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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: MN On The National Christmas Tree

Every year, the National Park Service puts up and lights the National Tree in Washington, D.C. As befitting a national tree, the ornaments represent each of the fifty states. How is Minnesota represented?

12/11/2012

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Wander Minnesota: A Guide to December

Minnesota is pretty festival-friendly all year long, but December is more jam-packed than any other month. Here are just a few of the events taking place around the state (outside of the metro area) by the end of 2012.

11/30/2012

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Wander MN: Things To Do Thanksgiving Weekend — Other Than Shop

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. Here is just a sampling of events taking place around the state in the days after Thanksgiving.

11/19/2012

Off the Reservation (Or Minnesota Nice) by Jim Denomie (credit: MNHS)

Wander MN: Ded Uŋk’uŋpi — We Are Here

This year marks the 150th anniversary of what is perhaps Minnesota’s darkest hour: the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. There have been a number of events surrounding this anniversary, both in the Twin Cities and in the areas across the state that were directly affected.

10/18/2012

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Wander Minnesota: Oktoberfest

Fall is arriving with great speed—like the photo above, you can see green leaves in some places, with others already blazing yellow and red. And if it’s fall, it must be time for Oktoberfest at the Black Forest Inn.

10/01/2012

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Wander Minnesota: Tornado Season

The peak of Minnesota’s tornado season may have passed for 2012, but opening this weekend at the Science Museum of Minnesota is Tornado Alley.

09/26/2012

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Wander Minnesota: Historic Events

The state’s biggest festival season may be behind us for 2012, but there are still plenty of ways to explore and celebrate the upcoming seasons. One of my favorite organizations, the Minnesota Historical Society, has a full slate of fun events coming up. One of the things I love about the MNHS is that they do an excellent job of blending education with fun.

09/20/2012

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Wander MN: What Else To See At The Fair

Obviously there’s plenty to do at the Fair (eating being one of the best choices). But besides things like rides and exhibits and parades and concerts, you might spy a group of people like this:

08/30/2012

The cast greets the audience at the end of the play. (credit: Amy Rea)

Wander Minnesota: The Mobile Cherry Orchard

This past weekend I thought it would be fun to take in a play. But rather than go to one (of the many) great theaters in the Cities, I found myself in a historic home in Taylors Falls.

07/31/2012

Air Expo

Wander MN: The Air Expo

Every year in July, there’s an event out at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie: the Minnesota Air Expo.

07/25/2012

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Wander Minnesota: Iron Range Wrap-Up

Over several posts, I’ve highlighted some of the fun things to do and beautiful things to see on the Iron Range. You can visit the Minnesota Discovery Center, take a tour at Hill Annex Mine View State Park, check out the Greyhound Bus Museum, learn about Finnish homesteaders, and stay at the beautiful Giant’s Ridge Resort near Biwabik.

07/18/2012

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Wander MN: Minnesota Discovery Center

There’s a lot of history to be found on the Iron Range, and one central place to get a detailed picture of it is at the Minnesota Discovery Center.

06/27/2012

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Wander MN: Hill Annex Mine View State Park

Hill Annex Mine State Park, west of Hibbing on Highway 169, is a bit of an anomaly in the Minnesota State Park system.

06/21/2012

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Wander MN: Small To Mighty: Greyhound

Necessity is the mother of invention. It’s a cliché, but it’s also often true. Case in point: the Greyhound Bus Museum.

06/14/2012

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Wander MN: Giant’s Ridge Golf & Ski Resort

Last year, the Iron Range Tourist Board contacted me about making a visit and really exploring the Range area. I certainly couldn’t say no to that, and recently made a (too short) visit north. This is the first of several blog pieces about what I discovered on my travels, and I’ll also be blogging over at A Closer Look at Flyover Land about it too.

05/31/2012

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