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TRAVEL PLANNING TIPS

Mail in the Reader Inquiry Postcard you’ll find in this Guide. Indicate the destinations you are interested in, and they will be notified to send you information.

Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Check out websites for area surprises. Website addresses are in the Guide Directory. Check out the new and innovative digital guide on the web! Go to www.itinerariesmidwest.com to access this guide online. A click on an advertisement takes you directly to their website! Call Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce directly. They can answer your questions about attractions, events, dining, and accommodations. Contact Explore Minnesota Tourism at 1-888-868-7476 where a travel counselor will assist you, and even mail information to you.

Orphanage Museum

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

Travel Information Centers are conveniently located and distribute free literature from around the region. TIC staff are trained and ready to assist you while you are on the road.

Internet Resources: www.511mn.org Minnesota’s Road Traveler Information Service designed to help travelers access weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion - 24/7. www.exploresouthernminnesota.com Southern Minnesota tourism website. www.exploreminnesota.com Minnesota statewide tourism website. www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks Information about Minnesota State Parks. www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails Information about Minnesota State Trails. www.byways.org/browse/states/MN National Scenic Byways site with map. www.mnmississippiriver.com Minnesota Great River Road National Scenic Byway information. www.accessminnesota.org Assistance and access information for persons with disabilities. www.maicc.org MN American Indian Chamber of Commerce. www.mfea.net Minnesota Festival & Events Association guide to member events. www.mississippirivertrail.org Promotes tourism development in river communities.

MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY Salt Lake – Marietta

See the only alkaline lake in the state. This briny body of water attracts all sorts of birds not native to the area and is a birdwatching Mecca. Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site – Comfrey

For thousands of years, the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site has been an important place for the people who lived here. Before the pyramids were built, before the first stone was erected at Stonehenge, there were carvings in the rock. Oldest Rock on Earth – Granite Falls

The exposed rock is 3.8 billion years old, 115 E Hickory #230 - Mankato, MN 56001 888-975-6766

which is impressive considering the earth itself is 4.5 billion years old. This rock was exposed from the mantle when Glacial Lake Agassiz emptied into the ocean during the last Ice Age. Schell’s Brewery – New Ulm

Come to the place where the story of German craft beer began. Schell’s has been passed down through six generations. Brew masters remain dedicated to German traditions. Minnesota’s Machinery Museum – Hanley Falls

This museum features five large buildings on a beautiful six-acre site. Its mission is to recapture a century of stories about farm life.


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SOUTHERN LAKES SPAM® Museum – Austin

The SPAM® Museum simply can't be beat — except by a brand new SPAM® Museum to be unveiled in 2016. Orphanage Museum – Owatonna

As the only known Orphanage Museum in the nation, the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum was founded to “Remember the Children.” Visit and learn about the unique history of the school. Minne-SOY-ta Nice Candle & Soap Factory – Albert Lea

Minne-Soy-Ta Nice Boutique not only sells and manufactures natural bath and body

products, but also supports and sells products made by local artists and crafters. Jolly Green Giant – Blue Earth At 55.5 feet tall, the Jolly Green Giant is the eighth-tallest freestanding statue in the United States. Visitors may pose for photos between his six-foot-long feet.

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Outlaw Trail – Northfield

Since 1948, folks have come from all over to the Defeat of Jesse James Days to witness the reenactment of the attempted bank raid — those pivotal seven minutes in history when Northfield defended itself against the notorious James-Younger Gang.

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12 MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY & HISTORIC BLUFF COUNTRY National Eagle Center – Wabasha

The National Eagle Center is a world-class interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha. Home to five rescued eagles: four bald eagles and one golden eagle. National Trout Center – Preston

Conserving our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their coldwater environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness. Participate in lectures, workshops and tours. LARK Toys – Kellogg

For over a quarter of a century, LARK Toys has offered remarkable toys, most notably their own handmade heirloom wooden toys.

One of the largest family-owned specialty toy stores in the country. Minnesota Marine Art Museum – Winona

With its substantial and diverse collections, 10+ annual exhibitions, and dozens of programs, this is one of the most unique and dynamic art museum experiences you can find. Niagara Cave – Harmony

One of the most fascinating and unique geological attractions in the United States. Visitors will witness an underground stream, a waterfall nearly 60 feet high, stalactites, calcite flowstone, and several fossils, dated to over 400 million years.

End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum – Currie

Exhibits and interpretation of artifacts and stories of the Southwest Minnesota frontier experience. Fort Belmont – Jackson Explore a unique re-creation of Fort Belmont, built by settlers living in Belmont township

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26 Prairie Land Our Neighbors . . . 34 Travel Planning Map . . . 36 Directory & Map Codes . . . 38

Publisher: This publication is produced by Itineraries, Inc. in partnership with Southern Minnesota Tourism Association.

PRAIRIE LAND Pipestone National Monument – Pipestone For countless generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipestone found at this site. These grounds are sacred to many people because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer.

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of Jackson County in the early 1860s. Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum – Walnut Grove

The museum's collections are housed in a series of interesting buildings, including an 1898 depot, a chapel, dugout display, little red schoolhouse, early settler home, and covered wagon display. Historic Dayton House – Worthington

Fully restored 1890s home. The Historic Dayton House can serve as a gathering place plus has all the lodging amenities you would expect in a five-star bed and breakfast.

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PHOTO CREDITS: Cover photo: Visit Mankato, LLC – Devil’s Gulch. Small cover images: Murray County Tourism, New Ulm CVB, Owatonna Area Chamber & Tourism, Visit Mankato Other photos: Albert Lea CVB, August Schell Brewing Co., Austin CVB, Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce, Cari Bullemer, City of Medford, Doug Tisue, End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum, Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, Fairmont CVB, Faribault Area Chamber & Tourism, Fort Belmont, ImagineGnat 2014, Jackson Area Chamber, Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Lake City Tourism Bureau, Lanesboro Area Chamber, LARK Toys, Luverne Area Chamber/CVB, Mantorville Area Chamber of Commerce, Marshall CVB, MN Marine Art Museum, MN State Public School Orphanage Museum, Murray County Tourism, National Eagle Center, Northfield Area Chamber/CVB, Olivia Area Chamber of Commerce, Owatonna Area Chamber & Tourism, Pipestone Chamber & CVB, Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau, Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism, Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce, St. Peter Tourism & Visitors Bureau, Southern MN Lakes Region, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Visit Mankato, Walnut Grove, Waseca Area Tourism & Visitors Bureau, Western MN Prairie Waters CVB, Wilder Pageant, Willmar Lakes Area CVB, Worthington Area Chamber/CVB.


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he Minnesota River Valley was carved into the landscape by vast glaciers at the end of the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. A prehistoric river drained the mighty Lake Agassiz leaving this 5-mile-wide valley through which the Minnesota River now flows. It was the Dakota people who named the river, which means “sky-like water” in one interpretation. The state was later named after the river. Drive along Highway 212 between Montevideo and Granite Falls to view the oldest known rocks in the continental United States—dating back 3.8 billion years. The valley is known as the center of Minnesota’s canning industry and remains the country’s largest producer of sweet corn. When visiting the area, take the scenic route along the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway. Discover history, hunting, art, fossils, theatre, entertainment, food, festivals, beer, wine, birding, parks, outdoor activities, shopping, antiques, museums, golfing, camping, gaming, and…whew! The list is endless. Come and relive the stories of the past and appreciate all the valley offers today, then return home with new stories of your own.

GRANITE FALLS - FAGEN FIGHTERS WWII MUSEUM www.fagenfighterswwiimuseum.org

FAGEN FIGHTERS WWII MUSEUM

Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is home to a one-of-a-kind collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II. Also featured are fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia displays, and an ever-growing library. The facility is designed as a self-guided experience, and gives a rare look into the lives and legacy of the Greatest Generation. Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, there is a great experience to be had. HENDERSON

entertainment, shopping, and nightlife. With extensive cycling trails, open country roads, downhill slopes, and river rapids, Mankato is the ideal vacation spot in the Minnesota River Valley. Visit Blakeslee Field in July and August for Vikings Training Camp. The festive Viking Village includes an Autograph Zone, Kids Zone, delicious food and beverages. Come for the great events, stay for Greater Mankato. MARIETTA www.mariettamn.com

Birding enthusiasts flock to Salt Lake every April for Marietta’s spectacular bird-watching opportunities.

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Henderson is home to the one and only Sauerkraut Days, held annually the last weekend in June, and featuring the World Champion Sauerkraut Eating Contest among other festival events. The city is also home to the Sibley County Historical Museum, a century-old home that now serves as a museum. MANKATO www.visitgreatermankato.com

Just 75 miles from Minneapolis, Mankato offers small town charm with a thriving regional center. They are a hub for arts, RAMSEY FALLS - REDWOOD FALLS

NEW ULM www.newulm.com

This “City of Charm and Tradition” is located in the Minnesota River Valley. New Ulm is recognized for its strong German heritage – evident in the many festivals, monuments, architecture and traditions. Food and drink figure strongly into local traditions, and along with several fine-dining options, Schell’s Brewery is a must-see. It is the second oldest familyowned brewery in the country, specializing in brewing German-style lagers and uniquely crafted beers, with 18 different brews! Visit the brewery for a tour.


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JANUARY Ole and Lena Days . . . . . . . . . . Granite Falls 320-564-4039 Winterfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Peter 800-473-3404 FEBRUARY Fasching/Bock Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 888-463-9856 The Tombstone Trio Brewery Party. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Mankato 507-386-2337 MARCH Farm Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 888-463-9856 41st Annual Jazz Festival. . . . . . . Lamberton 507-752-7361

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APRIL Home, Yard & Garden Show . . . . Springfield 507-723-3517 Savor Minnesota Morgan Creek Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 507-947-3547 MAY Maifest Morgan Creek Vineyards. . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 507-947-3547 Syttende Mai Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . Hanska 507-233-4304

PowWow - Mankato

The grounds offer floral gardens, roaming peacocks, and barrel after barrel of the finest beers imaginable. Monuments like the Glockenspiel and Hermann the German will delight and entertain you. Festivals like Bavarian Blast in July and Oktoberfest in October

are widely popular, but keep in mind there is a festival nearly every month! History lovers will enjoy the iPod tours and the Walking Tour brochure that gets you up close and personal with history. You must see the stunning exhibit on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 at the Brown

JUNE Redwood Falls Community Parade . . . . . . . . Redwood Falls 507-637-2828 38th Annual Lower Sioux Wacipi . . . Morton 507-637-2828 Ambassador Blues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Peter 507-934-3400 Milwaukee Road Heritage Ctr. Crafts & Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . Montevideo 320-269-9563 Dawson Riverfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dawson 320-769-2981 Sauerkraut Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henderson 507-248-3234 Riverside Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Springfield 507-723-3508 JULY Bavarian Blast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 888-463-9856 Redwood County Fair . . . . . . Redwood Falls 507-637-2828 Corn Capital Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia 320-523-1350 AUGUST Farmfest 2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morgan 507-637-2828 Brown County Free Fair . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 888-463-9856 54th Annual Buttered Corn Days Sleepy Eye 800-290-0588 Hummingbird Hurrah . . . . . . . . . . Henderson 507-723-3508 SEPTEMBER Riverblast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 888-463-9856 Fall Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Redwood Falls 507-637-2828 OCTOBER Oktoberfest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 888-463-9856 Annual Great Grape Stomp Morgan Creek Vineyards. . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 507-947-3547 NOVEMBER Christmas by Candlelight . . Redwood Falls - 507-637-2828 Parade of Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 888-463-9856 Holiday Open House Morgan Creek Vineyards. . . . . . . . . . New Ulm 507-947-3547 DECEMBER Christmas in the Village . . . . . . . Montevideo 320-269-7636 Nativity Pageant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Springfield 507-723-3508

County Museum and the fantastic 1873 murals of scenes from Germany at historic Turner Hall. The Specialty Shops offer a wide variety of unique gifts for all and families will enjoy Flandrau State Park with their outdoor pool, 7-mile paved bike path, and environmentally themed mini-golf course at Putting Green. Other worthwhile visits include: the Wanda Gag House, Governor John Lind’s home, and the MN Music Hall of Fame. Morgan Creek Vineyards offers entertainment, as well as award-winning wines and mini-pizzas. The Minnesota and Cottonwood Rivers offer fishing, ■www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com

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canoeing and recreational boating. Their valleys lend a natural beauty not found elsewhere on the prairie. OLIVIA

and all 50 states to Renville County to study agriculture. The Corn Monument features the largest ear of corn in Corn Monument

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Olivia is located 90 miles west of the Twin Cities. Its claim to fame is its title as the Corn Capital of the World. This area has the highest concentration of seed research and processing companies of any place on the globe. Its reputation has brought visitors from 53 foreign nations

Bring the family to the annual Corn Capital Days and Sweet Corn Feed, held the last weekend in July. Join in all the fun with musical entertainment, kiddie parade, mini-triathlon, kid’s pedal pull, art show, crazy days, a fly-in breakfast, and the grand parade. Play a round at the public golf course, go bowling, pause and relax in their seven beautiful parks. Enjoy unique dining at Max’s Grill attached to the world famous Sheep Shedde Inn; offering clean, comfortable rooms, located on west Highway 212. Visit the historic Saint Aloysius Catholic Church, which recently finished a $1.4 million restoration and has been referred to as “the Jewel of the Prairie” by Jason Davis, On the Road Again. ORTONVILLE / BIG STONE CITY www.bigstonelake.org

Minnesota and most visitors stop to have their picture taken with the colorful statue. Take a stroll around town and visit the renovated Renville County Courthouse. Built in 1902, it is architecturally significant as one of Minnesota’s finest Victorian monumental buildings.

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The sister cities of Ortonville, Minnesota and Big Stone City, South Dakota welcome you to their prairie oasis. The Big Stone Lake Area is a haven for sportsmen, hunters, birders, outdoor enthusiasts and tourists.

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REDWOOD FALLS www.redwoodfalls.org

Redwood Falls is located along the Minnesota River and is home to Ramsey Park – the largest municipal park in the state. Stop by to enjoy the picturesque Ramsey Falls, termed as the “Little Yellowstone of Minnesota.” Camp, hike, or visit the animals at the zoo, which include buffalo, elk, deer, prairie dogs, and numerous species of upland game and waterfowl, all on the same 217-acre park property. The Redwood Falls Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course strung in and around the park, is known

for both its beauty and its “island hole.” On a hot summer day, drop by the outdoor Redwood Falls Aquatic Center for a refreshing ride down the waterslides. Summer is also a perfect time to visit the Redwood County Historical Museum, displaying 30 rooms of area history as well as the Gilfillan Farm Estate in Morgan, MN, a beautiful farm rich with culture and history, and home of Farmfest in August. Celebrate Redwood Falls in June with the annual town celebration event, or take in Redwood Area Theater’s summer production in July. Also in July, the Redwood County Fair takes place on the fairgrounds in the center of the community, and the downtown streets are filled during the last Saturday of September each year with the Annual Fall Festival, complete with entertainment, food, and crafts. Settle in for a peaceful night’s sleep at the Redwood Lodge, or enjoy the warm hospitality and unique atmosphere of The Vintage Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Redwood Falls. Come explore the Redwood area! For a full list of events and special attractions, visit www.redwoodfalls.org. SLEEPY EYE www.sleepyeye-mn.com

Chow down at a gigantic FREE corn feast at Buttered Corn Days in August, or visit in September for a huge flea market and craft show at the Great Grassroots Gathering. The infamous Linus Statue is a must-see for young and old alike. Sleepy Eye is rich in history, rich in tradition, and rich in pride. Come see for yourself! SPRINGFIELD www.springfieldmnchamber.org

Located on Highway 14 (the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Highway), and nestled along the scenic Cottonwood River, is a growing vibrant community with a solid base that includes a strong city government, 8

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a variety of businesses and advanced education. The Rothenburg Campground— adjacent to the Riverside Park complex— offers full hook-ups, WIFI, a swimming pool and waterslide. Don’t miss Kartin’ in the Park for Go-Kart rentals on weekends, or their 18-hole Disc Golf course connected to a 3-mile paved hiking/biking trail. Historic downtown Springfield offers a variety of businesses within two blocks of the park. The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham offers 30 rooms, an indoor pool and spa. The Springfield Area Community Center (neighboring the park) offers a variety of spaces and services. ST PETER www.stpeterchamber.com

At the heart of the picturesque Minnesota River Valley stands St. Peter’s Pearly Gates, an attraction unlike any other. See the Linnaeus Arboretum on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, providing “an environment to educate the mind and revive the spirit.” Check out the E. St. Julien Cox House, an architectural marvel built in 1871, and don’t miss the Arts Center— an active hub of arts in the St. Peter area. Walk the trails where the village of Traverse des Sioux once stood along the river, and visit the Nicollet County Historical Society and Treaty Site History Center Museum. Enjoy various recreational activities, excellent restaurants, cozy accommodations, and a vibrant business district—all in St. Peter! WATSON Visit Lac qui Parle State Park, located in Watson. The “lake that speaks” is a dominant feature of this park. The lake is a stop over for thousands of migratory Canada geese and other waterfowl in the spring and fall. Cast a line and catch walleye or go horseback riding along the trails.

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WESTERN MINNESOTA PRAIRIE WATERS www.prairiewaters.com

Kick back, relax and enjoy the serene prairie, lazy rivers, and the rich ethnic & cultural heritage of West Central Minnesota. It’s life in the slow lane at its best. Breathtaking sunsets, long walks among the wildflowers, bird watching, peaceful surroundings and an abundance of wildlife all accompany a visit to one of these four counties known as the Prairie Waters. An area abounding in beauty, heritage and nature welcoming visitors with open arms, an area where the coffee is always on and the door is always open. It is home to many outstanding artists, unique shops, and locally grown produce to help fill your shopping bags. The area is home to the award winning Meander Art Crawl, a free self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The Minnesota River and other waterways serve as a recreational magnet for outdoor enthusiasts—hunters, fishermen, birders and paddlers. The region offers an array of disc golf courses as well. Enthusiasts of this popular sport can find courses in Appleton, Madison, Dawson, Canby, Montevideo, Granite Falls and Clarkfield. With history around every corner, the Prairie Waters region is a great vacation spot for those who want to linger and take time to get to know the people and places. You’ll be surprised at what you find. Once you visit, you won’t want to leave. Appleton is the only city in America with streets named for its hometown war veterans. There are many activities in and around Appleton, including a 9-hole golf course located on the river, a community trail, groomed snowmobile trails, newly renovated campground and canoe access to the Pomme de Terre River, and a municipal pool. Benson offers one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in Western Minnesota, unlimited hunting and outdoor recreation, and unique shopping opportunities. Canby offers fishing, swimming, camping, sightseeing and many more outdoor activities. Step back in history with a visit to the Lund-Hoel House, an 1891 Queen Anne Victorian residence with balconies, stained glass windows, gardens, and a carriage house. Experience the rich Scandinavian heritage of Dawson. Officially known as “Gnometown USA,” the city features ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com

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gnome statues scattered throughout the community. Their recreational facilities include a 9-hole golf course, an outdoor swimming pool and a riverside walking/biking trail along the Lac qui Parle River. Explore the scenic river community of Granite Falls nestled in the Minnesota River Valley. Rich in Native American culture, historic & scenic riches abound. See the World’s Oldest Rock formed by Glacial River Warren nearly 4 billion years ago. Explore local giant bison hunting grounds and dig-site discoveries at the County Museum. Camp in tepees at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park or bring your tent or RV to the many campsites along the rivers. Take advantage

of extensive bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, biking and some of the best fishing spots along the shores of public parks. Visit quaint retail shops, the historic Andrew Volstead home, the newly restored K.K. Berge Building & Art Gallery, and view pelicans and the waterfall while crossing the historic Roebling Footbridge—all on Main Street Granite Falls. Have fun at special events such as Western Fest Rodeo, Upper Sioux Wacipi (Pow-wow), and Meander Art Crawl, to name a few. Prairie’s Edge Casino and Prairie View RV Park is located three miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23 and offers everything you need for the ideal getaway. Guests are invited to relax and

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enjoy one of the 160 luxurious hotel rooms and suites. Immerse yourself in the tranquil pool area featuring an indoor pool, wading pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness center. They also provide in-room high-speed wireless internet access. If it’s exhilarating gaming action you crave, you’re in luck! They offer 24-hour gaming action with over 900 of the newest and hottest video slots including video roulette and electronic bingo. They also have 10 blackjack tables, a non-smoking poker room and huge non-smoking slot area. Taste delicious cuisine at the Meadows Buffet or relax and enjoy yourself at Firefly Bar & Grille, featuring grilled steaks, fresh seafood and cocktails. The events and convention center hosts big name entertainment and offers 1,000-plus concert seating. Prairie View RV Park and Prairie’s Edge Convenience Store are located adjacent to the hotel and casino offering a non-smoking casino area as well as all the last-minute items you may need. We know you will enjoy your stay! Hanley Falls: Look back to an era when neighbors worked together at

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Minnesota’s Machinery Museum. This beautiful six-acre site is home to five huge buildings housing farming implements such as tools, tractors and gas engines in mint condition. Marvel at the fully operational vintage automobiles or come in August for the summertime threshing show. We’re one of Minnesota’s premier agricultural museums! Lac qui Parle County is deploying Fiber-to-the-Premise broadband service to every residence and business in Lac qui Parle County. This network will make LqP County one of the leading technology counties in the state. Quality of life and premier technology access – what a great combination! Contact the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority to find out more about us and the opportunities available for you! Contact Pam Lehmann at 320-598-7976 or eda@lqpco.com and visit online at www.lqpeda.com. A huge cod statue named Lou T. Fisk greets visitors to Madison, Minnesota— the Lutefisk Capital of the United States. It’s also the birthplace of renowned poet and best-selling artist Robert Bly. The Lac qui Parle County Historical Center

features several pieces from Bly’s youth, as well as Native American artifacts and the popular Ethel Melum Doll Collection. Milan is a leading center of Scandinavian culture and ethnic arts. The Milan Village Art School features classes in several folk art forms led by local artists. Whether you enjoy learning about their historic pioneer background, finding pleasure in the activities of the lazy Minnesota River or prefer their unique shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone in Montevideo. Known as the City of Parks, the area boasts 12 parks covering more than 115 acres—three of which can be found along the picturesque Chippewa River. Historic Chippewa City is a turn-of-the-century village hosting 24 buildings replicating the 1800s, complete with a town square, boardwalk, and a centrally located bandstand/gazebo. Just outside Montevideo is the Olof Swensson Farm Museum—a 17-acre farmstead complete with timber-frame barn, gristmill remains and hand-cut granite monuments. The 22-room farmhouse rests on a foundation of local granite. ■

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lenty of surprises await you in the Southern Lakes Region—where the landscape transitions from big woods to vast prairie. Begin with the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail—a 39-mile multi-use paved biking, walking, and snowmobiling trail. It was originally a railroad line connecting Faribault and Mankato and was then abandoned in the 1970s when it was turned over to the state. Now the trail has been developed to offer year-round activities as it stretches through three of the state’s most scenic counties. Discover woodlands, rolling hills, grassy prairies, and sparkling lakes as you explore Minnesota’s Southern Lakes area. Four state parks—Sakatah Lake, Nerstrand Big Woods, Rice Lake and Big Island— entice visitors four seasons of the year. Come for such adventures as fishing, boating, swimming, bird watching, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and so much more. Plenty of the best resorts, campgrounds, historic sites and eateries are waiting to serve you. You’ll be surprised by the natural splendors around every corner. With so much to see and do, be sure to bring a camera and plan to stay just a little bit longer.

ALBERT LEA

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VILLAGE OF YESTERYEAR - OWATONNA

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AUSTIN

Albert Lea, also known as The Land Between the Lakes, is nestled between Fountain & Albert Lea Lakes. Shopping enthusiasts love the unique specialty gift and antique shops in Historic Downtown. With over 40 parks in Albert Lea, breathtaking wildlife & beauty along the Blazing Star Bike Trail, (linking to Myre Big Island State Park) and Bayside Ski Shows held weekly, there is something for everyone! The Freeborn County Historical Museum & Village is home to Marion Ross and Eddie Cochran memorabilia. Enjoy a scenic tour aboard the Pelican Breeze II Cruise Boat on beautiful Albert Lea Lake, or tour MinneSOYta Nice Candle & Soap Factory. You won’t want to miss a play or musical performance at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center or a show at the Albert Lea Art Center. Annual events include: Wind Down Wednesdays, Eddie Cochran Weekend, 4th of July Parade, carnival, car show, fireworks, April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon, BIB Barbeque, downtown’s Celebrate Albert Lea festivals, Freeborn County Fair and the Big Island Rendezvous.

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Eat, play, meet, discover and stay in Austin. Located on I-90, with seven entrances into Austin, you will have the incredible opportunity to experience delightful local cuisine with over 60 different dining options, rejuvenate in one


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of their nearly 400 hotel rooms and discover with countless other attractions: ArtWorks Center, Historic Paramount Theatre, 2 golf courses, Hormel Historic Home, over 13 miles of bike & walking trails, historic destination downtown, 28 city parks, water activities on the Cedar River or East Side Lake, Rydjor Bike Museum, shopping at the Sterling Center, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, along with

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annual festivals and events such as ArtWorks Festival, FreedomFest, Foodie Throwdown, Taste of Nations, SPAMTown Challenge, Fall Harvest Celebration, Holiday Tea, and Christmas in the City.

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BLUE EARTH www. blueearthchamber.com

The city of Blue Earth gets its name from the Blue Earth River encompassing the town. The river was given the Indian name “mah-ko-tah,” meaning blue earth, for the greenish blue clay found high in its banks. Some of the only samples of “mah-ko-tah” can be found in the chemistry department of Minnesota State

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University and on display at the Blue Earth County Historical Society. Blue Earth is home to Minnesota’s first stained glass window—on display at the historic Episcopal Church—and is also the birthplace of the Chocolate Dream. But let’s not forget the towering Jolly Green Giant overlooking the town. This 55-foot statue attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. Purchase Green Giant collectibles

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at the Giant Museum downtown. Festivals in Blue Earth include Giant Days, the Woodcarvers & Quilt Expo, and the Holiday Sampler on the Town. ELLENDALE www.ellendalemn.com

Ellendale is located just 15 minutes south of Owatonna; offering country style living in a friendly, quiet community. Their lovely flower garden and mural depicts the city’s earlier years. ELYSIAN www.elysianmn.com

Elysian is at the center of the 39mile-long Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail—ideal for biking, hiking, skating or snowmobiling. A mile and a half east is the Okaman Elk Farm and Petting Zoo, featuring elk, miniature donkeys, pygmy goats, alpacas and a free petting zoo. Stop by historic Klondike Hill—the highest point in three counties—for a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.

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The City of Lakes awaits your arrival. With five lakes and open prairies, Fairmont offers a little something for everyone, no matter what season! Beat the winter blues by ice fishing, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling. Spend the summer months boating, water skiing, traveling the lakes, taking in the view,

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or simply basking in the sun—and don’t forget your fishing pole! Several year-round walking/biking trails offer many activities. With almost twenty parks in the area, there’s a lot of open space to relax and enjoy. Whether you’re here for a few hours or several days, there are many community activities to enjoy. Spend the day shopping or play golf at one of their two beautiful local courses. Swim at the

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Aquatic Park or watch a breathtaking sunset over the lake. The Fairmont Opera House, Fairmont Film Society, and the Red Rock Center for the Arts are always offering something to stimulate your need for culture and art. Travel back in time at their numerous historical sites, including the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy the beauty and history Fairmont has to offer! FARIBAULT www.visitfaribault.com

Located just 35 minutes south of the Twin Cities metro area on Interstate 35 is Faribault, Minnesota—a city of great experiences! It serves as the perfect year-round backdrop for a refreshing vacation or family outing. Do you love the outdoors? Faribault has 10 area lakes and two rivers, perfect for fishing, boating or canoeing. Don’t forget their cozy resorts for a peaceful night’s sleep. Need a replenishing walk? Faribault boasts 10 miles of paved trails and is at the hub of the 39-mile-long Sakatah State Trail. Your outdoor excursion is not complete without a trip to the 750-acre River Bend Nature Center. Faribault is one-of-a-kind. It is home to the world famous Tilt-a-Whirl and also to the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour— the first cathedral in Minnesota. Faribault Dairy makes some of the best blue cheese in the world—America’s first cave-aged blue cheese. This area is rich with historic sites as well. Aside from Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Faribault has the most buildings in Minnesota on the National Register of Historic Places. Faribault has a great tradition of festivals and events. Two of the top festivals in

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southern Minnesota can be found here in September: the Tree Frog Music Festival and the Faribault Airfest & Balloon Rally. The recipe for fun is simple in Faribault! LE SUEUR www.lesueurchamber.org

Follow the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway to Le Sueur—the “Valley of the Jolly Green Giant.” Here you will find the Le Sueur Museum with the Green Giant Interpretive Room. Visit the W.W. Mayo House where costumed history interpreters explore the life and time period of Dr. William Worrall Mayo and his family. Hand-built by the “little doctor” in 1859, the home is the birthplace of Dr. William James Mayo. The father-son team founded the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1903. MADISON LAKE www.madisonlake.govoffice2.com

Madison Lake abounds with area parks including three city parks, four lake parks, plus campgrounds. The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail passes along the northern region of Madison Lake, offering beautiful views of Ballantyne Lake, Madison Lake, and Duck Lake. MEDFORD www.medfordminnesota.com

Halfway between Faribault and Owatonna lies Medford—a point of attraction for shopping and tourism. The Medford Outlet Center offers quality shopping and exceptional prices at over 45 premium stores. The Medford Straight River Park and the Medford Swimming Pool are popular attractions during the warmer months.

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MORRISTOWN Come celebrate Morristown’s annual Dam Days the first weekend after Memorial Day. Visit the Old Morristown Watermill and view the mill’s watergate as it is opened to power the 140-year-old grinding mill. Don’t miss the bargains at the annual All City Garage Sale. NEW PRAGUE www.newprague.com

New Prague is a Czech community complemented by unique shops, ethnic restaurants, historic places of interest and small town charm. Dožínky® (doe-shink’-key), a Czech Harvest Festival patterned after the “Old Country” original, is held on the third Saturday of September each year. NORTHFIELD www.visitingnorthfield.com

From one-of-a-kind shops to traveling back in time to bank-robbing days, you’ll be more than content enjoying your time in Northfield, the little town that stood tall. In September 1876, eight men of the James-Younger Gang rode into town with the intent on robbing the First National Bank of Northfield. It was the extraordinary courage of the townspeople that defeated the gang and botched their attempted robbery. Northfield honors those townspeople the weekend after Labor Day each year during Defeat of Jesse James Days. History buffs will especially enjoy the detailed exhibits and information at the Northfield Historical Society Museum, offering podcasts for self-guided walking tours. Drive the escape route that the James-Younger Gang took out of town via 18

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the Outlaw Trail winding all the way to Madelia, MN where the gang was captured. Northfield’s downtown historic district is lined with storefronts dating back to the 1800s and is now home to antique and specialty shops. The Northfield Arts Guild Gallery carries the work of some of the area’s finest artists. Come for an event, stay for the experience! From the JuneBug Music Festival, Bridge Chamber Music Festival, and Vintage Band Festival to a summerlong Riverwalk Market Fair each Saturday, Northfield has an appreciation for history, music and the arts! Stay the day or stay the night and find out for yourself what Northfield has to offer. How about a cozy B&B, historic inn, or modern motel to rest for the night? And of course enjoy Northfield’s fine dining options for every taste. Get outdoors and experience crosscountry skiing and hiking at the Cowling Arboretum, canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the Cannon River, geocaching at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Goodsell Observatory, Carleton’s Japanese Garden, snowmobiling, skating, disc golf, biking, golf & skydiving. Seasonally, enjoy Fireside Apple Orchard and berry farms around the countryside of Northfield. This classic American river town is at the corner of quaint & hip, where history comes alive with creative people doing creative things. Cows, colleges, and cool rule in Northfield, MN!

Located at the crossroads of I-35 and Highway 14, Owatonna is located within an hour of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, and Mankato making for an easy trip whether for business or pleasure. Start by visiting Cabela’s, the second largest tourist attraction in Minnesota. This mega-store features retail and museum-quality animal displays in their natural habitats. Next, check out the “Jewel Box of the Prairie,” a Louis Sullivan-designed bank building. Designated as one of the “11 Can’t-Miss Stops on a Tour of America’s Hidden Architecture Gems,” this working bank features gold leaf arches, stained glass windows, and nouveau baroque art designs. Owatonna is also home to the only known Orphanage Museum in the nation where over 10,000 children lived from 1886 to 1945. The museum includes a visit to a children’s cottage where visitors learn about daily life in a state institution. Featuring narrative from a former ward of the state, it’s a visit not soon forgotten. Take a stroll through the historic downtown to shop in locally-owned stores and to view murals depicting “days gone by.” Don’t miss the Steele County History Center’s Village of Yesteryear, the Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo, the Steele County Free Fair, and more than 700 acres of parks. With more than 550 lodging rooms and a wide range of meeting venues, Owatonna is the perfect place to meet, play and stay.

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Wonderful experiences await…when you discover Waseca! Enjoy family fun, girlfriend getaways, and romantic rendezvous. Friendly Waseca businesses

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welcome you to experience charming shops, trendy boutiques and quaint coffeehouses. Savor the many tastes of Waseca while dining in restored historic restaurants, or retro cafés complete with lake views and patio seating. Waseca offers spectacular options for overnight stays from B&Bs, comfortable suites and rooms, to lakeshore cabins and camping. From the top of the waterslide at the Waseca Water Park, to strolling historic Farmamerica, biking the trails, browsing the shops, enjoying the art galleries and hiking in Maplewood Park, these

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s one of the most breathtaking regions in North America, it’s no wonder the Mississippi River Valley & Historic Bluff Country boast thousands of visitors each year. Eagle spotted skies overlook idyllic villages; massive stalactites and stalagmites stand guard among Minnesota’s only underground caves; brooks and streams babble among towering bluffs. The setting is ripe with fascinating sights, unique attractions, and magnificent adventures. Exploration of this region is made easy by travel along a portion of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, numerous state trails, and a variety of other scenic routes. With over two dozen state parks offering outdoor activities centered in, on, or near the beautiful Root River, a camera is a must-have during your visit. With so many unique B & B’s in the area, it’s easier to stay longer and enjoy the diverse selection of eateries, museums, and specialty shops.

BROWNSVILLE www.brownsvillemn.org

Brownsville is perched on the magnificent Mississippi and offers scenic beauty and some of the best fishing anywhere. CALEDONIA

GRAND MEADOW www.cityofgrandmeadow.com

Located on Highway 16 between Rochester and Austin is Grand Meadow. Visit in the summer for the annual Meadow Fest celebration.

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Caledonia is known as the Wild Turkey Capital of Minnesota and is located in the Heart of Quilt Country. LAKE CITY

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Hokah is perched on a limestone knoll surrounded by Mount Tom, Thompson Creek, Lake Como, a natural waterfall, and the Root River.

Cannon Falls is a scenic riverside community offering a wide variety of opportunities for relaxation and recreation!

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CHATFIELD www.ci.chatfield.mn.us

Chatfield is home to the Free Music Lending Library – the only library of its kind in the world. EITZEN www.eitzenmn.com

The Eitzen Family Fun Fest attracts visitors every year! And be sure to visit the City of Eitzen Museum, open June – August. FLOATING DOWN THE ROOT RIVER

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KELLOGG Kellogg is a small town with immense beauty and is one of southeastern Minnesota’s hidden treasures. Enjoy horseback riding and camping at Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground or visit Lark Toys, named “One of the 10 coolest toy stores in the world!” by Reader’s Digest! Kellogg is also home to Annie B’s Candy Company – an irresistible must-stop!


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LA CRESCENT www.lacrescentmn.com

When you visit the Apple Capital of Minnesota, be sure to venture down the Apple Blossom Scenic Drive.

MANTORVILLE www.mantorvilletourism.com

LAKE CITY www.lakecitymn.org

This beautiful historic river town is located along the shoreline of Lake Pepin, with the Mississippi River running through it. Lake City is the birthplace of waterskiing. Every year the city celebrates its claim to fame with Water Ski Days featuring music, crafts, a carnival, parade, car show, and of course, water ski shows. Visit Lake City for four seasons of family fun, romantic getaways, or adventures with friends. The dramatic landscapes and cultural and recreational activities rival northern Minnesota, but with a longer season, warmer water, slower pace and none of the crowds.

Mantorville’s many historic limestone buildings have placed this quiet town on the National Register of Historic Places. Featuring one of the few dams left on the Zumbro River, the oldest working courthouse in Minnesota, year-round theatre at the Opera House, and several fine or casual dining settings, Mantorville invites you to spend the day. Visit Mantorville in September for the 50th Annual Marigold Days. Initially begun as a flower show to promote the planting of marigolds throughout the community, this event has grown to be one of the region’s best known and most attended annual festivals. The event includes a quilt show, flower show, antique & flea market, car show, melodramas, a 5k race, lots of great food and more!

JANUARY Frozen River Film Festival . . Winona St Univ 800-657-4972 WinterFest XI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rochester 507-282-8629 FEBRUARY Whalan Candlelight Ski. Whalan & Lanesboro 507-467-2696 Winona Winter Carnival. . . . . . . . . . . Winona 507-457-8258 MARCH Soar with the Eagles. . . . . . . . . . . . Wabasha 877-332-4537 Int’l Festival of Owls . . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston 507-896-4668 Taste of Wabasha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wabasha 877-332-4537 APRIL Ibsen Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lanesboro 800-657-7025 Mid West Music Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . Winona 507-452-0735 MAY 100-Mile Garage Sale . . . . . . . . . . . Red Wing 651-385-5934 Carley Bluebell Festival . . . . . . . . . Plainview 507-534-2229 Bluff Country Gathering Concert Lanesboro 507-498-5452 Stand-Still Parade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Whalan 507-944-2670 JUNE Winona Municipal Band Concerts . . Winona 507-452-0735 Rhubarb Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lanesboro 507-467-2696 Tour de Pepin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lake City 800-369-4123 Water Ski Days Festival . . . . . . . . . Lake City 800-369-4123 Steamboat Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winona 507-452-0735 Great River Shakespeare Festival . . Winona 507-474-7900 Gammel Dag Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peterson 507-864-2992 Art in the Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lanesboro 507-467-2446 Plein Air Art & Music Festival . . . . Red Wing 651-385-5934 JULY Winona County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winona 507-932-3074 Red Wing Collector’s Society Convention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Wing 651-385-5934 Hambone Music Festival. . . . . . . . Rochester 507-951-0330 Treasure Island Pow Wow. . . . . . . . . . Welch 800-554-5473 Rushford Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rushford 507-864-3338 Olmsted County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . Rochester 507-282-9862 AUGUST River City Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Wing 651-385-5934 Buffalo Bill Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lanesboro 507-467-3722 Corn on the Cob Days . . . . . . . . . . Plainview 507-534-2229 SEPTEMBER 69th Annual Watermelon Festival. . . Kellogg 800-565-4158 Taste of the Root River Trail. . . . . . . Preston 507-765-2153 Taste of the Root River Trail. . . . . . Rushford 507-864-2992 Taste of the Root River Trail. . . . . . Peterson 507-864-2992 OCTOBER Johnny Appleseed Festival . . . . . . Lake City 800-369-4123 Fall Festival of the Arts . . . . . . . . . Red Wing 651-385-5934 Big Muddy River Rendezvous . . . . . Winona 800-657-4972 NOVEMBER Tundra Swan Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winona 800-657-4972 Winona Art Walk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winona 800-657-4972 Holiday Stroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Wing 651-385-5934 DECEMBER Olde Fashioned Christmas . . . . . . Plainview 507-534-2229 Christmas Inn Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . Lanesboro 800-944-2670 Christmas in Peterson. . . . . . . . . . . Peterson 507-864-2992 Parade of Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rushford 507-864-3338

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LEROY www.visitleroy.com

LeRoy is located on the Shooting Star Scenic Byway. The town is chock-full of interesting attractions, including the Shooting Star Bike Trail, Lake Louise State Park, a DNR fishing pier and the Pioneer Prairie Wind Tower Information Kiosk & Lookout. MABEL www.mabelmn.com

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Pine Island possesses some of the most unique historic buildings in the area. The Opera House block of Main Street includes Pine Island City Hall and its trademark clock tower, the Creamery Building and Butter Factory, as well as others. READS LANDING The Reads Landing floodplain forest is one of the best places to watch bald eagles in the midwest. RED WING www.redwing.org

Take to the outdoors with a walk along the Mississippi. Enjoy hiking on beautiful Barn Bluff for great vistas of the town and river. Bring your bikes and enjoy stunning scenery along the 19.7-mile Cannon Valley Trail. Explore the Historic Pottery District and visit the Pottery Museum, Red Wing Brewery and other great shops, restaurants and wineries. No matter the season, Red Wing has got you covered. During autumn and winter, enjoy apple

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orchards, a pumpkin patch and corn mazes. Holiday visitors can enjoy hot cocoa and hayrides. When spring and summer are in full bloom, dig into a delicious brunch and the annual River City Days festival. Create lasting memories in Red Wing! ROCHESTER www.rochestercvb.org

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famous Mayo Clinic or walk the halls of the huge Mayowood Mansion. Rochester is also home to the Plummer House—an English Tudor mansion—and the Olmsted County History Center. The city plays host to a symphony orchestra, arts center, repertory, civic & children’s theaters and year-round performances by top-name entertainers at the Mayo Civic Center. ROOT RIVER TRAIL TOWNS www.rootrivertrail.org

Follow the Root River Trail and discover the beauty of these 9 communities. Fountain is home to the Fillmore County Historical Center and known as the Sinkhole Capital of the USA. Harmony is a treasure to discover. Book a tour through Minnesota’s largest Amish community. Tour traditional Amish farms and workshops to discover a bounty of Amish goods. Another gem in Harmony is the Niagara Cave, getting its name from the 60-foot waterfall that flows over the rugged rock. Visit the Hobo Camp located next to the Harmony-Preston Valley Bike Trail and Slim’s Woodshed, where

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you can see a collection of woodcarvings from all over the world. Antique lovers will enjoy the city’s new Antique Mall with several shops and antique offerings. Harmony also has a fun Disc Golf Course with 9 holes (disc rental available). www.exploreharmony.com Houston boasts one of the best trailheads in the state, featuring the Houston Nature Center and their most popular employee: Alice the Great Horned Owl. Lanesboro offers the Root River Bike Trail, theatre arts, Amish tours, shopping, tours of the local winery, fine

dining and bed & breakfasts. Historic Lanesboro is the “B&B Capital of Minnesota.” www.lanesboro.com Nestled in the narrow Root River Valley just off scenic Minnesota State Highway 16, is the small community of Peterson. The town is home to the 1877 Peterson Station Museum—a completely restored historic railroad depot that features a large collection of historical items. www.petersonmn.org The quaint village of Preston is situated along the Root River, with the Root River State Bike Trail going right

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through the community. Camp at the Maple Springs Campground located on a century-old farm nestled among a valley formed by Forestville Creek. www.prestonmntourism.com Located near the once sacred ground of seven converging Indian trails, the City of Rushford stretches out amid limestone, hardwood and prairie bluffs. Walking trails and scenic overlooks reveal exceptional panoramic views of the Root River, Root River Bike Trail and Rush Creek below. Nestled in a lush river valley, Rushford offers an array of awesome outdoor experiences every season of the year. History rich, the community displays the Depot Museum & Visitor’s Center and village, and Minnesota’s oldest two-story railroad station on its original site. Rushford is a full-service community providing opportunity to existing and new

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business and modern technology, excellent public education and health care. There is a diversity of restaurants and choices of lodging Rushford Peterson Valley facilities and camping. Long ago, massive glacial ice dams gave way to release vast style living and a friendly, healthy pace to volumes of water. The flood of water life. Enjoy birding, biking, rollerblading, from these lakes defined the awesome walking, hiking, camping, canoeing, beauty of Rushford Peterson Valley, a tubing, fishing, swimming, hunting, distinctive natural habitat. Achingly horseback riding, snowmobiling and beautiful and environmentally fragile, it more! You’re invited to TAKE ROOT. provides habitat for 43% of the state’s www.rushfordpetersonvalley.com plant and animal species listed as Located just four and a half miles east endangered, threatened, or of special of Lanesboro, Whalan has amenities for concern. Bypassed by the last glacier, it bikers as they continue their journey. has been described as, “a fragment of the Whalan is also noted for its famous past, a small piece of what once was.” Stand Still Parade which is held annually The Rushford Peterson Valley is the third Saturday in May. comprised of three communities: Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson; all with unique identities offering country

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WABASHA - NATIONAL EAGLE CENTER www.nationaleaglecenter.org

The National Eagle Center is a worldclass interpretive center on the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN that offers the unique opportunity to meet live eagles up close, explore interactive exhibits and view wild eagles. The daily programs each feature their live eagle ambassadors. These engaging, educational programs are a hit with visitors of all ages. WELCH - TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO www.ticasino.com

Try your luck at over 2,500 slots, 44 blackjack tables and a 550-seat high stakes bingo hall, all in a Caribbean themed casino. Enjoy mouth-watering food in a variety of restaurants, explore the features of two breathtaking hotel towers, plus a 3,000 seat Island Event Center featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment (like Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn), and a 24-lane Brunswick Bowling Alley! More unique offerings include a marina, 18-hole golf course (Mt. Frontenac), and a 150-passenger cruise ship. WINONA www.visitwinona.com

The historic island city of Winona is one of the most beautiful towns along the Great River Road, nestled between limestone river bluffs and the stunning Mississippi River. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is in a unique building and landscaped with over 60,000 plants. They feature four galleries of world-class art and artifacts including Impressionism and Hudson River School paintings, marine art, folk art, sculptures and traveling exhibits. WYKOFF www.wykoff.govoffice2.com

Visit the National Historic District, the limestone gymnasium and the 1913 brick jail – now a unique bed & breakfast! ZUMBROTA www.ci.zumbrota.mn.us

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Settled along the Minnesota and South Dakota borders, on the shores of Lake Hendricks, is this quiet and wholesome town where visitors are welcome every season of the year. Sundays during the summer enjoy music in the park, or play a round of golf any day on their nine-hole course overlooking Lake Hendricks. IVANHOE www.ivanhoe-mn.com ROCK COUNTY COURTHOUSE - LUVERNE

Ivanhoe celebrates its Polish heritage every year at Polska Kielbasa Days. A few miles south find the Anderson Honey Farm—a replica of the honeyprocessing house as seen on Little House on the Prairie. JACKSON www.jacksonmn.com

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Jackson is located along the beautiful Des Moines River at the junction of US Highway 71 & Interstate 90. A community rich in history, Jackson promotes a healthy active lifestyle for all ages, values its youth, celebrates cultural diversity, and nurtures a learning environment. Eight county parks, the Kilen Woods State Park, and dozens of nearby lakes

make the area a natural haven for outdoor fun. Jackson County is host to three unique and challenging golf courses for your enjoyment as well as a disc golf course. Fort Belmont is a replica of a civilian fort built in Jackson County in the 1860s. Features include a stockade and log cabin where settlers survived Indian uprisings as well as a sod house, blacksmith shop, 1873 Lysgard farmhouse, 1902 Delafield church, grist mill and museum. The Fort lookout tower was recently relocated to its current location, providing breathtaking views of undisturbed prairie and the Des Moines River Valley. It’s easy to find, just off Interstate 90, exit 73. Several community events are held throughout the year, including the Farm & Home Show, Race Days, Jackson County Fair, Corn Cob Open golf tournament, and a Holiday Fest parade & fireworks.


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Jackson also hosts the fastest ½-mile dirt track in a five-state area. Jackson Speedway races are held every Saturday night from May to Labor Day. Stay at one of Jackson’s lovely bed & breakfasts, the KOA Kampground, or try any one of their five motel lodging accommodations. Welcome to the community! LAKE BENTON www.lakebentonminnesota.com

Located on the Buffalo Ridge and with over 685 wind turbines, Lake Benton is the “Wind Power Capital of the American Midwest.” Learn about the positive benefits of wind power energy at the Heritage & Wind Power Learning Center. Also home to hunting, fishing, camping, water recreation, cross country skiing, hiking, horse trails and beautiful historic sites, Lake Benton is perfect year round. LAKEFIELD www.lakefieldmn.com

Found in southwest Minnesota, Lakefield offers visitors a great view from the observation tower at Sandy Point County Park. It is also home to the Jackson County Museum, featuring wetland history and the Jackson County War Memorial. Be sure to visit the community pool & waterslide. LUVERNE www.luvernechamber.com

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A few miles north of Luverne, experience the prairie at Blue Mounds State Park. The park is home to a thriving herd of bison, abundant nature trails, camping facilities, bike trails and Sioux quartzite cliffs (perfect for rock-climbers.) Travel a few miles west to experience Touch the Sky Prairie – a Native Northern Tallgrass Prairie Refuge that features 1,000 acres open for public enjoyment and operated in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation. As one of the four communities featured in the Ken Burns’ 2007 WWII documentary, The War, Luverne offers visitors the chance to reconnect with the rich history of that period. Newly renovated exhibit space at the Rock County Courthouse Square features exhibits that build on the story told in the Burns documentary. The Herreid Military Museum features the story of WWI and WWII Rock County soldiers. Located on the first floor and lower level of the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building is the famed Brandenburg Gallery. This photographic and sales gallery features over 200 prizewinning images by nature photographer and Luverne native Jim Brandenburg. Experience live theatre or watch the latest movie at the Historic Palace Theatre. Experience Victorian charm at the Hinkly House, home of one of Luverne’s founding families. Enjoy fine art at the Carnegie Cultural Center. Travel through town on the self-guided Historical Homes Tour and Maplewood Cemetery Tour! Enjoy the best aspects of small-town

JANUARY Winterfest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Worthington 800-279-2919 FEBRUARY Luverne Music Boosters Winter Carnival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luverne 507-283-4061 Sleigh & Cutter Festival . . . . . . . . . . Waseca 507-461-3727 MARCH Farm & Home Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackson 507-847-3867 APRIL Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Swap Meet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Le Sueur 507-934-5841 Prairie Women’s Expo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy 507-629-4021 MAY Luverne City-wide Rummage Sale . Luverne 888-283-4061 Pipestone Ghost Walks . . . . . . . . . Pipestone 507-825-2563 Cannon River Fur Trade Rendezvous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cannon Falls 763-213-7572 Springtime on the Farm at FarmAmerica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Waseca 507-835-2052 JUNE Wood Duck Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fulda 507-836-1147 31st Annual Buffalo Day/ Arts in the Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luverne 888-283-4061 Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Worthington 800-279-2919 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS . . . Pipestone 877-722-2787 Watertower Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . Pipestone 800-336-6125 Town & Country Days Celebration . Jackson 507-847-3867 JULY Old Fashioned 4th of July . . . . . Worthington 507-376-3125 International Festival . . . . . . . . . Worthington 800-279-2919 Wilder Pageant . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walnut Grove 888-859-3102 52nd Annual Hot Dog Nite/Wiener Dog Races . . . Luverne 888-283-4061 4th of July Spectacular . . . . . . . . . . . . Currie 507-836-1147 Jackson County Fair. . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackson 507-847-3440 Rock County Fair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luverne 888-283-4061 Murray Country Draft Horse Classic Slayton 507-836-1147 Love of the Land Rendezvous/Pow Wow . . . . . . . . . Pipestone 507-825-4560 AUGUST Nobles County Fair. . . . . . . . . . . Worthington 507-372-2919 Civil War Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pipestone 866-747-3687 SEPTEMBER King Turkey Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . Worthington 800-279-2919 Fort Belmont Rendezvous . . . . . . . . Jackson 507-847-3867 Luverne’s Harvest Jam. . . . . . . . . . . Luverne 800-283-4061 Autumn Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Slayton 507-836-1147 OCTOBER Halloween at Pioneer Village. . . Worthington 507-376-3125 NOVEMBER 8th Annual Holiday Studio Tour . . . Luverne 800-283-4061 DECEMBER Christmas at Pioneer Village . . . Worthington 507-376-4431 19th Annual Winterfest . . . . . . . . . . . Luverne 888-283-4061 Parade of Trees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Slayton 507-836-1147

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living with a movie at Verne Drive-In Theatre; get your exercise with a ride or walk on the 6-mile Blue Mound Trail; have fun at one of more than a dozen city parks; or shop your heart out with an excursion to some of Luverne’s unique retail shops! Any time of the day or night…you will find something to do in Luverne. MADELIA www.visitmadelia.com

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a round of golf. Afterward take a dip in the outdoor pool, slide down a waterslide or watch the latest movie. MARSHALL www.visitmarshallmn.com

While exploring southwest Minnesota, be sure to discover Marshall. This community is centrally located and serves as the retail, educational and cultural hub of the region. Being located just off 3 major highways makes them a short drive from

anywhere. Marshall can also be your base for hunting. Trips for pheasant, turkey, and trophy deer are well rewarded year after year. Visit the quaint antique shops in the area, and later enjoy a meal at one of Marshall’s varied restaurants.

upgraded Heritage Village. It features a collection of buildings from the community, such as a Mennonite House with a collection of furniture built by the first settlers in 1874, and the Minnesota Hall of Fame Telephone Museum.

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Enjoy the unique shops, historical sights, and a variety of ethnic cuisine only found here. Be sure to see the recently

Travel around Murray County Minnesota. They have unique attractions to offer a variety of travelers! The ordinary can become extraordinary through a camera lens. Capture images of native prairie and wildlife at one of many wildlife areas. Murray County is fast becoming a favorite spot for birdwatchers to see a variety of local nesting birds. Enjoy a swim in one of their many lakes or stroll down to the Currie dam for good fishing or just to see the picturesque views around Lake Shetek. The area is End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum

abundant with remnant tall grass prairies, which host many plants and animals that once flourished throughout the Midwest. The blending of cultural and natural resources throughout Southwest Minnesota makes it a remarkable place to visit. Just north of Currie you can explore the Murray County Lakes Area and visit the largest lake (Shetek) in southwestern Minnesota, which also forms the headwaters of the Des Moines River. The word Shetek is Ojibwe for pelican, a bird that visits Lake Shetek during the summer and fall. Expect great walleye, northern, crappie, and bullhead fishing. Loon Island, a 45-acre bird sanctuary located within Lake Shetek State Park, is accessible on foot via a causeway and includes an interpretive trail. Take a moment to visit the historic End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum in Currie and step back in time to recall the life of our ancestors and life on the “rails.” While you are there you can walk or bike the six-mile loop of the Casey Jones Trail. There are several quaint shopping opportunities and many small town 28

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restaurants in Murray County to enjoy great food and a cozy atmosphere. In the county seat of Slayton, guests may visit the modern Slaytonia Beach pool throughout the summer and watch the kids play while enjoying the shade under the many umbrellas. Or take in a round of Frisbee golf at a nearby course. Speaking of golf, there are 3 golf courses in Murray County! This is just a summary of places to visit in Murray County; you’ll be surprised… there is more to explore! PIPESTONE www.pipestoneminnesota.com

Home of the Pipestone National Monument—site of the sacred soft red stone used to fashion ceremonial pipes. Walk the ¾-mile trail to view the pipestone quarries, Winnewissa Falls, and native prairie. Watch demonstrations of pipestone and crafts being carved by American Indian crafters. Pipestone’s historic district incorporates Sioux quartzite quarried locally. Among the distinctive buildings, some with carved gargoyles, are the 1888 Calumet Hotel (recently featured on Hotel Hell), the old city hall (now home to the county history museum), and the Pipestone Performing Arts Center (a 280-seat theater). In the summer, take a guided ghost walk through historic downtown and hear legends of ghosts who inhabit local businesses. Fort Pipestone and the numerous shops and boutiques offer interesting and unique gifts from antiques to accessories to pipestone crafts. Recreational activities include the Casey Jones Trail, Ewert Rec Center, Pipestone Aquatic Center, and a nine-hole golf course. Stay in a variety of hotels, or if you prefer the outdoor experience, they offer a comfortable campground and RV facility. SANBORN www.cityofsanbornmn.org

The McCone Sod House in Sanborn, Minnesota shows visitors what life was like during the Laura Ingalls Wilder days. Visit the town in July for the annual Watermelon Days festival. ST. JAMES www.stjameschamberofcommerce.com

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pier fishing, a “Let’s Go Fishing” program for seniors, a 4-mile paved walking/biking trail, and abundant ice fishing in winter. Wonderful eateries and unique shopping greet you on Main Street. Community theatre, concerts, plays, a movie theater, and a community club complete the package. Not a camper? That’s ok, because they also have a newly remodeled, always friendly Super 8 Motel! TRACY www.tracymn.com

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Tracy is known nationwide today for the annual Labor Day weekend Box Car Day Celebration and also boasts plenty of recreational opportunities. TYLER www.tyler.govoffice.com

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Come celebrate the Danish heritage of Tyler! With country living steeped in Danish traditions, Tyler is home to the Nissemaend (a Danish elf associated with Christmas) and the Aebleskiver (a Danish dessert similar to a pancake, but shaped like a doughnut hole). You’ll find Nissemaends adorning most businesses and several homes throughout the town. The Tyler area features over 30 lakes, an 18-hole golf course, historic Danebod Church & Folk School, swimming pool, parks, and over 150 businesses ready to serve you. They are located only 25 minutes from Marshall or Pipestone and an hour and a half from Sioux Falls, SD. WALNUT GROVE www.walnutgrove.org

Walnut Grove is known nationwide as the childhood home of prairie pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. Through her Little House on the Prairie book series, we grew up learning about this area of Minnesota. The plum thickets, big rock, and spring still reside on the homestead while Pa’s bell still hangs in the English Lutheran Church. Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and view letters, photos, clothing & other memorabilia from the original Ingalls family as well as the beloved family on the hit TV series. Time your visit for the popular Wilder Pageant, which includes an outdoor live performance of Laura’s life and a Laura-Nellie Look Alike Contest. Visit Plum Creek’s 205-acre park, or shop for unique souvenirs, antiques, gifts & more!

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You’ll be surprised when you explore The Little City That Would! Windom is the county seat of Cottonwood County where you will find a rare downtown square, playing host to an active and historic courthouse. Connecting southwest Minnesota along Highways 60 & 71, Windom is the convenient and friendly oasis halfway to where you are going. Windom boasts unique retail, dining,

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and other businesses ready to serve you. As a destination, Windom connects those searching for the arts, history, and recreation. From traveling musicians to theatrical displays, Windom is a great place for live entertainment. The Cottonwood County Museum and the Remick Art Gallery are a great look into the past and feature local/regional artisans. The City of Windom has several parks and recreational areas to hold outdoor gatherings and events including sand volleyball, baseball/softball

tournaments, as well as horse shows and hockey tournaments at the City Arena. For golfers, the Windom Country Club has a 9-hole course ready for all skill levels. One of Windom’s iconic recreation spots is Cottonwood Lake at Tegels Park, conveniently located next to the Windom Community Center, which is a preferred wedding and conference location because of the fantastic views. Windom is home to the Cottonwood County Fair in late August and has an annual city celebration, Riverfest, in June each year.

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Windom is also home to a Craft & Collectibles Show as well as a Gun & Knife Show, both held annually in October. The Farm & Home Show, held annually in March, is a regional draw and highlights much of the agricultural history that makes Windom’s business base strong today. Whether it’s your halfway point or final destination, come see what Windom has to offer!

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Beautiful Lake Okabena is the crown jewel of Worthington, which attracts windsurfers from around the nation to its Windsurfing Regatta in June. The annual Regatta takes place in conjunction with the Unvarnished Music Festival. Lake Okabena – labeled “Fastest Lake in the Nation” – is also home to the Midwest Speed Quest. There are plenty more goings on year-round, too. Among them are the community’s storied King Turkey Day (September), highlighted by the Great Gobbler Gallop turkey race, and the International Festival (July), which offers up a mesmerizing serving of multicultural cuisine and entertainment. For those who enjoy history, Pioneer Village is a spot to recall the life of our ancestors, and the Historic Dayton House gives visitors the chance to tour the Victorian-style home of the Dayton’s department store founder. Enjoy the arts? The Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center hosts concerts and plays year round. Or check out the Nobles County Art Center to view exhibits from local and regional artisans. Finally, complete your Worthington visit with a walk down the Peace Avenue of Flags. ■

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We look UP to our neighbors… long the way, the Willmar Lakes Area is your grand entrance to Minnesota’s south. From relaxation to adventure, the area offers something for everyone. Explore numerous lakes, parks, golf courses, trails, theatre, galleries, dining and shopping. The choices are endless.

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A mere 100 miles west of Minneapolis/ Saint Paul, but steeped in the traditions of hospitality from a much slower time, you can relax in ideal style. Pack your suitcases and bring the entire family to stay at Dickerson’s Resort on Lake Florida near Spicer, where family reigns supreme and memories are lasting. It’s no surprise that owners Bob and Connie Dickerson tend to every detail when it comes to guests of one of their 13 beachfront cottages. Walk along the sandy shoreline, or dive in with an armload of toys. Bring your own boat or play carefree on one of the Dickersons’ paddleboats, hydro bikes, kayaks, canoes, fun bugs or bicycles. Indulge your sweet tooth with a plate of home-baked chocolate chip cookies and Sunday morning doughnuts. Monday night is pizza picnic time. You may not be at all surprised at the

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wonderful memories you can create in this picturesque region of Minnesota, especially if you are an angler. But there are plenty of surprises for you. Explore the area and the communities of Spicer, New London, Atwater & Willmar; all have great shops, restaurants, theater, wineries, playgrounds, tennis courts and bike trails. Take on a 30-foot indoor climbing wall at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Their site encompasses 500 acres, and provides outstanding environmental education & outdoor experiences to all ages. WILLMAR LAKES AREA www.willmarlakesarea.com

It’s not that far away, so don your walking shoes for a day in Willmar, considered one of the most livable small cities in the United States. Not too small, Willmar gets big points for the pioneer and Native American artifacts, Great Northern steam locomotive, pioneer family house and needlecraft and quilting pieces on display

at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. Schwanke’s Museum rolls out a classic lineup of tractors, cars and fire trucks and Glacial Ridge Winery in New London offers tours and tastings year round. A variety of art galleries offer unique pieces for you to view and explore, or take in a performance at The Barn Theater and the Willmar Education & Arts Center. Seeing is believing at the famous J & L Bison Ranch, where groups of 6 or more may enjoy a “Home on the Range” tour. Spend less time driving and more time relaxing when you play, bike, swim, or snowmobile in the Willmar Lakes area. There are more than 100 lakes providing popular activities, such as Little Crow Ski Team performances throughout the summer or a Green Lake Houseboat cruise. For more recreational opportunities try the 22-mile Glacial Lakes Trail and Sibley State Park. Rain or shine, indoors or out, there’s always something fun waiting just for you. ■

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Short byway highlights apple orchards along Mississippi River valley bluffs.

Glacial Ridge Trail 220-mile route through rolling hills and past hundreds of lakes created by glaciation.

Bed & Breakfasts (Page 31 & 38)

Great River Road AmericInn Properties 1 Jackson 2 Lake City

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Lac qui Parle Mission 320-269-7636 Birch Coulee Battlefield 507-697-6321 Fort Ridgely 507-426-7888 Harkin Store 507-354-8666 Jeffers Petroglyphs 507-628-5591 Mayo House 507-665-3250 Historic Forestville 507-765-2785 Lower Sioux Agency 507-697-6321

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Cannon River Winery Flower Valley Vineyard & Winery Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery Garvin Heights Vineyards Grandview Valley Winery Indian Island Winery Morgan Creek Vineyards & Winery Salem Glen Vineyard & Winery

A portion of the national scenic byway following the Mississippi River.

Historic Bluff Country 88-mile national scenic byway through Minnesota’s “driftless” area.

King of Trails Historic US Hwy 75 runs from Winnipeg, Canada to Galveston, Texas.

Minnesota River Valley 287-mile national scenic byway highlights wildlife and early Minnesota history.

Mississippi River Trail This friendly trail connects communities to the river through multi-use pathways.

Shooting Star Short route highlights wildflowers & remnants of Minnesota’s native prairie.

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Big Stone Lake 320-839-3663 Lac qui Parle 320-734-4450 Camden 507-865-4530 Lake Shetek 507-763-3256 Spilt Rock Creek 507-348-7908 Blue Mounds 507-283-1307 Kilen Woods 507-831-2900 x221 Upper Sioux Agency 320-564-4777 Fort Ridgely 507-426-7840 Monson Lake 320-366-3797 Sibley 320-354-2055 Glacial Lakes 320-239-2860 Flandrau 507-233-9800 Minneopa 507-389-5464 MN Valley Rec Area 952-492-6400 Sakatah Lake 507-362-4438 Nerstrand Big Woods 507-333-4840 Rice Lake 507-455-5871 Big Island 507-379-3403 Lake Louise 507-352-5111 Forestville/Mystery Cave 507-937-3251 Carley 507-932-3007 Whitewater 507-932-3007 Frontenac 651-345-3401 John A. Latsch 507-634-6849 Great River Bluffs 507-643-6849 Beaver Creek Valley 507-724-2107

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Travel Information Centers • Albert Lea TIC 507-448-3311 • Beaver Creek TIC 605-757-6599 • Bigstone Cty Historical Society Museum, Ortonville 320-839-3359 • Chippewa Cty Historical Society, Montevideo 320-269-7636 • Dresbach TIC 507-895-2005 • Harmony Area Promotion Association 507-886-2469 • Historic Bluff Country IC 800-428-2030 • LaCrescent Chamber 507-895-2800 • Lanesboro Area Chamber 507-467-2696 • Luverne C of C 507-283-4061 • MN Machinery Museum 507-768-3522 • New Ulm Chamber 507-233-4300 • Nicollet Cty Historical Society, St. Peter 507-934-2160 • Pipestone Chamber & VB 507-825-3316 • Preston Area Tourism 507-765-2100 • Red Wing VCB 651-385-5934 • Redwood Area Chamber 507-637-2828 • Springfield Chamber & CVB 507-723-3508 • Visit Winona 507-452-0735 • Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber 651-565-4158 • Willmar CVB 320-235-3552 • Worthington TIC (May-Oct) 507-376-3352

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The advertisers & participants in this directory are only a sampling of the many destinations and attractions in Southern Minnesota.

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Fagen Fighters WWII Museum . . . . . . . . . 320-564-6644 2450 540th St - Granite Falls / www.fagenfighterswwiimuseum.org Home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II.

American Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-835-4300 1313 Hwy 13 North - Waseca / www.wasecaamericanmotel.com

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AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-847-2444 10 LARK Toys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-767-3387

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63604 170th Avenue - Kellogg / www.larktoys.com With over 20,000 sq. ft. to explore, we’re one of the largest family owned & operated specialty toy stores in the country.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-345-5611

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Cozy Rest Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-283-4461 116 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne Locally family-owned & operated, clean, pet-friendly, free WiFi, south of Main Street on Highway 75.

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Minnesota Marine Art Museum . . . . . . . . 866-940-6626

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Minnesota’s Machinery Museum . . . . . . . 507-768-3522

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Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center . . . 507-433-1000 1

Holiday Inn Express & Suites . . . . . . . . . . 507-474-1700 1128 Homer Rd - Winona www.hiexpress.com/winonamn 96-room hotel offering high quality amenities, free hot breakfast, wireless internet, indoor pool/spa.

Blooming Prairie Chamber of Commerce . 507-583-4472 138 Highway Ave S - Blooming Prairie / www.bloomingprairie.com Blooming Prairie is home of the best “Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration.” Come & enjoy!

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Peterson Station Museum & Visitor Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-875-2415

Caledonia Area Convention & Tourism Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@visitcaledonia.com

228 Mill Street - Peterson / www.petersonmn.org/museum

231 E Main St, PO Box 425 - Caledonia / www.visitcaledonia.com Heart of Quilt Country and Wild Turkey Capital. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and barn quilt tours.

901 Cook Street - Redwood Falls www.redwoodareacommunitycenter.com

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Kahler Grand Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-285-2722 10 Sod House on the Prairie . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-723-5138 12598 Magnolia Avenue - Sanborn / www.sodhouse.org Enjoy a Laura Ingalls adventure as you walk through a prairie to explore a dugout and soddy.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham . . . . . 507-723-8200 502 E Rock Street - Springfield / www.microtelinn.com 30 rooms, indoor pool, hot tub, WiFi, free continental breakfast – no pets, please.

600 Maple Drive - Spring Grove / www.springgrovemn.com Featuring zero depth entry, splash and play for youngsters, flumes and drop slides. Groups welcome.

Quality Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-283-9488 801 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / www.qualityinn.com Newly remodeled, 44 comfortable rooms, indoor pool & hot tub, free continental breakfast, pet-friendly.

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900 Bruski Drive - Winona / www.riverportinn.com 106 rooms including poolside and theme suites, free breakfast, banquet facility and Brewski’s Pub.

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City of Wykoff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-352-4011 217 Gold Street North - Wykoff / www.wykoff.govoffice2.com

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2425 W Lincoln Avenue - Olivia / www.sheepsheddeinn.com

Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-283-9541

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1201 ½ S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / www.super8.com 36-room motel off I-90 and Hwy 75; WiFi, free breakfast, ample parking, friendly staff.

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Granite Falls Area Chamber of Commerce . 320-564-4039 807 Prentice Street - Granite Falls / www.granitefallschamber.com

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16931 Hwy 56 - Rose Creek / www.rosepedaler.com

ATTRACTIONS August Schell Brewing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-354-5528

W.W. Smith Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-799-5661 101 Linden Street SW - Sleepy Eye / www.wwsmithinn.com

Bluffscape Amish Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-467-3070

Crystal Springs RV Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-398-3297

102 East Beacon Street - Lanesboro / www.bluffscape.com

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Blue Mounds State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-283-6050 1410 161st Street - Luverne / www.dnr.state.mn.us

Rothenburg Campground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-723-3517

440 N Mill Street - Currie / www.endoline.com End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum features railroad history within a village setting.

South Cass Avenue - Springfield / www.springfieldmn.org WiFi, 41 sites, 17 full hookups, 1 block from downtown, adjacent to Riverside Park, 2 pools, waterslide.

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Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority . . . . . . . 320-598-7976 600 6th Street - Madison / www.lqpeda.com Contact Pam Lehmann anytime to start or expand a business in Lac qui Parle County!

15649 SW 35th Ave - Ellendale / www.crystalspringsrvresort.com

End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum . . . 507-763-3708

Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . 507-847-3867 114 3rd Street, Suite B - Jackson / www.jacksonmn.com Jackson Speedway Racing, Historical Fort Belmont, Kilen Woods State Park, Interstate Bike Trail & Camping.

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1860 Schell Road - New Ulm / www.schellsbrewery.com

Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce . . . 800-247-6466 15 2nd Street NW - Harmony / www.exploreharmony.com Visit fascinating Niagara Cave, enjoy an Amish tour and explore our antiques and unique gift shops!

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Faribault Area Chamber & Tourism . . . . . 800-658-2354 530 Wilson Avenue - Faribault / www.visitfaribault.com Blankets, blue cheese & beautiful lakes—just part of the experience that awaits you in Faribault!

Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-532-2457 Rose Pedaler Log Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-438-3621

Fairmont CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-657-3280 PO Box 976 - Fairmont / www.visitfairmontmn.com Fairmont, “The City of Lakes,” awaits your arrival! Enjoy great lodging, history and outdoor recreation.

305 N 5th Street - Marshall / www.arborinnbb.com 5 suites with separate entrance, sitting room & fireplace

Sheep Shedde Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-523-5000

City of Rushford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-864-2444 PO Box 430 - Rushford / www.rushford.govoffice.com “City of parks, trees, and trails!”

April’s Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-329-5065 222 Central Avenue - Kenneth / www.aprilsbandb.com Modern comfort meets historic charm at April’s! Special rates and arrangements available.

Riverport Inn Express Suites . . . . . . . . . . 507-452-0606

City of Redwood Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-637-5755 333 S Washington St - Redwood Falls / www.ci.redwood-falls.mn.us Experience quality shopping and recreational and leisure activities in Redwood Falls!

Andor Wenneson Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-459-4199 425 Prospect Street - Peterson / www.andorwennesoninn.com Featuring 9 spacious rooms, this historic inn is nestled along the beautiful Root River State Trail.

Redwood Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-644-5700 1382 E Bridge Street - Redwood Falls / www.redwoodlodge.com

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City of Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-875-2222 PO Box 67 - Peterson / www.petersonmn.org Home to the 1877 Peterson Station Museum & lovely inns. Camp, canoe, bike, hunt, bird & more!

Spring Grove SWIM Center . . . . . . . . . . . 507-498-SWIM

The Plaza Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-453-0303 1025 Hwy 61 E - Winona / stay@plazawinona.com 134 beautifully decorated rooms and suites. Indoor pool, spa, meeting facilities. Green Mill restaurant attached.

Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . 507-526-2916 113 South Nicollet Street - Blue Earth / www.blueearthchamber.com Come see our 55-foot Jolly Green Giant Statue.

Redwood Area Community Center . . . . . . 507-644-2333

20 2nd Avenue SW - Rochester / www.kahler.com

Austin CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-437-4563 104 11th Avenue NW, Suite D - Austin / www.austincvb.com Eat, stay, play, meet & discover over 60 dining options, nearly 400 hotel rooms, water activities, miles of bike trails, history, arts, sports & more!

National Eagle Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-565-4989

PO Box 444 - Harmony / www.niagaracave.com One of the most fascinating & unique geological attractions in the United States. NEW 18-hole mini-golf course is now open!

Albert Lea CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-345-8414 102 W Clark Street - Albert Lea / www.albertleatourism.org “The Land Between the Lakes” offers boating, the Pelican Breeze Cruise Boat, fishing, bike trails, and so much more!

Niagara Cave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-837-6606

North Highway 75 - Luverne / www.hillcrestmotel.com Free WiFi, flat screen TVs, reasonable rates, clean rooms, quiet setting, locally owned & operated. 1701 4th Street NW - Austin / www.hiaustin.com

330 Eighth Street - Walnut Grove / www.walnutgrove.org The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum has eight buildings to visit. Wilder Pageant three weekends in July.

50 Pembroke Avenue - Wabasha / www.nationaleaglecenter.org Experience the thrill of meeting live eagles up close and viewing wild eagles over the Mississippi River.

Hillcrest Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-588-3763

Treasure Island Resort & Casino . . . . . . . 800-222-7077 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road - Welch / www.ticasino.com Where having fun is always a sure bet!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum . . . . . . . . . . 507-859-2358

PO Box 70 - Hanley Falls / www.mnmachinerymuseum.com This museum features 5 large buildings recapturing a century of stories about farm life.

GrandStay® Hotel & Suites of Luverne . . 507-449-4949 908 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne www.grandstayluverne.com Premier new property, seven select room types, large pool, free hot breakfast, free WiFi, pet-friendly.

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800 Riverview Drive - Winona / www.mmam.org Experience one of the best collections of “art inspired by water” in the United States.

Dickerson’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-354-4272

Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort . . . . . . . . . . . 866-293-2121 5616 Prairie’s Edge Ln - Granite Falls / www.prairiesedgecasino.com Located three miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23, offering guests everything they will need for an ideal getaway.

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Lake City Tourism Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-525-3248 PO Box 155 - Lake City / www.lakecitymn.org A historic river town located along the shoreline of Lake Pepin.

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Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce . . 800-944-2670

33 S Cass Avenue, PO Box 134 - Springfield www.springfieldmnchamber.org Enjoy our swimming pool with waterslide, disc golf, golf, paved trails & camping!

100 Milwaukee Road - Lanesboro / www.lanesboro.com The Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota! Quaint townsite, Root River Bike Trail, and rich artistic experiences.

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Luverne Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . . . . 888-283-4061 213 East Luverne Street - Luverne www.luvernechamber.com Located with the Brandenburg Gallery, Herreid Military Museum, Heritage Gallery, Veterans Memorial and Kahler Terrace.

Madelia Area Chamber of Commerce . . . 888-941-7283

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12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 1645 - Mankato www.visitmankatomn.com Trails, plus culture and sporting events like the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp.

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Preston Area Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-845-2100

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Worthington Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . 800-279-2919

Max’s Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-523-2833 8 West Central Street - Springfield www.springfieldmnchamber.org

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SHOPPING The Gutentag Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-233-4287 127 North Minnesota Street - New Ulm / www.gutentaghaus.com

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Riverside Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-723-3508

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Freeborn County Historical Society . . . . . 507-373-8003 1031 Bridge Avenue - Albert Lea / www.fchm.us

Garvin Heights Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-474-9463 2255 Garvin Heights Road - Winona www.ghvwine.com See why we call it “Minnesota’s Most Scenic Winery!”

Grandview Valley Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-938-WINE 42703 Grandview Avenue - Belview www.gvwinery.com Minnesota wines, handmade pizza with gluten-free options, 14 beers on tap, and breathtaking scenery.

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Indian Island Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-234-6222 18018 631st Avenue - Janesville www.indianislandwinery.com This family-operated winery produces cold hardy grapes for award-winning wines!

Morgan Creek Vineyards & Winery . . . . 507-947-3547 23707 478th Avenue - New Ulm www.morgancreekvineyards.com Visit Minnesota’s only underground winery, tasting room, and gift shop. Wood fired oven tapas and music!

HERITAGE SITES Box 303 - Montevideo / www.chippewacohistory.org

Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery . . . . 507-346-7300 78757 State Hwy 16 - Spring Valley www.fourdaughtersvineyard.com Close to the city, yet far away. Let us teach you about wine, from grape to barrel.

Vintage Band Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-308-6857

Chippewa County Historical Society . . . . 320-269-7636

Flower Valley Vineyard & Winery . . . . . . 651-388-1770 29212 Orchard Road - Red Wing www.mohnfamilyvineyard.com Enjoy the beauty of the river bluffs as you walk through our vineyard and taste our wines.

Springfield / www.springfieldmn.org Held annually, the last full weekend in June. Northfield / www.vintagebandfestival.org VBF one-day festival fundraiser August 1, 2015.

Cannon River Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-263-7400 421 Mill Street West - Cannon Falls www.cannonriverwinery.com Enjoy award-winning wines, live music weekends, vineyard weddings and more! Just a short drive from the Twin Cities.

Corn Capital Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-375-CORN Olivia / www.corncapitaldays.com / July 22-26, 2015

Medford Outlet Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-455-4111 6750 West Frontage Rd #315 - Medford www.medfordoutletcenter.com

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Dickerson’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-354-4272

17759 West 177th Street - Faribault www.winjumsshadyacres.com

17759 West 177th Street - Faribault / www.winjumsshadyacres.com

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PO Box 95 - Elysian / www.mnlakesregion.com Home of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. Cities include: Elysian, Madison Lake, Morristown, and Waterville.

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Winjum’s Shady Acres Restaurant & Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-334-6661

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Cedar Valley Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-467-9000 905 Bench Street - Whalan www.cedarvalleyresort.com This family resort has 9 beautiful log-sided cabins and will accommodate from 2 to 40 guests!

Tommy’s Central Street Steak House . . . 507-723-9191

200 South Mill Street - Redwood Falls / www.redwoodfalls.org We offer a wide variety of seasonal attractions, historic sites, plenty of shopping and fine restaurants.

Southern Minnesota Lakes Region . . . . . . 800-507-7787

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2425 West Lincoln Avenue - Olivia / www.maxsgrillonline.com

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401 South Elm Street - Rushford www.rushfordpetersonvalley.com Bike the Root River State Trail, hike the bluffs, enjoy river activities, shop various stores and more!

PO Box 313 - Walnut Grove / www.walnutgrove.org

Windom Area Chamber & CVB . . . . . . . . 800-794-6366

1025 Hwy 61 E - Winona / winona@greenmill.com Serving Italian/American cuisine made from scratch every day. Conveniently attached to the Plaza Hotel.

Rochester MN CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-634-8277

Wilder Pageant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-859-3102

Willmar Lakes Area CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-845-8747

Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-637-2828

Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-864-3338

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Green Mill Restaurant & Bar . . . . . . . . . . 507-452-5400

Red Wing Visitors & Convention Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-498-3444

30 Civic Center Drive SE, Ste 200 - Rochester www.visitrochestermn.com

226 N Washington Street - New Ulm www.wandagaghouse.org

Winjum’s Shady Acres Restaurant & Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-334-6661

3 North Cass Ave - Springfield / www.springfieldmnchamber.org

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Wanda Gag House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-359-2632

Western Minnesota Prairie Waters CVB . . 866-866-5432

The Garage/Springfield Bowling . . . . . . . 507-723-6000

420 Levee Street - Red Wing / www.redwing.org Home of the Red Wing Shoe, Red Wing Pottery, and World’s Largest Boot. Come watch stoneware being made, visit the new Pottery Museum and The Shoe Store & Museum.

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210 Fillmore Street W - Preston / www.prestonmntourism.com Now’s the time to “Get Hooked on Preston!” Start planning your Preston visit today!

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913 West Bridge Street - Redwood Falls www.redwoodcountyhistoricalsociety.com

13194 2nd Street NE - Spicer / www.dickersonsresort.com A Minnesota vacation resort for families.

1121 Third Ave - Worthington / www.worthingtonmnchamber.com Visitors will find a variety of lodging accommodations, restaurants, service stations, shops and attractions of interest.

Pipestone Chamber & CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-336-6125

Redwood County Historical Society . . . . . 507-641-3329

112 North State Street - Waseca / www.discoverwaseca.com Discover Waseca and experience a city full of opportunity and fun.

303 9th Street - Windom / www.windomchamber.com Visit the little city that would! Your convenient oasis 1/2way to your destination. Home to unique shops, dining, parks, history, arts & culture!

117 8th Avenue SE - Pipestone www.pipestoneminnesota.com Historic District handcrafted from local Sioux quartzite and home of the Pipestone National Monument. Saturday night Ghost Walks during summer months.

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Waseca Area Tourism & Visitors Bureau . 507-835-3260

2104 Hwy 12 East - Willmar / www.willmarlakesarea.com In beautiful Kandiyohi County where the lakes begin! Bike, swim, snowmobile, fish & relax!

Owatonna Area Chamber & Tourism . . . . 800-423-6466 320 Hoffman Drive - Owatonna www.visitowatonna.org Home to Cabela’s, Village of Yesteryear, Louis Sullivan-designed bank, Orphanage Museum and the RAD zoo.

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323 West Schlieman Avenue - Appleton / www.prairiewaters.com Explore the prairies, canoe routes, ethnic & cultural heritage, festivals and recreational opportunities.

Olivia Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . .877-375-CORN 909 West DePue, Box 37 - Olivia / www.oliviachamber.org Visit “The Corn Capital of the Midwest” and the World’s Largest Corn Monument.

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Northfield Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . . 800-658-2548 205 3rd Street West, Suite A - Northfield www.thisisnorthfield.com Visiting Northfield, an artsy historic rivertown, means unique experiences, whatever the reason or season.

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New Ulm CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-463-9856 1 N Minnesota Street, Box 862 - New Ulm / www.newulm.com The “City of Charm & Tradition,” with history, festivals, German heritage & attractions – exceptional dining, shopping, lodging, and recreation.

Murray County Historical Museum . . . . . 507-836-6533 2480 29th Street - Slayton www.murraycountyhistoricalsociety.org

160 Johnson Street - Winona / www.visitwinona.com Spectacular beauty, remarkable arts & culture, outdoor adventure. Find out why everyone loves Winona.

Murray County Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-836-1147 2848 Broadway Avenue - Slayton / www.murray-countymn.com Come and see for yourself the acres of opportunity in Murray County!

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Visit Winona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-657-4972

Historic Gilfillan Farm Estate . . . . . . . . . . 507-249-3633 28269 State Hwy 67 - Morgan www.redwoodcountyhistoricalsociety.com

Visit Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-385-6660

321 South 1st Street - Montevideo www.montechamber.com City of Parks, Hunting, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Golfing, Biking, Shopping, Historical Sites, Sweetland and more!

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Tyler Area Community Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-247-3905 PO Box 182 - Tyler Country living steeped in Danish tradition, Tyler is home to the Nissemaend & Aebleskivers.

Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce . 800-269-5527

221 West 2nd Street - Morton / www.mortonmn.com

Tatanka Bluffs Corridor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-637-2828 2848 Broadway Avenue - Slayton www.facebook.com/travelsouthwestmn Visit southwest Minnesota and enjoy golfing, shopping, camping, historic sites, scenic vistas, events, fishing & more.

Marshall CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-537-1865

Morton Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . 507-697-6912

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Travel Southwest Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . 800-279-2919

118 W College Drive - Marshall / www.visitmarshallmn.com Marshall remains a classy and timeless city, with Ma & Pa shops, quaint coffee shops, outstanding restaurants and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities.

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21899 County 118 - Preston / www.mnhs.org/forestville “History Where it Happened!” Costumed interpreters reveal daily life in 1899 Forestville.

St. Peter Tourism & Visitors Bureau . . . . . 800-473-3404

200 S Mill Street - Redwood Falls / www.tatankabluffs.com

Mantorville Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .866-313-8687 PO Box 44 - Mantorville / www.mantorvilletourism.com Mantorville – Historic town with museums, shops, casual & fine dining, parks & trails.

Historic Forestville – MNHS . . . . . . . . . . . 507-765-2785

101 S Front St - St. Peter / www.stpeterchamber.com Visit beautiful historic St. Peter for unique shops, museums, Gustavus Adolphus College and more!

127 W Main Street - Madelia / www.visitmadelia.com Craving small town experience? Pack up & head to Madelia – just 2 hours south of Minneapolis!

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Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB . . . . . . . . . . . 507-723-3508

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Salem Glen Vineyard & Winery . . . . . . . .507-365-8758 5211 60th Avenue SW - Rochester www.salemglenvineyard.com We invite you to experience Salem Glen’s extraordinary wines and wonderful country and vineyard views.

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