Finding Minnesota

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Finding Minnesota: Taking ‘Locally Grown’ To The Extreme

Duluth Grill, with produce gardens in its parking lot, is an unlikely success story, drawing national attention and $4.7 million in annual sales.

08/30/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Seeing Glensheen Mansion By Kayak

Thousands of families head to Duluth every year to visit the historic Glensheen Mansion. July and August are the busiest months at the mansion, and more than 84 percent of Glensheen’s income comes from tours.

08/23/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Franconia Sculpture Park

You’ve heard the expression, “Go big or go home.” About an hour north of the metro, there’s a home where sculptors stay for weeks or months at a time and definitely get the chance to “go big.”

08/16/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Children’s Museum Of Southern Minnesota

When they heard kids saying, “There’s nothing to do around here,” some educators and parents of small children in southern Minnesota couldn’t exactly disagree. So about ten years ago, they started laying the groundwork for what is now the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.

08/09/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Quarry Park & Nature Preserve

In the summer months, we all look for a place to cool down from the summer heat. Pools, lakes and rivers are the typical spots for swimmers, but there’s one watering hole in Waite Park that takes swimming to new heights.

08/02/2015

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Finding Minnesota: A Laundromat Dripping With Dolls

The owner of L J’s Ye Old Wash in Spring Grove is providing his own unique spin for those waiting on the spin cycle. Lucky Volkenant, 72, has spent years covering the walls and ceiling of his laundromat with dolls.

07/26/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Brookside Resort’s Captain Bingo

A superhero has been protecting a northern Minnesota resort for 36 years, but he hasn’t aged much. He actually looks as young now as ever.

07/19/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Shooting The Breeze With The Windmill Man

If you want to go where the wind blows, head into the prairies of southwestern Minnesota where strong, steady gusts are common.

07/12/2015

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Finding Minnesota: The Nearly Mosquito-Free Minnesota State Park

If you are looking to get away from Minnesota’s blood-thirsty mosquitoes, there is one state park where visitors do very little swatting or spraying. Nature provides the right conditions to keep the biting to a minimum at Whitewater State Park.

07/05/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Lawn Mower Racing

NASCAR has well-known drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. In Minnesota, there’s a lesser-known racing circuit with drivers known as “Grandpa” and “Miss Behavin’.”

06/28/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Woodbury Community Theatre Offers Spectacle, Escape

What started with a small play to help the local PTA in 1975 has since grown into a large-scale community theater, performing in a multi-million dollar venue.

06/21/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Winona State’s Floating Classroom

Students in southeast Minnesota are using a new floating classroom on the Mississippi River to study everything from geology to performance arts.

06/14/2015

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Finding Minnesota: St. Cloud’s Public Gardens Tell A Love Story

Two free public gardens along St. Cloud’s riverfront are known for more than their flowers, tall trees and fountains.

06/07/2015

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Finding Minnesota: The ‘Grand Canyon Of The North’

This year, thousands will take a side trip to a giant hole in the ground in northern Minnesota that locals like to call “the Grand Canyon of the North.”

05/31/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Hastings Chainsaw Artist

Williams is a former home builder who had to get creative after being laid off in 2006. He tried his hand at building log furniture, but then was inspired by a chainsaw artist and realized he also had the ability to create characters out of wood.

05/24/2015

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Finding Minnesota: A Game Of Drones

A local business has created what may be the first drone obstacle course in the U.S. Extreme Sandbox lets visitors fly drones over, through and under various hurdles in an open field.

05/17/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Collecting Fish Stories

From classic lures known as “lazy Ikes” to vintage motors with the nickname “knuckle busters,” the evolution of fishing is on display at the Minnesota Fishing Museum.

05/10/2015

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Finding Minnesota: YouTube Singing Marathon

The neighbors on his quiet block may be unaware of his online fame, but Zachary Scot Johnson has developed a national following.

05/03/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Country Music’s Northern Mecca

Going into its 33rd year of hosting outdoor concerts, WE Fest now bills itself as the largest country music and camping festival in the world.

04/19/2015

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Finding Minnesota: TC Media Now

Want to see a long-haired Mark Rosen anchoring a 1976 sportscast? How about a fresh-faced Mike Binkley covering the 1987 World Series? Thanks to one man’s fascination with vintage television, hundreds of classic Twin Cities TV moments are available to watch online.

04/05/2015

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Finding Minnesota: BMX Riding Year-Round

Daredevils on bikes can now get their thrills year-round at a new arena about an hour north of the metro. The Rum River BMX track used to be outside and exposed to the elements, but the city of Isanti just finished a $2 million project to cover it.

03/22/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Bike For Beer

He might seem a bit young to be running a brewery, especially since he only reached legal drinking age seven years ago. But when it comes to beer, Ilan Klages-Mundt, 28, already has a world of experience.

03/15/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Hastings Sculptor Welds Whimsical Steel Artwork

Yes, that’s a stainless steel alligator on the roof of Dale Lewis’ Honda Civic and, yes, there’s a good story behind it.

It’s a symbol of how Lewis adapted when hard times hit.

03/08/2015

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Finding Minnesota: The Wooden Stools Of Jackson’s Hole

It may look like a ghost town to drivers passing through Aitkin County, but there are surprises waiting for those who step into Lawler’s one remaining business.

03/01/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Whimsical Stick Sculpture Nearing Its End

For more than two years, curious drivers in Stearns County have been pulling over to check out something that looks surreal: a dream-like sculpture made entirely of sticks.

02/22/2015

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