Minnesota Travel Experience


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Yah-you betcha! This is a popular extreme Norwegian saying around many parts of Minnesota. Growing up in Minnesota has been an on-going learning culture experience. It seem like there are two different cultures-cities and rural, which I (Sal)discovered after living in rural college town-Morris, MN-�Motown�.

When I lived in the cities, despite the on-going diverse European ethnic culture (Norwegian, German, Scandinavian, etc�) exposure; I saw �white� or Caucasian Americans as one group. It wasn�t really until I came to Morris when I began to see the real diversity amongst �whites� or �Caucasians�. I really never heard an �Ole� (Norwegian) joke until meeting people in-town from Morris Community Church. I then notice more of the Norwegian cultural impact after college when I really lived in-town (e.g. Dave�s Barber Shop on Atlantic Avenue-the barber would share �Ole� stories/jokes with his customers). Lutefisk or lefse was the biggest Norwegian ethnic-food mentioned many around these areas. Till this day, I have yet to try Lutefisk.

Just the other (8/20/03) day at work, I was talking about several sayings: �Listening is a golden...?�, �ufda�, from my co-worker that I�ve never heard of. I told her about the book/play on �How to Talk Minnesotan, which I need to watch/read to understand more of the dialogue as a resident around here.

INNER CITY: Growing-up in the St. Paul Public Schools, I attended many culturally diverse programs and events. I remember in elementary, our first grade teacher�s husband dressed in a �kilt� (eg. mini-skirt) to show the Scottish outwear during a performance of many ethnic-cultures represented in our school. Then in junior high-middle school, we had to do some dance from our ethnic background and performed it in front of the whole school assembly (I remember some of my classmates and I performed the famous Filipino Tininkling (sp?) dance, which I was somewhat familiar). In gym class, dancing was part of the academic genda, which I learned how to dance polka and some other ethnic dances that I can�t remember to this day. Then in high school, we had a cultural fair (eg. Festival of Nations held annualy in St. Paul), which I was able to do a Philippine booth with some of my Filipino-American peers/friends and cook some lumpia (Filipino egg-rolls).

RURAL-TOWN: living was a little of a cultural shock when I came to UMM, which I encountered many people who never been exposed to much of a "culturally diversity environment� that one would find growing-up in the inner-city. For example, one of my floormates told me that she grew-up with a negative stereotype of African-Americans (eg. "bad boys", "gangstas/thugs", "criminals", etc...) because of the "fowl language" (eg. Nigger) she was used to hearing growing up in a rural Minnesota town. Myself, some of my floormates honestly shared with me that they thought I was a "gang-banger" because of the way I dressed (baggy pants) or my haircut (crew-cut style) with an earing in one ear.

I participated in several ethnic focussed student organizations for many reasons: to get in touch with my ethnic background (Asian-American: Filipino), to learn more of �who I am� culturally, to be able to bond with people with familiar-similar background, and to �feel like-home� culturally (e.g. food, language, social atmosphere). Also, our student organizations (e.g. Asian Student Association) served as a purposed to culturally educate the college campus, local-surrounding Morris community. It was an excellent opportunity to �educate� the people that never been/never much been exposed to a different ethnic background. We too, inner city folks, needed to be educated about rural town living too; so I made an effort to do so by planning a floortrip (Gay Hall II-III) to one of the floor resident�s farm. Unfortuanatelly, not every body were able to make it. Most of the people that went were �city folks�, which was my target type of people to come�.

FARMING: We saw various farm animals: horses, pig, cows, etc�; which I had a chance to ride an �unchained� pony (I rode a chained pony that went around this circle at the Como Park Zoo once in St. Paul) for the first time! I learned the two types of cows for the first time: dairy cow (produces milk) and non-dairy cow (just grazes the field). After this experience, I�ve grown to learn more of the rural-farm experience by: watching campus plays, attend many bon-fires, play ditch at a farm field, and going to several local and surrounding museums on the past rural farm life. I�ve grown to highly appreciate farmers and their hard dedicated work (eg. get up 5/6am sunrise and work till 8-9ppm sunset in the farm field with 5 meals in that time span-including �dinner�-not lunch at 12 noon) .

MINNESOTA OUTDOORS life is filled with a lot of adventure that folks from the inner-city needs to experience to get in touch with nature and God! I went �real� hikking recently for the actual first time (down below) this summer of 2003, which was one of many outdoor actitivities that I�ve accomplished so far:

Summer: fishing, water-skiing, swimming, camping
Winter: cross-country/down hill skiing, broomball, snow fort building, building a snowman

I have yet to try:

Summer: Jet-skiing,
Fall: deer-hunting, pheasant-hunting, etc..
Winter: ice-fishing

As a Christian, I�ve grown to appreciate the outdoors as a time to be surrounded with nature and really take a good look of what God has created. I really started to appreciate his �nature wonders� when I started traveling :

Can you see the water level below the bridge go down?

The picture above was taken during the Spring of 1997 during the "big Red-River flood of 97". I went to help a UMM friend's (Naomi) family move before the Red Laker River flooded over its banks in Crookston, MN

Red River Flood of 1997: KARE-TV News April 22, 1997

"News coverage from KARE-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN on April 22, 1997, a day after the Red River crested at an all-time record high level in Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN."

Other Related Sites:

  • The Flood of the Century A look into the 1997 Red River Flood at Grand Forks, ND Written by: Michelle Broderson
  • -Philippines� (waterfalls, caves, tropical trees, salty sea, white beaches, sea creatures-crabs, etc�)

    �God created the great creatures of the seas�-Genesis 1:21

    - Mexico-Arizona�s (red rock formations, desserty land, cactuses),

    �a voice of one calling the desert�-Mark 1:3

    -Montana�s, (snow-covered mountians, BIG forests, bear, etc�)

    �Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord�He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths�-Micah 4:2

    -and of course our beautiful Minnesota 10,000 + lakes

    �Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water�s edge.�-Mark 4:1

    �.which I began to appreciate more after my trip to the non-green, non-lively, non-colorful sandy desertland of Mexico-Arizona. )

    Next time you get sick of being surrounded by technological hi-tech devices, go out of your house or familiar environment (eg. concrete, high-rise buildings, robot �busy� people of the inner cities) and talk to God and bask in His presence through what he has created. Plus, my mom told me to always look at �greenery� when she notices me watching too much t.v. or playing nintendo as a little kid. I would then just look at one of the many indoor plants in our townhouse or look at the trees/grass out in our backyard.

    Minnesota maybe considered a �white� state not because of the snow, but the many white-settlers from Europe (mainly Scandinavian or German). However, the diversity is growing as one can see based on the stats: Ethnic Harvest, which I received at a conference focussing on reaching the nations from different �diverse ethnic neighbors� that God is bringing �next door�.

    Other Places I've Visited w/ surrounding small towns:


    My Favorite Minnesota - Scenic Byways - Road Cruise

    "Hey, I'm Jon Hawks and one of my favorite things to do is to jump on my Harley and explore Minnesota with my friends. It's a beautiful state with great scenic roads no matter which direction we feel like heading -- North, South, East or West. It just depends on what we're in the mood for: curvy roads that twist along rivers like the Minnesota, St. Croix, or Mississippi, the beautiful bluff country in SE Minnesota, quaint and historic towns to stop at along the way, or site-seeing along the North Shore.
    See more about this topic and other favorite places of Minnesotans at You can upload your own stuff too!"

    Map Courtesy of Digital Map Store

    -[BIG STONE]-*Ortonville, Clinton, Graceville, etc...
    -[CARLTON]-Moose Lake, etc..
    -[Clearwater County]-Brainard: Clearbrook
    -[Cook]-Lutsen, Schroeder, etc..
    -[Douglas County] Alexandria: Milton, Carlos, Osakis, etc..
    -[HENNEPIN COUNTY]: Minneapolis
    Bloomington-Mall of America, Shakopee-Cantebury Park
    -[KANDIYOHI COUNTY]- [*Wilmar: Kensington, New London, Spicer]
    -[KOOCHICHING] International Falls, met someone from here
    -[Lake Traverse County] -Browns Valley
    -Crookston: Argyle
    -[Lyon County] -Marshall: Pipestone, Slayton

    *had the opportunity to see the band "Joshua Generation-Fire on the Prairie from Clarkfield. They played at Grace Church in Marshall
    -[Mahnomen County]: Mahnomen
    -[Olmsted County]-Rochester
    -[Otter Tail County] -Fergus Falls: Clitherall, Pelican Rapids, Perham
    -[POPE COUNTY]- [*Glenwood, Cyrus, and Starbuck, misc..]
    -[RAMSEY COUNTY]- St.Paul
    Vadnais Heights,
    -[St. Louis County] Duluth, Two Harbors
    -[Stearns County]-Sauk Centre, St. Cloud
    Lake Wobegon Trail

    St. Anna



    *current hometown
    -[SWIFT County]
    {TWIN CITIES: Minneapolis/St.Paul}
    -[Wahington County]-Stillwater

    -Grand Rapids for a family vacation (see tourism) at a resort.
    Travel to and from?
    -Little Falls
    -Litchfield: Cokato

    Picture taken through the "wind mill farms" of Southwestern Minnesota in the summer of 2000
    This is similar to the wind turbine one we just got in Morris-see environment page (4/22/05) recently!
    -Mountain Lake
    -Park Rapids: Walker, Aekely
    -St. Peter

    I've visited many other small towns around these small Minnesota cities above, especially around Morris and the surrounding west central area region.

    I just watched Jason Davis' "On the Road" on KSTP Channel 5, which I really enjoy watching Saturday evenings when I get the chance. Last night (4/23/05), they featured camera views from their sky cam helicopter of various beautiful scenes of Minnesota. They called it High on Minnesota. There were sites that I haven't seen yet from my travel in certain areas of Minnesota.

    Other Cities w/UMM connections that I would like to visit in the future:

    -Mountain Lake (close to Worthington), where Jill M. (UMM 05') lives

    �Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,�-Matthew 28:19

    Recommended Resources


  • Twin Cities Christian Community Information,...helping to find fellowship with one another
  • Computers

  • Web Cam Network
  • Conferences

  • Spirit Fest Midwest, a christian family festival of music, worship & camping
  • Student Venture Twin Cities, an interdenominational organization for students to reach their campuses
  • Camps

    My Favorite Minnesota - Camping - Campsites

  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area
  • Covenant Pines Bible Camp-McGregor, MN

  • Inspiration Point, in Clitherall, MN

  • "Morning Sunrise" at Inspiration Point-Clitherall, Minnesota

    " Here some pics and scenes from the "morning sunrise" at a "Men' Retreat" on Saturday, Decmember 5th of 2009


  • Church Angel, Minnesota Churches according to city A-Z
  • Minnesota Churches
  • Xzett, church directory of qwest
  • Entertainment

    Hangout Places

  • Triple Espresso, a highly caffeinated comedy
  • Club 3 Degrees (a.k.a. New Union), dance club in Minneapolis!

  • Environmental


  • Minnesota State Fair

  • {Photo Gallery}-my experience at this annual "Great Minnesota Get-Together">



  • Twin Cities Dinning Guide, check out area restaurants
  • Government

  • County Government 101 - Association of Minnesota Counties,

  • "..People often ask questions about the role of county .....
    Related Sites:
    Counties 101 (Part 1 of 8)

    "County governments affect the lives of Americans across the country every day. The nation's 3,068 counties keep important records -- like birth certificates, marriage licenses, court documents and land purchases. Counties build roads and bridges and ensure their safety. Some counties maintain parks with fields for soccer and baseball. They care for the sick, operate hospitals, pick up trash, and run courts and jails. County governments have a variety of responsibilities, which vary from state to state. This section of the Web site provides you with a glimpse of county governments, their history and the services they provide. In this video, NACo Director of Research Jacqueline Byers describes in great detail the history of county governments through her "Counties 101" lecture."




  • History of the Land
  • -Museum

  • Minnesota Historical Society, check-out their museum in St. Paul
  • I went here for the first time on Tuesday, August 12th of 2003 since it opened 11 years ago during my 1 week summer vacation in St. Paul. I found many famous people known all over the state, nation, and world that came or made an impact in Minnesota. For example: Hubert H. Humphrey (from Dalton, SD)-political figure; Prince-pop rock, Bob Dylan-folk musician, Excelssior-gospel group, Soul Asylum-rock; Charles M. Schulz-creator of Charlie Brown; Charles A. Lindbergh-history-making pilot; etc...

  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Minnesota Reflections, digital images from around the state

  • Minnesota - The States - History Channel


  • Minnesota State Fair
  • Events Ads, City Page
  • -Adventure

    Wabasha Street Caves Historic Cave Tour
    Wabasha Street Caves 215 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107
    Date & Time: Ongoing. Thu 5pm; Sat 11am $5. (651) 292-1220

    -Seasons-Holiday Focus Events


  • Holidazzle Parade, along Nicollet in Minneapolis
  • -Movies

  • North Country

  • Reviews: MPR


  • Sonshine Festival, an annual event in Wilmar, MN
  • Internet Focus

  • Disciple,an online resource for Christians in Minnesota
  • -Online Services

  • Mainstream Solutions
  • Issues


  • Damascus Way Reentry Center, Inc. 1515 E. 66th St.; Richfield, MN 55423; (612) 866-0462
  • Minnesota Teen Challenge, 3201 1st Ave. So.; P.O. Box 8326; Minneapolis,MN 55408-0326; (612) 822-7191
  • -Marriages

  • Marriage Ministries International, interdenominational working with local church to help strengthen marriages
  • -Pregnancy

  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, pro-life organization
  • Pro-Life Action Ministries
  • Total LifeCare Centers, Inc., for unexpected pregnancy
  • Military

  • Goodnews Minnesota-Military, personal site (see NEW SITE)
  • Multicultural



  • Minnesota District Church of the Nazarene
  • Resevents,resurrection and other resources
  • X Cross Generation, a cable t.v. show
  • Ministries

  • Destiny Christian Center Burnsville, MN-building great families and great lives!
  • Love Lines, collects calls from 1.888.NEED.HIM for salvation, prayer, counseling, and healing=>
  • Lovelines Healing Rooms Now Open

    3-6p.m. every Fri. & Sat. at Lovelines, 2535 Central Ave. NW in Mpls. Those in need of physical & emotional healing are invited to come for prayer & healing. 612-379-1199.

  • Nehemiah Ministry Center, neutral central prayer resource center
  • Tentmakers, Minneaplis based training the church to lead young people to Christ
  • Missionary Opportunities

  • International Ministerial Fellowship, a mission sending agency
  • Royal Servants Int'l, summer mission trips for students 13-19
  • Movies




  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Twin Cities Guide
  • Up Magazine, a Minnesota-Wisconsin faithbuilder publication
  • Maps

  • Map of Minnesota Counties
  • Wikipedia
  • Newspaper

  • Minnesota Christian Chronicle,Christian community newspaper, and most complete Christian events calendar
  • Pioneer Press, St. Paul based
  • Star Tribune, Minneapolis based
  • News Stations

  • Kare Ch. 11, NBC affiliate
  • Music

  • Almighty Sounds, mobile DJ serving Twin Cities
  • Politics


  • Marrianne Richmond, featured in Ups Magazine (above)
  • Radio

  • Minnesota Radio Stations, list of christian stations
  • Prairie Home Companion

  • *pictures from the show at UMM-Morris (pbase)
  • KFSI 92, Rochester
  • KKMS 980 A.M., Twin Cities
  • KTIS 98.5 F.M.Twin Cities
  • KYCR AM 1570,Twin Cities Christian Connection
  • Organizations

  • Minnesota Church Ministries Association,assists in the disciple-making ministry of local churches offering services in the areas eduction, networking, and resources.
  • Minnesota Prayer Coalition
  • Pray Twin Cities, started 1995 to focus on prayer for the Twin Cities
  • Rural

  • Small towns brainstorming how to attract new residents to rural area- When a family or an individual thinks about moving to a region, they consider the economic incentives. When they choose a community or a small town, they pick where they feel a sense of belonging. By: Riham Feshir, Park Rapids Enterprise Published December 10 2009

  • " When a family or an individual thinks about moving to a region, they consider the economic incentives.
    When they choose a community or a small town, they pick where they feel a sense of belonging.
    Research done by the University of Minnesota Extension shows that population increases in the 1990s have zeroed out the losses of the 1970s and 80s in rural areas.
    Extension coordinator Ryan Pesch presented those statistics to Horizons members of Sebeka, Menahga and Akeley Thursday at the Sebeka American Legion Club, where the groups got together to brainstorm ideas on how to attract newcomers and retain them.
    “Plain and simple, there is a newcomer trend,” Pesch said.
    The majority of newcomers are young families, between the ages of 30 and 44, moving to rural areas for safety reasons, better schools and lower housing costs.
    “Often times it’s kind of the soft stuff,” he said, that get people to make career transitions and move out of the big cities.
    Those who plan to stay in a community for five years or longer, rate their towns as friendly and trusting, he said.
    So the challenges lie with the idea of retaining the newcomers.
    “This issue about belonging, I think it means a lot,” Pesch said. “It basically comes down to quality of life.”
    Pat Allison moved to Menahga because she wanted small town living.
    But it was her participation in the community that made her feel comfortable.
    “Had I not got involved in Horizons and met a whole bunch of new people, I don’t know what I’d be doing,” Allison said.
    In another category, most newcomers are retirees who either grew up here or were seasonal residents that decide to move to the area permanently, according to the trends.
    But some snowbirds still can’t stand Minnesota winters and don’t think about moving to the area permanently.
    Horizons members want to convince them that despite the cold, Minnesota has good weather.
    “We have perfect weather,” Allison said, adding that the state never experiences the hurricanes and earthquake disasters many southern states often have. Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll, who’s also a member of the Progress Park Rapids group, said the more opportunities for seniors to get involved, the more chances for community growth.
    “The arts attract people here,” she said. “They’re so very pleased to see there are lots of things to do.”
    Horizons members agree and suggested giving away membership concert tickets to those who think about leaving the area, to make them reconsider.
    It’s those between the ages of 18 to 25 that are the ones missing from communities like Park Rapids and Menahga.
    “A community our size doesn’t have a lot of opportunities for young professionals,” Carroll said.
    Some of the suggestions Horizons members had about attracting and retaining people to a community, including young professionals, are promoting the positives that come with small town living.
    Like affordable housing and unique recreational opportunities.
    The groups also suggested promoting discounted lands with ready to use water and sewer lines.
    Sebeka Horizons member Ben Carlson said there are many residential properties in Sebeka that can be utilized and are affordable enough for families of all ages.
    So offering low interest loans to pay for the renovations required to make those homes move-in ready is an option to attract newcomers.
    “We have many good things here,” Allison said. “I got connected to Menahga, I wanted small town living and I got it right here.”"


  • Northwestern College
  • List of Christian Student Organizations at UofM
  • Shopping

  • Shop Twin Cities
  • Mall of America (personal photo gallery)
  • Speakers

  • Mohr Ministries,inspirational speaker on practical biblical insights
  • Sports


  • Twins Baseball, my personal site

  • In-Line Skating
  • John Rose MN Oval, ice skating indoor/outdoor in Roseville

  • -Skiing, Snowboarding, or Tubing
  • Afton Alp, (personal site) in Afton, MN

  • *30+ minutes from St. Paul
    Minnesota FCA MX

    "Video of Minnesota FCA's MX! "


    Oak Hills Church Cardboard Stories

    "Real stories of God's grace in people's everyday lives. "

    *see Bible



  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Airport
  • The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport LRT 1


    Electrical Transmission: Wire Stringing along I-94 (Stearns County, Minnesota-Nov17th11)

    Related Sites:

    CapX2020 construction is flying high,
    "St. Cloud-Monticello:
    Workers along Interstate Highway 94 west of Monticello, Minn. are generating lots of attention as conductor is being strung by the Air 2 helicopter firm. CapX2020 officials worked closely with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, local media and local government officials to inform residents and drivers about the work, and to encourage them to pay attention to traffic around them, not the construction activity. Helicopter work will continue through October. Work at the new Quarry substation is progressing well. The project is expected to be energized in late 2011...

    *click the picture above for more pics
    {Photos by}

    Me "Trying" to Sing Chris Tomlin's "I will Follow" (February 13th 12')

    *see Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


  • Department of Transportation, highway constructions info
  • Photobucket
    *saw this (Jesus) sign along (I-35E north of downtown St. Paul) the way to my parent's house from Morris on April 2011



    -January 27th "Rain, Sleet, Snow" Storm

  • 35W reopens after tanker rollover in north metro 10:31 PM, Jan 27, 2013

  • "COLUMBUS, Minn. -- A major interstate is back open in the north metro after a tanker rollover. The accident happened Sunday afternoon on 35W just south of the 35E/35W split in Anoka County. The tanker was carrying propane. As a precaution, MnDOT closed both directions of 35W and 35E (near the 35 split) from Columbus to Lino Lakes while crews worked to upright and remove the tanker. Motorists were detoured onto County Road 23 during the closure. Around 9:15 p.m., MnDOT reopened both roadways to traffic. (Copyright 2013 by KARE. All Rights "
  • Conditions tricky for Monday commute 8:08 AM, Jan 28, 2013

  • "ROSEVILLE, Minn. - A strange mix of wintry weather is making for a tricky commute on metro freeways and highways. With temps hovering around 30 MnDOT is warning anyone hitting the highways to be aware of icy spots and fog that is dense. KARE 11 meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says dense fog advisories are in place until noon in some areas. MnDOT's Twitter feed is littered with advisories of spinouts, crashes and slowdowns from north to south on the system. Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Jesse Grabow tweeted this morning "I'm seeing & feeling the freezing rain in WC MN this morning. down & allow more time 4 travel. Headlights on & cruise control off!" Monday's mess follows a brutal day on the roads Sunday after freezing rain and ice morphed into snow across areas of the state. State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske says 367 crashes were reported between noon and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, with 48 injuries, though none serious. He says another 299 vehicles went off the roads or spun out, and three semis jackknifed. A National Weather Service spotter reported 2 inches of snow on top of a tenth of an inch of ice in St. Paul. With plows on the roads all across Minnesota MnDOT offers some advice to motorists. •Drive slowly on bridges, overpasses and tunnels. •Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit. •Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you. •Keep both hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road and attention on your driving. For current driving conditions you can check the MnDOT website. (Copyright 2013 by KARE. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ) "

    -March 11th 2013

    Sunday, March 11th 2013 (Highway 28 from Sauke Centre-Morris)

    GoodnewsMinnesotaInfo's Icy State Highway 28 Sunday March 10th 2013 album on Photobucket

    "Tooks some pictures during my "road-trip" from Morris (Stevens County) to St. Paul (Ramsey County) on a Winter-Spring "melt" afternoon-evening on Friday, March 18th 2011

    "Tooks some pictures during my "road-trip" from St. Paul (Ramsey County) to Morris (Stevens County) on a Winter-Spring "melt" afternoon-evening on Sunday, March 20th 2011


  • Minnesota Channel - James J. Hill: Empire Builder , from

  • *stale air causes people to get sick

    -Taffic Reports

  • Frixo Road Traffic Reports



  • I Love St. Paul, events and Linus Blankets
  • Explore Minnesota
  • My Favorite Minnesota - Main Streets

    "Hey, we're Lynn and Carol, and we've been good friends for what seems like forever! You may best describe us as a unique pair with a real flair for fun and adventure. We both work at the University of Minnesota and simply love it because it offers so much diversity and keeps us young at heart. As a matter of fact, we're twenty something gals in fifty something bodies who, when we're not doing such things as perusing thrift shops or flea markets for something unique to enhance our side jobs of personalized singing telegrams and stand up comedy, will often hop in the car in search of some of the coolest mainstreets that can be found in this great state--Minnesota!

  • "... The #1 online Minnesota Tourism Guide to Minnesota vacation attractions and events located in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest..."
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation where are the construction areas?
  • Safety Rest Areas & Waysides, from Minnesota Department of Transportation

  • Elm Creek (Hennepin County-by Maple Grove)

    Youth Focus

  • La Luz ("The Light") Worship Service, in Brooklyn Center High School
  • Student Venture-Twin Cities, high school student focus
  • Christian Student, resource of events for students and anybody
  • Worship and Praise

  • Heart of the City, worship with all walks of life once a month!

  • Fire on the Prairie ~ Clarkfield, MN ~ Can you feel the heat?

    Twin Cities

  • Minneapolis
  • *Special Forward E-mail

    (by my friend Gina)

    Jeff Foxworthy on Minnesota

    If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling Through l8 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, You might live in Minnesota.
    If you're proud that your state makes the national news 96 Nights each year because International Falls is the coldest spot in the nation, You might live in Minnesota.
    If you have ever refused to buy something because it's "too spendy", You might live in Minnesota.
    If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, You might live in Minnesota.
    If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, You might live in Minnesota.
    If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, You might live in Minnesota.
    If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, You might live in Minnesota.
    If you may not have actually eaten it, but you have heard of Lutefisk, You might live in Minnesota.
    If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, You might Live in Minnesota.
    If you have either a pet or a child named "Kirby", You might Live in Minnesota.
    If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, You might Live in Minnesota.
    If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone Who dialed a wrong number, You might live in Minnesota.
    If you know how to say Wayzata, Mahtomedi, Edina and Shakopee, You might live in Minnesota.
    If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy, You might live in Minnesota.
    If every time you see moonlight on a lake, you think of a dancing bear, and you sing gently, "From the land of sky-blue waters," ... You might live in Minnesota......


    1. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
    2. "Vacation" means going up north past Brainerd for the weekend.
    3. You measure distance in hours.
    4. You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
    5. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.
    6. Your whole family wears Viking purple to church on Sunday.
    7. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
    8. You see people wearing hunting clothes at social events.
    9. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
    10. You think of the major food groups as beer, fish, and venison.
    11. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.
    12. There are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Mill's Fleet Farm at any given time.
    13. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
    14. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
    15. You refer to the Vikings as "we."
    16. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
    17. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.
    18. You have no problem pronouncing Wayzata.
    19. You consider Minneapolis exotic.
    20. You don't have a coughing fit from one sip of Pig's Eye Pilsner.
    21. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.
    22. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.
    23. Down South to you means Iowa.
    24. A brat is something you eat.
    25. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new machine shed.
    26. You go out to fish fry every Friday.
    27. You know how to polka.
    28. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.
    29. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
    30. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."
    31. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Minnesota friends

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