Finding Minnesota

Finding Minnesota: Honesty On The FarmEven with the reputation of being friendly and honest, most Minnesotans are still a little cautious in terms of how much they trust people. That is why a well-stocked indoor farmers market near Sauk Centre seems unusual in 2015. It is virtually unsupervised, unlocked and unprotected, 24 hours a day.
Finding Minnesota: Mysteries In A CornfieldFor the tenth straight year, the Miron family of Chisago County has a large field carved up for adventure. It’s the Shafer Corn Maze, a 12-acre puzzle that can feel like a trap.
Finding Minnesota: Mankato's Sculpture WalkVisit the heart of Mankato this year and you will likely encounter a farmer and his dog, a pony -- and even Godzilla. But most of those characters will be gone after a year, to be replaced by new ones. They are part of the community's efforts to revitalize the area's City Center by placing sizable artworks along some of the busiest streets.
Finding Minnesota: Pickwick MillYears before Minnesota would become a state, early settlers arrived in the bluffs region and saw potential along Big Trout Creek. They started building Pickwick Mill in the 1850s.
Finding Minnesota: Taking 'Locally Grown' To The ExtremeDuluth Grill, with produce gardens in its parking lot, is an unlikely success story, drawing national attention and $4.7 million in annual sales.
Finding Minnesota: Seeing Glensheen Mansion By KayakThousands of families head to Duluth every year to visit the historic Glensheen Mansion. July and August are the busiest months at the mansion, and more than 84 percent of Glensheen's income comes from tours.
Finding Minnesota: Franconia Sculpture ParkYou've heard the expression, "Go big or go home." About an hour north of the metro, there's a home where sculptors stay for weeks or months at a time and definitely get the chance to "go big."
Finding Minnesota: Children’s Museum Of Southern MinnesotaWhen they heard kids saying, "There's nothing to do around here," some educators and parents of small children in southern Minnesota couldn’t exactly disagree. So about ten years ago, they started laying the groundwork for what is now the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.
Finding Minnesota: A Laundromat Dripping With DollsThe owner of L J’s Ye Old Wash in Spring Grove is providing his own unique spin for those waiting on the spin cycle. Lucky Volkenant, 72, has spent years covering the walls and ceiling of his laundromat with dolls.
Finding Minnesota: Brookside Resort's Captain BingoA superhero has been protecting a northern Minnesota resort for 36 years, but he hasn’t aged much. He actually looks as young now as ever.
Finding Minnesota: Shooting The Breeze With The Windmill ManIf you want to go where the wind blows, head into the prairies of southwestern Minnesota where strong, steady gusts are common.
Finding Minnesota: The Nearly Mosquito-Free Minnesota State ParkIf you are looking to get away from Minnesota's blood-thirsty mosquitoes, there is one state park where visitors do very little swatting or spraying. Nature provides the right conditions to keep the biting to a minimum at Whitewater State Park.