Monthly Archives: January 25, 2010

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 »

Bundle up for Minnesota’s biggest ice fishing festival

Last January, the windchills were 20 below at the  Brainerd Jaycees’ $150,000 ice-fishing extravaganza. That didn’t seem to bother anyone except posers like me with hand- and toe-warmers and pajama bottoms augmenting long underwear and too-thin snowpants. Truly hearty Minnesotans brought portable heaters to thaw their beer. Bud slushie, anyone? The sheer spectacle of this ice-fishing contest–10,000 people and 21,000… Read more »

Warm up at Minnesota’s best water parks

In the middle of winter, few things feel as good as shedding all the bundled-up layers. Seriously. In the last brutal week of temperatures, I was wearing long underwear just to work at home. So be free! Grab the kids, dig out your suits, and enjoy a weekend at Minnesota’s water parks. It may not… Read more »

Skating at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis

Give history a whirlYou know a place has full-blown charm when it lures an 88-year-old great-grandmother onto ice skates for the first time in decades. That would be my Grandma Cretia. She couldn’t stand just watching while her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren had all the fun at The Depot’s Minneapolis ice rink over the holidays. It’s easily one… Read more »