Finding Minnesota

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Finding Minnesota: Inside Glensheen Mansion

Glensheen Mansion is a place of elegant beauty but also the site of a high-profile tragedy. It was built for one of the wealthiest families in Minnesota. Now visitors are getting to do something inside the historic home that’s never been allowed before.

08/20/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Emu Ranch In Nevis

There are many tall tales of “the big one” in lake cabin towns like Nevis. It’s the home of the World’s Largest Tiger Muskie statue. And it’s also home to some very big birds at the Heart of Minnesota Emu Ranch.

07/30/2013

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Finding Minnesota: The Little Log House Pioneer Village

It was a sad time for fans of onion rings, cheeseburgers and hot rods when Porky’s closed in 2011.

07/23/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Floating The Scenic, Gentle Cannon River

Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes offer wide-open spaces for fast boats and personal watercraft. But for a quieter, more relaxing day on the water, there are seven rivers in the state, designated as “wild, scenic and recreational.”

07/16/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Stand Up Paddle Board Races

We will never grow pineapples or enjoy lakeside palm trees in Minnesota. But now we can “hang 10.” Stand up paddle boarding has exploded in popularity over the past few years.

07/09/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Alex Comb’s Handcrafted Canoes

Summertime will bring the annual flood of vacationers onto Minnesota’s many lakes and rivers. And for many of them it will mean peaceful paddling in a canoe or kayak – or maybe a gentle ride in a rowboat.

06/25/2013

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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.

06/18/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Driving Off-Road In The Iron Range

If you’re looking to blow off a little steam, it helps to let out a little air.
Pressing on the valve stem of his Jeep’s tires, Lynn McCann says that letting out pressure help’s his Jeep gain traction.

06/04/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Wilderfest & The Almanzo 100

It began as an idea to gather some friends for an ambitious bicycle ride through southern Minnesota. Seven years later, Wilderfest has grown into full weekend of long distance rides and foot races.

05/21/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Character Challenge Course

Nothing builds teamwork like overcoming a tough challenge together. That’s why corporate teams, athletes and thrill-seekers can be found climbing trees and scaling high-wires in Minnesota’s Northwoods.

05/07/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Horse Jumping In Hamel

You probably know that Minnesotans are among the national leaders in terms of theaters, golfers and boaters per capita. But did you know that Hennepin County is among the top 10 in the number of horses owned per capita?

04/23/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Firefighter’s Hall & Museum

People’s fascination with firefighting has only grown since the first fire station in Minneapolis was built more than 100 years ago.

04/16/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Geocaching In State Parks

Some say the more we focus on technology, the less we appreciate the world’s natural beauty. But over the past several years, Minnesota state parks have seen the opposite.

04/09/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Slim’s Woodshed

There’s a good story at every stop as we travel Minnesota. Sometimes the story behind the story is even more compelling. That’s the case with a giant wood-carving collection in Harmony that’s billed as America’s largest.

03/26/2013

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Finding Minnesota: St. Urho’s Day

On March 17, people of many backgrounds will claim to be a little Irish as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But the day before that, others will toast the Scandinavian saint who was completely made up in Minnesota — St. Urho.

03/12/2013

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Finding Minnesota: The Biathlon At Camp Ripley

With cross country skis at his side and a rifle on his back, Minnesota native Winn Roberts was recently back where he began — the biathlon course at Camp Ripley.

03/05/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Superior Surfing

In the dead of winter, Hawaii might seem like the only place for Minnesotans to hang ten. But a few times each year: The southeast winds blow in up from Canada kicking up the perfect waves on Lake Superior.

03/04/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Cuyuna Lakes Yeti

For all they’ve tried, searchers haven’t found Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest or the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas. But if you believe the stories being told in central Minnesota, another mysterious creature is on the prowl in the Crosby-Ironton area.

02/26/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Kiteboarding On Medicine Lake

You may have seen them on our lakes in the summertime: Kiteboarders riding both wind and waves. But the thrills don’t stop there.

02/19/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Grumpy Old Men Festival

You can go anywhere in this state and find examples of Minnesota Nice, but movie audiences have also had a look at our grumpier side.

02/12/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Charles Hoffman’s Handmade Guitars

The sweet, crisp sounds of fingers flying across a fret board lets you know that quality still matters. And there’s nothing less inside the Franklin Avenue guitar shop of Charles A. Hoffman.

02/05/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Spicer’s Ice Castles

For a small town of little more than a thousand people, Spicer can make big things happen in the winter.

01/29/2013

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Finding Minnesota: The State’s 1st Legal Whiskey Distillery

Eighty years after the end of prohibition, there’s a company distilling whiskey legally in Minnesota.

01/22/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Curling Taking Off In Blaine

It’s a winter sport that’s been around more than 500 years, played by gliding a heavy stone down a sheet of ice.

01/08/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Nordic Inn

When you book a hotel room, you expect comfortable surroundings that help you relax. But one innkeeper in north-central Minnesota keeps things a little more on edge.

01/01/2013

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