UPDATED: Minnesota’s COVID-19 Stay Safe Plan

Gov. Tim Walz has announced new guidelines in effect June 10
Minneapolis Skyline at night

Watch: Drone Videos of the Empty Twin Cities Are Haunting, Beautiful

These clips are love letters to Minneapolis and St. Paul during the COVID-19 pandemic
Canoeing on North Union Lake, one of 11 forming Alexandria's Chain of Lakes

Resilience and Beauty Make Alexandria Our “Best MN Town”

This lake community has what makes the state great: big ideas, bigger hearts, and a whole lot of hospitality
Kayaking along northeast Minnesota inland waterways

A Guide to Minnesota’s Natural Escapes—Away From Crowds

Places and activities for outdoor release during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Minnesota DNR’s input
Image of roasting a marshmallow over campfire

A Guide to Backyard Camping—S’mores Hacks and Campfire Stories Included

A night under the stars at home is easy with these backyard camping tips
Soren Van Luven, 3, of Minneapolis, helps drill a hole for a maple tap during a demonstration of the tapping process at

Maple-Tapping Season Is Short and Sweet in Minnesota

March through April, squeeze the most out of maple tapping in Stearns County—and stick around for ceramics and hard cider
Jenny Anderson

Meet Minnesota’s Ice-Fishing Social Media Influencer

Jenny Anderson ice fishes across Minnesota’s lakes, showing followers that the outdoors are for all—and sharing with us her favorite spots and fellow influencers
Lake Minnetonka dog sledding

Reasons to Love a Frozen Lake Minnetonka

Not just for summer, here's what to eat, drink, and do at the lake—including a new sled-dog derby, ice golf, and snowga

Our 2020 Winter To-Do List

Whether you're outdoors or indoors, we've rounded up 80-plus ways to make January and February fantastic
Beth Bombara performs at Rivertown Comics & Games during Big Turn Music Festival

A Winter Escape to Red Wing Sounds Good

The Big Turn Music Fest is an invitation to experience southern Minnesota this February