• MCV Happy New Year

    Morgan Creek Winery and Vineyard, New Ulm, MN, Happy New Year 

  • Beet Soup

    Heart You: Beet, Cauliflower, Cabbage & Apple Soup with Goat Cheese & Fresh Herbs

  • Green Acres Barn Weddings

    Green Acres: Knot Wedding Guide Top Pick for 2015, photo by Spicy Meatball Photography

  • Misfit Acres
  • Winter 2015

    Thin Ice: Winter 2015

  • Cranberry Apple Phyllo Pizza

    Breakfast Pizza: Cranberry Apple Phyllo Pizza with Parmesan Shavings

  • Thin Ice Lake Minnetonka

    Thin Ice Warning Lake Minnetonka

  • Caprese Submarine
  • Valentine Dinner

    Heart You: Roasted Salmon on Endive & Bok Choy

  • Chestnut Bacon Bites
  • Snowflake CTC

    CTC: Children's Theater Company production of SNOWFLAKE

    Jan 12 to Feb 22

  • Ice Castles Eden Prairie Miller Park

    Ice Castles, Miller Park, Eden Prairie, Jan 9 to March 7

  • Misfit Acres: forever home for horses

    Meet Faith: resident Misfit Acres forever home for horses

  • The Biggest Little House in the Forest

    CTC: The Biggest Little House in the Forest Feb 3 to March 15, Ages 2 to 5

    Dan Norman Photography

  • Fireplace

    Time to Chop Wood: Green Acres, Eden Prairie, MN

 

 

Minnesota Food...

 

 JJ's Coffee + Wine Bistro

JJ's makes the perfect first impression: cozy niche banquettes, pub tables with leather chairs, bar seating, indoor-outdoor dining, and a brick and stone fireplace that greets you at the door. With great service and a top-notch menu, JJ's goes a step further by specializing in custom drinks, six terrific microbrews on tap and their own line of coffees. JJ's is open Monday through Friday from 6am to 10pm and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1pm.

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Remarkable Women...

 

MN State Rep Yvonne Selcer  

Minnesota State Representative Yvonne Selcer (D) SD48A won her reelection this November in a recount, which was ultimately resolved in her favor. Selcer will return to the State Capitol in January to continue representing her district. Yvonne's upcoming town hall listening session will be held on Saturday, January 10th from 10:30-11:30 at the Glen Lake Activity Center, at 14350 Excelsior Boulevard. Her goal is to provide an opportunity for community members to express their priorities for the next legislative session. Representative Selcer shares her thoughts about the election and the future...

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Minnesota Communities...

 

101/61 Southwest Reconstruction

Reconstruction of County Road 101 and Hwy 61 through Shakopee and Chanhassen is underway. The project includes a new bridge to be constructed over the 100 year old floodplain and across the Minnesota River, a roundabout across the Y intersection between County Road 101 and Hwy 61, and a multi-use trail that will connect to regional trails and a roundabout and a "wye" and additional improvements on Hwy 61.

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Home and Garden...

 

Green Acres Enchanted Event Center

Cinderella Story: once upon a time fertile fields stretched for miles across what used to be all woodland, marsh and natural prairie. Barns dotted Eden Prairie's rolling landscape. After decades of exposure to the elements, the repurposed Goodrich Ramus Barn, the oldest standing barn in Eden Prairie, was barn again by Steven Shussler, the creator of the well-known Rain Forest Cafes®, and head of Schussler Creative, with support from the City of Eden Prairie and the Eden Prairie Historical Society.

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Places to Go...

 

Gingerbread Town, New Ulm, MN

Marzipan, Stollen, Glockenspiels, and Lebkuchen, the original Gingerbread, were brought to the U.S. and especially New Ulm, Minnesota by our German ancestors, whose culture, food and "freethinking" became a part of the mid-western heritage.New Ulm is worth a week-end trip or day-trip to see the 120-year-old stamped tin ceiling at the B & L Bar, where you can sing German drinking songs, "Zicke zacke zicke zacke heu heu heu," and sample the cookies at Domeier's German Store, including "anise-flavored pfeffernusse; gingerbread-like lebkuchen; spekulatius, a spicy butter cookie with pressed images, and stolen."

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Minnesota Happenings...

 

Lutefiske is out, Soupa Kanja is in

This isn't just about lumpy lye-soaked fish smothered in taste-less white sauce or Soupa Kanja, an African fish soup, it's about changing demographics and how traditional foods adapt as local cultures change. The point being the consumption of food is not just a biological practice, it's a cultural marker. Undeniably, "ethnic food" in America is an ancestral hodge-podge that includes Norwegian foods in Minnesota, foods that come from a particular culture with an association defined by place, language and often religion. And while the vernacular changes our food heritage usually remains.

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Things to Do...

 

Misfit Acres: forever farm for horses

Misfit Acres Inc. is a 501-c-3 horse sanctuary and rescue located in southern Minnesota. Like the island of Misfit toys in the classic tale "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" un-wanted horses are spared from neglect or disposal in this real-to-life story tale refuge for horses. Misfit Acres is now home to ten horses.

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Minnesota Grown...

 

Morgan Creek Vineyard and Winery

Morgan Creek Vineyard and Winery, the first farm winery in Southern Minnesota established in 1993 by George and Paula Marti, follows a family heritage of immigrant entrepreneurs who were co-founders of New Ulm, Minnesota and business partners in the construction and operation of the Schell Brewing Company founded in 1860.

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  Transportation...

 

Do You? Sled, Snowmobile, Ski-Doo

From the first Model T mounted on skis with a model airplane propeller and a sprocket wheel, & tracked system in the 1930's, now jump to a 2050 prototype that could include a closed roof and hovering capabilities, and the snowmobile  just keeps evolving. This is the season for snow-belters & sports enthusiasts...so find a dealer, take a test ride, get a trail App, ready-set-go.....

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Food...

 

 

Valentines Day How to from ForkNPlate-

How to make Chocolate Strawberries for Valentine's Day. Make it a family project and have everyone design their own..

 

 

 

Out and About...

 

 

CTC: The Biggest Little House in the Forest. Age 2 to 5. Feb 3 to March 15, Cargill Stage, Children's Theater Company..

Expect feathers, bubbles and lots of laughter..

 

 

Happening Now...  

 

 

Eelpouting 2015 Festival Feb 19 to 22 Leech Lake, MN. An Eelpout is a not so attractive bottom-dwelling fish.The Festival celebrates Minnesota humor and its frozen winter activities like the 2nd annual Eel Pout Beer Pong Tournament.