operating service station designed by internationally known architect Frank Lloyd Wright. See the cantilevered copper canopy, which extends 32 feet, the glasswalled observation lounge and the towering pylon that reaches sixty feet above the polygonal roof. This unique architectural structure was listed on the National Register in 1984. Northeastern Bar & Grill The Northeastern hotel and saloon was established in 1885 and is thought to be the oldest saloon in Minnesota. The Northeastern survived the 1918 fire, serving as a makeshift hospital. See the original African mahogany bar, a 1936 hand-painted mirror, and a 1936 moose head with a story you’ll want to hear! Open daily for drinks and lodging. Carlton County Historical Society The 1919 Shaw Memorial Library building, now housing the Carlton County
Historical Society, was built on the 1901 foundation of the previous library building, destroyed by the 1918 fire. In 1987 the library moved out and the Carlton County Historical Society moved in, creating a museum. Visit the Historical Society at 406 Cloquet Avenue. Encore Performing Arts Center The Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery has been the home of the County Seat Theater Company since 2008. Enjoy local art in the gallery and a glass of wine before the show. This is Community Theater at its best!
May 14 – Lumberjack Laps – Cloquet High School June 13 – Chamber Golf Outing – Cloquet Country Club July 4 – 4th of July Celebration July 4 – Sawdust 5k Run/Walk – Pinehurst Park July16 – Color Run – Pine Valley September 4 – Light up the Night 5k – Washington Elementary September 5 – Labor Day Celebration September 24 – River Run – Churchill Elementary October 14/15 – Craft, Art and Vendor Fair – Black Bear Casino/Resort December 2/3 – Santa’s Home for the Holidays Celebration
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The Northeastern Hotel (above) and Carlton County Historical Society (right) are both part of Cloquet’s historic sites.
• There are 75 lakes in Carlton County • The St. Louis River is the largest river to flow into Lake Superior • Actress Jessica Lange, NHL Hockey Players Jamie Langenbrunner, Derek Plante, and Corey Millen were born there • The region has the only whitewater rafting in Minnesota • Carlton County has more than 500 miles of snowmobile trails • Cloquet offers two of the last remaining ski jumps in Minnesota • Most of Cloquet burned in the fire of 1918, and more than 500 people were killed • Located at the Lake Superior North Shore and BWCA intersection of I-35 and Highway 33 north, Cloquet is a major artery from Minneapolis/St. Paul Area to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Ely and International Falls. Cloquet is conveniently located just two hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul on I-35 North
The aerial lift bridge is lit up with teal lighting Friday night in Duluth.
ith its sweeping views of Lake Superior, Duluth has long won the hearts of residents and visitors alike. In fact, after just one visit to the city you may want to upgrade from “visitor” to “resident” yourself! There’s a reason this hillside, lakeside gem was voted the winner of Outside Magazine’s Best Town contest, beating out 64 other remarkable cities to rise to the top. Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Department boasts no fewer than 132 parks in Duluth (to find them, visit duluthmn.gov), most sporting a backdrop of the magnificent Lake Superior. Around every corner you’ll find another hidden gem.
Jump on the Lakewalk in Canal Park and enjoy one of the most majestic strolls in America, while watching ships from all over the world come in. Canal Park is anchored by world-class dining establishments with a rich history and by the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), the Great Lakes Aquarium, Bayfront Festival Park and the Aerial Lift Bridge. At the other end of the Lakewalk you’ll find Leif Erikson Park and the Rose Garden – one of few traditional English gardens in the United States. Be sure to visit the Lake Superior Maritime Visit Center when in Canal Park. The center showcases films on the Great Lakes and model ships and exhibits. It’s also a great viewing area to watch your ship come in. For a schedule of arrivals and departures, visit lsmma.com.
Northshore Scenic Railroad
To dip your toes into the greatest freshwater lake in the world, head to Park Point and Brighton Beach. If you’d rather catch a ride on your sightseeing trip, hop onto the North Shore Scenic Railroad and ride the train to the Knife River Music Festival or follow along as runners complete their journey during Grandma’s Marathon. The elegant Dinner Train and the Murder Mystery Train are two of the most popular outings. Take the Fall Colors Tour through the magnificent autumn leaves or hop onto for the Beer Tasting Tour. For more information, visit nothshorescenicrailroad.org.
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In the heart of Canal Park, set against the majestic Aerial Lift Bridge is a Great Lakes vessel you can’t miss—and won’t want to. Despite carrying iron ore and coal for 40 years through treacherous storms, this massive ship remains in pristine condition today. Don’t miss your chance to tour the proud flagship of U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet. Schedule a group visit, get ticketing information or discover its rich history at decc.org/william-a-irvin.
If you haven’t been to downtown Duluth lately, well, you haven’t been to downtown Duluth at all! Brimming with shopping and restaurants and brew pubs, it’s become the place to be. Duluth’s downtown is not only a shopping and dining destination, but a treasure for historians. The Depot is a restored and repurposed train station, home to several organizations including the St. Louis County Historical Society, the Veterans’ Memorial Hall,
the Duluth Playhouse, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the North Shore Railroad and the Duluth Art Institute. While downtown catch a classic movie at the Zinema 2 and enjoy a drink and an appetizer at Zeitgeist Arts Café. Roll the dice at the Fond -du -Luth Casino or tip back a cold brew at the historic Fitger’s Brewery.
Bob Dylan Way
Children of the ‘60s won’t want to miss taking a stroll on Bob Dylan Way (Michigan Street). The 1.8-mile tribute
to the singer, songwriter and spokesman for his generation winds through downtown Duluth. Check out Dylan’s early childhood residence at 519 Third Ave. For more information visit bobdylanway.com.
The heart of Duluth doesn’t beat just in its city center. Head west to visit the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, the historic Clyde Iron Works restaurant and Wade Stadium. If it’s adventure you’re seeking, head
to Spirit Mountain and enjoy disc golf, a ride on the zip line, mini-golf and mountain biking. Mont du Lac Resort also offers an abundance of outdoor fun. While “Out West” visit the Lake Superior Zoo. The zoo is home to large carnivores, playful primates and cool cats that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Friendly zookeepers will answer all your questions and, if you’re lucky, you might get to hold a snake or a cockroach! Visit lszoo.org for hours and a schedule of daily events.
SKYLINE PARKWAY If you’re looking for the most spectacular view of the area, you’ll want to make your way to Skyline Parkway, with its hairpin turns along a ridge overlooking the city, the port and the St. Louis River. Along the way visit the historic Enger Tower and enjoy a peaceful lunch near the Japanese Peace Bell and gardens. As you travel east on Skyline you’ll come upon Hawk Ridge a renowned site for observation of raptor migration. Visitors come from all over the world to visit each year. Hawk Ridge’s guest register sports entries from thousands of visitors who have come from all 50 states and from more than 40 other countries. For more information, visit hawkridge.org. Whatever you’re looking for – fine dining, outdoor recreation, culture or art, you’ll find it in Duluth!
Enger Tower overlooks the city and the port.
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Beginning early June: View the sailboat races from Fitger’s Courtyard, 6-8 p.m. Every Wednesday night throughout the summer, watch the Duluth Yacht Club’s weekly regatta. The Duluth Playhouse presents Annapurna, June 2-12, 2016, Thurs.-Sat. @7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Twenty years ago, Emma walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses, leaving behind their marriage in the middle of the night. Now, hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado to find him living in a grungy trailer. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, rekindles the bond which brought them together all those years ago. Fitger’s courtyard Doggie Happy Hour. Every Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. Midi Restaurant’s Tiki Bar in the Fitger’s Courtyard hosts Doggie Happy Hour. There are treat samples for the pups and Bowser Beer available. Of course, there will be water too. Every week there will be a featured dog-themed cocktail for the twolegged folks. July 4: Visit Duluth presents Minnesota’s largest fireworks extravaganza. The aerial display begins at 10:10 p.m. in Bayfront Park. The region’s most spectacular fireworks display. Aug. 12-14: Bayfront Blues Festival. Welcome to the Bayfront Blues Festival, one of the largest annual outdoor music events in the upper Midwest. Each year nearly 20,000 fans are treated to more than 30 different acts on two stages at one of the region’s most beautiful open-air venues. Sept. 10-11: Garfield Ave. Kia of Duluth Drag Races. Don’t miss North America’s only 1/8mile legalized drag racing on a public street! Come out and witness more than 100 drag racing vehicles over two days of energized fun! Duluth year-round. Not a week goes by that visitors and locals alike have a reason to head out and enjoy music, theatre, the arts, entertainment and a remarkable variety of international and uniquely local fare.
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Minnesota Ballet The Duluth Playhouse Annual Duluth Boat, Sports, and Travel Show Lake Superior Family Fun Fest
Annual Arrowhead Home & Builder Show Annual Homegrown Music Festival Duluth Dylan Fest
The Duluth Superior Film Festival Grandma’s Marathon Annual Lincoln Park District Walleye Open Duluth Fourth Fest Annual Park Point Art Fair The Duluth Playhouse Downtown Duluth Sidewalk Days Annual Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival All Pints North Summer Brew Fest Twin Ports Bridge Festival Spirit Valley Days Annual Brewhouse Triathlon Annual Bayfront Blues Festival Art in Bayfront Park Art Fair Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival Duluth Triathlon The Tribute Fest Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival Duluth Air and Aviation Expo Annual Duluth Superior Pride Festival
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Minnesota Ballet The Duluth Playhouse KIA of Duluth Garfield Ave. Drag Races and Car Show Duluth Lakewalk Festival Hawk Weekend Festival NorthShore Inline Marathon Annual Chester Bowl Festival Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour Oktoberfest Duluth William A. Irvin Haunted Ship Tours Boo at the Zoo Gales of November
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GLENSHEEN MANSION An absolute must-see is Glensheen Mansion on London Road. Steeped in history and mystery, this stunning architectural wonder is perched on the shore of Lake Superior and is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. The seven-acre estate features gardens, bridges and the famous 39 room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, telling the story of Duluth’s rich history. Chester and Clara Congdon built Glensheen between 1905 and 1908 as their family home. This influ-
ential family is known for opening up iron mining in the region and setting aside land for public use, such as the North Shore Scenic Highway and Congdon Park. On June 27, 1977, Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse Velma Pietila were found murdered in the mansion. Two riveting novels were written on the famous murder, “Glensheen’s Daughter” and “A Will to Murder.” For more information on visiting the mansion, go to glensheen. wp.d.umn.edu.
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hether you are looking for incredible scenery, rich history, outdoor recreation or colorful events, while visiting Duluth you’ll want to cross the bridge to Superior, WI. Here you’ll be introduced to a true Wisconsin fish fry, hike portage trails of the early voyageurs, and stroll the beaches of Wisconsin Point, part of the world’s largest freshwater sandbar. Try a world-renowned burger at the Anchor Bar or tap into the brews at the Thirsty Pagan on your journey and make it uniquely “Superior.”
Richard Bong World War II Heritage Center
Richard Bong of Poplar, WI, was America’s leading Ace of all time, who piloted a P-38 Lightning through more than 200 missions over the Southwest Pacific in World War II and destroyed 40 enemy planes – the most by any United States pilot before or since. He was ordered home for his safety and married his sweetheart, Marge, in Superior. Six months later, in August of 1945, he was killed test-piloting one of the US’s first jet fighters, the Lockheed P-80. America’s Ace of Aces was brought home for burial in the Poplar cemetery. After his funeral, a group of businessmen and residents of Poplar formed the Richard Ira Bong Memorial Foundation, Inc., with the goal of raising funds for a memorial which would include a Lockheed P-38 Lightning like those flown by Bong. After moving the memorial to Superior, the heritage center quickly established itself as one of the most popular attractions in the Twin Ports.
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Dragon boat racing is not only one of the fastest growing water sports in the world it is also one of the most exciting. As one of the largest festivals of its kind, the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is proud to be a part of this growing community-building tradition and is looking forward to an unforgettable weekend of fundraising, fellowship and fun on Aug. 26-27, 2016. You can watch the races at Barker’s Island in Superior, feast on fantastic food, gather for celebratory music, song and dance, peruse the craft fair, and commemorate the weekend with a time-honored awards ceremony. It’s a world-class, multi-cultural event, and it’s a party fit for the whole family. For more information, visit lakesuperiordragons.com. For information on events and attractions in Superior, visit superiorchamber.org.
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The SS Meteor is the last remaining whaleback freighter designed by Captain Alexander McDougall and was built in Superior. These ships, innovative for their time, earned the name whaleback for their cigar-shaped steel hulls that rode low in the water when loaded with cargo. In 1972, after sailing under three names and being refitted twice, the Meteor returned to Superior and is now permanently land-berthed on Barker’s Island. Tour the ship from pilot house to cargo-holds. The museum also features exhibits on Great Lakes shipwrecks and the history of shipbuilding in the Twin Ports.
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Built as the family home for lumber and mining baron, Martin Pattison, his wife Grace and their six children, Fairlawn was completed in 1891 at the cost of $150,000; an equivalent of well over $3 million today. The mansion stands as an enduring testament to Pattison’s success and standing in the community. The Queen Anne Victorian house, featuring a four-story turret complete with a widow’s watch overlooking the bay, is a unique and well-recognized landmark in the city of Superior. In summer, gardens dot the expansive lawns with traditional flower varieties such as peony, rose, hydrangea and lily. Guests are welcome to stroll through the grounds at their leisure and may photograph the gardens and exterior of the mansion.
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s an important source of iron ore throughout the early 20th century, the Iron Range isn’t just scenic it is historically significant to the entire region. Visit the world’s largest open pit mine. Take a trip back in time at the Minnesota Museum of Mining, and throughout the range, discover another legacy of mining history the vibrant ethnic heritage of the men, women and families who settled the land to produce the iron ore that helped build the nation’s biggest cities. You can’t go anywhere on the range without stumbling over a historic site, from the 1,000 years of Native American history and culture on display at Bois Forte Heritage Center, to Bob Dylan’s childhood home in Hibbing. There are 35 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and that’s only the beginning. There are three state forests, five state parks, and dozens of picnic areas, trails, vistas and beaches throughout the region. Visit the Superior National Forest and enjoy 320,000 acres of natural beauty, 175 miles of hiking trails, and one
of the last great boreal forests. From the peak of summer through the chill of winter, anglers will find great fishing in this region. Guides are available on selected lakes, and area resorts rent out fishing boats, pontoon boats and ice fishing houses. From secluded, rock walled lakes to peaceful stretches of slow moving rivers, the region offers excellent opportunities for shore or boat fishing. Crystal clear glacial lakes offer walleye, northern pike, bass, crappie and muskie. Beautiful reclaimed mine pit lakes are stocked with rainbow, brook and lake trout. Scenic flowing rivers host excellent walleye and northern pike populations, and miles of beautiful trout streams let anglers wade in and explore true wilderness trout fishing. Of course every region is known for a few quirks. The Iron Range offers many opportunities for great family photos next to interesting landmarks. Don’t miss Honk the Moose, the Iron Man Statue and the World’s Largest Free Standing Hockey Stick and Puck. Yep, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!
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IRON RANGE April 7-10, Hibbing - The Last Chance at Hibbing’s Curling Club is an international event where curlers from around the U.S. and Canada meet to refresh old rivalries and vie for bragging rights, plus a payout of $5,000 to the winner. Watch the best North American curlers compete and join in the after-parties. June 4-5, Virginia – Iron on the Range - this is the bike event of the range, with custom bikes, handmade trophies, the Dyno, multiple vendors and a lineup of bands at the Sawmill Saloon. Proceeds benefit area veterans’ organizations. June 18-19, Virginia Land of the Loon Ethnic Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates the culture and customs of the diverse people who settled in Northeastern MN. The colorful traditions and flavors of the early immigrants and
settlers are re-created by a melting pot of artisans, crafters, musicians, entertainers and welcoming volunteers. The two-day festival kicks off the third full weekend in June on Saturday morning with an 80-unit parade down Chestnut Street and Fifth Avenue in the historic heart of Virginia. July 14-17, Gilbert - Crawl 4 the Cure is a charitable event where off-road enthusiasts raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter. They welcome all makes and models of off-road/highway vehicles and encourage family and friends to join in the fun. July 17, Chisholm High School - See Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” as performed by the Northern Lights Music Festival students and instructors. Based in and around Aurora, Northern Lights brings togeth-
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Aug. 20, Biwabik - Unleash your inner giant at the Rampage at the Ridge, an extreme obstacle course set at Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, where participants rely on stamina, teamwork. The event, sponsored by the United Way, benefits area veterans and made a big splash last year with nearly 800 competitors. This year, the obstacles and course will be bigger and more challenging, plus a kids’ course has been added so the whole family can dig into it! For more information, visit ironrange.org.
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ust a few minutes outside of Duluth beginning on Highway 61 stretching all the way up to the lakefront in Two Harbors and beyond to the Canadian border is a breathtakingly beautiful route designated a National Scenic Byway, and it’s a trip not to be missed. The area is rich in history – fishing, mining, lighthouses, shipping, logging and trains. The entire drive winds through state parks, national and state forests, charming communities, and trails galore all within a stone’s throw of Lake Superior. For avid anglers, the Lester, French, Sucker, and Stewart Rivers all have spring steelhead runs. The Sucker River also has an abundant spring sucker run. Be sure to get out of the car at the Gooseberry River. Two waterfalls are visible from the bridge and three more are a short hike away. The three lower falls drop more than 100 feet and the river path is stunningly beautiful. To see Gooseberry in all her glory, visit during spring runoff in April and early May.
On your way up the shore you’ll want to stop at Split Rock River, where you can access the river from the trailhead in the parking lot on the west side, or at an old road turnoff about a quarter mile east of the river on the lake side. Three miles upstream the west and east branches of the Split Rock join, beginning a 400foot tumble over cascades and rapids terminating in a high falls about one mile from the mouth. At Split Rock Canyon, the river spreads into a wide flat valley before discharging into Lake
Superior. And don’t miss Split Rock Lighthouse on your leisurely journey up the shore. Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark’s construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, it soon became one of Minnesota’s best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the light station offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting. Split Rock Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark.
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Temperance State Park
For the most dramatic views of the North Shore’s rivers, head to the Temperance. A mere quarter mile upstream, the Temperance River takes a spectacular last drop into a gorge so narrow you can’t always see where the river lands. Upstream a few yards more are roaring cascades. Just below Highway 61 is a footbridge showcasing the river’s mouth, for which the river was named. Temperance was credited as the only river along the North Shore without a sandbar at its mouth (though in some years it actually has a bar). The headwaters of the Temperance include Brule Lake, which is also the headwater for the Brule River.
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Each September the annual NorthShore Inline Marathon draws more than 3,000 skaters in the country’s largest inline skate marathon. Enjoy the country’s most scenic and exciting inline skating event along the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior. The 26.2mile marathon begins just south of Two Harbors and continues along Scenic Highway 61, rolling through the I35 tunnels and finishing at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. For more information or to register, visit northshoreinline.com. For more information on the North Shore and a full schedule of events, go to northshoreguide.com.
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At the far end of the shore you’ll find yourself in Grand Marais – a breathtaking, sleepy village of artists, fine dining and unique shops. The town is picturesque North Shore, with Lake Superior stretched out to the south and the pine forests climbing the ridge line to the
north. There’s no shortage of open mic nights, art showings, live music, folk school classes, plays, readings, happy hours, quaint cottages and outdoor activities. A side trip out of Grand Marais will lead you up the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway, winding 57 paved wilderness miles northwest near the border of Canada. It’s the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness BWCA, named one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic.
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area. Many of the shops feature handcrafted items made by regional artists. After you’ve finished your canoe trip or hike and visited the shops and galleries, stop by one of the many fine dining establishments and enjoy a sizzling steak, a wild rice dish or walleye fillet cooked to perfection. No matter where you land, you’ll always find good conversation and interesting tales about old Ely. Before you begin any Ely adventure, be sure to swing by Zup’s Store to stock up on supplies. Zup’s has a long tradition of superior sausage products, family involvement and hometown pride. Established in 1916, “Grandpa” John Zupancich purchased the original store from Frank Jenko. The store at that time was directly across the street from its present location at 303 E. Sheridan St. As a result of the popularity of the wide variety of products and the old world sausages, Zup’s store found itself beginning to incorporate immediate family members into its employ. Originally operated by Grandpa John and his sons Joseph, Eddie, Ludwig, Bill, Leonard, Albert and John Jr., the store continues the tradition with family
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management by the grandsons and great-grandsons of John Zupancich. Zup’s was founded on family tradition and the spirit still lives within the organization. Once inside, you’ll find
ocated in the heart of the Superior National Forest and on the doorstep of the wilderness area, Ely is one of the most wild and wonderful remote areas left in the continental United States. From pristine woodland streams to cool, clear placid lakes, this is one of the few places where you can still truly get away from it all. You can choose to paddle through seemingly unending chains of lakes, or motor to fishing holes most people only dream about. Canoeing, fishing and camping opportunities abound in the 2,000 lakes and streams found within the wilderness. There are more than 1,500 miles of canoe routes and hundreds of designated campsites. Walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass are plentiful. Several canoe outfitters are available to help you plan your trip into the wilderness area. Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitting and Outdoor Store is a one-stop shop before heading into the BWCA. For more information on planning your trip, visit elycanoetrips.com. Don’t let the quaint, small town atmosphere of Ely fool you. You’ll find some of the finest shopping while wandering the charming downtown
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While in the area be sure to visit the Soudan Underground Mine State park. This park is home to Minnesota’s oldest iron ore mine, where visitors can learn how mining shaped the history and culture of the Iron Range. Explore the dry house, drill shop, crusher house and engine house and take the boardwalk past one of the deepest open mine pits. Take an underground mine tour and travel a half-mile beneath the earth to the deepest area that was mined. And don’t miss the hiking trails that take you through a northern hardwood conifer forest. For more information, visit dnr.state.mn.us.
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Another fine choice for cocktails is Mike’s Liquor at 401 E. Sheridan St. Mike’s offers some of Northern Minnesota’s finest selections of great wines and microbrews, along with fine cigars, BWCA-approved merchandise and wine and liquor case discounts. Feel like having a cold one and getting to know the locals? Head on over to the Kwazy Wabbit. Completely renovated head to toe, you’ll love the stainless-steel backdrop of the bar and the unique draft beer dispenser. The lines run all the way down to the basement where the kegs are stored, and thus your beer will be extra cold when it comes up. Visit the Kwazy Wabbit at 11 N. Central Ave. in Ely.
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For a breathtaking winter adventure, nothing compares to dogsledding. It is truly a family-friendly activity, and Ely offers more sled dog trip providers than anywhere else in the world. www.ely.org.
North American Bear Center
No visit to Ely is complete without a visit to the North American Bear Center. The center is the only Science/Nature museum of its kind. Dedicated to replacing old myths with facts, it lets people learn about bear traits, ecology, and bearsâ€™ relationship with humans. The Bear Center is also home to ambassador black bears living in a naturally forested enclosure, complete with a pond and waterfalls. The bears forage on a variety of wild foods in
the enclosures and they live as natural a life as possible. Visitors can watch the bears interact, play, forage, swim, vocalize, climb trees and hibernate. Visit bear. org for more information.
Dorothy Molter Museum
To truly step back in time and soak up the regionâ€™s heritage, visit the Dorothy Molter Museum. Dorothy Molter was the last non indigenous resident of the BWCA. After her passing in 1986, her homestead
was dismantled and transported by dogsled and snowmobile to Moose Lake, and then on to Ely where volunteers restored two of her cabins at the current museum site. The museum keeps the adventurous pioneer spirit alive and encourages all who visit to live as Dorothy did in harmony with the environment, with great dignity, courage, helping humankind, and making a significant contribution toward a better world. For more information, visit rootbeerlady.com.
Take a step back to a simpler timeâ€Ś Nestled in a quiet grove of pines on the east side of Ely, Minnesota are the cabins and museum of the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Dorothy Molter.
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If you’re looking for a place to flop at the end of the day, stop by the truly charming Paddle Inn, just seconds from the gateway to the Boundary Waters. The Paddle Inn is known for its hospitality and attention to detail. For more information, visit paddleinnely.com. The Motel Ely – Budget Host is a family-owned and - operated motel and is a quaint, environmentally conscious motel with impeccably clean and comfortable rooms. This motel has been awarded the Budget Host Award of Excellence every year for more than a decade. With some of the lowest rates in the Ely area, the Motel Ely doesn’t sacrifice either quality or service. For more information, visit motelely.com The Adventure Inn offers its log building with Northwoods décor with uniquely themed rooms, and a new solar building with Scandinavian decor to relax and calm you. There’s also a Jacuzzi for two for those who need extra pampering after a big day of adventure. The Inn uses only earth-friendly cleaners in its rooms and 100-percent organic cotton sheets and towels. Enjoy soft down and raw silk duvets and fluffy down or synthetic down pillows and natural, herb-tinctured soaps for hair and body. Creature comforts include fresh brewed coffee. For more information, visit adventureinn-ely.com. For a full list of lodging options visit ely.org.
THE BOUNDARY WATERS More than 1 million acres in size, teh Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness contains more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and more than 2,000 designated campsites. Because this area was set aside in 1926 to preserve its natural state and was made part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964, the BWCAW allows visitors to experience canoeing, portaging and camping as the French Voyageurs of 200 years ago did.
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BLUEBERRY ARTS FESTIVAL The Blueberry Arts Festival, Ely’s signature summer event, features more than 260 artists and crafters, the last weekend in July.
Ely’s Feature event: Blueberry Arts Festival July 29-31, 2016 The Blueberry Arts Festival, Ely’s signature summer event, features more than 260 artists and crafters, 30 food vendors and local musicians. The Ely Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event, which celebrated its 35th year in 2016. It draws some 40,000 people over a three-day period to enjoy fine art, quality crafts and great ethnic food. The festival is held in Ely’s beautiful Whiteside Park where you can find wood and leather products, metal art, photography, paintings, jewelry and pottery, and many other unique handcrafted items. Local artists exhibit their creations and other vendors come from across the upper Midwest to show their creations. There are many things for the kids to do as well, from a moonwalk to train rides. Local stores and restaurants join in the festivities offering specials and tasty concoctions featuring blueberry-themed goodies, such as blueberry banana smoothies, tea, muffins, lemonade and scones. Make it a weekend and take in all Ely has to offer!
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No trip is complete... The Jasper Company, for good reason, has become known as a Retreat into Northern Hospitality. This place has it covered, from guided fishing trips to shore lunches to dogsledding and camping. The Jasper Company will provide you with extraordinary lodging, fun-filled guided or self-guided trips into the BWCA and Quetico Parks, and delicious baked goods and coffee to start each day of your visit to Ely. Y our trip can be as short as a day or extended to a week or even longer. Stay in downtown Ely, enjoy the Guest House or Bay House located on Jasper Lake, or camp on a remote wilderness lake. As an added bonus, indulge in the Jasper Bakery’s trophy muffins (from blueberry to cinnamon crunch to lemon poppy seed) and other delightful treats that will bring you back time and time again. For more information, visit jaspercompany.com.
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there are plenty of other activities to do at the park. Other outdoor activities include taking an excursion boat on Lake Itasca, exploring along Wilderness Drive, biking or hiking along more than 30 miles of designated trails, fishing in one of the many lakes, observing the wild flowers in season as well as birding. Like the entire Park Rapids area, wildlife can be seen throughout the park. A new bicycle trail was completed in 2014. A 6 mile paved trail connects Douglas Lodge with the Headwaters. Bikers share Wilderness Drive Loop with automobiles. For more information about the park events and schedules, call Itasca State Park headquarters at 218-699-7251 or go to www. dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/itasca/index.html
The North Country Trail
A series of 12 hikes (and one canoe trip) will be held on the North Country Trail as we celebrate 125 years of Minnesota State Parks and Trails and 100 years of the National Park Service. Scheduled one per month, these hikes are sponsored by both Itasca State Park and the Itasca Moraine and Laurentian Lakes Chapters of the National North Country Trail. Explore different sections on the scenic national hiking trail system as it passes through remote portions of Itasca State Park. Trying for the 125 Miles by Bike, Boot or Boat Challenge or the National Parks Service 100 miles? These events can help you add a little distance.
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ark Rapids is the undisputed Gateway to Itasca State Park and the south entrance is a 22-mile drive from Park Rapids north on Highway 71. The east entrance is only a couple miles farther north of the south entrance, and then another mile or so west on Highway 200. You’ll find it easily at the junction of Highways 71 and 200. On the drive north from Park Rapids on Highway 71 visitors can find several quaint shops and recreation areas to stop at along the way. Also, some fabulous restaurants are located just off of Highway 71 that are sure to satisfy any appetite. Itasca State Park encompasses Lake Itasca, the official source of the Mississippi River, and 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 will continue to be walking across the headwaters of the Mississippi River on stones at the mouth of Lake Itasca. But
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Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center
The Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center affords a “river of stories” for guests. The visitor center is named after the brave young park commissioner, Mary Gibbs. The “Rivers of the World” sculpture is the focal point, interpretive signs identify the earth’s waterways and the Centennial Plaque, Time Capsule and International Peace Pole also engage visitors. Outdoor exhibits in a portico allow the center to be open 365 days a year and as visitors enter,
they are greeted by quotes from the park’s premier explorers – Ozawindib, Henry Schoolcraft, Jacob V. Brower and Jean Nicollet. Visitors get acquainted with the Headwaters’ natural history and gain an understanding of the area’s attraction. The changes in transportation are documented – from Native American travel and trade, to US settlement and expansion to logging. Aiosks draw guests to learn the river’s story with a natural history angle. Visitors become attuned to its aquatic species, birds, animals, exotic species and plants. Headwaters Café is a cafeteria-style restaurant located at the Headwaters Center.
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• Stroll through nature trails brimming with wildlife • See the State Flower, the Lady Slipper in its natural surroundings, located along the scenic Fish Hook River. • See the steam-powered sawmill • See our many antiques on display • Visit our souvenir shop • Roam freely about and enjoy this unique experience
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Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center
The Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is the largest visitor center in any of Minnesota’s state parks. The 13,000-square-foot facility has exhibits on the Ojibwe, explorer and pioneer history of the area around Itasca. Land surveyor Jacob Brower lobbied hard to designate this area as a state park in 1891 to protect the pines from logging.
One historic landmark that has welcomed visitors to the park since the beginning of the 20th century is Douglas Lodge. The lodge, a two-story pine log building at the south end of Lake Itasca, has been serving guests since 1905. Few changes have been made to the original lodge, which was built with green, newly cut pine logs harvested in the park.
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of the area lakes and rivers, the advent of “paddy rice” which is grown commercially and harvested mechanically, has made the once regional product a nationally available commodity. Like the rice itself, the Wild Rice Festival has evolved as well. Today’s wild rice festivals sponsored by the Deer River Lions Club feature a full schedule of activities designed to bring the whole Deer River area community together for a weekend of fun, food, entertainment, and fellowship. The annual Deer River Bar-b-que and Brew Fest is July 19. The event will kick-off as pit and brew teams assemble for the competition. The Burners and Smokers will be creating their best renditions of low and slow beef brisket, pork, ribs and chicken. Brewers will be chilling down their favorite recipes in up to four styles – IPA (India Pale Ale), Stout/Porter, Lager and Brewer’s Choice. All will be competing for awards and bragging rights.
eer River is the “Gateway to the Chippewa” National Forest. The area has many resorts that can help complete the Northwoods experience. Surrounded by lakes, rivers and forests, the beauty of this area and what it has to offer, are sure to fulfill desires and make vacation memories last a lifetime. The business district is continually growing and adapting to fit the changing needs of the community as well as guests. With many nearby recreational attractions such as golf courses, tennis courts, bowling alley, shopping, parks, casinos, historical sites and landmarks, along with the outdoor activities, there is something for everyone. For more than 60 years the Deer River area has celebrated the World’s Largest Wild Rice Festival. This year it is July 7-9. Originally, the festival was established to bring the community together to celebrate the abundance of one of the area’s natural staples, wild rice. Though wild rice still grows abundantly in some
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elcome to Eagle Country. Remer is conveniently located in the southeast corner of the Chippewa National Forest; a 650,000 acre forest that is home to the largest population of nesting bald eagles in the contiguous 48 states. Watching eagles soar over the lake or above the tree-line while enjoying the many outdoor activities, is truly a breathtaking and majestic event. Surrounded by hundreds of lakes, streams, rivers and vast expanses of forest, the area provides an unparalleled setting for yearround outdoor activities, abundant wildlife and nature. The area has a rich history of logging and farming. The SOO Line Railway brought further economic vitality in the early 1900’s.
There are great dining and shopping venues throughout the Remer area as well. Stop in at any of the local establishments and be treated like a long time friend. Remer is home to the Northland Community Schools (ISD 118), and is fortunate to have up-to-date health facilities that include a physician’s clinic and family dentistry. The SOO Line Recreational Trail crosses through town, and the historic Depot building was saved from demolition by the Chamber of Commerce, restored, and now serves as a visitor center, museum and new public library. Whether just driving through or staying for a family visit or vacation, you’ll find the friendly atmosphere of Remer very inviting. Experience the Minnesota tradition of a lake vacation at one of the area
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before ending near the community of Cass Lake. Much of the trail passes through the Bowstring State Forest. There’s no better way to experience the forest than along a trail and odds are excellent you’ll see northern Minnesota’s abundant wildlife.
resorts, or stay in the heart of town. With an abundance of public land, the natural beauty of the area with the bountiful lakes and recreational opportunities is especially appealing to the outdoor enthusiast. Whatever your outdoor pleasure, be it fishing, hunting, photography, hiking, birding, etc., you are assured of an unforgettable experience. Nature has provided her finest no matter what time of year. Remer truly is a place to belong.
Soo Line Depot
Starting approximately 10 years ago a group of people with a vision of what the Soo Line Depot could be, saved the building from being demolished. Part of the Remer landscape for 100 years, a portion of that history is preserved in one area of the Depot that retains the hardwood oak flooring installed during the original construction of the Depot and the museum dedicated to the early days of Remer. The Soo Line North Trail stretches 52 miles through Cass County before ending near the community of Cass Lake. Much of the trail passes through the Bowstring State Forest. There’s no better way to experience the forest than along a trail and odds are excellent riders will see northern Minnesota’s abundant wildlife. There are two public restrooms for the convenience of travelers and people using the Soo Line Trail.
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September 4 - Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast Fire Hall 14 - Priority 55 Fish Fry - First National Bank 15-Oct 1 - “Fall Has It All” MultiJune Town Festivities 3 - Priority 55 Golf Tournament First 28 - Kids Klub Fall Party - First National Bank National Bank TBD - Garden Club Perennial Flower Sale at Memorial Park October 18 - Library Open House and Bake 1 - FALL FEST! Sidewalk Sales Kid Sale Fun 1 - Book/Bake Sale Remer Library July 11 - Annual Chamber of 2 - Family Picnic and Bingo Village Commerce Dinner Hall 29 - “Outdoorsman Night” Fireman’s Dinner August 31 - “Trunk or Treat” Northland 12 - REMER HARVEST FESTIVAL! School Live music, Food Vendors, Fireworks 31 - Haunted House - Village Hall 13 - Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Craft and Flea Market, Kid Fun, November Bingo 20 - Turkey Bingo - Village Hall
alker, located on the shores of Leech Lake and the Chippewa National Forest, is busy throughout the year with celebrations, music events and unique shopping opportunities. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe operates Northern Lights Casino near Walker. Tourists can learn more about the area by visiting the Cass County Museum. A community center holds a fitness center, meeting rooms and space for community events, such as flea markets.
Moondance Jammin’ Country Fest is June 17-18. This year’s lineup includes Florida Georgia Line and Chris Young as headliners. Moondance Jam is a classic rock festival held annually. This year, it’s scheduled for July 21-23. Moondance Jam is Minnesota’s largest rock festival and is recognized as the premier classic rock festival in the United States.
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A celebration of family values, community pride and commitment to the preservation of the Leech Lake area culminates with Walker Bay Day, Aug. 1.
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The 44th annual Leech Lake Regatta is Aug. 7-10. Racing, sailing, campfires, music and camaraderie are part of the weekend.
On September 10, the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 24th Annual Ethnic Fest in Walker.
The International Eelpout Festival is each February. Be sure to plan on attending in 2017.
Festival of Lights
The Annual Festival of Lights is held the day after Thanksgiving in Walker, this year Nov. 25-26.
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keley offers many outdoor activities and attractions for tourists. It is located right on the corridor of the Lake Country Scenic Byway, 10 miles west of Walker and five miles east of Nevis. Highway 64 also goes south toward Motley. Besides being a good place to enjoy the outdoors, the small town offers plenty of other attractions with two theaters. Many artists also make their home in Akeley. The former school now includes a public library, archery range and a used clothing and furniture shop. A community garden is established near the former school. Several organized events throughout the summer lead ATV riders through the managed network of trails in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. The many resorts around the lakerich area offer amenities and shopping for a vacation to remember.
Big Paul Bunyan
Akeley’s Paul Bunyan statue in the center of town can’t be missed. He is shown down on one knee with his huge hand held out to comfort kids of all ages. The 31-foot
tall statue has welcomed visitors to Akeley for more than 25 years. There is a picnic area, covered pavilion and park close to Paul’s statue. Also, the Heartland Trail routes behind the pavilion and during warmer weather, you might find music, barbecues, parties and all kinds of activities going on around the town’s favorite icon. Paul Bunyan Days is June 25-26 this year in Akeley. For more than six decades the community of Akeley has celebrated the legendary lumberjack, Paul Bunyan. This summer will be no exception. The event features a parade, great food, a refreshment garden, flea market and crafters, live music and more.
Audrey’s Purple Dream
Each February, the annual Audrey’s Purple Dream Fishing Tournament is held on 11th Crow Wing Lake, Akeley. Audrey’s Purple Dream is dedicated to the memory of Audrey Faye Pidde, a lifelong resident of Akeley. She passed away March 24, 2005 after a battle against cancer. The event’s founder, Melissa ‘Nib’ Niblick succumbed to cancer in 2009. Niblick organized the community fundraiser in 2005 in honor of her friend and cancer victim Audrey Pidde. One of Pidde’s wishes
had been to travel to Alaska. Niblick took on the role of fundraiser to fulfill the dream.
Woodtick Theatre’s summer season kicks off in mid-June and runs through mid-September. The building is a former dry goods and grocery store that has been converted into this theater with the down home living room atmosphere. It is a foot stompin’, hand clappin’, fun, lively musical theater.
orset is located about six miles east of Park Rapids or six miles west of Nevis on Highway 34 and about a mile north on state Highway 226. Many travelers bicycle to Dorset by starting on the Heartland Trail in Park Rapids, Nevis, Akeley or Walker. Some start out at the trailhead in Dorset. There is plenty of black-
topped parking, a playground to keep the kids amused while parents can relax at the rest area, which includes toilets and picnic tables. Plus, the trailhead is right next to downtown Dorset for easy access to restaurants and shopping.
Taste of Dorset
Dorset has become known for its annual Taste of Dorset festival held the first Sunday in August each year. Folks walk the main street of Dorset while nibbling all kinds of tasty cuisine from outdoor vendors.
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Nevis’ Northwoods Triathlon sets off across north woods lakes and trails Saturday, Aug. 13. The event sends contestants into the waters of Lake Belle Taine for a quarter-mile swim, over 14 miles of scenic countryside aboard a bike and down the Heartland Trail on a 5k run. lage is home to several restaurants, small shops, a grocery and of course the trademark – the muskie in the center of town that reigns and watches over all festivities and activity. Nevis will celebrate its annual Muskie Days celebration July 29-30. Geared to young and old, the event features parades, food, games and music. A Music Festival also coincides with Muskie Days and will feature a variety of bands.
Nevis Pig Races
The Nevis Pig Races are becoming a destination for many and the event continues to grow. Thousands flood to Nevis for the event that features young piglets heading out with the bell to gain fame – or infamy – for their sponsors. The pigs are trained by Gary and Glenda Dauer, of Leader. This year is sure to bring squeals of joy once again to those who attend. So make sure to mark July 5 on your calendar and plan a trip to Nevis to see the pigs.
VISIT NEVIS THIS SUMMER! June 12 - Sites & Bites July 10 - Pig Races July 29-30 - Muskie Days August 6 - Citywide Garage Sale August 13 - Northwoods Triathlon
City Beach & Park, Highway 34 to Nevis, north on CSAH 2 and west on Beach Road. Playground equipment, picnic tables, swimming beach and restrooms. Muskie Park, Highway 34 to Nevis, north three blocks on CSAH 2. Picnic tables, pavilion and playground as well as a Veterans Memorial with a lighted flagpole, flowerbed, honorarium benches and walkway.
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Imagine yourself here!
Nevis is often celebrated as the gateway to the Paul Bunyan Forest, where hikers and campers can enjoy more than 40,000 acres of woodland. Nevis is 10 miles east of Park Rapids and five miles west of Akeley. It claims to be home of the world’s largest tiger muskie – a statue of such can be found if you drive up the main street to the park. The town is located along the east end of Lake Belle Taine. A bison ranch, an emu ranch and golf courses are not too far from Nevis. State forest trails are signed for off-highway vehicle travel, and the famous 27-mile Heartland Trail runs through Nevis. It is kind of the midpoint of the Walker to Park Rapids portion of that trail. The community offers several public recreational facilities, such as a public beach, park, dock, boat ramp and public access to Lake Belle Taine. The quaint vil-
ark Rapids is the ultimate tourist destination with its endless recreational opportunities and lakes, friendly people and outdoors activities. It is known as the Gateway to Itasca State Park because of its proximity to the park, located 22 miles north on Highway 71. Park Rapids swells in the summertime as visitors return to the area for its unique features, including more than 500 clean, clear lakes that surround the area and invite all types of water sports from fishing to water skiing. Visitors return each year to stay at resorts and cabins during the summer. The area also boasts more than 3.5 million forest acres to explore during a visit to Park Rapids. Fall is also a popular time to visit the Park Rapids area, with plenty of places to hike, canoe, fish and bike. Driving around for a look at colorful trees in the fall is also a popular activity.
The old-fashioned Main street, with center parking, is like no other. Downtown Park Rapids offers a variety of unique
stores, restaurants and shops that are filled with fun items. Visitors are welcomed with blooming flowers and several street features including customized granite inlays on street corners depicting area lakes, decorative light poles, along with unique benches, trash cans and bicycle racks. Although downtown has several new features, it also maintains its old-fashioned charm.
2nd Street Stage
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) will sponsor 2nd Street Stage Thursday evenings June 16 through Aug. 18 with a new line up of bands, a beer garden, kidsâ€™ activities and more.
Bite of Park Rapids Street Fair
Take a bite from local restaurants during Bite of Park Rapids on Sunday, July 10. Listen to live music, bring the kids to an inflatables park, and participate in food races and contests for prizes. Adults can enjoy the beer garden.
Additional downtown activities
Crazy Days Thursday and Friday, July 28-29. Sidewalk sales, crazy costumes and live music. Water wars on Main Thursday, Aug. 11 brings a match-up between our venerable firefighters and local teams battling it out for the legendary traveling looney trophy and bragging rights. The contest kicks off Legends & Logging Days Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13. On Halloween, hundreds of costumed characters come downtown for Trick or Treat Park Rapids. Downtown businesses kick off the holiday season the Friday after Thanksgiving, hosting a Yuletide Sampler in their stores and celebrating the annual tree lighting with a live Nativity, caroling, Santaâ€™s arrival and the countdown to light the beautifully decorated Main Street tree. The annual event is best described as a small town, Norman Rockwell moment. For more information on these and other events, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown. com
PARK RAPIDS Hubbard County Fair
The 2016 Hubbard County Fair will expose visitors to a smashing monster truck event. The 120th annual fair, put on by the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association, will be held July 13-17 in Park Rapids. Along with Friday’s monster trucks, Saturday’s truck and tractor pull and kiddie tractor pull, the fair will feature its popular talent contest Wednesday, July 13, and 4-H exhibits. The Midway, run by Crescent City Amusements, will run from Wednesday through Saturday this year.
The talent contest and teen dance Wednesday is one of the highlights as talented and brave youngsters take the stage. Friday’s Summer Smash of six monster trucks is the highlight of the week. And Sunday, North Country Mud Racing returns to the grandstand. The 4-H Exhibit Hall will feature livestock, poultry, horses, rabbits, a dog show, 4-H vendors, open class exhibits and vendors. Don’t forget the fair food! Stop over for cheese curds, ice cream and other mouth-watering delicacies. gohugos.com
early 1970s. The number of History Located at the intersection facilities is fewer at this time, of Highways 71 and 34, Park but there are plenty of quality Rapids was established in resorts, motels, private camp1879 when C.O. Todd filed the grounds and bed and breakoriginal town site. The railroad fasts to provide a quality stay arrived in 1884 and the city in the area. was named as the county seat Fourth of July of Hubbard County in 1887. Park Rapids is a destination The local economy is based on tourism, agriculture, logging for Fourth of July each year. and light manufacturing with a Events include a large parade through town, Firecracker 5K strong service sector. Tourism in the area was race in Heartland Park and a a thriving industry starting in famous fireworks display over the late 1880s. Most came the beautiful Fish Hook River. to the area via the railroad The annual fireworks display with the resorters picking up has grown each year to now their guests at the train depot one of the largest and specand transporting them to tacular shows in the state. In their respective resorts. The between these events, be sure resorters would use roadways to check out the shops and as well as waterways to the restaurants that are open for visitors to enjoy during the day. resorts. In 1920 there were 11 resorts in the area and within two years that number had doubled providing accommodations for 1,500 visitors. The number jumped to 47 Guide in Half Page Ad - 2015.pdf 1 2/6/2015 7:54:45 PM Hugo's Park Rapids Destinations 1928 and topped 200 in the
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The Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club will have its annual Field Days show Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7. Field Days activities bring visitors back to the old days with demonstrations of what life was like on a farm. Demonstrations of combining, threshing, tractor plowing, shingle making, a hay press, gas engines, lath making, snow fence machine and sawmill are done on the grounds. Horse-related machinery is on
Legends and Logging Days
Park Rapids Legends and Logging Days is Aug. 11-13 at the East 40, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club grounds. Weekend festivities begin with Water Wars on Main in downtown Park Rapids on Aug. 11. Teams sign up to battle it out for bragging rights and ownership of the “Loony Traveling Trophy” for the year. World Champion Lumberjacks demonstrate wood chopping, sawing, ax throwing and more at the Lumberjack Show and Interactive Camp. This event is reminiscent of the days when pioneers came to the north woods to make a living and stayed to build our towns. Produced by the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and spanning three days in August each year, Legends and Logging Days is the definitive summer festival for Park Rapids. It kicks off downtown on Thursday night then moves to the East 40 Tractor Grounds for the Legends & Logging Days festival on Friday and Saturday. Park Rapids Fire Department hosts the 3rd Annual Five Alarm 5K.
Carter’s Red Wagon Farm
Carter’s Red Wagon Farm annually
holds pumpkin parties on a grand scale. Activities include journeys through an “amazing” maze, setting sail in giant pumpkin boats, wagon rides and performances by illusionists and the rockin’, squawkin’ scarecrow band. Tony and Linda Carter are the masterminds behind the merriment and Tony creates a new maze each year. The farm is located southwest of Park Rapids.
Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Contest
The Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Contest is held the first Saturday of February each year and draws many people to the area and onto Fish Hook Lake. The event gives away more than $110,000 in prizes each year, including a truck and fish house most years.
Itascatur is a bike, ski, and run club from the Park Rapids area. It is a social and active group that sponsors the Headwaters 100 bike ride every September as well as running races throughout the year. The club has built and maintained the Soaring Eagle Ski Trails and Nordic Center north of
Art Leap 2016 is Sept. 24-25 in lakes country. Enjoy the fall colors on a driving tour of artists’ studios and other cultural destinations throughout our mysterious Jack Pine woods. Meet artists and artisans in their studios and workshops. Enjoy live performances of music. Maps are available at the Visitor Center and the event is free to the public. Highlights of Art Leap include outdoor music, hors d’oeuvres and seeing fall colors at their peak while driving from studio to studio. Artists utilize this event to educate people about their art.
display as well. For the kids there is a petting zoo, miniature railroad train rides and collectibles. Square dancing, gospel music and a church service Sunday morning are part of the events. Breakfast and lunch are served both days and a light supper is available Saturday evening. Ice cream is plentiful and available all weekend. A tractor parade is each day and Saturday has a tractor pull. The Antique Tractor and Engine Club grounds are located on County Road 6 about a half mile south of Highway 34 on the east side of Park Rapids.
Park Rapids. The club has an organized bike rides in the summer and also has gatherings during the ski season. For more information, go to www.itascatur.org.
Entertainment and fine arts possibilities abound in the Park Rapids area. The Nemeth Art Center and Hubbard County Historical Museum are both located in the original Hubbard County Courthouse at 3rd and Court in Park Rapids.
The Northern Light Opera Company stages musical productions each summer, along with other productions during the year. The Long Lake Theater presents heartwarming drama and sidesplitting comedy and is located in Hubbard on the south end of Long Lake. Jasper’s Jubilee Theater on Highway 34 east of Park Rapids provides comedy and musical theater for area residents and visitors alike. And the Heartland Concert series, Community Band and Classic Chorale provide entertainment throughout the year.
PARK RAPIDS PBR Bull Ride
The annual PBR Bull Ride and PRCA Rodeo takes place Friday through Sunday, July 1-3, in Park Rapids. The Upper Midwest’s largest Professional Bull Riding event returns with an all-star cast of bull riders and bucking. The PBR pits a tough, wiry cowboy on the back of a hulking 2,000-pound bull to see if he can ride the beast for 8 seconds. Top stock contractors provide the bucking stock including world champion bulls. Events will feature kids’ sheep riding and other entertainment for spectators.
This year’s event features a PRCA rodeo with all seven major events on Friday, July 1 followed by two days of PBR touring pro bull ride Saturday and Sunday. New this year is a large PBR digital video replay board for spectators to catch the action again and again. The high-flying Moto X returns this year to entertain at the halftime show. This event attracts the nation’s top riders the bulls mainly come from a famous bull farm in Mandan, N.D., owned by Chad Berger, along with other contractors in the region. They are big and ornery, champions at throwing riders.
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The venue in Minnesota is a retreat from the heat of Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, where other events are held. The Jokela ProWest event is the nation’s largest PBR event over the 4th of July weekend. Audiences return year after year to enjoy the pageantry of the opening ceremonies and the thrills of riders hanging on for life during those eight seconds. In addition, the venue is featuring dances/concerts each night. Updates on the musical lineup will be available at www. parkrapidsbullride.com The rodeo and bull ride event takes place rain or shine. The gates open at 5 p.m. rain or shine with shows beginning at 6:30 p.m. Early bird VIP ticket specials are available. Go to www.parkrapidsbullride. com for updates, details and ticket info.
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WHERE THE STREETS ARE EXTRA WIDE AND EXTRA SMILES ARE FREE! We invite you to visit Park Rapids soon. You’ll be glad you did! Coborn’s
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Livestock, poultry, horses, rabbits, dog show, 4-H exhibits, open class exhibits, vendors.
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Lakes, TRAILS &â€ˆFORESTS North Country Trail
DID YOU KNOW?
The North Country Scenic Trail connects seven states, and runs through the Chippewa National Forest.
See for information about the entire trail from New York to North Dakota.
Hiking opportunities abound on the North Country National Scenic Trail, one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the United States and the only one in Minnesota. It connects seven states between New York and North Dakota. In Minnesota, the North Country Trail was completed through the Chippewa National Forest in the late 80s and through Itasca State Park in the mid-90s. Construction of the trail between the Chippewa National Forest and Itasca State Park was completed in November of 2009. It is now possible to hike between SE Juggler Lake Road in Becker County and the southeast edge of the Chippewa National Forest, approximately 136 miles. Here the trail passes through county lands, Itasca State Park, the Paul Bunyan State Forest and the Chippewa National Forest (the width of Cass County) to the Aitkin County line southeast of Remer. The trail path is natural with roots and snags removed, and brush and overhanging limbs trimmed for unimpeded hiking. Being open to foot traffic only, hikers, berry pickers, hunters, birdwatchers, geocachers, cross country skiers and snowshoe hikers have miles of trails to explore. There are summer parking lots at the following trailhead locations: There are summer parking lots at the following trailhead locations: Chippewa National Forest Picnic Area south of the Highway 371/200 junction S hingobee Recreation Area southwest of Walker on Highway 34. Cass County Highway 12
approximately 5 miles southwest of Walker . Highway 64 and East Steamboat Forest Road, approximately 4 miles north of Akeley. Nelson Lake Campground in the Paul Bunyan State Forest west of Highway 64, access off of Hwy 64 on the Gulch Lake Roads just south of the Forest Edge Winery. Hubbard County Highway 4 and Halverson Forest Rd, approximately 3 miles south of the town of Lake George. The south entrance of Itasca State Park, off of Highway 71. Itasca State Park, .5 miles north of Highway 113 on 540th Avenue. Anchor Matson Forest Road, west of Itasca State Park, 2.8 miles north of Highway 113. Clearwater County Highway 39, west of Itasca State Park, 1.5 miles north of Highway 113. Highway 113, northwest of Bad Medicine Lake, .8 miles west of Becker County 37. Elbow Lake Road, northwest of Ponsford Prairie, 1.4 miles west of Becker County 37. There is a kiosk or signboard with information about the trail at most locations. Posted on the kiosks are hiking distances to the nearest kiosk or a number of roads not listed above that cross the trail where road parking is available. For example, a short hike of interest would be from the Shingobee Recreation Area to Hwy. 12. This hike of 2.7 miles goes by Lake Six, crosses the combined Paul Bunyan and Heartland Bicycle Trails and on to Hwy. 12. There are scores of hiking opportunities, long and short, from the locations listed above.
is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Construction has begun on the All Veterans Memorial Interpretive and Educational Center.
Park Rapids has numerous public parks that are well-used by visitors as well as residents. Red Bridge Park and Heartland Park are located on Fish Hook River and are at the start of the Heartland trail, which is a popular destination for cyclists. Depot Park near downtown Park Rapids features tennis courts and an ice skating rink in the winter. The All-Veterans Memorial Park is located on Highway 71 south, adjacent to the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The memorial is devoted to the memory of all veterans of all wars and branches of service. Visitors will find granite monoliths commemorating past wars and a stone walkway and benches commemorating individual veterans. The lighted area
Yuletide Sampler/Christmas tree lighting
Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, the community comes together to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and partake in the true meaning of giving. The Yuletide Sampler and Community Christmas Tree Lighting is held the day after Thanksgiving on Main street in Park Rapids. This year, the event is Friday, Nov. 28. Each year, a tree is donated by someone in the area and the night is filled with Christmas carols and an appearance by Santa Claus.
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Northern Pine Lodge 218-732-5103 www.northernpinelodge.com
Jonathan & Kelly Schupp 14588 230th Street, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Brookside Golf Course 9 Hole - Par 27 Course Great for beginners, families and pros! Club and pull cart rental, no tee times necessary.
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Family Fun Resort on Potato Lake Private Setting • 15 lakeshore cottages 130 wooded acres • Beautiful sand beach Supervised children’s activities • Sauna Tennis • Mini golf • Rec room • Canoes Shuffleboard • Sailing • Paddle boats Children’s playground
CALENDAR of EVENTS 2016
2 – Park Rapids Enterprise Food Shelf Chili Challenge Benefit, Park Rapids American Legion 5 – Energy and Wellness Expo, Century School, Park Rapids 8 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Leave it to Beavers” 15 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Oxcart/Red River Trail” 18-19 – St. Urho Days, Menahga 19 – Spring Equinox Snowshoe Hike, North Country Trail 22 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Speech Talent Showcase” 25 – Maniacal4, Heartland Concert Series, Park Rapids 25 – Fish Fry, American Legion, All Vets Memorial for building fund 26 – Easter Egg Hunt, Muskie Park, Nevis 29 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “Costa Rica Travelogue”
5 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “A Treasury of Old Souls” 9 – Mack Bailey, Heartland Concert Series, Park Rapids 12 – Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program “History of Logging in Northern Minnesota” 18 – A Tribute to Neil Diamond, Heartland Concert Series, Park Rapids 22 & 24 – Park Rapids Classic Chorale spring concert 30 – Laurentian Divide Vista Hike, North Country Trail
1 – Hubbard County Historical Museum opens 8 – Park Rapids Area Community Band Concert 12 – Friends of the Library Book Sale 13 – Kinship Fish Fry, Park Rapids American Legion 16 – Hubbard Co. Historical Society program “Logging History” 20 – Benefit dinner for building fund for All Vets Memorial 21 – Park Rapids Bike Opener 21 – Spring Wildflower Hike, North Country Trail 27 – Menahga High School graduation 28 – Nevis High School graduation 28 – Farmers Market Hwy. 34 East opens 29 – Park Rapids High School graduation
1 – Gathering on the Greens, fundraiser for CHI St. Joseph’s Foundation and Hospice 4 – National Trails Day, North Country Trail and Itasca State Park 8-30 “Guys on Ice” musical, Long Lake Theater
10 – Hubbard County Relay for Life 11 – Headwaters Animal Shelter Tails on the Trails Walk-A-Thon, Park Rapids 11 – Passion for Fashion Style Show, fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Auxiliary, Faithbridge Church, Park Rapids 11 – Lakes to Pines 5K Fun Run 12 – Nevis Sites & Bites 14 – Flag Day Picnic, American Legion, fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary Group 2 17 – P.E.O. Chapter FJ Summer Tea fundraiser, Riverside Methodist Church 18 – Kinship Amazing Chase, Park Rapids 18 – Emmaville Annual Centennial 23 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 24 – Benefit dinner for building fund for All Vets Memorial 25 – Lady Slippers of Itasca, North Country Trail 25-26 – 67th annual Paul Bunyan Days, Akeley 27 – Hubbard Co. Historical Society program “Nyckelharpa, Musical Instrument” 30 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids
1 – Hubbard County Historical Society Roast Beef Dinner, American Legion 1 – Park Rapids PRCA Rodeo 2-3 – Park Rapids PBR Bull Ride 4 – Firecracker Foot Race, Heartland Park, Park Rapids 4 – Fourth of July parade 4 – Park Rapids Area Community Band pre-fireworks concert 4 – Park Rapids Rotary Fourth of July fireworks
7 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 8-10 – Menahga Midsummer Festival 10 – Nevis Pig Races 10 – Bite of Park Rapids, Downtown Park Rapids 13 – Kinship Mini-Golf Tournament, Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park 13-17 – Shell Prairie Agricultural Association Hubbard County Fair 14 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 14-15 – Friends of the Library Book Sale 15 – St. Joseph’s Hospice Care Chicken Dinner, Park Rapids American Legion 21 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 25 – Hubbard Co. Historical Society program “Jefferson Highway” 28 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 28-29 – Crazy Days, Downtown Park Rapids 29-30 – Nevis Muskie Days and Music Festival 29-31 – Northern Light Opera Co. presents “Annie Get Your Gun,” Park Rapids Armory 30-31 – Lake George Blueberry Festival
4 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 4-6 – Northern Light Opera Co. presents “Annie Get Your Gun,” Park Rapids Armory 6 – Nevis Community-wide garage sale 6-7 – Field Days, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club’s East 40 Grounds 7 – Taste of Dorset 11 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown
CALENDAR of EVENTS 2016 23 – Kinship Spaghetti Dinner 24 – Headwaters 100 Bike Ride, Park Rapids 24-25 – Art Leap 24 – Great American Story, Park Rapids 26 – Hubbard Co. Historical Society program “Running a Resort on Skunk Lake” 30 – Benefit dinner for building fund for All Vets Memorial
Park Rapids 11-13 – Legends and Logging Days, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club’s East 40 Grounds 13 – Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis 18 – 2nd Street Stage, Downtown Park Rapids 19 – Youth Music & Art Showcase VIII 19 – Festival of Tables & Salad Luncheon, St. Joseph’s Auxiliary fundraiser, Riverside Methodist Church, Park Rapids 20 – Tour de Pines Bike Ride 20-21 – Art Fair at the Winery, Forestedge Winery 26 – Benefit dinner for All Vets Memorial 27 – North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park 29 – Hubbard Co. Historical Society program “Itasca State Park”
2-3 – Nimrod Bull Bash 15 – Hubbard County Historical Society, Soup and Salad Luncheon
1 – Fall Colors Vista Hike, North Country Trail 13 – Friends of the Library Book Sale 22 – Wild Rice Festival, Park Rapids 22 – St. Joseph’s Foundation Benefit Gala 24 – Hubbard Co. Historical Society program “Minnesota History through postcards” 31 – Trick or Treat Downtown Park Rapids
19 – Discovering the Civilian Conservation Corps, North Country Trail 24 – Turkey Trot and 5K Walk/Run, Park Rapids 25 – Light Up a Life Tree Lighting Ceremony and Yuletide Sampler
10 - Christmas Sweets, Treats, & Treasures St. Joseph’s Auxiliary fundraiser, Riverside Methodist Church, Park Rapids
AKELEY CITY PARK & CAMPGROUND 11th Crow Wing Lake
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BERT’S CABINS At Itasca State Park Dave & Pat Evenwoll
15782 Wilderness Drive Lake Itasca, MN 56470 218-266-3312 • bertscabins.com
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BROOKSIDE RESORT Two Inlets Lake Kellers & Wallenbergs
31671 Co Hwy 50, Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-4093 brookside-resort.com
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CAMP LIBERTY RESORT 8th Crow Wing Lake Todd & Kristin Kittleson
20522 269th Avenue Nevis, MN 56467 218-652-3533 • camplibertyresort.com
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CEDAR SHORES LODGE & RESORT INC. Long Lake Jerry & Wanita Nosbush
17915 Dayspring Drive Park Rapids, MN 56470 • 218-732-4626 cedarshoresresort.com
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EN-OF-TRAIL RESORT Bass Lake John & Pat Kubat FUN TA BOOT RESORT Boot Lake Robert & Harriet Williams
48883 Marilou Drive Ponsford, MN 56575 218-573-3791 • en-of-trail-resort.com 34243 Co. Hwy. 46 Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-4650 • fun-ta-boot.com
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HOOT OWL RESORT Hoot Owl & Pickerel Lakes Bill & Shirley Fritze LITTLE NORWAY RESORT Little Mantrap Lake Charles & Sissel Brandon
10449 Hoot Owl Lake Road Waubun, MN 56589 218-734-2245 • hootowllodge.com
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LONG LAKE PARK AND 213 Main Avenue North CAMPGROUND Long Lake Bagley, MN 56621 Clearwater County 218-657-2275 • longlakepark.com Fishing licenses, paddle boat. LOON’S NEST RESORT Fish Hook Lake Bill, Kim, Grant & Amber Larson
19331 Eagle Pointe Trail Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-3028 • loonsnest.com
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MANTRAP LODGE Big Mantrap Lake Mike, Diane & Jeff Roy
20725 Jewel Drive Park Rapids, MN 56470 800-424-0901 • mantraplodge.com
Modern cabins with screened-in porches, heated pool, expansive playground, organized family activities, lodge with WiFi/arcade. Email: email@example.com
NORTHERN PINE LODGE Potato Lake Jonathan & Kelly Schupp
14588 230th Street Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-5103 • northernpinelodge.com
Safe sandy beach, tennis court, 18 hole mini-golf and sauna
PINE CONE LODGE & VACATION RENTALS Big Sand Lake & Thomas/Loon Lake
The Brand Family 19703 Grouse Rd., Park Rapids, MN 56470 320-491-6952 • www.pineconelodge.info
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RIVERSIDE POINT RESORT/ MOTEL Fish Hook River Dan & Cheryl Howland
PO Box 412, Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-9711 • 800-733-9711 riversidepointresort.com
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ROYAL STARR RESORT 6th Crow Wing Lake Ernie & Linda Strong
19222 Echo Ridge Drive, Nevis, MN 56467 218-652-3821 • 1-800-822-0701 RoyalStarrResort.com
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STOMPIN’ GROUNDS Paul Bunyan State Forest Steve & Connie Werner
26993 Hwy. 64, Akeley, MN 56433 218-652-2964 stompingroundslodge.com
On-site bar and restaurant open year ‘round! Camping is seasonal.
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Wide open spaces
f you like wide open spaces, you’re going to love Wadena. Wadena has several beautiful and well-maintained parks featuring everything from playgrounds to horseshoe pits. Totaling more than 200 acres of playgrounds and parks, Wadena is sure to have a few things to keep kids occupied this summer. All parks and playgrounds close at 10 p.m.
Sunnybrook Park is just east of Wadena with access from U.S. Highway 10. It is the largest park in the city with 78 acres
of grass, water, pines and oak trees. Some features include: Fishing for trout and sunfish, picnic areas with grills, playground, disc golf, volleyball and softball fields, viewing of buffalo, deer, peacocks and golden pheasants at the children’s zoo. Sunnybrook also offers semi-enclosed shelters and a campground. The campground area includes 20 full hookups with 39 sites and takes reservations. Open May 15-Oct. 1.
Black’s Grove Park
Black’s Grove Park is two miles west of Wadena, This park, which is more than 50 years old, is sure to provide a relaxing atmosphere. Surrounded by majestic oak trees and pines, the park offers trails suitable for hiking in the summer. Children may also enjoy playing in the log shelter or looking for deer and other sorts of wildlife. A long and winding ski trail is about 7k long and can be used for hiking, mountain biking or cross-country skiing in the winter.
Tapley Park on Lincoln Avenue Southwest offers within its 18 acres: Soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, nature trails, horseshoe pits, shelter, restrooms and a play area.
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The Southwest Playground on Fourth Street provides numerous activities for children. Some include: Playground equipment, basketball court, soccer field, tennis and volleyball courts, baseball fields, warming house and skating for the winter as well as restrooms.
Burlington Northern Park
At the center of the city, Burlington Northern Park serves as a common ground for children and adults during the summertime. The park offers a nice picnic area with the atmosphere suitable for a lunch. The park also includes a bandstand.
Softball and Horseshoe
The Softball and Horseshoe Complex is also on the southwest side of town at Second Street. This recreation complex is home to the summer recreation baseball and softball programs. The complex includes: Four fenced softball fields, competitive horseshoe pits, concession and restroom building and a sliding hill in the winter.
Historic Wadena Depot
The restored, historic Wadena Depot opened its doors in 2008. It boasts many community and arts events throughout the year, along with wedding receptions and other private events. It is located at Burlington Northern Park near the intersections of U.S. Highway 10 and 71. www.thedepotwadena.org
WADENA CALENDAR of EVENTS 2016 June
16, 17, 18 - June Jubilee in Wadena 17-19 - Sebeka Red Eye River Days 22-25 - Wadena County Fair
8-10 - Henning Area Festival 9 - Bertha Bear Country Day 15-17 - Clarissa Summerfest 22 - MS Tram 29-31 - Verndale Strawhat & Sunbonnet Days
Madhattersâ€™ Drama Camp in Wadena Madhattersâ€™ Showcase at Memorial Auditorium 13-14 - Old Wadena Rendezvous 12-14 - Parkers Prairie Fall Festival 20 - Vining Watermelon Day
19-21 - England Prairie Pioneer Days 25-28 - Staples Railroad Days 27-28 - Finn Creek Festival
2-5 -Nimrod Jubilee Days 15 - Annual Chili Cook-off, downtown Wadena 17-23 - Whiskey Creek Film Festival in Wadena, Cozy Theatre
26 - Christmas Festival and Santa Carriage Rides in Wadena 24 - Community Thanksgiving Dinner 24-Jan. 1 - Christmas in Wadena Light Show 24-Jan. 1 - Nativity Scenes Viewing
WHITETAIL RUN GOLF Golfers will want to experience the Whitetail Run Golf Course north of town. It’s a Joel Goldstand 18-hole course and captures the beauty and challenge suggested by Wadena’s motto: Where the prairie meets the woodland. 218-631-7718
Wadena County Historical Society
If you’re looking for more learning than leisure, try the Wadena County Historical Society (Museum and Historical/Geneology Research Center). It is located at 603 North Jefferson Street (U.S. Highway 71). The museum offers 15 exhibit areas featuring artifacts depicting the lifestyles of early pioneers. It has an 1886 courthouse piece on the grounds, which was part of the original courthouse, an 1886 barn wall in its country store room and a Two Nations Indian Village. It has a large collection of photographs related to Wadena County. You will find family histories of many citizens, past and present.
Murals of Minnesota
Learn about Minnesota’s history in the back alleys of
Wadena with the Murals of Minnesota, also known as the Alley Arts Project. Wadena boasts dozens of huge, color murals depicting the people and places that shaped Minnesota history. Learn about the early settlers, the logging industry, how natural resources shaped our development and interesting people throughout the years. Stop by the Bernauer Building on Jefferson Street in Wadena to start the tour of murals.
Shopping, dining and lodging
There are many fine restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, fast food places and several bar and grills for your dining delight. The downtown area also has gift shops and more. There are several motels in Wadena and resorts in Wadena County and the surrounding area.
Wadena’s Madhatters Community Theatre group has entertained audiences for many years. To help entice kids into drama, Madhatters, with the help of Five Wings Arts Council, also sponsors a summer drama camp for ages 9-18. www.madhattersinc.org
The annual Christmas Festival has brought artists and art lovers together during the weekend after Thanksgiving for 30 years. The festival is held at Wadena Memorial Auditorium and Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School.
Maslowski Wellness and Research Center
At ‘The Mas,’ staff strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment where everyone can create their own healthy lifestyle. The center has something for everyone. With over 57,000 square feet, ‘The Mas’ contains a six lane lap swimming pool, zero-entry recreational pool, 90’ water slide with various other water features. A sauna/ steam room, whirlpool, warm water therapy pool, two racquetball courts, state-of-the-art
fitness facility with a walking track, and a multipurpose gym that contains court standards for 3 volleyball courts, 3 basketball courts, tennis and pickle ball courts. The Mas also offers a variety of programming for all ages and levels including Red Cross Swim Lessons, fitness classes and winter leagues.
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Pine Grove Zoo Summer fun @ 2:15 Mon: Critter Encounters Wed: Animal Training Demonstrations
LITTLE FALLS The falls attracted settlers in 1848, making it one of central Minnesota’s oldest cities. Little Falls was a center for the lumber and paper industries Today, the community is renowned for its outstanding architecture, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.
RIVER FACTS Here, near the center of Minnesota, the Mississippi River was a gathering place for the Ojibwe. Later, the falls were noted by explorers including Zebulon Pike, Joseph Nicollet and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft.
Public Art Scavenger Hunt 13 Artistic Bike Racks, 6 Garbage Art , 7 Window Clings, 6 Exterior murals, 4 Interior Murals and 2 Benches. Find all! SHARE YOUR PHOTOS TO FACEBOOK! www.facebook.com/ littlefallsmncvb
County Bike Guides and visit all the artistic bike racks in Little Falls
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Great Day Trips
Today we celebrate our history, adventure, and endless Attractions and Activities…..
ATTRACTIONS Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and State Park Linden Hill Mansions (Tours) Minnesota Fishing Museum & Hall of Fame Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Museum
Minnesota Military Museum Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Cass Gilbert Depot (Tours) Pine Grove Park and Zoo Gordon Rosenmeier House (Tours)
EVENTS April Apr 1 & 2 – Grand Opening The Food Hub, locally grown food, jewelry, and Art Vendors Apr 8 – Fishing with the Pros event, Falls Ballroom Apr 27-30 – Pierz Garage Sale Days May May 21 – 8th Annual Rock and Run 1, 3, 5,10 K, Belle Prairie Soccer fields Farmers Markets (May-October) • Zoomski’s – Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am-12pm • Coborn’s parking lot – Thursdays 3pm-7pm • Boys and Girls Club (on the west side of town) Wednesdays and Saturdays 7am-12 noon June Jun 1- Sept 2 – Linden Hill Historic Tours Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 11:00am and 12:30pm, Linden Hill Historical Event Center. (Weyerhaeuser Mansion) Jun 2 – Rock, Roll and Stroll Car Show, Pierz 6-8 pm Jun 4 - Living History, Meet the Lindberghs 10am5pm, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Plant Sale 8am- Noon, Linden Hill Historical Event Center. (Pavilion) Jun 15 - Vintage Car celebration, Cabin Fever 6-8 pm, FREE music event Jun 18 – Dam Festival 11am, parade, Falls Festival on Foot (Open Streets), and Fireworks Jun 18 - Living History- Meet the Lindberghs 10am-5pm, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Jun 22 - Wine and Beer Event ‘Better with Age’, Linden Hill Historical Center Jun 30 – Free Concert “Rock the Park” at Maple Island Park July July 2 - Living History- Meet the Lindberghs, 10am-5pm, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site July 3 - Bowlus Fun Day July 4 - Randall Parade July 4 - Fourth of July Enrichment Event 1:30-3 pm, Pine Grove Zoo July 8-10 - Swanville Carnival July 12 - Linden Hill Garden Walk 3pm-8pm, Linden Hill Historical Event Center. and other homes
July 16 - Pierz Freedom Fest July 16 - Living History- Meet the Lindberghs, 10am-5pm Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site July 20 - Vintage Car Celebration, Falls Ballroom Free event 6-8 PM Music July 23 – The Food Hub, Locally Grown and hand-made products WW l Exhibit Opening MN Military Museum July 28-30 - Halfway Jam XII, Royalton August Aug 3 – Free Family Event –St. Francis Green Fair, 4pm-8pm, St. Francis convent Aug 4 – Rock, Roll and Stroll Car Show, Pierz 6-8 pm Aug 6 - Platte River Day, Royalton Aug 11-14 - Morrison County Fair, Morrison County Fairgrounds Aug 6 - Living History- Meet the Lindberghs, 10am-5pm, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Aug 17 – Vintage Car Celebration, Falls Ballroom Free event 6-8 PM Music Aug 20 – Living History - Meet the Lindberghs, 10am-5pm, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Aug 22 – Hospice Run Aug 27-28 - Pierz Oktober Fest, Pierz September Sept 1 – Rock, Roll and Stroll Car Show, Pierz 6-8 pm Sept 3 - Living History- Meet the Lindberghs, 10am-5pm, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Sept 10 & 11- Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair, Antiques and Collectables Fair (LeBourget Park) Sept 11 - Lone Eagle Auto Club Car Show, Morrison County Fairgrounds Sept 17 - Cheers to Morrison County, 3-6 pm, Camp Ripley Sept 17 - Breakfast with the Animals 8-10 am, Members & Volunteers Only, Pine Grove Zoo October Oct 1 - ZooFest 11 am-3 pm Pine Grove Zoo Oct 21 - The Fabulous Armadillos, Falls Ballroom November Nov 25-Dec 4 – Holiday Mansion and Museum Tours, 1-6pm daily December Dec 7 - St. Nick Night, Pierz 001378712r1
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17- Sarah Morris Concert @ Centennial Auditorium
7 - Afterglow Concert - Staples Area Men’s Chorus @ Landmark Inn
11 - BBQ N’Blues Festival in Cushing 16-19 - Motley Morrison County Fair 16-19 - Motley June Fest 19 - Father Son/Daughter Golf Tournament - The Vintage at Staples
3 - Live band, street dance, fireworks in Randall 4 - Parade in Randall 9 - Izzy Cup @ The Vintage at Staples 10 - Music in the Park @ Northern Pacific Park Staples 16 - LEAP New Resident Picnic Pine Grove Park 17 - Music in the Park @ Northern Pacific Park Staples 24 - Music in the Park @ Northern Pacific Park Staples 24-29 - Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Mid Summer Nights Dream 29-31 - Verndale Strawhat and Sonbonnet Days 31 - Music in the Park @ Northern Pacific Park Staples
5-7 - Scandia Valley Summerfest Lincoln 7 - Music in the Park @ Northern Pacific Park Staples 14 - Music in the Park @ Northern Pacific Park Staples 25-28 - Staples Railroad Days 26-28 - England Prairie Days
1 - Real Men Sing @ Staples Motley High School 8 - Festival in the Park in Cushing
17- Christmas Parade in Cushing
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Cozy cabins nestled in tall pines on the Fish Hook River. Good ﬁshing and good shopping, the best of both worlds. See our ad inside. 700 Park Ave. North, Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-9711 • 800-733-9711
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Your morning begins with a delicious, home-cooked breakfast. And after a busy day, wind down on the deck as you watch the river go by.
Red Bridge Inn Seven non-smoking rooms with breathtaking views of Fish Hook River.
Open Year Round 118 North Washington, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Cozy country lobby with stone ﬁreplace, handcrafted Amish furniture and Beaver chew lamps Indoor Pool • Spa • Sauna Try our king spa, two room king suites or our two room grand suite w/spa!
Welcome to the end of the day. Hwy. 34 East, Park Rapids, MN 56470
218-732-1234 • 800-634-3444
Continental Plus Breakfast (Including Hot Belgian Wafﬂes) Direct Snowmobile Trail Access FREE wireless high-speed Internet & 32” TVs 001370320r1
Book your stay today ~ www.parkrapidscla.com
Your guide on where to go and what to do as you explore the scenic lakes, rivers and woods of Duluth, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, E...
Published on Sep 1, 2016
Your guide on where to go and what to do as you explore the scenic lakes, rivers and woods of Duluth, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, E...