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Wander Minnesota: A Stroll Down Walker’s Main Street

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If you think about Walker, your first thought might turn to fishing. The city is on the shores of Leech Lake, the third largest lake in Minnesota (that’s entirely within state borders).

But if you want to take a break from the lake, you can while away a fun afternoon on the main street of Walker, which is state highways 200 and 371.

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You can start with a coffee break and gift shopping at Christmas Point, a locally owned shop that also has a location in Baxter. Home goods, food items, and locally harvested wild rice are among the offerings.

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If that’s not enough coffee, wander on into Walker Bay Coffee, either before or after breakfasting at the Outdoorsman Café. It’s hard to beat a small-town diner for a great breakfast.

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Lundrigan’s, which also has locations in Crosslake and Nisswa, sells a variety of clothing and accessories for women (and footwear for men) that is a good blend of practical and fashionable.

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More gift and food shopping is offered at Jenny & Co. I love the architecture of that building, and the cheery red paint.

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The Fun Sisters, which also has locations in Nisswa and Pequot Lakes, is a pretty girly place. Handbags, hats, shoes, cosmetics, and a staff that likes to take the word “fun” literally.

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I’m not quite sure how this store gets to use this name, but it’s a fun place to find goodies for your cabin.

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Maybe all this shopping is making you hungry.

No problem. Stop by the Village Square Cafe for sandwiches, pastas, or pizza, and save room for ice cream.

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Or stop by the Bayside Bar and Grill for some solid bar food. It’s not hard to find with that exterior.

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If you passed on the ice cream, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a stop at Aunt Belle’s Confectionary, which also has a location in Park Rapids. Just look at those barrels of taffy!

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Reed’s Sports can get you back on the lake again—or into any kind of local outdoor sport.

What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.

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