Let's Go, Minnesota! (Hometown Create)

Hike, bike, climb and paddle on the outdoor recreation series Let’s Go, Minnesota! Host Brenda Piekarski leads a team of adventurers down rivers, up cliffs and across prairies throughout Minnesota. Each adventure features the insights of professional guides and local artists, who capture nature through a creative lens.

Let's Go, Minnesota is produced by KSMQ, and airs as part of Hometown Create, which features locally produced content from Create's member stations.

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Brenda Piekarski

Brenda Piekarski

Brenda Piekarski blends her video/film experience with her love of nature hosting the outdoor recreation series Let's Go, Minnesota!

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Biking The Shooting Star Trail

Episode #106 · Pie, wildflowers, Norwegian history, and a bike ride down the Shooting Star Trail are the perfect ingredients for a brisk fall day. Artist couple Jessica Prill and Matt Leister turn their experience into works of art! Pie, wildflowers, Norwegian history, and a bike ride down the Shooting Star Trail are the perfect ingredients for a brisk fall day. Artist couple Jessica Prill and Matt Leister turn their experience into works of art!

Paddling The Big Muddy

Episode #107 · Today we're getting a peek at the quiet places...the backwaters of the giant Mississippi River with artist Sharon Mansur. It's full of life that lies unseen by the commercial barge traffic that rumbles up and down this national waterway.

Episode #201 · This adventure takes you on the Blue Earth River, just south of Mankato. We paddle some white water, hike up a narrow canyon and get a sort of spa treatment or is it a rite of passage? We see some beautiful waterfalls, Big Mo and have some sparkling conversations. Joining us this trip is ceramicist Michelle Kaisersatt.

Episode #202 · On this episode of Let's Go, Minnesota!, Brenda takes a hike on the Hay Creek Trails by Red Wing. We explore an abandoned pioneer homestead and learn about badgers from Clarissa Shrooten of the Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo. Brenda is joined by artist Heidi Bacon and guide Bruce Ause. Also along for the walk are Jim and Laurel Dicke.

Episode #203 · 100-year-old pines, headwaters of the Mississippi River, and a thigh-burning climb keep you engaged in one of Minnesota's oldest state parks. We're joined by Park naturalist Connie Cox and watercolor artist Pam Luer. Plus, Clarissa Schrooten from the Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo tells us about porcupines.

Episode #204 · From the bustling center of Bemidji to the quiet meditation of a bog, we're enjoying all that northern Minnesota has to explore. This adventure takes us biking on the Paul Bunyan State Trail from Bemidji to Lake Bemidji State Park. And we discover what it's like in a Minnesota bog. Guests include: Pete Harrison and Christa Drake - Lake Bemidji State Park Naturalists. Biff Ulm, artist and owner of MN Nice Enough. Biff is a classic maker who finds new ways to express his creativity. He then brings it to market for others to enjoy. And we learn about the Barred Owl from Clarissa Schrooten (Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo).

Episode #205 · The Mississippi River has many personalities as it winds its way across Minnesota. Up north, the headwaters are cool and clear, as we explore them with our guest artist Preston Lawing. We're guided on our adventure by Mark Morrissey of Bemidji State University. And we learn about the black bear from Clarissa Schrooten (Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo).

Episode #206 · Host Brenda Piekarski takes us up, up, and away in a hot air balloon. Joining us is Rochester artist Ayub Hajiomar. We're guided aloft by pilots Ed Chapman and Mark Spanier. Only the wind knows where we're going. We tour the beautiful countryside on the southeastern tip of Minnesota by Caledonia by air.

Episode #207 · Today we paddle the Cedar River, starting in Austin. We're joined by improv teacher Keren Gudeman; four members of the Wood family; and Tim Ruzek, James Fett and Paul Hunter from the Cedar River Watershed District. And we learn about turtles from Clarissa Schrooten of Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo.

Episode #101

Episode #102

Episode #103

Episode #104

Episode #105

Biking The Shooting Star Trail

Episode #106 · Pie, wildflowers, Norwegian history, and a bike ride down the Shooting Star Trail are the perfect ingredients for a brisk fall day. Artist couple Jessica Prill and Matt Leister turn their experience into works of art! Pie, wildflowers, Norwegian history, and a bike ride down the Shooting Star Trail are the perfect ingredients for a brisk fall day. Artist couple Jessica Prill and Matt Leister turn their experience into works of art!

Paddling The Big Muddy

Episode #107 · Today we're getting a peek at the quiet places...the backwaters of the giant Mississippi River with artist Sharon Mansur. It's full of life that lies unseen by the commercial barge traffic that rumbles up and down this national waterway.

Episode #201 · This adventure takes you on the Blue Earth River, just south of Mankato. We paddle some white water, hike up a narrow canyon and get a sort of spa treatment or is it a rite of passage? We see some beautiful waterfalls, Big Mo and have some sparkling conversations. Joining us this trip is ceramicist Michelle Kaisersatt.

Episode #202 · On this episode of Let's Go, Minnesota!, Brenda takes a hike on the Hay Creek Trails by Red Wing. We explore an abandoned pioneer homestead and learn about badgers from Clarissa Shrooten of the Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo. Brenda is joined by artist Heidi Bacon and guide Bruce Ause. Also along for the walk are Jim and Laurel Dicke.

Episode #203 · 100-year-old pines, headwaters of the Mississippi River, and a thigh-burning climb keep you engaged in one of Minnesota's oldest state parks. We're joined by Park naturalist Connie Cox and watercolor artist Pam Luer. Plus, Clarissa Schrooten from the Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo tells us about porcupines.

Episode #204 · From the bustling center of Bemidji to the quiet meditation of a bog, we're enjoying all that northern Minnesota has to explore. This adventure takes us biking on the Paul Bunyan State Trail from Bemidji to Lake Bemidji State Park. And we discover what it's like in a Minnesota bog. Guests include: Pete Harrison and Christa Drake - Lake Bemidji State Park Naturalists. Biff Ulm, artist and owner of MN Nice Enough. Biff is a classic maker who finds new ways to express his creativity. He then brings it to market for others to enjoy. And we learn about the Barred Owl from Clarissa Schrooten (Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo).

Episode #205 · The Mississippi River has many personalities as it winds its way across Minnesota. Up north, the headwaters are cool and clear, as we explore them with our guest artist Preston Lawing. We're guided on our adventure by Mark Morrissey of Bemidji State University. And we learn about the black bear from Clarissa Schrooten (Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo).

Episode #206 · Host Brenda Piekarski takes us up, up, and away in a hot air balloon. Joining us is Rochester artist Ayub Hajiomar. We're guided aloft by pilots Ed Chapman and Mark Spanier. Only the wind knows where we're going. We tour the beautiful countryside on the southeastern tip of Minnesota by Caledonia by air.

Episode #207 · Today we paddle the Cedar River, starting in Austin. We're joined by improv teacher Keren Gudeman; four members of the Wood family; and Tim Ruzek, James Fett and Paul Hunter from the Cedar River Watershed District. And we learn about turtles from Clarissa Schrooten of Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo.