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Bria Barton

Bria Barton covers travel and tourism for Forum News Service and is based at the Bemidji Pioneer. A South Carolina native and USC grad, she can be found exploring Minnesota’s abundance of towns, food and culture. Follow her on Instagram @briabarton.

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While Grand Marais is a year-round destination, these colder months are certainly its more off-season time. This means lodging is less expensive and the town isn’t overflowing with people — all pluses for me, as I was looking for a quiet and relatively inexpensive getaway.
Last week, officials from the Minnesota DNR’s wildlife health and big game programs, along with partner representatives from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Prion Research and Outreach, gathered to lead two public information sessions about Beltrami County’s current CWD status.
Those brilliant glowing reds, bright oranges and golden yellows that we’ve come to expect across the Northland landscape once days grow shorter and chillier may appear muted and even reveal themselves prematurely this year, according to Val Cervenka, forest health program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The PMTT is entering its 23rd year and is highly regarded by musky anglers, sponsors and host communities as offering premier musky tournaments. There are roughly one hundred local and regional tournaments, but the PMTT is the only national musky tournament circuit in existence today, a release said.
For nearly four decades, Lloyd Holy has amassed one of the largest toy tractor collections in the Midwest, curating the collectibles -- many of which are antiques — at his home in Bemidji. He recently donated the lot of toys to the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers for public viewing just in time for the organization’s 45th annual event set for Aug. 20-22.
Explore Minnesota has kicked off its Minnesota Scoop initiative, a “deliciously rewarding ice cream adventure,” which gives ice cream eaters the chance to win a variety of prizes this summer.
With fun in the sun comes potential dangers for our furry friends. From increased exposure to ticks and fleas to sunburn and even heatstroke, all sorts of issues can arise for our dogs in the summertime. But you can avoid a potentially bad situation for your dog by staying vigilant and keeping these tips from the AKC and ASPCA in mind this summer.
Airbnb estimates that individual hosts in rural Minnesota have earned more than $6,900 each on average since the pandemic was declared last March. Over that same time period, rural hosts in Minnesota have earned $23.3 million in total, which is nearly twice as much as the average from 2019.
There’s nothing quite so magical as seeing the northern lights. A curtain of multicolored hues fluttering across the sky, it’s a special, breathtaking sight to behold. Surprisingly, they can be seen from the Lower 48, and Minnesota’s northern location, vast skies and abundance of lakes make it a perfect location to see the spectacular.
After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the Moondance festivals are now ready to make a comeback this summer in Walker, organizers announced Friday, March 26. The 15th annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest is scheduled for June 17-19, and the 30th anniversary of Moondance Jam will be held July 22-24.