Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes offer wide-open spaces for fast boats and personal watercraft. But for a quieter, more relaxing day on the water, there are seven rivers in the state, designated as “wild, scenic and recreational.”
We will never grow pineapples or enjoy lakeside palm trees in Minnesota. But now we can “hang 10.” Stand up paddle boarding has exploded in popularity over the past few years.
Summertime will bring the annual flood of vacationers onto Minnesota’s many lakes and rivers. And for many of them it will mean peaceful paddling in a canoe or kayak – or maybe a gentle ride in a rowboat.
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.
If you’re looking to blow off a little steam, it helps to let out a little air.
Pressing on the valve stem of his Jeep’s tires, Lynn McCann says that letting out pressure help’s his Jeep gain traction.
It began as an idea to gather some friends for an ambitious bicycle ride through southern Minnesota. Seven years later, Wilderfest has grown into full weekend of long distance rides and foot races.
Nothing builds teamwork like overcoming a tough challenge together. That’s why corporate teams, athletes and thrill-seekers can be found climbing trees and scaling high-wires in Minnesota’s Northwoods.
You probably know that Minnesotans are among the national leaders in terms of theaters, golfers and boaters per capita. But did you know that Hennepin County is among the top 10 in the number of horses owned per capita?
People’s fascination with firefighting has only grown since the first fire station in Minneapolis was built more than 100 years ago.
Some say the more we focus on technology, the less we appreciate the world’s natural beauty. But over the past several years, Minnesota state parks have seen the opposite.
In the simple beauty of the winter woods is heard a chorus of canines. Sharp barks and harmonious howls signal a kennel of sled dogs nearby and ready to run.
There’s a good story at every stop as we travel Minnesota. Sometimes the story behind the story is even more compelling. That’s the case with a giant wood-carving collection in Harmony that’s billed as America’s largest.
The harp is an instrument we can all identify with but one we seldom get to see.
On March 17, people of many backgrounds will claim to be a little Irish as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But the day before that, others will toast the Scandinavian saint who was completely made up in Minnesota — St. Urho.
With cross country skis at his side and a rifle on his back, Minnesota native Winn Roberts was recently back where he began — the biathlon course at Camp Ripley.
In the dead of winter, Hawaii might seem like the only place for Minnesotans to hang ten. But a few times each year: The southeast winds blow in up from Canada kicking up the perfect waves on Lake Superior.
For all they’ve tried, searchers haven’t found Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest or the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas. But if you believe the stories being told in central Minnesota, another mysterious creature is on the prowl in the Crosby-Ironton area.
You may have seen them on our lakes in the summertime: Kiteboarders riding both wind and waves. But the thrills don’t stop there.
You can go anywhere in this state and find examples of Minnesota Nice, but movie audiences have also had a look at our grumpier side.
The sweet, crisp sounds of fingers flying across a fret board lets you know that quality still matters. And there’s nothing less inside the Franklin Avenue guitar shop of Charles A. Hoffman.
Eighty years after the end of prohibition, there’s a company distilling whiskey legally in Minnesota.
At certain times of the year, you will see groups of hot rods cruising down the boulevard. But a lot of Minnesotans enjoy a different type of vintage vehicle.
It’s a winter sport that’s been around more than 500 years, played by gliding a heavy stone down a sheet of ice.
When you book a hotel room, you expect comfortable surroundings that help you relax. But one innkeeper in north-central Minnesota keeps things a little more on edge.
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.