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U.S. boat sales float back to the top

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), representing the nation’s recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, announced today it expects unit sales of new powerboats to have increased between 6 and 7 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 250,000 boats sold as consumer confidence soared and manufacturers introduced products attracting younger boaters. In addition to increases in […]

Ice Fest at Breezy Point Saturday, Jan. 7

Minnesota winter outdoor enthusiasts should head to Breezy Point this Saturday, Jan. 7,  for the 22nd annual Ice Fest. Those attending will find all kinds of things to do including pond hockey, a bonfire on the beach, free horse-drawn hay rides, snow golf on Breezy Bay, an ice slide for the kids, dog sled rides, […]

Pioneer Village decked out for holidays

If you are heading Up North to visit family for Christmas this weekend – and the kids need a little break during the car ride – check out the Enchanted Pioneer Village at Paul Bunyan Land. It will not only be a great travel break, but you can find last minute Christmas gifts as well. […]

Ski resorts opening Up North

  Winter temperatures have finally settled in, and Minnesota’s ski resorts are open for business. Residents not wanting to travel too far north, have two great options in central Minnesota. Power Ridge Recreation Area near Kimball opened to skiers and snow boarders Dec. 8, but snow tubing will not be offered until after Christmas. All […]

Nisswa to host fiddler concert Dec. 9

If you enjoy great fiddle music and song, head to Nisswa Friday, Dec. 9, to hear Jerry Newberry and April Verch perform as part of the Grassroots Concert series. Missouri native Joe Newberry learned fiddle tunes from the great Missouri fiddlers and has been a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion. Fiddler, singer, and […]

‘A Christmas Carol’ opens Friday in Alex

The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) will be presenting “A Christmas Carol,” beginning this Friday, Dec. 2 and running through Sunday, Dec. 11. “A Christmas Carol” tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner […]

Nisswa City of Lights Celebration begins Nov. 25

Now that the snow has begun, if you are planning to head north to the Brainerd Lakes Area this weekend, why not drive just a bit further to Nisswa for its annual City of Lights Celebration, which kicks off Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. Nisswa is well known for its quaint retail shops, and this […]

Runestone, Knute Nelson draw history buffs to Alexandria

History buffs – or parents looking to share a piece of Minnesota’s history with their children to some of Minnesota’s many historical venues – have a couple of interesting options in Alexandria. Runestone Museum is located at 206 Broadway where visitors will see the world famous Kensington Runestone. The slab of greywacke has been a […]

Big brewfest at Grand View Lodge Nov. 18-20

Minnesota’s craft beer industry continues to grow, and residents can enjoy Grand Brewfest the weekend of Nov. 18-20 at Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake. Grand Brewfest takes place at Grand View Lodge each November. The fun-filled weekend started in 2010 when the rise in craft beer was gaining momentum. The event is Grand View’s […]

Brainerd offers alternatives to deer hunting

Not going deer hunting in early November? There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors near Brainerd in early November. One opportunity is the Northland Arboretum, which has nearly 12 miles of trails for hiking. The trails are designed to accommodate all ages and skill levels and are considered among the best in Minnesota. […]