Minnesota = 75 State Parks, 10,000 plus lakes, Winter and Summer Sports, Arts

Too many times people have told me, “I’d never come to Minneapolis.” Hmm. I think, why the heck not? It’s clean, has fantastic parks inside and outside the cities, lots of outdoor activities, sports and culture. There’s fantastic food with chefs winning awards. There are so many choices of restaurants, it would be impossible to dine in them all. Foodie Heaven. ( Just sayin’)


Okay don’t bother to come to see rolling hills with fields of sunflowers in the south and west of the state or the North woods with moose and wolves. Yes, wolves, they help keep the deer population under control. No, They don’t roam in packs after people. You probably won’t see them anyway. They avoid people. All the myths about them are just that – myths.  Don’t come here, you’ll miss the hiking, fishing and boating on the lakes.  Please don’t come to enjoy the arts and culture and music scenes. Oh and forget about seeing the Mississippi River, which starts in Minnesota. But you know best, saying never is a negatory way of missing out on a pretty cool place to visit. Then there’s professional sports, National Pond Hockey Tournament, Loppet cross country skiing event, Dog Sledding races up North, Bike trails that go for miles, the Minnesota State Fair…

Minnesotans care deeply about their state and nature. Today I am sharing a link to articles about the debate over funding for the State Parks, which I received from the Office of the Governor.  If you are interested, here are links to what I received about the funding situation.

Budget Squeeze Minnesota State Parks

State Parks Need A Boost

Minnesota State Parks seek funding increase

If you aren’t a Minnesotan, well your’e welcome here any time. If you come in winter, be sure to bring warm clothes, we’ll loan you Yak Tracks. If you come in summer, bring your enthusiasm and we’ll give you some bug repellent.



…and last but not least, the Minnesota Horse Expo again this year April 28, 29, and 30th.

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“Friesian at The Horse Show” Original Pastel Copyright CKatt


This is a traditional Friesian Horse pulling a traditional Friesian Carriage and the driver was wearing the traditional Friesian gray Suit with Top hat. I created this large pastel from original photos from the Minnesota Horse Show.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen,

Be kind and smile today wherever you may be.


About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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7 Responses to Minnesota = 75 State Parks, 10,000 plus lakes, Winter and Summer Sports, Arts

  1. You’re making me miss home!! 🙂 Hopefully will be back soon!

  2. Thanks for this blog. I agree with you MN has lot to offer and I love this place, coz its parks and lakes give me lot of opportunities to photograph beautiful Vistas not to forget is the beautiful North Shore at any time of the year.

  3. Agree! I was just in Minneapolis to take a workshop in cold wax/oil painting and had a fantastic 4 days in your city. I immersed myself in world class art at the Weisman, MIA and the Russian Art Museum and had some fabulous meals at Bachelor Farmer, 112Eatery and Normandy Inn. Everyone was so welcoming! There is vibrant art community and I was blown away by the artists’ studios at 1500 Jackson where I studied. Great city. Would love to return to the lakes in summer!

    Johanne Lamarche


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