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■ Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality . . . . . . . 18 ■ AmericInn of Moorhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ■ Arrowwood Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ■ Base Camp-Northern Star Council BSA. 22 ■ Bed & Bath Treasures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ■ Big Island Rendezvous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ■ Clear Waters Outfitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ■ End-O-Line Railroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ■ Forestedge Winery & Farm . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ■ Great Lakes Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ■ Historic Pottery Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ■ Holiday Inn Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . 22 ■ Jackpot Junction Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ■ Linden Hill Mansions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ■ Mabel House Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ■ Madelia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 ■ Mall of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 ■ Mountain Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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■ Owatonna Chamber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ■ Pottery Place Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ■ Red Wing Pottery Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ■ Red Wing Stoneware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ■ Redwood County Historical Society . . . . 10 ■ St. James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 ■ St James Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ■ Scheels (Mankato) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ■ Scheels (St. Cloud, Fargo, ND). . . . . . . . 18 ■ Science Museum of Minnesota. . . . . . . . . 2 ■ Thumper Pond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 ■ Tickle Yer Fancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ■ Tournament Fishing Guide Service . . . . 18 ■ Vista Fleet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ■ Voyageur Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 ■ Whimsy's Closet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ■ YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 & 23

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Mabel 507-493-5768 august 12-14 50’s & 60’s Classic Car Show sept 9-11 Steam Engine Days Owatonna 800-423-6466 april 9-10 Minnesota Alpaca Expo apr 28-may 7 The Unsinkable Molly Brown @ Little Theatre of Owatonna august 16-21 Steele County Fair june 17-25 Charlotte’s Web @ Little Theatre of Owatonna Red Wing 800-498-3444 february 19-20, 26-27, march 5-6,12-13 Eagle Spot Weekends june 20-25 Red Wing Plein Air Arts Festival july 9 Summer Celebration of the Arts august 5-7 River City Days october 1-2 Fall Festival of the Arts

River Bluffs & Rolling Hills outheastern Minnesota is rich in history amidst its river bluffs and rolling hills and holds some of the most satisfying travel experiences imaginable. From our state’s border to St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, riverboats and barges have made their arduous journeys up and down the river for many years, and still today, bringing commerce and curious visitors into our state.

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From frontiersmen following the Mississippi River upstream, to the modern day hit movies of Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men, southeastern Minnesota has a diversity of footprints from explorers and Native Americans to Hollywood moviemakers and famous artists whose works are found at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. There are treasures just waiting for you to discover within the three galleries and six-acre garden located on the Mississippi River, consisting of artistic and historical paintings, including original Monet’s and Renoir’s, marine art and artifacts, folk art, photographs, maps, and more! This region is filled with quaint shops, wonderful food, authentic vineyards, many natural and historic attractions, artist studios, and an abundance of bald eagles among some of the best romantic river towns! These charming towns are known for their historic architecture, pottery, antiques, Amish products, bike trails, ethnic festivals, B&B’s and so much more. Beyond browsing the great antique stores, you can sit back and watch the eagles soar over the Mississippi River aboard a boat cruise, or check out the state’s oldest covered bridge. Minnesota’s seasons make our state famous with something to do in every one. A treasure to see before the snow flies is the colorful fall foliage and roadside apple stands along the Historic Highways and Scenic Byways of this Southeast region.

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Discover the Treasures of Bluff Country! Sample Itinerary© This sample itinerary is best all year round. Red Wing GPS Coordinates: N44°33.9667, W092°32.2167 87 miles west of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin is Red Wing, “the gateway to a great getaway”!

Day One

1 – 3:00 pm Upon your arrival in Red Wing, check into the St. James Hotel. There are few places as gratifying as this turn of the century gem. Enjoy the luxurious

3 – 6:00 pm For all you shoppers and pottery lovers, Red Wing is a treasure chest. Visit Red Wing Stoneware; take the factory tour or shop in the factory store and watch production through the large viewing

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rooms, each one named after a famous 19thcentury riverboat that plied the waters of the ol’ Miss, each individually decorated in Victorian antiques and reproductions, including hand-made quilts and period wall coverings, many with river views. Be sure to dine in one of their fabulous restaurants later or arrange to be pampered in their spa. A variety of shopping options await just a few steps from your room. The St. James Courtyard showcases one-of-a-kind clothing stores and fine gifts. If you can pull yourself away from all of this, there is much more to explore in this beautiful city by the water.

windows while you wait. Down the road, the Pottery Place Historic Center is filled with many specialty shops, antiques and eateries plus the Pottery Museum. See what Pete’s Kitchen Corner has to make your kitchen more fun, or Whimsy’s Closet; where the wearable, wonderful and whimsical await you. Grab a treat for your sweet tooth at Tickle Yer Fancy Fine Candies. 6 – 8:00 pm Return to the St. James Hotel for a relaxing dinner in one of their restaurants. Whether you desire casual or fine dining with an award winning wine list, it’s all here to enjoy!

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8 – 10:00 am Owatonna, MN. 72 miles Southwest of Red Wing on MN 19W (Travel time approx 1 hr 30 minutes) Enjoy breakfast and get ready for a new day, heading south, exploring Owatonna. 10 – 12:00 pm Step back in time at Owatonna’s National Farmers’ Bank, designed by architect Louis Sulllivan. This National Historic Landmark was commemorated on a United States postage stamp in 1981. Include another historic location, such as

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the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum and the former grounds of the State School. The kids were called State Schoolers and there were 10,635 of them between 1886 and 1945. Children who were orphaned, abandoned, or abused were sent to Owatonna. Learn about the history of the school from the only known Orphanage Museum in the nation. 12 – 3:00 pm Now hike on over to Cabela’s, World’s Foremost Outfitter and the largest fishing, hunting and outdoor gear store in the Midwest. With three million visitors a year it is the second most popular tourist attraction in Minnesota. Cabela’s also offers an educational center that celebrates the outdoors and the men and women who enjoy it. Have lunch at their park-like restaurant that brings the great outdoors, indoors. 3 – 5:00 pm Mabel, MN. 102 miles Southeast of Owatonna on MN US-14 E & US 52 S (Travel time approx 2 hrs) This journey continues and takes you south approximately 2 hours to Mabel, MN and the Historic Mabel House Hotel. This is the oldest running hotel in the state of Minnesota. If you are interested in stepping back in time and truly looking for the most ‘unique’ place to visit in Southeast Minnesota’s Bluff Country, then you’ve found the right place. Contact the CVB’s at the destination you plan to visit before your trip. Ask for free visitors guide(s) to be sent to you. Their job is helping you plan for a great time when you’re in their area!

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MABEL HOUSE HOTEL 1

117 South Main, PO Box 338 Mabel, MN 55954 507-493-5768 GPS: N43°31.21866, W091°46.19532

With 5 suites and 8 European style-sleeping rooms, the Mabel House Hotel in Southeast Minnesota’s Bluff Country is a must-see destination for groups up to 30 or for your personal private getaway. With Mabel’s own Steam Engine Park and Museum only 2 blocks away and all other area attractions within a 20-mile radius, we are ideal for a custom package to fit your needs.

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RED WING STONEWARE CO. 2

409 Moundview Drive – Red Wing, MN 55066 651-388-4610 sales@redwingstoneware.com www.redwingstoneware.com GPS: N44°33.9667, W092°32.2167

Red Wing Stoneware has been an American institution. The tradition continues today in Red Wing MINN. with the production of our quality stoneware. Come to our factory store and tour our factory. We have weekday tours at 10:30-am, 1-pm and 3:30-pm. Bus or group tours may stop in anytime and view the production through our viewing windows and shop. To set up a large tour in advance, call or email. Factory Store Open Daily.

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320 Hoffman Drive – Owatonna, MN 55060 800-423-6466 fax 507-451-7972 www.Owatonna.org GPS: N44°5.21592, W093°13.72884

Discover Owatonna’s rich Minnesota history and heritage: the State School Orphanage Museum where more than 10,000 children lived from 1886 to 1945; the portrayal of 19th century lifestyles at the Village of Yesteryear; and a worldfamous example of Louis Sullivan Prairie School architecture is showcased at the 1908 National Farmers’ Bank (operating as Wells Fargo). Owatonna - Discover our faces & places!

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A C C O M M O D AT I O N S Mabel House Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-493-5768 117 South Main PO Box 338 – Mabel, MN 55954 / www.mabelhousehotel.com Five suites & eight European-style-sleeping rooms, perfect for any size group or a private getaway!

Whimsy’s Closet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-385-8275 2000 Old West Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 / www.whimsyscloset.com An eclectic store of fun gifts, unique jewelry and clothes that you won't find everywhere.

St. James Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-252-1875

Winona State University Winona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-342-5978 Winona County Historical Society Winona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-454-2723

406 Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 Features fabulous restaurants, an intimate lounge, luxurious rooms and a pampering spa.

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E D U C AT I O N A L Bed & Bath Treasures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-385-9135 2000 Old West Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 Features aromatherapy, bath products, sleepwear and much more!

Historic Forestville Preston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-765-2785

Historic Pottery Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-822-0367 2000 West Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 / www.rwpotteryplace.com Discover Minnesota’s favorite destination for antiques, gift shops, eateries and pottery museum!

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

Pottery Place Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-388-7765 2000 Old West Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 / www.potteryplaceantiques.com Over 10,000 sq. ft on two floors with over 50 dealers offering antiques and collectibles!

Red Wing Pottery Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-247-9876 2000 Old West Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 Schedule a group tour! View stoneware, vintage photographs, dioramas and others.

Red Wing Stoneware Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-388-4610 409 Moundview Drive – Red Wing, MN 55066 Weekday tours at 10:30am, 1pm & 3:30 pm. Stop anytime to view the production & shop!

Tickle Yer Fancy Chocolates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-388-1992 2000 Old West Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 Creamy fudge, truffles, old-fashioned candies, chocolate covered potato chips and more yummy treats!

Faribault Area Airfest & Balloon Rally Faribault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-658-2354 Tree Frog Music Festival Faribault. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-658-2354

R E C R E AT I O N A L Welch Village Resort Welch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-258-4567

T R AV E L S E R V I C E S Dresbach Travel Information Center Dresbach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-895-2005 Harmony Area Promotion Assn. Harmony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-886-2469 La Crescent Chamber of Commerce La Crescent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-926-9480 Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce Lanesboro . . . . . . . . . . . 800-944-2670

Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism . . . . 800-423-6466 320 Hoffman Drive – Owatonna, MN 55060 / www.owatonna.org Big city shopping; small town charm. You’ll be Surprised! Owatonna!

Preston Area Tourism Preston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-273-2564 Red Wing Visitor’s & Convention Bureau Red Wing . . . . . . . . . . . 800-498-3444 SE Minnesota Historic Bluff Country Harmony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-886-2230 St. Croix TIC Westbound I-94 3 miles West of Wisconsin border . . . . 800-657-3774 Visit Winona Winona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-657-4972 Wabasha Kellogg Chamber/CVB Wabasha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-565-4158 Indicates Travel Information Centers and/or Information Centers. Provides Statewide Travel Information.

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Albert Lea 507-373-3938 (Big Island Rendezvous & Festival) august 26-27 4th Annual Big Island Bar-B-Que october 1-2 Big Island Rendezvous

june 11 july 4

Currie 507-763-3708 End-O-Line Railroad Park Open House Annual 4th of July Extravaganza

july 8-10 nov 18-19

Madelia 507-642-8822 Park Days Razzle Dazzle Celebration

june 17-21

Mountain Lake 507-427-2999 Mountain Lake Pow Wow Festival

july 15 august 2-4 sept 18

Redwood Falls 507-637-8613 (Redwood Falls Historical Society) Dad’s Belgian Waffles (serving from 9-1pm) Minnesota Inventors Congress Invention & Idea Show 2011 Redwood County Relay for Life (begins at 4pm) Farm Fest at the Gilfillan Estate Fall Fest

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St James 866-375-2480 Community Wide Garage Sale National Night Out

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outhwestern Minnesota is not without its share of rivertowns and many unique travel adventures. The headwaters of the Minnesota River are near the Minnesota/South Dakota borders and have been a transportation corridor for many cultures over thousands of years. Clusters of villages of American Indians and communities grew up along the Minnesota River and created much of the history we long to experience through our travels.

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As the gateway to the Wild West, southwestern Minnesota seems to have found a special place in all the hearts of our forefathers. Today we enjoy unique culture and history as we follow along the Laura Ingalls Wilder Trail, perhaps stopping in Walnut Grove during the infamous Wilder Pageant held each summer. Among the many historical monuments and museums in this region, the Pipestone National Monument is a must see. This area is the crossroads to all walks of the Native Americans. For thousands of years Native American Plains and Woodland Indian tribes traveled great distances to the sacred pipestone quarries where stone used to fashion ceremonial pipes is found. Native Americans still quarry the red pipestone and visitors are encouraged to watch live demonstrations of pipes and crafts being carved. No visit to the Monument is complete without a walk through the coteau prairie and a view of Winnewissa Falls. Today you can still participate in a PowWow, mine for pipestone and enjoy an authentic Rendezvous, and on the flip side – experience the latest in Wind Technology with 1000 giant wind turbines near Buffalo Ridge. Nature is very much in abundance here with over 150,000 geese and ducks at Lac Qui Parle, and the buffalo really do roam in Blue Mound State Park (makes you want to sing a tune doesn’t it? “Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam”). Did you happen to know that Minnesota has its own salt lake? It does indeed, and you could win at trivia with that question! Additional highlights in this region are many, and include big slides and boat rides, lakes and petting zoos, apple orchards and autumn fun with pumpkins, festivals and Minnesota’s Country and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the list goes on.


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Relax and Refresh in Southwestern Minnesota Sample Itinerary© This itinerary is best on August 2-4, 2011 during Farm Fest in Redwood Falls. Redwood Falls, Minnesota GPS Coordinates: N44°32.3667, W095°7.0167 140 miles northeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is Redwood Falls, in the heart of the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway.

Day One

4:00 pm Your journey begins with an evening at Jackpot Junction Casino. The largest entertainment facility in Southwestern Minnesota with 1250 video slot machines, 28 table games, 350-seat Bingo Hall and a live Poker Room featuring Texas Hold'em and Seven Card Stud. Stay the night in the Lower Sioux Lodge and enjoy the casino’s live entertainment, full service lounge and a delicious dinner at one of four restaurants.

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9 – 4:00 pm Madelia, MN. 16 miles E on MN 60. (Travel time approx 20 minutes)

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9 – 10:00 am Start your day off with a hearty breakfast in the Dacotah Restaurant. Fuel your body up for a new day of exploring Southwest Minnesota. 10 – 5:00 pm Redwood Falls, MN. 7 miles S on US 71 (Travel time approx. 5 minutes) Spend today in Redwood Falls, an area rich in history, heritage and scenic beauty, with unique shopping opportunities, and an abundance of recreational and leisure activities. You’ve arrived just in time for Farmfest at the beautiful Gilfillan Estate, which hosts the annual event. The estate comes to life during Farmfest with public tours, horse and buggy rides and root beer floats. Old-time engines and antique farm machinery will be on display. Threshing, shelling and grinding demonstrations are held. Music flows from the stage while guests catch a break in the shade of large trees in front of the stage. 5:00 pm Return to Jackpot Junction Casino and Hotel for the night. Relax, enjoy a delicious dinner and play a few rounds of your favorite game.

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9 – 1:00 pm Currie, MN. 70 miles SW on US 71 and MN 30 W. (Travel time approx 1½ hours) Hear the faint sounds of an old steam locomotive puffing and chugging in the distance, accented by a steam whistle and bell at the End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum. This unique park in Currie, MN will make you think time has turned back as you tour the museum. Explore the grounds and enjoy a picnic in the large shelter and take a walk or bike ride on the 6-mile nature trail. 1 – 3:00 pm Mountain Lake, MN. 46 miles E on MN 30. (Travel time approx 1 hour) Swing over to Mountain Lake and take a walk back in time at Heritage Village, celebrating the

Russian-Mennonite and German-Lutheran immigrants who were early settlers in the area. Stroll through 21 buildings filled with displays depicting pioneer life. Many were built in the 19th century and have been lovingly preserved and restored (open summer months). Also shop Ten Thousand Villages; traditional handicrafts and unique home decor made by artisans from 30 Third World countries. 3 – 6:00 pm St. James, MN. 16 miles E on MN 60. (Travel time approx 25 minutes) How about a little fishing or a bike ride? Pull into St. James and enjoy their fishing pier and beautiful

St. James Lake. They also have an outdoor pool with a 150’ water slide in Memorial Park, which is lined with playgrounds, picnic shelters, a band shell and disc golf! Wonderful eateries and unique shopping await you on main street. If you enjoy camping, this is a great place to set up camp (or hotel) so you can explore Madelia too while in the area.

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Take a quick trip down the road to Madelia and have a sweet breakfast pastry at Sweet Bread Bakery and Coffee Shop, specializing in Amish Décor, furniture, candles, and jams. Next up is Watona Park, offering something for everyone. From disc golf, volleyball, horseshoes, baseball and softball to fishing, canoeing, walking, and scouting birds, you can surely find it all here. There are two playgrounds and several picnic shelters for you to enjoy time with your friends and family. The park is located along the Watonwan River and adjacent to the Madelia Golf Course, so feel free to knock a few balls around while the kids play! Also keep in mind, another fun weekend is the Big Island Rendezvous held the 1st wknd of October in Albert Lea. 2011’s dates are October 1st & 2nd. See history come alive at this award winning & largest early America & fur-trade “living history” reenactment. Over 1000 participants, 250 tents, colonial cuisine; entertainment; colonial crafts for sale: woodworking, pottery, clothing, blacksmithing, fiber arts, jewelry, candles, art and more! Contact the CVB’s at the destinations you plan to visit before your trip. Ask for their free visitors guide to be sent to you. Their job is helping you plan for a great time when you’re in their area!

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BIG ISLAND RENDEZVOUS & FESTIVAL 1

701 Marshall Street – Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-373-3938 fax 507-373-0344 pvining@smig.net | www.bigislandfestival.org GPS: N43°38.8398, W093°22.12254

END-O-LINE RAILROAD PARK & MUSEUM 440 North Mill Street – Currie, MN 56123 507-763-3708 | fax 507-763-3996 EndOLine@co.murray.mn.us www.endoline.com

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REDWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 3

913 W Bridge St – Redwood Falls, MN 56283 Gilfillan: 507-249-3633 Museum: 507-641-3329 www.redwoodcountyhistoricalsociety.com GPS: N44°32.4877, W095°7.5741

Award winning favorite with students and teachers, interactive “hands-on” educational experience surrounds you with early America from 1665 (exploration) to 1865 (homesteading). Period dressed re-enactors bring family heritage alive with over 60 “learning stations”: building a log cabin, homesteading, Native American life, candle making, blacksmithing, and other colonial occupations. Support your curriculum with sights, sounds and smells of a tipi and tent “village” of 1,000 participants. October 1-2, 2011.

End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum started in 1972 as a 4-H Club Community Pride Project as a result of an inspiration of two junior leaders and the involvement of 56 members and their families. It has developed into a nationwide historic attraction drawing people from all over the United States and foreign countries. The Park is dedicated to collecting and preserving railroad history, as well as early pioneer days. Step back in time and visualize what our forefathers endured to make America what it is today. You’ll be amazed!

Redwood County Historical Society features two great properties! The Historic 1880’s Gilfillan Estate was built by Charles Duncan Gilfillan. It features a beautiful home, offices, grain elevator, water tower, and tenant homes. Open June – Labor Day. Rent the pavilion and garden for large or small gatherings, perfect for weddings! The Redwood County Historical Museum was constructed in 1908 as the county poor farm, closing in 1975. Featuring 27 unique rooms! Open mid-May – Labor Day.

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Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-946-0077

Albert Lea Travel Information Center Albert Lea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-448-3311

PO Box 420 – Morton, MN 56270 / www.jackpotjunction.com 44,000 square feet of live casino action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Beaver Creek Travel Information Center Beaver Creek. . . . . . . . . 605-757-6599

E D U C AT I O N A L Business, Arts & Recreation Center (BARC). . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-831-2375 1012 5th Avenue, PO Box 123 – Windom, MN 56101 / www.barcwindom.com Southwest Minnesota’s leading arts, entertainment and education center. Group Rates.

End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-763-3708 440 North Mill Street – Currie, MN 56123 / www.endoline.com Dedicated to collecting and preserving railroad history & early pioneer days.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Walnut Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-528-7280

Minnesota’s Machinery Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-768-3522 100 N 1st Street – Hanley Falls, MN 56245 / www.mnmachinerymuseum.com A farming museum with steam locomotives, tractors, quilts and more. Redwood County Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-641-3329 913 W Bridge Street – Redwood Falls, MN 56283 / www.redwoodcountyhistoricalsociety.com Home of the Historic Gilfillan Farm Estate and Redwood County Historical Museum.

Bigstone County Historical Society Museum Ortonville. . . . . . . . 320-839-3359 Chippewa County Historical Society Montevideo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-269-7636 Luverne Chamber of Commerce Luverne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-283-4061

Madelia Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . 888-941-7283 127 West Main Street – Madelia, MN 56062 / www.visitmadelia.com Golf, shop, camp, swim, visit historical sites, attend festivals, hike, canoe and more!

Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-685-2531 City of Mountain Lake, Drawer C – Mountain Lake, MN 56159 / www.mountainlakemn.com Enjoy our unique shops, historical sights and ethnic cuisine only found here!

New Ulm Chamber of Commerce New Ulm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-463-9856 Nicollet County Historical Society St. Peter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-934-2160 Pipestone Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau Pipestone . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-825-3316 Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism Redwood Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-657-7070

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St James Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB . . . . . . . . . . 866-375-2480

Big Island Rendezvous & Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-373-3938

516 1st Avenue South – St. James, MN 56081 / www.stjameschamberofcommerce.com A town with it all; camping, trails, recreation, theater, shopping and much more!

701 Marshall Street – Albert Lea, MN 56007 / www.bigislandfestival.org First Thursday thru Sunday in October.

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Willmar Lakes Area CVB Willmar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-845-8747 ext.79 Worthington Travel Information Center Worthington . . . . . . . . . . . 507-376-3352

Scheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-386-7767 1850 Adams Street, Suite 6 – Mankato, MN 56001 / www.scheels.com The Largest Selection of Sports, Sportswear and Footwear for the Entire Family!

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Bed & Bath Treasures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Historic Pottery Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Mabel House Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #1 Owatonna Chamber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #3 Pottery Place Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Red Wing Pottery Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Red Wing Stoneware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #2 St James Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #4 Tickle Yer Fancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Whimsy’s Closet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5

Big Island Rendezvous. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #1 End-O-Line Railroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #2 Jackpot Junction Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #4 Madelia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Mountain Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Redwood County Historical Society. . . . . . . #3 St. James. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Scheels (Mankato) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #10

Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality . . . . . . . . . . #8 AmericInn of Moorhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #1 Arrowwood Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #2 Clear Waters Outfitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #3 Forestedge Winery & Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . #5 Great Lakes Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #6 Linden Hill Mansions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #7 Scheels (St. Cloud, Fargo, ND) . . . . . . . . . #10 Thumper Pond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #11 Tournament Fishing Guide Service. . . . . . . #9 Vista Fleet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #4

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Arrowwood Resort - Alexandria, MN

North Woods trails, lakes and shores his land, where the prairie meets the North Woods, is home to Minnesota’s largest lakes and the source of the Mississippi River. Among the forests and lakes, there is much to enjoy: fishing, boating, paved biking trails, golfing beautiful courses, and attending festivals and small town celebrations!

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Check out northern Minnesota’s fabulous lodging; whether you desire campgrounds, cabins or resorts, there’s a great place to hang your hat, with outstanding recreational activities. Be on the lookout for the world’s largest items known to live in these parts, ie: a giant pelican and of course, Paul Bunyan and Babe, his great Blue Ox. You never know when one of these giants will turn up! Sprinkled in are a number of theatres, museums and cultural centers, all with a story to tell if you’ve got the time to listen. Do you hear that? A catchy little bluegrass tune in the breeze? It must mean you are near one of these northwoods treasures. Near Park Rapids, you’ll find serenity in a number of ways, one of them being the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat, a perfect place to unwind and enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts. Majestic pines surround this upscale lodging destination for family getaways. As you wind your way to the northeast, the first city on the largest of the great lakes is Duluth, offering visitors a wealth of activities. See the Great Lakes Aquarium. Experience a ride on the big water with a harbor cruise (one you’ll never forget), or just sit back and watch the big ships come into port. The North Shore Drive, Hwy. 61, runs from Duluth to Grand Portage. Along the way is some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Seven state parks show off the natural treasures of the shoreline, charming towns, lighthouses and the state’s highest waterfalls. Skip stones, shop for antiques, gifts & artisans’ wares. Enjoy fresh & smoked fish, and take in a wilderness retreat for some rock climbing, canoeing or kayaking. As you reach Grand Marais, you’ll notice that every nook and cranny has personality. Its unmatched natural beauty, arts, quaint shops, and a body of water, that demands your attention, make it like nowhere else on the planet.

calendar of events (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)

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Alexandria 800-245-ALEX (2539) 16th Model Train Show & Sale Awake the Lakes Car Show & Swap Meet Vikingland Band Festival

Duluth 218-740-FISH (3474) (Great Lakes Aquarium) june 20-23 Animal Care Camp july 1-14 or august 1-4 SCUBA Camp LaPorte 218-224-3535 (Forestedge Winery) august 20-21 9th Annual Art Fair at the Winery Little Falls 800-794-0809 (Friends of Linden Hill) january 20-23 & 28-30 Lodging Retreat of Musser Mansion april 14-17 Lodging Retreat of Musser Mansion june 5 Family Fun Day & Plant Sale august 18-20 Lodging Retreat of Musser Mansion Moorhead 800-235-7654 april 1 Springin’ For Jazz june 12,14 & august 9 RiverArts sept 9-16 Greater Moorhead Days


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Plan your northern getaway! Sample Itinerary© This itinerary is best spring through fall. Moorhead, MN GPS Coordinates: N46°52.4333, W096°46.0333 220 miles north of Moorhead is Winnipeg Canada.

Day One

10:00 am Spend the day exploring Moorhead, MN. With its diverse entertainment, you can experience sophisticated drama, enjoy a concert with world famous singers or attend a rodeo. Spend the night at the AmericInn of Moorhead, with its convenient location, Kids Stay Free program, spacious family-style accommodations and signature suites sleeping up to 5 people, complimentary AmericInn Perk breakfast and high-speed Internet access, it provides the ideal setting for your next vacation. (OPTION) Ottertail, MN. US 10 East 78 miles (Travel time: approx. 90 minutes) For this trip or your next trip, Thumper Pond is an excellent choice for a getaway! Avid golfers will

love this place, situated on 250 acres, nestled among 90,000 pine trees in the heart of lake country, featuring a championship 18-hole golf course, driving range, all-suite hotel, restaurant/ lounge, spa, and indoor waterpark with two 3-story slides, a lazy river and more.

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9 – 7:00 pm Alexandria, MN. 105 miles E on I-94. (Travel time approx 1 hr 45 minutes) Alexandria features activities and attractions of all kinds year-round. In a state known for lakes, these lakes around Alexandria are some of the finest with great fishing. Abundant with parks that feature activities and amenities for anyone, most facilities are open year-round for outdoor fun and recreation, from hiking and walking, to skiing and skating. If you want shopping they have that too. You can experience historic downtown ambiance and trendy malls in one location. Need to pick up something at a “big box” store? They have that. Want to take your time and browse crafts and antiques? They have that too.

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7 – 10:00 pm When it comes time for a little rest, choose from one of Alexandria’s many comfortable hotels, including Arrowwood Resort, a 400-acre playground on the shores of beautiful Lake Darling. Enjoy their 38,000 Square Foot Indoor Tropical Waterpark, “The Big Splash” and enjoy the Scenic 18-hole Atikwa Golf Course. They offer a full-service marina and riding stables and supervised activities for children ages 5-12. In the winter, the Snow Center offers sledding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, sleigh rides and snowmobiling, including rental. Choose from a variety of dining experiences as well.

Day Three

8 – 11:00 am Little Falls, MN. Hwy 27 E – 55 miles. (Travel time approx 1-½ hours) Spend a little time in Little Falls, the boyhood home of Charles Lindbergh, and the Linden Hills Historic Mansions. Built in 1898, the historic neighboring homes of Charles A. Weyerhaeuser and Richard “Drew” Musser are a reminder of the lumbering era in Minnesota. The homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. Both mansions sit on nine acres, overlooking the majestic Mississippi River and have four fascinating floors to tour. These historic mansions are available for family reunions, group overnight stays, group tours, weddings, or other special events. Several self-guided tours are available, including the Century Homes Walking Tour, Historic Downtown Walking & Driving Tour, Camp Ripley Tour and the Central Minnesota Wild Side. 11 – 1:30 pm St Cloud/Waite Park, MN. US Hwy 10 E. (Travel time approx 40 minutes) Waite Park, MN is home to Scheels, which opened its doors in 2004. This location features 120,000 square feet of retail space on two levels, providing an extensive selection of sporting goods, clothing, and the hottest brands in fashion. In the middle of it all stands a large maple tree from NatureMaker of California, centrally located within the store’s atrium. Special attractions include a beautiful, custom-built lodge that features a Coffee and Fudge Shop, and unique home décor, themed gifts, and art to give your home a one-of-a-kind look. A “try before you buy” archery range allows expert bow technicians to show you the latest in bow hunting technology. The Premium Gun Room will fascinate avid hunters and aesthetic collectors. The sport shoe, hiking boot, and casual footwear

selection is the largest in the region. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience world-class shops including golf, bike, ski, paddle, and sport and game state. Wow, that’s a lot! 1:30 – 5:00 pm Clearwater, MN. I-94 E. (Travel time approx 20 minutes) Swing into Clear Waters Outfitting Company for an adventure on the water. They offer daily canoe, kayak, stand-up-paddle board rental and shuttling service on the “Wild and Scenic” designated stretch of the Mississippi River between St. Cloud and Monticello. Various drop-off points allow for 2-3 hour or 4-5 hour day trips. Shuttles for longer trips, including extended day and overnight outings, are also available upon request. 5 – 8:00 pm Duluth, MN – MN. Hwy 23 E and I-35 N. (Travel time 3 hours) See that beautiful lake over the top of the hill as you descend into Duluth, and check into one of Duluth’s many fine hotels and enjoy a late dinner in Canal Park.

Day Four

10 – 12:00 pm After breakfast, make your way over to the Great Lakes Aquarium. This is a freshwater aquarium, featuring animals and habitats found within the Great Lakes Basin. The Aquarium also houses animals from other freshwater ecosystems such as the Amazon River. 12 – 3:00 pm Grab lunch and head over to the Vista Fleet dock for an afternoon sightseeing cruise. Take in all the activity and spectacular scenery in the Duluth and Superior Harbor. Their sightseeing tours are not to be missed and the crew provides a fun and unique experience to all passengers. Learn about the Harbor, Duluth’s history, the science and ecology of Lake Superior and enjoy the panoramic views of the North Shore and the largest freshwater lake in North America. (Be sure to check scheduled cruise times.) Contact the CVB’s at the destinations you plan to visit before your trip. Ask for their free visitors guide to be sent to you. Their job is helping you plan for a great time when you’re in their area!

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AMERICINN LODGE & SUITES MOORHEAD – CONFERENCE CENTER 1

600 30th Avenue South – Moorhead, MN 56560 218-287-7100 | fax 218-287-4862 dawn@americinnofmoorhead.com www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/moorhead GPS: N46°50.6445, W096°46.2356

ARROWWOOD RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER 2

2100 Arrowwood Ln NW – Alexandria, MN 56308 866-386-5263 | fax 320-762-0133 resort@arrowwoodresort.com www.arrowwoodresort.com GPS: N45°55.33662, W095°24.79506

Welcome to the end of the day…168 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of conference center space places AmericInn Lodge & Suites Moorhead – Conference Center as the 4th largest event facility in the area. Add Courtney’s Comedy Club and Courtney’s Lounge, indoor pool and whirlpool and championship miniature golf course and you have a premiere hotel supplier with a fresh approach to hospitality.

Rain or Shine, there is always something FUN to do at Arrowwood. The “Big Splash” Indoor Water Park offers tons of water fun. The 38,000 square ft water park offers 3 Four Story Water Slides, Lazy River, 500 Gallon Splash Bucket, Children’s Playfort, Basketball Shootout, Tropical Whirlpool Spa, Video Arcade and Banana Cabana Snack Bar. Day Rates and Guestroom rates with water park passes available.

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CLEAR WATERS OUTFITTING 3

100 Pine Street – Clearwater, MN 55320 320-558-8123 dan@clearwatersoutfittingco.com www.cwoutfitting.com GPS: N45°25.0816, W94°2.7519

VISTA FLEET 4

323 Harbor Drive – Duluth, MN 55802 218-722-6218 | fax 218-722-0448 877-883-4002 vistafleetsales@zmchotels.com www.vistafleet.com GPS: N46°46.85664, W092°5.80062

Enjoy the relaxing and fun trips that Clear Waters Outfitting has to offer. Operating from a historic location on a “Wild & Scenic” stretch of the Mississippi, you will paddle in gentle current along miles of secluded natural shoreline. Groups of all sizes ride daily shuttles between St. Cloud and Monticello with drop off and pick up points allowing for short and long day trips. Overnight trips, outfitting, and rentals also available.

Education is made fun by cruising Lake Superior and the Twin Ports Harbor aboard the Vista Fleet. Experience the wonders of Lake Superior as we cruise up close to 1000-foot lake freighters and ocean-going vessels. Our fully narrated sightseeing cruises are full of shipping history, river and lake ecology, economic impacts of the shipping industry and fun facts about the Great Lakes.

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FORESTEDGE WINERY 5

35295 State 64 – Laporte, MN 56461 218-224-3535 | fax 218-224-3502 info@forestedgewinery.com www.forestedgewinery.com GPS: N47°9.7483, W094°47.7895

GREAT LAKES AQUARIUM 6

353 Harbor Drive – Duluth, MN 55802 218-740-3474 | fax 218-740-2020 877-866-3474 education@glaquarium.org www.glaquarium.org GPS: N46°46.7523, W092°5.9916

Visit the winery in the northwoods for light and dry fruit wines crafted from the bounty of the hardy berries and fruits that thrive in Northern Minnesota. Set in peaceful woods, Forestedge Winery produces table wines that compliment most foods and tastes. Visitors can walk the gardens where fruit is grown, then tour the winery, meet the expert winemakers, and of course, purchase bottles to enjoy at home.

Perched on the edge of Lake Superior, Great Lakes Aquarium specializes in freshwater education, with over 70 species of fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians living in their recreated natural habitats. Enjoy our basic self-guided tours or add one and two-hour classes, programs held on Lake Superior’s shores, overnights, scout programs, birthday parties, and outreach education (classroom programs, assemblies, and residencies at your school)!

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LINDEN HILL MANSIONS 7

608 Highland Avenue – Little Falls, MN 56345 320-616-5580 | fax 320-616-5585 LindenHill@littlefallswireless.com www.linden-hill.org GPS: N45°58.1953, W094°21.9642

Built in 1898, the two neighboring mansions of Charles Weyerhaeuser and Drew Musser are a physical reminder of the lumbering era in Minnesota. Guests will enjoy a unique experience for group tours, overnight stays, retreats, special events, and small weddings. The estate is located on nine acres overlooking the majestic Mississippi River and is only a five minute walk to historic downtown Little Falls.

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ALEXANDRIA HOTEL & HOSPITALITY 206 Broadway – Alexandria, MN 56308 800-245-ALEX (2539) info@explorealex.com www.ExploreAlex.com

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TOURNAMENT FISHING GUIDE SERVICE 9

Love Fishing? Now start catching! Chad Keller: 320-980-0055 Matt Lahren: 320-224-9289 GPS: N45°25.0816, W94°2.7519

Bring the family to Alexandria, and be warmed by our hometown hospitality. While you’re here, do something different! Connect with the past at our unique museums. Find a new favorite wine at Carlos Creek Winery. And don’t miss the year-round activities at Andes Tower Hills and Carlos State Park. Visit our website today. With hundreds of affordable rooms, we'll make sure your family is comfortable.

Multi Species Guide Service You name the lake – Minnesota has more than 10,000 lakes for Trophy Fishing, from mini tournaments amongst friends to large corporate outings. Spend ½ day or a full day learning techniques and tactics using state of the art GPS and Sonar equipment. Chad and Matt have 30 years combined experience on the water and fish at a professional level.

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A C C O M M O D AT I O N S Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-386-5263

T R AV E L S E R V I C E S Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-245-ALEX (2539)

2100 Arrowwood Lane NW – Alexandria, MN 56308 / www.arrowwoodresort.com Families have more fun at Arrowwood; just 2 hours from Minneapolis/Saint Paul.

206 Broadway – Alexandria, MN 56308 / www.ExploreAlex.com Bring the family to Alexandria, and be warmed by our hometown hospitality.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Moorhead Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-287-7100 600 30th Avenue South – Moorhead, MN 56560 / www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/moorhead Welcome to the end of the day…168 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of conference center space.

Thumper Pond Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-294-7981 300 Thumper Lodge Road – Ottertail, MN 56571 / www.thumperpond.com Quality, beauty, relaxation and fun with a MN Golf Course, resort & water park!

E D U C AT I O N A L Forestedge Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-224-3535 35295 State 64 – Laporte MN 56461 / www.forestedgewinery.com Walk the gardens, tour the winery, meet the experts, and purchase bottles to enjoy at home.

Great Lakes Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-866-3474 353 Harbor Drive – Duluth, MN 55802 / www.glaquarium.org Offering a variety of programs for students of all grade levels.

Linden Hill Mansions

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-616-5580 608 Highland Avenue – Little Falls, MN 56345 / www.linden-hill.org Guests will enjoy a unique experience for group tours, overnight stays, retreats, special events, and small weddings.

Vista Fleet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-883-4002 323 Harbor Drive – Duluth, MN 55802 / www.vistafleet.com Education is made fun by cruising Lake Superior and Twin Ports Harbor aboard the Vista Fleet!

R E C R E AT I O N A L Clear Waters Outfitting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-558-8123 100 Pine Street – Clearwater, MN 55320 / www.cwoutfitting.com Trips for all size groups on the “Wild & Scenic” Mississippi.

Crooked Willow Osakis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-859-3620 Just Like Grandma’s Osakis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-859-4504

Scheels - Fargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 701-298-2918 1551 45th Street South – Fargo, ND 58103 / www.scheels.com The Largest Selection of Sports, Sportswear and Footwear for the Entire Family!

Scheels - Waite park

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-252-9494 Crossroads Mall 40 North Waite Avenue – Waite Park, MN 56303 / www.scheels.com The Largest Selection of Sports, Sportswear and Footwear for the Entire Family!

Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Alexandria . . . . 320-763-3161 Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Bemidji . . . . . . 218-444-3541, ext 100 Chisago Lakes Area C of C Lindstrom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-257-1177 Cook US Forest Service Office Cook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-666-5850 Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce Detroit Lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-542-3992 Ely Chamber of Commerce Ely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-365-6123, ext 22 Fisher’s Landing TIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-773-7879 Grand Marais Area Tourism Association Grand Marais. . . . . . 888-922-5000 Grand Portage Bay TIC Grand Portage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-475-2592 Hackensack Chamber of Commerce Hackensack . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-675-6135 Hibbing Tourist Center - Senior Citizens Inc. Hibbing . . . . . . . . . 218-262-4166 Hinckley CVB Hinckley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-384-0126 Lake of the Woods Tourism Baudette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-382-3474 Lake Vermillion Resort Association Cook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-666-5850 Laurentian Chamber Virginia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-741-2717 Leech Lake Area Chamber Walker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-547-1313 Lutsen Tofte Tourism Association Tofte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-663-7804 Mille Lacs Area Tourism Onamia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-532-5626 Mineview in the Sky Visitors Center Hibbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-741-2717 Moorhead TIC Moorhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-299-5944 North Branch Chamber of Commerce North Branch . . . . . . . . . . . 651-674-4077 Orr Tourism Information Center Orr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-757-3932 Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Park Rapids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-247-0054 Pelican Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Pelican Rapids . . . 218-863-1221 Pine River Chamber of Commerce Pine River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-587-4000 Sauk Centre CVB Sauk Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-352-5201 St. Cloud TIC St. Cloud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-654-5548 Thief River Falls Chamber Thief River Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-681-3720 Thompson Hill TIC Duluth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-723-4938

Tournament Fishing Guide Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chad: 320-980-0055 Multi species guide service.

or Matt: 320-224-9289

Two Harbors Area Chamber Two Harbors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-834-3720 Visit Duluth Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-438-5884 Indicates Travel Information Centers and/or Information Centers. Provides Statewide Travel Information.

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Voyageur Environmental Center - Mound, MN

Skylines & Shorelines hat comes to mind when thinking about the Twin Cities? Well for many tourists it’s the famous “Stonebridge and the Cherry” by Claes Oldenburg, a permanent cultural symbol of Minneapolis. The Twin Cities has a plethora of art attractions, but ask any Minnesotan and they’ll tell you there’s much more to the Metro than meets the eye. To begin, the Metropolitan area has, no doubt some of the best theater in the Midwest, from monumental shows at the Ordway and Orpheum, to smaller, more intimate stages at local and community theaters.

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Bloomington 952-883-8800 january 29-31 Winter Fete march 13 Taste of Chocolate may 20-22

Minneapolis 888-676-6757 Art-A-Whirl 2011

Saint Paul 800-627-6101 jan 27-feb 6 Saint Paul Winter Carnival may 5-8 Festival of Nations june 17-19 Back to the 50’s Weekend aug 25-sep 5 Minnesota State Fair Science Museum of Minnesota 800-221-9444 jan 7-feb 17 Omnifest 2011 january 15 19th Annual African American in Science feb 18-sep 5 King Tut Special Exhibition

Learning and culture take on new faces at the many museums, festivals and tours available here. Guests can step back in time on a historical tour of 1920’s speakeasies, or take a walk in the time of the great Renaissance. The local zoos have world-class exhibits, while Underwater Adventures, is an aquarium that showcases oceanic species from all around the globe. People in the Metro also know how to shop, and their choices are endless. Shoppers can peruse quaint Uptown boutiques in the heart of the Twin Cities for a more intimate feel. And if quantity is what you are after, then the world famous Mall of America will definitely fuel your inner consumer with over 500 stores under one roof. Finally, what would Minnesota be without its outdoors? The Twin Cities area has many ways to get out and enjoy nature. Take it all in with picturesque strolls in a green, urban environment. Visitors can take a relaxing cruise on the Mississippi River or beautiful Lake Minnetonka. The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area has an astonishing 929 lakes, plus a major river running through the two cities. Spend a day and explore any of the beautiful state parks, or stay awhile as you camp in the wilderness. The variety of what Minneapolis-Saint Paul has to offer is sure to delight.


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Uncover the Twin Cities’ Treasures Sample Itinerary© This sample itinerary can be customized to fit your needs! Science Museum of Minnesota GPS Coordinates: N44°56.5305, W093°5.9615 84 miles west of Eau Claire, Wisconsin is the Science Museum of MN, a lifetime of learning!

Day One

10 – 1:00 pm Begin your day with a visit to the Science Museum of Minnesota. This is fun for all ages. Located on the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul, the Science Museum has a 100-year history of unforgettable science fun and education. The King Tut Exhibition opens in February. Discover more

than 100 authentic artifacts illuminating the lives of great rulers buried in the Valley of the Kings, including the most famous of them all—King Tut. See the golden sandals that adorned the feet of his mummy and the canopic jar that held his internal organs. Learn about Tut’s ancestors who defined the 18th Dynasty and the pharaohs’ function in Egyptian society and religion. Explore the fascinating story behind Howard Carter’s

discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 and the newest scientific discoveries that provide insight into the Boy King’s unexpected death. The exhibition will run through September 5, 2011. 1 – 3:00 pm Grab a snack at one of their three delicious locations on site to refuel. Then relax in the 9 story high Omnitheater for a close-up view of the Omnitheater film Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. Delve deeper into the mysteries and science of mummification and learn about a discovery of 40 royal mummies in a single tomb made four decades before Tut was found. 3 – 5:00 pm Scoot over to the Landmark Center in Saint Paul (right around the corner) for your pre-arranged Gangster Tour. Imagine that you’re living in Saint Paul’s tumultuous era of prohibition and gangsters. Costumed guides who adopt the persona of infamous gangsters who resided in Saint Paul during the 1930s enhance these Gangster Tours. Told with humor, accuracy and liveliness, these tours educate about the life and times of people from the era. (Tours take approx 45 minutes) 5 – 7:30 pm Have a pre-theatre dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants in this area, such as Pazzaluna, The Saint Paul Grill, Sakura and more! All are delicious. 7:30 – 9:30 pm Enjoy a show at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts. This is one of the leading nonprofit performing arts centers in the nation, featuring world-class Broadway musicals, international performances, opera, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. 9:30 pm Bloomington, MN. 15 miles southwest from Ordway. MN 5 West / I- 494 W to Bloomington (Travel time: approx. 20 minutes)

Day Two

8 – 9:00 am Rise and shine and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Green Mill before spending your day at the world famous Mall of America! 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Take the hotel shuttle over to the Mall of America for a no-parking, worry-free ride. If you’re passionate about shopping, you’ve come the to right place! The Mall of America is the largest fully enclosed retail and entertainment complex in the United States. Enjoy world-class shopping, and so much more, including great food, entertainment and even a roller-coaster ride at the largest indoor family theme park; Nickelodeon Universe. Shop

Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears, plus over 520 specialty shops, including the new American Girl Store, 50 restaurants, The Park at MOA, Underwater Adventures Aquarium, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway, A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation, Magiquest, the Chapel of Love and more. There’s so much to do here, you could spend a few days and still want to see more! Enjoy! Check into your cozy room at the Holiday Inn/Airport location in Bloomington. Experience all the comforts of home with a free morning newspaper, coffee maker, high-speed internet, plus an indoor pool and fitness center.

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HOLIDAY INN BLOOMINGTON AIRPORT I-35W 1

1201 West 94th Street – Bloomington, MN 55431 952-703-7525 | fax 952-884-4557 ewalters@kinseth.com www.holiday-inn.com/bloomingtonmn GPS: N44°50.00502, W093°17.75268

GROUP ROOM RATES BEGINNING AT $69 • 171 Guestrooms (90 with 2 Queen Beds) • Complimentary Room for the Tour Leader • _ Rate for the Bus Driver • Green Mill Restaurant & Bar (Discounted Breakfast Buffet for seniors) • Happy Hour 3-6 pm & 9-Midnight • Kids Eat Free (12 years & under) • Complimentary Shuttle to Mall of America (MOA) • Complimentary MOA Shopping Bag • Experienced & Tour Friendly Staff • Complimentary Wireless Internet • Free Motorcoach Parking • Easy Access to I-494 & I-35W

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BASE CAMP – NORTHERN STAR COUNCIL BSA 2

201 Federal Drive – Fort Snelling, MN 55111 612-767-0042 | 877-231-7278 basecamp@nsbsa.org www.explorebasecamp.org GPS: N44°53.5963, W093°11.9036

VOYAGEUR ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER 3

7000 County Road 15 Mound, MN 55364 952-472-4581 http:campvec.org GPS: N44°56.3437, W093°42.1229

Base Camp, our new facility located at Fort Snelling. It offers engaging activities including school groups, youth organizations, and faith-based groups. Indoor archery, indoor and outdoor high ropes, climbing courses, a 60 person capacity natural rock climbing wall and the only NASA space shuttle simulator in the Midwest, just to name a few. Organizations/ businesses can also utilize it for corporate meetings, teambuilding experiences or professional development. Contact Jonathan Jones 612-767-0051, www.explorebasecamp.org.

Voyageur Environmental Center is a year round environmental education/retreat center located near Mound, Minnesota, only 25 miles west of Minneapolis. Voyageur is situated on 110 acres of forested hills overlooking Little Long Lake. Accommodations include a modern lodge and newly constructed cabins for your day or overnight stay. Activity selection is catered to fit your academic and/or recreational needs.

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YMCA CAMP IHDUHAPI CONFERENCE AND RETREAT CENTER YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS 4

3425 Ihduhapi Road – Loretto, MN 55357 763-479-1146 www.campihduhapi.org GPS: N45°2.55702, W093°38.85978

YMCA CAMP ST CROIX YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS 5

532 County Road F Hudson, WI 54016 715-386-4380 www.campstcroix.org GPS: N44°56.30352, W092°43.90398

YMCA Camp Ihduhapi Conference and Retreat Center provides excellent meeting accommodations within 165 acres of forest, lake and prairie landscapes. We specialize in team building opportunities for groups of all ages and abilities, creating powerful and inspiring growth opportunities. Let our experienced staff work with your group to design a program to fit your needs. Day/overnight options and meal service available.

The YMCA Camp St. Croix Environmental Center offers academic experiences for students. Key environmental concepts are investigated within our 400-acre outdoor classroom featuring small study groups, teambuilding experiences and cozy cabins along the river bluffs. The Team Development Center offers groups of all ages and abilities the unique opportunity to challenge themselves in a positive environment with the support of their peers. Day/overnight options, meeting space and meal service available.

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Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-282-3111

The Depot Minneapolis, A Renaissance Hotel Minneapolis. . . . . . . 612-375-1700

345 Washington Street – Saint Paul, MN 55102 / www.ordway.org Broadway touring shows. World music and dance. Student discounts.

Holiday Inn Bloomington Airport I-35W

Park Square Theatre Saint Paul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-291-9196

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-703-7525 1201 West 94th Street – Bloomington, MN 55431 / www.holiday-inn.com/bloomingtonmn Tour Friendly hotel is located in Bloomington, home of the “World Famous Mall of America”.

Plymouth Playhouse Plymouth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-553-1600 Stages Theatre Company Hopkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-979-1119

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SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development Saint Paul. . . . . . . . 651-225-9265

Down In History Tours/The Wabasha Street Caves Saint Paul. . . . . 888-679-9896 Gibbs Museum of Pioneer & Dakotah Life Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-646-8629

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Historic Fort Snelling Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-726-1171

Northern Star Council BSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-231-7201

Minnehaha Depot Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-228-0263

393 Marshall Avenue – Saint Paul, MN 55102 / www.northernstarbsa.org Northern Star Council BSA camps are available for non-Scout groups.

Mall of America Tourism Dept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-883-8499

Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen Minneapolis . . . . . 888-559-8058

60 E Broadway – Bloomington, MN 55425 / www. mallofamerica.com Mall of America is the nation’s largest shopping and entertainment center.

Voyageur Environmental Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-472-4581

Oliver H. Kelley Farm Elk River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-411-6896

7000 County Road 15 – Mound, MN 55364 / http://campvec.org Year round environmental education center owned and operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

Science Museum of Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-221-9444 120 West Kellogg Blvd – Saint Paul, MN 55102 / www.smm.org Offering a simple field trip reservation process & superior customer service.

T R AV E L S E R V I C E S

Sibley House Historic Site Mendota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-452-1596

Albertville Premium Outlets Albertville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-497-1911

Twin City Model Railroad Museum Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-647-9628

Bloomington CVB Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-858-8500

Underwater Adventure Aquarium - Mall of America Bloomington . 952-853-0612

Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau Eagan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-675-5546

Wells Fargo History Museum Minneapolis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-667-4210

Explore Minnesota TIC in Mall of America, I-494 in Bloomington

YMCA Camp Ihduhapi Conference and Retreat Center Year-Round Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-479-1146

Mississippi River Visitor Center Saint Paul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-293-0200

3425 Ihduhapi Road – Loretto, MN 55357 / www.campihduhapi.org Team building, conference/retreat facilities, outdoor ed., overnight accommodations, meals.

YMCA Camp St Croix Year-Round Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-386-4380 532 County Road F – Hudson, WI 54016 / www.campstcroix.org Team building, conference/retreat facilities, outdoor ed., overnight accommodations, meals.

Roseville Visitors Association Roseville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-633-3002 Saint Paul CVA Saint Paul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-627-6101

The Lawrence Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-341-9274 1328 Helmo Avenue N – Oakdale, MN 55128 / www.lawrencegroup.com Go to our website to order your maps and atlases.

E N T E R TA I N M E N T Great Clips IMAX Theatre Apple Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-660-4629 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Shakopee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-445-7361

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