The 'sotan newsletter
Dec. 5, 2019
Sure, the shoveling, slippery roads and sidewalks are huge downsides to the recent snowfall that swept across the state. But it's opened a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures and snow-themed celebrations!
This week's 'sotan features all the fun you can have in a Minnesota winter. Don't forget your good gloves.
Looking for more to do outside? Download our Outside in MN app. It's available on Apple or Android devices.
Thrive during Minnesota's winter: Places to skate, ski, sled and snowshoe
Here are a few spots around Minnesota you can visit for outdoor ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing and sledding or tubing. Embrace the season!
SnowBall Music & Ski Festival in Lutsen
Pack both your skis and dancing shoes for this one. In addition to two nights of great music, festival goers can also enjoy skiing, snowboarding and hot tubing. So you're free to chill out figuratively and literally!
5 cool things to do outside this weekend
Looking for ideas to get outdoors? Here are five events happening around the state:
  • Winter Survival Escape Room, 10 a.m. Friday at Lake Bemidji State Park
  • Bagels and Birds, 9 a.m. Saturday at the River Bend Nature Center
  • Skadi's Chase 8K Ski Race, 6 a.m. Saturday at Elm Creek Park Reserve
  • Geocaching Adventure, noon Saturday at Whitewater State Park
  • Holz Farm Old Fashioned Holiday, noon Sunday at Holz Farm Park
Download the Outside in MN app for a full calendar of events throughout the state.
Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener in Maple Grove

Never been skiing but always wanted to try? You'll want to attend the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener at Elm Creek Park Reserve this Saturday. Following an 8k ski race, this celebration of cross-country skiing will feature leisurely tours as well as free rentals and short lessons.

Winter Wonderland and Carnival in Woodbury
If ice skating is more your speed, head to Woodbury this Saturday to celebrate the opening of the outdoor refrigerated ice rink. Don't worry about getting too cold. You can head in to the HealthEast Sports Center for games and activities.
Jaws, Paws and Lunch with Santa Claus at the Red River Zoo
The Red River Zoo is hosting a holiday celebration this Saturday, with special guest, Santa Claus! Enjoy a warm lunch, craft making and an up-close look at the animals living at the Fargo zoo.
Ask a 'sotan: Why are the rivers different colors?
Have you ever driven past or hiked along a Minnesota river and wondered what gives it that particular color? One MPR News listener did. She asked, "Why is the Mississippi River so muddy when compared to other rivers like the St. Croix? Has it always been this way?"
Ask a 'sotan: Have a question about Minnesota? Share it with us!
Where did Minnesota get its name? How did the state become the home of the Mall of America, Mayo Clinic, and the Spam Museum? 
If you ever had a question like this about our state, share them with us. We'll track down the answer.
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