Archive for July 19, 2007

So you think you’re a Minnesotan?

July 19, 2007

150 things to do in Minnesota


 Thanks to those of you who added one of your own favorite activities in Minnesota. Here are another ten, be sure to try at least one of them this week or weekend!

130. Four wheel up in the Iron Range
129. See if you can catch a walleye on one of the 10,000 lakes
128. Get a taste of the SPAM museum in Austin
127. Take a tour of the Minnesota State capitol
126. See a production at the Guthrie theatre
125. Visit the Mall of America
124. Set up a slip n’ slide on a hot summer day and spend hours sliding through it
123. Rope swing into the lake in the summertime
122. Visit International falls….where it is only 60 degrees in the summer!
121. Attend WE fest up by Detroit lakes, and experience a weekend of camping and country music!

posted by: Laura Baratto July 19, 2007


County of the week – Becker

July 19, 2007

Here is another county worth visiting!! The county that WE Fest is held in, a weekend of country music and camping!!

Becker County:

Founded: 18 March 1858.

History: Named after Brigadier General George Loomis Becker, a lawyer and politician.

Major Industries: Agriculture, tourism, fishing.

Population: 30,000 in 2000

Major towns: Audubon, Callaway, Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Lake Park, Ogema, Pine Point, Wolf Lake.

Fun facts: Becker County will soon have a 70-mile all-terrain vehicle/off-highway motorcycle (ATV/OHM) trail. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently took requests for possible sites for an off-road/ATV trail, and Becker County came out the winner. The new trail will be planned, designed and constructed on a mix of state and county-administered forest lands located in north and south Round Lake Townships in north-central Becker County.
  According to the DNR, the trail should be ready by summer 2007.

Public Recreation Sites:

a. 10K Lakes Festival:
  Each July, the town hosts the 10,000 Lakes Festival, a large festival with past acts including Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio, The Black Crowes, The Asllman Brothers and numerous others. The three-day concert attracts around 25,000 people.

b. Becker County Fair:
  In July, the Becker County Fair offers a midway, various agricultural exhibits, a variety of food and drink vendors, a demolition derby, various business, political and non-profit organizational booths.

c. We Fest:
  Each August the town hosts WE Fest, one of the largest country music festivals. Campgrounds packed with tents surround a huge stage, and the three-day concert attracts around 50,000 music- lovers each summer. The 2007 lineup includes Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, The Wreckers and more. WE Fest has helped spur economic growth within the town.

Other Places to Visit:

d. Detroit Lakes Angels Baseball:
  The Detroit Lakes Angels, a recently resurrected Minnesota Amateur Baseball League team, joins 5 other area teams in the Hi- 10 Conference for the 2007 season. The team is comprised of seasoned baseball veterans and young prospects, with the team ranging in age from 18-35. Many players have college-level baseball experience.

e. Washington Ballpark
• Situated on 8.1 acres on Washington Avenue, just down the street from the mile-long city beach, Washington Ballpark is a facility built in the 1920s. The park is owned and operated by the City of Detroit Lakes Parks Department. The park plays host to the Detroit Lakes Angels of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball League, Hi-10 Conference, Little League Baseball, American Legion Summer Baseball, and the Detroit Lakes High School varsity baseball team. The park was recently upgraded with a new concessions building. An ongoing problem with the park is flooding, especially in the early months of spring.

Upcoming Events:

For a complete list of events in Becker County, visit
**Thanks to the Becker County Website and Wikipedia for the information!

Information gathered by Eric Anunobi, Sesquicentennial Fellow