The Northeastern region of Minnesota marked by countless rivers, lakes, and the shore of one Great Lake. It includes Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Isanti, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Pine, and St. Louis counties.
Finnish is still spoken by some communities in the far Northeast (such as Finland)
Flights are available into Duluth International Airport and Hibbing Municipal Airport via Northwest airlines. Greyhound Bus Lines serve Duluth. Major highways serving the area are Interstate 35 from Minneapolis, US 53 from Eau Claire and northwestern Wisconsin, US 2 from the upper peninsula of Michigan, and MN 61 from Ontario, Canada.
Most regional highways are well-maintained if aged. Summer brings road construction, winter brings snow, and spring may bring road weight limits as the ground thaws. MN-DOT provides helpful information about conditions and road work.
Almost all of the local communities use some version of the grid system for their streets, with extensive use of numbered (2nd, 3rd, 4th Avenues West) streets for easy direction-finding. Inquire locally, most residents are happy to help provide directions.
The Iron Range Interpetive Center in Chisholm, describing the lives of the first miners in NE Minnesota.
The Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing, exhibiting early coaches and telling the story of how Greyhound got its start.
Bob Dylan's boyhood home in Hibbing.
The Paulucci Planetarium in Hibbing, on US 169.
Tour Hibbing High School on 21st Street and 8th Avenue East.
The International Wolf Center in Ely, educating outdoor enthusiasts about the timber wolf.
Judy Garland's Birthplace, in Grand Rapids.
The underground mine tour in Soudan, where the temperature is a constant 52 degrees year round.
Go to the North Shore
Sammy's Pizza in Hibbing is a staple and has been for decades. Grandma's in Duluth's Canal Park is also highly regarded. Some of the national chains you will find across the region are Dairy Queen, Subway, Hardee's, and Pizza Hut.
There is more beer drinking per capita in the Iron Range than in the Twin Cities.
Don't get drawn and quartered by four ore-transport vessels while in Duluth.
Be very careful of walking on the ferrous soil in the range, one can easily slip
Don't attempt to get in a fight in a bar in the range, you will get beat up.
Don't wear "loud" clothing that identifies you as a city dweller if you are such. Just like in a Muslim country, one should attempt to blend in with the locals if one values their life. Wear a plaid shirt and speak with a ridiculously stereotypical provincial accent. Women should wear a long dress at all times.
Beavers are extraordinarily vicious in late March, especially towards loggers and Jews. What do you think happened to Hibbing's once-prosperous Jewish community...?
Beware of Ojibwa Indians in Cook County. There have been no notable massacres of recent, which is actually a good thing.