Top 10 Waterfalls in Minnesota

Every nature lover enjoys a good waterfall.  It’s a fact.  Minnesota has a nice selection of them, especially on the North Shore and the Duluth area.  But there are others too. Lots of them.  I could have easily went to the top 20 with this list, but for brevity’s sake, we’ll keep it short and simple.  Per usual, it was a tough call, but here are the top 10 most distinct and alluring waterfalls in Minnesota.

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World’s Largest Buffalo, Jamestown, ND

Another one of North Dakota’s best is found in between Fargo and Bismarck in the college town of Jamestown.  Made of pure concrete and standing 26 feet tall, this big beast was built in 1959 by art students in the local higher education establishment Jamestown College. It was given the official moniker “Dakota Thunder” in 2010.  The World’s Largest Buffalo is too good of a stop to pass up.DSCN2320 Continue reading

Broken Down Dam, Fergus Falls, MN

2013-08-25 11.32.04Another peculiar oddity in the town of Fergus Falls, MN is found a few miles outside of town at the end of a tiny dirt road. There aren’t really any signs other than a small handmade sign in the parking lot, which is basically a grass turn-around.  There are a couple trailheads leading from here, but they don’t really explain where to go.  But once you set off on foot, you’re in for quite the sight. Sitting in disarray on the Otter Tail River, is the Broken Down Dam. Continue reading

Top 10 Coolest Towns in Minnesota

I’m a sucker for small towns, top 10 lists, and Minnesota. So naturally this list wasn’t too far off on the horizon. It was definitely a struggle who to include though.  And, should larger cities like Duluth or Rochester be included on a list about “towns?”  Narrowing it down to ten was incredibly difficult too, when you consider that the North Shore and the southeastern Bluff Country area have dozens of cool little towns I could have included. So, I tried to give a good cross-section of Minnesota towns that are unique in character, scenic, charming, and just plain old cool.  Let’s get started!

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Hermann the German, New Ulm, MN

Among all of the many, many unique towns in Minnesota, New Ulm just might be the most unique.  Seated in the scenic Minnesota River Valley about 30 miles northwest of Mankato, this heavily-German influenced town has all the look and feel of the old country, with the most notable structure, Hermann the German, watching over the citizens. DSCN1369
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