Judy Garland Museum
Judy Garland’s Minnesota hometown is preparing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” the film that made her a star. For the 39th consecutive year, the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, in northern Minnesota, will hold a weeklong festival June 10-15.
Grand Rapids is a perfect example of what is so great about northern Minnesota, year round. The southern gateway into the Chippewa National Forest, no matter your personal outdoor passion, it promises beautiful hiking to biking, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting. If you prefer to stay out of the woods, the Grand Rapids area boasts four championship-level golf courses made to rival the best of the best. As with most of northern Minnesota, the logging industry has played a key role in shaping the area, and the curious may explore this role in the local heritage through a trip to the Forest History Center, or see the current state of the landscape by taking a scenic drive along the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway from Grand Rapids north to Effie. No matter your motivation for arriving, you will find ample reasons to stay. Boasting around 1,000 lakes, a stop on the Mississippi River, and traditional Minnesota charms mixed with the modern, this town has more than enough to keep you coming back year after year.
Five years after someone broke into the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids and stole the famous ruby slippers from the film Wizard of Oz, the reward for information leading to the thieves and slippers has grown to $250,000.