Travel & Outdoors

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Animal Exhibit At The State Fair

There are so many reasons to love the Minnesota State Fair. For some it’s the food, for others it’s the rides. But for many, it’s getting to see all the farm animals up close.

08/21/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Jamie & Jason Visit Walker (Day 2)

August is halfway over, and Minnesotans are soaking up all the summer they can before fall arrives. We’ve been celebrating the season by Goin’ to the Lake every week. And now, we’re sad to say, we’re bringing a full season of trips to a close.

08/15/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Jamie & Jason Visit Walker (Day 1)

August is halfway over, and Minnesotans are soaking up all the summer they can before fall arrives. We’ve been celebrating the season by Goin’ to the Lake every week. On Thursday, Jamie Yuccas and Jason DeRusha headed to Walker, Minn., which is known for its endless things to do outdoors.

08/14/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Mike & Liz Visit Park Rapids (Day 2)

On Friday, the two took part in the Legends and Logging Days festivities. That event is the the biggest one on the town’s calendar every year.

08/08/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Maxie Visit Watson Hunting Camp (Day 1)

July is almost over, and Minnesotans are finally enjoying some glorious summer weather. We’ve been celebrating the season by Goin’ to the Lake every week.

07/31/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Mike & Natalie Visit Battle Lake (Day 2)

After an All-Star week, WCCO is making it to the lake. For twelve weeks this summer, leading up to the start of the Minnesota State Fair in August, WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio are highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

07/18/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Mike & Natalie Visit Battle Lake (Day 1)

After an All-Star week, WCCO is making it to the lake. This summer, until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, we’re highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

07/17/2014

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10 Minnesota Words & Phrases ASG Visitors Should Know

As we’ve heard from the commercials, all eyes are on Minneapolis. And thousands of ears are here too as visitors have flocked from around the country to see the All-Star Game. While known to have a distinct accent, Minnesotans also have a bit of a native language that may be foreign to our ASG visitors. Thus, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to come up with a list of Minnesota terminology to help ease people in to the Land O’ Lakes.

07/14/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Jason & Jamie Visit new Richmond, Wis. (Day 2)

On Thursday, Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas headed east to New Richmond, Wis. where they visited the Heritage Center, went kayaking on the Apple River, explored Willow River State Park, enjoyed the 45th Parallel Distillery and visited Star Prairie Trout Farm.

07/11/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Jason & Jamie Visit New Richmond, Wis. (Day 1)

Even when record rains are falling, WCCO makes it to the lake. This summer, until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, we’re highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. This week, Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas visit New Richmond, Wis.

07/10/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Sculptures @ MN Landscape Arboretum

There’s a new addition to the varied scenery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: the Harrison Sculpture Collection at the Arboretum’s highest physical point, with sculptures donated by Wayzata philanthropists Alfred and Ingrid Harrison, sculptures they’d collected from all over the world.

07/09/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Matt & Kim Visit Osakis (Day 2) 

Matt Brickman and Kim Johnson celebrated Independence Day in a lake-side town in the heart of Minnesota’s cabin country, Osakis. The day prior, the two enjoyed Minnesota-made whiskey, fishing for walleye and getting ice cream at the town’s go-to spot, Tip Top Dairy Bar. On Friday, Matt and Kim got to be part of the community’s Fourth of July celebrations.

07/04/2014

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Wander Minnesota: The Restaurant Capital Of The World

Have you heard of Dorset, Minnesota, the Restaurant Capital of the World? No? Well. Let’s take a visit. Dorset is a village Park Rapids and Akeley in northern Minnesota, with a population of about 22 people.

07/02/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Chris & Esme Visit Brainerd Lakes Area (Day 2)

On Thursday, Chris Shaffer and Esme Murphy headed up to the Brainerd Lakes Area to ride horses, cruise Gull Lake and take on a massive burger challenge at Hassies Saloon and Eatery. It’s all part of WCCO’s Goin’ To The Lake: All Summer Long event. Each week, familiar ‘CCO faces are going out to the lake until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

06/27/2014

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Best Road Trip Apps

Some of the best smartphone apps can complement your travel experience.

06/23/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Mike And Angela Visit Pepin, Wis.

Even when record rains are falling, WCCO makes it to the lake. This summer, until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, we’re highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

06/20/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Mike & Angela Visit Stockholm, Wis. (Day 1)

Even when record rains are falling, WCCO makes it to the lake. This summer, until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, we’re highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. This week, Mike Binkley and Angela Davis ventured to Stockholm, Wis.

06/19/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Zip Line

If you’re looking for a break from your summer routine, you might think about zip lining. Several zip lines have popped up across Minnesota over the last few years, and we wanted to find the best. Your votes sent me an hour southwest of the Twin Cities to Henderson for the Kerfoot Canopy Tour.

06/11/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit Biwabik (Day 2)

Thursday had Amelia and Mark working for their dinner on the Iron Range, but Friday held its own adventures. The two were up in Gilbert, which is about 200 miles north of Minneapolis. Their first stop was at the Whistling Bird, which brings the taste of the Carribean to the Iron Range.

06/06/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Summer Day Trips

As the 2013-14 school year wraps up, there are plenty of elated kids cheering the thought of weeks of free time. Until they actually have that free time…then summer boredom rears its ugly head a lot sooner than Mom and Dad would like. Here are three suggestions for day trips to keep everyone happy. Check the linked websites for hours and special events.

06/05/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit Biwabik (Day 1)

The summer road trip continues this week with a stop up north. Amelia Santaniello and Mark Rosen hit the road in the Mobile Weather Watcher and headed to the Iron Range town of Biwabik. The Biwabik area is dotted with lakes that used to be old open-pit iron mines.

06/05/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Willmar Lakes Area (Day 2)

Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer continued their adventures in the Willmar Lakes Area Friday, enjoying the gorgeous 80-degree weather. It was part of our Goin’ To The Lake: All Summer Long event, in which the familiar faces of WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio will hit the road every week to explore and celebrate lake country.

05/30/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Willmar Lakes Area (Day 1)

In previous years, WCCO-TV has gone to lakeside cities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin in week-long trips. But this year, WCCO-TV reporters and anchors, along with your favorites from WCCO Radio, will be making trips every week to lakes around the state until the start of The Great Minnesota Get-Together.

05/29/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Bait Shop

For most people going fishing this weekend, their first stop will be at a bait shop. You can get minnows and nightcrawlers at any one of them. But we wanted to find the Best of Minnesota.

05/08/2014

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How to Pass The Time While Fishing

Try out these tips from John Gierach, author of “All Fisherman Are Liars,” the next time the fish just aren’t biting.

05/07/2014

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Scarecrow Alley At The MN Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is getting into the spirit of autumn with their new Scarecrow Alley. Have a scarecrow pic to share? Send it our way!

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America’s Top 20 Beaches

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The Animals Of Antarctica

Antarctica is the most inhospitable place on Earth. Certain creatures survive there, though global warming can threaten their natural habitats.

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The Ice Of Antarctica

Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, is feeling the effects of global warming. See the view from the bottom of the Earth.

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Our Country’s National Parks

National Parks preserve some of America’s most interesting and unique environments. Take a trip to these national treasures.

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Take an enchanting trip for Valentine’s Day. Tour the world’s most romantic cities, in photos.

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