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That's So Minnesota: 1 year of Photo Stops

KARE 11 Sunrise Reporter Ellery McCardle is looking back at one year of taking your suggestions and hitting the road with her camera to capture some beautiful spots in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

I was looking at my calendar and realized that this month marks one year since I started doing my Photo Stop series. So, I want to take a look back with you and really thank you for your suggestions.

Let's go back to where this series began, atop the First National Bank Building in downtown St. Paul. I waited for a couple of hours for the sun to set and the sign to light up in red.

It was a bit chilly that evening, but the view was worth it.

In the past year, I've seen a lot of views from above, whether it was the Bluff Region in southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin, the fire tower at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, the top of the "Hermann the German" statue in New Ulm or on top of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I don't like heights, but you all challenged me to go up and see a new perspective.

Last year, I was also excited to show you one of my favorite places to take photos, the public vieweing area at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

But, it was the nature spots that captivated me every single time. I traveled to Redwood Falls for the first time and saw the beautiful waterfall and overlook at Ramsey Park.

If you're near Alexandria, put Inspiration Peak on your list.

In southeastern Minnesota, head to Whitewater State Park and check out Inspiration Point.

But of all the places I visited, I was most surprised by Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne, where cliffs rise out of sprawling farmland.

I only named a few in this article, but I saw more than 20 places last year. So again, thank you for your suggestions and keep them coming because I can't wait to hit the road again this year.

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