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March 2020 Deny cabin fever and head north

With so much snow everywhere, snowmobilers and cross country skiers have embraced winter. And it’s not over yet. Trail grooming continues and the Heartland Lakes area includes hundreds of miles of beautiful trails to ride and ski.


Walleye, pike and bass fishing season has ended in this part of the state, but avid anglers can still enjoy excellent pan fishing. Ice conditions remain uncertain so extreme caution is advised. Contact local bait dealers if you’re not sure where to set up


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources posts snow and trail conditions after 2 p.m. every Thursday at


The Park Rapids Figure Skating Club’s 31st Annual Ice Shows promise to be spectacular. The theme is “Going Global” and both shows will feature the University of Minnesota Duluth Cheer Team and Light Show. See the results of long hours of practice, fun costumes and more at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Ted O. Johnson Arena.


Enjoy the beauty of winter on snowshoes! A beginner’s class from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 29 at Itasca State Park’s Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom will teach you the basics from different types of snowshoes to how to walk in snowshoes as well as great places to visit in Itasca while wearing snowshoes. NOTES: Dress warmly and include snow boots. Part of the program will be outside on the trail trying out your new skills if snow conditions permit. Call ahead at 218-699-7254 to reserve a pair of snowshoes or bring your own. The number of snowshoes available is limited.

Morning Meeting by Tracy Lund

Celebrate the Finnish Saint who led the grasshoppers out of Finland March 13-14 in Menahga. Join the fun of a St. Urho look-alike contest, crowning of the king and queen, music and more at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Menahga School gym. Wear purple and green to enjoy Saturday’s traditional festivities: the changing of the guard at the statue of St. Urho, a parade, games and fine Finnish cuisine. A medallion hunt has already begun. Find the clues at

St. Urho

On March 17, local beverage and dining establishments are already planning a taste of another culture’s traditions where wearin’ the green will keep the Leprechauns at bay.


And it’s time to plan for the glorious months of summer. Our new Discovery Guide counts the ways to Catch a Memory at the source, the lake, the woods or a local celebration. Let your imagination be your guide.


Area lodging accommodations can be found to suit your style whether it’s camping under the stars, sleeping within walking distance of a golf course or staying at a cabin on a sand beach. Start here for information on campgrounds, motels, resorts, bed and breakfast inns, vacation homes and a hostel. Most accommodations have websites so you can peek inside a cabin or read what other guests have to say about their stay.


You may want to plan a visit when one of the area’s special events is taking place and now is the time to make sure you are not disappointed. The Chamber calendar is a great resource for scheduling your stay with dozens of festivals and other fun events all summer long.


If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit, need more information about activities or if you have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.


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