Finding Minnesota

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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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Finding Minnesota: Bar Stool Races in Ironton

With all the extreme winter sports for serious athletes, a town in central Minnesota is offering an extreme competition for the less serious crowd. The Bar Stool Races in Ironton feature downhill events that are fueled in part by beer.

02/15/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Sexy Secrets At The Minn. Zoo

For Valentine’s Day, many will opt for flowers, candy or a nice dinner. But there’s a steamier option in a place not usually associated with romance. The Minnesota Zoo offers the annual Love Tour, which it describes as an “R-rated event.”

02/08/2015

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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

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Finding Minnesota: Fat Bikes Are Gaining Traction

Our January warm-up has not been good for cross-country skiers and snowshoe hikers. But more people are now getting into a different type of outdoor exercise — fat biking — which doesn’t need much snow at all.

02/01/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Downhill In Detroit Lakes

Ten years after they shut down, the slopes of Detroit Mountain are alive again. It’s the result of millions of dollars in donations from a community that missed having skiing, snowboarding and tubing close by.

01/25/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Twin Cities Ukulele Clubs

When the winter blues start to set in, some people turn to sun lamps or supplements to lift their spirits. Others, though, find simple joy in a simple instrument.

01/19/2015

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Finding Minnesota: From Special Ops To A Kids’ Bounce House

This time of year, kids often get stuck inside with all that energy to burn. That’s why parents appreciate indoor playgrounds with trampolines, jungle gyms or bounce houses.

01/11/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Music Mural Of Downtown Minneapolis

There’s a unique landmark in downtown Minneapolis that many people see, but few can fully appreciate. You especially like it, though, if you have a musical mind.

01/04/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Oprah’s Nod Means Big Business For Candy Company

In one of Minnesota’s smallest towns is a small company that’s suddenly getting huge amounts of attention — after a close encounter with one of the world’s most famous people. Annie B’s Candy Company in Kellogg, population 456, has been turning out small batches of buttery caramels for decades.Justin and Amanda Henke have owned the operation for about two years.

12/14/2014

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