Let’s Rendezvous!

Back when fur trading was still a big deal, like from the 17th century to early in the 19th century, trappers, traders, Native Americans, and soldiers gathered once or twice a year to swap goods and stories. While the reasons for those annual meetings are long gone, the ritual is being kept alive by a

By | June 9th, 2015|Of Festivals|0 Comments

Destination of the Day: Great Dakota Gathering

Dancing Feet For the past several years, Dakota of Minnesota have gathered for a weekend of education, reconciliation, and dancing in Winona. This year's Great Dakota Gathering takes on extra significance as 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the Dakota conflict, a tragic series of events that left several hundred settlers dead, 38

By | September 10th, 2012|Destination of the Day|0 Comments

Destination of the Day: Lakeview Drive Inn (Winona, MN)

Summer is almost here (here in St. Louis it feels like it has already arrived), so it's no wonder I've been thinking about burgers and car hops. If you are near Winona, you can do more than think about it. The Lakeview Drive Inn has been keeping Winona residents sated on fresh grilled burgers and

By | May 7th, 2012|Destination of the Day|0 Comments

These Riverfronts Need Help

A couple of weeks ago I praised the cities along the Upper Mississippi River with the the best riverfronts. Now it’s time to prod the cities that could do a lot better. I resisted calling these the “Five Worst” because I think any place that provides a decent view of the Mississippi River shouldn’t be

By | November 30th, 2011|About the Mississippi Valley|3 Comments

Minnesota’s Great River Road

Views of the Mississippi River from Minnesota.

By | April 7th, 2011|Of Places|0 Comments

Winona

Population (2010) 27,592 Introduction Winona is knee-deep in river history but, sadly, has one of the most neglected riverfronts in the region. On the plus side, this blue-collar town has a surprisingly rich cultural scene. Visitor Information The Winona Visitors Center is a great place to stock up on brochures and answers (924 Huff St.;

By | January 11th, 2011|Minnesota|0 Comments