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Social Distancing: Live Cam Postcards

A Travel Activity That Lets You Pose For The World To See

  Here’s a silly thing you can do to make your travels a little more fun in our region. It’s kind of like a scavenger hunt, and makes for a fun photo op for your travels. Find all the places along your journey where there’s a live cam, and pose in front of it. We have a lot of live…

Social Distancing: Renovating The Mississippi Headwaters

The Iconic Mississippi River Headwaters Have A New Look This Spring Thanks To A Restoration Project

  The days of social distancing are probably drawing to a close soon. Mask mandates are gone. Vaccination rates are going up. But I’ll still share ways to have some fun while spacing out when I come across them. Which brings me to one of the most iconic places in our region: Itasca State Park. I camped there over the…

LIVE: Healthy Kids Day

Talk about terrific timing. Just as the CDC announced its new, relaxed recommendations for vaccinated Americans and telling us we can drop the masks, the YMCA is welcoming back one and all for its annual Healthy Kids Day this weekend. It’s been more than a year since the metro’s YMCA facilities opened their doors to everyone for the free-to-all-ages event….

LIVE: Year of the Road Trip

If you want road adventure and wide-open spaces, you've come to the right place.

You’re probably itching to get out and enjoy the great wide wonderful region this weekend, but then again, so are thousands upon thousands of strangers in the tri-state area. And most of them may be headed for our lovely lakes country for fishing opener in Minnesota. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, you’ve come to the right place, since…

MN Tourism Looking To Rebound After Revenues Cut In Half In 2020

It Will Likely Take A Couple Years For Tourism Revenue To Return To Pre-Pandemic Levels

  ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s tourism industry is looking to rebound after revenues were chopped in half during the pandemic in 2020. Explore Minnesota Director John Edman says tourism brings in about $16 billion a year to the state. Minnesota saw just half of that last year. He says leisure activities will be the first thing to get people…

Social Distancing: Keep Your Distance From The People, Not The Animals

Trowbridge Creek Zoo Near Vergas Opened For The Season This Month

  We’ve got some more socially distanced exploring tips you can do now that the weather is warmer. Today we’re heading to a small town zoo that lets you keep your distance from people, but not necessarily the animals. The Trowbridge Creek Zoo has only been around for a handful of years. It’s tucked away near Vergas, Minnesota and just…

Discover South Dakota: Aberdeen

Aberdeen Invited You To The Land Of Fairy Tales

  We are wrapping up our two-week virtual road trip around our region with a visit to a land of make-believe. Aberdeen, South Dakota has Storybook Land, a theme park filled with fairy tale characters and stories. The park is inside the larger Wylie Park, which has camping and plenty of outdoor recreation activities. Both parks have free admission. Storybook…

Discover Minnesota: Fergus Falls

Fergus Falls Is A City With A Surprisingly Robust Arts Scene

  Discover Minnesota takes you to a city that prides itself on its vibrant art scene. Fergus Falls is of course known for the famed Kirkbride building, the 130-year-old former state hospital for people with developmental disabilities. The city also boasts three breweries, a stretch of the four-thousand mile North Country Trail, and Otto, the world’s biggest Otter. But you…

Pet Connection: Meet Gru

His minions at Kritter Krazy say it's time you found out how sweet he is.

This week’s pet comes to us out of one of the most successful animated movie franchises of all time. But unlike his namesake… this guy is not grumpy. He’s actually a pretty smiley guy, just like the rest of his species. Say hello to Gru the leopard gecko, who’s introduced to us on this week’s Pet Connection by his human…

Discover Minnesota: Lake Of The Woods

Anglers Of All Skill Levels Can Find A Bite At The "Walleye Capital of the World"

  Our Discover Minnesota segment heads to the place they call the “Walleye Capital of the World”. Lake of the Woods features world-class fishing along Minnesota’s northern shores. The lake has more than 65,000 miles of coast line and more than 14,000 islands. There are an estimated 10 million walleye in the lake. But you can fish a wide variety…