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Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

High school hockey in Minnesota has a storied tradition of producing some of the best American hockey players. The teams that compete in the tournament play a maximum of 25 regular season games, then participate in the section and regional finals if they are successful. The high school games consist of three, 17 minute periods.

The boy’s hockey tournament last for four days in March, it take place at the Exel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. From 1945 – 1991 the tournament included eight teams from the entire state of Minnesota, which competed for the championship. In 1992 the format changed to a two tiered system which includes larger schools (Class AA) and smaller schools (Class A.) The state tournament attendance record book was shattered in 2004 when over 120,000 people attended the tournament. In 2006 the average attendance for the championship games exceeded 18,000.

In 1994, the Minnesota State High School League changed the process used for determining section assignments for boy’s hockey. Currently schools are divided into two groups based on the enrollment and activity classifications. What resulted from this is that the largest 64 schools complete in Class AA and all the remaining schools participate in Class A. Both classes are divided into 8 sections, the section is primarily determined by geographic location. Some schools opt to play at the Class AA level even though they are classified as Class A schools. In recent history the top four teams have been seeded to allow for more even qualifying rounds and better championship games.

A Guide To Minnesota Camping

Friday, January 8th, 2010

There has been a significant increase in the number of families and couples in recent years that have included camping in their vacation programs. While some people enjoy trying new places for camping each year, others have their favourite spot to camp during their annual vacation. One of the best places for camping seems to be Minnesota. There are hundreds of possibilities when considering Minnesota camping.

Minnesota has much to offer to campers as there are many lakes and varied terrain within the borders of the state. The best choice for camping is the northern part of the state offering camping along Lake Superior. The north shore drive along Lake Superior is one of the greatest in the United States, especially during the autumn. Along this route you can find a couple state parks which have hiking trails, wolf interpretive centers and kayaking available. In case you are keen on fishing then you can choose one of the 10,000 lakes in the state.

The lakes are spread across Minnesota and there are also some recreational areas. Minnesota camping is best in these areas for the reason that today there are large state parks in addition to private campgrounds. Federal camping grounds are also available there. Even though most of these recreational areas are located in the northern part of the state, the southern part has a lot to offer as well. We are talking about trout streams and high river bluffs. In the southern portion of Minnesota there are two state parks offering rock climbing and cliff diving into the St Croix River. Hiking trails are also a possibility. There are also many festivals organized in the quaint river towns in this area.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is the most popular Minnesota camping. There are no motorized vehicles, boats included in BWCA as they are against the rules. Of course, there are many drop off points where you can leave your supplies and enjoy a canoe ride and camp in this area. Within BWCA you will find many maps showing where the pit toilets, campfire rings and picnic tables are located. As far as supplies are concerned, you will get only what you bring with yourself. I suppose everyone had understood that this type of camping is not for the novice campers. Even though there are many portages to make, the magnificent beauty of the woods and lakes is surely worth the effort.

Close to the metropolitan area you can also find some campgrounds. Did you know that Minneapolis means city of lakes? This type of camping in the state of Minnesota offers a night under the stars and a very active day of the city life. Whether you prefer one type of camping or another, it makes no difference. Id you are a camper than you just have to visit Minnesota. There is no way you will regret Minnesota camping.