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Featuring a morning church service, ethnic foods, vendors and craftsmen, barnetog children's parade, entertainment from Norway.
Minnehaha Ave., from East Lake St. to Godfrey Pkwy., closes to cars. With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. More info at ...
5K. More info at www.namiwalks.org/Minnesota.
With the long-awaited arrival of summer, many Minnesotans will no doubt feel their desires inflamed, as if the rising temperatures have melted the ice from their veins. Because such buoyant romanticism is usually brought down by the merciless... More »
Are you seeking an atypical reading to spice up your spring literary schedule? Search no more. This Wednesday, local theater group Mixed Precipitation is teaming up with Coffee House Press for a dramatic performance of Norah Labiner's delicately... More »
One of the coolest (and dumbest) things about Minnesotans is that we'll bike pretty much anywhere, anytime, in any weather. This April, thousands of bikers will take that love of cycling to the next level with 30 Days of Biking. Now in its fourth... More »
Several years ago, at the invitation of a friend who lived in a once-swank sky rise, I set out for a picnic in Loring Park. It was late spring and we set up our impromptu lunch near that strange fountain on the east side of the park that looks... More »
Before Longfellow penned "The Song of Hiawatha," Minnehaha Park and Falls were filled with mysticism and wonder, an expanse of unadulterated nature in a soon-to-be-bustling city. Nowadays, the omnipresent light rail runs right by the park, but it's less of a deterrent than a convenience in a place where driving everywhere can be a pain. With the park's almost 200 acres of rolling green hills, shady trees, and tons of space to spread out, there isn't a bad spot to lay that red-checkered... More »
With nearly 200 acres of colossal oak, elm, maple, and cottonwood trees to hide you, Minnehaha Park is the best way to waste time on a sunny afternoon. Overlooking the Mississippi River near Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, it is one of Minneapolis's oldest and most popular parks, attracting 850,000 visitors a year. But the only place you're likely to feel the crush of a crowd is waiting in line for fish tacos at the Sea Salt Eatery, which serves some of the freshest seafood in town... More »
Breaking up is never easy. You're awkward because you know what's coming, and your significant other at least pretends to be shocked that it's all over. Why not break the news surrounded by nature? Minnehaha Falls is the perfect location. The great outdoors has a calming effect on most people, and the surrounding park gives you plenty of space to walk and chat about the end of your time together--or to disappear when things get nasty. The roar of the falls can be soothing, or you can... More »
It's true that bars and nightclubs, just after closing time, can present some very entertaining spectacles. On the other hand, a parade of drunken sad sacks, stumbling into the night on their way to another DWI or just off to their sorry hovels, where they will collapse on their sofas, too drunk to finish themselves off properly...well, it isn't always uproariously funny. That's why you're better off finding folks when they are in a state of wonderment, not a state of intoxication. In other... More »
Our survey of expat Minnesotans produced this go-to wish list: Big 10 Sub Shop ("for the sandwiches, extra crispy fries, pitcher of Leinenkugel's or Pabst in a pinch"), Cafe Lurcat ("for the little hamburgers in the bar"), Al's Breakfast, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, French Meadow, First Avenue, and Walker Art Center. All fine choices, but the falls is where it's at, and it's free. Ride your bike in the glorious spring, summer, and fall, and gorge on the frozen beauty... More »
Minneapolis celebrates its lakes (the motto is "City of Lakes," after all), but the truth is those modest little puddles in ritzy southwest don't offer half the pleasures of the dirty old Mississippi River. In terms of fishing, boating, and the prospect of escape, the Miss has the lakes beat. And it also has better picnic grounds. Sure, you can always grab a table by the pavilion at Lake Harriet. You'll probably enjoy yourself, too, especially if you like the roar of the airplanes, enjoy... More »
Rare indeed is the urban park that offers such a varied mix of terrain and natural features. Minnehaha Park is a great place to walk the dog, have a picnic, or simply lose yourself amid the quiet backwaters of the Mississippi River. Perhaps you're familiar with the fabled Minnehaha Falls--they're a worthy attraction in their own right. But to the south and east lies an impressive skein of wooded trails, ranging from gentle to treacherous. The remotest sections of the park feature grassy... More »
Here in the Twin Cities, we're so accustomed to gorgeous parks that it's easy to take them for granted. With fewer thrills than Valleyfair and far less Santana memorabilia than Hard Rock, Mother Nature still has a leg up on the usual man-made tourist attractions. Pack a picnic (or at least order takeout) and head to Minnehaha Falls for a Minnesotan experience that should be at the top of your guest itinerary. Naked feet move freely through grass without fear of sharp debris. Expanses of... More »
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