I'm quite sure I can find things to do that will make me happy for a lot longer than I can spend in the area. What I really need help with to make this happen is help finding places to stay that can keep my costs low, or at the very least, well-known in advance. The perfect thing would be if I knew someone up in northern Minnesota who could let me stay for a while, but I don't think that's in the cards. Failing that, if anyone knows of reasonably priced motels or maybe B&Bs, the kind of place you have to be told about because they don't advertise. I really need to know how much a room for the night would cost, and either have some assurance that I can just drive up and find a place, or advice on where to make reservations.
If you yourself don't regularly travel up that way, but someone you know does, I'd be much obliged if you could ask them for their advice.