Posts Categorized: Minnesota

Minnesota’s trumpeter swan season

Swans dancing and prancing at Park Rapids. Photo by Marianne Diericks.  Winter’s the best time to watch trumpeter swans By Lisa Meyers McClintick Photo by Marianne Diericks February ranks as one of the best months for viewing trumpeter swans, one of Minnesota’s most graceful and beautiful creatures. They’ve gathered by the thousands along Mississippi River… Read more »

Minnesota’s North Shore: A winter wonderland

Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick Lake Superior’s daily ice show  Winter visitors to Minnesota’s North Shore come for endless cross-country skiing, the state’s most challenging and extensive downhill runs at Lutsen Mountains, snowshoeing at state parks, snowmobiling through Superior National Forest, and the many laid-back evening concerts. It’s all fun and easily fills a long… Read more »

Add wild rice to your Thanksgiving menu

Just harvested grains of wild rice. I’m deviating from travel posts to share a few recipes after seeing the huge interest in earlier wild rice posts. One dish become almost as important as turkey and mashed at our family Thanksgivings since friends shared the original recipe in the 1970s. It has since spanned the globe from Hawaii to… Read more »

Garlic ice cream, mustard custard or an organic creamery?

You’ll be amazed at the number of garlic varieties. Celebrate all things garlicky and good at Garlic Festival When it comes to bizarre food festivals, the Midwest is catching up to California. You no longer have to go to Gilroy’s famous Garlic Festival to taste garlic ice cream. You can do it right in Minnesota’s… Read more »

Travel to Minnesota’s dogsledding destinations

Riding behind a dogsled team with brisk winter air rushing into your face should be on every Minnesotan’s bucket list. You don’t even have to spend much. For $10 a person, you can get a 10- or 15-minute dogsled ride around Gull Lake or across a golf course most snowy Saturdays at Cragun’s Resort in… Read more »