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The Blueberry Special

The Blueberry Special, a branch of the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad Company, ran between Rush City, Minnesota, and Grantsburg, Wisconsin, beginning in 1884. It crossed the St. Croix River at the Old Railroad Bridge, five miles east of Rush City. It made two round trips each day: one in the morning and one at […]

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Canoe: Explore the Legacy in Spooner

When Sieur du Lhut, the first European known to have visited the valley of the St. Croix, arrived here in 1679, he would certainly not have been surprised to discover a native culture dominated by the birch bark canoe. After all, he came from the north, traveling all the way from Montreal, through wind and […]

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Kettle River Paddle Festival

The Kettle River Paddle Festival takes place each spring in and near Sandstone, Minnesota and Banning State Park. The weekend-long event includes a downriver race, a “Whitewater Rodeo” in the Kettle’s famous rapids, and lots of time for socializing at the Gaslight Bar in Sandstone. More: http://www.kettleriverpaddlefest.com/ http://www.facebook.com/KettleRiverPaddleFestival

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Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake

Very few places enjoy a history so representative of this region. Come to Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake to find out how so much history can be encompassed in natural beauty. The land where the park is now located was inhabited by the Dakotas of the Sioux Nation followed by the Chippewa of the Ojibwa […]

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The Arcola High Bridge – A Significant Span

Originally published here. On June 1, 1911, construction was completed on a half-mile long, 185-foot tall railroad bridge near Stillwater. Two days later, the first train crossed the bridge. About four still do so every day. A small group of people visited the bridge on the Minnesota side Wednesday evening, its 100th birthday. The gravel […]

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Afton Fourth of July parade

The little town of Afton has a very popular July 4th parade every year. Anybody can enter, which makes for a pretty eclectic mix of floats and groups. For spectators, the great thing is you get two chances to see the parade from anywhere on the route. Because of Afton’s small downtown, the parade simply […]

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Sandrock Cliffs

This unique stretch of the St. Croix, near Grantsburg, has cliffs about 50 feet high that come right up to the water’s edge. Except for the Dalles, I don’t know anywhere else on the river with such a canyon. It feels like you could be in a pretty exotic location, but it’s the amazing river […]

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