Bloomington, MN: Fall Impressions

I’ve spent almost two weeks this year working in and around Bloomington, MN. , home of the famed Mall of America.  Each visit I keep trying to get my arms around the community.  It’s a pleasant  suburban city without a central hub.  Intersected by I-494 and I-35W, modern high rise office buildings line the expressways.  Everything else seems to be a patchwork of homes, lakes and parks.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is 14,000 acres of protected land.  The Long Meadow Lakes section is within a mile of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  When you get off of  I-494 you can make a left to the airport or go right to 2400 acres of protected floodplain forest, ponds, marshes, bluffs, spring fed streams and historic sites.  Go figure.

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