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Meet a birder: Craig Larson

Name: Craig Larson

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MN

Trails: Q & A: Ginny Gelms

Name: Ginny Gelms

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MN

Hiking the BWCAW

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is typically just that:  a canoe area. But Matt Davis sees a whole different perspective as one of few who hike the Boundary Waters.

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MN

The Spine Tingling Arrowhead

I have a spooky theory.

We’ll call it the Potter-Dursley Hypothesis. The human psyche is drawn to mystery. Why else would people flock to places purportedly frequented by spirits, phantom ships, and other specters of the night? And why is it always night?

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MN

John Latsch's Vision

   The June sky turned an angry thunderstorm blue bringing rain down on John A. Latsch, canoeing near Camp Glory, now Bass Camp, on the Mississippi River above his hometown of Winona.

     Latsch, a wealthy, 47-year-old grocer, loved to fish, hunt and explore the byzantine backwaters of the Mississippi River in his little boat. Back in 1907, the Mississippi River bottomland was privately owned yet used by the public. Usually, landowners allowed boaters brief refuge along the shore.

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MN

Camphosting at Birch Lake Forest

Birch Lake State Forest north of Melrose is an emerald island in the midst of a bountiful sea of farmland.

            That is the way James Kubow, a summer campground host at the forest, describes his home from May to September.

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MN

Kayaking to the Crow Wing Rendezvous

        The forests where the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers meet have been a gathering place for hundreds of years.

Ojibwe and Dakota, trappers and traders, settlers and searchers came to this place that is now Crow Wing State Park to trade, share news, stories and promise.

            Each year, canoeists, kayakers and the Crow Wing Muzzleloaders gather at the park to enjoy the historic river and re-enact the days of rendezvous.

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MN

A Heartland Weekend

The Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails are well highlighted on our Lake Country map. The Itasca and Bemidji State Parks, the Migizi Trail in the Chippewa National Forest along with the bed and breakfast we planned to stay was clearly marked.

Our Fourth of July vacation was neatly planned. We fun time for our twin daughters, biking and hiking for mom and dad, neatly set, perfect, no flaws, then life has a way of changing our best laid plans.

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MN

Biking Through History

Rivers are arteries of history.

The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway a good way of experiencing that history.

My sister, Annie, and I mapped out a eight-mile bike tour through 200 years of Minnesota history near the Mississippi River between Minnehaha Falls and Mendota visiting six historic sites.

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MN

Endurance Trail Running Begins

The endurance trail race season begins on Friday, April 13th with the Zumbro Endurance Races. Runners in the 100 mile run start at 8am and will finish some 21 to 38 hours later. In the middle of the night on Friday, the Zumbro ‘Midnight’ 50 race begins.

Country Inn of Two Harbors
1204 7th Ave
Two Harbors, MN, 55616