Saturday, December 16, 2006

Places - Stillwater Township

Stillwater, MN



The St. Croix River valley was traversed as early as 1680 by explorers such as Duluth, Father Hennepin, and LaSalle. Stillwater is recognized as the "Birthplace of Minnesota," as it was here that a petition was drafted requestion that Congress recognize Minnesota as a new territory. It goes without saying that Stillwater Township was also one of the first townships in Minnesota. It was established in 1858, the same year that Minnesota became a state. This town hall was constructed in 1886 and continues to serve the community for various elections and social gatherings.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Quirky Stuff - Saint Urho

Finland, MN



At the north end of town in Finland, MN, along Highway 1, you will find this giant wood-carved statue of Saint Urho. He is the legendary patron saint of the country of Finland who was responsible for driving the grasshoppers away, thereby saving the grape crops and the jobs of Finnish farmers (rumor has it he did so by using a phrase that loosely translates to, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go the Hell!"). Saint Urho's Day is celebrated every March 16th, the day before St. Patrick's Day.

Landmarks and History - Split Rock Lighthouse

Two Harbors, MN



Perhaps the most easily recognized landmark on the North Shore of Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse is a dramatic structure that was completed in 1910. It was built as a direct result of a November 28, 1905, storm that damaged 29 ships, which were part of the booming iron ore industry in northern Minnesota. Due to improvements in technology and navigation tools, Split Rock was decommissioned as an actual working lighthouse in 1969, but it is now part of one of Minnesota's most famous state parks.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Quirky Stuff - Rocky Taconite

Silver Bay, MN



Venture off of Highway 61 into the town of Silver Bay, MN, and you will be greeted by Rocky Taconite! Back in the 1960’s, the steel industry figured out how to extract ore from taconite, and Silver Bay experienced its heyday of economic growth as a result. Rocky has been standing on his perch since 1964 to identify Silver Bay as the “Taconite Capital of the World,” and to commemorate the ingenuity of obtaining a valuable product from what was essentially a useless rock.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Restaurants - Miller’s on Main

Lino Lakes, MN



Miller’s on Main is a small bar and restaurant on the corner of Main and Lake Drive in Lino Lakes. They serve up great burgers, sandwiches, homemade pizza, broasted chicken, and other dinner entrees, catering primarily to a local crowd. Stop in for a cold one to enjoy a Vikings game, or participate in one of their many activities, such as card tournaments, meat raffles, or maybe even join their Polish horseshoes league.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Restaurants - The 5-8 Club Tavern & Grill

Minneapolis, MN



The ”Jucy Lucy” is an original south Minneapolis concoction; two hamburger patties pressed together with cheese in the center. Most say this was invented at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis. However, the 5-8 Club Tavern & Grill also claims this as their own. With a history dating back to 1928, the 5-8 Club got its start as a “speakeasy” during Prohibition. Today, they are known for serving up fantastic burgers and sandwiches, especially their version of the "Juicy Lucy."

Friday, October 27, 2006

Restaurants - Sawatdee

St. Paul, MN



Sawatdee is a pioneering restaurant of sorts. Opening in St. Paul in 1983, they were one of the first Thai restaurants in Minnesota. According to their web site, they were also one of the first in the entire five-state area! Their popularity has allowed for growth and expansion, and Sawatdee continues to serve their deliciously exotic and spicy cuisine in seven different locations in and around the Twin Cities and St. Cloud.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Restaurants - Lions Tap

Eden Prairie, MN



What originally started out in this location in 1933 as a vegetable stand that began serving beer, today the Lions Tap in Eden Prairie serves some of the best hamburgers in the Twin Cities. This modest restaurant along Flying Cloud Drive has received numerous awards and accolades for their burgers, both locally and nationally. Their slogan, simply put, is “Famous Hamburgers.” And they are darn good.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Places - Faribault

Faribault, MN



Located south of the Twin Cities on Interstate 35, Faribault is a city of roughly 20,000 people. It was established in 1852 by Alexander Faribault, a fur trader and entrepeneur. Faribault has an astonishing number of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Place (more than 40), and they have a beautiful downtown area where cars still park diagonally. And remember that “Tilt-A-Whirl” ride from the summer carnivals? It was built here by a company called Sellner Manufacturing.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Quirky Stuff - Burko the Buffalo

Duluth, MN



On the east side of Interstate 35 as you head towards Duluth, you will see a large statue of "Burko" the buffalo. He has been standing there for decades guarding the entrance to the Buffalo House. Opened in 1972 in what is now referred to as the "Valley of the Buffalo," the Buffalo House has continually grown and expanded over the years. Under the watchful eye of Burko, it now features a restaurant, bar, campground, and even a sports complex.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Quirky Stuff - The Leaping Deer

Deerwood, MN



While driving through the city of Deerwood on Minnesota Highway 210, you cannot help but notice this majestic, leaping deer. Deerwood is the oldest town on the Cuyuna Range, and this statue is located in Elmer Park on the site of Deerwood’s original railroad depot.

Landmarks and History - Lutsen Resort

Lutsen, MN



Started in 1885 by Swedish immigrant, Charles Axel Nelson, Lutsen Resort is located right on the shore of Lake Superior at the mouth of the Poplar River. Some things have changed and modernized over the years, however Lutsen Resort still retains its rustic, north woods, and Swedish charm. It is known as Minnesota’s oldest resort.

Food - Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse

Knife River, MN



Scenic Highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors offers not only spectacular views of Lake Superior, but also some darn good smoked fish from Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse. A fixture on the North Shore for more than 80 years, this tiny little fish shop in the town of Knife River does all their own smoking and features a variety of fish and smoked meat products to choose from. Their specialties are the sugar-cured salmon and trout.

Quirky Stuff - The Crosby Sea Serpent

Crosby, MN



If you go to the Iron Range town of Crosby in north-central Minnesota, you might notice a rather sinister looking sea creature lurking the city park. No, it is not the Loch Ness Monster! In 1977, Crosby erected this large, colorful statue of a sea serpent along the shores of, appropriately enough, Serpent Lake.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Food - Country Glazed Ham Shop

Minnetonka and Maple Grove, MN



The Country Glazed Ham Shop sells delicious home smoked and fire-glazed hams, as well as other meats and deli products. In addition, if you show up around the lunch hour they serve up a large variety of gourmet sandwiches featuring their specialty meats. Located in Minnetonka, they have been selling their fine products to residents of the western Twin Cities for quite some time now. And in the last couple of years, the northwest metro area has enjoyed the addition of their second store in Maple Grove.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Drinks - August Schell Brewing Company

New Ulm, MN



The August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, MN, is not only among the oldest breweries in Minnesota, but it is actually the second oldest family-owned brewery in the nation. They have been producing their German-style craft beers ever since August Schell, a German engineer and machinist, made his first barrels in 1860. It has remained a family operation ever since. In 2002, Schell's even purchased Grain Belt, a renowned Minnesota beer brewed since 1893, effectively rescuing the label and keeping the beer in the state.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Restaurants - Peppermint Twist Drive In

Delano, MN



When is the last time you have been to an honest-to-goodness drive in restaurant? Venture to Delano in the spring or summer and you will have your chance! Family owned and operated since 1982, the Peppermint Twist Drive In is located right in town along US Highway 12. They serve up a huge variety of delicious hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and shakes. Enjoy your meal under the canopy in the comfort of your car, take it to go, or use the picnic area out back. Dining here is truly a trip back in time.

Food - Mackenthun’s Sausage & Deli

St. Bonifacius, MN



Located just south of MN Hwy 7 on County Road 92, you will find Mackenthun’s Sausauge & Deli. The Mackenthun name has been a fixture in this community and the surrounding area for a number of decades. Here you will find a full meat counter, a deli, and a number of different sausage products including fresh, cured, and smoked. Be sure to pick up some of their “campfire” jerky for a little snack; it is excellent.

Places - Hollywood Township

Hollywood, MN



Here in Minnesota, our Hollywood is a not a place for obnoxious celebrities. Rather, it is a township full of hard-working people located just west of Watertown and just north of New Germany in beautiful, rural farm country. It is home to the historic Hollywood Old Schoolhouse (a one-room schoolhouse that is still standing), the Hollywood Sports Complex (offering sportball fields, bowling, volleyball, as well as food and drink), and the Hollywood Ranch House (a restaurant along MN Highway 7 that has been in operation since 1940).

Friday, September 15, 2006

Landmarks and History - Kato Ballroom

Mankato, MN



For more than 50 years, the Kato Ballroom has been serving the Mankato community a steady dose of live entertainment, and also offering a place for private parties and receptions. The Kato Ballroom has played host to notable musicians such as Chubby Checker, The Everly Brothers, Count Basie, and Louis Armstrong.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Drinks - Summit Brewing Company

St. Paul, MN



The Summit Brewing Company was founded in St. Paul, MN, in 1986. According to their web site, their goal was “to bring back the remarkable craft beers once brewed throughout the Upper Midwest.” Summit produces a variety of beers, along with some limited release beers, as well as some seasonal offerings, such as the Summit Oktoberfest pictured here. The first keg of Summit Extra Pale Ale was made on September 25, 1986, so as of this post, they are getting ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Restaurants - Kopper Kettle Restaurant

Osseo, MN



The Kopper Kettle Restaurant is a family restaurant in the very charming heart of dowtown Osseo. Here you will find a great, friendly place with a small-town feel, even though you are surrounded by the metro area. The Kopper Kettle has been serving up great home-cooked meals to local residents for years, and you will certainly not go home hungry!

Landmarks and History - Burschville Township School

Burschville, MN



Located along County Road 10, Burschville is a small, unincorporated town in northern Hennepin County, just a little bit northwest of the metro area. Here you will find a little red schoolhouse from the 19th century that is still standing. The Burschville Township School was in District 17, and it was built in 1894. There are a number of other small buildings here on the site, and there is also a picnic shelter that was built so people can still enjoy this piece of history today

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Landmarks and History - Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Duluth, MN



An unmistakable landmark in the Duluth Harbor, the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge was originally built in 1905. When Duluth constructed their harbor, they dug through a narrow strip of land called Minnesota Point to create a shipping canal. With the canal construction effectively isolating the people who lived on Minnesota Point, the need for a bridge arose, and this unique structure became the solution. The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Restaurants - Gordy’s Hi-Hat

Cloquet, MN



On the northern edge of Cloquet along Minnesota Highway 33 sits a restaurant called Gordy’s Hi-Hat. You will get nostalgic walking in this true old-fashioned hamburger joint that is open seasonally in the spring and summer. They have been serving their wonderful, hand-made hamburgers, along with fries, onion rings, and shakes to hungry locals and vacationers since 1960. Stop in for one of the tastiest burgers in the North County!

Food - TJ’s Country Store

Mahtowa, MN



TJ’s Country Store is a small grocery store and gas station about 20 minutes south of Duluth in the town of Mahtowa, which is located just west of Interstate 35 on County Road 4 in Carlton County. TJ’s specializes in a number of delicious, hand-crafted sausage products, such as their famous wild rice wurst, and even certain Scandinavian specialities like Swedish potato sausage. As their slogan says, “Our Wurst is Best!”

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Quirky Stuff - The Rooster at Weldon's Gifts

Two Harbors, MN



Two Harbors is located about 25 minutes northeast of Duluth on the North Shore of Lake Superior. When driving to Two Harbors from the south, you will see a notable piece of roadside architecture on your left just as you enter town; an 8-foot tall rooster. This majestic bird sits in front of Weldon’s Gifts along Highway 61, and he has been greeting North Country travelers for decades.

Landmarks and History - Father Baraga’s Cross

Schroeder, MN



In 1846, Father Frederic Baraga, a missionary, was crossing Lake Superior in a small boat when a sudden storm came up. The lives of Father Baraga and his crew were spared when they were blown into the mouth of the Cross River, near what is now the village of Schroeder. They erected a small wooden cross at the mouth of the river as a symbol of their gratitude. Today, Father Baraga’s Cross has been replaced with a permanent granite cross and is a historical marker on the North Shore.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Events - Minnesota's 150th in 2008

In the year 2008, Minnesota will celebrate 150 years of statehood. In preparation for this momentous occasion, the Minnesota Historical Society is currently accepting nominations for the 150 most influential forces in the state's history. It could be people, places, things, or events, from the obscure to the wildly famous. Selected nominations will be featured in the "MN150" exhibit that will go on display in October of 2007 at the Minnesota History Center. If you have someone or something you would like to nominate, please submit your nominations here at their website.

Places - Milan

Milan, MN

In today's Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there was an article featuring the western Minnesota town of Milan. The weekly town newspaper, the Milan Standard, published its final edition this week after 103 years of publication. Milan, population 326, claimed to be the smallest town in Minnesota to publish a weekly newspaper, but it was determined that it was no longer economically viable to continue doing so. It is truly the end of an era in Milan.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Places - Buffalo

Buffalo, MN



Located about 40 minutes west of the Twin Cities on Minnesota Highway 55, Buffalo is a scenic and growing community. Settled in 1856, it sits along the shores of Buffalo Lake and has a beautiful park and walkway that allows you to take in the view. While the outskirts of town have become built up, Buffalo still has a bustling downtown area right by the lake which helps to maintain its small town charm. A little known fact is that that the town was not named for the buffalo (the mammal), but rather for the buffalo fish that inhabited the lake. To name a town after a fish; it doesn’t get any more Minnesotan than that!

For more information on Buffalo, MN, please check out the great website FindBuffalo.com.

Places - New Germany

New Germany, MN



One of the neat things about south-central Minnesota is that there are many pockets of European ethnicity. There were countless small communities established in the late 1800’s by various Europeans, including Norwegian, Swedish, Czech, and German settlers, to name a few. Located approximately 40 miles west of the Twin Cities and just off of Minnesota Highway 7, New Germany is such a place. Settled in 1865 by German immigrants, this quaint little town features a main street with a number of businesses, and they also have a rich baseball tradition dating back more than 100 years.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Restaurants - The Red Rooster

Long Lake, MN



Located just west of the Twin Cities and right on the main drag of US Highway 12 in the town of Long Lake, the The Red Rooster has been a fixture here since 1971. Cozy up to the bar and have a cold one with the locals, or have a seat in their beautiful knotty pine dining room for a really good meal. They have a full menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and are well known for their large and juicy hamburgers.

Places - Delano

Delano, MN



The city of Delano is located about a half an hour west of the Twin Cities on US Highway 12. Despite being encroached upon by the ever-expanding metro area, Delano still retains a lot of its small-town charm and heritage. An old river town sitting on the banks of the Crow River, there are still a lot of beautiful older buildings here. The impressive onion dome on the steeple of St. Peters’ Catholic Church towers over the town. It can be seen from miles away and creates an unmistakable skyline.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Restaurants - Gold Nugget

Minnetonka, MN



The Gold Nugget has been a fixture in Minnetonka's Glen Lake area for years. Have a seat in one of the old wooden booths and order up a cold one! This is the kind of small, neighborhood place where you would go when you are craving one of the best hamburgers the Twin Cities has to offer. And the french fries they serve are the real deal, too. Sadly, this landmark will be no more, as the Gold Nugget is closing soon to make room for a condo development. Get there while you still have the chance.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Restaurants - Schuller's Tavern

Golden Valley, MN



Schuller's Tavern is an honest to goodness roadhouse that has been a landmark in Golden Valley since the 1920's. Schuller's has featured live entertainment and dancing for decades, and they can serve up a mean plate of food, too. During the lunch hour, locals mix with corporate types from nearby businesses. Be sure to stop in for one of their legendary hot turkey sandwiches topped with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Events - Minnesota State Fair

St. Paul, MN

Late August always marks the beginning of the Minnesota State Fair. The fairgrounds located in the state capital of St. Paul become the destination of thousands of Minnesotans who come from far and wide to enjoy this annual, end-of-summer event. At the State fair you will find various exhibits, contests, live entertainment, amusement park rides, as well as many varieties of food skewered on a stick!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Places - Traverse, MN

Traverse, MN



In rural Minnesota farm country, it is not uncommon to see grain elevators towering over the vast fields of corn and beans. They are truly the focal point of the landscape, and that is certainly true here in Traverse, a small, unincorporated town just west of St. Peter. In years past, there was once a meat market here, as well as a small watering hole called the Traverse Bar, situated just across the road from the elevator.

Restaurants - Whiskey River

St. Peter, MN



Located on the banks of the Minnesota River just across the bridge from downtown St. Peter, you will find Whiskey River. Stop in for a drink at the bar, or to enjoy their varied menu of casual American fare consisting of delicious sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood, and pasta. While you are there, try to be seated in “The View” room so you can take in the scenery of their beautiful garden that attracts songbirds, squirrels, deer, and even wild turkeys. Binoculars are provided for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Restaurants - The Supper Club

The supper clubs of yesteryear

In last Friday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there was a great article about the "supper club," which is a rarity in the current restaurant scene. Supper clubs generally offered some combination of dining and entertainment. They started popping up in the 30's and 40's and were most common in the Upper Midwest. Menus consisted of your typical, unpretentious American fare like prime rib, steaks, chicken, ribs, breaded walleye, and "surf and turf" options. You would also see fancy cocktails like "grasshoppers" and "pink squirrels," and there was often music and dancing as well. Nowadays, many people consider these establishments to be nostalgic places. The article notes a few rural Minnesota supper clubs that are still managing to stay in operation in the ever expanding sea of chain restaurants.

Landmarks and History - Itasca State Park

Lake Itasca, MN

Itasca State Park is Minnesota's oldest state park, and a popular summer recreation destination. Located in the north-central part of the state, it is also famous for being the headwaters of the Mississippi River. There was a recent article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about Itasca State Park describing this season's dry conditions. While rain is certainly needed, the tourists have had nothing to complain about this summer.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Places - Five unincorporated Twin Cities towns

Bloomington Ferry, MN
Lake Netta, MN
Fletcher, MN
Minnetonka Mills, MN
Nowthen, MN

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune recently ran a story about five unincorporated Twin Cities towns that were once bustling communities in the early days of Hennepin and Anoka counties. While still appearing on some maps, these towns have essentially vanished and were subsequently swallowed up by the expanding metro area, but some interesting history remains. Towns discussed in the article (unfortunately, it is no longer available online) were Bloomington Ferry, Lake Netta, Fletcher, Minnetonka Mills, and the unusually named community of Nowthen.

For additional information on these towns and their histories, please visit the following websites:

Bloomington Ferry - City of Bloomington
Lake Netta - City of Ham Lake
Fletcher - Town of Hassan
Minnetonka Mills - City of Minnetonka
Nowthen - Nowthen Threshing Show

Monday, August 07, 2006

Places - Lake Calhoun

Minneapolis, MN



Lake Calhoun is located in the city of Minneapolis and is part of the "Chain of Lakes." It is a very popular destination for the variety of activities it provides (especially in the summer), as well as its spectacular views of the downtown skyline. There are even separate trails for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Food - Byerly's

Golden Valley, MN

Starting with Don Byerly's first store in Golden Valley in 1968, the Byerly's grocery stores pride themselves on offering quality products and excellent service in a classy atmosphere. Byerly's offers many products and services that are hard to locate in other stores, things such as dry aged prime beef, artisan breads and cheeses, olive and antipasti bars, even sushi for takeout. There are now 11 stores located in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

Restaurants - Nye's Polonaise Room

Minneapolis, MN

Looking for pierogies or kielbasa? A Minneapolis landmark, Nye's Polonaise Room has been serving up authentic Polish & American food since 1949. Not only can you go there for the food, cocktails, and the atmosphere, but music plays a big part of the experience as well. Put on your dancing shoes and boogie along with the "world's most dangerous polka band."

Friday, August 04, 2006

Landmarks and History - Stillwater Bridge

Stillwater, MN



Built in 1931, the Stillwater Bridge is vertical lift bridge that crosses the St. Croix River, connecting the cities of Stillwater, MN, and Houlton, WI. One of the few surviving examples of this type of bridge architecture, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Restaurants - 7 restaurants worth the drive

In today’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there was a nice article in the “Taste” section featuring seven restaurants in outstate Minnesota that are worth the drive. These restaurants are located in places like Avon, Winona, Waconia, or up along the North Shore. All offer their own original cuisine, most featuring local ingredients. Some serve up simple, hearty fare while others focus on a more upscale dining experience.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Places - Breezy Point

Breezy Point, MN



The town of Breezy Point is located right in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes area and is one of Minnesota's vacationing hot spots. There are numerous resorts that offer activities in all seasons. Winter gives you plenty of chances for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and ice fishing. In the summer, there is boating, fishing, and, of course, golfing! This is Minnesota’s #1 golfing destination, offering several world-class golf courses, including the Arnold Palmer designed Deacon’s Lodge (Hole #5 pictured above).

Food - Schmidts Meat Market

Nicollet, MN



Just west of St. Peter and on MN State Highway 99 is the community of Nicollet, MN, home to Schmidts Meat Market. Schmidts is the quintessential country meat market, offering a traditional meat counter, along with a full line of sausage products (summer sausages, bratwursts, hot dogs, ring sausages, etc), smoked and cured meats, beef jerky, you name it! A visit here is a near religious experience for any meat aficionado.

Drinks - Lake Superior Brewing Company

Duluth, MN



Duluth is home to the Lake Superior Brewing Company. Established in 1994, this microbrewery has been producing a fine line of beers such as their Kayak Kölsch, Mesabi Red, and Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout, along with a variety of seasonal beers as well. They became the first commecial brewery in Duluth since the Fitger’s Brewery ceased operations in 1972.

Landmarks and History - The Burwell House

Minnetonka Mills, MN



Sitting on the banks of the Minnehaha Creek, the Burwell House was the home of Charles Burwell, a prominent Minnesota businessman and community leader who managed the Minnetonka Mill Company. The mill, which was located across the road from the house, closed in 1895. Burwell’s house remains as a symbol of the milling heyday. It now sits on park property just off of Minnetonka Boulevard and is on the National Register of Historic Sites.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Places - Benson

Benson, MN

A recent newspaper article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune featured a story on retired St. Olaf professor and historian Odd Lovoll's new book, "Norwegians on the Prairie: Ethnicity and the Development of the Country Town." This book, due on the shelves in August, talks extensively about Benson, a western Minnesota town that was founded in 1870 and was settled predominantly by Norwegian immigrants, and the book traces the roots of Norwegian-American pride.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Places - Norseland

Norseland, MN



Located just west of St. Peter on Minnesota Highway 22, Norseland consists of a couple of quaint churches, a feed store, and a general store that (sadly) closed its doors this spring after its 148th year of operation. It is an area with some beautiful countryside, and it is steeped in Norwegian tradition. The Norseland Lutheran Church still celebrates the Norwegian holiday “Syttende Mai” every May 17th. There is also a marker that commemorates those lost in an attack during the U.S. Dakota Conflict of 1862.

Index of Minnesota's Quirky Stuff

To keep things neat and orderly, this post will serve as an index for all of the quirky stuff discussed at Searching For Minnesota.

American Coot - Ashby, MN
Big Ole - Alexandria, MN
Birthplace of Paul Bunyan - Akeley, MN
Burko the Buffalo - Duluth, MN
Corn Water Tower - Rochester, MN
Dala Horse - Mora, MN
Fantastic Fish Houses - Plymouth, MN
Fishing Bobber Water Tower - Pequot Lakes, MN
Leaping Deer - Deerwood, MN
Lucette Diana Kensack - Hackensack, MN
Lutefisk Capital of the USA - Madison, MN
Otter - Fergus Falls, MN
Pelican - Pelican Rapids, MN
Prairie Chicken - Rothsay, MN
Rocky Taconite - Silver Bay, MN
Rooster at Weldon’s Gifts - Two Harbors, MN
Saint Urho - Finland, MN
Sea Serpent - Crosby, MN
Snowman - North St. Paul, MN
Teapot Water Tower - Lindstrom, MN
Tiger Muskie - Nevis, MN
Twine Ball - Darwin, MN
Walleye - Garrison, MN
Walleye - Isle, MN

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Food - Salsa Lisa

St. Paul, MN



Salsa Lisa started from humble beginnings in the backyard garden of a college student. Today it is one of Minnesota’s best selling fresh salsas. This St. Paul based company produces an entire line of salsa with varying heat levels, and they recently introduced a roasted chipotle salsa and a tomatillo & green chile salsa. As Salsa Lisa's products are made with fresh ingredients, this salsa is found in the refrigerated/dairy section of many local grocery stores.

Drinks - Alexis Bailly wines

Hastings, MN



Grapes do grow in Minnesota! Alexis Bailly Vineyard has been growing grapes and making wine in Hastings, MN, since 1978. They produce a number of different styles for all occasions, from dry table wine to sweet dessert wine, all made from grape vines that can withstand Minnesota’s harsh winters. Hence, their slogan is “Where the grapes can suffer.”

Index of Minnesota Landmarks and History

To keep things neat and orderly, this post will serve as an index for all landmarks and historical items discussed at Searching For Minnesota.

10 Most Endangered Historic Places of 2007
1862 U.S.-Dakota Conflict historical marker - Norseland, MN
Bally Blacksmith Shop - Grand Marais, MN
Burschville Township School - Burschville, MN
Burwell House - Minnetonka Mills, MN
Cox House - St. Peter, MN
District 6 Schoolhouse - New Sweden Township, MN
Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge - Duluth, MN
Father Baraga's Cross - Schroeder, MN
Folsom House - Taylors Falls, MN
Fort Snelling - St. Paul, MN
The Freight House - Stillwater, MN
Hay Lake School - New Scandia Township, MN
Gammelgården Museum - Scandia, MN
Grand Marais Lighthouse - Grand Marais, MN
Itasca State Park - Lake Itasca, MN
Kato Ballroom - Mankato, MN
Lac qui Parle Mission - Lac qui Parle Lake, MN
Little Red Schoolhouse - Sauk Centre, MN
Lutsen Resort - Lutsen, MN
Maine Prairie Corners - Maine Prairie Township, MN
Naniboujou Lodge - Grand Marais, MN
The Präst Hus - Scandia, MN
Skelly Gas Station - Madison, MN
Split Rock Lighthouse - Two Harbors, MN
Stillwater Bridge - Stillwater, MN
Town House School - Taylors Falls, MN

Index of Minnesota People

To keep things neat and orderly, this post will serve as an index for all people discussed at Searching For Minnesota.

Index of Minnesota Restaurants

To keep things neat and orderly, this post will serve as an index for all restaurants discussed at Searching For Minnesota.

The 5-8 Club Tavern & Grill - Minneapolis, MN
Brine's Bar & Restuarant - Stillwater, MN
Drive In Restaurant - Taylors Falls, MN
The Freight House - Stillwater, MN
Gold Nugget - Minnetonka, MN
Gordy's Hi-Hat - Cloquet, MN
The Hubbell House - Mantorville, MN
King's Place - Miesville, MN
Kopper Kettle Restaurant - Osseo, MN
Lions Tap - Eden Prairie, MN
The Lookout Bar & Grill - Maple Grove, MN
Miller's on Main - Lino Lakes, MN
Nye's Polonaise Room - Minneapolis, MN
Peppermint Twist Drive In - Delano, MN
The Red Rooster - Long Lake, MN
Sawatdee - St. Paul, MN
Schuller's Tavern - Golden Valley, MN
Snuffy's Malt Shop - Four Twin Cities locations
Whiskey River - St. Peter, MN

Index of Minnesota Drinks

To keep things neat and orderly, this post will serve as an index for all drinks discussed at Searching For Minnesota.

Alexis Bailly Wines - Hastings, MN
August Schell Brewing Company - New Ulm, MN
Lake Superior Brewing Company - Duluth, MN
Summit Brewing Company - St. Paul, MN

Index of Minnesota Foods

To keep things neat and orderly, this post will serve as an index for all foods discussed at Searching For Minnesota.

Byerly's Grocery Stores - Golden Valley, MN
Caribou Cream Maple Syrup - Lutsen, MN
Country Glazed Ham Shop - Minnetonka and Maple Grove, MN
Dockside Fish Market - Grand Marais, MN
Lou's Fish House - Two Harbors, MN
Mackenthun's Sausage & Deli - St. Bonifacius, MN
Russ Kendall's Smokehouse - Knife River, MN
Salsa Lisa - St. Paul, MN
Schmidts Meat Market - Nicollet, MN
Thielen's Meats - Pierz, MN
TJ's Country Store - Mahtowa, MN

Index of Minnesota Events

To keep things neat and orderly, this post will serve as an index for all events discussed at Searching For Minnesota.

Hopkins Farmers' Market - Hopkins, MN
Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
Minnesota's 150th in 2008
Norseland Sesquicentennial - Norseland, MN
Republic of Kinney 30 Years of Independence - Kinney, MN

Index of Minnesota Places

To keep things neat and orderly, this post will serve as an index for all places discussed at Searching For Minnesota

Benson, MN
Bloomington Ferry, MN
Breezy Point, MN
Buffalo, MN
Delano, MN
Excelsior, MN
Faribault, MN
Fletcher, MN
Grand Marais, MN
Hamel, MN
Hollywood Township, MN
Isle, MN
Lake Calhoun - Minneapolis, MN
Lake Netta, MN
Marine on St. Croix, MN
Milan, MN
Minnetonka Mills, MN
Nerstrand, MN
New Germany, MN
New Trier, MN
Norseland, MN
Nowthen, MN
Stillwater Township, MN
Traverse, MN
Wanamingo, MN
Watson, MN
White Bear Lake, MN
Willernie, MN

Events - The Hopkins Farmers’ Market

Hopkins, MN

The Hopkins Farmers’ Market is located right in the heart of downtown Hopkins. Even though it is a smaller farmers’ market, you will find a little bit of everything here, including beautiful vegetables, produce, meat, poultry, herbs, bread, baked goods, and crafts. There are approximately 20 regular vendors that sell their bounties of summer on Saturday mornings from June through the end of October.

The Hopkins Farmers’ Market is part of the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association.

Places - Grand Marais

Grand Marais, MN



Grand Marais is a beautiful harbor community located approximately 100 miles north of Duluth. Nestled along the shores of Lake Superior, this town offers things to do in every season. It is home to numerous festivals and boasts several art galleries, varied dining options, shopping opportunities, and outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, canoeing, and bird watching. Grand Marais is also the gateway to the scenic Gunflint Trail.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Searching For Minnesota

Greetings, and welcome to Searching For Minnesota!

I am a native Minnesotan, and I absolutely love my state and all it has to offer.

The purpose of this blog is to capture the essence of Minnesota, and all that makes our state what it is. During a time when much of the state is rapidly becoming homogenized with national chain restaurants, faux main streets, and cookie-cutter housing subdivisions, I want to seek out the things in Minnesota that are unique, that define us, that show our heritage and make us who we are.

Places, foods, drinks, landmarks, history, events, restaurants, even the quirky stuff; everything is fair game, and it is waiting to be discovered at Searching For Minnesota.

Please join me as we explore this magnificent state!

Jean