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Seeking Minnesota’s “Scandinavian Riviera”

Norwegians, Finns, Danes and Swedes settled the area

"The Scandinavian Riviera,” as some locals affectionately call it, runs some 150 miles along Lake Superior from Duluth to Grand Portage, Minn., hard by the Canadian border. More prosaically, it’s the area along State Route 61. Read More

Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island, a Hidden Gem

A great R&R break after building homes in the Mekong Delta

Early in January, just before the start of the Year of the Ox, five Americans and 10 New Zealanders finished the first of two weeks with Habitat for Humanity International, helping build houses for eight families in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Read More

Wolf 101

A pack of lessons from the North Woods of Minnesota

ELY, Minn.— On an unusually hot summer morning in northern Minnesota, Shadow, Malik, Maya and Grizzer are lazily roaming around their outdoor quarters. The foursome with the distinctive names are wolves—two grayish/brown Great Plains wolves and two white arctic wolves—and they are the star inhabitants of the International Wolf Center. Read More

Surprising Indianapolis

From sleepy midwestern town to walkable city with plenty to do

It wasn’t too long ago that tourists in Indianapolis would walk around the city’s central Monument Circle, and then look around for something else to do. Which wasn’t much. Read More