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: 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.


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.


Wander Minnesota: Last Of The Summer Festivals

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


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.


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.


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.


Wander Minnesota: Festival Fun For July

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Wander Minnesota: Celebrating Minnesota’s Museums

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


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.


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.


Wander Minnesota: Mourning At Paisley Park

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


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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