Ann Bancroft leads her partner Liv Arnesen of Norway, as they test their 250-pound sled in Antarctica on Monday Nov. 13, 2000.

5 top Minnesota athletes who inspire us to embrace the state's coldest season

These tough women learned to strive and thrive in the cold: "There's just an exuberance about winter."

Upcycling vintage Scandinavian sweaters is this Minnesota company's specialty

November 27
Julie Steller now has 14 people who sew for Steller’s Handcrafted Goods. See their work at stellergoods.com

3 Twin Cities cocktails that balance juniper for a flowery, refreshing drink

December 2
Spoon and Stable’s spirit-free Hibiscus features juniper berries.
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December 10
Nic+Zoe recently opened in Edina’s Galleria.

Take a peek inside Nic+Zoe, the new boutique at Galleria

What you’ll find: High-style clothes that are pretty, professional, colorful, and — crucially — comfortable. “We create clothing that kind of looks like a woven…
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December 6
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Tables from Pikka

Old doors – many from western China – get new life as Minnesota-made tables

Pikka Design Co.'s wood tables are repurposed from old Chinese doors.
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December 4
Illustration by Ellen Schofield

How an outsider came to love the forbidding Minnesota winter

Thirty-one years ago, I moved from New York to Minnesota. I imagined myself as a character in Ole Rolvaag's "Giants in the Earth": far from family in a foreign land, the climate of which seemed designed to kill me.
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December 4
From left: Celina Kane hats, Larissa Loden jewelry, Hemlocks Leatherworks tote, Woodchuck USA luggage tag, Indigo & Snow scarf.

20 Minnesota-made gifts from chocolates to ceramics, hats to dog collars

Makers from across Minnesota offer the best of their work just in time for holiday gift-giving.
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December 3
A peek into the world of Cave Paper, celebrating 25 years of handmade, artisan paperThursday Oct. 03, 2019. Plymouth, MN. Jerry Holt

The best Minnesota experiences to give your loved ones this holiday

This year, think outside the gift-wrapped box: Gifting experiences can boost meaning and memories.
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November 28
Although Raghavan Iyer is best known for bringing Indian cooking to American kitchens, his influence has been part of restaurant kitchens, too. His la

How Minnesota-based Raghavan Iyer brought Indian food to the masses

Minnesota-based cookbook author and culinary consultant Raghavan Iyer helped educate America about curries, chutneys and more.
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November 26
The city of Minneapolis could use up to 100 snowplows at a time during "peak" plowing.

Wrap your head around these Minnesota snow stats

As Minnesotans, our reputations precede us as conquerors of the ice and snow. But while we shrug, “it could be worse,” we also complain about…
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October 10
Home or office? Rypen’s furniture is designed to be at home either place.

Bold new showroom in Northeast Minneapolis sells custom and contemporary furniture

Rypen's new showroom has plenty of space for furniture — and imagination.
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October 1
Debbie and Scott Grieve embrace the seasons thanks to their pavilion-topped outdoor space, created by Mom's Design Build.

Luxury backyard oasis in Deephaven shows how upscale a patio can be

The arrival of crisp fall weather doesn't bring an end to outdoor entertaining for Debbie and Scott Grieve.
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October 1
After an accident, author John Coy sees fall in a new light

After an accident, author John Coy sees fall in a new light

Fall in Minnesota is here, the fluttering leaves, the range of colors, the striking light, the preparation for what we know is coming. In the…
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September 30
Britney Hensen demonstrates how she would make a piece of jewelry from driftwood she collected from the shore of Lake Superior. ALEX KORMANN ¥ alex.k

Minnesota driftwood becomes beautiful jewelry

"Seeing the vibrancy of the driftwood, I realized it could be a wearable thing," Hansen says.
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September 30
Nicole Vibar makes three Got Moxys with dragon berry Bacardi, lime juice, blackberry puree, cherry bitters spritz, and a lime at Moxy hotel bar in dow

5 Twin Cities hotel bars with the best staycation getaway vibes

These Twin Cities spots feel like an escape -- no plane ticket necessary.
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September 27
Gia Vang of KARE 11, the first Hmong-American anchor in the Twin Cities, poses for a photo on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. ] LEILA NAVIDI •

Gia Vang, Twin Cities' first Hmong-American news anchor, adjusts to life in Minn.

'Sunrise' anchor Gia Vang discusses adapting to Minnesota's progressive and passive-aggressive culture.
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September 27
Rudy Maxa will offer travelers a high-end view of Europe, including France.

St. Paul's Rudy Maxa, former PBS travel host, has a tour business but still offers free tips

Former PBS travel host Rudy Maxa, who calls St. Paul home, branches into the tour business.
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September 27
New studies show that a whole host of problems can be helped with better sleep.

Twin Cities doctors use sleep to help treat everything from depression to weight gain

An explosion in new research shows how a host of problems can be helped with better zzz's.
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September 27
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Lindsey Ranzau, lookaboutlindsey.com, doesn’t travel without these accessory bags from local retailer

3 Twin Cities travel experts share their best tips for traveling in comfort

Comfort and air travel don't always go hand in hand, but whether you're flying across the country or across the ocean, prepared travelers are happier…
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September 26
Minnesota nice carries over to buying and selling home -- most of the time.

Has HGTV made Minnesota home buyers out of touch?

Are local home buyers and sellers always Minnesota nice?
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September 26
Covering more than 20,000 acres, cranberries remain a lucrative crop for growers.

Stunning images show the beauty of the local cranberry harvest

The tart cranberry, native to Wisconsin, looks beautiful as it floats to harvest in the fall.
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September 24
Form and function: Nordic touches fill the former home of rosemaling artist Karen Jenson, including clocks, shelves, bed frames and self-portraits.

Extreme example of the Norwegian art form 'rosemaling' found in a tiny Minnesota town

A Scandinavian-inspired home in quaint Milan is covered in a renowned painter's life's work.
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September 24
Located south of Dublin, County Wicklow is known for its sweeping landscapes — and its native sheep.

8 great vacations for embracing or escaping Minnesota's winter

Planning a trip in the cooler months? Here are some destinations to consider.
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