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Wintertime in Minnesota – The Land of 10,000 Lakes freezes and the landscape is primed for winter fun and activities. Communities celebrate the season with events from Rochester’s Fire & Ice Festival to Albert Lea’s The Big Freeze. Venues including the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center fill with music and cultural events keeping audiences warm through the season.

After a successful inaugural year, Cook County again host the 2014 Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race January 4th through 6th. The 180-mile race is a 3-stage, 12-dog event commemorating the tradition of mushing in Cook County. Join the start of the race in Grand Marais as the mushers head north to Grand Portage.

Rochester, the hub of Oakland County Minnesota, launches the 2014 New Year with the Fire & Ice Festival January 24th through 26th. A festival filled with traditional winter activities, enjoy dog sledding, tubing, ice skating and snow shoeing. Watch broomball and figure skating demonstrations while enjoying food and drinks. Presented by Oakland County Parks and Recreation, join the fun in downtown Rochester.

The Minnesota Finlandia, one of the most popular of the Minnesota Skinnyski Series, brings part of the USSA Great American Ski Chase to Bemidji. The 2014 Finlandia Ski Marathon is February 15th and 16th, marking the 33rd annual event. Registration is at the Keg N Cork in downtown Bemidji with the Minnesota Finlandia Ski Events on Saturday the 16th.

East of Bemidji on the shores of Lake Superior, the community of Grand Marais celebrates Winter Tracks 2014 January 31st through February 8th. Called winter’s most adventurous event, the winter arts festival features Plein Air painting and snow sculptures displayed in Grand Marais and along the Gunflint Trail. Be sure to visit the snow sculpture park in Harbor Park.

Celebrate the season in Albert Lea at the Big Freeze. Held February 15th, the 2014 Big Freeze breaks up winter with a full day of outdoor fun and activities at Edgewater Bay Pavilion. The youngsters enjoy the Kids Winter Carnival, the daring take the Polar Plunge, and treasure hunters delight in Geocaching Bingo. The day ends with a DJ & Karaoke after a great celebration of Minnesota winter fun.

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    Eden Prairie

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    Grand Marais

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    Red Wing

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  • Best Western Plus Willmar


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