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Simon Peter Groebner is an assistant features editor covering the Midwest and beyond for the Travel section. As special sections editor, he also produces such issues as The Good Life, Summer Fun, Giving Back, State Fair Guide and Top Workplaces.

Previously, Groebner was editor of, the Star Tribune's entertainment magazine (2006-2015), as well as the entertainment editor and an occasional news editor for He lives in Minneapolis and enjoys travel, cycling, sailing, geography and the Twin Cities arts scene.

North Coast: The 12 best Midwestern beaches to visit this summer

Don't let the coastal elites tell you that the Midwest has no beaches.

Celebrate a return to travel with these 7 essential U.S. vacation destinations

While travel to many overseas destinations remains restricted, domestic travel is hot.

Florida's wild 'quarantine' island is an escape from Fort Myers' crowds

Away from Fort Myers' crowds, escape to a wild side of southwest Florida.

Road trip to Colorado, where scenery is abundant, but COVID was not

A 1,000-mile road trip to a luxe yurt provides an escape from the pandemic.

Fat biking in the polar vortex in northern Minnesota's Cuyuna area

At Cuyuna Country in Crosby, Minn., subzero weather leads to the best winter biking ever.

Superior's divine isles: Exploring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Apostles are among the last truly remote places in the Midwest, precisely because they are so hard to reach.

In the depths of winter, Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a sleeping giant

Even during a polar vortex, it's possible to discover the Ontario city's charms.

Low-cost airlines are growing fast at MSP: Do the savings fly?

Budget carriers have changed the way we fly by lowering prices — and expectations. We explore whether the cost savings add up to real value.

Come sail away at this fun northern Minnesota resort on Lake Vermilion

Sailing is just one unique amenity at Pehrson Lodge, a Lake Vermilion resort with a summer-camp vibe.

Fall day trip: A bike ride between two Minnesota icons

The highlight so far of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail may be the 7 or 8 paved miles between two iconic Minnesota destinations: Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls State Park.