The Painted Fire Hydrants of Milaca, MN

IMG_6555Milaca, MN, is found north of the twin cities about 45 minutes just south of Lake Mille Lacs.  It’s a charming little place, maybe around 3,000 people or so.  The Rum River meanders just outside of town and the Municipal City Hall is a colorful stone building.  But what makes this town a great place to swing through is its colorful fire hydrants.  There are about 35 of them to find around town, each with a fun design. Continue reading

Best Vintage Neon Signs in MN: 100-51

Last year we checked out the Top 50 vintage neon signs found in the great state of Minnesota.  Sadly, some of the beauties in our original installment are no longer there. Buildings get demolished, signs get upgraded, businesses close, things fall into disrepair. In  So we hit the road and photo’d a few more for our next installment, numbers 100-51 of the greatest neon signs all around the state. Enjoy!

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Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

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If you’re looking for quirky, this one is a pretty good destination. The Franconia Sculpture Park’s 43-acre spread just west of Taylor’s Falls, MN, has plenty of things to see.  Plan to spend a good hour or two there, maybe more if art is your thing.  There is a lot to take in and it’s constantly changing, so grab your camera and open your imagination. Continue reading

Coolest Houses in Minnesota: 150 -101

Over the past year, we covered the Top 100 Coolest Houses in Minnesota in two separate installments. The historic beauties all over the state ran the gamut in terms of architecture, sizes, locations, and styles, but there were just so many that I couldn’t squeeze into the Top 100, no matter how much I wanted to include them.  So here are the next 50!

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