Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota possesses more lake and river shoreline than the states of California, Florida, and Hawaii combined. Minnesota is famous as the birthplace of the mighty Mississippi River—its headwaters beginning in Lake Itasca in the central northern part of the state. Minnesota also borders Lake Superior—the largest fresh-water lake in the world by surface area.
Minnesota offers abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, from its 76 state parks to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the Superior National Forest to a multitude of city parks and beaches.
When winter settles in, people find avenues for recreation and entertainment both indoors and outside. Nicknamed the “State of Hockey”, Minnesota’s number of indoor ice arenas in our state has boomed since the late 1800s. These arenas serve as a gathering place each winter where the community engages in some of its favorite pastimes: Hockey, Figure Skating, Broomball, Public Skating, and Curling.
Many Minnesotans enjoy passing our long winters at the Mall of America in Bloomington, the second largest mall in the United States. An entire amusement park resides in its center, complete with roller coasters, log flume, carousel, Ferris wheel, and even a zipline. Still others prefer to snowshoe, snowmobile, or erect portable icehouses across frozen lakes for ice fishing. Minnesota also attracts dogsled enthusiasts to the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in Duluth on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Although my three Siberian huskies will never compete in a race, they love to pull us through the neighborhood in the fresh snow, singing with anticipation when we set out their harnesses and hook them up to their sled.
Despite our proximity to the Twin Cities, wildlife abounds in Minnesota’s suburbs. We often see foxes, white-tailed deer, coyotes, loons, and turkeys in our community parks and neighborhoods and regularly spot bald eagles soaring overhead. The bald eagle has made a strong comeback since its decline in the early 1970s. Together, Minnesota and Wisconsin are now home to the largest population of nesting pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. The dramatic changes in weather and encounters with wildlife provided the inspiration for two of my Minnesota-based novels: Exiled to the North and Disappearances.
Debbie Kump is the author of EXILED TO THE NORTH from Start Publishing plus the 7G Apocalyptic Thriller Series and the Middle-Grade Fiction, TRANSFORMED and DISAPPEARANCES, from World Castle Publishing. Her new Young Adult Fantasy/Suspense trilogy, THE ELEMENTALS, is scheduled for release later this year from World Castle Publishing. Debbie also teaches high school science and enjoys coaching her sons’ hockey and lacrosse teams.
For more information, please visit Debbie’s website: http://sites.google.com/site/debbiekumpbooks
This week, Debbie will be offering a free pdf copy of each of her Minnesota-based novels: Exiled to the North and Disappearances.