Author: Heather W Flemmons

What This Organization Is Doing For Families Will Fill Your Heart With Hope

“This should be a sad story when you think about it. But it’s not. Not entirely.” That’s how Kelly McDyre, Executive Director at Faith’s Lodge, explained why she wanted Life In Minnesota to tell this story. “Crazy enough, it is not depressing. It is energizing to be a part of people’s path to hope and healing.” You see, Kelly’s nephew died in a tragic accident while playing at a park when he was only 12 years old. That’s the sad part. “My sister and her family learned about Faith’s Lodge, and it helped them in ways they never thought were...

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These 13 Minnesota Dog Parks Will Get Your Four-legged Friend’s Tail Waggin’

^^ That is Kuchen. Pronounced coo-ken, it means cake in German and holds special significance for our family. She’s the new baby at our house. Seven pounds of absolute sweetness. She’s a six-month-old Teddy Bear—half Shih Tzu, half Bichon. She just started puppy “kindergarten”, and we are working on introducing her to the world a bit more. In an effort to get her some extra exercise and socialize her with other dogs and humans, I started researching some Minnesota dog parks where we can take her to play. My goodness, there are some really great options. Just one more...

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The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is Revamped, Reconstructed and Remarkable

Minnesota is known for many things: its lakes, its agriculture, its “nice”. But two resources, in particular, seem to bring out the best in our state: its cultural community and its parks and recreation. And when those two things combine, magic happens. So when the Walker Art Center hooked arms with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, amazingness ensued. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden underwent an 18-month-long renovation and the results are fantastic. Some existing pieces were refreshed, some new pieces were introduced. When it all came together, the beloved landmark is better than ever and a place for everyone—young...

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These 28 Street Dances Will Help You Soak Up More Summer

Bonfires and moonlight swims. Cocktails on a patio and movies in the park. It’s summer in Minnesota and everyone is looking for ways to be outside for as long as possible every evening. One fun way to soak up every minute of the season is to kick up your heels at a good ol’ fashioned street dance. And there are plenty scheduled around the state. Some are part of days-long local festivities, some are fundraisers for fire departments, others are just for the heck of it. But all of them promise to be a blast. Check out this list...

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Visit These 13 Minnesota Wineries and Uncork Some Fun

France, yes. Napa Valley, yes. Italy, most likely. Argentina, probably. Minnesota? Well, the land of 10,000 lakes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the world thinks about great wines. But I’ll tell you what, Minnesota wineries and vineyards are pretty amazing, and they’re bottling some really tasty vino. Here are 13 of the best wineries in our fine state where you should definitely spend some time sipping. Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria With their newly remodeled tasting room and exceptional outdoor pergola and seating area, Carlos Creek Winery is a wonderful place to spend an...

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