When most people think summer in Minnesota, they think north: lakes, coniferous forests, large noisy black birds. But Minnesota actually has four biomes, and I would consider the prairie grassland the most neglected when we engage in communal nostalgia for Minnesota summer. Luckily, we have some great parks on the prairie where you can see a little of what Minnesota might have been like before settlement. And it’s beautiful.
When everyone else is battling to head north, you can head west, to some less-trampled wild areas. Experience the what real wind feels like (it’s pretty constant). See some still-vibrant agricultural outposts. Eat at the Water’s Edge in Starbuck.
I won’t write too much, but wanted to share a few a my favorite pictures from a trip to Glacial Lakes State Park, a great place to experience the Minnesota prairie.