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Best Central Minnesota Golf Courses – Lee’s Top Five

It won't be long and the birds will be singing, the flowers will be blooming and the grass will be "greening up." It means golf season is near and with that, here is a look at my Top 5 area golf courses to play this year.

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Best Places to Watch Sports on TV in the St. Cloud Area – Jay’s Top 5

Whether it's the Big Game, college ball, hockey or hoops -- where you watch the game DOES make a difference. Here's my list of the best places in the St. Cloud area to watch sports on TV -- and maybe have an adult beverage or three.

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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Winter in the St. Cloud Area

This winter by all accounts has been a mild one, but from time to time I still hear comments from people grumbling about the cold, or the snow, or both. Come on people we’re Minnesotans, we’re suppose to wear our pride of our long cold winters on our sleeves like a badge of honor. Our ability to survive the cold climate is what sets up apart from the whimps who live down south. So come on folks, join me in getting up off the couch, put on your parka, and participate in our Minnesota winter. Here’s a few suggestions:

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The Most Convincing Haunted Places in Central Minnesota — Our Top 5

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YAXZONE, Flickr
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Best Halloween Events and Attractions in the St. Cloud Area – Our Top 7

I love Halloween. Just love it. There are so many fun things to do with this holiday. (All the spectacle of Christmas without all that pesky gift giving.) So, go get your costume and have some spooky fun at these Best Halloween Events and Attractions in the St. Cloud Area.

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Great Places to Watch the Vikings – Our Top Five

It’s game day, you don’t have tickets, but you’re looking to get out of the house. What do you do? Where do you go? There are plenty of places across the St. Cloud metro area that offer not just a bunch of TVs with the game on, but also food and drink specials, and some even give you a chance to win prizes…

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Little Known Facts About the St. Cloud Area — Our Top Five

This week I took on the task of finding new and interesting tidbits of trivial information about the St. Cloud area. I figured since I've lived in St. Clo...

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Ghost Towns: Stearns County Towns that Disappeared from the Map — Our Top Five

So a few weeks back, we explored a smattering of supernatural legends from St. Cloud State University. This time around, I wanted to take a different approach to the concept of haunted spaces, and turn focus to a bunch of real "ghosts" we unknowingly encounter every day - the dissolved, forgotten towns of central Minnesota.

Many of us probably get the same old timey, western-style mental image when we hear the phrase “ghost town” – sepia-toned montages of overgrown, decrepit buildings with punched out floors and collapsed roofs, flanked by cacti and maybe a tumbleweed or two. I’m sure those Hollywood-style colonies are out there somewhere – but really, you won’t find them here in central Minnesota. As a matter of fact, most of the structures in the towns on this map were extinct before the turn of the century.

Like a good ghost story, the forgotten towns of central Minnesota are full of mystery. It took this reporter a few hours of digging around in the spectacularly organized archives of the Stearns History Museum to find the essential maps, facts, dates and photos to prove these places really existed. Now, while I’m crazy about history, research and heavy-duty air conditioning on 90-degree days, I was slightly discouraged when I realized that the vast majority of these towns have one thing in common – hardly ANY documentation exists to describe exactly where they were, what they looked like or who lived there. 

Another mystery I quickly uncovered - there's no good reason some of these towns flourished (if only for a while) and others failed almost immediately. These towns (pictured on the above map) were surveyed and settled by enterprising immigrants during the 1850s and 60s, itching to develop profitable commercial trade centers. Some were temporary outposts  - they drifted into disrepair and vanished. Others were platted, named and never saw so much as a single building. A handful served as the foundations for towns we know and live in today.  Take a close look at the map we've created.

The latter sums up the towns that made this list. May I present for your consideration - and in no particular order - 5 central Minnesota ghost towns that captured and haunted my imagination.


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Famous Sports Figures and Athletes from the St. Cloud Area — Our Top Ten

Central Minnesota has produced a number of high-caliber athletes that have left their marks on the sports world. Pro athletes in baseball, football and hockey as well as college football and hockey coaches are represented in our top 10 list of famous sports figures and athletes from the St...

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Worst Central Minnesota Storms in Recent Memory – Jen’s Top Five

The weather in Minnesota never leaves us lacking for something to talk about. The conversation at the dinner table, the water cooler at work and even in the elevator with strangers always seems to turn to what’s going on outside. Bein...

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