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Where To Stay Near The Twin Cities

Our recent Minnesota Holiday Weekend adventure was spread out over three cities: Minneapolis, St. Paul and Roseville. We needed a hotel near the Twin Cities so we decided Roseville’s location made a perfect home base for our explorations. Think of the cities as a triangle with Roseville be about equidistant from the others. Our visit …

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Christmas At American Swedish Institute {Updated For 2019}

While everyone’s flocking to the beach when the weather gets cold, I’m taking the family up to Minnesota for fun holiday weekend. One of the reasons I chose the Twin Cities area to explore is the American Swedish Institute. It’s not because I’m Swedish (I’m only partly), it’s because the place is a castle. Note: …

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A Weekend In Franklin County, Iowa

Some unexpected things happened on a recent visit to Franklin County, Iowa. I was expecting farmland, small town friendliness and a vaudeville show. That all happened according to plan. I wasn’t expecting to learn so much. I wasn’t expecting my son to be so fascinated by a county museum. I wasn’t expecting a microbrewer in a …

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