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Ten River Festivals to Liven Up Your Summer

If your budget is tight this year and your dream trip to Venice is on hold, now is a great time to hit the road to get reacquainted with the history and culture of the Mississippi Valley. And what could be more fun than visiting festivals along the river that mix history and culture with

By | May 22nd, 2016|Travel articles|0 Comments

Paddling Outfitters along the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River has much to offer paddlers. Here's a list of outfitters who can help you get on the river.

By | May 19th, 2014|Travel articles|2 Comments

Westby’s Big Jump

I don’t know if Ole T. Westby was a fan of ski jumping, but the small city with a big Norwegian heritage named after him sure is. In February 1923, just three years after Westby incorporated as a city, its first ski jump competition caught some air. A novelty at the time, the event drew

By | May 9th, 2011|Travel articles|2 Comments

Curling the Night Away

It was a Monday night in January, and I was heading to Bemidji City Park to check out broomball at the outdoor rink. I had not entirely convinced myself that this is how I wanted to spend my time, because: a) it’s freaking cold outside (around 10°F); and b) I have a cold. But, I haven’t played broomball since high school and feel like I need a broomball refresher course, so I can include it in a piece I want to write about the joy that is winter in northern Minnesota. When I noticed that the curling arena next to the rink was busy, however, I was handed the excuse I needed to change my plans and went inside to investigate.

By | April 25th, 2011|Travel articles|0 Comments

Dubuque’s Treasured Churches

Dubuque’s capitalists struck it rich and poured money into extravagant buildings to prove their worth. Fortunately for us, many of those buildings are still around, including four churches that would be treasures in a city much larger than modest Dubuque.

By | May 6th, 2009|Travel articles|0 Comments

Rediscovering Baseball

I have remained a baseball fan virtually all of my life, even as I have grown weary of the changes in the Major League game – few players who stick with one team for their careers, owners who bilk every last cent out of the fans who bother to show up, and the increasing separation

By | May 20th, 2007|Travel articles|0 Comments