Twin Cities oasis

You might live in the Twin Cities, or you might be planning a visit there sometime in the next two or three weeks.
Your visit might include eating, shopping, watching your favorite team play, attending a concert or going to the theater.
All of this is good, but it’s nice to know there’s a quieter side to the metro area as well.
The National Wildlife Refuge System, in a news release, lists the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge as a place where you might see wild turkeys at this time of the year. How cool would that be as you work off or get ready for your Thanksgiving meal?
Minnesota Valley covers nearly 70 miles of the Minnesota River corridor from Bloomington to Henderson. The news release recommends starting at the Bloomington Visitor Center and taking the half-mile Hillside Trail to connect to Long Meadow Lake Trail.
It follows a floodplain wetland where you might spot coyote, deer, waterfowl, songbirds and woodpeckers in addition to wild turkeys.
There’s no admission fee and the refuge will be open on Thanksgiving Day, although the visitor center won’t be.
To get there from Duluth, take Interstate 35 South and then I-35E South. Merge onto I-494 West. Exit on 34th Avenue and head south. When you get to American Boulevard East travel east for one-quarter mile. The entrance will be on the right.

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