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New outdoor destination: Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens

[caption id="attachment_5853" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Among the features of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens is this crawl-through caterpillar, created by local artist Josh Porter. Photo courtesy of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens Facebook page.[/caption] In honor of a late community member who gave her all in her volunteerism, a beautiful flower garden for the community is…
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Ideal Green Market Cooperative helps put local food on your table

[caption id="attachment_5798" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A recent selection of organic and/or local produce at the Ideal Green Market Cooperative. Photo courtesy of the co-op's Facebook page[/caption] Did you know that the Whitefish Area has its very own co-op? And that it's stocked with delicious local, healthy, organic foods? Ideal Green Market Cooperative opened in 2015 and…
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Everything you need to know about the Rollie Johnson Islands

[caption id="attachment_5570" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The northeast side of Big Island, one of the Rollie Johnson Islands, has a nice sandy beach for boats to land. Hiking trails allow visitors to explore the island. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Out on the chain, between Upper and Lower Whitefish lakes, are three islands that make up the Rollie…
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Walleye Dinner Winners

[caption id="attachment_5535" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A walleye sandwich at Bite's in Pine River. Photo courtesy of the Bite's Facebook page[/caption] It's legendary in Minnesota and especially on the Whitefish Chain- walleye dinners! But every once in a while you'll find that on your visit to the chain, you can't fish walleye because the season has ended.…
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Warm Up and Relax in our Great Local Coffee Shops

[caption id="attachment_5515" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Stonehouse Coffee in Nisswa is known for their fresh coffee and fresh-baked scones.[/caption] Whether you want to kick start your day with a hot cup of coffee or warm up and relax after a day of skiing or snowmobiling, the Whitefish Chain area has some fantastic coffee shops that are cozy,…
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Up North Comfort Food

No one knows comfort food like a Midwesterner in the dead of winter. That's why on the Whitefish Chain, we've got food that warms your heart and soul after a long day of playing in the snow. Every Tuesday, the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion (located in Crosslake) makes hot roast beef sandwiches that are delicious.…
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The Perfect Pie is here on the Whitefish Chain

  [caption id="attachment_5487" align="aligncenter" width="600"] From left is Debra Flategraff, Elsie Van Horn and Mary Etta Durham, the women behind the famous Grandma Bettie Jane's Pies sold in the area. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Over the years, a family of pie makers has become well known across the Whitefish Chain and beyond for their delicious…
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Made on the Whitefish Chain: local artisans have great gifts

[caption id="attachment_5385" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Gordon Siemers, "The Birdman" makes almost all the bird houses and bird feeders stocked in his Crosslake store, Birds, Bats and Beyond. He and other Whitefish Chain artisans create fabulous holiday gifts. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] The Whitefish Chain isn't just home to some of the most beautiful woods and lakes-…
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Shop local around the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_5372" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Judy's House of Gifts is a Crosslake staple and perfect place to find something for the loved ones on your Christmas list. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Whether you're on the Whitefish Chain for Thanksgiving or just for some fun in our recent 12-inch snowfall, the Chain is a great place for…
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Babe the ox on parade: the Oxtrot

You've probably seen them around the Whitefish Chain- the larger-than-life, colorful and totally unique Babe the Blue Ox statues. But where did they come from? What's the story? [caption id="attachment_5363" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Babe the Bluegill. Photo courtesy of Avalon Sculpture[/caption] The project was called the "Oxtrot" and was modeled after the Peanuts on Parade project…
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