Stillwater 1 of 10 CheckpointMN Destinations

Explore Minnesota Through Statewide Winter Scavenger Hunt – Stillwater Selected As One of 10 ‘Checkpoint MN’ Hosts

For the third consecutive year, Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, in partnership with Minneapolis-based marketing agency Monopoint Media, will launch a statewide winter scavenger hunt this Thursday, Dec. 3. Coined “Checkpoint MN,” the event highlights 10 iconic travel destinations in Minnesota this winter season, including Stillwater, the Birthplace of Minnesota. The scavenger hunt runs December 3 through January 31, 2016, aiming to entice thousands of Minnesota travelers over the course of 8 weeks with $35,000+ in prizes, including winter gear, Wigwam Socks, MN getaways, grand prize ski, snowboard, and fat bike packages from The-House.com, and more.

Stillwater was chosen as a location to host one of the checkpoints. The checkpoint sign will be installed at the gazebo in Lowell Park just north of the historic Lift Bridge in downtown Stillwater. The beauty of the National Scenic St. Croix River and the Main Street which is on the National Historic Register are a delight during the winter season. Stop at this checkpoint, then enjoy shopping, dining, breweries, wineries, art galleries, and cozy inns. Plan your visit at DiscoverStillwater.com and take advantage of the Stillwater coupons on CheckpointMN.com. For those adventurers looking for more challenge, find the four sets of historic stairs throughout downtown to hike to more great views of this historic river town on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border.

Checkpoint MN locations include a variety of sites that embody winter travel in Minnesota including: a 218,000 acre national park to celebrate the 2016 National Park Service Centennial Celebration, Minnesota’s newest outdoor sports stadium, the country’s second oldest brewery, and more. CheckpointMN.com features a map of the checkpoints, complete prize descriptions, rules and sponsorship details, participant photos, and travel information about each checkpoint, so you can make the most out of checking in at each destination. The 10 checkpoints can be found at:

• Voyageurs National Park, Rainy Lake Visitors Center, International Falls
• World’s Largest Free Standing Hockey Stick & Puck, Eveleth
• Lowell Park, Stillwater
• TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
• August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm
• Zumbrota Covered Bridge, Zumbrota
• Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Onamia
• Hopperstad Stave Church at the Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead
• Cuyuna State Recreation Area, Crosby-Ironton
• Arctic Cat, Inc., Thief River Falls

”Minnesota is a one-of-a-kind winter travel destination. Visitors can venture outdoors with numerous activities at our beautiful regional, state and national parks, catch a game, tour a museum or take a brewcation,” said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota. “Each checkpoint destination offers a unique experience that can be found only in Minnesota this season. The checkpoints are a simple addition to a planned winter vacation, or good excuse to plan new trips around them.”

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