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!