Pipestone National Monument

Pipesone Sign

We stopped to visit the Pipestone National Monument about two summers ago, when we were in the area for a wedding.  It is so rich in history, a place we should all take the time to visit.  Located in the southwestern corner of the state, directions can be found here.   There is a small fee to enter but the time we spent there it was worth the money.  Pipestone Natl Mon falls

The Pipestone quarries are a significant site for many American Indian cultures. Even today, the site is still considered a sacred place by many who come to quarry or visit. Today, as in the past, it is a place treated with reverence and respect.

People – Learn more about the historic use of the quarries, pipemaking, and why the site came to be protected as Pipestone National Monument.

Places – The past meets the present at Pipestone National Monument. The quarry sites are not just relics of the past but are part of the continuing traditions of quarrying and pipemaking. Other historically interesting points may also be found within the monument.

Stories – The importance of the pipestone quarries is expressed through storytelling. Across the Great Plains, the stories of the pipestone vary widely from one tribe to another, an indication of the geographical extent to which the red stone and pipes were used and traded.

Collections – Pipestone National Monument has large collections of cultural and natural history items.


Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

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This Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour sounds like a lot of fun! You can explore some of Minneapolis’ best eateries while learning about one of the city’s most culturally rich neighborhoods. There are lots of interesting tidbits and great tastes on this stroll off the beaten path.

The tour includes the opportunity to try local favorites from six locations, including sausages also served at Target Field (home of the Twins), authentic Neapolitan Pizza, traditional Greek desserts and gourmet cheeses. Your Twin Cities Food Tours guide will also take you through the historical, architectural and cultural sites of the neighborhood, filling you in on the historic role of the Mississippi, Chute Square, the city’s oldest continuously running church, and much more in this diverse neighborhood.

Tour tickets are regularly $45, but right now you can snag discounted tickets at $27 plus fees from Goldstar.

Scott-Carver Threshers Harvest Festival near Jordan, July 31-August 2nd

Thresher Show logoThrough the years my Dad has taken us to various threshing shows all over MN.  It was fun to see how farming used to be through all the sounds, and sites of various types of machinery.   You have a chance this weekend to go to a threshing show.  The 52nd Annual Old-Time Harvest Steam & Gas Engine Festival, is taking place near Jordan.  Admission for adults is $8 for all weekend and kids 12 and under are free.  Directions and address can be found here.

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  • Jul 31, 2015 – Aug 2, 2015

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Bryant Lake Beach Party in Eden Prairie, August 5th

Bryant Lake Beach party

This looks like a fun way to enjoy summer.  Some time outdoors at the Bryant Lake Beach Party, in Eden Prairie.  Hours are from noon-3pm on August 5th.  A small charge of $5 per child for admission seems worth it for all of the festivities.  Naturalists from the Richardson Nature Center will be on hand to share live pond critters, birds of prey, and reptiles.  Other things happening include:  Riding a water-slide, trying the beach obstacle course, making crafts, and playing water games.  Another favorite activity is a building and decorating a sand castle contest. NOTE: Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

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Little Crow Water Ski Team Shows in New London

Little Crow Waterski Team

For something fun to do this weekend, check out the Little Crow Water Ski Team! They will be having two shows: Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 7:00. My cousin’s daughters are part of the team and they are really good! They are getting ready for Nationals so they should be extra great shows this weekend!

From their web site: What can I expect to see? All of the major show ski events, including jumping, barefooting, ballet lines, pyramids, classic doubles and wakeboarding, strap doubles, trios and swivel.

Performances are at Neer Park in New London, Minnesota. Neer Park is located at 311 2nd Ave. SE in New London, MN. Click here for detailed driving directions to the park. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.

Little Crow Water Ski Team Performance

Shakopee Derby Days, July 30th-Aug 2nd

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Starting today is the 28th annual Shakopee Derby Days.  It takes place on the first full weekend in August.  Looks like there is something for all ages.  Some specifically for adults while other things are for kids.  The parade takes place on Sunday, August 2nd at 1 pm. If you want to see what is happening each day, take a look at the schedule here and you can plan ahead.

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The Shakopee Derby Days 2015 festival does not have a gate admission; however, some events may have an entry fee to participate. Information pertaining our events may be found via the Schedule of Events page.

Washington County Fair, July 29-August 2nd


The Washington County Fair, located near Lake Elmo has been taking place since 1871.  Long enough that we should all take the time to visit it, so it keeps going for another couple hundred years. There is a daily admission but it looks like they have a season pass option as well.  There is also free parking which is always nice.  Take a look at the Calendar to see what each day holds. It also looks like they have some great Grand Stand Events:  Truck pulls, ATV Big Air Tour, Demolition Derby and more.


Find Blue Bunny Savings in this Sunday’s Paper

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Summer is in full swing and that means it is the perfect time for Blue Bunny Ice Cream! You can Kick off the summer ice cream season with savings on Blue Bunny ice cream in this Sunday’s (May 10) Star Tribune. You’ll find a special offer on Blue Bunny ice cream cartons, cones, sandwiches and bars.

This Sunday, August 2nd, you can check the Star Tribune for a coupon for $.75 off Blue Bunny cartons, sandwiches and bars. Whether it’s the signature Bunny Tracks, classic Simply Vanilla ice cream sandwiches or irresistibly fun Mini Swirls, ice cream aficionados throughout all 50 states can choose from tantalizingly tasty Blue Bunny ice cream flavors and a delectable collection of cones, sandwiches and bars. Made in nearby Le Mars, Iowa, Blue Bunny uses fresh milk sourced from local dairy farms and turns it into delicious ice cream within 24 hours.

Click here to find a retailer that carries Blue Bunny near you. In our area they include Cub, Coborn’s, Target, Walmart, Lunds & Byerlys and more. For more information about Blue Bunny, visit www.bluebunny.com.

Summer Tuesdays, Evenings in Stillwater

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Looking for something to do this evening?  Summer Tuesdays in Stillwater is worth checking out.  Tonights music is Scottie Miller and the movie is  Spaceballs.  Sometimes the movies are PG and sometimes they are G. If you can’t make it this evening, maybe plan for another Tuesday evening this summer.  A Market, Music and Movies that all take place on the riverfront.

Summer Tuesdays


Market . Music . Movies

Each week we feature an eclectic vendor market, live music and movies in beautiful downtown Stillwater.  

No matter rain or shine, we’ll have Live Music! We’ll announce by 2:30pm if we will have the market and movie, but no matter what, we’ll have Live Music – if sunny we’ll be outside, if rainy, we move into Charlie’s Irish Pub!

Summer Tue movie

Discover the Dinosaurs Exhibit – Duluth – Discount Tickets

Discover the Dinosaurs Exhibit - Duluth - Discount Tickets
The Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit, with up to 40 giant dinosaurs, is coming to the DECC in Duluth. Many of these fascinating creatures have an animatronic skeleton and warm mechanical heart beneath their piercing talons, striped plates, and crepe-like swaths of realistically painted skin. Those that don’t move are still plenty convincing, thanks to museum-quality construction and sets filled with roiling fog and dynamic light and sound effects.

Some of the dinosaurs are even arranged to let you tempt fate by sticking a hand into their mouths or patting their mighty flanks. And kids can actually climb atop a couple of them on Triceratops and T. Rex rides.

The exhibit will be open Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16. If you buy your tickets ahead of time through Groupon you can snag either of these deals:

  • $17 for single-day adult admission with a $5 voucher for the gift shop (up to $24 value)
  • $21 for single-day child admission, plus five tickets for either the mining or panning activity (up to $33 value)

Child admission includes access to the exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino coloring station, scavenger hunt, unlimited rides, mini golf, and inflatables. Socks are required for the inflatables.

Adult admission is valid for ages 13 and older. Child admission is valid for ages 2–12. Those younger than 2 are admitted for free.

Order your tickets HERE!