WABASHA, Minn.—When the Chippewa River pushed enough sand into the Mississippi River to form Lake Pepin, it highlighted the effort with an artistic flourish. It created the Mississippi backwaters, a gem in the midst of extensive aquatic beauty that is about 60 miles south of the Twin Cities.. The backwaters, braided with streams from the Chippewa River delta, seem perfectly designed for kayaking, and Michael Anderson, river guide for Broken Paddle Guiding Company in Wabasha, enjoys taking people there.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — Farming has been a tradition with Hmong Americans since the first refugees left Laos and arrived in the United States after the Vietnam War. "We don't celebrate birthdays," said Pakou Hang, executive director of HAFA, the Hmong American Farmers Association. She said a Hmong person is more apt to say, "I was born in the time of planting corn."