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On the Road: Peterson

PETERSON, Minn. (KTTC) -- As you make your way into Peterson for the first time, it might not look much different than most other small Minnesota towns.

A tiny post office, old school gas station and museum of area history. But if you're looking for the true Peterson experience, you have to be willing to get wet. 

Cindy Highum rents out tubes, canoes and kayaks to visitors who want to get out on the Root River.

On most hot summer days, the Root River is the only place to be.

"It's beautiful and everyone out here is kind and open to others," said Cindy Highum with Geneva's Canoe, Tube & Kayak.

Thousands come to Peterson each year to enjoy one of Minnesota's most scenic river trails.

There's plenty of nature to take in on land as well.

Miles of scenic bike trails run along the Root River shores and up and down the bluff forests.

And once you've worked up an appetite outdoors, head back into town. It's time to grab some home grown grub.

Stephen and Kristin Burdey have only owned Burdey's Cafe for four months. But they've kept the tradition going of only using natural, fresh and locally grown ingredients.

"I like making fresh soups from scratch, she likes making fresh pies from scratch, so it's perfect," said Stephen Burdey with Burdey's Cafe.

Burdey's Cafe is undoubtedly the hot place in town to eat.

"We enjoy being in a small town and getting to know our customers," said Kristin Burdey with Burdey's Cafe.

Peterson makes up just one square mile of the land of 10,000 lakes but it's packed with great food and a lot of outdoor adventure.

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