I love Minnesota; born here, grew up here, went to the U of M. I moved away for 20+ years before moving back in 2013, and being away has made me appreciate our homeland even more. Garrison Keeler, hotdish, Vikings, goin' Up North, hockey, Grain Belt, the State Fair, and more! Here's why I'm excited for Saturday's 'Made in Minnesota Expo!'

Make plans to explore the 'Made in Minnesota Expo' at the River’s Edge Convention Center this Saturday in St. Cloud from 10 AM to 6 PM. Free admission! Discover all the great businesses who are based out of Minnesota or produce their products right here in Minnesota.

This will be a great holiday shopping opportunity as many of the businesses will have products for sale.

Warm up with free hotdish samples. Play Minnesota trivia at 11 and 2. Register to win a $500 gift certificate to Superior Shores Resort. And kids can make a Minnesota art creation at the 'Art as You Like It' booth and bounce with Airmaxx.

I'll see you there (and if you can't find me, check the hot dish samples line).