Summer activity at the Black Rocks of Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan. The dark geological feature is a popular place for jumping into Lake S

Midwest Traveler: Why Marquette, Mich., is your base for fun on the Upper Peninsula

Marquette, Mich., is a fine base for biking, hiking, brews and day trips.

Fat biking in the polar vortex in northern Minnesota's Cuyuna area

March 12, 2020
Spot photo of hip-hop/movie star Ice Cube at McNally Smith College of Music, which is naming a scholarship in his honor. He's on a national tour that
At Cuyuna Country in Crosby, Minn., subzero weather leads to the best winter biking ever.

Quick Trips: Dog Days in Grand Marais, eagle festival in Wabasha, Canoecopia in Wisconsin

February 29, 2020
Grand Marais, MN. Thursday 1/29/2004 At the GunFlint Lodge Kevin Walsh mushes dogs along the Gunflint Trail under blue skies and windchill of -50 degr
February 28
The American Queen departed St. Paul on Sept. 21, 2012. In recent years the paddlewheeler used Red Wing, Minn., as its northernmost port.

A classic Mississippi River cruise line has abruptly shut down

American Queen Voyages' iconic paddlewheel ships will no longer dock in Minnesota.
February 27
Lauren Bennett McGinty, executive director of Explore Minnesota, speaks to more than 500 travel and tourism industry leaders from across the state dur

Explore Minnesota unveils new marketing campaign to sell the state to tourists, new residents

Travel industry experts got a first look at a new national ad campaign touting Minnesota to tourists and potential new residents.
February 8
Jaw-dropping rainbow hues at Naniboujou Lodge near Grand Marais.

After Lutsen, what is the state of classic lodges in Minnesota?

These old-time lodges are steeped in history for Minnesota travelers.
February 7
Flames engulfed the historic Lutsen Lodge early Tuesday morning after a fire broke out on the North Shore property.

Lutsen Lodge owner addresses financial challenges and calls out arson rumors

"It makes my broken heart hurt even more to focus on such absurd accusations," Bryce Campbell told the Star Tribune, the day after fire destroyed the historic lodge.
February 7
A summer view of the Mesaba Red-painted Lutsen Lodge from the cobblestone beach.

Lutsen Lodge was 'phenomenal legacy' of a top Minnesota architect

The more than 100-year-old resort was a touchstone on Lake Superior for many before fire destroyed it.
High Schools
January 15
Jonathan Mekonnen is averaging 21.4 points per game for Eastview, which needs a change of direction.

Boys basketball Metro Top 10 proves to be a tough club to break into

A look at victory margins indicates the Metro Top 10 teams are well ahead of their challengers.
March 2, 2020
The sun shone into the Wilderness Resort's indoor Wild WaterDome.

Looking for a warm, affordable spring break? Head to Wisconsin Dells

The vacation destination is full of weatherproof fun all year round.
January 31, 2020
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City features life-size bronze sculptures of star players, including Satchel Paige.

Midwest Traveler: Kansas City baseball museum pays tribute to the Negro Leagues

Kansas City baseball museum kicks off a centennial year of tributes.
January 16, 2020
SAP Brunch, Brown Bag & Bakery is sort of a contemporary take on a retro diner ? quirky and cheerful with a breakfast bar and a bakery case. (Michael

Midwest Traveler: Eating your way through Appleton, Wis.

The Wisconsin city is full of sweet surprises — but not necessarily apples.
January 9, 2020

Two centers in Indianapolis celebrate local icons Kurt Vonnegut and Madam Walker

Two centers pay tribute to novelist Kurt Vonnegut and Madam Walker, the first female African-American millionaire.
December 21, 2019
On the north side of the Mackinac Island in Michigan, a single cannon aims toward the horizon.

Here's why Mackinac Island is fun for the whole family

Every day is the "best day ever!" for families with kids on the car-free Michigan isle.
December 14, 2019
The Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia, Minn., offers classes in traditional Ojibwe arts, such as this two-day beading workshop.

Mille Lacs workshops highlight Ojibwe art and crafts

Creative camaraderie chases away the gloom of a steely wintry weekend.
December 5, 2019
A crowd watches building lights come on as fireworks light up the sky during the Plaza Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.

Midwest Traveler: Kansas City glows with holiday sparkle

With lights, toys and free activities, Kansas City is the Midwest's epicenter of holiday mirth.
November 27, 2019
A popup hotel room within the Acme Hotel is decorated with Andy Warhol-themed decor on October 30, 2019, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Chicago hotels ride a wave of Warhol mania

The Windy City is having a Warhol moment, thanks to an Art Institute exhibit.
November 21, 2019
The Templeton Rye distillery building, opened in 2018 in Templeton, Iowa, was designed to resemble a grain elevator.

In Templeton, Iowa, tasting the historic whiskey known as 'The Good Stuff'

Iowa town is the home of Templeton Rye, a craft whiskey label revived from Prohibition days.
October 31, 2019
Jeff Houghton hosts the late-night talk show “The Mystery Hour” in Springfield, Mo. It airs on KAAL in southeastern Minnesota.

Midwest Traveler: Springfield, Mo., has its own late-night TV talk show, and it's a riot

"The Mystery Hour" is taped before a live studio audience in Missouri.
October 5, 2019
A kayaker made his way down the tranquil Boardman River through the heart of brewery-filled Traverse City.

In this Michigan oasis, you can kayak to a dozen fine breweries

Traverse City is known for a vibrant downtown that abuts Lake Michigan, and its proximity to Michigan's best wineries and famous sand dunes.
September 28, 2019
A beer-infused frozen custard and caramel sundae at Lakefront Brewery caps a meal.

Milwaukee getaway offers a lot more than beer — and also a lot of beer

From a work-themed museum to beer events, Brew City really delivers.
September 21, 2019
Iowa City stationery shop RSVP was an unlikely venue for a literary reading.

Midwest Traveler: Iowa City is literature city, literally

This City of Literature has a dedicated writerly scene.
September 12, 2019
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Midwest Traveler: Scandinavian celebration Norsk Hostfest returns to Minot, N.D.

The 42nd Norsk HØstfest will draw 50,000 people to Minot, N.D., Sept. 25-28.

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