Snapshot: A Cabin in the Poplar Lake Woods

Off the Gunflint Trail sits a cozy, mysterious den
Writer Christoper Pascone and his family explore the north shore backcountry

Plan a Winter Trip in Superior National Forest

Escape to the wintry wilds of Finland, Minnesota, for backcountry skiing and more outdoor adventures
"Panoramic Awareness Pavilion" (2013) at the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Plan for a Whirlwind Weekend in Des Moines

Iowa’s capital beckons visitors with arts, eats, fashion, and other finds

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
IceTimeMN owner Adam Carignan

How Backyard Ice Skating Rinks Saved This Winter

Minnesotans got pop-up ice rinks at home and at breweries thanks to Adam Carignan and his team of IceTimeMN builders
Stoney Point near Duluth is a Minnesota surf spot

Why Winter Is Surfing Season in Minnesota

Catching a curl on a subzero Lake Superior isn't easy, but some locals can't get enough
Cassia and her calf Snowball, two Scottish Highland cattle in Minnesota

Look at These Cows in the Snow

They're on a farm in Plato, Minnesota
Cool runnings: Iceboats squaring off during a 2019 race on Lake Pepin

Iceboat Racing Creates High-Speed Thrills on MN’s Frozen Lakes

"The speed and acceleration is what keeps me coming back"

Best of MN 2020: Things to Do

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