St. Cloud, Minnesota is home to a lively atmosphere and a welcoming community. Getting outside is one of the best ways to live better and meet new people. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor events in St. Cloud that will make this coming spring a memorable one.
Pine Grove Zoo Season Opening
April 16th marks the official opening of the Pine Grove Zoo for the 2018 season. Located a short drive from St. Cloud, the Pine Grove Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals and educational programs that are perfect for kids and adults alike. Stop by on opening day to see some exotic animals and learn something new.
Earth Day Run
This year’s Earth Day Run takes place on April 20th and 21st at St. Cloud State University and is a great way to spend some time outdoors. There are multiple runs to choose from, including one for the kids. Companies can even take part in the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. 5K Corporate Challenge. Once all is said and done, be sure to attend the post-race parties to top off a wonderful weekend outdoors.
Mental Health Walk
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting the 5th annual Mental Health Walk on May 19th. The event takes place around Lake George and offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors for a good cause. Take part in the silent basket auction and enjoy refreshments. Don’t forget to consider donating.
Heading to local parks is another great way to enjoy spring, and if you need a vehicle to reach those destinations, then you should stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Some of the most important safety features on your car aren’t always an advanced automatic feature like emergency braking. Instead, your vehicle’s safety systems can be as basic as your tires. Without your tires, you are not going anywhere—they affect your vehicle’s braking, handling, and ride. That is why tire safety is so important.
One of the most important steps in tire safety is regular inspections. You should make a habit of thoroughly checking your tires once a month. Look for signs of wear, good tread depth, and proper inflation.
Excess wear on a tire can appear as cracks or bulges on the side wall or uneven tread wear. If you see any of these signs, schedule a service appointment at Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a closer look.
Another important factor in tire safety is how your car handles. If you feel any unusual vibrations or hear a thumping noise, this can indicate an out-of-balance tire or a tire with a flat spot. Furthermore, a tire that pulls your car to one side could be underinflated or damaged.
When you do perform your tire inspection, take a quarter with you. While many experts suggest the penny test, a quarter will give you better results. Place the quarter down into the tread with Washington’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, this means your tread is less than 4/32” and it is time for new tires.
If you need help installing a new set of tires, our service team at Don Robinson Mitsubishi is ready to lend a hand.
If you’re in the St. Cloud area and are looking for opportunities to test your off-road driving skills, you’re in luck, as the area features plenty of great off-road trails that are perfect for switching into 4WD and getting the most out of your vehicle. At Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we carry a variety of All-Wheel Control vehicles, so it’s only fair that we share our favorite off-road trails in Minnesota.
Washington/ Ramsey Trail
Situated in the Nemadji State Forest, this trail system is 71 miles long and features impressive twists, steep climbs, and tight passages, all overlooking some seriously stunning landscapes. If you’re looking for a great way to get the most out of your vehicle, this trail is for you.
Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
Located just East of the city of Gilbert, the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area should be on the short list of every off-road driver. This huge park offers 36 miles of trails and takes you over a huge variety of terrains and elevations so you can really test your skills.
Bemis Hill Trails
If you’re looking for a wonderful way to spend an entire weekend, be sure to check out Bemis Hill Trails. An 85-mile system of trails perfect for off-roading, Bemis Hill is located on the shoreline of an ancient glacial lake which naturally carved out a beautiful and rugged landscape.
For the ideal off-roader, stop into Don Robinson Mitsubishi and check out our lineup.
Here in Minnesota, hunting season is a big deal. If you don’t participate yourself, you probably know at least a few people who do. While much of Minnesota hunting season is over for 2017, we are already looking forward to next year.
If you are not ready to quit yet, there is still some time left for certain types of game. If you are a bow hunter, you can still bag yourself a deer through December 31st. Bobcat season runs through January 7th. Rabbit and squirrel season covers much of the winter and is open through February 28th. You can also still hunt grouse and pheasant until January 1st.
If you have never been hunting before, but would like to try it out, there are a few things you need to do. Make sure that if you are planning a hunt, you follow all the Minnesota rules and regulations and secure your license before you head out. Another good recommendation is to take a hunter safety course. These courses will cover all the safety precautions and rules you need to follow.
How successful was your hunting season this year? Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, many of us are hunters and look forward to spending a weekend or two out in the wilderness next fall.
As the winter approaches, many families across the country head indoors, but not here in Minnesota. Most Minnesotans love the winter and all the fun it entails. However, one important part of good winter fun is having a vehicle that can get you there. With the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, nothing will stand in your way.
There are some great family features in the Eclipse Cross that make it an ideal choice for any adventure-loving troop. The available all-wheel drive will help keep you on the right path. Add in the heated seats, for both the front and rear seats to stay warm and cozy all season long.
Inside, there is plenty of available technology. Add the available head-up display to get all the information you need with crisp color. The touchpad controller, high-resolution touchscreen, and great connectivity make the Eclipse Cross’s technology easy for everyone to use.
To help keep everyone safe, the Eclipse Cross also has a suite of available safety technology, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.
Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we think the Eclipse Cross is a fantastic addition to the Mitsubishi lineup. It will be arriving on our showroom floor early next year.
Are you in charge of dessert this year for Thanksgiving? These Thanksgiving pie recipes are sure to get the other guests’ attention and let you show off your baking skills.
Combine two classic Thanksgiving favorites in one! Cranberries provide a tart contrast to sweet, gooey cherry filling in this made-from-scratch crust.
Add a little bit of chocolate flavoring to your life with this delicious, creamy pie, which combines crumbled chocolate wafers with chocolate chips, coffee, and heavy cream.
Bring the toasty, marshmallow-y goodness of s’mores to the dinner table at Thanksgiving with this chocolate-and-graham-cracker-filled treat.
Put a unique spin on the classic pecan pie by drizzling chocolate and maple syrup on top. It adds a bit of flavor you won’t expect.
Add a bit of citrus freshness to your Thanksgiving meal with this tart, which incorporates lemon and buttermilk for a creamy, refreshing dessert.
This one sounds a bit bizarre, but the taste of light cheddar cheese mixed with apple pie filling blends together with honey and brown sugar for an unusual, but delightful, dessert.
When you bring one of these Thanksgiving pie recipes to dinner this year, you’ll be the star of the show. Get these pies to their destination safely with one of the vehicles from Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi offers awesome value, as well as a commitment to excellence and quality, and that continuous dedication to innovation has brought the new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage to fruition. The new model launches this year with upgraded standard equipment as well as the great, affordable price tag drivers have come to expect from Mitsubishi’s lineup. And with all the perks to owning a Mirage, such as the best non-hybrid fuel economy in the business, you’re in for a great ride.
The new Mitsubishi Mirage will sport a price tag just under $13,400 and comes with a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen display for the audio system. That, in turn, comes with Bluetooth ® wireless software that allows you to stream your favorite music and make hands-free phone calls. There’s also a USB port in the center console for charging or syncing your phone. You can still get features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto or driver’s seat armrests as available options on upper trims.
The new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is now available on dealer’s lots across the nation. Come test drive one for yourself and experience its great reliability, value, and fuel economy, as well as all of its brand-new upgraded tech, at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
There are many colorful fall drives in Minnesota for those that want a sample of the Midwest’s glorious seasonal views.
St. Croix River Valley
Take Highway 95 from Taylor Falls to Afton to witness the brilliant foliage at four different state parks with scenic river views. However, this route is a popular one in the fall, so look out for traffic.
Brainerd Lakes & Mille Lacs
Head to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park to see several great Minnesota lakes on the way, including the Gull, Pelican, Cross, and Whitefish Chain lakes. Check out the park’s observation tower!
Otter Tail County
While this route also takes place on Highways 108 and 78, it winds through several country roads, too, featuring local farmland, historic sites, and two state parks.
Minnesota River Drive
The winding Minnesota River takes you past the colorful golden hues of indigenous hardwoods. Relax in nearby parks like Mankato and New Ulm, and stop by Minneopa State Park to see the waterfalls.
Twin Cities Touring
Loop around this more urban fall view that encircles Lake of the Isles, Calhoun, Harriet, and Nokomis Lakes. All you have to do is follow the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.
Check out these colorful fall drives only in Minnesota. If you need a ride for exploring, then come to Don Robinson Mitsubishi for your next vehicle.
Adventure-seekers and outdoor-lovers: get ready. At Don Robinson Mitsubishi, the Outlander and Outlander Sport are waiting to take you on an adventure. Exploring Minnesota is easy when you’re behind the wheel of an SUV.
There’s plenty of fishing to do in Central Minnesota. Otter Tail County is the ideal place for fishing, where the multiple lakes are full of bass, panfish, and northern pike. At Mille Lacs Lake, there are even guided launch trips. Getting there is a breeze with a capable SUV.
The beautiful views in Minnesota aren’t just for looks. The woods and mountains provide great hiking trails. At Portsmuth Overlook, you can enjoy a refreshing hike with an amazing view. If you want a view from an observation tower, then make the trek up Mille Lacs Kathio State Park’s tower.
Strap your bikes to your SUV’s roof and switch out your car tires for bike tires for a bit. Central Lakes State Trail and Bunyan State Trail are two paved trails you can take if you aren’t feeling incredibly rugged. If you’re in for an adventure, the Lake Wobegon Trail stretches through farms, lakes, and wetlands.
If you need an SUV to take you on all these adventures, you know where to find it! Come on down to Don Robinson Mitsubishi so that you can begin enjoying the great outdoors of Minnesota.
American Red Cross
You can become a volunteer for the American Red Cross at their St. Cloud Donation Center. Volunteers help assist the Red Cross by greeting and registering donors and offering refreshments. Hours are flexible, so you can work around your work schedule.
Whitney Senior Center
The Whitney Senior Center has various volunteer positions open, from hosting weekly events to teaching or leading workshops. Have a special talent you want to share with people? Here’s your chance.
The Salvation Army will always accept volunteers in areas like food serving, food shelf staff, and cooking. Volunteering in these areas means that you’ll get to help feed the members of your own community who are in need.
This local humane society helps find homes for cats, dogs, or other animals that come through their doors. You can volunteer to transport animals, walk them and keep their kennels clean, or even photograph them. What’s better than hanging out with dogs and cats?