Illgen Falls Cabin, Tettegouche State Park

DSC_0537If pressed to name the most idyllic, tranquil, heavenly place in Minnesota, the Illgen Falls Cabin at Tettegouche State Park on the north shore would almost have to be it.  The log cabin-style retreat is a secluded A-frame managed by the park service, available to rent every night of the year.  Not only is it completely private, furnished, and clean- it sits about 100 feet away from a roaring waterfall. Continue reading

Earl Bunyon, New Town, ND

107_4149As most know, Minnesota is home to all things Paul Bunyan.  There are several statues of him, along with his artifacts, his girlfriend, his gravestone, his boat anchor, his marble, and the list goes on.  But I’d guess that most Minnesotans are unaware that out on the plains of North Dakota in the heart of the Oil Patch is a concrete statue of “Earl Bunyon,” his cowboy brother.  Continue reading

Brandon City Hall and Auditorium, Brandon, MN

DSC_0897Awhile back I covered a remarkable building from the 1930′s built by local residents with assistance from the Federal Government in tiny Grey Eagle, MN. These type of projects are found scattered around the state from the Works Progress Administration days of the Great Depression which sought to put people to work by constructing buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures.  As was common then, the designs were influenced by Art Deco and “Rustic Style.”  Local rock was commonly used, often field stones from local farms, and area residents worked together to build the structures. Continue reading

Ernie Konikson’s Concrete Statues

IMG_3849Much like west-central Minnesota’s lakes country sees a number of towns with Ken Nyberg-sculpted attractions,  the Red River Valley of the North has a nice collection of concrete statues designed by Ernie Konikson, most built around the 1960′s. His medium was concrete, and subjects were animals (and occasionally people).  Four of them are found along towns along Highway 2, one along Highway 59, and the other on Highway 10, all within 100 miles of each other in the flat, farming country of northwestern Minnesota. Continue reading

30 ACTUAL PHOTOS that Prove Minnesota is Amazing, Diverse, and Beautiful

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of articles shared on social media with titles like “25 Photos That Will Make You Want to Move to Minnesota” and “15 Reasons Minnesota is Better Than Your State” and other click-bait articles that show a bunch of generic stock photos of lakes, snowy “winter wonderland” scenes, and random fields with flowers. I’ve been around the Minnesota plenty, and offer you my version of 30 actual, unaltered photos that prove Minnesota is not only amazing and unique, but much more diverse than people realize. Continue reading