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The 60-Mile Garage Sale’s Thrill of the Hunt

The event is a rare peek into the private lives of Minnesotans—as well as bargain hunters buying their castoffs

Eat, Play, Stay in North Dakota’s Rendezvous Region

Visit North Dakota’s bucolic Rendezvous Region, just south of the Canadian border
One of the city's many striking murals, by Steve Knutson

Make the Minnesota-North Dakota Border Your Next Road Trip

An easy, packed weekend in the Fargo-Moorhead region is so much more than the Coen brothers movie

Giant Balloons Take Flight for 2021’s Hudson Hot Air Affair

Winter’s most colorful spectacle launches just across the St. Croix River on Feb. 5-7

Best of MN 2020: Food & Drink

Best pivots, places we'll miss, patios, curbside wine, takeout, and lots more

Best of MN 2020: Shopping & Services

Foxwell Shoppe + Studio, Tare Market, the Plant Penthouse, and more of the year's must-stops for shopping

Best of MN 2020: Things to Do

Drive-ins, sunflowers, biking, and more things that kept us from totally losing it this year

Best of MN 2020: Arts & Culture

Graffiti artist Peyton Scott Russel, rapper Nur-D, drummer JT Bates, musician/actor Dua Saleh, and more
Ashlea Halperns sizes up the selections at Wolcyn Tree Farm in Cambridge, Minnesota. Cutting down your own Christmas tree is romantic, epic, and inherently nostalgic—but it's also trickier than (or just as tricky?) as movies make it out to be.

The Hunt for the Perfect Holiday Tree

The joys (and perils) of choosing an evergreen, chopping it down, hauling it home, and setting it up—from the POV of a couple MN transplants
Wolcyn Tree Farms

8 Tips to Choose and Cut Your Own Holiday Tree

We spoke to an expert at Wolcyn Tree Farms about how to find the perfect pine this season