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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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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