• Ice Castles Eden Prairie Miller Park

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

  • 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

  • Black Eyed Pea Soup
  • Gold Mine Antiques China
  • Gold Mine Eggs
  • CTC: Huck Finn

    CTC: Huck Finn March 6 to April 4, photo by Dan Norman

  • Misfit Acres: forever home for horses

     

  • Winter Keeping True Roots
  • Green Acres Barn Weddings

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

  • Fireplace

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

  • CTC Huck Finn2

    CTC: Huck Finn, March 6 to April 4, photo by Dan Norman

 

 

Minnesota Food...

 

 True to your Roots

Not every root vegetable is called a true root, but the Carrot, Beet, Rutabaga,Turnip, Parsnip are for two reasons. One, they grow underground. Two, they actually do what their name implies and channel sustenance and water from the earth to the plant. Root vegetables are packed with essential nutrients, and are easily stored for long periods of time. The root cellar, or less known "spring house" were precursors to the refrigerator, keeping winter/summer vegetables fresh underground or inside the cool bubbling water of a house built over a spring, before electricity and Freon coolants.  

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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...

 

Greenline Extension Vanguard Project

Washington dubs METRO Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT Project) a vanguard project and intends to pay for half of the project's construction costs. In early February the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) reevaluated the Southwest LRT Project giving it a medium high rating compared to an earlier medium rating in 2011. LRT project ratings are used to prioritize funding. Also in early February of this year, President Obama included $150 million for the project in his fiscal year 2016 budget which would be a first installment of the anticipated federal share of $827 million for the $1.65 billion project.

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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...

 

Gold Mine Antiques, Wayzata MN

Gold Mine Antiques in Wayzata, Minnesota retains the celebrity of being Minnesota's oldest antique store. The venture began with a coterie of "Gold Miners," women who collected so many treasures they had to find a place to store, display, and sell them. Today, they have the luxury of other antique collectors bringing in their own silver, china and paintings, so gone are they days of treasure hunting. The treasures now come to them. Housed in a 1880 Queen Anne clap board with a front porch, belonging originally to the Braden Family, the house itself is No.2 of the 26 historically significant sites in Wayzata, according to Robert Vogel, an architectual historian.

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Minnesota Happenings...

 

CTC: Huck Finn

Director of CTC's production of "Huck Finn," Greg Banks, explains, "When you adapt classics, you are always looking for an opportunity to enter into the story anew, to tease out what it continues to say about society and about ourselves. Theater grants audiences a part to play in bringing the story to life. For me, that's what makes it so exhilarating."

In this inventive take on Twain's classic story, acclaimed Twin Cities actor Ansa Akyea and CTC Company members Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund take on multiple roles, from Huck and Jim to a bullfrog, a steamboat, fog, and even the great Mississippi river itself. 

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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. Buy a plush horse bank, Clydesdale or Chestnut Horse at #PHLSHOP and #PHL will donate to Misfit Acres.

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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...

 

 

Good Housekeeping: Winter Soups. Soup ideas tthat pack lots of nutrients in a single serving. Great way to shed winter pounds-soup for dinner. Root Soup recipe at #PHL food.

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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...  

 

 

Rock the Ordway 2015: Ribbon cutting and open house March 1st for the Ordway's new concert hall. Check-it-out: Twenty-two performances in all..