Amy Rea

amy rea Amy ReaAmy Rea is a freelance writer and author of Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes: an Explorer’s Guide (Countryman Press, 2008), as well as the upcoming Backroads & Byways of Minnesota (Countryman Press, spring 2011).

She grew up in northern Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota, and bounced around various careers including managing a maternity store and working as a travel agent before settling into her writing career.

She’s married with two teenage boys and two rather poorly trained dogs.

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The Polaris Experience Center in Roseau

Long-time Roseau manufacturer has an intriguing, worthwhile museum.


Lake Bronson State Park

Tucked up in the far northwest corner of the state is this lovely — and historic — park.


Revelation Ale in Hallock

Sure, there are breweries all over the metro. But there’s also a brewery making great strides in the northwest corner of the state.


The Best June Festivals In Minnesota

Festival season in Minnesota kicks off in earnest in June. There are plenty of things to do in every corner of the state.


How To Spend Memorial Day In The Twin Cities

Memorial Day is on the horizon. It’s the unofficial beginning of summer, but more importantly, it’s a time to reflect and remember. Here are some of the events happening to honor the day.


Literary Death Match in Minneapolis

The unique event returns to Minneapolis next week.


Mother’s Day In Minnesota

Made your plans to wine and dine Mom yet? If not, hop to.


Kicking Off the Festival Season in Minnesota

As we move toward the prime festival months of summer, spring ushers in many festivals, including lots of outdoor activities.


Cinco de Mayo In Minnesota

The festive Mexican holiday continues to gain popularity in Minnesota.


Spring Flowers Of Minnesota

Ignore the forecast and visit the Galleria for a taste of spring.


Minnesota’s Best April Festivals To Check Out

As spring fully arrives with the promise of summer ahead, the busiest festival time of the year is not far away.


Family Fun for Easter Weekend In Minnesota

What’s up for Easter weekend?


Minnesota Festivities In March

What’s happening in Minnesota in March?


History Of The St. Paul Winter Carnival

How much do you know about the history of the St. Paul Winter Carnival?


Don’t Forget the Food Shelves

It’s easy to get swept away by things like the Super Bowl and the Olympics, but there are still needs to be filled in our community.


February Festivities In Minnesota

Winter won’t keep us down–or inside. Here’s what’s happening around the state in February.


Minnesota’s Art Shanty Projects On Lake Harriet

The Art Shanties are back, and this year they’re on Lake Harriet.


The Return Of The Ice Palace

Just in time to greet Super Bowl visitors, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is bringing back a grand old tradition: The Ice Palace.


Sunny Minnesota Spots For Cold Days

We just came off a cold spell, and another is just around the corner. Here are some places to break that cabin fever without freezing.


Minnesota Festivities For January

The big holiday season is over, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in Minnesota this month. Kick off 2018 with some extra fun.


Minnesota December Festivals (Part 5)

As December draws to a close and the New Year arrives, there’s still plenty to do.


Shopping In White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake is home to a charming town square and several locally owned shops with everything you need.


Minnesota December Festivals (Part 4)

We’re coming down the home stretch to Christmas, but there’s still lots to do.


Shopping Excelsior For Holiday Gifts

Charming Excelsior has plenty of holiday gift options.


Minnesota December Festival Highlights (Week 3)

The holiday festival deluge continues.



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