In one of Minnesota’s smallest towns is a small company that’s suddenly getting huge amounts of attention — after a close encounter with one of the world’s most famous people. Annie B’s Candy Company in Kellogg, population 456, has been turning out small batches of buttery caramels for decades.Justin and Amanda Henke have owned the operation for about two years.
No matter the weather, one place in Minnesota has furnaces holding steady at 2,300 degrees. Foci uses the intense heat to help people learn and practice glass arts. Eric Dahlberg is the studio manager. “It is a bit of a lost art,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of places that you can do this.”
It seems like people don’t go Christmas caroling as much anymore. Whether they’re tired of the old traditions or don’t have the time anymore, there’s now a caroling option in Stillwater that’s newer and faster.
A former Minnesota auto dealer used to be in the business of selling cars. Now, he’s dealing in something a little more personal: memories.
We all have different perceptions of how a place looks and feels. Through the whimsical art of Michael Birawer, Minnesota has a decidedly fun look and feel. “Our eyes are more used to seeing things in 90-degree angles and straight lines,” Birawer said. “What I want to offer is just another perspective of that, another impression of how we look at things.”
Fire crews in Milaca get two or three calls a month to put out fires in and around their town of 3,000. It’s a lot of work for a volunteer force, but when the firefighters arrive on scene, they just might be greeted by a superhero.
The story of Faribault Woolen Mill is nearly as old as the state itself. It’s a company that specializes in keeping people warm. Donnie Morrissey has been working at the mill since 1968.
Minnesota is home to many cyclists who compete in road bike or mountain bike races throughout the year. Now that fall is here, we’re in the heart of cyclocross season. It’s an intense off-road sport that combines high speeds and rugged terrain into one grueling event.
Being next to an adventure park is a nice drawing card for one Minnesota innkeeper. That is, once people realize that the “adventure” is even there.
If you want to go where the wind blows, head into the prairies of southwestern Minnesota where strong, steady gusts are common. It’s the perfect spot for one man’s unique collection, a spinning menagerie of windmills from as far away as China and Brazil.
Winemaking has brought sweet success to one Minnesota family, but they’ve been stung many times in the process. WineHaven is an award-winning vineyard and winery, but its best-selling product doesn’t involve any grapes at all. It’s a wine made of honey.
Minnesota is home to many legendary theaters like the Guthrie, the Orpheum, the Ordway and the Pantages. But how about Barb and Mario’s garage in Bloomington?
Oktoberfest celebrations have already started — even though it’s still September — and one popular spot is still going strong, in spite of critics who said they’d never make it.
With cameras and binoculars in hand, bird lovers are starting to flock to Hawk Ridge, a scenic overlook on the edge of Duluth.
People often build outdoor swing sets, tree houses and even skating rinks outside for their kids. But in southern Minnesota, Greg Krueger has created a playground that’s all indoors, and all for his cats.
It does a man good to have hobbies that bring him joy, but there are times when that passion veers into territory that no one saw coming. Bruce Bauer took a manure spreader, farm antiques and a ’93 Chevy S-10 pickup chassis to build a thing of beauty.
The Mississippi is a powerful river spanning more than 2,000 miles. But there’s one stretch, not far from the metro, that’s shallow and peaceful enough to attract canoeists, paddle boarders and kayakers.
Drivers do a lot of double takes along I-35 in the south metro, where a life-sized shark statue is on a hillside next to a replica submarine, rocket ship and something resembling a Martian vehicle. They’re there to draw attention to Hot Sam’s, an antique shop overlooking an eclectic salvage yard that’s been nicknamed an “antique theme park.”
Minnesotans love their four-wheel drive SUV’s and pickup trucks. We often need them with all the snow we get each winter. The vast majority of owners rarely take them off the freeways and paved streets.
Sometimes people think they’re witnessing disaster at a Minnesota lake when they see a classic car plunge into the water. But then, the car doesn’t sink; it floats. Minnesota has several collectors of Amphicars, quirky vehicles that are part car, part boat.
From Shriners to baseball fans, we’re seeing a lot of tourists in downtown Minneapolis this summer. They can get around quickly with taxis, light rail and shuttles. But for those who want a closer, more personal look at the city, there’s Stephanie Croteau and her company, The Fit Tourist, offering biking and walking tours of the city.
Even with more than 90 losses for three straight seasons, the Minnesota Twins have averaged more than 30,000 fans a game since Target Field opened in 2010. The ballpark itself is clearly part of the draw. “I love the architecture,” Jessi Oeltjen of Spring Valley said. “I’m a design buff, so just the architecture, the design, the layout. Once you get inside, there is not a bad seat in the house.”
It’s been 90 years since three pigs unwittingly discovered one of Minnesota’s hidden treasures. The animals fell through a sinkhole in a pasture in 1924 and their squeals led searchers into a previously unseen series of underground tunnels, now known as Niagara Cave. For many centuries, water had slowly been chiseling, molding and sculpting through a half mile section of limestone beneath a Fillmore County farm field.
The people of Duluth are enjoying some national recognition. Readers of Outside Magazine voted online and declared Duluth the best town in the nation. It does offer plenty of ways to get people off the couch and out of the house, from hiking and biking to kayaking and climbing. And many people get started at a young age.
You can’t fully appreciate the flush of a toilet unless you know what your ancestors dealt with. The outhouse they had was crude and nasty but it served an important purpose. That’s why Nell Riccatone and Gary Hoover are working to preserve this rather unique symbol of human necessity.
Finding Minnesota checked out some of the floating houses Latsch Island in the middle of the Mississippi River near Winona.
Ron Fagen and his family have a passion for all things related to World War II. And because of this passion, aircraft that went on raids over Germany and France now come and go from Granite Falls.
Mike Binkley went to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state, along the North Shore. Check out a few of the places he visited in our gallery.