Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society – St. Cloud, MN

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Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society – St. Cloud, MN

One of the beautiful areas created during the Great Depression with the work of the WPA is the Munsinger Gardens which is free to the public.  During the 1880s the lower east bank of the Mississippi River was the site of a sawmill. But by 1915 the city purchased the area for use as a neighborhood park. Eventually, the site became known as Riverside Park and Munsinger Gardens, the latter section named in honor of a former superintendent of parks, Joseph Munsinger. Munsinger Gardens has experienced many different stages of development. Improvements to the gardens occurred during the Great Depression through the Works Progress Administration. Projects from this period included planting trees and flowerbeds. Other additions included the creation of rock-lined paths, a lily pond, and a fountain. However, most of the work in developing the garden was directed by Joseph Munsinger. The first greenhouse was built in 1938. While the original greenhouse is gone, new ones stand in its place, and garden staff continues the tradition of growing flowers that help beautify this wonderful jewel known as Munsinger Gardens.

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Lake Superior Marine Museum Visitor Center – Duluth, Minnesota

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Lake Superior MuseumLake Superior Marine Museum  Visitor Center – Duluth, Minnesota

This is a museum that will educate you on the heritage of Lake Superior and the port of Duluth-Superior.  The museum acquires, preserves and exhibits maritime artifacts, document, publications and photographs of the area.  It also does presentations for educational programs, supports the Lake Superior Maritime Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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Lakewalk – Duluth, Minnesota

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Lakewalk – Duluth, Minnesota

When you are in Duluth and want to do something free and beautiful you may want to take the Lakewalk which runs along the edge of Lake Superior from Canal Park to the Leif Erikson Rose Garden.  It is a beautiful way to spend some time enjoying nature, exercising with a good walk and places to rest when you get tired.  If you aren’t interested in walking the pathway you can ride your bike and still see the wonders of nature and the ships that make Duluth so special.

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Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center (RTC) – Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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rtc tower 8Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center (RTC) – Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, this example of the types of facilities used to house the “insane” now offers tours and history for those of you that are interested.

The Fergus Falls State Hospital was designed on a model established by physician Thomas Kirkbride. Kirkbride believed that building design was an important part of patient treatment programs. The typical Kirkbride structure consisted of a central administrative structure in the middle, with long, straight wings that radiated from it. Patients lived in the wings, which were uniform, precise, and austere. The bare façade was supposed to bring discipline into patients’ lives. Kirkbride asylums were designed to provide “moral treatment.” That included exercise, farming, entertainment, and classes like reading and sewing. Activities like farming and sewing provided occupational therapy and useful goods, but patients complained that they felt like chores.

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Chubb House – Fairmont, Minnesota

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Chubb HouseChubb House – Fairmont, Minnesota

If you are interested in history and particularly the history of Fairmont you will want to visit the Chubb House which is the oldest surviving house in the community.  It was build in 1867 on a hill overlooking Lake Sisseton.  The house is built of brick made from clay from the banks of Buffalo Lake on the north edge of Fairmont.

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Baseball Hall of Fame Museum of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Baseball Hall of Fame Museum of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

 

 

 

If you are a fan of Minnesota baseball then you want to visit the  Baseball Hall of Fame Museum of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota founded by Ray Crump in 1986.  Ray was originally a batboy for the Washington Senators.  Then the Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Minnesota Twins.  Ray came with them and kept collecting memorabilia from the club through out his tenure with them.  Following his retirement he wanted to share the items and stories with the public so he created the museum.

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The Hormel Institute – Austin, Minnesota

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The Hormel Institute – Austin, Minnesota

The Hormel Institute is part of the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.  Here research is done to find the cause and cure of cancer.

The Hormel Institute is totally focused on helping humanity by improving health through scientific research.  One of their accomplishments is the discovery of omega 3 and omega 6 – obesity and the cancer connection- natural cancer prevention compounds found in foods like ginger and green tea. 

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Nativity Home – Austin, Minnesota

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Nativity Home – Austin, Minnesota

For those of you that truly love the Nativity Scenes here is a home that from November – January you can view over 840 of them in the private home of Bill and Helen Holder in Austin, Minnesota.

During this time every spot available, and some that are probably not available but are used anyway, showcase the nativity sets collected by Mary and Bill Holder.  It has become a passion for Mary to explore how different cultures all celebrate the same event with their own version

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Tour Main Street

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Check out the latest Tour Main Street video for Stillwater, MN! Tour Main Street videos are created regularly to help both locals and visitors appreciate what Stillwater’s small businesses have to offer. The mobile friendly web site can be accessed even while in town to see were the not to be missed locations are and save some money in the process!

Lake of the Woods- Minnesota

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Lake of the Woods- Minnesota

Everyone has heard of the Lake of the Woods, now is the time for you to go visit and see the beauty and meet the extraordinary people that call this area home.

Straddling the United States and Canadian border the Lake of the Woods.  Here you will find some of the finest walleye and northern pike fishing in the state.  You can either try going out on your own (these waters are huge and can be dangerous so be careful) or you can hire a guide that will take you to the places that you will be able to catch the big ones.  This area isn’t called the Walleye Capital of the World for nothing, there are trophy fish caught here every year.

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