Minnesota Red River Valley
MN Red River Valley
Historic downtowns, rolling farmlands and lakeside resorts dot the landscape in the Red River Valley region. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, historic riverfronts, historic pioneer villages, and the last Viking ship to sail the Atlantic are a few of the region's attractions.
At the transition from prairie to forest, the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls, MN preserves a diverse habitat that's a nesting ground for more than 170 bird species. Walk miles of trails, take a workshop or learn birding techniques at this MN nature center.
Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, MN offers something for every member of the family – including a championship golf course, a luxurious spa, an indoor waterpark for all ages, plus family dining options and numerous nearby lakes and parks to enjoy.
Every year in late August, the small Minnesota town of Barnesville hosts a festival that's received national attention. Barnesville Potato Days Festival celebrates potato foods, and two national contests: National Spud Picking Contest and the National Lefse Cookoff.
Minnesota arguably is the state with the largest concentration of lefse eaters, so it's appropriate that it's also home to the National Lefse Cookoff, a celebration of a favorite Minnesota holiday treat - lefse - the potato based Norwegian flatbread typically served with butter and sugar.
No true Minnesotan can let a holiday season go by without a piece of lefse, the potato flatbread traditionally spread with butter and sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon. If you're looking for a home-style piece, try one of these stores across the state.
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