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: 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

Wander Minnesota: The Making Of A Museum

Many times I’ve written about the strong museum presence we have in Minnesota. But it’s always interesting and fun to find a newcomer trying to make its way.

09/10/2015

Wander Minnesota: State Fair Crop Art

If you’ve never seen it, crop art (found in the Ag Building) is the art form that involves the use of seeds in a mosaic style. Specifically, seeds used in crops grown in Minnesota — no weeds allowed, and think wild rice, not white rice.

08/31/2015

Wander Minnesota: Catch An Exhibit

We’re definitely in a weird patch at the moment, with chilly, rainy weather at this writing, and more rain and low temperatures possible for the coming weekend. Of course, we can expect the heat to return next week, as it often does when the Minnesota State Fair opens. But until then, if you’re looking for some indoor entertainment, take a look at what’s happening in the museum world.

08/19/2015

Wander Minnesota: Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College

If you take a little drive out beyond Edina and into Bloomington, you could find yourself at Normandale Community College. You might note that the buildings look attractively modern and the grounds well-kept, and you might think that’s all there is to see, if you’re not a student there.

08/12/2015

Wander Minnesota: Flandrau State Park

On the edge of New Ulm is Flandrau State Park. It’s named after Charles Flandrau, a frontiersman who spent years exploring the Minnesota River Valley before settling near Traverse des Sioux and became a prominent citizen, eventually serving in both the territorial and state supreme courts.

08/07/2015

Wander Minnesota: Minneopa State Park

Like waterfalls? Like Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, but sometimes would like to avoid the crowds? There’s a good choice just an hour or so out of the metro: Minneopa State Park, just outside of Mankato. […]

07/29/2015

Wander Minnesota: Road Trip To St. Peter

South of the Twin Cities, along the Minnesota River, is the town of St. Peter. St. Peter’s earliest claim to fame is that it came close to being the capital of Minnesota, but thanks to the machinations of Joe Rolette, who stole the bill that would have designated St. Peter as the capital and hid with it until legislators had voted in St. Paul instead.

07/23/2015

Wander Minnesota: More Than Just A Ball of Twine

If you’ve been in Minnesota for any length of time, surely you’ve heard of the giant ball of twine in Darwin. While there are various contenders for the title of “largest twine ball” in the U.S., the one in Darwin is generally considered to be the largest ever wound by one person.

07/15/2015

Wander Minnesota: ‘Inspired By Books’ At The MIA

At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts , of course there’s always so much going on around visual arts. But the museum also offers frequent tours of a literary bent: Inspired by Books, tours that combine the museum’s extensive visual arts collection with themed explorations of books.

07/08/2015

Wander Minnesota: Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is this Saturday and not surprisingly, it looks like many communities are going to have festivities all weekend. Besides the usual community fireworks and parades, there’s a lot to choose from around the state. If your Fourth of July plans take you out of the metro, you’ll find plenty to do. Here’s a sampling.

06/29/2015

Wander Minnesota: Road Trip To Henderson

If you’re looking for a relaxing day trip or getaway, there’s a little town along the Minnesota River that fits the bill. The main street of Henderson is just a few blocks long, but there are eateries and shops worth a visit.

06/25/2015

Wander Minnesota: Father’s Day In Minnesota

Father’s Day is coming soon. What are you doing to enjoy the day with your dad? Here are some ideas for special events, not necessarily Father’s Day-themed, but fun for the whole family.

06/10/2015

Wander MN: Festival Season

Memorial Day is past, and summer has commenced. Minnesota offers festivals all year round, but summer is prime time.

05/28/2015

Wander Minnesota: Memorial Day Observances & Celebrations

Sure, the weather has (finally) started to act like it’s supposed to this time of year, but we all know summer really starts over Memorial Day weekend, when everyone begins flocking in earnest to lakes and northwoods.

05/19/2015

Historical Society Creates Tours For Memory-Impaired

I’ve often been a cheerleader for the Minnesota Historical Society, because I think the work they do in preserving Minnesota’s past, and developing programming to make it fun and interesting in the present, is stellar.

05/12/2015

Wander Minnesota: Sure Signs Of Spring

As if the sight of trees and lawns greening up wasn’t a big enough clue that spring is finally here, there are colors all across the spectrum at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

05/05/2015

Wander Minnesota: May Is Minnesota Museum Month

It’s almost May — and that means it’s Minnesota Museums Month the annual celebration of all that Minnesota has to offer in the way of museums. And that’s quite a lot. It’s a considerable bounty, with about 600 around the state.

04/28/2015

Wander Minnesota: Memorial Day Resort Happenings

Sure, it’s a month away, but Memorial Day will arrive faster than you think. Many resorts are planning long-weekend festivities for that weekend, and booking ahead is recommended. Here’s a sampling of what you can find.

04/23/2015

Wander Minnesota: Take Mom Out For Mother’s Day

It’s almost here—one of the most popular restaurant days of the year. Have you made your Mother’s Day dining plans yet? If not, hop to. The last thing you want to have to do come May 10 is explain to Mom that you waited too long. Here are just a few suggestions of options for Mom’s day.

04/16/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Connecting Readers To Books

This week marks the arrival of a large literary conference in Minneapolis, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

04/08/2015

Wander Minnesota: The Saints, Soon To Be Marching In

If it’s spring, baseball can’t be far behind. But new to the spring of 2015 is the CHS Field, the brand-new home of the St. Paul Saints, located in St. Paul’s Lowertown. The stadium hosts its first home game on May 21, against Sioux City.

03/31/2015

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

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

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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