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Author and home design superstar Nate Berkus attributes a large amount of his success to his hometown of Hopkins. He spent hours on end picking through the antique shops along Mainstreet, pouring through unique wares in search of singular objects that nobody else had.
Inspired to go antiquing? Here are five cities worthy of a browse.

NATE BERKUS

Penumbra Theatre has become one of the largest and most prominent African American theaters in the world under the leadership of the father-daughter duo, Lou and Sarah Bellamy.
Penumbra Theatre isn’t the only historic theater in Minnesota. Here are five others worth a visit.

LOU AND SARAH BELLAMY

Minnesota United FC sporting director Manny Lagos is arguably the greatest Minnesota-born soccer player. After a Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team career that took him around the world, he ended up back in front of his hometown crowd—first as head coach of the United, and now as the team’s sporting director.
Manny isn't the only one when it comes to local athletic stardom. Here are five stadiums where you can watch Minnesota-born athletes shine.

MANNY LAGOS

Chan Poling is famous for being the keyboardist and vocalist in seminal Minneapolis-based new wave punk band The Suburbs. And while the “Minneapolis sound” that The Suburbs (and their local brethren in 1980s global music domination—like The Replacements, Husker Du, and even Prince) popularized is what put our humble music scene on the map, “rock” isn't the only thing Poling is known for—he's also really into jazz.
If Chan has you inspired for jazz, here are five Twin Cities jazz joints any hep cat will dig.

CHAN POLING

With four World Cup overall championships and a gold medal under her belt, Lindsey Vonn is one of the most accomplished alpine skiers of all time. And while she first made an international name for herself racing the big mountains of Colorado, she first cut her teeth on the hills on Minnesota.
Lindsey isn't Minnesota's only exceptional winter athlete. Here are five Minnesota resorts where some of our state’s best skiers and snowboarders first launched their careers.

LINDSEY VONN

Jim Denomie, who lives and works in Franconia, Minnesota, is best known for his colorful paintings of American history and Native American culture. His works have been displayed in galleries and museums across Minnesota.
Here are the galleries and museums where he’s been part of an exhibition that are worth a visit.

JIM DENOMIE

Growing up in Minnesota, professional golfer Tom Lehman had the competitive disadvantage of practicing only in summers. Despite those challenges, he became one of the best to ever play the game—he has played in three Ryder Cups, won the British Open, and was named Player of the Year by the PGA.
Lehman excelled at the sport because golfing culture runs deep in Minnesota. Here are five epic Minnesota public courses that show why.

TOM LEHMAN

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When TV host and chef Andrew Zimmern isn’t off gallivanting around the world eating bizarre foods and hobnobbing with celebrities, he’s finding his center at home in the Twin Cities—which he often does on the greens of a disc golf course.
If you're a big disc golf fan, like Andrew, here are five courses in Minnesota to check out.

ANDREW ZIMMERN

As point guard for the Lynx, Lindsay Whalen has mastered the pressure of the professional sports world. But when she can escape the court at Target Center, she heads north for a little serenity at her grandparents' cabin on Lake Bemidji.
If you're inspired by her childhood memories, here's a Bemidji itinerary to create your own memories in the city Lindsay loves.

LINDSAY WHALEN

Nearly a decade ago Marlon James moved from Jamaica to Minnesota for a teaching appointment at Macalester College. Today, the 2015 Man Booker Prize-winning author of “A Brief History of Seven Killings” is a bonafide literary superstar but chooses to stay in Minneapolis because the city inspired the sense of openness and potential that allowed him to write his breakout novel in the first place.
Visit the hometowns and hangouts of some other notable Minnesota authors with this guide to Minnesota book towns.

MARLON JAMES

With 20-plus years of co-starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters ranging from 'Dallas Buyers Club' to 'War of the Planet of the Apes,' Steve Zahn is kind of a big deal these days. But the Marshall, Minnesota born actor didn’t get his start on the big screen; he got it on the stage of the Old Log Theatre in Excelsior.
In honor of Steve and the dinner theater where he got his start, here are four great Minnesota stages where the food is almost as much of a star as the show itself.

STEVE ZAHN

Poliça first came together with ambitions to make a few records and play in local venues. Little did this Minneapolis-based enigmatic synth-rock band know, they would soon be touring internationally.
When Poliça isn't on the road, you can probably find these guys hanging out at one of their favorite Minneapolis music venues.

POLIÇA

Jim Brandenburg has traveled the globe as a National Geographic photographer. He's captured the flamingos in Namibia and the wolves in France, but his most cherished photos are from his favorite place—his home state, Minnesota.
Channel your inner Jim Brandenburg and grab your camera and head to these five Minnesota nature vistas for some stunning photo opportunities.

JIM BRANDENBURG

CNN anchor and Minneapolis native Poppy Harlow has lived in New York since she was 18 and is a self-described workaholic, but she still sneaks in trips back to her home state to unwind and enjoy the lakes she grew up on.
Inspired by Poppy's fond childhood memories of the family cabin in Walker? Here are five things to do in the charming lake town.

POPPY HARLOW

New University of Minnesota Golden Gopher P.J. Fleck is a Chicago-native but has already adopted Minnesota as his new home state.
Although Fleck is a new Minnesotan, he knows that many of the best Gophers of all time were life-long, homegrown Minnesotans. Here are some famous Gopher football hometowns worth a visit.

P.J. FLECK

Born and raised in Minnesota, Sean Tillman, aka Har Mar Superstar, is best known for his over-the-top pop soulster performances. When he’s not busy touring the U.S., or appearing in flicks like 'Pitch Perfect,' he bails on the rockstar life and heads waaay up north to a cabin on the Gunflint Trail.
Want to experience the Gunflint Trail for yourself? Here are some great must-see stops.

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor spends most of his summer leaning against the railing on the bottom step of the dugout as he lives the dream by managing his hometown team, the Minnesota Twins. And while that’s no shabby way to spend a summer, Molitor admits to sometimes wishing he had just a little bit more time away from the field to enjoy other Minnesota summertime activities.
Inspired by Paul Molitor's love for summertime? Here are five great Minnesota bike trails that’ll make him jealous he’s stuck at the baseball field.

PAUL MOLITOR

In 2014 Food network star, chef, and writer Amy Thielen won the James Beard Foundation Book Award for American Cooking for her cookbook, 'The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes.' Earning the Oscar of the food world was a milestone for the Park Rapids foodie, who moved back to Minnesota after working at some of the most elite restaurants in Manhattan.
If all this food talk has you hungry, here are a handful of places you can eat right now that are run by JBFA winning chefs.

AMY THIELEN

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When Craig Minowa, frontman of the alternative rock band Cloud Cult, wants to write music and be inspired, he doesn’t seek the bustle and bright lights of the city, he retreats to the Minnesota woods.
From Minowa’s boyhood woods to one of the oldest woods in the state, here are five Minnesota forests worth a jaunt.

CLOUD CULT

The Twin Cities is teeming with legendary theaters and a cast of world-class thespians to populate their stages. But chief among the talented lot are a pair of actors from a theater for kids: Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund, resident acting company members at the Children’s Theatre Company.

In the Twin Cities arts scene, an equal emphasis is put on experiences for kids. From theaters to science exploratoriums, here's a handful of the Twin Cities’ most unique kid-centric destinations.

DEAN HOLT AND REED SIGMUND

In 1860, just six years after New Ulm was founded, August Schell opened a brewery that would eventually come to define the city. In the 157 years since, the two have been inextricably linked. And at the center of it all, always, August Schell’s family. Today Ted Marti runs the show while his three sons—the sixth generation of the business— do their distinct parts to help.
After you're done drinking beers at Schell's, here are five other things to do on your next New Ulm trip.

TED MARTI

Designer Genevieve Gorder bid adieu to Minnesota right after high school and soon found a TV career in Manhattan. And while the HGTV star is now living large in N.Y.C., she still yearns for the humbleness (and lakes!) of her home state.
Genevieve grew up in south Minneapolis surrounded by Midwestern aesthetic. Here are a handful of places around Minnesota where an aspiring designer can go for inspiration.

GENEVIEVE GORDER

When the co-founders of the rock band Low, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Rogers, look out their front window, they see the endless expanse of one of the most storied lakes in the whole world: Lake Superior. The globally renowned electro rock band set deep roots in Duluth—a location, they say, that drives their creativity.
Inspired by Low's love for Duluth? Here are eight must-do things for your next visit to the North Shore city.

LOW

When Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä isn’t running one of the most celebrated orchestras in the world or watching hockey (he is a native of Finland after all), he’s probably cruising on his motorcycle across the state.
Osmo's preferred bike route is along the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley in southern Minnesota. Make sure to stop at these unique destinations when you decide to make like Osmo and explore Highway 61.

OSMO VANSKA

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Internationally acclaimed photographer Alec Soth is known for his haunting, large-scale photographs of the modern American diaspora. His far-flung travels have given him a newfound perspective and appreciation for the cultural life in Minnesota.
Alec has an eye for spots off the beaten path, including his favorite steak joint, The Best Steak House. Visit these five other steakhouses for the best cuts in town.

ALEC SOTH

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu has called the state of hockey home during the season since 2004. The Finland native felt at home right away, both on and off the ice, and he is happy to have found a place where hockey is truly in the blood.
One reason the Finnish-born superstar has felt so at home here is the amount of Finns who’ve preceded him. Minnesota even has a town called Finland. Here’s our prescription for a pretty perfect Finland day.

MIKKO KOIVU

When NFL Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page isn’t writing children’s books or working with the Page Education Foundation, he’s up at his cabin north of Brainerd communing with his maple trees and making syrup.
Even when it’s not syrup season, here are five ways to make leisurely use of our Minnesota trees.

ALAN PAGE

Kylie Bunbury, the star of Pitch on 'Fox,' may be soaking up the Hollywood limelight these days, but she is always itching to come back to Minnesota to visit her family and take in the lakes, fresh air, and, of course, some cheese curds and Sweet Martha’s cookies at the Minnesota State Fair.
Kylie plays a MLB pitcher on TV, throwing pitches in San Diego's PetCo Park, but these five Minnesota town ball diamonds prove that SoCal isn't the only place with beautiful outdoor ballparks.

KYLIE BUNBURY

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Explorer and educator Ann Bancroft has been all over the world (and was the first woman to trek the North and South Poles), but she always looks forward to coming home to her farm in Scandia, Minnesota after her journeys. Ann founded the Ann Bancroft Foundation to empower girls to reach their full potential.
Ann might be best known for her polar expeditions, but canoeing is one of her favorite things. Here are a handful of Minnesota's best river paddles.

ANN BANCROFT

After growing up in Minnesota, Zach Parise knew he wanted to capitalize on his free agent status in the NHL and return home to play left wing for the Wild.
As Zach puts it, hockey is in our blood. Check out these essential hockey pilgrimages in Minnesota.
Photo courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn

ZACH PARISE

A native Minnesotan, Tyus Jones attended Duke University and returned home to play Point Guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves are named for an animal that northern Minnesota has thousands of. Plan an adventure worthy of wolves with these Minnesota destinations that’ll make you howl.

TYUS JONES

Chef Gavin Kaysen was beckoned back home to Minnesota after stints at top-notch restaurants in New York and California. The James Beard Award-winning chef owns Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis.
Inspired by Gavin’s love for Minnesota winters? Get out there and enjoy the season by hitting the slopes at one of these great ski areas.

GAVIN KAYSEN

Nora McInerny is a co-founder of Still Kickin, a non-profit that assists local families through difficult times, the host of American Public Media’s podcast ‘Terrible, Thanks for Asking,' and author of ‘It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too).’
The Twin Cities creative community has fostered many great writers, including Nora, but the metro area isn’t the only Minnesota spot with a robust arts community. Check out these charming small town that offer whimsical art scenes.

NORA MCINERNY

Catch up with internationally-renowned polar explorer Will Steger, the man who led the first dogsled journey to the North Pole. A native Minnesotan, Steger traded in the comforts of urban living more than 25 years ago and now lives “off the grid” in the wilderness outside of Ely (the gateway to the famed BWCA) in Northern Minnesota.
Want to plan your own adventure? Check out some of the best ways to explore Minnesota’s glorious winter season.

WILL STEGER

Comedian Louie Anderson
Comedian Louie Anderson was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and is an alum of Minneapolis's Brave New Workshop. He currently stars in the Emmy Award-winning role of Christine in FX's Baskets.
Want more odd-ball places to visit in Minnesota, like the Twine Ball that Louie mentions in the video? Here are six not-so-obvious Minnesota bests.

LOUIE ANDERSON

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