Wanna Go To WE Fest? Win Free Tickets To Minnesota’s Largest Country Music Festival

Spontaneous giveaway alert!!! And it’s a doozy!

In just a few weeks, campers and country music fans will fill up their coolers, pack up their tents, lawn chairs and their best warm weather concert gear and head to Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota August 4-6 for WE Fest 2016.

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The three-day outdoor music and camping bash is the biggest outdoor country music festival in the state — and in the midwest — and it’s back for its 34th year. And it really does seem to get bigger every year.

WE Fest mania starts early and …

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10 Tips For Enjoying The 2016 Downtown Fargo Street Fair

The Downtown Fargo Street Fair is back! North Dakota’s biggest outdoor festival returns July 14-16. The heart of historic downtown Fargo will be even busier than usual, as Broadway shuts down and thousands of people stroll through seven blocks of shopping, food, family activities and entertainment.

Exploring 280 vendor booths, snacking at one of 40+ street food stands and experiencing the event’s unique atmosphere are fantastic ways to spend a few hours or an entire day. But it can be a little overwhelming.

Here are ten tips to stay comfortable and maximize your time at the Downtown Street Fair, including …

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Hats Off To Ladies At The North Dakota Horse Park

The North Dakota Horse Park opens for the season this weekend and you can score a pair of free tickets to the “Hats off To Ladies” opening weekend bash on Sunday, July 17!

I’m a sucker for a fabulous hat and anything that gets me outdoors on a sunny afternoon, so you know I’m all in. Well, for the event, anyway.

I traditionally bet about $5 on the ponies when I go and my brother-in-law (who is actually good at this stuff) teases me. I’m not a gambler. Just like in Vegas, I go for the booze, …

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How To Rock The Winnipeg Folk Festival: Insider Tips From Musicians and Fans

The #PrairiePlaces Summer Road Trip is going international!

By the time you read this, I’ll be headed up north with my friend Liz for a girls weekend of music, art, museums, shopping and even a spa day in Winnipeg, one of my favorite Canadian cities. You can follow our adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on Snapchat (there are going to be so many snaps, sorry, not sorry) at PrairieStylFile.

And I’m excited to check out the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the first time ever! I’ve lived just a few hours from Winnipeg for most of my …

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Hidden Fargo-Moorhead: The 3 Bees — A Shopping Spree In An Opera Singer’s Basement

If you’re wearing a fantastic outfit I will tell you so, even if I’ve never met you before in my life. If your clothes are really spectacular, I’ll ask where you bought them. I’ll jot down your answer in a battered Moleskine notebook and check it out.

That’s how I found myself trying on dresses and talking about art in a former opera singer’s basement on a random Thursday in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Barb Schramm is a pretty interesting lady. She’s worked as a choral director, a voice teacher and an opera singer. After years of roaming the globe …

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The Wild, Natural Wonders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

If you’ve never been to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the wilds of western North Dakota, make this the year that you go. When the badlands suddenly rise up out of the prairie, they take your breath away.

This is a place that imprints itself on your soul. …

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Barbecue, Boats and Water Lilies: Kayaking White Bear Lake

I’m addicted to paddling. I’ve away from the water for a bit. But I think I’m back for good this time.

I learned how to canoe in the murky waters of the Sheyenne River at camp near Cooperstown, North Dakota. My first real wilderness experience was a multi-day camping excursion to The Boundary Waters in Minnesota, where beginners like me just hopped into canoes with the experienced paddlers and we spent all day on the water.

I remember swimming in icy lakes and wood smoke in my hair. I ate better on that trip than I had in …

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Weird and Wonderful Roadside Attractions On The Way To Medora, North Dakota

A lot happens on the road to Medora, North Dakota. As you drive west on I-94, a subtle shift begins. The horizon looks endless. The terrain changes. But mentality of the world around you changes too.

“Here’s the boundary between east and west,” said John Steinbeck when describing how it felt to cross the Missouri River. “On the Bismarck side it is eastern landscape, eastern grass, with the look and smell of eastern America. Across the Missouri on the Mandan side it is pure west with brown grass and water scoring and small outcrops. The two sides …

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Dancing In The Streets: Marketfest in White Bear Lake

I have a soft spot for summer street festivals. And Marketfest in White Bear Lake, Minnesota is an especially good one.

It’s totally free and boasts a huge number of participating businesses and vendors (the website says over 130!), lots of street food, games and activities for kids, live music and a chance to get outdoors and enjoy a summer night in downtown White Bear Lake.

It happens every Thursday from mid-June through the end of July (which is impressive in and of itself) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. This year the party …

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Smart Wardrobe Solutions From The Dakota Chappy Pop-Up Shop

#PrairiePeople, meet Tori Srey, a fashion designer, personal stylist and North Dakota trendsetter. I met Tori through her work with Dakota Chappy, one of my favorite boutiques in Minot. You can find her creations at Tori Dany Designs and her collaborations with Dakota Chappy here.

If you can’t make it to the Dakota Chappy shop in Minot, but you can get to Bismarck this coming weekend, you’re in luck. I’ll let Tori tell you about what’s going on.

And if you’re going to be in Bismarck this Friday, maybe I’ll see you around! I’ll be staying the night with …

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