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Kick Off Golf Season With E.S.P.’s Spring Golf Guide

The arrival of golf season allows us once again to hit the links with some friends, get some exercise and take in the sunshine. To help get things started, E.S.P. presents their spring golf guide.

04/24/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Fishing Opener

Minnesota’s fishing opener is only two weeks away. Are you ready? Many lake resorts have specials for the early months of the season, and some have packages specifically for opening weekend (or, as it’s also called, Mother’s Day weekend). Book now for the best prices.

04/23/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cross Country Skiing

It’s been a little warmer this past week, but there’s still lots of snow left. And I wanted to make the most of it, so I sent him in search of the best cross-country ski trails in Minnesota.

03/13/2014

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Spring Break Tip: Ultimate Dinosaurs At Science Museum

All this week, the WCCO Morning Show is checking out cool stuff for the kids to do over spring break. The biggest creatures to ever roam the earth are waiting for you at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The new Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit is an interactive trip back through time for the entire family.

03/10/2014

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Wander Minnesota: A Festive March

Granted, March is lighter in festival offerings than other months. It’s a tough time of year — it might be 60 degrees outside, and it might be -30. Nevertheless, the month of March has a much-beloved annual holiday celebrating a famous saint. Oh, and there’s St. Patrick’s Day, too.

02/28/2014

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Viewers’ Choice For Best Warming House In Minnesota

You probably haven’t given much thought to that building on the edge of the ice rink where you lace up your skates or come in from the cold. Warming houses are a staple of the Minnesota skating experience. So WCCO’s Matt Brickman set out to find the best one.

02/21/2014

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Wander Minnesota: The Eelpout Festival

Winter, schwinter. Fie upon thee, polar vortex. Think we can’t take it? We can, we do, and we still celebrate the outdoors. Or at least, that seems to be the prevailing attitude for the upcoming Eelpout Festival in Walker, Feb. 20-23.

02/14/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Snowmobiling

We’re not quite done with winter just yet, and that means there’s still time to enjoy your favorite winter activities — like snowmobiling. I asked WCCO-TV viewers where the Best Snowmobiling in Minnesota can be found, and they answered. It’s in Crow Wing County.

02/13/2014

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Wander Minnesota: The Return Of The Art Shanties

They took a year off and changed venues, but the Art Shanty Projects opened for the season this past weekend, and it’s just as much fun as it’s ever been (which is to say, quite a lot). There’s a lot to see and do.

02/04/2014

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USA Today: St. Paul Is North America’s ‘Best Romantic Getaway’

Move over, San Francisco. Step aside, Honolulu. Nice try, New Orleans. The most romantic getaway in North America is none other than Pig’s Eye. Minnesota’s capital was just named the winner of USA Today’s “Best Romantic North American Getaway” poll.

01/29/2014

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Hackensack (Day 2)

Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are braving the frigid weather and getting out to Minnesota’s lovely, ice-covered lakes every Thursday and Friday until the middle of February. The second stop on this year’s winter lake trip brought the fellas to Hackensack, Minn., a town in Cass County with a population of just over 300. Hackensack is a town with lots to do, and like many of the small towns the guys have been to, you can also find plenty of great places to eat. One of them is Lucette’s Pizza.

01/24/2014

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St. Paul Leading ‘Romantic Getaway’ Poll

When it comes to the most romantic cities in the world, which ones comes to mind? Probably Paris, maybe Venice, perhaps even somewhere like Buenos Aires. How about adding Pig’s Eye to that list? Scoff if you must, but Minnesota’s capital is currently one of the finalists in USA Today’s “Best Romantic North American Getaway” poll.

01/08/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Post-New Year’s Celebrating

Once we get past ringing in the New Year, we have a few days’ grace period before 2014 really kicks in. Kids may still be home from school, people may still be taking vacation, but once the holiday decorations are put away and the Christmas thank-you notes are dispatched, what’s left to do? Plenty. Around the state, there are several opportunities to keep the festivities going.

12/31/2013

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Travel + Leisure: St. Paul Hotel Among World’s Best

Are you looking to stay at one of the best hotels in the world? You won’t have to go any further than St. Paul. Travel + Leisure Magazine named St. Paul Hotel as one the 500 World’s Best Hotels for 2014.

12/30/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Ski Area

Thousands of votes came in over the last couple of weeks, as we tried to find the best ski area in the state. Places a little closer to metro like Wild Mountain got huge support on Facebook. But the spot with the most votes lies just an hour from the Canadian border — Lutsen Mountains on Lake Superior’s North Shore.

12/26/2013

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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 Best Gardens and Parks

#11. Big Sur, California

America’s Top 20 Beaches

Check out the best beaches in America.

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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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Most Romantic Cities In The World

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

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