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Kjersti Vick

Marketing Manager for Visit Cook County MN.
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Escape the Super Bowl madness - head NORTH!

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 2/1/18 10:13 AM

Super Bowl fever has caught on in the Twin Cities, and while it is an excellent boost to the local economy, it sure is a headache for many Twin Cities residents. So why not escape the madness, and head north to the real #boldnorth.

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Topics: Winter

How to harvest the perfect Christmas tree in the Superior National Forest

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 11/28/17 10:32 AM

How to harvest the perfect Christmas tree in the Superior National Forest

Have you ever harvested your own Christmas tree from the forest? If you are someone who likes to choose your own adventure and drink hot chocolate from a thermos while wearing a festive flannel - Christmas tree hunting is for you! For as little as $5 you can embark on a memory filled adventure out into the forest to find the perfect Balsam fir tree.

What you’ll need to make your outing successful:

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Topics: Winter, Art, History & Culture, Kids & Family, Outdoors

Finding your inner warmth - Hygge Season

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 11/16/17 12:37 PM

Finding your inner warmth - Hygge Season

The Thrillist recently ranked Minnesota #1 in its list of every state, ranked by how miserable its winters are. Please, not to name names, but I think we can think of several worse places. With almost 6 million Minnesota proud residents, we know it’s not all bad. Sure, reading the thermometer on a frigid below zero morning can be disheartening, but temps ain’t nothing but a number. With our guidance, the proper attire, and a good attitude - winter might even become your favorite time of the year.

  1. Layers are a Minnesotan’s best friend. While cotton is great for keeping you cool in the summer months, there are only four words you need to know to survive winter: merino wool base layers. Wearing the right kind of garment underneath your outerwear will keep you nice and toasty no matter the wind-chill.
  2.  Sun’s out, you’re out. Staying inside day after day is a surefire way to sour even the most optimistic soul on winter. Even though the thermometer reads well below zero, getting out for a daily dose of Vitamin D is critical. Going for a ski, snowshoe, hike, snowmobile ride, or ice fishing will do wonders for your mental well-being even if it is just for a short bit. So layer up and get out!
  3.  Get out at night. It’s easy to lose motivation once the sun goes down, but don’t let the cold stop you. Catch some live music. Do a little stargazing (and maybe even northern lights?!) and if an opportunity for a moonlight ski arises – do it! Gliding through the sparkling boreal forest is a bucket list must.
  4. Hygge like there is no tomorrow. Hygge is the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends and fire. So go ahead, have a second cup of hot chocolate today, you’ve earned it!

You've heard our suggestions for finding warmth, what are yours? How do YOU find warmth in winter? Connect with us on Social Media

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Topics: Winter

What are frost flowers? Rare phenomena appears in Cook County, Minn.

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 11/10/17 2:35 PM

Frost flowers are a rare natural phenomena that occur when the air temp is lower than the water below. They can be compared to "giant" snowflakes and can be up to 3" high (the one pictured above was about 1" tall). Typically found on thin or new ice, or ice that has some imperfections that allow air to evaporate into the cold dry air.  

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Topics: Winter, phenomena

Why you should VOTE for Grand Marais, MN for Best MN Town

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 10/4/17 10:29 AM

Grand Marais, MN is in the running for Best MN Town, a contest hosted by Minnesota Monthly Magazine and Old Dutch. This contest is bigger than the other previous contests because it includes substantial prizes such as:

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Topics: Grand Marais

Rare Autumn Rain Storm Creates Raging Waterfalls in Minnesota

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 10/3/17 12:25 PM


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Topics: Fall, Grand Marais, Scenic Drives, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors

Woke Up North Photo Contest - North Shore lodging deals

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 9/25/17 12:26 PM

When was the last time you #wokeupnorth? Waking up in Cook County, is the best way to enter a upnorth state-of-mind. How do you know you've #wokeupnorth?  You'll experience symtoms such as a heightened awareness of nature, a finer appreciation of the beauty around you and a restorative feeling that lingers after you leave.  

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Topics: Art, History & Culture

Woke Up North - Capturing the best ways to wake up in Cook County, Minn.

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 8/18/17 11:21 AM

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder