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Southern Minnesota

Sheldon Theatre - Red Wing's turn-of-the-century Sheldon Theatre showcases the best in arts and entertainment from Minnesota's heartland and beyond. It operates year-round, presenting a broad range of touring events -- including music, theatre, dance, comedy, films, lectures and more.

Commonweal Theatre Company - The heart of the Commonweal's programming is the main stage season. This balanced yet challenging repertory is comprised of up to six plays with more than 200 performances, chosen from among the world's finest classic, contemporary, and emerging playwrights.

Rochester Repertory Theatre Company - Started in 1984, this company has been delighting audiences ever since. Come enjoy the lineup of great productions at the Seventh Street Theater performed by the Rochester Repertory Theatre Company.

Jeffers Petroglyphs - Amid the prairie grasses are islands of uncovered rock, where American Indians left carvings —petroglyphs— humans, deer, elk, buffalo, turtles, thunderbirds, atlatls and arrows. They tell a story that spans 5,000 years.

Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site - Explore Dakota life before the reservation era and discover how the reservation system changed traditional Dakota ways of living. Learn about the Agency's operation and discover how government employees and missionaries sought to change traditional Dakota ways. Look for underlying causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in the new interpretive center exhibit.

Farmamerica: Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center - Learn about agriculture including the family farm, the land, and the people who developed that land into Minnesota's most important industry. Experience 150 years of agriculture as you travel around the Time Lane Road-beginning with the 1850s settlement farm through to the present into the future.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum - Committed to effectively interpreting collections in a variety of ways to enable visitors to make meaningful connections and experience the joy art can bring into your life.

Lac Qui Parle Mission - At the church and on self-guided trails, learn about daily life at this mission and the nearby trading post, how the Dakota alphabet was developed, and how missionaries translated the bible from French into Dakota. Walk or bike the trail and learn the past and present environmental impact of human habitation along the Minnesota River.

Story Lady Doll & Toy Museum - Features more than 1,500 dolls and toys, including antiques, story book characters, designer dolls, handcrafted dolls, and much more.

Commonweal Theatre Company - A non-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to delighting and challenging the audiences of their region. Run by a collective of theatre artists, they are committed to the values of collaboration, community, diversity, learning and artistic integrity, and to making live theatre accessible to as many as possible.

Mantorville Theatre Company - Audience participation is a requirement for the melodramatic portion of our season. Come prepared to cheer for the hero and heroine, boo the villain or villainess, and applaud the efforts of the various characters (or groan at their jokes!)

The Barn Theatre - A community theatre located in Willmar. It is one of a few community theatres in the country that has its own building and full time Director

Fort Ridgley - Visitors can learn about the events that led up to the 1862 battle between the U.S. and Dakota in a short presentation at Fort Ridgely.

End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum - A working railroad yard including a manual turntable still in operating, original CN and W depot, rebuilt enginehouse, watertower, foreman's house, coal bunker -- used as a picnic shelter and gift shop -- a general store and one room schoolhouse complete on the grounds. A model railroad display, in HO scale, is one of the highlights of the museum.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum - Walnut Grove was the childhood home of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Visitors can experience the story of the Ingalls family at the Wilder Museum and annual Wilder Pageant.

Minnesota's Machinery Museum - Features five large buildings (26,000 sq ft) on a beautiful six-acre site. Its mission is to recapture a century of stories about farm life. Enjoy an afternoon browsing on your own or guided tours always available.

Polish Cultural Institute, Inc. and Museum- Founded and organized in 1976 by Father Paul J. Breza, a native of Winona determined to preserve Polish history.

Mount Kato Ski Area - Offers the midwest skier a fantastic winter experience with: 19 Trails - 4 beginner, 8 intermediate and 7 advanced, and a tubing hill. Bike the trails at Mount Kato. Open May through October. Over 7 miles of mountain bike trails for the novice to expert rider

Spam Museum - Just as every Elvis fan longs to visit Graceland, SPAM fans worldwide now have their own pilgrimage to make. In Austin a 16,500 square-foot SPAM Museum opened in September 2001. Museum visitors will be welcomed to the world of SPAM luncheon meat with a variety of interactive and educational games, fun exhibits and remarkable video presentations.

Niagara Cave - One of the most fascinating and unique geological attractions in the Midwest. During the one-hour guided tour, visitors will witness a waterfall, nearly 60 feet high, stalactites both delicate and massive, calcite flowstone, fossils that have been dated to over 400 million years old, and a wedding chapel in which over 300 weddings have been performed, plus much more.