Wander Minnesota: Fall Foliage And FunThe DNR is reporting that fall colors have begun to pop, mostly up north as of this writing. The gorgeous fall foliage season is all too short. Now is the time to plan a little getaway to enjoy them before winter sets in. Here are a few suggestions for lodgings that are open past the summer tourist season.
Wander Minnesota: Mille Lacs Kathio State ParkLast week, I talked about the wild rice demonstrations at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Not far from the museum is Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. The park's two-fold name has two roots. "Mille Lacs" is the term French explorers used to describe the area, and it is an apt term, meaning "1,000 lakes" in English.
Wander Minnesota: Wild RiceLast weekend (and the next two Saturdays, weather permitting), the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post offered demonstrations on traditional Native American techniques of processing wild rice. With the fall foliage just starting to break out around Lake Mille Lacs, this would be a fun day trip both for leaf-peeping and for visiting this well-curated museum and see the demonstration.
Wander Minnesota: The Making Of A MuseumMany times I've written about the strong museum presence we have in Minnesota. But it's always interesting and fun to find a newcomer trying to make its way.
Wander Minnesota: Catch An ExhibitWe're definitely in a weird patch at the moment, with chilly, rainy weather at this writing, and more rain and low temperatures possible for the coming weekend. Of course, we can expect the heat to return next week, as it often does when the Minnesota State Fair opens. But until then, if you're looking for some indoor entertainment, take a look at what's happening in the museum world.
Wander Minnesota: Japanese Garden at Normandale Community CollegeIf you take a little drive out beyond Edina and into Bloomington, you could find yourself at Normandale Community College. You might note that the buildings look attractively modern and the grounds well-kept, and you might think that’s all there is to see, if you’re not a student there.
Wander Minnesota: Flandrau State ParkOn the edge of New Ulm is Flandrau State Park. It's named after Charles Flandrau, a frontiersman who spent years exploring the Minnesota River Valley before settling near Traverse des Sioux and became a prominent citizen, eventually serving in both the territorial and state supreme courts.
Wander Minnesota: Minneopa State Park
Wander Minnesota: Road Trip To St. PeterSouth of the Twin Cities, along the Minnesota River, is the town of St. Peter. St. Peter's earliest claim to fame is that it came close to being the capital of Minnesota, but thanks to the machinations of Joe Rolette, who stole the bill that would have designated St. Peter as the capital and hid with it until legislators had voted in St. Paul instead.
Wander Minnesota: More Than Just A Ball of TwineIf you’ve been in Minnesota for any length of time, surely you’ve heard of the giant ball of twine in Darwin. While there are various contenders for the title of "largest twine ball" in the U.S., the one in Darwin is generally considered to be the largest ever wound by one person.
Wander Minnesota: 'Inspired By Books' At The MIAAt the Minneapolis Institute of Arts , of course there's always so much going on around visual arts. But the museum also offers frequent tours of a literary bent: Inspired by Books, tours that combine the museum's extensive visual arts collection with themed explorations of books.
Wander Minnesota: Fourth of July WeekendThe Fourth of July is this Saturday and not surprisingly, it looks like many communities are going to have festivities all weekend. Besides the usual community fireworks and parades, there’s a lot to choose from around the state. If your Fourth of July plans take you out of the metro, you’ll find plenty to do. Here’s a sampling.