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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

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

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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

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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

Photograph of ANDREW ZIMMERN

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