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Few states do winter better than we do, and now two Minnesota cities here have just been named to the list of the Most Magical Winter Wonderland Towns in the U.S.

Perhaps it's the influence of our Nordic heritage, but as I said earlier, when it comes to winter, there are few places that do it better than we do here in the Land of 10,000 (Frozen and Snow-Covered) Lakes, right?

Minnesota has made winter not just something to get through, but something to celebrate. We regularly get outside and enjoy great cold weather events like St. Paul's Winter Carnival (the oldest winter carnival in the country), Ice Castles in New Brighton and SocialICE, our ice bar festival here in Rochester.

And now, two Minnesota cities have been included on the Most Magical Winter Wonderland Towns in the U.S. The annual list, published by Trips To Discover, celebrates those cities that really get into the winter spirit:

In America’s most magical winter wonderland towns, you’re guaranteed breathtaking surroundings and often charming streets lined with historical buildings or perhaps simply an ideal eatery for sitting next to a roaring fire, a glass of wine, or a cup of hot cocoa in hand.

So shout out to Stillwater and Winona, the only two Minnesota cities included on the list here in 2022. Here's what Trips To Discover's list had to say about both towns:

  • Stillwater: Having been named one of America’s prettiest towns by Forbes magazine, it’s even more picturesque when the historic homes and buildings are dusted with snow. It gets 42 inches annually while three ski resorts are nearby, making it an ideal destination for anyone who loves the snow.
  • Winona: This charming city becomes a snowy wonderland in the winter, and for the holidays, the Christmas market offers all sorts of gifts, food, games, caroling, and ice skating.

To the east of us, behind the Cheddar Curtain over in my home state of Wisconsin, both the cities of Bayfield and Elkhart Lake were included on the Most Magical Winter Wonderland Towns in the U.S. as well.

And while Stillwater and Winona are both fairly easy Minnesota names to pronounce, keep scrolling to check out a list of names only TRUE Minnesotans know how to say-- how many can you pronounce correctly?

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Only True Minnesotans Know How to Pronounce These Names

Are you a TRUE Minnesotan? If so, you won't even have to guess how to correctly pronounce the following names of cities and towns here in Minnesota. Take a look-- how many do YOU know how to say?

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