World’s Largest Raspberry, Hopkins, MN

IMG_6013Hopkins, MN, an inner-ring suburb in Minneapolis’ west metro, is one of those underrated places where the downtown still has a small-town feel to it, with its mix of antique stores, restaurants, a movie theater, and even a brewery.  And in July of 2017, they got back on our radar when they unveiled one of Minnesota’s newest and brightest roadside attractions: the World’s Largest Raspberry. Continue reading

Maple Beach Resort, Lake Lida

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The answer always varies from person to person and critic to critic, but the question is constant and never-ending.  Who makes the best burger around these parts?  Depending on your idea of a good burger, many purists point out everything from what style of meat is used, the type of cheese, toppings added, griddled vs. open flame,  and bun consistency. With endless options, you’ll never really get the right answer until you try them out yourself. Continue reading

The Jewel Box, Owatonna, MN

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I’ve always loved Owatonna and its charming little downtown area.  Located south of the Twin Cities about an hour, the county seat of Steele County has a population of about 25,000.  At the heart of the city, near a picturesque town square with fountains and a bandshell, seated directly across from the historic courthouse, is one of the most impressive bank buildings in the state. Continue reading

NEW Willie Walleye Statue, Baudette, MN

IMG_0475 An icon of not only Baudette, but Lake of the Woods and Minnesota in general, a roadside attraction known as “Willie Walleye,” was demolished in early July of 2018.  He had been around since 1959, standing on a corner of town on the shores of the Baudette River, just a stone’s throw from the confluence of the Rainy River at the Canadian Border.  The original was built of iron rebar and concrete and was an obligatory photo op for thousands of tourists each summer.  Without much warning, down he came. Continue reading