Sunday, August 19, 2007

Restaurants - Drive In Restaurant

Taylors Falls, MN

What says “nostalgia” more than a restaurant with a giant, spinning mug of root beer out front? If you swing through the St. Croix River Valley town of Taylors Falls on a spring or summer day, you can stop in at the landmark Drive In Restaurant to have a true drive in experience of yesteryear, complete with carhops in poodle skirts. Order up a delicious burger basket, and don't forget a glass of the Frostop root beer. They even serve it in a frosty mug!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Places - Watson

Watson, MN

Located just northwest of the city of Montevideo you will find Watson, a small railroad and farming community. Watson has the distinction of calling itself the “Goose Capital of the USA,” due to its close proximity to Lac qui Parle Lake, a Wildlife Management Area that is a haven for the Canada goose and other migratory waterbirds.

Quirky Stuff - World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Darwin, MN

The central Minnesota town of Darwin claims to be home to the world’s largest ball of twine rolled by one man. Housed in this gazebo is a ball of twine that was rolled between 1950 and 1979, weighs 17,400 pounds, and has a circumference of approximately 40 feet. That is a whole lot of twine!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Landmarks and History - Lac qui Parle Mission

Lac qui Parle Lake, MN

Overlooking the shores of Laq qui Parle Lake in western Minnesota, the Lac qui Parle Mission was built at the request of noted explorer, Joseph Renville. The missionaries attempted to convert the Native Americans to Christianity, in addition to introducing agriculture. After Renville’s death in 1846, the Dakota’s opposition to the mission grew, with the missionaries leaving Lac qui Parle in 1854. It was here that the Dakota alphabet was developed and the Bible was first translated into the Dakota language.

Quirky Stuff - Lutefisk Capital of the USA

Madison, MN

Many residents of Minnesota have strong Norwegian roots. A traditional food you will see during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season is the much loved (and equally as much hated) lutefisk, a dried, salted cod that is preserved in lye. The city of Madison proclaims itself the “Lutefisk Capital of the USA” in recognition of its proud Norwegian heritage. To represent this, the town has erected what is believed to be a statue of the world’s largest codfish.