Chapter 3: A Visual Tour of Minnesota’s Most Famous Toy Store

The appearance of LARK Toys on Highway 61 hit us the way Harmon Killebrew hit baseballs back in the day. It's a long building that stands by itself, not another structure in sight. Big,...

Chapter 2: Fair Trade Books in Red Wing

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx Before we get started, I want you to take a moment and dream up...

Chapter 1: Valley Bookseller and Daily Grind Coffee in Stillwater

My wife and I spent St. Patrick's Day making up for postponed Valentine's Day plans. This year's romantic adventure? A 175-mile drive to a used book store in Viroqua, Wisc. We planned stops at...

Take Me to the River: Springtime at the Mississippi Pub

I stop into the Mississippi Pub on a textbook Minnesota March morning. The sky is bright, but the wind is brutal. The Mississippi River is right outside the bar, but the waves are small...

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