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A Book Inspired by the Lake Harriet Elf

A Book Inspired by the Lake Harriet Elf

If you ask anyone who has walked around Lake Harriet in Minneapolis about the elf, more often than not they will respond with “You mean Mr. Little Guy?” Mr. Little Guy is the Lake Harriet Elf who lives in an ash tree on the south side of the lake. The tree is easy to find […]

2016 Minneapolis Happening List

2016 Minneapolis Happening List

It’s Back! For the third year in a row, you have the chance to nominate – and vote for – your favorite people, places, businesses and events in Minneapolis in the 2016 Minneapolis Happening List contest! We have over 250 categories (yes, you read that right!) so that everyone and everything that make Minneapolis so […]

Minneapolis Rent Increase #1 in Nation

Minneapolis Rent Increase #1 in Nation

According to apartment search site ABODO.com‘s August 2016 National Apartment Report, Minneapolis experienced a 14% increase in rent price from July to August of this year, ranking it the city with the highest rent increase in the entire U.S. The average one-bedroom in Minneapolis now costs $1,368 per month, up from $1,197 in July. Nashville rents rose 13% […]

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 12

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 12

Ack! Can you believe it? We are already at Week 12 of our 12 Weeks of Summer series. Many kids are heading back to school, and before you know it, the leaves on the trees will start changing colors and then start to fall. Although we absolutely love fall in Minneapolis, we have to admit, […]

How to Survive Middle School (For Parents)

How to Survive Middle School (For Parents)

By Sally Vardaman Johnson Several weeks ago, I decided to write a piece about parents surviving the middle school years. You see, this fall, all three of my children will be in middle school, yet I have absolutely no expertise on this topic. Over my parenting experience, I have learned to question simplistic advice that fits neatly into […]

The Authentic You founder, Melissa Paakh. Photo: Emily Stock

Be #TheAuthenticYou

Detroit Lakes native and Minneapolis resident Melissa Paakh is on a mission. She once heard that 85 percent of the world’s population is affected by a negative self-image, and she wants to change that. And so, she launched a campaign and clothing line aimed at helping people hold a positive self image of themselves. Melissa understands […]

Lil’ Kickers is Coming to Town

Lil’ Kickers is Coming to Town

We love soccer in these parts, so it makes sense that Lil’ Kickers soccer program is expanding to Minneapolis this fall. The team that is bringing it here has served over 35,000 kids in the Chicago area since 2005. And while soccer is the glue in this year-round program, it is really a child-centered wellness program. […]

Executive Director, Chriss Joyce, and son pictured with donations to Minneapolis Parks

People for Parks Serves People and Parks

In 1977 after Minneapolis lost 31,000 trees to Dutch Elm Disease, People for Parks was born to help companies and concerned citizens raise the funds to replace those trees. Fast-forward almost 40 years and People for Parks is still going strong, with an expanded membership and mission of improving Minneapolis and its parks. Today, People […]

Girl Develop It Celebrates Two Years in the Twin Cities

Girl Develop It Celebrates Two Years in the Twin Cities

Girl Develop It (GDI) is a national nonprofit that exists to provide education and support to women who are interested in learning web and software development. They do so by providing affordable educational programs in a judgement-free environment. What started with one event in New York City in 2010 has grown into an organization that […]

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 8

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 8

Minneapolis is a very bike-friendly city. In fact, the city has received numerous awards for being one of the best cities for biking in the country. So for Week 8 of our 12 Weeks of Summer series, we are going to give some suggestions on how and where you can enjoy Minneapolis by bike. There […]