• Join the club

    It turned out the Twin Cities-based North Star Ski Touring Club already had found it and reserved it for one of their trips.

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  • Playground in the woods

    As adults, we sometimes forget how great it is to be a kid. People give you toys to play with. They show you new games and explain things in interesting ways. They feed you freshly baked cookies and s'mores. Kids take it for granted. But I didn't one January, when I got to stay at Deep Portage Learning Center, in the woods north of Brainerd.

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  • Planning a family reunion

    I applaud anyone who takes on the job of planning a family reunion. In other words, plan carefully, because it's hard to make everyone happy.

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  • Cabins for a crowd

    Contrary to common wisdom, the best deals in travel aren’t too good to be true. The key is to travel with a group. Gather 20 people, and you can bring per-person costs way, way down — we're talking $20, $10, even $5 for an overnight stay.

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