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"A bit out of the ordinary." -- Buffalo News

"Amusing and offbeat." -- The Chippewa Herald

"Boasts enough oddball sights to attract even the most jaded tourist." -- Library Journal

"It’s all here, everything you need to keep visitors occupied for weeks." -- Star Tribune

"Jerome Pohlen keeps finding amusing and off-beat spots all around the country." -- Red Wing Republican Eagle

"Jerome Pohlen keeps finding amusing and offbeat spots all around the country." -- Associated Press June 1, 2003

"Shows a different side of Minnesota." -- NWA World Traveler June, 2003

"Some of the stranger and less-probable visitor attractions around the United States." -- Arkansas Democrat May, 2003

About the Author

Jerome Pohlen is the author of the Oddball series and a regular travel commentator for 848 on WBEZ, the Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio. He is a recent recipient of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Best Essay. He lives in Chicago.

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Hilarious! Who Knew??!!:) 30 April 2008
By K. A. Childs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Got this as a gift for my husband, but we both laughed our arses off!:)
Who knew Minnesota was so entertaining?! Quite a depature from Lake Wobegon!
it was good 21 Jan 2014
By widowandtwoboyz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I liked the book but it lied minnesota has 11,400 lakes while Wisconsin has 14,000 and some -odd lakes.It was a good book other words.
Most helpful tourist book for planning vacation spots 10 July 2013
By ificouldonlyfly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What I love about this book, is how helpful it is. Chapters are broken down by regions of Minnesota. Throughout the chapter, it lists quirky, interesting sights to see and a little write-up of each one. At the end of the chapter, it shows you a map, with the cities marked on there along with the tourist sight given in the book. So for example, on the map of Northeast MN, it'll show you exactly where International Falls is and under the town's name, tell you what is there of interest - Big Thermometer and Smokey the Bear statue.

It's a quick & fun read, but also one of the most helpful tourist books I've looked at to help me decide where to stop in MN. A lot of the books I've looked at, just list sights in no real particular order, or they group things in relation to eachother (fish statues), but then you have to research yourself where everything is, and if it's even close to where you happen to be traveling. I highly recommend this book and am excited to get more of the Oddball series of books!
No more no less than it claims to be 25 Feb 2012
By Jeanne - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of nice fodder for weekend trips if you live in Minnesota or nearby, but I found too much emphasis on tacky oversized fiberglass sculptures, just like the one pictured on the cover. Are we really that boring? Maybe. However, I think the average citizen will find enough of interest to justify the purchase.
Sure; I'll sign this book for you! 10 Dec 2014
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Surprisingly, I found out from a friend that I'm named in this book! I'm mentioned as having built the "puny version" of a duck in Blackduck, MN. My claim to fame. For me this book has special meaning since it's the only book (that I know of!) in which I'm named.
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