Sorry I couldn't respond to the posting on your blog. Just wanted to let you know that I found Grand Forks a very nice place to visit. I enjoyed the friendliness of the people, the blondness of the women, and the flatness of the landscape. I'd go back and visit again.
My personal favorite MN marvel is the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Darwin. Now I know there is someplace in Kansas that claims this honor, but don't believe it.
Mankato's own Seven Wonders (off the top of my head) might include:
- The buffalo statue on the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
- The Betsy-Tacy house of Maud Hart Lovelace fame.
- The Red Jacket Bridge and bike trail.
- The Bell Tower on the MSU Campus.
- OId Town - an historic district comprised of pawn shops, grain elevators, and tattoo parlors.
- The giant concrete flood walls that keep the Minnesota River out of sight and out of mind.
- The Blue Earth County Courthouse that barely escaped urban renewal. I don't remember the name of the statue on top of it, but it has one.
I think we used to have the world's largest six-shooter in North Mankato, but I haven't seen the sign lately.
I only wish we had smiling water towers and giant brassieres. And ND's sense of humor.