Welcome to our Blog page. Each week we post an article about what makes Grand Rapids, Minnesota unique. Enjoy the read!

 

Feb 212017

Fat Fourteen Bike Race in Grand Rapids MN

Grand Rapids Itasca Mountain Bike Association (GRIMBA),  in conjunction with the Forest History Center, will be hosting it’s annual end of winter fat bike race/ride.  The “Fat Forest Fourteen” will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Forest History Center.

Below is the schedule for the day

8:30-9:00 am Registration
10:00 am Racers’ Meeting
10:20 am Mass […]

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Feb 152017

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-15-17

With the warmer weather predicted it looks as though many anglers will be out on the ice. Pan fish have been pursued by most anglers of late and many of the lakes in the Grand Rapids area have been producing and will be good destinations in the next several weeks. Small baits are the key […]

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Feb 142017

Head North this Spring 2017 Sweepstakes

When spring comes to Minnesota, we CELEBRATE. And when the snow melts away and reveals the north woods in the spring, there’s even more fun to be had, especially if you love exploring and riding on Minnesota’s ATV Trails! […]

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Feb 82017

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-8-17

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, professional fishing guide – MN Fishing Connections.

With the new snow cover of late, opportunities have expanded in the Grand Rapids Area. Ice fishing has been a popular destination for local and visiting anglers alike. Whether it’s late season pike and walleye fishing, Lake […]

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Feb 32017

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-3-17

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, Grand Rapids area professional fishing guide, Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee, National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee, and professional outdoor consultant.

The winter weather in the Grand Rapids area has been as normal as one could ask for,  With approximately 15-20 […]

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Jan 312017

Winter Fun For Kids

You’re itching to escape to the great Minnesota Northwoods, and your lazer focused on Grand Rapids. You know it’s a great place – maybe you’ve been before, or maybe you know about all the winter fun to be had in this great part of the state. But what about your kids? […]

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Jan 262017

5 Ways to Shake Up Your Winter Vacation

Minnesota is known for its amazing, unforgettable winters. In Grand Rapids, we’ve learned to face winter head on with a celebratory attitude. We’ve perfected the art of celebrating winter to its fullest. Winter is not going to go away, so live in the moment, and enjoy the beauty that a Grand Rapids winter has to offer. There’s something for everyone to dive into in a Grand Rapids winter. Here’s what we mean: […]

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Jan 252017

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1-25-17

The season is moving on fast forward and before you know it spring will be here. The warmer than normal weather has slipped elsewhere, but anglers have still been out in force.

Mobility has been the key and the most pursued species have been panfish. With so many lakes in the Grand Rapids area  with good […]

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Jan 182017

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1-18-17

Warm weather continues into this weekend – Great weekend to be on the lakes!
As we get late into the season, Walleyes tend to not have as many movements in the day as earlier. It is critical to set up early and late in the day on the edges of bars and points. Its critical to […]

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Jan 172017

Team Levi LaVallee Comes to Grand Rapids MN For Winter Rendezvous

Itasca County Snowmobile Association has secured Levi LaVallee as Keynote Speaker for Winter Rendezvous
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the location for the 2017 Minnesota United Snowmobiles’ Association Winter Rendezvous event. The event will take place February 9-12, 2017 at the Timberlake Lodge Hotel in Grand Rapids. The Itasca County Snowmobile Association is hosting the event by […]

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Jan 112017

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing 1-11-17

The winter has developed into one to remember. Most veteran anglers stated this winter is like the old days. Fisherman have been able to get out and enjoy fishing with most travel being done on snowmobiles and 4-wheel track vehicles.

For walleyes early and late in the day seem to be the best times. Some of […]

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Jan 32017

5 Reasons to Ride Grand Rapids Snowmobile Trails

Winter is here, and you’re itching to get your sled on the trails and cover some ground, have a good time with friends, and see new country. The Grand Rapids snowmobile trail system is pretty amazing, and here’s why. We guarantee you’ll have a ride on these trails you’ll never forget. […]

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Dec 292016

Grand Rapids Walleye Ice Fishing Report 12-28-16

Winter fishing has been moving along in a positive direction and access to lakes continues to improve daily. Ice thickness still varies, but most lakes have anywhere from 7-14 inches depending on where you intend to fish. Calling the bait shops in the Grand Rapids area can be the best call you make before visiting. […]

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Dec 272016

Make New Year’s Resolutions That Really Matter

Many of us make resolutions at the beginning of each New Year. But, do these resolutions stick? And if they don’t, maybe the really important question is, why not? Our resolutions aren’t going to work for us if we’re not truly motivated about them, deep down. If you have a resolution, for example, to “lose 10 pounds,” and you HATE to go to the gym, how effective will that resolution be? If, on the other hand, you want to “lose 10 pounds,” and you also know that you LOVE being outside in Minnesota’s beautiful woods and lakes – well, now you have some more information to craft a really good resolution that might actually stick!

Here are some meaningful resolutions to inspire you! […]

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Dec 192016

Grand Rapids Selected as Checkpoint MN Location

Historic Central School Marketplace is Checkpoint MN Location
The Historic Central School Marketplace in Grand Rapids, Minnesota has been selected as one of the ten iconic Minnesota locations for the 2016/2017 Checkpoint MN sponsored by Explore Minnesota. Checkpoint MN is a statewide winter scavenger hunt that encourages visitors to travel the state and checking into the ten […]

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Dec 132016

Survive the Holidays in Grand Rapids

Holidays got you stressed? Too much to do and too little time to get it all done? Head to Grand Rapids instead and play – you’ll find all kinds of activities that will instantly lower your stress level, depending upon the best fit for you! […]

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Dec 62016

Early Ice Fishing Safety Tips

This week’s blog post on Early Ice fishing Safety Tips is by Tom Neustrom, professional fishing promoter and professional fishing guide owner of MN Fishing Connections.

As the ice is forming this early season you need to pay particular attention as you venture out on how to walk on ice. You really shouldn’t be out there […]

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Nov 292016

Top Tips for Safe Winter Travel

The Grand Rapids area of northern Minnesota offers exceptional opportunities for winter recreation. You have your choice of snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, not to mention simply walking in a quiet area and enjoying the unique peace of Minnesota’s great north woods and beautiful lakes. Come prepared to have the time of your life, […]

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Nov 222016

Head North For Winter Fun

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a wonderful destination in the winter! We will help you embrace winter through all of our outdoor recreation opportunities, family friendly area attractions, world renowned performances and other nightly entertainment. Head North this winter to take in all the best that Up North has to offer. Just 3.5 hours north of the […]

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Nov 182016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 11-17-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner and professional fishing guide.

Watch out!!!!! The weather is changing and I hope you are ready. The angling world will also change from soft water to hard water before you know it. Is your boat put away yet? Make sure everything is buttoned up […]

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Nov 102016

WinterGlo Festival

The Grand Rapids Downtown Business Association, is proud to announce the 2nd annual WinterGlo Festival. The WinterGlo Festival will take place the first weekend in December – December 2-4, 2016.

If you are not familiar with Grand Rapids, Minnesota, it is a charming small town located in the central part of northern Minnesota.  In Grand Rapids you […]

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Nov 92016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 11-9-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections,

With the warmer than usual weather of late is it really time to put the boat away? For me, not just yet. With water temperatures in the mid 40’s, fish have been cooperating like it’s the last push before winter. It’s very unique to […]

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Nov 82016

Shop Small in Grand Rapids MN

Shop Small Saturday was originated by American Express, and launched on November 27, 2010.  It was created to encouraged people across the country to support small, local businesses. Since this first year, small, local businesses have seen huge success. It has been a way for business owner communities come together and unite for one day around […]

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Nov 32016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 11-3-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by, Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections and fishing industry professional and Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods.

Crappie bite is absolutely insane. Very good fishing and look in their wintering areas. Lakes to consider are Cut Foot, Pokegama, and Bass. Try a jig an d a rap […]

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Nov 22016

Welcome Hockey Families

Hockey is part of Minnesota’s heritage and we are proud in Grand Rapids, MN to host youth hockey tournaments from mid November to beginning of March each year. We want to welcome all hockey families to play hockey, and enjoy everything our version of Minnesota’s nature has to offer.

Thousands of people Head North to Grand […]

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Oct 272016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 10-26-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Several anglers are still fishing area lakes, but for many they are getting their boats and equipment ready to store for the winter season. Next week, Tom will share with you winterization tips for your equipment and boats.

Anglers that still want […]

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Oct 242016

The Reif Center Bring Renowned Entertainment to Northern Minnesota

The Reif Performing Arts Center is  northern Minnesota’s gem of a theater. The Reif is celebrating a new facility with a grand reopening season. “We are booked with national and international groups. The new space is stunning featuring an art gallery, fireplace lounge, intimate theatre space, and concessions. I welcome everyone to come enjoy an […]

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Oct 242016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 10-19-16

The clock is ticking and the last few weeks of the 2016 open water fishing season  is winding down.

The crappie and walleye fishing has been very good and many of the lakes have been doing well. Several area lakes such as Bowstring, Sand, Big Splithand and Spider have been producing crappies in 22-40 feet. Most […]

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Oct 172016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 10-14-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report is provided to you by: Tom Neustrom, professional fishing guide and owner of MN Fishing Connections. Tom has been inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame, and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

Great angling and hunting opportunities are drawing sportsman to the area and their successes have been […]

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Oct 112016

Girlfriends Getaway Weekend

 

During the hunting season, you can come to Grand Rapids all together for a weekend full of outdoor recreation opportunities, shopping, spa treatments, and crafting! If you’re planning a girls getaway, here’s a great itinerary list to get your planning started during our annual Girlfriend Getaway Weekend.
Stay Cozy on Your Getaway
When you’re looking for a […]

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Oct 52016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 10-5-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report is brought to you by: Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Fall is here and the leaves are spectacular. It’s Mother Nature’s greatest moment of the season. Fall fishing is in full swing and many of the lakes are producing nice catches of walleyes, panfish, and northern pike. Water temperatures are […]

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Oct 42016

Autumn Adventures in Minnesota’s Nature

The Fall season is a very short season in Minnesota, but it is one that you will want to take advantage of. Right now the leaves are stunning in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area.  This week we have reached peak leave color. This is the golden opportunity for you to head north for a weekend […]

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Sep 292016

Living Through The Lens of a Tourist

This is officially my last blog as The Natural Traveler! I cannot believe how fast this summer has flown by. It has been such a wonderful time interning at Visit Grand Rapids. Living this summer through the lenses of a tourist.  Getting all of your feedback and seeing people interact with me through social media […]

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Sep 282016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 9-28-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

The cooler weather has definitely kick started the fall walleye bite and many area lakes are starting to produce. Lake Winnie has been giving up limits of nice eating walleyes in the shallows with a jig and minnow being the best choice for success. […]

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Sep 222016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 9-22-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Grant Prokop and Andy Walls, Thousand Lake Sporting Goods.
Muskie: the muskie bite has continued to pick up. As we work closer to winter, the fall bite will continue to get stronger. Muskies can be found transitioning from weed beds to hard bottom rock areas to ambush bait. Bucktails […]

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Sep 222016

Hiking in Minnesota’s Nature

Thank you for continuing to follow my blog posts.  This week I wanted to highlight the beautiful hiking that is available in the Grand Rapids, MN area.

Hiking in Minnesota’s Nature
As a final hoo-rah to my summer, I wanted to get back into the true nature of Minnesota and see some of its natural beauty. I […]

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Sep 152016

Grand Rapids MN Fishing Report 9-15-16

This week’s Grand Rapids, MN Fishing Report 9-15-16 by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections, guide service.

Brrrr. That first night in the 30’s is a wakeup call for “Fall is Here”.  Leaves are changing and wildlife has sensed that change is coming. Fish are no different than other animal life and they begin to […]

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Sep 152016

ATV/OHV Trail Riding and Local Shopping in Grand Rapids

Welcome back to my blog. I had a fun time this week shopping at some local businesses and hitting the trails for an ATV ride.
ATV/OHV Trail Riding
With all of the fall colors, it is a gorgeous time to be outside! I wanted to take advantage of the last bit of this nice weather, so I […]

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Sep 82016

Bovey Farmers Day and Dining in the Grand Rapids Area

Welcome back to my blog. I hope everyone had a good labor day weekend! I spent my weekend at Bovey Farmers Day, and then tryed out some restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.
Bovey Farmers Day
Bovey Farmers Day is the longest running festival in Minnesota dating back to 1912. This festival always happens labor day weekend, […]

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Sep 12016

Kayaking the Mississippi River and EOW Naturalist Programs

Welcome back to my blog. Isn’t it crazy how fast this summer has gone by? This week I went kayaking on the Mississippi River. Then I attended a Naturalist Program at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center. Both were such fun events, and great for the whole family.
Kayaking the Mississippi River
When you think of […]

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Aug 302016

Grand Rapids MN Fishing Report 8-30-16

This weeks Grand Rapids MN is from Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.
The fishing has been very consistent  as of late. Most species have being active. Crappie and Sunfish have for the most point left the weedline and are suspended off the edges of the weeds. Small jigs with wax worm or small minnow will catch […]

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Aug 252016

Itasca County Fair and Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Welcome back to my blog. This week I had a fun time at the Itasca County Fair and stand up paddle boarding!
Itasca County Fair
The Itasca County Fair has been going on since 1892! It last for five days every August. So much is always going on, includes a midway, food and beverages, entertainment, and animal […]

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Aug 232016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-18-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Summer keeps moving forward and before you know it Fall will upon us. The consistent weather of this past week has given the fish opportunities to bite.

Walleyes have been active on area lakes with a gold spinner and a half crawler […]

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Aug 162016

Dog Days of Summer and the Grand Rapids Farmers Market

Welcome back to my blog. This week I have many exciting things to tell you about!
Dog Days of Summer
As we finally get out of the hottest, most humid, ‘Dog Days of Summer’, I thought it would be fun to spend a little time on the water with one of my favorite dogs, Rosco. We had […]

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Aug 112016

Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour and Tall Timber Days

Welcome back to my blog. This week I was part of the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour and then I attended Tall Timber Days. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!
Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour
I started off my weekend with a 12-mile bike tour from Taconite, MN to Grand Rapids.  The […]

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Aug 42016

Grand Rapids Weekend of Wheels

Welcome back to my blog. This week I attended the Weekend of Wheels in Grand Rapids! There was a lot going on, and I can’t wait to tell you about my experiences.
Dairy Queen Old Car Night
I started off my Weekend of Wheels at the Grand Rapids Dairy Queen this past week. Every Thursday during May […]

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Aug 12016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-27-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report is from Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

The weather seems to be settling down and the fishing will keep getting back to normal on the Grand Rapids area lakes. Bass fishing has been a hot topic of late and anglers are enjoying some of the best fishing of the season. […]

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Jul 282016

City Band Concert, Crazy Dayz and the Lost 40!

Welcome back to my blog. This week I have many exciting things to tell you about!
Coleraine City Band Summer Concert Series
I started my week off with a concert by the Coleraine City Band! This was part of the bands’ Summer Concert Series; a free concert held every Thursday in Coleraine, which is just five miles […]

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Jul 212016

Mississippi River Music, BBQ & Brew, Walleye Fishing

Welcome back to my blog. This week I have some fun adventures to tell you about!
12th Annual Mississippi River Festival
The 12th annual KAXE River Festival was the starting event for my week! This is a smaller festival that brings in innovative music to the area. The event takes place outside, under a large amphitheater tent, […]

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Jul 142016

Spa day, Art Fair, Triathlon and Wild Rice!

Welcome back to my blog. This week was exciting, there was a lot of things happening, and I can’t wait to share!
SPA DAY AT TRUE NORTH SALON AND SPA
For the start of my week, I headed to True North Salon and Spa with a couple of new friends, Katie and Colleena, for a relaxing spa […]

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Jul 82016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-8-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Winnie has been very good this week for catching on rigs with leeches, crawlers and spinners. Humps and bars are producing fish. Lots of large fish have been caught and there’s even been a few keepers in the mix! Don’t forget […]

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Jul 72016

Top Summer Must Do’s in Grand Rapids, MN

There is still LOTS of summer left! You deserve to take a vacation this summer, and if you don’t have a lot of time, don’t worry, there are Great Lodging DEALS to be found in the Grand Rapids, MN area. Area Hotels/Motels and Resorts are ready with last minute deals and discounts to help meet […]

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Jul 72016

Strawberries, Jazz and Art Walks

Welcome back to my blog. This week was full of some fun events and activities, and I have a lot to share!
LUNEMANN’S LUNEY BERRIES STRAWBERRY FARM
To start off my week, I headed out to Lunemann’s Luney Berries Strawberry Farm. This farm is only about nine miles from Grand Rapids, and they have fields upon fields […]

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Jun 302016

Summer Concerts, Transportation, YMCA and The Bash

 

Welcome back to my blog. I have some pretty fun adventures to tell you about this week!

 
SUMMER NOON CONCERT SERIES
This summer marks the 14th season of the Grand Rapids Summer Arts Concerts. These concerts take place every Tuesday at noon, at a different church around the area. You can see the full schedule here. The […]

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Jun 232016

Duke Otherwise, Radio Show, Be a Lumberjack and Bluegrass

Welcome back to my blog, this week has been SO fun! I have a lot to write about so be patient…

DUKE OTHERWISE

To start off my week, I attended a concert put on by Duke Otherwise. This was a children’s concert put on by the Grand Rapids Area Library. I was a little worried that I […]

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Jun 222016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6-22-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Another windy week that brought about good fishing for walleyes on area lakes. As predicted, many of the lakes have given anglers opportunities to fish other presentations other than jig and minnow. Crawlers and leeches fished on slip sinker rigs are […]

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Jun 162016

The Natural Traveler: Mudding, Wizard of Oz, and Joyce Estates

Welcome back to my blog, can you believe it’s already been a week? I hope everyone’s summer is going as well as mine is! As we get further into the warm summer months, it’s crazy to think about how fast the time is flying by. If you haven’t been keeping up with my blogs, let […]

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Jun 132016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6-13-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report is brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connection guide service.

The weekend was given a dose of warm weather and the bite was good for several species. Walleyes were still mostly shallow on area bodies of water and jig and minnow was still producing. Leeches and rigs and […]

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Jun 92016

The Natural Traveler – First Friday and Open Streets

Welcome back to this week’s blog! If this is your first time checking in, let me introduce myself, I am the Natural Traveler, living through the lens of a tourist in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area! This summer I will be traveling all around the Grand Rapids area, attending events, visiting area attractions and trying […]

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Jun 22016

The Natural Traveler: Biking, Antiques, and Comedy

Welcome to my blog! I am the Natural Traveler, living through the lens of a tourist in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. My summer has just begun but it has already been crazy. The Grand Rapids area has so much to offer.   I am amazed by how fast my summer schedule is filling. If you […]

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May 262016

Inspirational Minnesota Travel

Looking for inspirational travel in Minnesota? I introduce you to Visit Grand Rapids “Natural Traveler”, Kyla Kane. Kyla is a senior at North Dakota State University.  She is majoring in Tourism & Hospitality Management. Her job this summer is to live through the lens of a visitor to inspire travel ideas in the Grand Rapids, […]

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May 202016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5-20-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

With cooler than normal temperatures greeting anglers last weekend, it will be a turnabout this next week coming up. The warmer weather has made the walleye fishing improving on a daily basis and the crappies will move back in the shallows […]

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May 172016

Biking Northeast Minnesota

Summer is right around the corner in the Grand Rapids area, and this means that bikes are being taken out for the season, and excitement is being shared throughout the local biking community. Whether you are looking forward to fat tire biking, trail biking, or mountain biking, Grand Rapids offers opportunities for all, and all […]

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May 132016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5-13-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report is brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

We are on the doorstep of the 2016 Minnesota Fishing Opener. Anglers in Minnesota get so excited for this weekend. In Grand Rapids you will find the bait shops are bustling with all kinds of people seeking the right bait […]

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May 102016

Blackwater Brew Fest

A New Brew for You!

So what is a BrewFest anyways? A BrewFest is a fantastic beer tasting festival where you and your friends all receive sampling glasses and use them to taste as many pours as you like from the great breweries in attendance.  Each brewer generally offers up a variety of beers for your […]

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May 42016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5-4-16

This week’s fishing report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.  Tom is a Grand Rapids, Minnesota area fishing guide, fishing professional and inductee into both the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

“Ladies and gentlemen start your engines” or should I ask if your boat engine is […]

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May 32016

Minnesota Family Road Trips

Road trips can be a little challenging with kids, but if you plan ahead they can be a memory filled vacation. The first thing you need to make a list with everyone’s interests. There are lots of places to see and things to do in Minnesota for a Family Road Trip. Consider things you have […]

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Apr 262016

Early Season Fishing in Northern Minnesota

Tom Neustrom shares his tips for early season fishing to help you plan your fishing trip to northern Minnesota. He highlights certain fishing species, the lakes to find them, bait delivery systems, and  fishing tips. Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a great place to fish all year long. Right now you can fish for panfish and […]

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Apr 252016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 4-20-16

This week’s Fishing Report brought to you by Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods.

In the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area, suckers and crappie are what is biting the best.  They are catching suckers in tributaries of the Mississippi River and on the Mississippi River.  Crappies are biting on smaller lakes north and south of Grand Rapids. This is […]

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Apr 212016

Come to Grand Rapids for Vibrant Art, Culture & History

First Friday Art Walk
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a vibrant art and culture community. The Grand Rapids Arts was created to connect artists and arts organization to audiences throughout the Grand Rapids area.  They started hosting monthly First Friday Art Walks as a celebration of art and community that is located within Minnesota’s nature. This was modeled […]

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Apr 122016

Getting Ready for MN Fishing Opener 2016

Let the Games Begin
This week’s blog post is written by Tom Neustrom, professional fishing guide and owner of MN Fishing Connections, Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame and Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee. Tom shares his getting ready for the MN Fishing Opener tips to help you be prepared for the celebrated Minnesota tradition of […]

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Apr 62016

Planning Your Multi-Generational Vacation

Special memories are made by spending time with family on vacation. The adventures you get to experience together. The wonderful bonding opportunities. The funny campfire stories. The rainy day spent inside playing cards and reliving fond memories. We want to help you plan a multi generational vacation with your family.
Where to Start?

Things To Do
Once you […]

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Apr 52016

Come Ride The Mesabi Trail

Experience the Mesabi Trail Like Never Before – New Story Map & New Construction!

Have you never ridden the Mesabi Trail?  Or maybe there is a section or two you’re just curious about?

Now you can experience the Trail like never before by taking a virtual tour!  Just go to http://www.mesabitrail.com/maps-images/virtual-tour and take a virtual bike ride […]

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Mar 302016

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 3/30/16

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom and Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods in Cohasset, MN.

After yesterday’s rain  In the Grand Rapids area, most ice on area lakes are very black; which means they can open at any time.  Caution is to be used on the ice this time of year. […]

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Mar 282016

Coming to Grand Rapids, MN for Sports Tournaments

This blog will help you get ready for coming to Grand Rapids, Minnesota for sports tournaments. Grand Rapids hosts hundreds of youth sports tournaments each year. Whether you are coming here for hockey, basketball, lacrosse, softball, baseball, swimming, volleyball or archery just to name a few., this will help you plan for your trip.

Each sport […]

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Mar 252016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 3-25-16

This week’s ice fishing report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

People are still ice fishing in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. Caution is to be used when venturing out on the ice. The ice has been compromised by warm weather a couple weeks ago and now with the colder temps this week. Make […]

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Mar 222016

Spring Fat Tire Biking in Grand Rapids

Fat tire biking has become a big hit in the Grand Rapids area lately, as it’s a perfect activity for our neck of the woods. The large tires allow you to maneuver easily in the snow and ice that covers northern Minnesota for nearly half the year, but can also be enjoyed in the warmer […]

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Mar 182016

Are You Ready To Ride?

We are entering a season that we refer to as MUD SEASON in northern Minnesota.  This season is perfect for ATV/OHV riding! We welcome you to join us for opening season this spring. Please keep in mind that some roadways and trails may be closed during the spring due to wet conditions in forest, parks, […]

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Mar 162016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 3-16-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Right now in the Grand Rapids area ice fishing is foot travel only. People are fishing for panfish, like crappies, perch and bluegills.  This time of year you will want to fish just below the ice.  Many times fish are looking for warmer […]

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Mar 82016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 3-9-16

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom.  Tom Neustrom is a legendary professional fishing angler who has been inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame and the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He has a fishing guide service called Minnesota Fishing Connections.  If you do not have […]

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Mar 82016

Spring Entertainment in Grand Rapids

The Reif Center
The Reif Performing Arts Center has long been one of Grand Rapids’ most popular attractions. For over 30 years it has drawn regional crowds to its performances which run September through May. In recent years the Reif has presented between 35-40 national and international touring shows, representing a broad ranges of genres: musical […]

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Mar 22016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 3-2-16

This week’s Ice Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

The door has closed on the 2015 ice fishing season for walleye, northern pike, and bass. It was a late ice up and the anglers were having trouble getting to the fish because of unsafe ice. Once the thickness improved it was […]

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Mar 12016

Head North This Spring Sweepstakes

We’ve had a “mild” winter this year but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t ready for spring! The days are getting longer and the sun is starting to peak through. Springtime means that warmer weather, fresh air and outdoor adventures are on their way.

This year’s Head North This Spring Sweepstakes is the perfect reason to take a […]

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Feb 252016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-24-16

Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections, provides this week’s ice fishing report for the Grand Rapids, MN area lakes.

A reminder to all anglers that the walleye, northern pike, and bass fishing season ends this Sunday, February 28th.  Right now be careful on the ice with the recent rain; make sure you wear rubber boots. Panfishing will […]

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Feb 232016

Fat Fourteen Bike Race

Guest blogger, Jeff Toonstra, Grand Rapids and Itasca Mountain Bike Association shares about Fat Bike trends, Fat Tire Bike riding in Grand Rapids, and the highlights about the second annual Fat Fourteen Bike Race coming up in March at the Forest History Center.
What’s the Big Deal About Fat Tire Bikes?
Ever since the development of off […]

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Feb 172016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-17-16

This week’s Ice Fishing Report for the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

In the last months of winter angling many species are on the move in search of nourishment before the rigors of spring spawning begins. Electronics are even more important in late winter because of the nomadic characteristics of species. […]

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Feb 162016

Snowmobiling in Grand Rapids

If you’re not used to colder temperatures, it isn’t always easy to get outside during the winter. But by staying indoors you miss out on one of the most gorgeous times of year in Northern Minnesota. Getting bundled up and facing the cold is worth every second- especially when you have a chance to see […]

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Feb 112016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2/11/16

This week’s Ice Fishing Report is brought to you by, Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Cold fronts are not the most popular conditions to fish, but make no mistake, even though they may be a bit sluggish, fish still have to eat. Many times as mentioned in the past, downsizing is key to getting bit in […]

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Feb 92016

Head North To Find Solitude

Guest Blogger, Catherine McLynn, Board Member of Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club, Mt. Itasca Youth Ski League, and Itasca Ski and Outing Club dba Mt. Itasca, share her  experience and thoughts about nordic skiing in the Grand Rapids area:  “Nordic skiing is a highly technical sport that anyone can do if they can walk, but it […]

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Feb 22016

Things To Do in Grand Rapids, MN- February 2016

February may mean cold temperatures and lots of snow, but that doesn’t slow Grand Rapids down. Whether you are looking for cultural events, family activities and classes or reasons to get outside, you’ll be able to find something to keep you busy in February 2016.

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Jan 282016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1/28/16

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report is provided by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

As winter rolls along, and the frozen period has been around for months, many times sizing down your baits will dictate success. Most species, except for trout, become slightly sluggish as the winter moves along. Trout have always been active in […]

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Jan 262016

Taconite State Trail 30th Anniversary

 

February 19th through 21st marks the 30th Anniversary of the Taconite State Trail. Originally authorized in 1974, the trail was completed in 1986 and has since been providing locals and visitors with an unsurpassed view of Northern Minnesota’s abundant mining history and gorgeous country.  Les Olila shares his thoughts about the early years of development of […]

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Jan 202016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1/21/16

This week’s Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

The recent cold weather has its positives and we have just what the ice fishing doctor ordered of late. We finally have good ice on most of our lakes and getting around has been good. With ice depths from 10-16 inches on area […]

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Jan 192016

Couples Winter Getaway

Are you looking for a unique romantic winter getaway destination that won’t break the bank? Have you considered something a little different this year?

We know winter brings thoughts of cold and dark, but we want to change your perspective and give you some new ideas to consider.  This year consider heading north to Grand Rapids, Minnesota to […]

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Jan 112016

Ice Fishing in Grand Rapids Minnesota

Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections, shares tips on ice fishing in Grand Rapids, Minnesota yet this year.

This year Mother Nature has not given us the ice conditions that we would like to see, but there is still time to come ice fish in Grand Rapids, Minnesota this winter.  This recent cold weather pattern is bringing […]

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Jan 52016

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report

This week’s ice fishing report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

The colder weather has started to improve the ice conditions on our area lakes and the ice fishing participation has been torrid. Many of the smaller lakes in the Grand Rapids area are producing good catches of crappies and bluegills. Many anglers […]

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Jan 52016

Winter Fun Up North Sweepstakes!

Take advantage of everything that winter has to offer with the Winter Fun Up North Sweepstakes prize. For families and visitors of the Grand Rapids, MN region, winter offers an incredibly variety of opportunities to get outside and explore the wilderness – or simply hang out and spend some quality time together. Take a risk, and enter this month’s sweepstakes to receive a valuable gift package that will turn your winter doldrums into winter fun. […]

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Dec 302015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 12-30-15

With the late ice forming this year, like no other year before, we are starting to get good enough conditions with most lakes around 4-7 inches of ice. Fishing for Panfish like crappies and sunfish has been very good. Deeper lakes are forming ice, but another week before it is safe to go out on. […]

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Dec 292015

Resolve to Head North for the New Year

Should old acquaintance be forgot and, uh … da da da daaaa!

Never mind the lyrics, this tune means one thing: it’s New Year’s — a time to foster hope for the future and resolve to change our lives for the better. […]

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Dec 222015

A Reminder to Give Thanks This Holiday Season

With only 3 days left until Christmas arrives, many families and individuals across the globe are feeling the stress of getting everything just right for the holiday season. Up north in Grand Rapids, the population is focusing on something a little more important. By observing nature and investing in our region, we’re happy to share a few life lessons that could come in handy this joyful season: […]

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Dec 162015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 12-16-15

Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

This will definitely be a winter to remember or for some to forget. The ice conditions are not favorable at this time and with the new 5 inch snowfall will be not the best for ice fishing until we get a good dose of cold weather. Several lakes […]

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Dec 152015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 12-15-15

Currently smaller lakes north of Grand Rapids, MN have 2-4″ of ice. Caution is to be used when heading out on early ice. Cooler temperatures in the 20’s are making ice every day and night.  We will have good ice in 1-2 weeks. Be patient. Better safe than sorry. Make sure to check out the […]

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Dec 152015

Why You Should Head North For the Holidays

My parents are retired, but unlike a lot of retirees, they don’t travel much.  I remember asking my dad why he didn’t want to travel.  He replied, “Why would I travel when I live in the greatest place on earth?”  […]

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Dec 82015

Up North Fashion

Northern Minnesota Fashion Style
This winter we invite you to head north to Grand Rapids, Minnesota and enjoy a laid back getaway. We put together a few style tips on how to fit in this winter in northern Minnesota. Whether you are looking to do a little exploring in the woods, some sight seeing with a special someone, or just hang out, we have you covered. […]

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Dec 12015

Resources for Your Trip North this Winter

You’ve decided at last that you’re going to take the plunge and head north this winter for an unforgettable getaway.  With so many opportunities available within the Grand Rapids, MN region, it can be difficult to decide exactly which ones you should take advantage of.  Here are a few ideas to help you pick out the right activities for the time you have available to spend in Minnesota’s Nature. […]

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Nov 242015

Why Everyone’s Excited to Head North this Winter

There’s been a lot of murmuring about the newest trend in winter vacations: heading NORTH. […]

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Nov 172015

Head North Gift Giving Guide

North products are synonymous with quality and styles that will endure time. Visit Grand Rapids has selected this year’s gift giving guide to help with your Holiday shopping that focuses on shopping small this season at locally owned Minnesota stores. […]

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Nov 102015

Getting Ready for Ice Fishing

It’s another season upon us and getting ready and preparing for the 2015-16 ice fishing adventures is an all important ritual that will be essential to have fun and be safe on the ice.

With the cool crisp mornings and evenings it’s time to prepare. Where do I start?? Most often you put away your tackle […]

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Nov 52015

New Sweepstakes: Head NORTH this Winter!

Winter is a magical season, full of adventure and possibility – for those who dare to brave the weather.  To residents and visitors of the Grand Rapids, MN area, the winter season provides opportunities for a variety of sports, from ice fishing and snowmobiling to downhill skiing, snow tubing, and snowshoeing.  This year’s Head North this Winter Sweepstakes gives you a great incentive  to take a trip up NORTH and explore all that Minnesota’s nature has to offer. The Grand Rapids area is a popular destination for families of all ages and dynamics, ready to take on the snow. […]

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Oct 282015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 10-28-15

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report is brought to you by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connection.

As the open water fishing season winds down, and the snowflakes begin to fall, another page of 2015 comes to a close. The leaves are down and the northern fights of ducks are returning a bit later than normal. The […]

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Oct 262015

7 Reasons Why Grand Rapids is a “Hunter’s Widow” Paradise

Many ladies like to joke about becoming a “deer” or “hunter” widow as November opens up with MN Deer Opener.  The good news is that Grand Rapids, MN has banded together to turn your “widows weekend” into an unforgettable getaway.  Create new stories and memories with your favorite gals and learn more about these 10 reasons why Grand Rapids is the Hunter’s Widow Paradise of Minnesota.
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Oct 212015

Get to Know the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) has and always will strive to educate, provide opportunity, and support Minnesota and Minnesota deer hunters. We build Minnesota’s conservation legacy through habitat, education, and legislation.  The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association headquarters is located just north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Improving Habitat
Since its inception in 1980, MDHA has been a […]

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Oct 192015

Preparation Checklist for a Successful MN Deer Opener Weekend

Grand Rapids, MN is eagerly looking forward to the opening of this year’s deer season.  From November 7 – 21, hunting enthusiasts throughout the nation will arrive to seek out the elusive whitetail buck in the many thousands of acres of deep northern forests.  To help get you started on the right foot, we have compiled a deer hunting prep checklist.  Use it wisely – and add to it as needed! […]

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Oct 162015

Grand Rapids MN Fishing Report

Don’t put the boat away just yet. The walleyes are biting with some of the best fishing of the season going on right now. Lake Winnibigosh(Big Winnie), Cutfoot Lake, Little Winnie and SplitHand have been providing anglers with great walleye fishing. The bite for the most part has been in depths of 8-11 feet with […]

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Oct 142015

World Class Entertainment In Rural MN

The Reif Center Performing Arts Center brings world class performances to rural Minnesota theatres and stages through their Reif On The Road  – Fall & Winter 2015/2016 Season.
Guest Blogger: Katie Benes, Reif Center Marketing Director, shares updates about upcoming Reif Center performances that will be located throughout NE Minnesota arts theatres and performance centers during […]

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Oct 62015

Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Hunting in Grand Rapids Minnesota

According to the 2015 Minnesota Grouse Survey is the most popular upland bird in Minnesota. October is the perfect time to come hunt for Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Grand Rapids has over 1 million acres of public accessible land in part to the Blandin working forest easements that opened up over […]

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Sep 302015

Fall Fishing: The Season Worth Living For

For all the months of the years that we exist,  fall has an unbelievable attraction. When you gaze skyward, a flock of geese heading south is a sure sign that fall is upon us. The leaves changing also offers a sign that fall fishing is in full swing, and it is an exciting time of year. As in all wildlife, species of fish also realize it is the time of year they need to be on the hunt for food. Winter is not far away and the pursuit of nourishment is needed to survive to the next season. […]

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Sep 282015

Great Vacation Ideas for Your 2015 Minnesota MEA Weekend

 

Families throughout Minnesota are gaining excitement for this year’s MEA Weekend.  On October 15-16, families throughout Minnesota will be enjoying the annual mid-season break.  Here are a few ideas to begin your MEA weekend getaway trip planning. […]

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Sep 232015

Fall Spontaneous Adventures

Fall is a very short season, but this a great time of year for a last minute getaway.

Do you consider yourself a spontaneous adventurer? Don’t worry, you don’t need to be to explore in Minnesota’s nature this fall.  There are many places to see, and things to do that are unique to the Grand Rapids, […]

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Sep 152015

Fantastic Foliage Makes a Great Fall Trip

Be-leaf it: fantastic foliage makes great Grand Rapids trip
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Aug 312015

Fall Family Destinations

It’s the last day of August and the leaves are beginning to change in the northland near Grand Rapids, MN.  With the advent of another year of school for the kids, many families are looking for unique options for their fall family vacation destinations. Here are a few ideas for families who are ready to make a trip into the wilderness during the spectacular autumn. […]

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Aug 252015

Ideal Labor Day Vacation

Aaron J. Brown is an author and blogger who lives in the Grand Rapids area. He writes the blog Minnesota Brown and hosts the Great Northern Radio Show on Grand Rapids-based Northern Community Radio.

Grand Rapids area ideal for Labor Day toast to summer’s end
Work hard, play hard. That’s the mantra people in Northern Minnesota follow […]

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Aug 192015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections. A touch of cooler weather descended  upon the north country of late, and will for some species, kick them into gear for what we call “late summer” or “early fall” feasting.

Pan fish many times are the most effected by a stretch of cooler weather […]

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Aug 172015

Favorite Fall Motorcycle Group Rides

Guest Blogger Melissa Nordberg, avid Grand Rapids motorcyclist, shares her favorite motorcycle routes in northern Minnesota.  Melissa is a member of a Grand Rapids Motorcycle Group that rides around northern Minnesota on a regular basis.

Melissa shares one of her recent motorcycle rides to Jay Cooke State Park located in NE Minnesota. Her Grand Rapids motorcycle […]

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Aug 132015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-13-15

This week’s fishing report by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections guide service.  Tom is a Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame inductee and a professional fishing representative for major outdoors industry companies.

Every season this time of year, always interests me with weather changes and positioning of different species of fish I chase. As opposed […]

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Aug 112015

Autumn Adventures Motorcycle Tour Sweepstakes

Fall is just around the corner.  To residents and visitors of the Grand Rapids area, the fall season offers exceptional opportunities for hiking, fishing, hunting – and just enjoying the scenery.  This year’s Autumn Adventures Motorcycle Tour Sweepstakes gives you a great incentive  to take a trip out on the roads and explore the area.  The Grand Rapids area is a popular destination for motorcyclists who come from around the country to take in the vibrant changing leaves and crisp autumn air.  The road tours around Itasca County wander through deep forests, stunning vistas, and charming towns. They make for a perfectly balanced day trip through the north land. […]

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Aug 62015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-6-15

Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.  Tom Neustrom is a Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame inductee who owns MN Fishing Connections, a Minnesota Fishing Guide Service.

Moving water is such a unique commodity and in Grand Rapids we are blessed with numerous lakes and the Mississippi River winding its way through the […]

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Aug 32015

End of Summer Hot Deals

We want to share our End of Summer Hot Deals with you so you can reconnect together for a last minute getaway.  In Grand Rapids, Minnesota you will find the ideal balance between nature and community. We are a welcoming community located 3 hours north of the Twin Cities.

There is still lots of time to get […]

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Jul 302015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-30-15

This week’s fishing report comes from Tom Neustrom, Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame Guide. Follow him on MN Fishing Connections and his Tom Neustrom Fishing Promotions.

The fishing continues to be good on Grand Rapids Area Lakes and visitors to the area have been rewarded with nice catches bass, northern pike, panfish and walleyes. Many of the […]

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Jul 282015

Northern Minnesota Motorcycle Memories

Guest Blogger, Wayne Roskos, native of Grand Rapids, MN shares his stories of riding around the northern Minnesota area on motorcycle with friends and family.

I started out by sharing the adventure of motorcycling with friends, family and those we meet along the rides.  You find common bonds with others, and immediately this gives you something to […]

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Jul 222015

Best Bike Ride in Minnesota

Most Fun You can Have on Two Wheels! By Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg, Club Mesabi

“Best bike ride in Minnesota!”  “Best volunteers on the planet!”  Just a couple of quotes from participants  in the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour.  Designed for serious cyclists, casual riders and families – this one day recreational tour is just about the […]

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Jul 222015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-22-15

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connection.

Locations of many species will continue to change as food sources become available. As water temperatures continue to warm in area lakes forage such as crayfish, species of minnows, tulibees, and bottom dwelling critters that all fish dine on at many times of the […]

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Jul 202015

Paddle the Mississippi River

Guest Blogger, Holli Bushing, Owner of Paddle Hoppers, shares her love of watersports and talks about her one of a kind paddle shop located on the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

You could say paddling is a passion of mine. As a young girl my sister and I used to paddle canoes along the shores […]

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Jul 152015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-15-15

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report is by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Northern Minnesota has been a great destination this season for good fishing. The walleye fishing has been excellent on Grand Rapids area lakes this past week and off-shore structures and weed edges have been best. Rigs and leeches or crawlers have been best […]

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Jul 142015

Top 5 Campfire Foods

Camping.

It’s every family’s dream. And yet – how many Minnesota vacationers are able to truly pull it off with gusto?

To get you started, here are the top 5 Campfire foods. […]

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Jul 92015

Capturing Grand Rapids Through the Lense of a Camera

Grand Rapids, MN is a truly breathtaking place to visit for a Minnesota family vacation.  Whether you are here for summer activities or are visiting during a winter ski trip, you are sure to be enamored by the area.

When you are exploring the area, take the time to pull out your camera and take a […]

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Jul 82015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-8-15

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.  Check out Tom on Facebook at Tom Neustrom Fishing Promotions.

The summer in Northern Minnesota has been spectacular this year and the fishing has been excellent. The weed growth which is a necessary component for good habitat is at it’s optimum.

Northern Pike have been […]

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Jul 72015

Experience Unique Events in Minnesota’s Nature

The summer is a great time to come up north to the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area.  There is so much to do and see! You will not want to miss our unique annual premiere events this July.  All of these events are family friendly and one of a kind. You will find open air markets […]

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Jul 12015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7/1/15

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7/1/15

The weather of late has given anglers great opportunities to get out and catch fish. The bass fishing has been exceptionally good with several lakes producing large and smallmouth bass. One they left the beds in June both species are ravenous feeders and can be caught on many lakes in the […]

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Jun 252015

Up North Summer Family Travel Checklist

Traveling can be fun, but we all know getting to the destination can sometimes be a chore. Hoping that you don’t forget something, planning out the route, making lists and checking them twice.

To help make YOUR pre-vacation planning and process a little more fun, we created the Fun Summer Family Travel Checklists.  Check them out below: […]

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Jun 242015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6/24/15

Summer is finally here in force and the walleyes are being taken on presentations that will last the entire summer season. On Pokegama Lake, anglers are finding success using bottom Bouncers and spinners with crawlers, slip sinker fishing deep water structures with crawlers and creek chubs, and pulling Shad Raps in the evening on flats […]

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Jun 182015

The Mississippi River Series – Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Summer Excitement in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a favorite destination for tourists of all sorts – outdoor adventurers, fishing enthusiasts, and families just looking for a great time.  No matter what time of year you arrive in the area, you will always be greeted with something unique and exciting.  This summer, the Mississippi River Series promises to earn a spot on the more memorable events in Grand Rapids. […]

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Jun 182015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6-18-15

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

As the weather changes above the surface things begin to change below the surface as well. The timing of certain bug hatches on all of the lakes in the Grand Rapids Area begins the summer patterns for walleyes and other species.

Most of the area […]

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Jun 112015

Minnesota Art & Culture

It is in our nature to be drawn to the nature beauty that we are surrounded by through art and culture opportunities in Minnesota.  Several arts and performance groups have partnered to bring an abundance of art and culture opportunities this summer to the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area.  These groups include: Grand Rapids Arts, City […]

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Jun 42015

Showboat Landing

The Showboat Landing on the Mississippi River is opening up for more than just an annual variety show this year. This will bring unique experiences on the Mississippi River at Showboat Landing throughout the summer. The events will include dining on the river, ballroom dancing, independent films, and, of course, live theatrical productions.
Wine on the […]

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Jun 42015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6-3-15

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

We always seem to come up with great quality fishing opportunities in the Grand Rapids area. Many anglers are having good success walleye fishing on area lakes. Round Lake on Scenic Hwy 7, Big Splithand, Bowstring, and several other lakes in Itasca County have […]

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May 272015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5/27/15

The Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5/27/15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Minnesota’s weather can change on a dime and many times the fishing will follow. Not lately!! The fishing for a multitude of species has been very good. Walleye fishing on area lakes has been good to excellent and Grand Rapids area lakes are providing […]

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May 252015

Wizard of Oz Festival 2015

A year ago, on June 13, 2014, a huge crowd gathered outside The Judy Garland Museum in hopes of breaking the Guinness World Record. They achieved their goal – to put it mildly.

A grand total of 1,093 Dorothys, Scarecrows, Tin Woodmen, Lions, Munchkins, Witches, and Wizards turned out that day, tripling the previous tally ever […]

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May 212015

The #MNnature Photo Sweepstakes

Itasca County is full of amazing views and vistas that are changing every day.  In an effort to capture the beauty of what our northern forests and cities have to offer, we are hosting and promoting an incredible photo contest that you will definitely want to be a part of. […]

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May 212015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5/21/15

Grand Rapids Fishing Reports 5/21/15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

The water is starting to warm up and the fish are getting active. Look for Memorial weekend to be an excellent fishing weekend. The walleyes have been deeper on area lakes than normal this time of year. This will change as temperatures start to warm […]

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May 152015

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5-14-15

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5-14-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Another Fishing Opener has come and gone with very successful reports from the Grand Rapids area. Several limits of nice walleyes were brought in and the weather cooperated the first weekend. With cool water temperatures most of the reports from area lakes predicted the walleyes […]

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May 122015

Quadna Mud Nationals

High Lifter announces the 3rd Annual Quadna Mud Nationals set for June 12-14, 2015 at Quadna Mountain Park in Hill City, Minnesota. This is the largest mud event in Minnesota.

High Lifter Products, Title Sponsor of the event, is the industry leader in the world of ATV/UTV mud riding. Their innovations and superior design take mud […]

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May 72015

Let’s Ride Sweepstakes

The month of May is the perfect time to start cruising the scenic highways and dirt roads of northern Minnesota. This year, make plans to join the bikers and classic car motorists alike who frequent the routes around the Grand Rapids area.

With avid bikers and motorists in mind, Visit Grand Rapids is excited to present the opportunity […]

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May 52015

2015 Grand Rapids Minnesota Fishing Opener Report

2015 Grand Rapids Minnesota Fishing Opener Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections – The 2015 Fishing Opener is upon us and the Grand Rapids area is gearing up for one of the best in recent years. There is a buzz in the air from the coffee shops to the bait stores and most everyone’s […]

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Apr 302015

2015 Minnesota Fishing Opener

The excitement is building for the 2015 Minnesota Fishing Opener set for Saturday, May 9th.  Grand Rapids, Minnesota was named the “Ultimate Fishing Town” by World Fishing Network in 2013.  The county in which Grand Rapids resides is Itasca County; there are 1,000 area lakes in Itasca County.  In Grand Rapids you will find some […]

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Apr 282015

Hot Deals in Grand Rapids

This is a great time to start planning the perfect Minnesota Getaway.  Whatever you are looking for to create your ideal vacation, there are many Vacation Hot Deals in Grand Rapids. Maybe you are looking for last minute deals, Golf Deals, Shopping or Dining Deals.  If you don’t have a full week to take a vacation this […]

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Apr 242015

Bonus: Top 5 Reasons to Visit Grand Rapids

We’ve had a lot of fun looking at the many reasons why Grand Rapids offers an unforgettable experience for a MN vacation.  Here’s a recap of the top 5 reasons why visiting Grand Rapids may be the best choice you make in 2015:  […]

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Apr 222015

The Events: Reason #1 to Visit Grand Rapids

In Minnesota, we can find something to celebrate all year long!  Minnesota events are a way for each community to share and celebrate what is unique to them.  In Grand Rapids you will find a very robust Events Calendar that includes year long events and festivals.

The events in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area provide a […]

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Apr 202015

The Lodging: Reason #2 to Visit Grand Rapids

Typically looking for lodging options is the first phase of the vacation planning process.  In Grand Rapids you will find a wide variety of lodging options.  You will find Full Service Hotels, Economical Motels, Quaint Bed & Breakfasts, Minnesota Family Resorts, Lake Homes for Rent, Campsites.  Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a location for those seeking […]

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Apr 142015

The Wilderness: Reason #3 to Visit Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is a destination for people who want to get outdoors and get into the wilderness. It’s one of the best places to see in Minnesota to explore, to camp, to get a little wild.

The Grand Rapids area is home to the Itasca County park system, two Minnesota state parks, numerous state forests, a national forest, […]

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Apr 132015

Grand Rapids Fishing Reports to Resume April 30, 2015

4-13-15 Thank you for checking out the Grand Rapids Fishing Reports!

Right now the ice out process is happening on area Grand Rapids, Minnesota lakes. Caution is to be used during this time. Many area lakes are open, however, the bigger lakes are still seeing ice. The wind is causing shifting of ice, and could block […]

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Apr 92015

The Lakes: Reason #4 to Visit Grand Rapids

 

When looking for features that are important while on vacation, water tends to play a high priority. In Minnesota there are over 10,000 lakes, and in Grand Rapids there are over 1,000 area lakes.  This makes Grand Rapids a prime destination location for Minnesota Vacations.

Reason #4 to Visit Grand Rapids is about the lakes.  Grand […]

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Apr 72015

The Food: Reason #5 to Visit Grand Rapids

Food has become a major part of travel getaways.  Whether you consider yourself an official foodie, or just like to try the local flavor when you travel, this post was written with you in mind.

Reason #5 to Visit Grand Rapids is about the food.  Here in Grand Rapids, Minnesota you will find great places to […]

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Apr 22015

The Reif Center Ushers In New Era

The Reif Center ushers in a new era by celebrating their multi-million dollar renovation project with a groundbreaking ceremony and FREE concert bash on April 6, 2015.

The Reif Performing Arts Center, nestled among the pines in Grand Rapids, has been a unique gem in the community for over thirty-four years. In its early years, the […]

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Mar 262015

Family Travel in Minnesota

We all know family travel can be a bit chaotic, so we have put together some fun Family Travel in Minnesota tips to help you stay sane and enjoy the ride.
Planning Your Minnesota Vacation
Planning family vacations can be overwhelming at first. Where to go, what do you want to do, what to you want to […]

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Mar 192015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 3-18-15

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 3-18-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

What happened to winter! It was here yesterday and gone today and tomorrow just at a flip of the switch. For all the winter enthusiasts most are putting away their winter gear and Spring has definitely sprung. People are raking their yards and it’s […]

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Mar 172015

Head Out For An Early Minnesota Vacation

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

At this point, spring is well underway, though the air is still brisk. Rather than stay within doors and “wait it out,” we’d like to share with you a little secret: even though prime vacation season for Minnesota runs from June – September, there are some ways to experience the best of Minnesota Vacations in March. How? Just step outside…

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Mar 122015

Spring Thaw Family Getaway Sweepstakes

The snow is melting and the sun’s warmth is reaching northern Minnesota.  If you are longing to get out into the fresh air and enjoy some quality time with your family, look no further than the Grand Rapids area.

The perfection destination for adventurers young and old, Grand Rapids offers the perfect opportunity for your spring […]

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Mar 112015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 3-11-15

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 3-11-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Wow! The weather has took center stage in change. We change the clocks and “Bang” it starts to feel like Spring. Hopefully the bitter cold is back around the corner, but don’t put your gloves and boots away just yet. The trails are still […]

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Mar 102015

March into Summer with Family Trips

Cabin fever is a bit easier to shake off when you start planning your summer vacation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

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Mar 52015

Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame

Grand Rapids Native, Tom Neustrom, will be inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 28 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

 
Legends and Legendary Organizations
Releases the legends and legendary organizations for induction this coming March 28th, 2015. Duane Peterson, Leroy Ras, Tom Neustrom, Vexilar, and Northland Fishing Tackle make up this year’s Legends. […]

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Mar 42015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing 3-4-15

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing 3-4-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

The latest snow brought a needed welcome to the Grand Rapids area and winter enthusiasts are taking advantage. Groomed snowmobile trails are greeting folks coming north and the snow shoeing and cross country skiing is at a season’s best. Most of the lakes that have […]

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Mar 32015

Things To Do Over Spring Break

This time of year starts the Spring Break getaways, here are some Things To Do Over Spring Break in the Grand Rapids area. Come enjoy full service hotels and motels that offer indoor water fun, family friendly resorts where you have the place all to yourself, and quaint bed and breakfasts where you will feel […]

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Feb 262015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-25-15

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-25-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connection

Winter keeps rolling along. The days get longer and the sun seems to burn warmer even with cold temperatures. Ice fishing now takes a different twist as the game fish, other than trout, is now closed until Minnesota Opening Fishing in May. There are […]

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Feb 242015

Good Fishing Lakes

Minnesota is known for their 10,000 lakes. In Grand Rapids we are known for over a thousand good fishing lakes.  Grand Rapids is the county seat of Itasca County, and within this county there are over 1,000 grand lakes.

The Grand Rapids area lakes offer year round recreation, from great fishing and water sports in the […]

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Feb 192015

Scenic Drives

Minnesota Scenic drives create an opportunity to explore a destinations uniqueness on your own time schedule.  Whatever your mode of transportation, scenic byways are a great way to tour on the less traveled roads. Scenic Byways in Minnesota are well maintained to travel any time of year. There are eight nationally designated Scenic Byways in Minnesota: Edge […]

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Feb 182015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing 2-18-15

The Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-18-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

With the waning days of the walleye northern pike season upon us anglers should remember the season closes on Sunday February 22nd. For those of you with permanent fish houses they must be removed on March 15th. These are important dates with the […]

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Feb 122015

Get On Board with the 2015 Visitor Guide

So you’ve finally arrived at the perfect vacation destination spot. How long did it take you to plan this vacation? How did you go about looking up resources? Most likely, you searched for your destination online several times over, trying various phrases and keywords to help you figure out the schedule and daily activities. But – wouldn’t it be nice if someone who has done the research already had it compiled somewhere – easily accessible, and for free? Good news! […]

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Feb 112015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-11-15

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-11-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

As ice fishing for walleyes and northern pike starts to wind down for the season the cold water period makes many species slow down a bit before the spring. Grand Rapids has so many options for anglers and several species are right at your […]

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Feb 102015

Community Theatre & Arts

Community theatre and arts are alive in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  In Grand Rapids, the creative spirit is ignited by the incredible natural surroundings. Inspiration surges forth with each new discovery of the wonders of nature. The changing seasons provide an endlessly shifting palette of enlightening experience.

It is an environment which encourages and inspires artists, in […]

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Feb 52015

Ride The Range Motorcycle Sweepstakes

It is never too early to start planning a Minnesota summer getaway.  If you are a two wheeled enthusiast or maybe just enjoy a drive along scenic byways, Grand Rapids is the destination for you.

Grand Rapids is a favorite destination for motorcycle and drive tour enthusiasts. In Grand Rapids you will find two scenic byways […]

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Feb 32015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-3-15

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-3-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

“I wish I may, I wish I might, have some snow tonight”. It sure is a different style of winter compared to last year’s season. We are Minnesotans and are used to different weather patterns that can change in an instant. For many it’s […]

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Feb 32015

Winter Vacation Ideas to Get Outside

I love winter. My idea of a great winter vacation is to head right into the snow and ice. The best place to go when you want to be outside is Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The area has the perfect mix of winter recreation opportunities for me and my family plus nice accommodations, restaurants and amenities. We’re headed up this month and I can’t believe all the fun events going on. For winter vacation ideas, Grand Rapids just can’t be beat. […]

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Jan 292015

Activities in Grand Rapids

The are many activities in Grand Rapids to come experience.  Whether you are looking for historical, cultural activities, outdoor activities or maybe you are looking for a girls weekend where you can come together for shopping & dining activities; in Grand Rapids you will find a wide variety of activities to experience.
Historical/Cultural Activities
Grand Rapids is […]

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Jan 282015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1-28-15

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1-28-15 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.

Snow, snow, where are you? Many people are wondering what happened to the winter of 2014-15 and the lack of snow. It’s hurt some businesses, but other have flourished.  The ice fisherman have benefitted and all the related businesses have also done well. There […]

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Jan 272015

Minnesota Winter Activities

With the mild winter that we are having there are many Minnesota Winter Activities to participate in. Don’t sit inside this winter, get out and explore.
Winter Activities in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Grand Rapids is a great destination to take advantage of Minnesota Winter Activities. This  picturesque area has been a favorite of those planning MN family getaways […]

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Jan 222015

Outdoor Activities For Kids in Your Backyard

Ready for Some Good, Old-Fashioned Fun?
Winter is a great time to get outside with the kids. Many families have found the perfect get-away spot near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. While all four seasons are enjoyable (due in part to Grand Rapids’ family-friendly lodging, restaurants and shopping!), for a lot of Minnesota families, it’s all about spending time out of doors in the fresh fallen snow.

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Jan 212015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1/21/15

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1/21/15 is by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections.  Tom Neustrom is a professional fishing guide who resides in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Winter is taking a new page out of what could have been. It’s been kind of the “Good and Bad”, but here we are towards the end of January and […]

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Jan 142015

Ice Fishing 2015

Ice Fishing 2015 with Tom Neustrom (Minnesota Fishing Connections Guide Service and Tom Neustrom Fishing Promotions) and Reed Ylitalo (Wings and Walleyes Guide Service).  Tom and Reed share their technique with small baits, 1-2 grubs and quick tip rods to get on the crappies.  Tom and Reed share that you do not need a lot […]

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Jan 132015

Minnesota Ski Pass

Get out and explore winter with a Minnesota Ski Pass.  For those wishing to enjoy winter’s solitude with Nordic skiing, the Grand Rapids area offers more than 212K of skiing on 19 groomed trails.  Enjoy a variety of terrain for the beginner, intermediate and expert; both classic and freestyle techniques. Use the handy trail head […]

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Jan 92015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 1-9-15

The weather has been” up and down and all around”. Cooler temperatures and additional snow is starting give opportunities to multiple options for travelers coming to Grand Rapids. Trails are starting to form and with a little more snow we will enjoy all the events that winter brings us. The Ice fishing continues to be […]

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Jan 62015

Frozen Family Fun Sweepstakes

 

Plan a winter family getaway to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The winter season is a great time for a family trip – as long as it includes fun activities and a warm place to stay!

With our winter families in mind, we are offering an incredible Grand Rapids family vacation package in our latest sweepstakes!
Our Frozen Family Fun Sweepstakes prize includes:

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Jan 52015

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 12-30-14

When you live in Minnesota many times you can blink your eyes and the weather will change. Colder temperatures have ascended on the Grand Raids area and will continue to build our ice depths. The fishing has been good to excellent for several species and there is no reason to expect it to slow down. […]

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Dec 242014

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 12-24-14

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 12-24-14 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

The weather makes one think of spring rather than the first days of winter. We are not complaining at all about the ice fishing opportunities, but some long awaited snow will be welcomed. Accessibility to our Grand Rapids lakes has given anglers an opportunity […]

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Dec 232014

Winter Activities In Grand Rapids

Looking for things to do this winter? There are many winter activities in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  You are never too old to play in the snow.  Grand Rapids has just about any type of winter activity you can think of you will find access to. From ice fishing to snowmobiling and everything in between. Don’t […]

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Dec 182014

Year Round Resorts for Your Winter Vacation

A Minnesota family resort vacation is great any time of year – even in winter! In the Grand Rapids area, there are many year round resorts for your vacation needs. The guest cabins are warm and welcoming; when you walk in, your stress simply melts away. […]

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Dec 172014

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report

The recent “December Thaw” brought several anglers to the ice with many good opportunities to explore the frozen tundra. Four wheeler travel was the best, but with the recent 2-4 inches of white powder, snowmobilers will be able to access the lakes and get to their favorite spots as well. Tip-up fishing for northern pike […]

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Dec 162014

Family Skiing Vacations in Grand Rapids

If you are looking for family skiing vacations, consider coming to Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Grand Rapids offers great things to do in the winter. You will find an abundance of outdoor recreation, beautiful winter wonderland scenery, fun indoor entertainment, and a wide variety of dining and shopping choices.  Come and discover winter activities in Grand […]

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Dec 112014

Ice Fishing in Grand Rapids

Guest blogger, Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections and Fishing Professional, shares early ice fishing conditions and tips.

This will be a start of a winter to remember for 2014 ice fisherman. Better than average ice conditions has given anglers opportunities to get out and enjoy ice fishing in Grand Rapids. Most of our lakes in the Grand […]

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Dec 92014

Are You Ready to Snowmobile?

The woods are calling you to load up your sled and head to the best snowmobile trails in northern Minnesota. Grand Rapids, Minnesota has a thousand miles of interconnected trails and they’ll soon be packed, groomed, and ready to ride.

Are you looking for a thrill ride through the pines and then the chance to go full throttle across a frozen lake? Looking for a beautiful trail with lots of stops along the way? Maybe you’re just introducing the kids to the sport and need the perfect place to get them started? Grand Rapids has a snowmobile trail for you. […]

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Dec 52014

Girls Weekend in Grand Rapids

There are many opportunities for Girls Weekend in Grand Rapids this winter. In Grand Rapids you will find great accommodations, live entertainment, an abundance of outdoor recreation, grand shopping and dining.

Grand Rapids offers great accommodations. Grand Rapids has in-town Hotels and Motels that offer a diverse range of hotel options, from craftsman-style elegance to historical, north country décor, […]

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Dec 22014

Things To Do in the Winter with Kids in Grand Rapids

 

Those of us that live in the Midwest states don’t run from Winter we embrace it. Sometimes it can be challenging to find kid friendly winter time events. In Grand Rapids you will find lots of things to do in the winter with kids.  There is lots of outdoor recreation to experience; family friendly entertainment; […]

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Dec 12014

Ice Fishing Minnesota – Grand Rapids Report 12/1/14

Ice Fishing Minnesota, Guest blogger Fishing Professional, Tom Neustrom shares this weeks ice fishing report.

In all my years of living in Minnesota, this has been the coldest November I ever remember. On the positive note, the ice conditions are kick starting the ice fishing season big time. With lack of snow cover, ice fisherman have […]

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Nov 242014

Winter Travel in Minnesota

No sense staying inside this winter!  Head out and experience winter travel in Minnesota.  Before you head out, let’s get you started on some Minnesota winter travel safety basics.
Winter Travel Safety
Making sure that you are prepared is the first step. A few essentials are crucial to have packed in your vehicle just in case.  You […]

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Nov 182014

Ice Fishing in Minnesota

Grand Rapids is known for premiere Ice Fishing in Minnesota.  With close to a 1,000 lakes in Itasca County there is an abundance of opportunity for catching fish on ice.
Safety
We want to make sure that you use caution when heading out on area lakes.  Early in the season (November into December) the ice is still […]

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Nov 132014

Winter Learning Adventures in Grand Rapids

Looking for interesting things to do this winter with your family?  Looking for that one-of-a-kind winter getaway?  Grand Rapids has lots of things to do in the winter with kids.  Check out these winter learning adventures in Grand Rapids for you and your family.
Holiday Lights & Fireworks – December 5, 2014 (5:30-8:30pm)
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Nov 112014

First Friday Art Walk in Grand Rapids

You may not think of Grand Rapids, Minnesota as a location for cultural events, but think again! Grand Rapids is home to many talented performance artists, potters, painters, musicians, and multi media artists.  Throughout the year there are many arts & culture events in Grand Rapids.  One of our well established arts event in Grand […]

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Nov 62014

Winter Wonderland Sweepstakes

The winter freeze has not begun to set in yet…when it does, will you be ready for the challenge? Break into the winter doldrums by entering to win our Winter Wonderland Sweepstakes for a snowy getaway to Grand Rapids, MN. […]

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Nov 42014

Arts and Culture in Grand Rapids

There is vibrant arts and culture in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The creative spirit is ignited by the incredible natural surroundings. Inspiration surges forth with each new discovery of the wonders of nature. The changing seasons provide an endlessly shifting palette of enlightening experience.
It is an environment which encourages and inspires artists, in fact, draws them […]

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Nov 22014

Deer Hunting Tips

In Grand Rapids you will find some of the best deer hunting in minnesota. There are millions of public accessible acres to access. Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors, shares his Deer Hunting Tips to help prepare for the Deer Hunting Season in Minnesota.
TREE STAND SAFETY
In Minnesota, a large percentage of deer hunting related injuries result from […]

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Oct 302014

Wizard of Oz Guinness Record Set By Grand Rapids

 

Wizard of Oz Guinness Record Set by Grand Rapids on June 13, 2014
How it Began…

Nine-year-old Reece Veatch of Ohio reached out to the Judy Garland Museum to help achieve her dream of breaking the world record for the most dressed-up Wizard of Oz characters. The Museum board, staff and volunteers saw Reece’s challenge as a […]

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Oct 292014

Fall Stargazing in Minnesota’s Nature

 

The Big Dipper, Polaris, Little Dipper – all visible in the quiet night skies around Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Here, you are only a step or two away from the light pollution that would obscure your view. Take those few steps into the dark and you’re ready to relax and gaze up at the night sky. When it comes to fall activities in Grand Rapids, you just can’t beat an opportunity to get outside and enjoy Minnesota’s nature.

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Oct 272014

Deer Hunting – a Family Tradition

 

Have you ever found yourself dressed in blaze orange, deep in the woods surrounding Grand Rapids, Minnesota, feeling excited but at the same time tremendously at peace? If so, you might be a deer hunter, enjoying the quiet and solitude of a hunt while waiting for an animal to line up with your sights. […]

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Oct 232014

2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Grand Rapids, Minnesota (October 23, 2014) – The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be making a stop in Grand Rapids on its way to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 11am-1pm. The location of the tree will be at the Old Kremer’s Parking Lot next to M&H Gas Station on 4th Street in downtown […]

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Oct 212014

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

The sands of the hour glass are slowly moving down to spell the soon to be closure on the 2014 open water fishing season. There are still several species of active fish to be taken as many are feeding heavily before the cold water period […]

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Oct 172014

Fall Vacation Deals

In Grand Rapids, Minnesota there are a lot of Fall Vacation Deals.  In the fall the crowds are less, the temperatures are cooler (great sweatshirt weather), and the scenery is stunning. We welcome you to come escape, explore and experience Grand Rapids, Minnesota this fall.
Hot Lodging Deals
Right now is a great time to come check […]

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Oct 152014

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report 10-15-14

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report 10-5-14 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

The leaves are falling and the weather of late has been outstanding for fall activities. Fall fishing has been excellent on area lakes and it’s hard to put the boat away this time of year. Walleyes on Big Cutfoot , Bowstring, and Trout Lake […]

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Oct 132014

Minnesota Girlfriend Getaway Weekend

If you are looking for a place to go for your next Minnesota Girlfriend Getaway Weekend, consider Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Grand Hospitality
Grand Rapids offers great accommodations. Grand Rapids has in-town Hotels and Motels that offer a diverse 
range of hotel options, from craftsman-style elegance to historical, north country décor, lakeside escapes to the classic, and clean and comfortable. You […]

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Oct 72014

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report 10-7-14

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report 10-7-14 by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors

As we slide into October and the woodland and are full of colors with cool nights and fall sports and hunting and fishing are in the midst, just don’t put that fishing boat away just yet. This is a great time to fish, especially for […]

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Sep 282014

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report 10-1-14

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report 10-1-14 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

The image of Minnesota’s Duck Opener is always Northwest winds with rafts of ducks coming into one’s decoys. It’s a sight my friends live for. This past weekend the winds blew South and the ducks hunkered down and didn’t fly for the most part. […]

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Sep 252014

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report 9-25-14

Grand Rapids Fall Fishing Report 9-25-14 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

What a great place to be alive. The Grand Rapids Area is nearly in full color and nature’s way of dressing up is upon us. The Fall fishing continues to get better as the days get cooler and there is a sense of urgency […]

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Sep 232014

Take a Fall Color Trip to Grand Rapids

 

A gorgeous fall leaf color tour is waiting for you in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Maple trees are blaze red and aspen display golden yellow leaves. The “Northwoods in Autumn” portrait is nearly complete. For an impressive dose of fall color head up Highway 38 on The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway through the Chippewa […]

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Sep 182014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 9-18-14

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 9-18-14 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

Things are changing drastically with temperatures dropping 10-15 degrees. This is causing bait fish to come in shallow and the walleyes are right there with them. Some of the better walleye producing lakes in the area are Big Split Hand, Bowstring, Winnibigoshish. The crappie fishing […]

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Sep 162014

6 Fall Family Activities To Do In Grand Rapids MN

 

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy family friendly activities around Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Crisp air and sweater weather is perfect for family hikes, pumpkin patches, and fresh apples. Several special events and yearly traditions fill up this year’s calendar which will give you plenty of things to do in the fall with kids! […]

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Sep 112014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 9-11-14

As we slide into mid September and woodland color and cool nights and fall sports and hunting and fishing are in the midst, just don’t put that fishing boat away just yet. This is a great time to fish, especially for panfish. As the water cools, fish crappies on the edges of shoreline weeds with […]

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Sep 92014

Take Time to Enjoy Fall Golf in Minnesota

A shift in the seasons is a great time to get out and golf in Minnesota. Your fall golf outing encompasses the best of a summer game without the bugs and crowds. Golf courses around Grand Rapids, Minnesota welcome you to play a round and finish this season with your best game yet.

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Sep 42014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 9-3-14

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 9-3-14 by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors

Moving into September crappies are on the roam now as well as sunnies, and they are both staying close to weedline edges sliding to deeper water and in deep woody structure. To locate these schools of fish in the fall, try hovering with your electric […]

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Aug 282014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-28-14

Grand Rapids Fishing Report by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors and Nik & Beccas Outdoor Promotions

If you are fishing on this Labor Day and into September, keep in mind crappies and sunfish haven’t quite moved into their deep-water fall haunts yet; they are still pretty much scattered in the shallow weed beds.

Walleyes and perch have been […]

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Aug 272014

Minnesota Fall Fishing

Minnesota Fall Fishing by: Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections
Color My World
Robin Williams, who was the emphasis and influence of memories in my life once said  “ the color of our world is whatever makes us superbly happy”.  My world is surrounded with color as Mother Nature brings out her paintbrush and makes Grand Rapids a […]

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Aug 212014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-19-14

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-19-12 by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors

 

Now in late summer and early fall fishing for blue-gill, crappie, large & small mouth bass, musky, northern-pike and walleyes in the Grand Rapids area is first-class. Due to recent cooler nights and stretches of  hot days, most of our area lakes are blooming and this […]

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Aug 212014

Take a Fall Family Resort Vacation

Take a break from the back-to-school routine and get away to Grand Rapids, Minnesota for a fall family resort vacation. The autumn air is crisp and clear, the fishing is great, and the bugs are almost gone. Visit one of our family-friendly resorts and let us take care of you and your family.

Resorts are open […]

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Aug 192014

Minnesota Fall Vacation Packing Tips

Here are some Minnesota fall vacation packing tips that can help make planning your trip a snap. Fall in Grand Rapids, Minnesota is beautiful! The cooler temperatures and smaller crowds makes the fall a wonderful time of year to travel to northern Minnesota. Grand Rapids Minnesota has beautiful fall leaves tours on two major scenic byways, […]

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Aug 182014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-18-14

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-4-14 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections
It’s amazing to turn my back and wonder where did summer go? Cool temperatures at night are starting to effect wildlife and there future. I saw a group of young geese practicing their landing and taking off daily. Fishing has been good in the Grand […]

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Aug 132014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-13-14

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-13-14 by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors

Even as the water and air temps cool, fishing in the Grand Rapids area is heating up. Good to great reports are coming in from most area lakes, including Pokegama, Trout, Splithand and there are also signs that pulling crankbaits on Big Winnie/Cutfoot Sioux has produced […]

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Aug 122014

Fall Leaves Motorcycle Tour Sweepstakes

 

The air is crisp, the leaves are gold, and the road is calling you. It’s time to get on your bike one last time and travel one of the best motorcycle roads in Minnesota. Enter to win this prize package designed for the motorcycle enthusiast and you’ll be on your way to a Fall getaway […]

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Aug 72014

Labor Day Minnesota Family Vacations

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a great location for Labor Day Minnesota Family Vacations. Grand Rapids offers an abundance of outdoor recreation, lodging options with a view, arts/culture, education/history, scenic byways, great shopping and exquisite dining.  Come escape, experience and explore Grand Rapids this Labor Day.

Lodging Options with a View
Come experience “Grand” hospitality in Minnesota’s nature. […]

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Aug 52014

Jump Into Fall Family Fun Sweepstakes

As summer begins to wind down and the start of back-to-school season is upon us, this is the perfect time to think about planning a Fall family getaway to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Fall is the best time to enjoy the great outdoors and catch the beautiful fall colors.

Lucky for you, we are offering the ultimate […]

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Aug 42014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-4-14

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 8-4-14 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections
We are now on the backstretch of summer and the fishing continues to seek it’s level. Walleyes have been taken this last week on several area lakes trolling spinners and a shiner or night crawler over the top of weed beds along the shoreline of […]

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Jul 312014

Blueberry Picking at the Best Minnesota Vacation Spot

 

One of the true joys of summer has arrived. Berry picking season is one the the reasons that Grand Rapids is a top Minnesota vacation spot and folks all around are slipping into the woods with an old ice cream tub and returning home with a bucket full of summer sweetness. The blueberry season is […]

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Jul 282014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-29-14

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-29-14 by Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections 
With the warm weather of summer finally here it was a great week to be out fishing in the Grand Rapids Area. Spider, Bass, and Wabana lakes reported good fishing for large and small mouth bass. The northern pike fishing on Spider and Wabana lakes […]

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Jul 242014

Free Things to Do With Kids in Grand Rapids, MN

Summertime means family vacation time and Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the best place for a get-away. This north woods town offers comfortable lodging, clean lakes, plus free and fun events for families on a budget looking for free things to do with kids.

The city of Grand Rapids has 200 acres of park and open space […]

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Jul 232014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-23-14

This weeks Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-23-14 by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors 
Multi-species fishing is heating up and it’s a perfect time to boot the mid summer blues by making a get away to the lake. Many of our area lakes are producing good action for a mixed stringer of fish, including Pokegama, Trout, Wabana, Bowstring […]

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Jul 182014

Ride NE Minnesota

The Arrowhead Motorcycle Edition
By: Guest Blogger, Wayne Roskos (Grand Rapids native)

There are many motorcycle routes to ride NE Minnesota. Grand Rapids native, Wayne Roskos, shares his favorite rides in the Arrowhead region. Here are a couple of his favorite rides where you will get some scenic views, notable attraction stops, food, gas and of course […]

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Jul 162014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-16-14

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-16-14 brought to you by: Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections. In Grand Rapids you will find great Minnesota Fishing.

The weather has dictated on where and how we fish for walleyes. There has been good walleye fishing on Pokegama, Trout, Wabana, Bowstring, and Sand lakes. Leaches and crawlers on a […]

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Jul 142014

Gems of Itasca: Festival Edition

Gems of Itasca: Festival Edition is Episodes 4. The Gems of Itasca is a short form documentary series based on the unique gems of Itasca County, Minnesota. Gems of Itasca is produced by Benjamin Braff and Alisi Styles, owners of A+B Productions.
Gems of Itasca: Festival Edition (Episode 4)
Summer is a magical time in Itasca County. Many […]

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Jul 92014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-9-14

 

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-9-14 by: Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connection

The 4th of July has come and gone in Grand Rapids where the evening sky was brilliantly lighted in our country’s celebration. The fishing remains good with area lakes giving up nice fish to anglers. Walleyes have been the target of most with Pokegama, […]

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Jul 92014

Rainy Day Family Fun in Grand Rapids

 

The vacations we dream about are full of sunny days and a whole week of beautiful weather. In reality, there’s a chance for rain during part of your family’s summer vacation. If today’s outlook for Grand Rapids is rain followed by drizzle, here are a few rainy day family fun activities!

First things first: rainy days […]

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Jul 32014

Family Friendly Dining

Grand Rapids has many family friendly dining options to choose from.  When you travel with children you want to make sure that there are family friendly options, especially when it comes to meal time.  A tip is to bring along your child’s favorite book, small toy or electronic device to ensure that whatever eating establishment […]

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Jul 22014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 7-2-14

This Grand Rapids Fishing Report was brought to you by: Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors

The water is high on some lakes and the some river water is running fast, but our fish are still here (they don’t migrate) and they are biting very well. Contrary to popular belief, high water does not negatively affect fishing. It […]

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Jul 12014

Gems of Itasca: Arts Edition

Gems of Itasca: Arts Edition is the third of eight scheduled releases of short form documentaries about Itasca County. Itasca County is a vibrant community with everything artistic from theatre to live orchestra to pottery and sculptures of every size.

Host Cheryl Essington takes highlights the vibrant arts communities of Itasca County. Her first stop is […]

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Jun 302014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6-30-14

This week’s Grand Rapids Fishing Report brought to you by: Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

The Grand Rapids area has been still a wonderful place to visit, even with the lousy weather that the entire is experiencing. Pokegama Lake this past weekend hosted the Regional AYA(Angler-Young Angler) Walleye Tournament with approximately 85 angler young and old […]

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Jun 262014

A Day at the Lake for Our Vacation in Minnesota

The aroma of pancakes still lingered in the cabin when the kids yelled out, “Can we go swimming?” It was day three of our family vacation in Minnesota and we were ready for another day of paradise on Sugar Lake.

My family loves to spend time together in the summer and we’d found the perfect destination: […]

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Jun 262014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6-26-14

Walleyes are still moving around lakes searching for shiners and other forage. Locate shoreline structures on wind blown sides of the lake that offer emerging weeds, rocks or gravel. Even more importantly, pay attention to your GPS and sonar to locate mid lake structure and sharp break line structures in deep and shallow water. And […]

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Jun 182014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6/18/14

This week’s fishing report by: Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections

The weather this past week has been tough on the anglers and better days are on the horizon. With higher water levels walleyes have shown up on numerous structures and there doesn’t seem to be a definite pattern. There continues to be walleyes in the shallows, […]

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Jun 182014

Favorite Rides Around Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Favorite Rides Around Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Guest Blog by: Wayne Roskos, avid motorcycle rider (Harley Davidson) from the northern reaches of Minnesota sharing his favorite rides around Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

If you are like me and just can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend, then your excitement will start on the roads of Itasca County. There […]

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Jun 172014

Fireflies Light Up Family Vacation

It started with a speck of light, followed by another and another, lighting up the patch of woods next to the cabin. At first we thought someone hung a disco ball, put a spot light on it and made it spin. We soon realized it was lightning bugs, whooping it up on a beautiful summer […]

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Jun 122014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 6-12-14

Multi-species fishing is in full swing in the Grand Rapids area. Walleyes continue to be active in both shallow water and deeper humps and bars. A jig and minnow presentation is still a good bet. Newly emerging weeds are hold good forage, but a lighter jig like a 1/16th ounce seems to work better as […]

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Jun 102014

Gems of Itasca: Dining Edition

The Gems of Itasca: Dining Edition was released on Thursday, June 5th. This is the second in the eight series of short form documentaries about the Itasca County area. Each week a new documentary will be released through July 18th. Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the Itasca county seat and the regional hub for […]

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Jun 52014

Take a Kid Fishing Tips

Take a kid fishing tips by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors. June 6-8, 2014 is Take a Kid Fishing weekend.

Think back to when you were a kid and fishing was fun and simple and that was that. Okay, except for the occasional “rat’s nest” reel, missed cast that landed in an overhanging tree and the […]

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Jun 52014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 6, 2014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report, June 6, 2014, by Tom Neustrom (MN Fishing Connections). The warm weather has definitely had an effect on the walleye fishing on all of the Grand Rapids Area lakes and have made the bite awesome. Big Winnie, Bowstring, Sand and Round, just to mention a few have been on fire this […]

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Jun 22014

Gems of Itasca: The Judy Garland Museum Edition

The first edition of the Gems of Itasca is The Judy Garland Museum Edition. The Gems of Itasca are eight short form documentaries produced by A+B Productions that highlight Itasca County located in and around Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

The Gems of Itasca: The Judy Garland Museum Edition, is a short form documentary written and directed by […]

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May 292014

Fishing in Grand Rapids Heating Up

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5/29/14

Like the weather, fishing has definitely heated up. Multi-species fishing is in full swing. Bass season is open and both largemouth and smallmouth bass are very active in the Grand Rapids area, especially on Pokegama Lake, which is one of the best bass lakes in Minnesota. Panfish are in the pre-spawn […]

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May 282014

The Kayak Lady

Guest Blog by: Mary Shideler, The Kayak Lady

Welcome Kayakers! With 1,007 sparkling lakes, one mighty river and numerous creeks and streams, Itasca County offers abundant paddling opportunities.

Over the course of 15 seasons, I kayaked every lake in Itasca County. My 13-foot long wooden Pygmy kayak is 22 inches wide and weighs 32 pounds. A wooden […]

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May 272014

75th Anniversary of Wizard of Oz Festival

The Judy Garland Museum will host the 75th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz Festival June 10-14, 2014 in Grand Rapids, MN.  The festival name has been changed this year from the Judy Garland Festival to the Wizard of Oz Festival in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz”, starring Judy […]

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May 232014

World Class Fishing

Whether you live here, have a cabin here or are visiting or vacationing here in the northland, one thing we all should remember is that we have access to world-class fishing for walleye, northern pike, panfish and largemouth and smallmouthbass right here and around Grand Rapids, Minnesota. And one of the best times of year […]

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May 192014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report

5-19-14
With the cooler than normal water temperatures this season, make sure you fish slower until the fish tell you different. Walleyes are not aggressive early in the season and even though catchable, you need to move your baits deliberately slower. Many times during the day active walleyes may be a little deeper than normal. In […]

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May 152014

Two Wheeled Adventures in Grand Rapids, MN Sweepstakes

 

Visit Grand Rapids is excited to announce our newest sweepstakes designed for motorcycle enthusiasts. If you are looking for a great riding mini vacation, you don’t want to miss entering this sweepstakes!

Our Two Wheeled Adventures in Grand Rapids, MN Prize Package for two includes:

Total Value: $360

Many of the rides through Itasca County involve miles and […]

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May 142014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report

5-14-14
Minnesota walleye and northern pike fishing action is heating up along the water temps with warmer weather in the forecast. This will continuously increase activity of fish to bite and produce more places to fish in deep and shallow structured lakes. Many lakes in the Grand Rapids area giving up good numbers of fish to throw back and for […]

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May 122014

Plan for a Grand Rapids, MN Girls Getaway

With so much to do, Grand Rapids is the perfect place for a girls getaway! Whether you’re looking for a bed and breakfast, art and cultural events, or unique shopping opportunities, Grand Rapids has it all.
Bed and Breakfast
It all starts with the perfect place to stay while you’re enjoying your girls getaway. A bed and […]

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May 72014

Grand Rapids Fishing Report 5/7/14

With fishing opener fast approaching it’s fun to talk about fishing to people. Since this weekend’s like a holiday in Minnesota everybody is so positive and filled with enthusiasm. Here are a few tips to help you land more fish on opening day. For early spring walleyes look to traditional shallow water locations under ten […]

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May 22014

Grand Rapids MN a Minnesota Family Resort Destination

The pristine wilderness is simply just one of the reasons Grand Rapids Minnesota is a Minnesota family resort destination. Families from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and across the nation enjoy the northwoods when visiting. Being able to listen to loons calling across the lake is just one of the elements that allure guests to […]

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Apr 282014

Championship Golf in Grand Rapids

Pokegama Golf Course
By Guest Blogger: Bob Cahill, Manager Pokegama Golf Course You will find Championship Golf in Grand Rapids.  Great golf packages await you when you stay at one of our Visit Grand Rapids area lodging properties partners. Pokegama Golf Course, the Granddaddy of the area courses, is truly a Northland gem.  Carved from the […]

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Apr 242014

First Friday Art Walk

By Guest Blogger: Katie Marshall, Executive Director, MacRostie Arts Center

The First Friday Art Walk in downtown Grand Rapids is just two years old and has already established itself as a staple of the local art scene. Tagged as a “celebration of art and community,” this free and family-friendly event brings people to the downtown area […]

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Apr 232014

Getting Ready for MInnesota Fishing Opener

Guest Blog post by: Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors

Getting ready for the Minnesota Fishing Opener is something that we all need to take the time to do to ensure we are ready for the boat landing. Tick, tick, tick…even though fishing opener is fast approaching, there is still time to make sure everything is ready before […]

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Apr 182014

Shopping in Grand Rapids

There is great shopping in Grand Rapids this spring season.  Grand Rapids, Minnesota offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities.  There are many family owned businesses in the Grand Rapids area that offer a wide variety of items.  You will find items such as: giftware, home goods, clothing, children’s specialty items, locally produced food items, […]

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Apr 162014

Grand Rapids: Your Minnesota Lakes Destination

There’s a good reason why Grand Rapids, Minnesota has so much to offer. We serve as the center for all of your vacation needs during your escape to our Minnesota lakes destination. Whether your visit is a short one to pick up supplies before heading back out to enjoy one of our thousand local lakes […]

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Apr 102014

A Look at the Sugarbush Moth

Special Guest Blog article by John Latimer, host of KAXE/KBXE Phenology Show

As the sap gatherers start to spend time in the sugarbush they will encounter moths that come to their buckets to sip the sweet water. These small, stout-bodied moths often escape our notice. Then one night in early spring as we are driving home, there they […]

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Apr 72014

Planning Your Spring Minnesota Family Getaway

Planning Your Spring Minnesota Family Getaway
 

Visit Grand Rapids has put together these tips for Planning Your Spring MN Family Getaway. Grand Rapids, Minnesota has been a family leisure destination for over 100 years. Spring is a wonderful time of year to reconnect as a family. There are many wonderful fun family performances at The Reif […]

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Apr 32014

Swing Into Spring Golf Sweepstakes

Announcing our biggest sweepstakes prize packages yet! That is right, this time we will have TWO big winners. Spring has sprung and it is time to start making summer plans. Don’t miss out if you’re a golf enthusiast looking for a getaway! Grand Rapids sports some of the most amazing golf courses in Northern Minnesota […]

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Mar 312014

3-31-14 Panfish & Perch MN Fishing Report in Grand Rapids MN

Now is the best time for spring ice fishing enthusiasts to get out on the ice as the weather is warming and the days are longer. April offers spectacular panfish and perch fishing in the Grand Rapids, MN area. And when the sun’s out be sure take along the sun tan lotion and grab a […]

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Mar 312014

Enjoy a Golf Trip to Grand Rapids MN

It’s not too early to start planning a golf trip in Minnesota for later this spring, summer or fall. Check out the three 18-hole courses in the beautiful Grand Rapids area. Or you can also find four nine-hole courses great for shorter games.

Pokegama Golf Course
The Pokegama Municipal Course on the shore of Lake Pokegama in […]

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Mar 212014

Got Cabin Fever? It’s Time To Show Mother Nature Who’s The Boss

The country learned a thing or two about cabin fever this year, huh?

Between the Polar Vortex, endless snow-emergency parking restrictions and record-setting number of days below zero, everyone seems to be going a little stir crazy. But fear not, the sun is sitting higher in the sky, the fish houses are off the lakes, and the […]

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Mar 202014

Late Ice Fishing Report

Fishing Report 3-20-14

Now is the time to grab your fishing gear and head out onto the Grand Rapids area ice sheets. The ice conditions are great. When you do, here are a few tips. The first thing to consider is mobility, both vehicular and by foot.  As the snow melts slush appears and when slush […]

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Mar 182014

Grand Rapids Minnesota Spring Entertainment

The Reif Center is a cornerstone within the Grand Rapids Minnesota entertainment arena.  Countless national and global performances have been hosted at through the Reif Center.  The 2014 Spring Entertainment lineup is filled with exciting performances, and we aren’t kidding!
Sullivan Players – March 18th
On Tuesday, March 18, The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players will present […]

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Mar 182014

Late Ice Fishing Trip

Grand Rapids Minnesota Provides Late Ice Fishing Trip Opportunity
 
“Heaven on Ice”
Minnesota’s Grand Rapids area proves priceless to anglers wanting to tap late ice.

By Guest Writer: Joe Balog

I used to think it was a cruel joke that God put so much water in Minnesota, considering it would just be frozen for a large portion of […]

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Mar 142014

10 Reasons to Come to Grand Rapids this Spring

10 Reasons to Come to Grand Rapids, MN This Spring
A wide variety of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, live entertainment, and education and history opportunities are the reasons to come to Grand Rapids, MN this spring.  Whether you are looking for a week long getaway or a weekend excursion, consider Grand Rapids. 

Top 10 Reasons to […]

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Mar 62014

Fun Family Getaway Sweepstakes

 

Visit Grand Rapids is happy to announce our Fun Family Getaway sweepstakes! If you have been looking for a deluxe family vacation, you won’t want to miss out on entering to win this great prize package.
Enter the Fun Family Getaway Sweepstakes
About the Fun Family Getaway Prize Package
Hidden Haven Resort is nestled on the northwest shore […]

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Feb 282014

Plan Your Family Vacation in Grand Rapids MN

Looking to plan a family vacation that everyone in your entire family will enjoy? In North Country, you’ll find recreational opportunities through every season. If you’re waiting to visit until Spring Break or Summer, we welcome you to experience the scenic beauty of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Spring and Summer Attractions
Experience the multitude of 1,000 lakes. Take […]

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Feb 202014

Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Report 2-20-14

Winnibigoshish, Bowstring and Pokegama and other Grand Rapids, MN lakes are producing a nice mixture of walleyes, northerns, perch and panfish. As fish get ready for the spawn it seems they put on the feedbag. The result is good fishing action. Well plowed and maintained roads on big lakes such as Winnie and Bowstring provide […]

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Feb 182014

Family Getaway Event in Marcell

March 8, 2014 at Marcell Family Center
The Marcell Family Center will be hosting its Annual Cabin Fever Reliever Fundraiser on March 8, 2014 from 5:30pm to 10pm. The theme of the event will be the “Great Outdoors”.  This would be a great family getaway this winter.
Billy Molls, Modern Day Mountain Man
The event will feature Billy Molls, […]

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Feb 172014

Wizard of Oz Festival in Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Judy Garland Museum to Host 75th Anniversary of Wizard of Oz Festival in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
June 10, 14, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

The Children’s Discovery and Judy Garland Museum is proud to release their schedule for the 2014 Wizard of Oz Festival, which will be held over the dates of June 10 – 14.    The […]

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Feb 132014

Ice Fishing Report 2-13-14

The warmer temperatures and settled snowpack have definitely helped fishing. With the northern pike and walleye seasons set to close February 28, now is the time to get into that late season action. Because access has been limited due to cold and windy temps, anglers have not been able to get out as much the […]

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Feb 112014

Ice Fishing Report 2-11-14

As the temperatures have gone above zero and the snow pack has firmed, the perch fishing ramped up to a good “action” bite. Still, some sorting has been in order to fill a bucket. Due to the fish being on a minnow bite, and the minnows have been moving, a “run and gun” approach has […]

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Jan 302014

Ice Fishing Report 1-30-14 Nice Walleyes

During a cold front, especially one like the last ones(s) we have had, walleyes lately have had a tendency to bite on a certain hump one evening and then move to another piece of structure the next. The reason is they’re chasing minnows and small perch. To counteractive this dilemma, work shorelines and mid-lake break-line […]

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Jan 202014

Minnesota Snowmobile Safety

Minnesota Governor proclaimed January 18-25 Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

In the continuing effort to bring attention to safe snowmobiling in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimedJan.18-25, Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR, the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) and its member clubs support this effort, which is designed to […]

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Dec 192013

Winter Family Vacations

Looking for the out of the ordinary Winter Family Vacations?  Here is the North Country we don’t run once the snow falls, we relish it.  We welcome you to come experience winter in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Winter Recreation
Breathe in the crisp fresh air.  Seek solitude on trails.  Hop on a tube and zoom down the hill. […]

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Dec 132013

Ice Fishing

In central and northern Minnesota the “fishing jury” is in. The verdict? The most popular ice fishing walleye/perch destination lakes are: Mille Lacs, Leech, Upper Red Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish (“Big Winnie”). Although all of these lakes are “primo” walleye/perch waters, because I pretty much grew up on “Winnie,” I spend the majority of the […]

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Nov 252013

Urban Trend Meets Small Town

An urban trend meets small town in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Pop-up shop, Over the River opens in downtown Grand Rapids on November 22nd.  It all started with a conversation between two women.  Bev Leckie, the local Sales Manager for Red Rock Radio, was in Wings & Willows talking with store owner, Linda Budrow about the […]

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Nov 202013

Early Ice Season in Grand Rapids Minnesota

The ice season in Grand Rapids Minnesota is rapidly approaching.  We would like to welcome you to the Grand Rapids area to ice fish, snowmobile and other winter recreation.  Grand Rapids Minnesota has over 1,000 lakes and over 1,000 miles of snowmobile trails to explore in the winter.

Currently the DNR is reminding that the ice […]

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Nov 132013

Minnesota Firearms Deer Harvest Down

Minnesota Firearms deer harvest down 8 percent from 2012

Minnesota hunters harvested 77,008 deer during the first three days of the firearms season, down 8 percent from 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader, said a slightly smaller harvest over the first three days is not surprising.

“Last year, opening […]

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Nov 52013

RGS Reports National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt Results

The RGS reports national ruffed grouse and woodcock hunt results.  The Ruffed Grouse Society’s National Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Hunt is conducted during the second week in October each year in and around Grand Rapids, Minnesota. This world-class event is sponsored and coordinated by the Grand Rapids MN Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society. Chapter […]

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Nov 42013

Deer Hunting Tips

Deer Hunting Tips to help you get ready for the Minnesota Deer Hunting Opener, by Nik Dimich, Dimich Outdoors.  Visit Grand Rapids welcomes hunters to the Grand Rapids area and wishes everyone a safe and productive hunt.  If you have forgotten something on your way to the hunting shack, don’t worry we have you covered. […]

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Oct 232013

Time to Think Ahead

With winter knocking on our door of late maybe it’s time to think ahead.  Right now is a great time to get all those preparations done for the months ahead. Leaves to rake, wood to cut and stack, gutters to clean, and making plans for the cold period that is on our doorstep.  This time […]

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Oct 152013

Into the Woods With Explorer Will Steger

The Forest History Center presents Into the Woods with Explorer Will Steger.  The Forest History Center rolled out their Into the Woods educational programming that will run Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend.  The goal is to get more people to see the Forest History Center for more than just a historic cultural center […]

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Oct 82013

Discover Fall at a Minnesota Family Resort

Come discover fall in Minnesota’s nature at a Minnesota Family Resort in the Grand Rapids, MN area.  The crowds are smaller, the pace is slower, and the warmth of a glowing fire lures you back to Minnesota’s nature.  Come experience wonderful outdoor recreation, shopping, dining and fall entertainment.  The beautiful fall foliage is an added […]

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Sep 232013

DNR Public Land Auction

DNR to offer state lands at public auction

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have 23 parcels of land in northeastern Minnesota for sale at a public auction scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25.

The sale will include parcels in Cook, Itasca, Lake, and St. Louis counties, some of which are lakeshore lots.

“This is a great opportunity […]

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Sep 202013

Day Long Motorcycle Ramble

Day Long Motorcycle Ride out of Grand Rapids, MN

The Grand Rapids area offers a number of fantastic scenic driving routes for motorcycle touring, vintage auto runs, or just a relaxing break. You’ll find charming small towns along scenic routes and businesses that welcome those with motorcycle hair. Strap on your helmet or cap, put the […]

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Sep 182013

Northern Motorcycle Ramble

Motorcycle Route North of Grand Rapids, MN
Wayne Roskos shares his favorite Northern Motorcycle Ramble out of Grand Rapids, MN.

Enjoy motorcycling at its finest with our scenic driving routes – perfect for touring on a motorcycle, in a vintage car, or a relaxing break in any vehicle. You’ll find charming small towns along scenic routes and […]

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Sep 172013

Southern Motorcycle Ramble

Motorcycle Routes in Grand Rapids, MN Area

Wayne Roskos, avid motorcyclist, shares his Southern Motorcycle Ramble motorcycle route that he most enjoys, and shares his stops along the way.

Enjoy motorcycling at its finest with our Scenic Driving Routes– perfect for touring on a motorcycle, in a vintage car, or a relaxing break in any vehicle. You’ll find […]

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Sep 102013

DNR Predicts Brilliant Fall Colors

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, released September 9, 2013
During the next seven or eight weeks, waves of fall color will roll across Minnesota’s forests and prairies, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division encourages families to get out and enjoy them.  Whatever mode of transportation chosen, it is encouraged to get […]

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Sep 32013

Wick, Troumbly Win Classic Bass Invitational

Locals Tap River Bite To Claim Ranger RT 188 with Mercury 115 OptiMax Pro XS
Andrew Wick and Tony Troumbly put together two solid baskets to win top honors and a Ranger RT 188 aluminum bass boat at the Classic Bass Invitational tournament August 29-30 on Pokegama Lake at Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

“It’s pretty exciting-it hasn’t begun […]

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Aug 282013

ATV Trailsystem FREE for Labor Day

FREE Wheeling Weekend
No ATV registration or trail pass needed to ride on 
state and grant-in-aid trails over Labor Day Weekend

DNR News – For Immediate Release, August 27, 2013
This Labor Day weekend, Minnesota will host its first “Free Wheeling Weekend,” making it free to ride on state and grant-in-aid trails for two days, the Minnesota Department of […]

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Aug 272013

UPM Blandin Announces ATV Use Changes

UPM Blandin Announces ATV Use Changes on Trail

(Grand Rapids, MN, August 21, 2013) – UPM Blandin has welcomed public use of company forest land for decades.  While this is still the case, as the many hunting seasons approach, Blandin is alerting the public to changes in their recreational use policy. The most notable change is […]

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Aug 212013

Grand Rapids Romantic Getaway Sweepstakes

“Like” Grand Rapids, Minnesota Fan Page to get entered for a Chance to WIN a Grand Rapids Romantic Getaway.  

Enter here: http://a.pgtb.me/WbcVDT

 

 

 

You could win:

An overnight stay for two in the Fireplace Suite at the AmericInn
A romantic dinner at the 17th Street Grille
Golf for two (18 holes) at Eagle Ridge Golf Course AND (18 holes) at Pokegama […]

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Aug 132013

Itasca County Fair

The Itasca County Fair will be held August 14 through August 18, 2013.  The Itasca County Agricultural Association (aka Itasca County Fairboard), welcomes you to the beautiful fairgrounds. Often referred to as the Itasca County Fairgrounds, the 80 acre parcel is the most beautiful and clean grounds you will visit in the state of Minnesota. The first […]

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Aug 122013

Last Minute Minnesota Family Vacation

Summer is fleeting fast, now is the time to come escape to Grand Rapids for a Last Minute Minnesota Family Vacation.  Come reconnect with your family.  Grand Rapids is far enough for a real escape, but close enough to be convenient.  Grand Rapids, MN is located in the middle of the Minnesota north woods; where […]

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Aug 72013

Reif Center 2013-2014 Season Tickets On Sale Now

The Reif Center’s 2013-14 Season Tickets are On Sale Now went on sale Monday, August 5 at 8:30am.  The Reif Center 2013-2014 Season has a wide variety of world class performances that will entertain all ages.  The upcoming season performances include: comedy, musicals, bluegrass, country, children’s theatre, jazz, blues, Native American sounds and rhythms, flamenco dance, […]

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Aug 12013

White Oak Rendezvous Celebrates 25 Years

Come and experience history with us in Minnesota’s nature.
The White Oak Rendezvous celebrates 25 years this weekend, August 2-4, 2013.  White Oak Rendezvous is an annual event where you can step back into the 15th century and relive the history.  Come experience something very unique in Minnesota’s nature.

Watch and listen as costumed historical interpreters demonstrate […]

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Jul 312013

Tall Timber Days

Tall Timber Days is an annual community celebration  that takes place in Grand Rapids the first weekend of August.  This year’s event will take place  on August 2-4, 2013 in downtown Grand Rapids.  Tall Timber Days is a family friendly three day outdoor annual event.

This year the event celebrates its 32nd Annual, that highlights the […]

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Jul 292013

Curious Neighbor Exhibit in Grand Rapids

The Curious Neighbor…stories of the unexpected, unknown, untold, unusual and uncommon comes to Grand Rapids with an Open House on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in the Old Central School from 5-8pm.  Three eight week fellowships were offered to Minnesota College of Art & Design students and alumni.  The fellows chosen are: Audrey Moxley, Christina Huang, […]

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Jul 292013

Northern MN Mud Run

The Northern MN Mud Run is set to be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Grand Rapids, MN. The Northern MN Mud Run is a fun and exhilarating way to experience athletic competition in Minnesota’s nature. Team up with daring friends or family to test your toughness on the northern MN area’s toughest mud […]

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Jul 242013

Events in Grand Rapids

Summer is a fabulous time of year to enjoy events in Grand Rapids.  Looking for that extraordinary Minnesota vacation? Come experience the balance of Minnesota’s outdoor nature and fun family festivities in Grand Rapids.  There is something for everyone at our annual premiere events.    A wide variety of events are scheduled year round in […]

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Jul 232013

Stay & Play Sweepstakes

Enter to WIN the Stay & Play Sweepstakes from July 23-August 5, 2013.  “Like” the  Grand Rapids Minnesota Fan Page to enter to win our awesome prize package for our Stay & Play Sweepstakes ($240 value):

• 1 Night Lodging at the Sawmill Inn in Grand Rapids (2 adults & 2 children)

• Family Admission to the Forest History Center

• Golf For […]

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Jul 152013

Minnesota DNR July Land Sale

The Department of Natural Resources is holding a land sale in July.  The DNR will offer 22 parcels of land at the public auctions.  The first date will be held on July 23rd for Itasca County parcels.  On July 24th a public auction will be held for St. Lous & Lake Country parcels.  Each auction […]

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Jul 92013

Activities in Grand Rapids MN

There is a plethora of activities in Grand Rapids.  Each season brings many different events, festivals, area attractions and recreation that can be enjoyed in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area.  Activities in Grand Rapids can range from Area Attractions, Events and Festivals and Recreational Opportunities.

Summer has lots of activities in Grand Rapids to enjoy.  You can enjoy one […]

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Jun 282013

Last Minute Minnesota Vacation Deals

Need a real escape?  Grand Rapids is a grand location for a last minute Minnesota vacation.  There are still last minute openings for the week of the Fourth of July at Grand Rapids area lodging properties.  Check out our last minute Minnesota vacation deals online.

Our lives are so busy these days that it is hard […]

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Jun 262013

Golf & Dine Sweepstakes

Throughout the summer Visit Grand Rapids will be conducting social media sweepstakes for a chance to “like” and WIN.  The first sweepstakes is valid June 24-July 8, 2013.  A winner will be selected on July 9th and announced through our social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

This is a chance to come experience Grand Rapids area […]

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Jun 242013

Bisch Bash 2013

Bisch Bash is one of the Grand Rapids, MN area’s Premiere Annual Events.

This annual event was established to honor the memory of friend, teacher, coach, volunteer, wife and mother, Jackie Bischoff of Cohasset Minnesota. Since the initial bash, the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund was  designed to assist Itasca County residents struggling with the effects […]

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Jun 202013

Forest History Center Expanded Summer Hours & Programs

This summer the Forest History Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.  Compared to last summer, this means the center is open three more hours per day.  Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to experience and do much more than in recent years.  Each day the Forest History Center will offer […]

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Jun 172013

Quadna Mud Nationals

Quadna Mud Nationals

June 20-23, 2013
Hill City, MN

High Lifter Products, based in Shreveport, Louisiana, created the ATV Mud Nationals to provide an event in which ATVs and UTVs could demonstrate their prowess over the 4×4’s competition. High Lifter products decided to bring the Mud Nationals to Hill City. The High Lifter Quadna Mud Nationals is a […]

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Jun 112013

Grand Rapids Announced as Central Region Ultimate Fishing Town

DENVER – June 10, 2013 – WFN: World Fishing Network, the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America, has announced the winning towns of the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest.  Port Colborne, Ontario and Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, N.Y. received the most votes to receive WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Towns for 2013. […]

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Jun 52013

It’s in Minnesota’s nature to celebrate!

Visit Grand Rapids celebrates its 30th anniversary, and new location in Old Central School on Friday, June 7th from 4-7pm.

Visit Grand Rapids was formed in 1983 with a mission of bringing people to the Grand Rapids area.  VGR is responsible for tourism marketing for the Grand Rapids area.  VGR markets the community as a destination for travel including […]

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May 132013

Jefferson Lines Bus Company Servicing Grand Rapids

Jefferson Lines Bus Company announced Friday, May 10, 2013 that they will be the new regional passenger bus service for the Iron Range. The service will begin on May 15. The new daily service starts in Grand Rapids and will have stops in Hibbing, Virginia, the Duluth Airport, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Jefferson Lines […]

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May 102013

Welcome Anglers To Grand Rapids MN Fishing Opener!

Welcome anglers!  Ice still covers most lakes in the Grand Rapids, MN area.  However, the rivers are open to enjoy the Walleye and Northern MN Fishing Opener.

Most of our lodging properties have openings for the month of May to come enjoy fishing in Minnesota’s nature.  The lakes will be opening soon.  It won’t take many […]

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May 62013

Grand Rapids Farmers Market Now Open

The Grand Rapids Farmers Market has opened officially for the season in downtown Grand Rapids.  The Grand Rapids Farmers Market, Market Manager, Kent Lorentzen, shared, “right now there are only a few of us that have product to sell, but as we get later in the season we will have more vendors that will have […]

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Apr 182013

Vote for Grand Rapids, Minnesota as the Ultimate Fishing Town!

Visit Grand Rapids is pleased to announce they have nominated Grand Rapids, Minnesota in World Fishing Network’s (www.worldfishingnetwork.com) Ultimate Fishing Town Contest: http://www.worldfishingnetwork.com/uft/vote/grandrapids-mn.  Visit Grand Rapids, Executive Director, Megan Christianson, highlights the campaign as “a golden opportunity for us to highlight one of our natural resources  that aligns with our community branding, “It’s in Minnesota’s Nature”. […]

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Mar 182013

Weekend In-Store Specials – Frame Up

Arriving Daily for the Holiday
Local Handmade Art, Jewelry,
Stained Glass Ornaments
Dyed Silk Scares
Decorated Gourds and Birchbark Ornaments

Call Us: 218-327-1271
Visit Our Website: www.frameupgrandrapids.net

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Mar 182013

Sundowner Menu Items – Sawmill Inn

8oz Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus – $14.95
Shrimp Scampi – $13.95
Served with choice of soup, salad, or Caesar salad, choice of potato unless a pasta dish, popover and homemade dessert.
(served daily 4p-6p or Sunday 4p-close)

Phone Reservations: 1-800-235-6455
Visit Our Website: www.sawmillinn.com/dining

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Mar 182013

Happy Hour Specials – 17th Street Grill at Timberlake Lodge

Martini & Sushi Monday:
$5 Martinis
Sushi Menu “Hand-Rolled-to-Order”
Tap & Burger Tuesday:
99 Cent Domestic Tap Beer (4-7pm)
$2 Off Burgers (4pm-Close)
$15 Build-Your-0wn Pasta Bar 
Chef Prepared in the Dining Room:
Bartender’s Choice ½ Price Bottle of Wine and $4 House Wine
Chef’s Choice Pasta Special
Chef’s Choice Thursday:
Let Chef Dusty & Bob amaze your senses with different items each week!
Fresh Fish Friday:
Select Fish and […]

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Mar 182013

Winter Fun Special – Hidden Haven Resort

$125 per night plus tax for up to 4 people in one of our deluxe winter cabins with fireplaces.
Additional persons $25 per night plus tax.
Two night minimum stay, please.
Valid Dates: Dec. 20, 2012 – May 10, 2013

Phone Reservations: 1-866-246-8989
Visit Our Website: www.hiddenhavenresort.com

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Mar 152013

DNR Maintained Trails

Taconite Trail – Northeast out of Grand Rapids toward Ely:
Condition: We received another 8-10″ snowfall on Saturday (3/9) and will be grooming the trail again tomorrow (3/12). Expect the riding conditions to be very good so long as the temperatures stay below freezing.
Last Reported Grooming: 3/12/13

Bear Lake Trail – Nashwauk Area NE of Grand Rapids: 
Condition:  We received […]

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Feb 262013

Cross Country Ski Trail Conditions

For those wishing to enjoy winter’s solitude with Nordic skiing, the Grand Rapids area offers more than 212K of skiing on 19 groomed trails. Enjoy a variety of terrain for the beginner, intermediate and expert; both classic and freestyle techniques. Use the handy trail head locator and map to plan your outing. A variety of […]

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Feb 262013

Local Club Trails

Driftskipper Trails:  Trails are being groomed on 2/21 and are in good condition.

Itasca Snow Rangers:  Diamond Lake and Hornet Spur Trails were groomed over the weekend and Keystone Trail was groomed on 2/20. Excellent conditions with an 8-inch base.

Marcell Snowdrifters:  Trails have been groomed and riding is great.

38’ers Club:  Trails are being groomed on 2/21 and are in good […]

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Feb 222013

Yes!!!

When we came here to Grand Rapids, we were treated like royalty. When we heard that Matt had the infinity card, we were like WOW, so the sky was the limit! Can’t wait to come back when Matt receives the Millennium Infinity Card!

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Feb 222013

What a Great Place to Visit

We had such a wonderful time here in Grand Rapids and around the area. Went swimming, fishing and hiking. What a great way to play on the weekend.

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Feb 222013

We Love It!

We had a wonderful time here in Grand Rapids. We would love to come back soon!

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Feb 212013

Driftskipper Trails

Trails are being groomed on 2/21 and are in good condition.

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Feb 112013

Ice Fishing Oz

Megan Christianson with Visit Grand Rapids takes you to Oz’s Wonderland of Fishing. Grand Rapids is home to many exciting indoor and outdoor recreation activities, and is well-known for all seasons fishing–on the ice and the open water–for multiple species of fish.

Grand Rapids, Minnesota, offers some of the best multi-species ice fishing action in the […]

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Dec 122012

Winter In Minnesota – Cross Country Skiing

Cross country skiing in Minnesota’s nature is Grand.  Come experience the brilliant white wonderland in northern Minnesota.  Grand Rapids, MN has 212K, 19 groomed trails to explore, and a thousand lakes to Nordic ski around.   For those wishing to enjoy winter’s solitude through Nordic skiing, the Grand Rapids area offer a variety of terrain for the beginner, intermediate and expert; both classic and freestyle techniques.  Use the handy trail head locator and map to plan your outing.  Check out the variety of Lodging choices that are available ranging from elegant, full service to budget conscious and comfortable.

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Nov 212012

Shop Small: Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24)

Shop Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2012.  Small businesses contribute towards the health and well-being of their communities.  American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 to help spur holiday business for small businesses that were trying to survive the recession.  This annual event has grown to local communities all over the country, just like Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  In 2011 100 million people across the country participated.  There have been additional programs created to help promote shopping at your local small businesses; like 3/50 Project that promotes spending $50 at three small businesses each month to burst the economy.  Of every $100 spent at small businesses $68 stays in that community.  Small business owners are great supporters contributing both financially and in-kind commitment which leads to healthy communities.  American Express purchased advertisement through radio and television as well as facebook in its early years.  As this event has grown, social media has been a low cost and effective way to marketing to consumers.  The Grand Rapids Downtown Business Association has a Facebook site to promote their annual event.

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Nov 162012

Murals Depicting Minnesota’s Nature

Three communities have come together to share their Minnesota’s Nature vision.  The communities of Deer River, Grand Rapids and Coleraine/Bovey have come together to depict their community through three individual murals.  These murals are located on the south side of the MacRostie Art Center building in downtown Grand Rapids. […]

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Oct 252012

Girlfriends Weekend Getaway to Minnesota’s Nature

Fall is a great time for a Girlfriends Weekend Getaway to Minnesota’s nature.  Grand Rapids is known for its large volume of arts & crafts shows, bazaars and holiday open houses starting deer hunting opener weekend.  This year there are hundreds of vendors showcasing arts, crafts, homemade food items, and a wide variety of delectable dining options.  The entire town comes together, showcasing their very best, to kick off the holiday season.  This is a truly unique experience.  Lodging properties are ready to roll out the red carpet to host visitors coming to celebrate in the festive season.  Take a look at the Visit Grand Rapids website to view the full range of overnight lodging options, and numerous shopping and dining choices.  […]

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Sep 242012

Fall Color…It’s in Minnesota’s Nature

The winds of change that are happening in the Grand Rapids, MN area are upon us.  As we move into the official fall season here in Minnesota’s nature, we want to celebrate what mother nature has blest us with.  Here in Grand Rapids we have a lot of natural amenities that surround us every day.  These golden opportunities are here to experience.

The beautiful fall foliage that surrounds our communities is something we tend to take for granted.  Grand Rapids is unique in that whatever roadway, trail or path that you take you will find  brilliant fall foliage color.  According to the Minnesota Department of Resources the Grand Rapids, MN area is between 25%-50% peak.  […]

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Sep 112012

Comradery from the Seat of a Bike

One of our favorite part of motorcycle rides is the dining destinations.  Dining destinations are a huge part of the ride location.  We can head in any direction and know we will have a unique dining destination that is always fun to visit any time of the year.  We get to meet new people each time.  There is comradery amongst motorcyclists wherever you go.

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Sep 62012

Enjoy Motorcycling through Nature

>We really enjoy motorcycling in the Grand Rapids area.  We send a couple of texts or emails to go for a ride to friends and family, and we can get anywhere from a couple to almost ten of us heading for a ride.  You can go in any direction heading out of Grand Rapids and you can see all kinds of different topography.  The neatest part is you get a combination of forest, water and wildlife.  […]

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Sep 52012

Golf Giveaway Winner Announced

Thank you to all who entered the Visit Grand Rapids Blog Golf Giveaway. Congratulations to the Golf Giveaway winner Kristen Campos!

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Aug 92012

Grand Rapids To Host Hockey Day 2013

On June 26, 2012 the Minnesota Wild and Fox Sports North announced that Grand Rapids, Minnesota will host the 2013 Hockey Day in Minnesota.  Hockey Day has become a hockey tradition in Minnesota, and Grand Rapids is proud to be the host for the 2013 event.  The 2013 Hockey Day in Minnesota will be the seventh annual event.
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Aug 82012

Thousands Celebrate Tall Timber Days

One of the annual events in Grand Rapids that always draws a large crowd is the Tall Timber Days festival.  This year’s event was held on August 3-5, 2013 in historic downtown Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

This year’s event drew a large crowd partly due to the additional entertainment options and more vendor booths than in year’s past.  The Tall Timber Days has become a long standing annual festival for Grand Rapids residents and visitors alike. Many families plan their vacations around this annual event.   […]

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Jul 302012

Inspiration For The Arts

Grand Rapids natural setting creates an inspired spirit for you to experience. Come discover the many exhibits and performances, both indoors and out.

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Jul 262012

Are You A Cultural Explorer?

There is always something to do in the Grand Rapids, MN area.  There are year-round attractions and events that make Grand Rapids a great destination any time of the year.  Whether you are a cultural explorer or a spontaneous adventurer you will find a trip to Grand Rapids will meet your needs. […]

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Jul 262012

Souvenirs, Antiques & Unique Shopping

Vacationing in Grand Rapids, MN means you will have access to a variety of shops to meet your needs.  Grand Rapids is the regional hub in Itasca County which provides many shopping options to meet everything from basic needs to the vacation souvenirs.  Grand Rapids offers many unique specialty and antique shops in the area. From Antiques to  Vacation Souvenirs, Grand Rapids has all your shopping covered. […]

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Jul 252012

Memorable Fishing Found Here

Fishing in Grand Rapids, MN…it’s in Minnesota’s nature. Grand Rapids is home to over 1,000 lakes, the highest concentration of lakes in Minnesota. Whether fishermen are looking to catch pan fish or a trophy walleye, they will find what they are looking for in the Grand Rapids area. Each lake brings a unique fishing opportunity. […]

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Jul 242012

Motorcycle Hair Welcome!

The Grand Rapids area offers a number of fantastic scenic driving routes for motorcycle touring, vintage auto runs, or just a relaxing break. You’ll find charming small towns along scenic routes and businesses that welcome those with motorcycle hair. […]

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Jul 202012

Grand Rapids: Visit Minnesota’s Nature

Grand Rapids is the ideal destination for those seeking the ideal balance of community and wilderness.  The best thing about Grand Rapids is that there is a harmony between man and nature.  It’s not forced.  It’s not artificial.  It is at the core of what makes Grand Rapids tick.  It is Grand Rapids.  And it’s in Minnesota’s nature.

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