Into The Woods: A Hike In Maplewood State Park

We evolved in nature, but so many aspects of our everyday lives are lived far away from anything natural. We live and work and commute…

Yoga in the Snow: A Lesson In Mindfulness

When you practice yoga outdoors in the deep freeze of a Minnesota winter, the usual prompts to “feel your breath” and “visualize your breath” take…

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…

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…

Colorful Minnesota: Forests and Water — Autumn Settles In On North Star State

Prairie Style File’s roving reporter Jack Dura is back, with a gorgeous look at the fall foliage in Minnesota. Seriously, just look at these photos.…

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…

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…

Canoeing The Mississippi River With Clear Waters Outfitting

If I can canoe the Mississippi River, you can too. I’m not an expert by any means. I just love being out on the water. Water…

My Next Adventure: A Midwestern Summer Road Trip

“All my life I’ve always come back to one thing, my need to feel free and the need to feel the breeze…” – Jess “Chief”…

Roller Derby Street Style: Tattoos, Glitter And Optional Pants at WFTDA Champs in Saint Paul

I saw the most exciting roller derby bouts of my life (my life, people!!!) at the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships in Saint Paul,…

Fall Travel Tips

I get some of my best tips from readers like you. And my #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chats are one of my favorite ways to get travel…