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WELCOME TO North minnesota THE LURE OF UP NORTH IN MINNESOTA… After a long, cold winter, the time of year Minnesotans look forward to every year is finally here. Once the snow has melted and warmer temperatures arrive, it’s time to get back outside and enjoy all the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes has to offer. Spring and summer are great times to check out the Brainerd Lakes region. In addition to all the wonderful shops and restaurants to visit, there are plenty of activities to partake in as well. Inside this edition of Up North Magazine, you’ll learn the secret to finding the best fishing spots in the area’s many lakes, rivers, ponds and streams; be introduced to some of the most popular adventure guides in the business; find out a thing or two about a thriving downtown in Central Minnesota; discover a hidden gem for food connoisseurs; meet the talented artist behind some of Central Minnesota’s most well-known outdoor sculptures; and be informed about the best places to find unique and memorable souvenirs of your trip. WELCOME TO THE START OF SPRING AND SUMMER FUN! For more information and the latest updates from Up North Minnesota, visit our website at Published by Adams Publishing Group 4095 Coon Rapids Blvd. Coon Rapids, MN 55433 For information regarding story ideas or advertising information contact Cheri O’Bannon at [email protected]. CONTENTS 5 10 13 20 23 30 ADVENTURE Day-trips for canoeing and kayaking. NISSWA, MINNESOTA A resort town with a thriving downtown area. FISHING Want to fish some of the best lakes in Minnesota? Here’s how to find them. DINING Italian restaurant in Park Rapids is a hidden gem. ART Direct metal sculpture artist Jeff Kreitz. GIFTS Some of the best places to find unusual gifts in central Minnesota. 3