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: Pumpkin Nights

There’s a new event that just opened, taking advantage of the now-empty Minnesota State Fairgrounds: Pumpkin Nights.


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Wander Minnesota: Halloween On The Way

Halloween is almost here, and there’s plenty going on. Let’s take a look at a sampling of Halloween events around the state.


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Wander Minnesota: Touring Paisley Park

Paisley Park opened (briefly) as a museum Thursday. If you have the opportunity to go — do it.


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Wander Minnesota: Autumn Festivities

Fall foliage, apples and pumpkins, Halloween—the weather is changing, and so is the nature of the festivals. There’s a lot happening around the state in October.


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Wander Minnesota: Dining Near the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is set to take place at the Hazletine National Golf Clubin Chaska starting this week in Chaska. If you’re heading out to watch some or all of it, here are some suggestions for places to eat in the surrounding area that won’t involve national chains.


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Wander Minnesota: #CreateJoy

Some community members took Patty Wetterling’s statement straight to heart and created #CreateJoy Day, which will take place on Oct. 1.


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Wander Minnesota: September Festivities

Just because the Fair is over, Labor Day has passed, and kids are back to school doesn’t mean Minnesota has shut down for winter.


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Wander Minnesota: State Fair, The Miracle of Birth

One of the Minnesota State Fair’s newer attractions is the CHS Miracle of Birth Center.


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Wander Minnesota: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream

Summer’s actually been pretty pleasant this year, with limited numbers of scary heat waves and a goodly amount of beautiful weekends. Regardless of whether it’s hot, hotter, or hottest, ice cream is always welcome. Luckily, the Twin Cities have tons of options for that sweet treat. Here are a few to get you started.


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Wander Minnesota: Big Bog State Recreation Area

Summer’s not over yet, and if you head north, passing through Bemidji on the way to the Canadian border, allow some time to stop and explore the Big Bog State Recreation Area in Kelliher.


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Wander Minnesota: Last Of The Summer Festivals

This is just the tip of the iceberg for festivals and events in Minnesota in August.


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Wander Minnesota: Where To Beat The Heat

It sounds like we’re in for a few days of intense heat and humidity. While there are people who really enjoy this weather there are plenty who don’t.


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Wander MN: Where To Find Pokemon In The Greater Metro

If you haven’t been able to resist the siren call of Pokemon GO over the past week—and many of us have not—you’ve probably already figured out some of the logical places.


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Wander Minnesota: The Museum Of Russian Art

Housed in a former church and in an attractive Spanish colonial building, the Museum of Russian Art is easily reached at the intersection of Diamond Lake Road and 35W.


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Wander Minnesota: Festival Fun For July

This is just the tip of the iceberg for festivals and events in Minnesota in July.


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Wander Minnesota: New Attractions At The Arboretum

There are some really fun new exhibits at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this summer, interesting for both adults and kids.


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Wander Minnesota: Celebrating The Solstice At The Jeffers Petroglyphs

If you haven’t visited the Jeffers Petroglyphs near Comfrey, you really should. And this weekend, there are extra enticements to do so.


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Wander Minnesota: The Summer Festival Kickoff

While there are festivals year-round across the state, summer is really prime time. The following is just a sample of what’s going on in June.


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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.


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Wander Minnesota: Mourning At Paisley Park

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


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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.


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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.



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