ELY, Minn. (WCCO) — For twelve weeks this summer, leading up to the start of the Minnesota State Fair in August, WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio are highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

This week, Amelia Santaniello and Angela Davis loaded up their luggage into the Mobile Weather Watcher and took off Wednesday, heading almost four hours north to the gateway of the Boundary Waters.

Gallery: Goin’ To The Lake In Ely


The Blueberry Arts Festival brings more than 200 vendors to Ely who come from all over the Midwest to show their handiwork in everything from woodworking to painting and photography. The festival is held every year over the last weekend in July.

Another fun stop if you’re in town is the Dorothy Molter Museum, dedicated to the last resident of the Boundary Waters. Dorothy was known as the “Root Beer Lady” because she made bathtub root beer for visitors to the BWCA. When she died, her cabin was moved to Ely where you can see it today.

Ely’s Bluebery Arts Fest & The Root Beer Lady


One of the must-see places in Ely is the International Wolf Center, located just out of town. It’s a great place for families to check out. The curator, Lori, let Amelia and Angela watch feeding time.

The wolves got a dinner of a deer that had been hit by a car. Lori was able to go in with the wolves to feed them because she’s been with them all their lives.

The center even allows group sleepovers at the Wolf Center. You can see the wolves all night and maybe even hear them howl.

Angela & Amelia Visit Int’l Wolf Center


Ely is here to help people heading into the BWCA. Outfitters line the streets ready to rent canoes or anything else you need for a trip. And Zup’s Grocery store is ready with any food you’ll want.

Angela & Amelia Visit Zup’s Crocery Store In Ely


Both Amelia and Angela got out of their comfort zones while exploring the wilderness, but they were in their element Friday morning when they went shopping and dining in Ely.

Angela & Amelia Go Shopping In Ely


Going To The Lake: Ely Links

Zup’s Grocery
International Wolf Center
Dorothy Molter Museum

For the full schedule for Goin’ To The Lake: All Summer Long, click here. You can suggest places for us to visit here.

Watch the past “Goin’ To The Lake” segments.
Watch the past “Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake” segments.

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