Many communities in Minnesota take pride in their oversized attractions. Red Wing, for example, has the world’s largest leather boot while Darwin has the largest ball of twine. But fewer know about Fountain’s claim to fame: the number of spots where the ground has collapsed.
There’s a unique landmark in downtown Minneapolis that many people see but few can fully appreciate. It’s a five-story mural on the side of a building near 10th and Marquette featuring oversized musical notes.
Minnesota has its share of ghost towns that people abandoned for one reason or another. When the last person leaves, though, it’s not always the end of the story. Take, for example, the place that likes to call itself “the biggest little town in the world.” Emmaville, Minn. northeast of Park Rapids, Minn., is back from the dead – at least for now.
When planning a summer road trip around Minnesota this year, consider checking out the world’s largest lutefisk, ball of twine or floating loon. They’re among the many unique roadside attractions waiting for those willing to stray off the main highway. Seth Hardmeyer, 31, grew up traveling Minnesota’s back roads in his parents’ station wagon. Now, he’s made it a year-round hobby.
Sometimes kids need a secret hideaway to escape the worries of the world. The lucky ones have a treehouse to climb into and let their imaginations go. It turns out, big kids can rent their own secluded hideout in the trees of Wadena.
When families decide to bring home an animal, they often go for cute and cuddly. But the creature living in one Minnesota home can be demanding and difficult.
Wishing for warmer weather hasn’t brought much change, so maybe goats, beer poking and even a kidnapping can help. The city of New Ulm has two big festivals on the last Saturday before Lent, designed to hasten the arrival of spring.
Radio listeners in central Minnesota occasionally hear a voice that’s so unexpected and so unconventional, they have to stop and listen. It’s the sweet, grandmotherly voice of Lenore Olson, selling shoes and boots just a few weeks before her 90th birthday.
At a time when most drivers become more cautious and more attentive to their brakes, there are others who prefer to hit the gas. They’re the ones who create race tracks on frozen lakes so they can take slippery turns over and over again.
The element of surprise is part of any drama or comedy at the theater, but what’s unusual is when the performers on stage are surprised and unaware of what’s happening next.
With more than 10,000 lakes, Minnesota has thousands of lakeside bars and restaurants. This time of year, though, there’s a bar in west-central Minnesota that’s actually on a lake. It’s known as Hillbillies Ice Hole, and it’s on the northern end of Lake Lida, about 300 yards from the public access point.
Hotel chains provide a lot of options for those vacationing in Minnesota, but many people prefer the Northwoods-style lodges with unique local features.
A few nights from now, many of us will raise a glass and toast the arrival of 2014. Few places in Minnesota have welcomed as many new years as a bar in North St. Paul.
If all you see outside now are lifeless fields of brown and white, you’re not looking closely enough. Naturalist Matt Schuth is ready to lead dozens of visitors on a long walk through the woods at the Arboretum on Nov. 28.
Santa Claus is well-known for making house calls on Christmas Eve, but there’s one Minnesota neighborhood where Santa greets kids for an entire month. He has a homemade workshop in Kelley Archer’s front yard at 4124 Elmwood Circle in St. Bonifacius.
If you’re into huge holiday lights displays, there’s a new one in Minnesota that’s worth a road trip. It’s already one of the brightest in the state in just its second year.
Knowing how to yodel is not required when you visit Biwabik, but you might be inspired to try. It’s a Northwoods town with a Bavarian personality.
A night at the theater often means driving to the city for shows at the Ordway, Guthrie or Orpheum. But one couple has been keeping the suburbs entertained for more than five years.
You might think things would get a little lonely in a place where you can count every resident on one hand. However, Minnesota’s smallest city, Funkley, population 5 in the 2010 census, does get quite a few visitors.
Sometimes a simple gesture can be so inspiring, it leads to something bigger than anyone expected. That’s what we found in central Minnesota. A few years ago, people chipped in to put a few winter wreaths on the graves at the State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Blaze orange becomes the unofficial state color on Saturday, Nov. 9. You’ll see it throughout the state as men, women and children take part in Minnesota’s deer hunting opener.
Before a movie starts, you’ll see ads on the screen and previews of coming attractions, but it’s an old-time attraction drawing customers to one Twin Cities theater.
Some businesses buy costumes, fake blood and dry ice, and declare themselves “haunted” for a few weeks each year. But a hotel in central Minnesota has mysterious happenings year-round, and there are no costumes.
The Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota has long been one of the best spots in the state to see a moose in the wild. The big beasts are still around, although their numbers have dropped dramatically across the state – more than 50 percent since 2010.
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.