January 30, 2011 Minnesota in the News
Release Date: Jan 30, 2012
On January 20 "Restaurant Review: Blu Ice Bar and Splashing Rock Restaurant, Two Harbors, Minn." was posted by writer Robert Lillegard on www.nytimes.com , telling about the ice bar at Grand Superior Lodge on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
California travel writer Pam Price visited Minnesota in October, and the October 20 Malibu Times published her piece, "Minnesota's North Shore."
The January issue of Minnesota Monthly carried Ellen Burkhardt's story, "Let it Snow..Come winter, the Iron Range transforms into a thriving wonderland of outdoor adventure."
Tom Robertson of Minnesota Public Radio did a December 28 item, "Brown winter puts squeeze on winter tourism."
The January/February issue of National Geographic Traveler ranked the St. Paul Winter Carnival #4 on its list of the Top Winter Events in the World. The world!
On December 17 the Rochester Post Bulletin's Answer Man handled the question about which are the most visited tourism attractions in Minnesota.
Well-known ESPN blogger John Buccigross penned "An education in the Minnesota Wild," December 6, which was posted on the ESPN web site.
Beth Gauper's December 1 "MidwestWeekendsNewsletter" had "Warming up to the Megamall...The Mall of America is huge, but take your time and you'll find it's heart." In her November 18 newsletter "Great shopping towns..During the holidays head to these Shrangri-Las of spending," included Northfield, Excelsior, Edina, St. Paul as "Great," Stillwater as "Greater," and Lanesboro, New Ulm and Grand Marais "Worth a detour." The November 10th MidwestWeekends printed "Cheap winter getaways: Here are 15 places where a fun weekend costs $100 or less." which included skiing at Giants Ridge, State Park camper cabins, ropes course and yoga at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center near Lanesboro, staying and playing at Itasca State Park, Lutsen on a shoestring, culture in Northfield, getting away in Lanesboro, skiing in Duluth, and slumbering in Ely.
Minnesota travel writer Lisa Meyers McClintick wrote, "True North," a Minnesota activities section that appeared in USA Today.
The Travel Channel re-visited the Minnesota State Fair with "State Fair Foods" broadcast on January 18 and January 28, and "State Fair Competitions" on January 28.
EMT's Chuck Lennon talked tourism on KSTP TV5 on November 29 and on Fox 9 News Saturday January 14. Lennon also does a weekly interview Thursday mornings in WJON am1240 St. Cloud.
The November issue of Travel + Leisure included "America's Favorite Cities," in which readers voted on their faves in various categories. Minneapolis/St. Paul was second in intelligence, third in safety, fourth in theater, and first in cleanliness.
Jim Adams penned a November 23 item in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "State offers bicycle tourism aid to river cities."
On September 26 Phil Marty contributed two items to the Chicago Tribune, "There's a great time and place to get lost," and "Fall color hot lines," both included key Minnesota fall travel information.
An item in the October 12 Star Tribune told about Nicole Meyer's project to create a logo for every Minnesota lake, and that story was picked up by several news outlets. Wendy Lee of the Star Tribune business section wrote "Minnesota Tourism seeks image makeover," on October 24, and on October 27 the Albert Lea Tribune picked up on that with "Editorial: How to rebrand Minnesota," as did reader Rick Menzel with a lengthy letter to the editor in the Star Tribune, "It's getting (as we say) interesting." Another item appeared that day on kare11.com web site, "Mpls has a new look, state will follow soon," by Dave Berggren.
Also, on October 23 the Star Tribune's Midwest traveler page ran "Grand place on the North Shore," about Grand Marais. The September 25 Star Tribune's variety section cover published "Thrill of the Chase," about the Long Lake Hounds Club. The October 21 variety section had "The Impact of WAM," telling about the new galleries and expansion at the Weisman Art Museum. The Star Tribune's October 2 arts+leisure page printed "A scenic tour on two wheels," telling about bicycling in Dakota County. The same issue carried an acerbic opposite editorial page take by Jason Lewis, "Up north: An ideal ruined by government." On October 9 the Star Tribune's going places page had "A fair city by the lakes," about Fairmont.
Tourism director John Edman was interviewed by John Hines on the Michelle Tafoya program on WCCO am830 October 25.
An article, "Wild at heart," appeared in the October 15 issue of TheAustralian.com
"World's Best New Affordable Hotels," was in the October 14 issue of Budget Travel, and included the Hotel 340 in St. Paul.
Alexander Pecci's story, "The Impulsive Traveler: Minneapolis, beyond Mary Tyler Moore" appeared in the October 7 Washington Post online.
The October 12 Travel+Leisure online included "America's Most Iconic Drives," and #8 was Highway 61 along Lake Superior.
The October 11 Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota) had "An active tour of the town," by Megan Nicolai, telling about City Running Tours teaching local history.
www.fostertravel.com added "Grand View Lodge in Minnesota's Lake County," to the site on October 4, as well as "Aquatennial and the Arts in Minneapolis," plus "Minnesota's Minneapolis-St. Paul for Quality of Life."
Minneapolis travel writer Carla Waldemar wrote "Minnesota's vintage river towns offer peek at days gone by," which was carried on www.suntimes.com in Chicago.