Minnesota’s forgotten corner, the Iron Range, is a geographical region full of stark contrasts. Several highways crisscross the region between Grand Rapids and Ely, passing through hardscrabble towns like Calumet, Hibbing, Eveleth, and Virginia. Once a booming iron mining region, the area now consists of many abandoned buildings, open pit mines, and remnants of planned communities, all set against dramatic scenes of red rock taconite elevation, pine trees, crystal clear lakes, and spectacular views. Continue reading
Heading northbound on Interstate 35 towards the Twin Cities, motorists often catch a glimpse of a giant shark, a spaceship, and a massive guitar as they enter the Lakeville city limits. There is a hand-painted sign for “Hot Sam’s,” but what exactly is going on? It is a junkyard? Is it an antique store? A sculpture park? Where did these items come from? Who exactly is Hot Sam?
There are plenty of odd places in Minnesota, and chances are, if I haven’t seen it yet, I plan to and will be writing about it soon. This week we broke down the Top 10 quirkiest buildings in the state. There was no criteria other than it being unusual, so enjoy our latest update! Continue reading
If you’ve ever been “up north” to Minnesota’s central lakes area, you’ve undoubtedly seen the billboards for Minnesota’s Zorbaz Restaurant chain, with puns and cheeky humor and occasionally a stoner-looking hippie dude. For those of you who don’t know, Zorbaz is a classic Minnesota-lakes franchise, a storied pizza-and-mexican joint which started in Detroit Lakes in 1969. Continue reading
At HighwayHighlights.com, we love lists. It’s fun to scour the state, come up with the best and the weirdest, itemize them, and share them. So we’re are back at it with another Top 10 list this week. We have covered churches before at HH, looking at Minnesota’s most beautiful churches, the ones in Stearns County, and now we look at the Top 10 most unique-looking structures used as churches in Minnesota. Enjoy!