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Lakewood Cemetery Celebrates Earth Month – Minnneapolis, MN

Lakewood Cemetery Celebrates Earth Month – Minnneapolis, MN

Flowering crabapple trees border Jo Pond

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery: Our flourishing urban woodland boasts 4000 trees, made up from100 different species and varieties. In addition to the intricate beauty and dappled shade that our trees offer, we are grateful for their role in supplying the oxygen we breathe, buffering us against extreme temperatures, filtering water, storing carbon, and providing habitat for other plants and animals. You’re welcome to visit Lakewood’s arboretum, which spans our entire grounds, every day of the year.

Plan Your Visit

Lakewood visitors stroll under a canopy of grand oak trees.
A Lakewood visitor finds comfort in the shade with a view of the wooded landscape.
You can see the tree canopy increase over time in these aerial photos from 1940 and 1964.
Source: John R. Borchert Map Library, University of Minnesota.
18 Spring Waterfalls To Explore In Cook County, MN

18 Spring Waterfalls To Explore In Cook County, MN

Brule River

Waterfall Season In Cook County

Visit Cook County: After the snow melts, experience the raw power of North Shore waterfall season – a fleeting yet unforgettable spring wonder. Hundreds of thousands of acres of melted snowfall finds its way into Lake Superior and on the way, creates quite the show. The roaring rage of waterfalls in Minnesota is certainly a sight to be seen, heard and felt.While they are at their peak in the spring season, waterfalls can be enjoyed all year long. In the winter time, the waterfalls freeze and create scenic ice sculptures. In the summer, the rivers are warm enough to take a hike through. Using caution, you can find hidden falls that can’t be seen by a hiking trail. In the fall, the blue rush of water is the perfect contrast to the fall colors.From the smaller, pop-up falls all along Highway 61 to the North Shore’s most dramatic drops, Cook County has the most diverse range of waterfalls in Minnesota. Some of the more dramatic include Devil’s Kettle Falls in Judge C.R. Magney State Park, the ephemeral “phantom falls” that pour from the cliffs lining Highway 61, and the High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage State Park. At 120 feet, High Falls is the highest waterfall in Minnesota, and also serves as the border to Canada. No wonder it is sometimes called “Minnesota’s Niagara.” Viewing this waterfall is a bucket list item to cross off.Other local favorites include Cascade River State Park in Lutsen, Cross River in Schroeder, and the Kadunce River just north of Grand Marais.

Download the Cook County Waterfall Map Guide

North Shore Scenic Drive

221 West First Street

In a league of its own, the 154-mile North Shore Scenic Drive is Minnesota’s only designated “All-American Road.” The route parallels the inland coast of the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior, bisecting ancient rock formations and thousands of acres of forests rising…

Brule River

4051 Highway 61

Eight miles up the road from Grand Marais, at Judge C.R. Magney State Park you’ll meet the Brule River. Best known for the Devil’s Kettle waterfall where the river splits and half the river enters a cauldron, the Devil’s Kettle, and disappears to places unknown…. Enter Judge…

Caribou River

7232 Highway 61

A short gradual climb along the river will bring you to the spur trail of the Superior Hiking Trail to the base of the waterfall. Park at Caribou State Wayside rest; off of Highway 61

Cascade River

3650 W. Highway 61

A breathtaking series of large cascading waterfalls; this location includes parking and a walking path, which makes hiking along multiple waterfalls possible. The Cascade River flows from one ledge after another for a total drop of 900 feet during the last three miles to Lake…

Cross River

Highway 61

Best falls seen right from the highway at the wayside rest in Schroeder. Just eight miles north of the county line, you will find easy access and parking. Bring a raincoat. The view from the bridge on scenic Highway 61 is one of the best, and the spray might ruin your hair.

Devil Track River

Highway 61

The Devil Track River is located 3.5 miles northeast of Grand Marais on Highway 61. Follow the Superior Hiking Trail on County Rd. 58 (Lindscog Rd.) for a view of the Devil Track River Gorge. In the winter, the falls are more easily accessible by snowshoe with caution.

Fall River

Highway 61

This waterfall can be found just two miles west of Grand Marais along Highway 61. The main waterfall is on the lakeshore side of Highway 61 and plunges into Lake Superior. Follow the Gitchi-Gami State Trail to the bridge that offers incredible views of the falls.

Flute Reed River

5059 Highway 61

The Flute Reed River empties into Lake Superior at Hovland, 18 miles northeast of Grand Marais, MN. It is designated a trout stream by the state. The river is 9.2 miles long, with an unnamed waterfall on the lakeside of Highway 61.

Granite River

Saganaga Lake

The Granite River is a favorite route for many people who visit the Gunflint Trail. The river flows north from Gunflint Lake along the border of Minnesota and Canada up to Saganaga Lake. The river is approximately 25 miles long with around 13 portages around rapids and small…

Kadunce River

Highway 61

Just 12.7 miles east of Grand Marais, the Kadunce has easy access, up-top viewing, with a hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. Feeling adventurous? Hike up the shallow river for a different vantage point. Parking is available in the lot off of Highway 61.

Onion River

6355 W Highway 61

Newly reconstructed trail from Highway 61 will bring you along the river for a canyon view. Legend has it that the river was created when Paul Bunyan shed tears while cutting the wild onions that grew in the woods nearby. Park at the Ray Berglund Memorial Wayside rest right off…

Pigeon River

9393 Highway 61

In Grand Portage State Park at 120’ the High Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of Minnesota. Handicap accessible trail is about 1 mile long. During peak waterfall season, find a nearly permanent rainbow at the base of the High Falls. Parking is available in the Grand…

Poplar River

Ski Hill Road

Hike inland to roaring fall, cascades and canyons. You’ll find multiple waterfalls and rapids that are easily accessible from multiple locations. Upper Falls above Lutsen Mountains Ski Hill – park at the end of Ski Hill Road at the start of the connector trail for the…

Solar Big Year — 2024 Eclipse – St. Paul, MN

Solar Big Year — 2024 Eclipse – St. Paul, MN

Join us at the Bell for a special open Monday to celebrate Minnesota’s partial view of the eclipse. The eclipse will be at its peak at about 2:00 pm, and we’ll see about 75% coverage here in Minnesota. Throughout the day, we’ll have a plethora of solar focused activities, a livestream of the eclipse, a new eclipse flipbook pattern, and expert astronomy staff to answer all of your solar questions!

Please note: we’re unable to control the clouds — if the weather is poor on the day of the eclipse, we’ll still have a day of sun-focused activities!

This is a public event and we are not accepting group visits for our eclipse programming.  We will not be able to accommodate buses, and do not have the infrastructure and staffing to support group needs on this day.

James J. Hill House: The Annual Easter Egg Hunt – St. Paul, MN

James J. Hill House: The Annual Easter Egg Hunt – St. Paul, MN

James J. Hill House: The annual Easter Egg Hunt

Put on your best Easter attire and hop over to the James J. Hill House!

New this year: The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be offered in a morning session or afternoon sessions! Enjoy family friendly hands-on activities, a monarch butterfly scavenger hunt, story time, and self-guided access to the first floor and basement of the house during this festive event.

James J. Hill House



James J. Hill House: The annual Easter Egg Hunt

Morning session, Saturday, March 30th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Afternoon session 1:00 -3:00

Admission $8

No guided house tours are offered this day. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Jame J. Hill House

240 Summit Avenue

St. Paul, MN

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Wonderlands: A Stained Glass Exhibition by Michael Lizama – Minneapolis, MN

Announcing Lakewood’s 2024 Music in the Chapel Series – Minneapolis, MN

Announcing Lakewood’s 2024 Music in the Chapel Series – Minneapolis, MN

Lakewood’s 2024 Music in the Chapel Series

We’re so excited for this outstanding lineup and we hope you’ll be able to join us for one (or several) of these concerts by amazing local artists and musicians.

J.E. Sunde

Minneapolis is known for its vibrant music scene, and one of the most unique places in the city to hear an eclectic range of local musicians may be Lakewood’s Music in the Chapel concert series. The popular concerts feature a variety of folk, classical, jazz and vocal groups and take place in the historic Byzantine mosaic chapel, completed in 1910 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Lakewood recently had the opportunity to interview three artists scheduled to perform in this year’s concert series. 

A space focused on listening

J.E. Sunde describes his music as a bit left of center and heavily influenced by Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Nina Simone and Elliot Smith. “I’ve borrowed from them liberally as I’ve crafted my own voice.”

Sunde’s solo career started in 2012 after studying music at UW-Eau Claire in the early 2000s. “At the university, I studied classical voice and played and wrote with a band that released two albums of weird folk music. And we did a whole lot of touring.” When the band called it quits at the end of 2012, the J.E. Sunde solo project, in the indie folk genre, was born.

Since 2014, Sunde has released four albums, including this past summer’s “Alice, Gloria and Jon.” Before joining the 2024 Music in the Chapel lineup, Sunde wasn’t aware of Lakewood beyond knowing it as a neighbor to the east of Bde Maka Ska, but he eagerly anticipates his upcoming June concert.

I love dynamics and subtlety in music and the ability to really hear the lyrics. When I’m in a space that is focused on listening, I feel so much more can be communicated and that leads to a deeper understanding with the audience. Chapel spaces,” he adds, “are meant for quiet and focus and often acoustic music. That makes them a really beautiful space for solo performances.” 

10th Wave

Gain a deeper appreciation of the music

Lakewood’s September musical guest, 10th Wave, is a collectively-run ensemble of conservatory-trained professional musicians performing Western classical music written in the last 50 years.  Weily Grina-Shay, Executive Director and clarinetist, explains that the group collaborates with living, local and/or underrepresented artists to connect with the Minneapolis-St. Paul community and perform high-quality programming.

The ensemble, composed of professional percussion, marimba, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, and voice musicians, has performed everywhere from concert halls to breweries. Grina-Shay is excited to add Lakewood’s Memorial Chapel to their list of venues. “The fusion of newly composed classical music with the backdrop of the historic chapel,” says Grina-Shay, “creates a unique environment where audiences can experience music of our time within a space constructed over a century ago.”

The chapel’s intimate setting will inform the ensemble’s repertoire and approach. With the smaller stage and closer audience proximity, the group plans to perform pieces with smaller instrumentation including “The Last of James Fenimore Cooper II” by Brent Michael Davis and “Billy Collins Suite” by Vivian Fung. Both pieces of chamber music with narration weave humorous storytelling and poetry throughout the music. “The subtly humorous tones of our program will bring a fresh experience, potentially challenging preconceived notions of a serious classical concert.” Grina-Shay’s focus on talking about each of the pieces leads to a deeper appreciation of the music. “We value the collaboration between art forms to create unique and compelling programs.”    

Amanda Grace

What the walls are saying

Amanda Grace, performing in October, describes her concert as drifting between folk, alt-pop/rock and Americana. Growing up as a pianist and vocalist allowed Grace to write some songs with an emphasis on melody and some ballads with more of a percussive drive. Her eighth album, “Give Me Away” was released just a few weeks ago. 

Grace performed at Lakewood’s Fall Colors Celebration in 2022 and looks forward to returning. “With settings like this, I’ve found more of a connection with the audience, and people are more keen on listening to what my overall message says in the songs, lyrics and melodic movements.” This connection is why Grace is so keen to play in this historic site.  “I plan to choose songs that are more personally meaningful to me. And the space will allow for a little more improv and collaboration from my musicians that day.”  

Considering the spirituality of Lakewood, Grace plans to be thoughtful regarding her song selection. “I look forward to meeting the audience and hearing their perspectives. I know with this special gathering comes a plethora of stories and opportunities to listen to what the walls are saying.”  


Lakewood’s 2024 Music in the Chapel Series

Concerts begin in April 7th and continue through December.

Discover the full lineup for and purchase tickets now for Sunday afternoon concerts.


Lakewood Cemetary

3600 Hennepin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN

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The Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Nation! – St. Paul, MN

The Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Nation! – St. Paul, MN

The Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Parade 


Join us for one of St. Paul’s favorite traditions, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Following tradition, this year’s parade will be held on March 16th due to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) landing on a Sunday, a Holy Day. The parade will begin at Rice Park and end at Mears Park, the original route walked in 1967.

Since 1967, the St. Patrick’s Association has been the organization behind the greatest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation, hosted in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Not only does our 100% volunteer group sponsor and coordinate the parade each year, but we also strive to donate at least $10,000 annually to local charities.

Most of our planning and fundraising is done during the six weeks leading up to Saint Patrick’s Day. But, we have a year-round presence serving our community. Whether cleaning up a park on Earth Day, volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House, or spreading cheer during the summer parades, you will undoubtedly see us sporting our green throughout the Twin Cities!

How the St. Patrick’s Association Started

This spirited tribute to St. Paul’s Irish community began in 1967 at Gallivan’s restaurant and bar. “It was a bitter cold day during the Winter Carnival,” says Bob Gallivan. Some of his pals stopped by to get out of the cold and have a drink. “Let’s have a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade,” Gallivan remembers saying, “before we get too old.” Word spread and the planning began. Judge Edward Devitt who had marched every year –”It’s a sin to miss it”—was part of that first committee. “This is a natural center for a St. Patrick’s Day parade because there are so many Irish.”


All of the parades have been a rousing success. Even that first one, whipped into shape in just two months, drew crowds six deep on the side walks. The marchers, lead by Mayor Thomas Byrne, carrying a shillelagh, left the Hilton hotel (now the Radisson) at noon and proceeded down Kellogg Blvd. to the St. Paul Hotel. The last unit crossed the finish line at 12:40.

Tucked in among the family units and the dignitaries were the Brian Boru Irish pipe band, the St. Patrick honor guard, even the Vulcans, who wrapped their fire truck in green crepe paper for the occasion.

Pat Obrien Grand Marshal

But the focus of the parade has always been on the family groups. According to Stewart Loper, Treasurer of the Saint Patrick’s Association which sponsors the parade activities, the sentiment is that we want the families and kids to participate.” Loper calls it “a baby buggy parade. And we work hard to keep it that way.”

As a result, motorized vehicles are kept to a minimum. There’s a float for Ms. Shamrock and a car for the celebrity Grand Marshal.

The tradition of the crowning a local Irish lass Ms. Shamrock began with that first parade – Agnes Sullivan was the lucky lady. William J. Hickey was the first Mr. Pat, an honor extended to the man of Irish descent who as contributed the most to life in St. Paul.

There are other traditions initiated in 1967 that remain part of the festivities – the swath of emerald paint down the center of the parade route, for instance. And the six weeks of button blitzing that the Miss Shamrocks and the Blarney Brothers perform to raise money for the parade and charities.

Irish Gazette, March 1991

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