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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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Guide To Minnesota For The Holidays

Check this out if you think there is nothing to do this holiday season in Minnesota.

12/21/2013

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Best Places To Grab A Drink In The MSP Airport

Whether it’s a delay, a layover or just time to kill before an international flight that is keeping you in MSP airport, we’re lucky enough to have one of the best in the country.

12/07/2013

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Best Bed & Breakfasts In Minnesota

Finding the ideal bed and breakfast can be a terrifying task. Choose from some of these most exquisite, luxury or exotic suites to meet your needs.

11/30/2013

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Wander Minnesota: Thanksgiving Weekend Alternatives

You’ve slept off the turkey, you’re not interested in battling crowds on Black Friday, but you have free time and possibly family and friends to entertain. What is there to do this weekend? Plenty. Here is just a sampling of events taking place around the state in the days after Thanksgiving.

11/25/2013

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Best Tourist Attractions In Minnesota Worth The Hype

Check out this variety of attractions around Minnesota. One of them is sure to be worth the hype for you.

11/23/2013

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Wander Minnesota: Thanksgiving Feasts, Traditional & Not

Thanksgiving is next week. Have you figured out where you’ll enjoy your turkey yet? No? There are still options if you don’t feel like cooking.

11/19/2013

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Guide For Thanksgiving Weekend Visitors To Minnesota

Don’t let entertaining the out of towners daunt you. Check out these local places for great Thanksgiving weekend entertainment.

11/16/2013

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Best Places To Go On A Luxurious Weekend In Minnesota

Whether it’s a family-oriented resort or an upscale experience you seek, you’re certainly going to enjoy a memorable experience in the neck of these woods.

11/09/2013

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Top Natural Wonders In The USA

America is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, from pristine lakes and mighty rivers to natural sandstone arches and snow-capped mountains.

10/15/2013

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A Guide To Twin Cities Haunted Houses

The time of ghosts and goblins, vampires and werewolves, and things that go bump in the night is upon us. Want to get your scare on? You have all kinds of choices.

10/11/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For Best Pumpkin Patch: Barten Pumpkins

Believe it or not, we’re just three weeks away from Halloween, and that means this is primetime for pumpkins. So we asked for your help finding the Best in Minnesota. In the end, your votes sent me to New Prague to visit Barten Pumpkins.

10/10/2013

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Wander Minnesota: Oktoberfest

It’s late September—time for Oktoberfest. Minnesota might have a reputation for a Scandinavian heritage, but Germans had a hand in settling our state too. Things are already underway for Wabasha’s SeptOberfest, which began earlier this month and runs through Oct. 27.

09/24/2013

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Best Outdoor Fall Dates In Minnesota

Fall foliage and cool temperatures sound like the perfect time for an outdoor date in Minnesota.

08/24/2013

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Best Last Minute Labor Day Vacation Spots In Minnesota

Last-minute Labor Day plans can be stressful, but it’s not impossible to plan a fun weekend away on short notice.

08/17/2013

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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 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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