'Prince The Tour': A One-Of-A-Kind Experience To Learn About Minnesota's Greatest MusicianYou know about Prince, First Avenue, Paisley Park, and Purple Rain but what about where it all began? In this week’s Finding Minnesota John Lauritsen went on a one-of-a-kind tour to learn about the lesser-known parts of Prince’s life.
Why Do Owl-Lovers Across The Country Travel To A Small Southern Minnesota Town?From barred owls to barn owls, the International Owl Center is a sort of school for people who give a hoot about these birds.
Need An Escape? Fly The Friendly Skies With No Engine And Only Calm And SerenityDuring World War II, President Roosevelt called the president of Carleton College to see if the school would help with pilot training. That’s how Stanton Airfield was born.
Finding Minnesota: Kinney, The Town That Seceded From The UnionAs we get closer to the election, politicians are doing what they can to get your vote. But over 40 years ago, a mayor in the northern Minnesota town of Kinney did what she could to get her city a new water system. That meant seceding from the union.
See The Minnesota Peak So Majestic, Sinclair Lewis Wrote Its PraisesAt the top of the quarter-mile hike is the appropriately-named Inspiration Peak, a beauty that only a glacier could make. It's more than 1,700 feet above sea level, and the panoramic view allows you to see for miles, even into other counties.
Tourists Flocking To Southeastern Minnesota's 'Barn Quilt Country'Houston County is designated as “The Heart of Quilt Country.” Not just because of cloth quilts, but rather quilts made out of paint.
Finding Minnesota: Grandpa Rudy's Little Western Town Gives The Old West A New TouchGrandpa Rudy’s Little Western Town was built by a creative man with a vision.
Kenyon Woman, 95, Takes Flight In War Plane Flown By Late Husband, Restored By SonWith the help of her son and an 80-year-old airplane, a 95-year-old Kenyon woman can cross something pretty big off her bucket list.
Finding Minnesota: Kitesurfing Over Medicine LakeSocial distancing has us keeping our space, but also spending more time outdoors.
Residents Of 'Gnometown' Take Up Permanent Residence In Dawson, MinnesotaAbout 1,400 people live in the town of Dawson, but that doesn’t account for the entire population. Every city has its thing. And in 1987, the first gnome moved to town.
‘Boat Access Only’: Larry The Mailman Delivers By Boat To Cabin Owners On Lake VermilionThere’s a place in northern Minnesota where the mail is delivered by boat. It has to be: roads don’t actually reach many of the cabins on Lake Vermilion. In this week’s Finding Minnesota, WCCO’s John Lauritsen went along for the ride on Lake Vermilion in St. Louis County, and got a history lesson on the family behind it all.
How A Minnesota Farmer’s Experiment With Sunflowers Led To A Thriving Microwave Popcorn BrandOur neighbors to the west, the Dakotas, are known for their colorful sunflower crops. But the flowers have been popping up in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes, too.
Couple Turns Former Dakota Co. Missile Site Into Their Home, Plan To Open Mediterranean Cooking SchoolDuring the Cold War, a piece of property in Dakota County served as a missile site and a launching pad. But in this week's Finding Minnesota, John Lauritsen shows us how its new owners are hoping to transition from missiles to Mediterranean cooking.
Finding Minnesota: Wadena Couple Builds Dream Treehouse That Becomes A Popular DestinationHave you ever thought about building a treehouse and then living in it? A northern Minnesota couple did exactly that and then took it to another level.
'Here, It's More Of A Discovery': Franconia Sculpture Park In Chisago County Approaches 25th AnniversaryIf you've ever driven by Franconia Sculpture Park in Chisago County, there's a good chance you did a double take. From the educational to the entertaining, some of the pieces are 40 feet tall. But most people don't know how all of it got started.