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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.” …

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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 …

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These Two Minnesota Millennials are Helping Kids with Cancer

If you know a millennial, have spent any time in a college classroom lately, or have strolled through a mall amongst teenagers and twentysomethings, chances are you’ve seen someone wearing a Love Your Melon beanie. The knit hats with their distinctive leather patch logo have exploded in popularity over the last few years, and with …

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This Little Girl is Changing Lives with Lemonade

Meet Lola. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Kindergartener. On most Saturday mornings from June to October, you’ll find this 5-year-old at the Cannon Falls Farmer’s Market, minding the till at Lola’s Lemonade. For twenty-five cents, you’ll get a cup of tasty refreshment, but the true impact of your purchase goes so much further. You see, Lola is a …

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Small Town Goes Big Time: Sean Cook

When Sean Cook recalls his path from small-town Minnesota to the bright lights of Hollywood, he starts humming the Beatles’ tune “The Long and Winding Road”. “The techniques out of England were very different from the ones we were learning in the States.” After graduating from Cannon Falls High School, Cook thought he would pursue …

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Small Town Goes Big Time: Caitlyn Smith – Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist

We’ve all heard the saying. You can take the kid out of Minnesota, but you can’t take Minnesota out of the kid. Few truer words have been spoken about Cannon Falls native, Caitlyn Smith. The singer, songwriter and recording artist appreciates—and even craves—her home state. “My Minnesota roots touch everything I do; I carry that …

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Minnesota Writer Pamela Joern: It’s all about the details

Small insignificant moments in time, when observed by the right person can reverberate through time impacting others in meaningful ways. Pamela Carter Joern is such an observer. Award winning author, playwright and instructor, Joern takes the simple bits of daily living and breathes new life into them through her craft as a writer. Born in …

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Natedogs Food Truck: A Business Born from Passion

Nathan Beck may not seem, at first glance, like the most likely candidate to run a food operation that was named one of the best food trucks in America by Expedia and Thrillist. His background isn’t really food-based, although he describes himself as a self-taught cook. Instead, the affable father of five daughters has a background in …

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