I talked with Alyssa Ebel from Explore Minnesota today on WJON.  She talked about the Ice Fishing Challenge in Alexandria this weekend, Winterfest in Cross Lake February 5-7, the Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference and more.  Listen to the conversation below.

Jan. 31, Alexandria

2015 Ice Fishing Challenge
The annual Ice Fishing Challenge is the 2nd largest ice fishing tournament in Minnesota -- catch big fish and big prizes on Lake Le homme Dieu at the Ice Fishing Challenge! Other festivities taking place Jan. 31 are the Winter Spectacular Snowmobile Races at Viking Speedway, and aCandlelight Ski & Snowshoe at nearby Lake Carlos State Park.

Feb. 5-7, Crosslake
Bundle up the family for the 12th annual WinterFest celebration! Begin the weekend on Thursday with the WinterFest Medallion Hunt, then enjoy many old-fashioned family friendly activities on Friday and Saturday including live music, fireworks, helicopter rides, ice car racing, children's games, bonfires, Italian Outdoor Olympics, and much more

Feb. 3-4, Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, St. Paul  

The annual Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, to be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 3-4, will bring together hundreds of Minnesota tourism industry partners and help raise awareness of Minnesota’s continued growth as a travel destination, for both domestic and international visitors. Conference highlights include: remarks from Gov. Mark Dayton; future plans for the popular #OnlyinMN travel marketing campaign; Explore Minnesota’s debut Super Bowl commercial; and tools and tactics for an industry that generates $13 billion in sales for Minnesota annually.

Get a Taste of Minnesota's Craft Beverage Boom

While Minnesota is known for producing foods like wild rice, sweet corn and blueberries, it’s the state’s drinkable crops that are making headlines. Wineries, breweries and distilleries – the latest local craze – continue to up the ante with new facilities, recipes and events, and they’re inviting visitors to come taste the results.