Minnesotans are the masters of lakes. We skate and goaltend, swim and boat, surf the North Shore and bother the fish all year round. When someone invents a new way to enjoy our profusion of lakes, Minnesotans must master it too.
For a hefty chunk of my childhood, I played video games. I enjoyed nothing better than navigating stout plumbers across inhospitable landscapes, guiding chosen heroes along their quests to locate the fragments of divine MacGuffins, and forcing fantastic creatures to beat one another into mangled pulps.
The short drive to Wahpeton is worthwhile even if you only go to see Wahpper. At 25 tons and 40 feet long he is the largest channel catfish statue in the world, a monument to Wahpeton’s natural beauty who welcomes guests crossing the Red River from Minnesota. And he looks sharper than ever in his new coat of paint!