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Our Fair State: The Belated Edition

I made it out of the Cities not once, but twice visiting two very different places during the month of August. I spent the first weekend in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan, and later in the month I was on Washington Island off of Door County, Wisconsin. It was my first real visit to the […]

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The State Fair’s missing sidewalks

For Streets.mn’s “Our Fair State” series during the Minnesota State Fair, I don’t really have a good story to tell about an out-state event. I do, however, live less than a mile from the State Fairgrounds and wanted to share a little of what this heavily pedestrian-oriented event is like to be around the other […]

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Miesville, MN: Small Town Baseball At its Best

This summer, I fulfilled a years-long dream of riding my bicycle to a Miesville Mudhens game. For those not keeping up on Minnesota’s “town league” baseball tradition, the Mudhens are one of the many small town ball teams that play for a few months in the summertime. What separates Miesville from the rest of the […]

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

In honor of the Minnesota State Fair as a bookmark at the end of summer, I’m here to tell a tale of what I did on my summer vacation. I drove west, naturally. My family piled in to the car and drove to Colorado. The great American road trip, we put 2,300 miles on our […]

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log slide overlook in grand marais. those two black dots in the middle? my boys.

Michigan UP: Closer (and more breathtakingly beautiful) than you might think.

(I’m going to preface this post by saying: Yes, I know this isn’t technically summer in “Our Fair State,” but it’s NEXT to our fair state and that oughtta count for something, right?) Did you realize the Porcupine Mountains are a mere five and a half hours away? Drive, drive, drive, Bam! you’re there. What’s in […]

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In praise of the prairie

When most people think summer in Minnesota, they think north: lakes, coniferous forests, large noisy black birds.  But Minnesota actually has four biomes, and I would consider the prairie grassland the most neglected when we engage in communal nostalgia for Minnesota summer.  Luckily, we have some great parks on the prairie where you can see […]

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Our Fair State: A Streets.MN Summer Roadtrip!

Oh what a summer it’s been. With Dinkytown developments, streetcar shenanigans, LRT controversy and more, what’s a good Street Person to do except get out of town for a few days? While the State Fair rages in St. Paul Falcon Heights, join us as we look back at our summer vacations with misty eyes, and […]

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