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Get creative on the Whitefish Chain with hosted painting events

[caption id="attachment_5084" align="alignnone" width="600"] Masterpieces created by a recent TAP visit at Manhattan's in Crosslake. Photo courtesy of TAP[/caption] For a cloudy day, low-key afternoon or just when you need a break from the sun, there are plenty of opportunities to express your creative side while you visit the Whitefish Chain area. A couple of…
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Frost-free Friday means farmers markets are open

[caption id="attachment_4907" align="alignnone" width="600"] Frost-free Friday means that the gardening season is about to go full swing, and so are area farmers' markets[/caption] It’s true, the day that marks the traditional end of frosts here at the Whitefish Chain is almost here. Get ready for blooming flowers, sprouting vegetables and happy tomato plants, because summer…
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Bike trails abound!

[caption id="attachment_4823" align="alignnone" width="600"] Lake Country Crafts and Cones in Crosslake is a great biking destination for a cool treat.[/caption] Many visitors and even residents near the Whitefish Chain don’t realize that nearly every main road around the chain has eight foot shoulders- perfect for biking, walking or jogging. While most shoulders are only six…
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Outlook is great for walleye opener on the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_4801" align="alignnone" width="600"] John Blong, of Brainerd Guide Service, is pictured last year with his catch from the Whitefish Chain. Photo courtesy of John Blong, brainerdguide.com[/caption] A true Whitefish Chain holiday approaches: Fishing Opener. On May 14 the walleye season opens, and the outlook for fishing is good. Marc Bacigalupi is the area supervisor…
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Explore local craft beer in the Lakes Area

The craft beer craze has not missed the Whitefish Chain area of Minnesota. Delicious beers are  brewed locally with great atmosphere at four area breweries. Roundhouse Brewing: The newest brewery to join the area’s craft beer family is Roundhouse Brewing, which is combining the history of the area with great beer. Roundhouse, which opened April…
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Bird migration is in full swing on the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_4755" align="alignnone" width="600"] Loons have returned to their summer homes on the Whitefish Chain[/caption] Minnesota’s favorite birds have returned to their favorite state, with more on the way. Loons, great blue herons, hawks and raptors have all made their returns, while hummingbirds, orioles and other colorful songbirds are currently on their flights north. “Birds are…
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Crosslake Chautauqua: Experts share their knowledge with the public

Every summer for the past 10 years, the Crosslake Community Center has hosted the Chautauqua program, a once-monthly series of classes on varying topics. Every Chautauqua is different, open to the public, and free. Topics over the years have varied greatly. One class brought in Marla Spivak, one of the nation’s leading authorities on bees.…
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Perfect Picnics

[caption id="attachment_4607" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pequot Lakes has a brand new playground with nearby picnic shelter at the Trailside Park[/caption]   Greening grass and sunshine- the perfect ingredients for a picnic. The Whitefish Chain area happily supplies both, as well as beautiful views, fresh breezes and singing songbirds. There are several great places to have a…
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Ice-out approaches

  [caption id="attachment_4521" align="alignnone" width="600"] A recent foggy morning near the Crosslake dam shows a mixture of ice and open water. Though the water never freezes close to the dam, it has begun to open up a bit with warm weather. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] The ice is just starting to pull away from the…
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Treasure hunting: Find the Lake Superior agate

[caption id="attachment_4517" align="alignnone" width="600"] Examples of Lake Superior agates. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Spring is the perfect time to search for the Lake Superior agate, the beautiful banded rock that’s the Minnesota state gemstone. While different kinds of agates are found all over the world, Lake Superior agates are marked by their red and white…
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