Balancing Over The Mississippi: Hiking Itasca State Park In Winter

European explorers came north to Minnesota to learn what the indigenous people of the Northwoods had known for thousands of years — that the source…

Want To Go Full Midwestern? Bake Bars.

Bars are one of those staples of Midwestern baking that are surprisingly difficult to explain to people from outside the region. “They’re kind of like…

Half Brothers Brewing Company: A Taproom For The Whole Family

Family is at the heart of North Dakota’s newest brewery. When Half Brothers Brewing Company opened in Grand Forks in the fall of 2017, the…

The Most Photogenic Places In Minneapolis

Minneapolis takes center stage as Minnesota’s largest city welcomes football fans from all over the globe to U.S. Bank Stadium. While the new(ish) stadium certainly…

Spain: The Trip That Made Me A Traveler

I remember the exact moment I realized that being a traveler was a choice. Travel didn’t need be a fluke, a happy accident, a thing…

Hot Drinks, Cool Vibes: My Favorite North Dakota Coffee Shops

Want to enjoy espresso in a church where Tedddy Roosevelt once worshipped, sip tea in a hidden courtyard or fund a nonprofit with your morning…

Winter Landscapes (And Books) To Dream Away The Cold

“In winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” – Ben Aaronovitch, Broken Homes I always want to write about…

Extreme Ice: 5 Wild Ways To Enjoy A Minnesota Winter

Minnesota has more than 10,000 lakes (11,842, if you want to be exact — which I do) and long winters, so it’s no surprise that…

Midwinter Wishes From The Road

I was pondering a New Year’s Eve message for this dark, beautiful and often challenging time of year. But when I took a break and…

Light For Darker Days: Reflections From Erfurt’s Christmas Market

I am standing by myself, as alone as one can get on the edge of the Domplatz, a historic square in Erfurt, the capital city…

From The American Heartland To Thuringia, The Heart Of Germany

By the time you read this, I’ll be flying from the prairies of the American heartland to the lush forest deep in the heart of…

Save Your Sanity: A Holiday Party Planning Guide For Stressed Out People

I throw plenty of epic parties. This was not one of them. This is the most gleefully lazy holiday party planning guide ever. It is…

Kuchen: A Dessert With History

Kuchen is German for “cake,” but that doesn’t really hint at its rich, addictive goodness. It’s more like a thick custard poured into a crust…

Practical Gifts For Travelers

It can be a challenge to shop for the travelers on your Christmas list. We tend to be pretty independent — and proactive about buying…

Fruitcakes, Cosplay and Fireworks: Zany North Dakota Christmas Celebrations

It’s Christmastime in North Dakota, a place where Santa shows up in a helicopter, carolers in Renaissance costumes sing as wassail is served, and revelers…