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Cathy Kates
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Shish Kebabs on the Grill are Best When Serving Guests, Here’s Why [VIDEO]

Recently we were invited to our friends, Dave and Kathy for a BBQ.  When I asked what I should bring, they said dessert because they had the rest of the meal covered.  We grilled shish kebabs and they were delicious!  There are several reasons you should serve shish kebabs if you're having guests over for a BBQ. 

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Ice Castle
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UPDATE: Due To Warm Weather Minnesota’s Frozen Ice Castle In Eden Prairie Closes Early [VIDEOS]

The unseasonably warm weather has been a detriment to many, cross country skiers, snowmobile enthusiasts, those that were hoping to see the Ice Caves again this year and anything that needs cold temps to survive like the ice sculpture in Superior and the Ice Castles in Eden Prairie.  Unfortunately, I received word that the Ice Castles would be closing early, here's the scoop.

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Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR
Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR
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Women Can Sharpen Outdoor Skills at Minnesota DNR Winter Workshop; Register Here

Are you a woman in the Northland that would love to do more in the great outdoors?  Then, this workshop from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is just for you.

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Ice Castle
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UPDATE: Minnesota’s Frozen Ice Castle In Eden Prairie Opens January 23 [VIDEO]

A few years ago the Ice Castles were moved from the Mall of America and established in Eden Prairie, MN.  I think it's cool that people from the Twin Cities visit the Twin Ports to experience Bentleyville Tour of Lights and we can travel down to take in the amazing Ice Castles.  If you enjoy Lake Superior's Ice Caves you'll love this!

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Ken Hayes
Ken Hayes
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Easy Places To Ice Fish Near Duluth & Superior

We've had an unusually late start to the ice fishing season.  It's may be still too early to hit some of these spots, but here are some good easy places to get to and ice fish in the Twin Ports area...

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Ice Castle
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Minnesota’s Frozen Ice Castle In Eden Prairie Opens In January [VIDEO]

A few years ago the Ice Castles were moved from the Mall of America and established in Eden Prairie, MN.  I think it's cool that people from the Twin Cities visit the Twin Ports to experience Bentleyville Tour of Lights and we can travel down to take in the amazing Ice Castles.  If you enjoy Lake Superior's Ice Caves you'll love this!

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Ken Hayes
Ken Hayes
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Impact Seal Target Review [VIDEO]

Earlier this year I picked up an Impact Seal Self Healing Target.  I finally got a chance to shoot it and try it out, and here's my thoughts.

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Ken Hayes
Ken Hayes
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I Just Discovered The Coolest Deer Stand: The Millennium

I've had portable stands for deer hunting for years.  I've helped buddies haul them out in the woods, and they are heavy.  It's a real pain, especially if you're hunting on public land where you can't leave them out there.  This Millennium stand is a game changer.  It's so light, you can wear it as a backpack.

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Photo credit: Ken Hayes
Photo credit: Ken Hayes
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Why A Good Fishing Guide is Worth The Money

I consider myself a pretty decent fisherman.  I have my favorite fishing spots.  I catch fish more often than I get skunked.   I'm nowhere near pro, but I've never thought about having a guide.  After my first guided trip, I've changed my mind.

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Yeticoolers via YouTube
Yeticoolers via YouTube
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Have You Heard of A Yeti Cooler? They’re Tough Enough To Take on A 500 Pound Man [VIDEO]

When Chris Janson's song "Buy Me A Boat" came out, Cathy and I started wondering what the lyrics "a Yeti 110 iced down with silver bullets" was all about.  I knew he was referring to Coors Light in the song lyrics, but I was unaware of Yeti coolers and how cool they are.  Check this pretty funny video out to see how tough they are.

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Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Cathy Kates
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The Renaissance Festival Is Guaranteed Family Fun [PHOTOS]

Despite the threat of severe thunderstorms, we ventured to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival this past weekend.  While it was windy, we managed to enjoy the shows, animals, shop, eat and drink before the rains hit.  This is truly a magical place that you can enjoy while you learn of the Renaissance era. 

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skiing on lake superior
Cathy Kates
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I Was Surprised To See A Water Skier So Close To The Canal Park Piers

We took advantage of the high humidity on Sunday morning that warmed Duluth's famous Lakewalk and took a walk.  (I'm still unable to run until this Wednesday). We were just behind the row of hotels in the canal and something caught my eye moving on Lake Superior that was very unusual.

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