Outdoors

Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway

August 17th, 2021

By Dusty & Kelly Ratcliff

Diningduster.com

@diningduster on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter


Looking for a change of scenery? Consider the Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway, an 88-mile scenic drive stretching from Dexter, MN to just west of the Mississippi River in La Crescent, MN. You’ll be treated to bluffs to hike, green and lush rolling hills, charming villages, trails to bike, the Root River, and streams for trout fishing and all-around charm! Southeast Minnesota truly…

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Urban Camping in East Grand Forks

August 17th, 2021

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

alicia@hpr1.com

When you can’t decide if you want a city break or a camping trip, head to East Grand Forks, where it’s easy to have both. And you won’t even need to start your car or camper until it’s time to leave; everything is easily accessible on foot, by bike or by canoe or kayak.

Your base is the Red River State Recreation Area campground, right on the edge of downtown East Grand Forks and facing the Red River. The shops, restaurants and 15-screen…

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​FROSTIVAL: The Fourth Year of Braving the Cold

January 23rd, 2019

2018 kickball Frostival

By Nataly Routledge
natalyroutledge@googlemail.com 

Negative numbers have now taken hold of the Fargo-Moorhead area weather. Residents wary of the cold may be prepared to hunker down and avoid the outdoors until grass reappears. Those looking to weather the weather, however, will have a chance to enjoy outdoor festivities this coming weekend. The fourth annual Frostival is scheduled to run January 25th and 26th.

For those unacquainted with Frostival, the event is packed with activities for…

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Roads less traveled

August 18th, 2017

Offroad biking in the Pembina Gorge

The implementation of the Interstate highway system has made the lives of many more convenient. Straight roads, high speeds and minimal distraction expedites travel and decreases time spent on the road. They act as the main arteries and vasculature of the United States travel organism, pumping traffic and revenue between the country's vital organs.

While less convenient capillary road systems exist, many lead to smaller dots on the map. Dots that…

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Pembina Gorge-ous

August 18th, 2017

HPR explores the Rendezvous region

“This was all established before the railroad. It was all off the oxcart trails, then eventually came the roads, and then eventually came the highways,” Justin Robinson of North Dakota Parks and Recreation said.

The Red River Oxcart was constructed entirely of wood and was used by the French fur traders and the Metis from 1800-1870. Incredibly enough, some of their wheel marks are still visible after all these years. The heavily wooded hills and…

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Deep in the woods

July 12th, 2017

Frost smoke rolled off the water and gathered in the middle of the lake, obscuring anything and everything beyond the battered dock.

Somewhere in the mist, Canada geese called. The sunrise sparkled through the trees and a night light over a cabin window flicked off as the morning arrived.

This is Lake Metigoshe, a wooded paradise and well-kept secret of North Dakota and its Turtle Mountains.

Jagged shorelines circle the lake’s mirror surface. Lakeside retreats ranging from old family…

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​Petrified Forest Loop

June 15th, 2017

It was my last night in Medora and I was busy researching the Petrified Forest Loop I planned to hike in the morning. Earlier that day, Dakota Cyclery had dropped off myself and another rider, Paul, on the Maah Daah Hey trail.

We rode rode over twenty miles through the rough terrain of the North Dakota's badlands and opted to take the long way home, by crossing the Little Missouri river at Sully Creek State Park, which landed my 650lb Cannondale Habit above my head instead of between my…

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​Almanzo 100 Wilderfest Bike Race: still a rookie

May 31st, 2017

If you've ever heard of gravel bike racing or "gravel grinding" you've probably heard of the Almanzo. It's a one hundred mile bike race that takes place on the Southern Minnesota border right outside the small town of Spring Valley.

There's no fee to ride or rider cap. Riders register by simply sending in a postcard with their name and email address: a relatively unique experience in today's pay-to-play race scene. With events like the Fargo Marathon setting you back a cool…

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​The Bad Lands

November 2nd, 2016

By Jim Fuglie

jimfuglie920@gmail.com

I’ve been a little cranky lately. Goofy elections, pipelines and oil refineries where they shouldn’t be, and oil and salt water spilling all over the place will do that.

When that happens, I try to go to the Bad Lands and refresh my soul. When I can’t go there, I read about them, and I write about them. I’ve been stuck at home lately doing fall chores, but I’ve been reading some of my favorite passages about our Bad Lands, and I think I’ll…

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​4,600 miles long and four feet wide

September 7th, 2016

By Ben Haugmo

benhaugmo@yahoo.com

Winding through 4,600 miles of forest and field, alongside river and railway, and over hilltops as well as fences is the North Country National Scenic Trail. Next week, the National Country Trail Association will be celebrating their annual meeting, a chance for volunteers and enthusiasts to come together in shared appreciation of this country-spanning marvel.

North Country Trail veterans and newcomers alike will experience hikes which include river trails…

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