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Jul 11, 2016 - Down to Southern MN

We left to travel south out of northern Minnesota in the rain through heavy forested surroundings with many small lakes. It opened up south of Minneapolis to corn fields, looking more like Iowa and other plains states with grain silos and mills. I was a little concerned because over the weekend there had been rioting in Minneapolis over the death of an African American man killed by police. On Sunday the rioters were blocking Interstate94 and throwing things down on interstate from over passes. We actually went around the city on I-494 and...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Forest City, IA and Winnebago

It is really cold, misty and windy today with highs in the mid fifties. We headed into Albert Lea and stopped at a Jewelry store for a watch battery and watch band then at a Great Clips for haircuts. Then we headed south to Forest City, Iowa to tour the Winnebago Plant. In the Visitor Center, we went upstairs to their museum and learned many interesting facts about Winnebago and its founder seen in the pictures above. First you see a film which is mostly a "see how good we are" sales pitch. Then you are bussed over to the plant which is...

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 9, 2014 - Another Day Off

It was loundry day again. We visited awhile with the people next to us who were from Blairsville and the people on the other side who are from Connecticut. They suggested we do the tour of the Winnebago Plant in Iowa which we will do on Wednesday. We did our laundry, dumped our sewage and watched the rain front move in.

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 8, 2014 - Austin "Spam Town U.S.A."

We traveled to Austin, Minnesota today to visit the Spam Museum. We stopped for lunch a block from the museum and had a Spamburger. It was actually very good with tomato, lettuce and onion and grilled spam. The museum is free and was very interesting. You start in the lobby where there is a "wall of spam" containing 33,900 cans and "Spammy" the mascot. Then you see a movie about the history of spam and how it is made. It was Jay Hormel, son of the Hormel founder George A. Hormel, who developed spam. The first can came off the assembly line...

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 7, 2014 - Moving to Albert Lea, MN

Albert Lea KOA, 84259 County Rd 46, Hayward, MN 56043, 507-373-5170 8.5/10/8.5 We were up early and on our way before 9:00am. We were on interstate almost all the way so the trip was uneventful. We did see some picturesque stone outcroppings on the western edge of Wisconsin and we crossed the wide expanse of the Mississippi River. When we stopped for fuel in Minnesota, they had only bio-diesel 5-20% which we try never to use. However, after stopping at two different exits, we gave up and put in just enough to get us to our destination. This...

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Bison and Balloons

Jul 11, 2014 - Minnesota

Another hassle free drive taking us out of Wisconsin and into Minnesota. Lots of beautiful farmland and a bit of rain, but no "precious" drivers. Some road construction, but still no apologies to my bride required. Found a second KOA that we like, so I may have to revise my nasty KOA comments. Albert Lea is a small (population 18000) Minnesota town, but we both encourage each of you to take a brief trip to Jake's Pizza on West Clark Street for the best pizza you will ever eat. You may have to listen closely to follow what the waitress is...

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Westward Ho

Jun 1, 2013 - Madison, WI to Albert Lea, MN

Sunrise was about 5:30 and I was up! Parked in Madison in the same spot we did yesterday near Monona Terrace. The Farmer’s Market is on the streets around the Capitol building. This is the beginning of WI Dairy month so there were lots of cows and “moo experts”. A few facts: Dairy is a $26 billion business in WI which means that every dairy cow produces $21,000 of revenue. Each cow produces 40,000 cups of milk annually. The market is very organized with a protocol that you walk counter clockwise around the mall to visit the vendors. Spring...

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Sep 16, 2010 - Thursday, Day 30

This morning we left the campground and headed back thru the Badlands - thinking we would stop after 6 hours or so......We did stop at the edge of the Badlands and saw some prairie dogs - a lot chubbier than I expected them to be. Thought they'd be more like a little ground squirrel, but built more like a well-fed rabbit. Bet the farmers just love them. Stopped at a mom & pop diner for a late breakfast - it was yummy - and very local. We stuck out like a sore thumb - perhaps it was because we waited to be seated. One toothless guy pointed...

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Aug 9, 2010 - Leaving Albert Lea, MN

We left Albert Lea Wal-Mart about 7:30 am CST. While driving through upper Minnesota, we both commented on the lush green beauty of the landscape and the gentle rolling hills. On both sides of the highway, we see small bodies of water everywhere in the middle of farmland of grain and corn. As we travel the highway, there is a slow rise of altitude.

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Aug 8, 2010 - On The Road Again!

On the road again and stopped at the MN welcome center because Lady needed to go out. From Illinois to here the locusts sounds are deafening at night i.e. louder than any crickets you could imagine. We stay just 10 miles down the road in Albert Lea at a Wal-Mart. We had a difficult time getting here. The GPS took us to the Home Depot. It is 9:30 at night and we cannot see well. We got back on the road retracing our steps back to the highway when I saw the Wal-Mart sign. We pulled in and saw a couple more campers and truckers. It wasn’t...

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Jul 29, 2010 - Belvidere, SD to Albert Lea, MN

Thursday, Day 43 I look back at previous entries & am shocked at some of my mistakes – usually do the entries pretty late at night – but gosh – I will sure have fun getting everything right once we get home & I get caught up on sleep! Some of what I see are goofy things the Good Sam site does too – I am still learning on that & finding ways to get around some of its quirky little ways! Well, probably only a couple more days of journals on the go – we expect to be home on Sunday nite – if all goes as planned. Leaving Belvidere KOA, loved...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Albert Lea, Minnesota

Tuesday, July 6th Helloooooooo Mineeeeey –Sota……Albert Lea to be exact. Southern Minnesota, midstate. We’re zipping along on the interstate which is much faster than the side roads we had been on. Made our obligatory stop at Cabela’s in Mitchell, South Dakota, both bought some shoes, then continued on for 4.75 hrs without a stop. Here we are in humid country! Yeuch! But now, having seen the news, we are not really that bad. Low 80’s but humid feels like 102. We have seen an unusual number of Airstream trailers this trip. Not sure...

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