Finding Minnesota

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Finding Minnesota: Is That A Manure Spreader Or A Hot Rod?

It does a man good to have hobbies that bring him joy, but there are times when that passion veers into territory that no one saw coming. Bruce Bauer took a manure spreader, farm antiques and a ’93 Chevy S-10 pickup chassis to build a thing of beauty.

08/24/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Paddling the Wild And Scenic Mississippi

The Mississippi is a powerful river spanning more than 2,000 miles. But there’s one stretch, not far from the metro, that’s shallow and peaceful enough to attract canoeists, paddle boarders and kayakers.

08/17/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Shark, The Rocket & Other Oddities Along I-35

Drivers do a lot of double takes along I-35 in the south metro, where a life-sized shark statue is on a hillside next to a replica submarine, rocket ship and something resembling a Martian vehicle. They’re there to draw attention to Hot Sam’s, an antique shop overlooking an eclectic salvage yard that’s been nicknamed an “antique theme park.”

08/10/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Off-Roading In The Iron Range

Minnesotans love their four-wheel drive SUV’s and pickup trucks. We often need them with all the snow we get each winter. The vast majority of owners rarely take them off the freeways and paved streets.

08/03/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Still Floating After All These Years

Sometimes people think they’re witnessing disaster at a Minnesota lake when they see a classic car plunge into the water. But then, the car doesn’t sink; it floats. Minnesota has several collectors of Amphicars, quirky vehicles that are part car, part boat.

07/27/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Fit Tourist

From Shriners to baseball fans, we’re seeing a lot of tourists in downtown Minneapolis this summer. They can get around quickly with taxis, light rail and shuttles. But for those who want a closer, more personal look at the city, there’s Stephanie Croteau and her company, The Fit Tourist, offering biking and walking tours of the city.

07/20/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Target Field

Even with more than 90 losses for three straight seasons, the Minnesota Twins have averaged more than 30,000 fans a game since Target Field opened in 2010. The ballpark itself is clearly part of the draw. “I love the architecture,” Jessi Oeltjen of Spring Valley said. “I’m a design buff, so just the architecture, the design, the layout. Once you get inside, there is not a bad seat in the house.”

07/13/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Cave That Pigs Discovered

It’s been 90 years since three pigs unwittingly discovered one of Minnesota’s hidden treasures. The animals fell through a sinkhole in a pasture in 1924 and their squeals led searchers into a previously unseen series of underground tunnels, now known as Niagara Cave. For many centuries, water had slowly been chiseling, molding and sculpting through a half mile section of limestone beneath a Fillmore County farm field.

07/06/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Rock Climbing With Positive Energy Outdoors

The people of Duluth are enjoying some national recognition. Readers of Outside Magazine voted online and declared Duluth the best town in the nation. It does offer plenty of ways to get people off the couch and out of the house, from hiking and biking to kayaking and climbing. And many people get started at a young age.

06/29/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Pottyville: An Ode To The Commode

You can’t fully appreciate the flush of a toilet unless you know what your ancestors dealt with. The outhouse they had was crude and nasty but it served an important purpose. That’s why Nell Riccatone and Gary Hoover are working to preserve this rather unique symbol of human necessity.

06/15/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Wood Tick Racing In Cuyuna

Our long, harsh winter did nothing to control the tick population in Minnesota. In fact, the heavy snow insulated the ticks on all those days the temperatures dipped below zero. But as nasty as they are, Cuyuna has found one redeeming quality.

06/08/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Floating Cabins On Lake Vermilion

As we get into the warm summer months, many of us will head out for a lakeside getaway up north. But instead of booking a cabin next to the water, some people vacation on the water.

06/01/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Famous Names at Lakewood Cemetery

Memorial Day may be the only time of year that many of us will visit grave sites. Cemeteries, naturally, represent death to most people, but others are fascinated by the lives they represent and the stories of those who had a significant impact.

05/25/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Scott Seekins, Unlikely Icon

Of all the signs that our weather has been unusual, none is more unique than the sight of Scott Seekins — and the fact it took him so long to change into white this year (May 10th).

05/18/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Young Zookeeper Takes Animals On The Road

This month, high school students in southern Minnesota will have a kangaroo, a fox and an armadillo in their classroom. In June, a nursing home will get a visit from a tortoise, a parrot and a dingo. It sounds strange, but it’s possible because of one guy who’s believed to be one of the youngest zookeepers in the country.

05/11/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Art Not To Be Missed

Maybe you heard about the following art exhibits when they first opened with big splashes and a great deal of publicity. But they were scheduled to be here for weeks or months, so plenty of time. And then other things came along, and they slowly disappeared from front of mind.

05/06/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Eagle Cruise On The Mississippi

Minnesota has played a big role in the comeback story of the American eagle. Their numbers have increased dramatically here over the past few decades, especially along the Mississippi River.

05/04/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Barefoot Hiking

Sturdy boots are usually considered key to a long, safe hiking trip. But some hikers strip off all the foot protection to fully appreciate the ground they walk on.

04/27/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Biking The Dickie Scramble

With more than 30,000 miles of trails in Minnesota, you can cover a lot of ground on two wheels. Many bikers, though, go for a bigger challenge by getting away from the pavement.

04/20/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Sinkhole Capital Of The U.S.

Many communities in Minnesota take pride in their oversized attractions. Red Wing, for example, has the world’s largest leather boot while Darwin has the largest ball of twine. But fewer know about Fountain’s claim to fame: the number of spots where the ground has collapsed.

04/13/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Mystery Musical Mural

There’s a unique landmark in downtown Minneapolis that many people see but few can fully appreciate. It’s a five-story mural on the side of a building near 10th and Marquette featuring oversized musical notes.

03/30/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Ghost Town Comes Back To Life

Minnesota has its share of ghost towns that people abandoned for one reason or another. When the last person leaves, though, it’s not always the end of the story. Take, for example, the place that likes to call itself “the biggest little town in the world.” Emmaville, Minn. northeast of Park Rapids, Minn., is back from the dead – at least for now.

03/23/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Capturing The State’s Oddities & Attractions

When planning a summer road trip around Minnesota this year, consider checking out the world’s largest lutefisk, ball of twine or floating loon. They’re among the many unique roadside attractions waiting for those willing to stray off the main highway. Seth Hardmeyer, 31, grew up traveling Minnesota’s back roads in his parents’ station wagon. Now, he’s made it a year-round hobby.

03/16/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Treehouse For Big Kids In Wadena

Sometimes kids need a secret hideaway to escape the worries of the world. The lucky ones have a treehouse to climb into and let their imaginations go. It turns out, big kids can rent their own secluded hideout in the trees of Wadena.

03/09/2014

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Finding Minnesota: An Owl In The House In Houston

When families decide to bring home an animal, they often go for cute and cuddly. But the creature living in one Minnesota home can be demanding and difficult.

03/02/2014

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