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

Curiosity of the Week: The Northwest Angle

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One of the most puzzling and curious pieces of land in the contiguous United States of America is a remote, 600-square mile region of Minnesota that, if you are driving a car, is only accessible by first going through Canada. (Boats and planes can cross Lake of the Woods).  It’s remote, isolated, and beautiful.  And it’s the only place in the Lower 48 that is north of the 49th parallel. Continue reading