Archive for August 2007

So you think you’re a Minnesotan?

August 24, 2007

It’s been crazy over at the Sesquicentennial office since the start of the fair! Here are more things to do in Minnesota, all at the state fair! Be sure to get over to the state fair ground sometime during the twelve days of fun!

80. Go to the state fair located between St. Paul and Minneapolis
79. Check out the Minnesota Sesquicentennial state fair booth, and be sure to get there early enough to get our Sesqui-giveaway for the day!!

78. See whats going on at 4H! Check out their exhibit!
77. Visit the agriculture building and see the MN county special highlights each day!
76. See the baby animals at the Miracle birth center
75. Enjoy an ice cold MN state beverage (milk), only $1 for all you can drink
74. Whatever it may be, get something on a stick
73. Learn how many MN colleges there are in the education building
72. Enjoy one of the FREE concerts at the Leinie lodge bandshell!
71. Learn about Minnesota’s environment by going to the progress center eco experience


County of the week

August 14, 2007


• It became the 83rd county in Minnesota on December 20, 1902
• The name “Clearwater” comes from the Ojibwe word “gawakomitgweia”
• The county is the home to the Mississippi river, which lies inside of Itasca state park

• about 8,500 people reside in Clearwater county

• Bagley
• Clearbrook
• Clearwater
• Elbow Lake
• Gonvick
• Leonard
• Shevlin
• Portions of the Red Lake and White Earth Indian reservations

Events and things to do:
• Clearwater Historical society October 3, 2007
• Key Ingredients: America by food in Shevlin MN
• Visit the Clearwater RV park

Information gathered by: Laura Baratto

Thanks to for providing the information

So you think you’re a Minnesotan?

August 14, 2007


Minnesota is a great place to be, and the list of activities is ongoing. Whether it’s going on a roller coaster or camping at a state park, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the great state of Minnesota!

Here are the next 10 out of 150 things to do:

90. Explore underwater adventures at the Mall of America
89. Go to Valley fair and ride one of the big roller coasters
88. Take a weekend to go camping at one of the many state parks
87. Go for a boat ride on the street car boat Minnehaha
86. See a horse race at Canterbury in Shakopee
85. Catch a flick at the drive in movie theatre
84. Take a stroll down Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis
83. Visit the stores, galleries and antique shop in Warehouse district in Minneapolis
82. Check out the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, the only bridge of its kind
81. Catch a concert at River Center in St. Paul

Chisago County

August 13, 2007


Chisago County is another beautiful place in Minnesota to visit!

• First organized on September 1, 1851
• The name comes from the Chippewa Indian word “Ki-Chi-Saga”, which means “Fair and Lovely Lakes”
• First county election was October 14, 1851
• Taylors Falls was chosen as the county seat

• About 49,000 people

• Center City
• Chisago City
• Harris
• Lindstrom
• North Branch
• Rush City
• Shafer
• Stacy
• Taylors Falls
• Wyoming

• Karl Oskar Days is held there every year in Lindstrom
• Rush City Music Festival August 18-19
• Ki Chi Saga Days August 24-26
• Classic Car show September 22
• Fall Harvest Festival Art Craft Fair September 22-23

Information gathered by: Laura Baratto

Thanks to for providing the information!

So you think you’re a Minnesotan?

August 8, 2007


Thank you to everyone who has contributed their own ideas to our list, we love hearing about them! Here are 10 more activities to participate in:

100. Visit one of our hundreds of public libraries! Tons of print and online resources are available
99. Sit out on the deck and enjoy an ice cold beverage
98. Take the family to a local water park
97. Visit the University of Minnesota
96. Walk along the North shore of Lake Superior
95. Lodge at one of the many resorts in Lutsen
94. Tube down Cannon River with friends or family
93. Go antiquing in Stillwater
92. Visit Minnesota’s oldest community of Wabasha
91. Ride the carousel and enjoy ice cream at Lark Toys

Cass County

August 7, 2007



• First created in 1851
• Named after Lewis Cass of Michigan he was the territorial governor, a U.S. Senator, Secretary of war as well as Secretary of state
• Backus
• Boy River
• Cass Lake
• Cyphers
• Hackensack
• Longville
• Pillager
• Pine River
• Pontoria
• Remer
• Wabedo
• Walker

• Around 29,000 people

Upcoming Events:
• Lakes Bluegrass festival August 23-26
• Moondance Jam July 9-12 2008 (tickets on sale in August)

Recreation Sites:
• Cass Lake
• Leech Lake
• Hackensack
• Cass county museum

Carlton County

August 7, 2007

Another fun county worth visiting is Carlton county!



• Carlton County was established in 1857
• The county was named after Rueben B. Carlton, one of the earliest settlers in the are
• Well known for the tragic fire of 1918

• Over 30,00 residents, including over 3,200 people of the Fond du Lac Reservation

Major Towns:
• Largest is Cloquet
• Moose Lake
• Barnum
• Cromwell
• Kettle River
• Scanlon
• Thomson
• Wrenshall
• Wright

Upcoming Events:
• Labor day Celebration & Parade in Cloquet, Sept. 3, 2007
• Relay for life in Moose Lake, Sept. 7-8, 2007

• Black Bear Casino
• Southgate Bowl
• Premiere theatres
• Black Bear gold course
• Pine Hill golf course
• Pine Valley Snow tubing hill
• Sandstone Area Country Club
• Superior Whitewater rafting

Information gathered by: Laura Baratto

Thanks to for providing the information

Thoughts and Prayers

August 2, 2007

Last night, Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at 6:05 p.m. the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, carrying with it many rush hour commuters. As Governor Tim Pawlenty said, it is a catastrophe of historic proportions for Minnesota. We at the Sesquicentennial Commission office mourn the loss of our fellow citizens. So many of us innocently cross that bridge nearly every day, never thinking something so stunning could happen.

We send out our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who died, and to those who were injured and traumatized. We thank those ordinary citizens and rescuers who reacted so courageously to help people immediately at the site.

As we see our 150th anniversary as a state looming ahead in 2008, we see even more clearly why statehood is so important and so dear. It is a commitment to one another as citizens, to care for each other, and to respond, whether in day-to-day routine life or in a crisis, as a community working and connected together.