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JAN 2017

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January 2017 64 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Bloomington Bloomington is situated in the southeast portion of Minnesota. In addition to plenty of parks, state-of-the-art venues and hotels, the city also offers family-friendly attractions such as the Mall of America and Water Park of America. Hotel rooms: 9,200 Hotel tax rate: 14.275 percent Major facilities: The Bloomington Ice Garden features three rinks, including an Olympic-size rink. The Bush Lake Ski Jump offers 70-meter, 25-meter and 10-meter jumps. Jefferson and Kennedy Activity Centers include 15 basketball/ volleyball courts. Dred Scott Playfield has two baseball fields, nine softball fields, three soccer fields, four pickball courts and four tennis courts. Valley View Playfields houses five baseball fields and 11 softball fields. Contact: Bloomington CVB, www.BloomingtonMN.org. Duluth Flanked to its east by Lake Superior, Duluth boasts year-round excitement for Minnesota plays host to a variety of sports, ranging from extreme sports to more mainstream sports. And with a four-season climate, it's no surprise the Land of 10,000 Lakes annually welcomes major events such as the Ryder Cup and Summer X Games. "Minnesota's distinct seasons and geographic diversity make it an attractive and diverse sporting event destination with hearty winters, favorable fall temps, comfortable summers, and abundant urban and small-town sport settings," said John Edman, director/CEO of Explore Minnesota. "A sporting event in our state reflects local culture, lifestyle and memorable experienc- es that can be found only in Minnesota." n ◄ Rugby in Rochester SITE SELECTION GUIDE: MINNESOTA A Walk In The Gardens On the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in St. Cloud you'll find Munsinger Clemens Gardens. The gardens are two distinct-but-adjacent spaces: the Munsinger Gardens and the Clemens Gardens. Dating from the 1930s, Munsinger Gardens houses 14 acres of informal gardens. The Clemens Gardens was developed in the 1990s and offers seven acres with six gardens. n DON'T MISS...

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