Jul/Aug
2015

A Glimpse of Decorah: Winneshiek County, Iowa

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Written by By Amanda Wingren

The green, rolling farmland and gorgeous limestone bluffs of northern Iowa is a peaceful setting for the artistic, busy, hard-working populace that lives here. Settled in the heartland, just an hour-and-a-half drive south of Rochester, Winneshiek County vibrates with progressive, down-to-earth values and a strong Norwegian heritage. Jump at the chance to take road trip down to Decorah, Iowa.

 

Jul/Aug
2015

Winona’s Own: Something Old Is New Again

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Written by By Debi Neville

It isn’t just about preserving the past; it is making it relevant in today’s world. By finding new use for historic structures, we guarantee their survival.

 

May/Jun
2015

Women of the Mist, Boundary Waters Transformational Trek

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Written by By LuAnn Buechler

Our trek began at Seagull Outfitters at the end of the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marias, Minnesota. Our adventure team consisted of my sister Lori, friend and colleague Beverly, family friend Catherine and me. With the most outdoor experience, Lori was our guide. It had been many years since Catherine or I had enjoyed the beauty of the wilderness, and Beverly had never done anything like this before. Although she had fears, Bev decided to “feel the fear” and do it anyway. Her two primary concerns were toilet paper and bears.  

 

GIRLS DAY OUT IN LANESBORO

Grab your girlfriends and make your way to Girls Day Out, a fun shopping event held on Saturday, May 2 in scenic Lanesboro. Lanesboro’s unique downtown businesses cater to the event, offering sales, book signings, featured artist demonstrations, craft classes, sidewalk fashion shows and samples from local restaurants. 

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Women Wanderers

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Written by Danielle Allen

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The Benefits of and Tips For Traveling Alone

Traveling alone can be an incredibly liberating experience, especially for women. Many women focus their lives on taking care of others and meeting the community’s needs and forget the freeing feeling of an independent excursion.

As a solo-traveler, you have total control and flexibility over your trip, allowing the journey to take you wherever you want to go. Prefer to sleep in late? There’s no one demanding an early start. Want to stop and check out that kooky local museum? The day is yours!

 

Jul/Aug
2013

Art and Ambience

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Written by K.L. Snyder

art-and-ambienceTouring a Trio of Area Art Fairs


SERENDIPITY IN VILLAGE PARK:

THE 40TH ANNUAL STOCKHOLM ART FAIR

On Saturday, July 20, the charming community of Stockholm, Wis., (located less than an hour from Rochester) will celebrate its 40th Annual Art Fair amongst the tranquil breezes of Lake Pepin.

 

May/Jun
2013

Sherlock, Shakespeare and Smoked Duck

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Written by Alison Rentschler

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If you’re looking for an evening getaway this summer, a 30-45 minute drive could find you solving a mystery with the world’s greatest detective or witnessing treasonous murder in a Scottish castle at one of the excellent theatres in southeastern Minnesota. To make the outing irresistible, try our recommended spots for dinner before or after the show.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Today's Traveling Women

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Written by K.L. Snyder

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“People get so excited about travel,” says Peggy Nixa, certified travel counselor and field manager for the Rochester/Burnsville AAA office. “And no wonder. It’s fun to see cultures and sights and make memories.”

According to Nixa, 90–95 percent of travel plans and decisions are made by women. With that in mind, Nixa organized a club four years ago in Burnsville specially designed for women of all ages interested in travel called Today’s Traveling Women (TTW). The club presents opportunities to learn about different destinations, gain travel tips and meet other women who love to travel.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Old Fashioned Christmas in Wabasha

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Written by Kristina Larson

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If you’re looking for an affordable way to create lasting family memories this holiday season, follow the winding Mississippi to the charming river town of Wabasha where, on December 1, it hosts its sixth annual Old Fashioned Christmas.

Reminiscent of a Normal Rockwell painting, this free event enchants holiday-lovers of all ages with everything from window gazing to carolers spreading cheery classics through the crisp air.

 

coasting-through-colorsThe Root River State Trail is a 60-mile long paved recreational trail in Southeastern Minnesota running from Fountain to Houston. Built on what was formerly the Milwaukee Railroad bed, it wanders through skyrocketing bluffs, quaint towns, serene countryside and along the peaceful Root River. On an autumn Sunday afternoon, it beckons cyclists of all ages and rewards them with incredible vistas of the river and the trail’s gem-like leaves.

 

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