Trip planning tools reveal the best places for fall color

It happens at about this time every year. The cause: Chlorophyll production in tree leaves slows down and stops and the leaves lose their green color. The effect: Minnesotans flock outside to behold the magnificent red, gold and orange color transformation. Whether searching for activities weeks in advance or an hour in advance, make use […]

Cornhole craft is part game, part art

In a residential garage on Third Avenue Southwest in Forest Lake, three men sand, paint and stencil a series of sturdy plywood frames. On the back wall, dozens of hefty bean bags are stacked on a shelf, neatly organized by vibrant hue with the occasional custom spray paint job thrown in. An episode of “Breaking […]

Wayzata Bay Wreck named to National Register of Historic Places

A storm sank the wooden model barge, owned by James J. Hill, in 1879 Submerged about 40 feet below the surface of Lake Minnetonka rests a rare piece of history. A wooden model barge that belonged to James J. Hill, one-time owner of the Great Northern Railroad Co., sits frozen in time. A strong storm […]

Women pilots fly to rescue dogs

Trudi Amundson volunteers in a unique way. Most days she works as a senior business services consultant for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in Morrison and Crow Wing Counties. But she’s also a pilot, who offers her flying experience to the national organization, “Pilots for Paws” and to “Gemini Rottweiler and Pitbull […]

After first year, match racing event on Wayzata Bay aims to sail onward

Event organizers hope to incorporate race into a 2018 Lake Minnetonka festival The nearly 60-foot tall masts of the Marstrom 32 multi-hull sailing boats could be seen zigzagging far from the Wayzata Bay shoreline. Spectators, both on and off the water, watched as a unique match racing event was introduced to Lake Minnetonka. But if […]