Amy Rea

amy rea Amy ReaAmy Rea is a freelance writer and author of Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes: an Explorer’s Guide (Countryman Press, 2008), as well as the upcoming Backroads & Byways of Minnesota (Countryman Press, spring 2011).

She grew up in northern Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota, and bounced around various careers including managing a maternity store and working as a travel agent before settling into her writing career.

She’s married with two teenage boys and two rather poorly trained dogs.

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Wander Minnesota: MNSH’s History Hound Program

If you’re the parent of an elementary-aged child and you’re looking for some fun, inventive ways to keep them and their brains running, look no further than the Minnesota Historical Society’s History Hound program.

05/26/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Celebrating Minnesota’s Museums

It’s halfway through May—have you done your part to celebrate Minnesota Museums Month yet?

05/16/2016

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Wander Minnesota: The New and Improved SPAM Museum

It’s back, it’s bigger and better than ever and it’s right downtown Austin: Hormel’s SPAM Museum. The museum recently reopened in Austin after an extensive renovation and expansion.

05/11/2016

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Wander Minnesota: The Kickoff Of Festival Season

As we move toward the prime festival months of summer, spring ushers in many festivals, including lots of outdoor activities.

05/03/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Mourning At Paisley Park

Prince fans in mourning have converged on Minnesota spots associated with him.

04/26/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Lars Lerin At The American Swedish Institute

There’s an amazing exhibit going on right now at the American Swedish Institute: The Watercolor Worlds of Lars Lerin. If you don’t know who that is, well, this is your chance to learn—and it’s an amazing opportunity.

04/14/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Family Fun For Easter Weekend

If you’re looking for something to do with the little ones over the Easter weekend that doesn’t involve going out for brunch, here are a few ideas.

03/17/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Spring Break — Outstate

Schools around the state are taking that week-long (more or less) holiday known as spring break, now through mid-April. Last week, we looked at things happening around the Twin Cities. Now let’s take a look at other parts of the state.

03/11/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Spring Break In The Twin Cities

Schools around the state are taking that week-long (more or less) holiday known as spring break, now through mid April.

03/04/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Ice Sculptures At The St. Paul Winter Carnival

Winter has been all over the place this year, but one aspect holds steady: the St. Paul Winter Carnival, which runs through this weekend. One of the many fun things to do is to visit Rice Park and see the entries in the Ice Sculpture competition.

02/05/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Flashlight Tours At Glensheen

What’s there to do in Duluth in the deep dark of winter? Glensheen has an answer: the return of the Flashlight Tour.

01/19/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Omnifest 2016

So much for our warm spell — the cold is about to return. Avoid cabin fever and frostbite at the same time by taking in the annual Omnifest at St. Paul’s Science Museum of Minnesota. The festival runs through March 3. Plan ahead and pre-order tickets, especially for weekends because this is a popular event.

01/13/2016

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Wander Minnesota: January Festivities

The holidays are over, winter looms ahead — but never fear. Minnesotans don’t easily give up on the idea of finding something to celebrate.

01/06/2016

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Wander Minnesota: Festive Feasting

One aspect of this time of year that can’t be overstated in importance is food. Whether you’re looking for something for an office potluck, family appetizer night, hostess gift, or full-fledged holiday dinner, food is a key component of holiday celebrations. Fortunately, in the Twin Cities we have several purveyors of fine foods, many with a local touch. Here are some places to seek out unusual and sometimes extravagant gifts.

12/17/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Festivals And Events In December (Week 3)

It’s almost Christmas, but there’s still plenty of festivities to check out all around Minnesota.

12/13/2015

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Wander MN: Making Spirits Bright At The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is, as usual for this time of year, decorated to the hilt. The annual event, called Making Spirits Bright, is—as always—a delight to visit.

12/10/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Festivals and Events in December (Week 2)

The holiday jollity continues for this weekend.

12/07/2015

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Wander Minnesota: A Nordic Christmas

One place you can certainly find a great deal of holiday cheer is at the American Swedish Institute. Every year the Institute fills the beautiful historic Turnblad Mansion with depictions of holidays past.

12/03/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Festivals And Events In December (Week 1)

The month of December is an exceptionally busy one for this festival-fond state. To try and get as much coverage as possible without creating a blog post that’s a mile long, I’m going to report weekly this month.

12/01/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Halloween Weekend

Halloween is almost here, and there’s plenty going on. Let’s take a look at a sampling of Halloween events around the state. Friday night is Haunted High Ropes at the Eagles Bluff Environmental Center near Lanesboro. Go trick-or-treating on the high ropes course—and watch out for ghosts and skeletons along the way.

10/29/2015

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Wander Minnesota: A Labyrinth and Bicycles

There’s a lot going on at the White Bear Lake Center for the Arts these days, both inside and out. The main exhibit inside is one that’s actually rooted in the outdoors: Gregg Rochester’s Le Tour d’Art, which is touring various galleries and is on exhibit in White Bear Lake through Oct. 29.

10/23/2015

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Wander Minnesota: MEA Break

It seems like school just began, but it’s already almost time for MEA. The MEA break will be Oct. 15 and 16. Here are a few ideas for keeping your kids entertained during the long weekend.

10/06/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Fall Foliage And Fun

The DNR is reporting that fall colors have begun to pop, mostly up north as of this writing. The gorgeous fall foliage season is all too short. Now is the time to plan a little getaway to enjoy them before winter sets in. Here are a few suggestions for lodgings that are open past the summer tourist season.

09/30/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Last week, I talked about the wild rice demonstrations at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Not far from the museum is Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. The park’s two-fold name has two roots. “Mille Lacs” is the term French explorers used to describe the area, and it is an apt term, meaning “1,000 lakes” in English.

09/22/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Wild Rice

Last weekend (and the next two Saturdays, weather permitting), the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post offered demonstrations on traditional Native American techniques of processing wild rice. With the fall foliage just starting to break out around Lake Mille Lacs, this would be a fun day trip both for leaf-peeping and for visiting this well-curated museum and see the demonstration.

09/15/2015

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