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Where Beauty & Nature intersect

September 2019 Discover fall’s beauty and fun in the Heartland Lakes

Brilliant yellow sunflowers are washing fields and scarlet red leaves are showing on maples here and there. The northern landscape will soon ripen with fall colors so breathtaking you won’t be able to resist a drive, bike ride or walk to take them all in. Or jump on an ATV trail and explore the back […]

Find food, fun and fantastic music at August festivals

Communities are celebrating their culture and heritage on weekends throughout August. In between, you can go fishing, take a kayak around the lake, go tubing down a river, pitch a tent under the pines, stay off line for a few days or shop where you don’t have to stand in line. Whatever you choose, it’s […]

It’s Time to Hit Refresh Indoors and Out

Spring is suffering a setback as May begins, but the loons are back, trees are budding and lakes are open. Some have take advantage of a few warm days to clean up after a very long winter and started spring rituals like raking and ditch clean up. In Downtown Park Rapids Spring 19 stores and […]

Mother Nature turns a page

Fortunately for those downstream, our snow-covered fields and forests and ice-covered lakes are melting gradually.  Small pools attract swans, geese and ducks in places where you don’t expect to see them. Spring is teasing us, but will continue to reveal her true nature soon enough. The Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and partners […]

Embrace the Bold North

After the Polar Vortex, February promises less talk about the weather and more doing outdoors. Who needs an excuse to head north with Valentine’s Day, a three-day weekend and some great special events coming up? The upside of subzero temps is thick ice and insurance on all the snow that’s fallen so far. And the […]

Wrap up a family gift and head north

At a loss for what to give the family this Christmas? A week or a weekend in Park Rapids and Itasca State Park will not disappoint and make memories for years to come. Some snow blankets the ground and woods, not enough yet for snowmobiling and cross country skiing, but it’s sure to come. Ice […]

Snowmobile trails still need more snow, cold temperatures

Snowmobile Trails officially open December 1st This post is from a DNR press release: Early cold temperatures and several inches of snow in parts of the state have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, but most trails will need more snow before grooming can begin. Most of the state’s […]

Heart of the Holidays plus more festive events!

A rundown of Heart of the Holidays events this year.  Click the links below the list for more information and more events all around the area! Nov 12 – Dec 22 Gifts at the Armory Nov 22  Annual Heartland Homes Turkey Trot 5k/Fun Run & Walk Nov 23  Santa, Mrs. Claus and Reindeer Glitter & Tinsel Nov […]

‘Tis the season to count our blessings

Fall weather has proven to be atypical – snow on golden leaves still clinging to aspen and birches – rain and more rain. While some days earned complaints, the moisture means even small ponds attract ducks, geese and swans still gathering to head south. We look forward to the upcoming holidays with gratitude for the […]

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