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: ‘Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison’

The Minnesota History Center is opening a new exhibit on Saturday: Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, which will remain open until April 26. This is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibit of an important American artist.

02/12/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Valentine’s Day Beyond the Usual

Valentine’s Day is a week from Saturday. Are you ready? There’s certainly nothing wrong with flowers and a lovely dinner out, but there are other options. Note: reservations are recommended for most of these, so call ahead. The Warner Nature Center has a family friendly Valentine’s planned with its Winter Blizzard Blast

02/04/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Nobel Creations

This weekend marks the opening of an exhibit in the Twin Cities that’s an intriguing blend of world-class arts and sciences. Nobel Creations arrives at the American Swedish Institute from the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, the first time it has made an appearance in the U.S.

01/29/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Omnifest 2015

The weather is unreliable at best in January for Minnesota, but if you need to escape the reality of cold, snow, and/or slush and mud, check out the annual Omnifest at St. Paul’s Science Museum of Minnesota. The festival runs through February 19. Plan ahead and pre-order tickets, especially for weekends—this is a popular event.

01/21/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Ice Castles

It’s back. A couple of years ago, Ice Castles premiered a couple of years ago at the Mall of America, and now it’s making an appearance at Eden Prairie’s Miller Park.

01/12/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Sunny Spots For Cold Days

When cabin fever strikes, where can you go that will at least give you the illusion of sunniness and warmth? Turns out there are quite a few places across the Twin Cities to do that.

01/05/2015

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Wander Minnesota: December Festivities (Part 5)

As December draws to a close and the New Year arrives, there’s still plenty to do.

12/22/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Making Spirits Bright

One of my favorite places to visit at the holidays is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The McGuinn Great Hall in the Oswald Visitor Center is the home of several beautifully decorated Christmas trees, often including items found on the Arboretum grounds.

12/18/2014

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Wander Minnesota: December Festivities (Part 4)

We’re coming down the home stretch, but there’s still plenty to do.

12/15/2014

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Wander Minnesota: December Festivities (Week 3)

This week the holiday festivities are located all within one part of the state, the city of Excelsior.

12/11/2014

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Wander Minnesota: December Festivities (Week 2)

The holiday jollity continues… Chanhassen Making Spirits Bright Ongoing The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features a lavish display in the Great Hall and the nearby grounds, as well as the traditional (and gorgeous) poinsettia tree. The […]

12/08/2014

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Wander Minnesota: December Festivities (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. Today’s installment will include events through Sunday, Dec. 7.

12/01/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Post-Turkey Thanksgiving Weekend Options

You’ve slept off the turkey, you’re not interested in battling crowds on Black Friday, but you have free time and possibly family and friends to entertain. What is there to do this weekend? Plenty.

11/24/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Dia De Los Muertos

Over the last couple of weeks, I took a look at Halloween events around the Twin Cities. This week, let’s take a look at another type of celebration occurring this weekend. Dia de los Muertos, […]

10/29/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Halloween in Minnesota

Halloween is almost here. Last week I took a look at not-so-scary Halloween events around the Twin Cities. This week, let’s take a look at a sampling of Halloween events around the state.

10/20/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Halloween Minus The Scares

Halloween is almost here. There are tons of scary things to do for older Halloween fans. But where you can take the little, more easily scared ones? The Minnesota Zoo offers HallZooween throughout October, with daily events like a Halloween Mythbusters scavenger hunt.

10/15/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Day Trip To Jordan

We’re in the prime days of autumn now, with apple picking is in full swing, as are many harvest festivals. Best of all, the leaves are approaching full autumn colors now. If you’re looking for an easy day trip from the Cities, with beautiful views and shops to browse through, one suggestion would be the historic downtown area of Jordan, near the Minnesota River Valley.

10/06/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Season Of Apples

It sounds like this coming weekend is going to have some amazing, beautiful weather—perfect for getting outside. Given that it’s prime apple harvest time, it would be a great weekend to find a pick-your-own apple orchard.

09/25/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Oktoberfest

If it’s nearly mid-September, then it’s nearly time for Oktoberfests to start popping up. Part homage to the Germanic immigrants in Minnesota’s past and part homage to autumn, it’s not hard to get behind such a jolly event.

09/11/2014

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Labor Day Weekend: Beyond The Fair

It arrives all too quickly, but alas, it’s here: Labor Day weekend, the official end of summer. If you’ve already made your pilgrimages to the Minnesota State Fair and the Renaissance Festival, what else can you do on this glorious long weekend? Plenty.

08/28/2014

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Wander Minnesota: The State Fair’s New West End

It’s that time of year again—time for the Minnesota State Fair. And this year, not only are there several new foods to try, there’s a completely updated space on the fairgrounds.

08/22/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Mississippi Minute

The Mississippi River is a big part of life in Minnesota, from its roots in Itasca State Park to its exit out of the state at the very southeastern corner. There are some parts of it that are well known and frequently visited. But it’s a big river. What else is there to see?

08/18/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Flying Above The Trees

The summer weather of late has been spectacular—and we so deserve it—and it’s time to get outdoors, people, and enjoy views like these. An especially fine way to do that is to take a trip […]

08/06/2014

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Wander MN: The Mighty Paul Bunyan

One of the most iconic figures in Minnesota has to be Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox, Babe. How exactly Bunyan came into popularity isn’t clear, although some think that the stories originated in the early 1900s at a Wisconsin logging camp, while others point to early 1800s Canada. It’s not clear if there was an actual person who later became the mythic version of Bunyan, or if this was campfire lore turned into advertising. But variations exist in many parts of the country, and each tale seems taller than the next:

07/24/2014

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Wander Minnesota: The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site

Just outside of Little Falls is a historic site open only in the summertime, so you still have several weeks to plan a visit. The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site has the preserved childhood home of the famed aviator, as well as the Charles A. Lindbergh State Park across the street (and which is named after the aviator’s father).

07/16/2014

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