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.