Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places [NOOK Book]

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Land of the world’s largest prairie chicken, birthplace of Spam, and home of the world’s oldest rock, this is Minnesota, where summers are short, winters are long, and back-road wonders abound. This entertaining guide wastes no time with descriptions of scenic lakes, pristine bike trails, or quaint cafés. Instead it directs travelers (and residents) to the spot where Tiny Tim strummed his last notes on the ukulele; to the Cold Spring chapel where two grasshoppers bow down to the Virgin Mary; and to the McLeod ...
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Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places

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Overview

Land of the world’s largest prairie chicken, birthplace of Spam, and home of the world’s oldest rock, this is Minnesota, where summers are short, winters are long, and back-road wonders abound. This entertaining guide wastes no time with descriptions of scenic lakes, pristine bike trails, or quaint cafés. Instead it directs travelers (and residents) to the spot where Tiny Tim strummed his last notes on the ukulele; to the Cold Spring chapel where two grasshoppers bow down to the Virgin Mary; and to the McLeod County Museum, where the mummy on display could be from Peru or outer space. While ordinary tourists are fighting off mosquitoes in the Boundary Waters, oddball travelers can size up the world’s largest ear of corn and admire the fourth Zamboni ever built. And one last thing: there aren’t 10,000 lakes in Minnesota; there are 14,215. For travelers who are in search of the unusual, there is no better reason to park the bike and hiking boots in the garage, fill up the gas tank, and hit the road to Minnesota, where weirdness awaits.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Shows a different side of Minnesota.
Star Tribune
It's all here, everything you need to keep visitors occupied for weeks.
From The Critics
Amusing and offbeat.
Red Wing Republican Eagle
Jerome Pohlen keeps finding amusing and off-beat spots all around the country.
U.S. News and World Report
Doesn't just tell you where to see the World's Largest Mall, etc. . . tells you who built them and what's inside.
Fitchburg Star
Who knew that so many fun things are just a quick drive away?
The Washington Post
Thoroughly researched . . .a hysterical read.
Foreword
A jaunty, zestily written guide. Laugh-out-loud funny.
Buffalo News
A bit out of the ordinary.
Library Journal
Quick: what do Judy Garland, Spam, and Paul Bunyon have in common? It should be obvious from the title of this book, but in case you missed it, they are just three of the things celebrated in the state that should be known for more than being the stomping grounds of Jesse Ventura. Minnesota has a colorful, diverse, and often unusual history, and much of it is commemorated by amazing roadside carvings. Not content to be just the Land of 10,000 Lakes (actually, there are 14,215, but who's counting?), Minnesota boasts enough oddball sights to attract even the most jaded tourist. Roadside kitsch? Sure, but Pohlen, a regular travel commentator for the Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio, makes a good argument for spending some time in the hinterlands, visiting the the world's oldest rock and trying not to violate some of Minnesota's curious laws (e.g., male dancers must wear a cravat somewhere on their body, women in the city of Marshall cannot shine new shoes on Sunday). Books of this type are always popular with readers who would probably never consider visiting the area in question but are looking for something fun to read. Definitely recommended for all Minnesota (and regional) public libraries and for all others wishing to offer their patrons something just a little oddball. [Pohlen is the author of four titles in the "Oddball" series-Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana-and is currently working on Oddball Florida.-Ed.]-Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569764701
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Oddball Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,343,781
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Jerome Pohlen is the author of Oddball Illinois, Oddball Indiana, Oddball Wisconsin, and Oddball Colorado. He has researched 43 states for his Oddball travel series and is a regular travel commentator for 848 on WBEZ, the Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio. He lives in Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1. The Northwest 1
Map of Northwest Minnesota 42
2. The Northeast 45
Map of Northeast Minnesota 94
3. The Southwest 97
Map of Southwest Minnesota 124
4. The Southeast 127
Map of Southeast Minnesota 164
5. The Twin Cities 167
6. The Big Fish Tour 203
Epilogue 217
Acknowledgments 219
Recommended Sources 223
Index By City Name 229
Index By Site Name 239
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