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WELCOME ! Twin Cities 2014-2015 Area Guide

Communities | Relocation | Education | Transportation | Healthcare | Shopping | Dining | Arts | Entertainment Published by the Metropolitan Council of Chambers of Commerce

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Table of Contents

Welcome! Advertisers Anoka Hennepin Schools.................................27

Table of Contents \ Index of Advertisers........................................ 4 The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul................................. 6 Metro Area Map..........................................................................................10 Anoka County ............................................................................................ 11 Carver County..............................................................................................12 Dakota County............................................................................................ 13 Hennepin County......................................................................................14 Ramsey County...........................................................................................16 Scott County................................................................................................. 17 Sherburne County.....................................................................................18 Washington County.................................................................................19 Wright County.............................................................................................20 Metropolitan Council of Chambers of Commerce................21 Education........................................................................................................22 Health................................................................................................................28 Working...........................................................................................................31

Bloomington Public Schools..........................27 Breck School.............................................................27 Calvin Christian School.......................................25 Chanhassen Dinner Theatres..........................41 City of Mounds View...........................................45 City of Lakeville..........................................................9 CB Burnet -The Willie Group.......5, Back Cover Columbia Heights Public Schools...............45 Convent of the Visitation School..................25 Cretin-Derham Hall...............................................23 Metro Transit..............................................34, 35, 39 Minnetonka Public Schools.............................25 Minnesota Opera................. Inside back cover Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.............33 Primrose School......................................................23 Realty Executive Results....................................23 Saint Paul Public Schools..................................23 Schneiderman’s Furniture....................................3 US Bank......................................Inside front cover

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Transportation..............................................................................................32 Happy Hour...................................................................................................36 Worship............................................................................................................38 Arts & Culture...............................................................................................40 Sports................................................................................................................42 Shopping........................................................................................................44 Seasonal Favorites......................................................................................46 Golf.....................................................................................................................48 Parks & Recreation.....................................................................................50 Cover Photo: ©2011 MN Twins photo by Bruce Kluckhohn. Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

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The Twin Cities…positioned to thrive. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and their surrounding suburbs, have a combined population of 3.4 million residents, making it the fifteenth largest metropolitan area in the nation. A blend of heartland America and sophistication offer residents a combination of small town charm with urban sophistication.

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he Twin Cities Metropolitan Area is one of the fastest growing regions in the Midwestern United States. With low unemployment, a high-quality workforce, robust transportation, excellent business culture, and high quality of life, Minneapolis-St. Paul is an incredible place to live and work. Residents flock to the beaches in the summer, attend outdoor concerts, and fish off bridges. When fall arrives, with its dependable “Indian Summer,” the lakes will become mirrors of oranges, yellows, and reds. People will visit apple orchards for hayrides, cider tasting, and homemade apple bakery goods. Winter will paint frost-laden landscapes for skiers and create hundreds of instant pond hockey rinks for young NHL hopefuls. In the springtime, loons and geese will continue to return to a vast array of tulips and irises. Twin Citians cheer for their hometown heroes and attend the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the State Fair, in droves. We love our cabins up north as much as our

theatre and culture downtown. From our top ranked education system to our world class transportation infrastructure, the Twin Cities metro area continues to position itself as a major player for those looking for a great place to live and raise a family.

Business Minnesota is home to 19 Fortune 500 companies (10th most in the nation). Of these, 18 are located in the Twin Cities, placing it in the top spot for Fortune 500 companies per capita. The metro is also home to thriving private companies, including Carlson Companies, M.A. Mortenson, Anderson Windows, Holiday Cos., and Cargill – the nation’s largest. Minneapolis-St. Paul has the nation’s 10th highest level of merchandise exports among the 50 largest metropolitan regions. 2011

Britts Pub in Downtown Minneapolis. Photo by Meet Minneapolis

Wabasha Street Bridge and the St. Paul skyline

exports totaled $26.2 billion, with the bulk going to Canada, China and Mexico

Consumer Spending Per capita personal income—$48,657 as of 2011—is the highest in the Midwest and among the highest for large` metropolitan areas in the country. Minneapolis-St. Paul has an extremely affordable housing environment, with the 11th lowest median sale price for existing homes among the 30 largest metropolitan areas— $147,300 in 2012. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ Housing Opportunity Index, 85.9 percent of homes in the Twin Cities are affordable for persons at the median Twin Cities area income. Minnesota’s tax-free apparel shopping attracts shoppers from around the world to the metro’s retail districts and malls, including the country’s largest mall, the Mall of America.

Education The Twin Cities had the highest percentage of population with a high-school degree (93 percent in 2011, among metropolitan areas). Minneapolis-St. Paul has the fifth highest percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher (37.9 percent) among the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. According to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, the Twin Cities ranked fourth with 50 percent of the population having attained some sort of degree (Minnesota ranked 5th among all states with a 45.8 percent attainment rate).

Employment Minneapolis-St. Paul has the highest labor force participation rate (72.6 percent) among the top 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The Twin Cities is projected to gain nearly 144,100 jobs—an 8.5 percent increase by 2019.

The Twin Cities is ranked first in the nation and third in the world for human capital, according to the most recent World Knowledge Competitiveness Index. Rankings in this index reflect the level of knowledge and skills within the workforce as well as the extent to which human capital is equally distributed within the population.

Innovation The Twin Cities ranks eighth in the country for new utility patent awards Some of the world’s best-known products were developed here, including Post-It Notes and Scotch Tape (3M), Wheaties and Cheerios cereals (General Mills), and the Pacemaker (Medtronic). The University of Minnesota – among the top five public research universities in the country – has created 38 startups since 2006, thanks to an innovative new effort through its Office for Technology Commercialization.


Lifestyle Recreational Activities: More than 150 golf courses, 63,160 acres of recreation areas, 192,000 acres of lakes and rivers, nearly 150 professional sporting events annually, more than 530 movie theater screens, and a large number of live music venues. Minneapolis has more theater seats per capita than any U.S. city outside New York and its famous First Avenue is the sixth most popular music club in the world, based on ticket sales. Travel + Leisure named Minneapolis one of Hottest Travel Destinations of 2013, in large part for its outstanding dining scene. It is the only American city on the list with Amsterdam, Marseilles and the Phillipines being some of the other cities noted. The Mall of America has over 400 stores and more than 2.5 million square feet of shopping. Family entertainment includes: the Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Como Zoo and Conservatory, Children’s Museum, and Science Museum of Minnesota.

Magical History Tours Jackie Siewert –Tour Guide:

The proposed Southwest and Bottineau corridors will connect with the existing lines in downtown Minneapolis. The new lines will provide service to the Southwest and Northwest sectors of the metro. The NorthStar commuter rail provides express commuter service to downtown Minneapolis from several north metro communities. The line, which currently terminates at Ramsey, is planned to eventually expand to St. Cloud.

“The Pillsbury A Mill was designed by architect Leroy Buffington who refused to listen to engineers on the construction. Twenty years later the mill caved in at the top and bowed out at the bottom, sagging into the “S” shape it retains to this day. Rumor has it that it’s scheduled to become condos.” “The Washburn Crosby Company, precursor to General Mills, got tired of paying for advertising on radio stations, so they just started their own station, WCCO, currently a major Twin Cities multi-media station.”

Minneapolis-St. Paul is the 14th busiest airport in the United States. MSP was recently ranked the #1 airport in the United States by Travel and Leisure Magazine (2012) for its excellent dining and retail options, quick check-in and quality design and cleanliness.

Betty Crocker, never a real person, was a promotional gimmick invented in 1921 by the Washburn Crosby Company (forerunner to General Mills) to share tips and recipes with homemakers.


Forbes ranks the Twin Cities as the nation’s healthiest city, thanks in part to our extensive parks system and residents’ healthy lifestyles.

On average, the Twin Cities enjoys more clear days each year than Chicago, Miami, Portland, Houston and Seattle.

Minneapolis-St. Paul has professional franchises in all major sports leagues – baseball (Twins), football (Vikings), basketball (Timberwolves and Lynx), hockey (Wild), and soccer (Minnesota United), as well as Big10 sports at the University of Minnesota.

The Twin Cities averages 32 inches of rain and 52 inches of snowfall each year.


Mill City

The Blue Line and Green Line light rail corridors connect Minneapolis and St. Paul and the MSP Airport with a total 23 miles of track.

Coming in 2018! Minnesota was selected to host Super Bowl LII. The February 2018 contest will be held in the new Minnesota Stadium set to open in 2016. The stadium, which will typically seat 65,400, will be expandable to 72,000 seats for

The average Twin Cities commute is only 24.5 minutes, according to 2011 Census data – the shortest commute times for the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

the 2018 Super Bowl. With a clear ETFE roof and five of the largest glass pivoting doors in the world, fans will experience an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment.

Minneapolis-St. Paul is in the midst of a transit boom, with two new rail lines recently completed, one under construction, and two more anticipated by 2020 – keeping the metro at the cutting edge of urban transportation options.

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development

Illustration: Meet Minneapolis

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Lakeville, Minnesota Positioned to Thrive! Lakeville is a thriving city of cohesive neighborhoods, vibrant businesses, and successful community partnerships. Working together, education, commerce, and local government have built a dynamic city offering a wide-array of shopping, housing, and business development opportunities. Our parks, lakes, and award-winning schools are alive with countless cultural, recreational, educational, and leisure activities. Lakeville is ideally positioned for easy access to the Twin Cities’ numerous regional amenities and attractions.

Community Partners City of Lakeville 952-985-4400 Lakeville Chamber of Commerce 952-469-2020 Lakeville Convention & Visitors Bureau 952-469-2020 School District 194 952-232-2000

From a historic downtown to industrial and high-tech business parks, this community of 57,000 continues to attract quality growth while maintaining the small-town feeling and high quality of life that make it exceptional. Lakeville combines a peaceful and safe atmosphere with outstanding schools, a flourishing arts center, and a wide variety of recreational opportunities that add to the sense of community enjoyed by residents. The City offers more than 100 miles of pedestrian and bike trails and over 1,400 acres of public parks and open space along with several lakes. Opportunities abound for commercial development to provide goods and services for the growing population. Lakeville provides the business community with convenient access to regional transportation corridors. Excellent planning and fiscal responsibility have created a city where families, schools, and businesses succeed together. This innovative and dynamic community is positioned to thrive.

We invite you to thrive with us in this place of opportunity for your business, your family, and your future.

World class education! The Lakeville Area Public Schools are a partnership of students, families, staff, and community committed to excellence and life-long learning. We provide worldclass, personalized learning that ensures success for every student. Our system offers: • Nationally recognized high schools that deliver excellence in both academic and athletic programs • Top-ranked elementary and middle schools • Experienced and dedicated teachers • Expanded gifted opportunities • Innovative curriculum delivery • Specialized programs for unique learners We are committed to developing the potential of every student through innovative instruction, technology, and a high-quality work force while sustaining our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility.



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he Twin Cities Metro Area is the country’s 15th-largest metropolitan area. The Twin Cities is comprised of over 300 municipalities in 11 counties in Minnesota 95 and 2 in Wisconsin. TheNorth area boasts a population Branch of some 3.4 million in an area of nearly 500 square miles. The population is projected to reach 4 million within the next 20 years.



Saint Francis


East Bethel

Big Lake

Oak Grove Elk River


Taylors Falls Shafer




Wyoming 61





The following pages list more detailed information on our metro counties. For more information Center Stacy City Lindstrom of on each county, check with the local chamber 8 commerce, see chamber contactChisago information on City page 21.


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Monticello Otsego



Maple Lake

Ham Lake




Forest Lake 95






Saint Michael





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Waverly 12



Brooklyn Park 252








New Hope

Maple Plain Independence

Long Lake



New Germany

Tonka Bay Greenwood
















Inver Grove Heights

Saint Paul Park

Cottage Grove

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South Saint Paul



Lakeland Lake Saint Croix Beach Afton Saint Marys Point


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Apple Valley

Prior Lake








Green Isle



Sunfish Lake




Norwood Young America





West Saint Paul


Mendota Mendota Heights








Lakeland Shores

Lilydale 5


Eden Prairie

Oak Park Heights Bayport














Lake Elmo




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61 Vadnais Heights Gem White Birchwood Grant Lake Bear Village Willernie Pine Lake Springs Little North 36 Canada Saint Paul Maplewood


Saint Louis Park Hopkins



Lauderdale Falcon Heights



North Oaks


Golden Valley


Saint Bonifacius


Saint Anthony



Spring Park


Arden Hills



Watertown Mound








Mounds View New Brighton




Spring Lake Park Fridley

Hilltop Columbia Heights



Circle Pines Lexington

Brooklyn Center









Maple Grove 25

Coon Rapids



Marine on Saint Croix

Lino Lakes Blaine














Jordan 25


Farmington 50

New Market 19





New Prague




Red Wing 61

Cannon Falls 19 19

Northfield 19








Dennison Le Center








Lonsdale Le Sueur

New Trier




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Belle Plaine







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Anoka County


noka County is a mixture of urban amenities in a small-town atmosphere. Its well-educated workforce, affordable land, low taxes, and strong business incentives have prompted a wide range of businesses to build and expand there. The county boasts award-winning schools, two major hospitals, world class recreational facilities and two postsecondary educational institutions.

Access : I-35W from downtown Minneapolis or I-35E from downtown Saint Paul.

Major Employers: Medtronic (the world’s leading medical technology company), Aveda, BAE Systems, Pentair Technical, Hoffman Engineering (a division of Pentair), Cummins, Inc., ATK

Anoka County

Location: Located along the banks of the Mississippi River in the north central part of the Greater MSP metro area.

Sherburne Anoka Wright Hennepin

Washington Ramsey

Minneapolis Saint Paul

Carver Scott


Northtown Mall, Blaine

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids

Bunker Beach, Coon Rapids

The Lakes, Blaine Coon Creek Trail, Coon Rapids

School Districts Anoka-Hennepin


Columbia Heights

Coon Rapids Learning Center 763.862.9223


Liberty High School 763-789-4799

Northwest Passage High

PACT Charter

Cross of Christ Lutheran

Northside Christian

Anoka County

Spring Lake Park

Epiphany Education Center

St. Francis Christian

Population (2013)


St. Francis

Grace Lutheran

St. Stephen

Labor Force


Private Schools

Immaculate Conception School

Totino Grace High

Job Growth Rate (1 Year)


Legacy Christian Academy

Trinity Lutheran

Unemployment Rate


Median Age


Household Income (Median)



Anoka Seventh Day Adventist

Calvin Christian

Coon Rapids Christian School

Minnesota Renaissance

Mount Olive

Woodcrest Baptist Academy

Zion Lutheran



Carver County Sherburne Anoka Wright Hennepin




Minneapolis Saint Paul

Carver Scott

arver County is defined by natural surroundings, upscale communities and charming rural communities. Parks, lakes and trails are in full supply. Many communities have small-town character, while enjoying the convenience of being positioned near the metro area. The county is rich in history and popular attractions. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Chanhassen Dinner Theaters are both located in the county, as well as championship golf courses, including Hazeltine National, site of the 2009 PGA Championship.



20 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Contains rural character while providing ready access to Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Access: US 212, MN 5 and MN 7.

Major Employers:

Carver County

Carver County Fair, Waconia

Entegris, Rosemount, SuperValu, Lake Region Manufacturing, Beckman Coulter and General Mills. 

Lake Waconia

School Districts

Private Schools

Carver-Scott Educational Co-op

Alexander Prep School


Chapel Hill Academy

Norwood Young America

Emanuel Lutheran


Guardian Angels


Holy Family Catholic High

World Learner

Mayer Lutheran High

Southwest Christian High

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Chanhassen Dinner Theater

St. Bernard

St. Hubert’s Catholic

St. John’s Lutheran

St. Joseph Catholic

Trinity Lutheran

Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran

Carver County Population (2013)


Labor Force


Job Growth Rate (1 Year)


Unemployment Rate


Median Age


Household Income (Median)



Dakota County


akota County boasts a vibrant business community, high quality neighborhoods, an outstanding school system, libraries, parks and public services. The Minnesota Zoo, located here, is one of the best zoos in the country. Residents have access to outdoor recreation with the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and regional parks. Winter enthusiasts can enjoy downhill skiing at Buck Hill and the regional trail system for crosscountry skiing and snowmobiling. The Burnsville Performing Arts Center and the Lakeville Area Arts Center provide many local culture experiences to the county’s residents.

Location: Southeast end of the Greater MSP region. Northern Dakota County communities enjoy quick access to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport via I-494 & MN 77

Sherburne Anoka Wright



I-494, I-35, I-35E, I-35W, MN 52, MN 77

Washington Ramsey

Minneapolis Saint Paul

Major Employers


CHS cooperative, Thomson Reuters (legal research), Delta Air Lines, Patterson Companies, Goodrich Sensor Systems, Unisys, and Flint Hills Resources oil refinery.



Dakota County

Dakota County Courthouse, Apple Valley

Grizzly Bears at the Minnesota Zoo

Burnsville Performing Arts Center \ Photo by BVPAC

School Districts

Paideia Academy

Glory Academy

St. Joseph


Prairie Creek Comm School

Good Shepherd Lutheran

St. Mathias

Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran

West St. Paul-Mendota HeightsEagan Area Schools

Private Schools

Holy Trinity

St. Michael

Trinity School at River Ridge

All Saints Catholic

Journey Montessori

St. Thomas Academy




Intermeciate School Dist. 197

Inver Grove Heights



River Heights Charter School 651.457.7427

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan

South St. Paul

Becks Montessori

Berea Lutheran

Christian Heritage Academy

Christian Life

Convent of the Visitation

Crown of Life Lutheran

Faithful Shepherd Catholic School

First Baptist 952.953.6441

Living Word Academy

Pine Harbor Christian Academy

Southview Christian

St. Croix Lutheran High

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic

St. John the Baptist

St. John Vianney

St. Joseph’s Catholic

Dakota County Population (2013)


Labor Force


Job Growth Rate (1 Year)


Unemployment Rate


Median Age


Household Income (Median)




Hennepin County

H Hennepin County

ennepin County is the largest county in Minnesota. It accounts for almost 21% of the state’s population, with Minneapolis being the largest city. Hennepin County boasts a strong upper class with income levels above the national average. Over 30% of the wealthiest regional zip codes fall within Hennepin County limits. Minneapolis is second to New York in live theatre seats per capita and hosts the third largest dance market in the nation which make the city, and Hennepin County, one of the most active arts and entertainment areas in the United States.

several lakes, Minnehaha Creek and the Mississippi River all of which are connected by boulevards, parkways, and miles of bicycle, walking and running paths. Almost 17% of the land is dedicated to parks in Minneapolis. On the western side of Hennepin County, Three Rivers Park District has an additional 27,000 acres for residents to enjoy. If you are looking for the perfect balance of city life, close proximity to transit and yet an abundance of outdoor recreational living, Hennepin County is the perfect place to be.

The Land of 10,000 Lakes could not be more true in Hennepin County. Minneapolis’ park system consists of

Sherburne Anoka Wright Hennepin

Washington Ramsey

Minneapolis Saint Paul

Carver Scott

School Districts Althlos Leadership Academy


El Colegio Charter

Excell Academy Charter

Augsburg Fairview Academy for Health Careers

Four Directions

Aurora Charter

Fraser Academy

Beacon Academy

Friendship Academy of the Arts


Great River

Brooklyn Center

Harvest Prep School/Seed academy

Carter G. Goodson Academy

Hmong Academy

Cedar Riverside Community

Dugsi Academy

Dunwoody Academy

Eagle Ridge Academy

Eden Prairie


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Intermediate School ISD 287

Learning For Leadership

Lighthouse Academy of Nations

Lincoln International High

LoveWorks Academy

Main Street School of Performing Arts



Minneapolis Academy

MN International Middle Charter

Minnesota Internship Center

Minnesota Online High

Minnesota Transitions Charter


New City

New Millennium Academy

Noble Academy

NW Suburban Integration District

Odyssey Charter


Partnership Academy Perpich Center for Arts Education

Prairie Seeds Academy



Sage Academy Charter School

Seven Hills Classical Academy

Sojourner Truth Academy

Southside Family Charter

St. Anthony-New Brighton

St. Louis Park

Stonebridge Community

Ubah Medical Academy Charter School

Watershed High


West Metro Education Program


Private Schools Academy of Holy Angels



Ave Maria Academy

Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Bethany Academy

The Blake School

Twin Cities International Elementary

Blessed Trinity - Richfield



The largest Minnesota county in population, Hennepin County covers 611 square miles and includes 46 communities, including Minneapolis. The Mississippi, Minnesota and Crow rivers create natural boundaries to the east, south and north. Hennepin County represents almost half the population of the Greater MSP region and more than 21% of the state population. 

Hennepin County has an extensive transportation network including commuter, bus and light rail transit; interstate highways; and high-capacity US, state and county highways. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is in the southeastern corner of the county.  

Major Employers: (all are Fortune 500) UnitedHealth Group, Target, Best Buy, SuperValu, US Bancorp, General Mills, Ameriprise Financial, CH Robinson Worldwide, Thrivent Financial, Mosaic

Minneapolis Skyline \ Photo: Meet Minneapolis

Bloomington Lutheran

Holy Family Academy

Our Lady of Peace

St. Peter’s Lutheran

Trinity First Lutheran


Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic

Our Lady of the Lake

St. Raphael

Trinity School at River Ridge

Calvin Christian

King of Grace Lutheran

Our Savior’s Lutheran

St. Therese


Carondelt Catholic

Lake Country

Pilgrim Lutheran

St. Vincent De Paul

West Lutheran High

Chesterton Academy

Life Academy

Pope John Paul Catholic

Torah Academy

City of the Lakes Waldorf

Maranatha Christian Academy

Providence Academy

Concordia Academy Bloomington

Mary Queen of Peace

Redeemer Lutheran

De La Salle

Metropolitan Open

Risen Christ

Hennepin County


Minneapolis Jewish Day

Sacred Heart

Population (2013)


Fourth Baptist Christian

Minnehaha Academy

St. Alphonsus

Labor Force


Good Shepherd School

Nativity of Mary

St. Bartholomew

Job Growth Rate (1 Year)


Unemployment Rate


Median Age


Household Income (Median)


Notre Dame Academy

St. Charles Borromeo

Heritage Christian Academy

Odyssey Charter

St. Helena

Our Lady of Grace

St. John the Baptist

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Groves Academy



Ramsey County


Ramsey County


amsey County is known for two large annual festivals in the Minnesota State Fair and the St. Paul Winter Carnival. For shopping enthusiasts, Rosedale Center, Maplewood Mall and Downtown Saint Paul, Grand Avenue (St. Paul) and Downtown White Bear Lake are popular retail areas. Ramsey County has nine regional parks, five county parks, an extensive trail network along the Mississippi and around area lakes, and three special use facilities within its perimeter. The county is also the home of more than a dozen colleges and universities.

Location: East of the Mississippi River. It is one of the two central and most densely urbanized counties in Minnesota’s Greater MSP region.

Access: I-35W, I-35E, I-94 and I-694

Major Employers Medtronic, Travelers, 3M, Ecolab, St. Jude Medical, Deluxe Corp., H.B. Fuller, and Lawson Software, Land O’Lakes, AgriBank, Securian Financial and APi Group. Government (state, federal and county) is also a major employer in Ramsey County.

Anoka Wright Hennepin

Washington Ramsey

Minneapolis Saint Paul

Carver Scott

School Districts Academia Cesar Chavez

Academy for Sciences & Agriculture

Achieve Language Academy

Avalon Charter

BlueSky Charter

City Academy High

Community of Peace Academy

Community School of Excellence

Concordia Creative Learning Academy

Cyber Village Academy

East Metro Integration District

Face to Face Academy

Higher Ground Academy

High School for Recording Arts

Minnesota North Star Academy

Central Lutheran

Oak Hill Montessori

St. Mary of the Lake

Mounds View

Concordia Academy

Presentation of the B.V. M.

St. Matthew

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale

Cretin-Derham Hall

St. Agnes Elementary

St. Odilia Parish

N.E. Metro Intermediate Dist. 916

Faith Baptist Christian

St. Bernard’s

St. Pascal

North St. Paul - Maplewood

Friends School of Minnesota

St. Francis/St. James United

St. Paul Academy-Summit

Nova Classical Academy

Gethsemane Lutheran

St. Jerome

St. Paul Preparatory School


Highland Catholic

St. John the Baptist

St. Peter

Saint Paul


St. John the Evangelist

St. Pius X/Holy Family

St. Paul City School

Holy Childhood

St. John’s Lutheran

St. Rose of Lima

Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists

Holy Spirit

St. Mark

Talmud Torah

Twin Cities Academy

Twin Cities German Immersion

Urban Academy

White Bear Lake

Private Schools

Jennings Experiential High

Metro Deaf

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Liberty Classical Academy

Lubavitch Chedar Day

Maternity of Mary/St. Andrew

Minnesota Waldorf Mounds Park Academy

Apostolic Christian Academy

Capital City Advent Christian

King of Kings Lutheran

HOPE Community Academy


Nativity of Our Lord North Heights Christian Academy

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Scott County


cott County is a good mix of rural and suburban areas. With easy interstate access over the river, it is a great place for business expansion. Businesses are attracted to Scott County for its land choices, industrial parks, infrastructure and accessible location. The county is home to parks, trails, lakes, wetlands, a strong school system, enchanting communities; and a plethora entertainment choices.

Location: 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis. The Minnesota River defines its northwestern border.

Sherburne Anoka



US 169, I-35W


Major Employers:

Washington Ramsey

Minneapolis Saint Paul

Canterbury Park race track, Murphy’s Landing living history museum, Elko Speedway, Mystic Lake Casino, the Renaissance Festival, and ValleyFair Amusement Park.

Carver Scott


Scott County

Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee Photo by Jennifer Arocha

Photo by Valleyfair

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St. Michael’s Catholic

Belle Plaine

Holy Family Academy Our Lady of the Prairie

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St. Paul’s Lutheran

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New Prague

Prior Lake-Savage


Prior Lake Christian

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist

St. Wenceslaus

Shakopee Area Catholic



Sherburne County

S Sherburne County

herburne county is positioned to support two growing markets, St. Cloud area to the northwest and Mpls/St. Paul to the southeast. Its cities are small enough to maintain a strong sense of community, while still large enough to have all of the amenities desired for metro living. Residents enjoy the areas lakes, the Mississippi River, numerous parks and trails, the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, and Sand Dunes State Forest. Sherburne County enticing younger families with its low crime rate, taxes and housing prices.

Location: Northwestern edge of the Greater MSP region.

Access: US 10, mainline of the BNSF Railway, MN 25, Commuter rail service via the Northstar Corridor.

Major Employers: Cymbet Corp, Tescom, Remmele Engineering, Metal Craft Machine and Engineering, Sportech, E & O Tool and Plastics, Appert Foods, Faribault Foods, Crystal Cabinets,  United States Distilled Products,  Cargill Kitchen Solutions, and a Cargill research facility.

Sherburne Anoka Wright Hennepin

Washington Ramsey

Minneapolis Saint Paul

Carver Scott

Hockey Day 2014 in Elk River at the Historic Handke Pit.

Northstar Commuter \ Photo: MetroTransit

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Private Schools

Elk River

Solid Rock Christian Academy

Big Lake High School

St. Andrews Catholic


St. Johns Lutheran School


Sherburne County

Spectrum High School


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Downtown Elk River

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Washington County


ashington County is overflowing with wetlands, woodlands, and two river valleys. The county boasts many historic sites and parks. The county retains its rural charm, but it is considered suburban in terms of proximity and amenities. Washington County is the home to many charming towns, as well as high-demographic neighborhoods. Two major lakes and rivers offer many waterfront living options.

Location: Eastern side of the Minneapolis Saint Paul metro, Washington County follows the western bank of the scenic St. Croix River.

Access: I-35E, I-494, I-694, I-94, US-61

Washington County

Major Employers: Andersen Corporation, Hartford, 3M (Cottage Grove facility) and Imation. 

Sherburne Anoka Wright Hennepin

Washington Ramsey

Minneapolis Saint Paul

Carver Scott

Stillwater, MN


Washington County Historic Courthouse, Stillwater, MN

Lake Elmo Park Reserve-courtesy of Washington County

School Districts Forest Lake


South Washington County


Lakes International Language Academy

Math and Science Academy

New Heights Charter

St. Andrew

North Lakes Academy Charter

St. Croix Catholic

St. Croix Preparatory Academy

St. Jude

Valley Crossing Community

St. Peter’s Catholic School

Private Schools

Salem Lutheran

Hope Christian Academy


New Life Academy

St. Ambrose

Yeshiva High School of the Twin Cities

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Wright County

W Wright County

right County, once known as “the Big Woods”, has 3,000 acres devoted to parks. This county is defined by its natural surroundings. Home to 29 county parks, 31 miles of trails, park reserves, forests, wayside rests and lake access, the county is chock-full of farmland, rivers and almost 300 lakes. Golfing enthusiasts will want to keep Wright County on their radar as it is quickly becoming a golf destination.

Location: Western edge of the Greater MSP region. It is bordered on the north by the Mississippi River and to the east by the Crow River.

Access: I-94

Major Employers: Xcel Energy, Cargill Kitchen Solutions.

Sherburne Anoka Wright




Minneapolis Saint Paul

Carver Dakota


Hanover Historic Bridge, over the Crow River

Rockford River Days in Rockford

Albertville Famer’s Market Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park outside Monticello

School Districts Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose


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St. Michael Albertville

St. Michael Catholic


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fyi Important Phone Numbers Telecommunications CenturyLink 800-244-1111

Charter Communications 800-581-0081

Comcast 612-522-2000

Embarq Home 800-788-3500 Multi-line business 800-800-8494

Frontier Communications 952-435-1504

Integra Telecom 952-746-7100

Metropolitan Council of Chambers of Commerce Apple Valley Chamber

I-94 West/NW Suburban Chamber

River Heights Area Chamber




Bloomington Chamber

Lakeville Area Chamber

Saint Paul Area Chamber




Burnsville Chamber

MetroNorth Chamber

Shakopee Chamber




Dakota County Regional Chamber

Midway Chamber

SouthWest Metro Chamber




Eden Prairie Chamber

Minneapolis Regional Chamber

TwinWest Chamber




Edina Chamber

Minnesota Chamber

U.S. Chamber




Elk River Area Chamber

North Hennepin Area Chamber

Waconia Chamber




Hastings Area Chamber

Richfield Chamber

Woodbury Area Chamber




Mediacom 800-332-0245

US Cable 763-689-4550

Utilities Connexus Energy 763-323-2600

Dakota Electric Association 651-463-6212

Great River Energy 763-445-5000

Minnesota Valley Electric Co-op 952-492-2313

Read All About it! Get to know the community you live in by reading your local community newspaper. Minnesota’s community newspapers and websites are dedicated to covering your city government, school board, school news, high school sports, community calendar, local worship, classifieds and so much more. Each newspaper covers in-depth stories and issues that affect the residents that live and work in our communities. No one has the scoop on local entertainment or greasy spoon eateries better than these news sources. Websites and Facebook allow for daily and breaking coverage from around town. Find your community newspaper here!

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electrical Association 800-943-2667

Xcel Energy 800-895-4999

Centerpoint Energy 612-372-4727

Minnesota Energy Resources 800-303-0752



State Posts Highest Graduation Rate in a Decade Across the board, more Minnesota students are graduating from high school

Minnesota public and private schools provide quality education and each school offers a unique learning experience. It is important to consider all of the elements that contribute to a school’s overall effectiveness when picking your child’s school. When making educational choices it is important to consider general criteria and the type of school experience you want for your child, such as academic and arts programs, support services, age of school, location, available transportation and extracurricular opportunities. You might also consider your family values and other priorities important to you and your child.

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OSEVILLE – Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Commissioner Brenda Cassellius was joined today by Office of Higher Education (OHE) Commissioner Larry Pogemiller and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben to announce that graduation rates are the highest in the last decade, with more than 79.5 percent of Minnesota high school seniors graduating in 2013, up from 77.6 percent in 2012. This increase is twice the yearly increase seen over the past three years, showing acceleration in progress for Minnesota seniors. Across the board, all student groups showed gains, with some of the largest increases being made by black students—up 6 percentage points over last year—and students learning English, whose rate increased by 7.5 percentage points over 2012. In fact, no single group of minority students made less than a 3 percentage point gain. “Minnesota has one of the most highly educated work forces in the country and today’s announcement of increased graduation rates among our high school students reinforces the longevity of our state’s greatest asset—our talent,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Increasing graduation rates among Minnesotans of all backgrounds is essential for the future growth of our businesses and economy and will allow us to remain competitive in a global economy.”

The state has developed several initiatives with increased focus on graduation in recent years: • The Minnesota Early Indicator and Response System (MEIRS) is a tool for districts to identify and support students in grades six and nine who are at increased risk of not completing high school in four years. • The Regional Centers of Excellence provide a statewide system of support to help school leaders create and implement plans to narrow achievement gaps, increase graduation rates and improve student outcomes to ensure all students are ready for a career or college. • Minnesota’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law has allowed for the graduation rates of students of color, students in special education, students living in poverty and English language learners to be an integral part of our accountability system, which also provides recognition and support to schools. • Minnesota is a participant in Grad Nation, a collaborative effort to increase the overall four-year graduation rate in Minnesota to 90 percent by 2020. A key effort is to highlight positive and alternative solutions to outof-school suspensions, which contribute to students disengaging from school. While today’s data show Minnesota graduation rates are trending in the right direction, Commissioner Cassellius acknowledged there is more work to do. Source: Minnesota Department of Education, February 19, 2014.

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Minnesota School Statistics Students • K-12 public school students: 823,826 • K-12 charter school students (public): 35,375 • K-12 nonpublic school students: 77,202 • Average high school class size and national ranking: 25.5 (45th) • Average elementary school class size and national ranking: 27.3 (49th) • Average Minnesota ACT score: 22.7 • Average national ACT score: 21 • Graduation rate (not including charter schools): 75% • MN grade 4 average NAEP score math: 249 (National avg. 239) • MN grade 8 average NAEP score math: 294 (National avg. 282) • MN grade 4 average NAEP score reading: 223 (National avg. 220) • MN grade 8 average NAEP score reading: 270 (National avg. 262)

Teachers • K-12 public school teachers (not including charters), 2010-11: 52,524 • Minnesota teachers achieving National Board Certification and national rank: 337 (33rd) • Minnesotans who have been named National Teacher of the Year and national rank: 4 (2nd to California) • Average Minnesota teacher salary and national ranking, 2010-11: $53,680 (19th) • Average national teacher salary, 2010-11: $55,623 • Average Minnesota first-year teacher salary:$33,009 • Average salary for employee with four-year degree: $57,307 • Average age of MN teachers: 41 • Percentage of male public school teachers, 2010-11: 29.5 (6th) • Number of operating public school districts, 2010-11: 471 Sources: Minnesota Department of Education, National Assessment of Education Progress National Education Association, February 16, 2012

Top 20 Schools Rank (of 700)


Based on 3rd, 4th, 5th grades combined MCA-III Math & MCA-III Reading 2012-2013

School Atheneum Elementary

District Inver Grove Heights Schools

City Inver Grove Heights

Grades 02-05


Aspen Academy

Aspen Academy

Prior Lake



Kimberly Lane Elementary

Wayzata Public School District




Washington Elementary

Rochester Public School District




Bridges Community Elementary

Mankato Public School District




Withrow Elementary

Stillwater Area Public School District




Middle River Elementary

Greenbush-Middle River School District

Middle River



Sunset Hill Elementary

Wayzata Public School District




Deephaven Elementary

Minnetonka Public School District




Excelsior Elementary

Minnetonka Public School District




Lake Marion Elementary

Lakeville Public School District




Scenic Heights Elementary

Minnetonka Public School District




Westwood Elementary

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools

Prior Lake



Concord Elementary

Edina Public School District




Thomas Lake Elementary

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan




Lakeview Elementary

Lakeville Public School District




Barnesville Elementary

Barnesville Public School District




Lake Harriet Upper School

Minneapolis Public School District




Highlands Elementary

Edina Public School District




Greenwood Elementary

Wayzata Public School District



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Source:, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education, and Minnesota Department of Education.

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Metro Area Colleges Anoka-Ramsey Comm. College \ Coon Rapids & Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree

The Art Institutes International Minnesota \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree

Augsburg College \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Argosy University, Twin Cities \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Bethel University \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Minnesota Schools Post Strong Progress Toward Closing Achievement Gaps for Students ROSEVILLE – With all eyes focused on closing achievement gaps, new data from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) show that districts and charter schools across the state are largely on track to meet an aggressive statewide goal of closing gaps by 50 percent by 2017. The data have been provided to all districts and charter schools in Minnesota, and offer school officials a concrete measure of how close to ontrack they are in closing the gaps between students of color and white students within the timeline. “For the first time, we have concrete goals around gaps, and are letting our school leaders know exactly how far they need to go to be fully on track to close these gaps,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “When you look at the numbers, you begin to realize not only how far we’ve come, but that our goal of reducing these disparities is actually within our reach and very doable.” The data are part of Minnesota’s new accountability system, developed as part of its No Child Left Behind Flexibility waiver, which measures how students in every subgroup—white, black, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, special education, low-income and English language learners—are performing academically while also setting yearly goals for increasing student achievement that will ensure all gaps for each school are closed by 50 percent by 2017. Minnesota is one of the waiver states, if not the only one, providing this kind of data to school districts.

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Forty-three percent of districts have met their 2013 targets in reading for every single subgroup. In math, nearly 40 percent of districts met their 2013 targets for every subgroup. Just as encouraging, 32 percent were meeting their reading targets for all but one subgroup, while 26 percent of districts were meeting their 2013 targets in math for all but one subgroup. “To have three quarters of our districts there or nearly there in reading, and twothirds of our districts at the same place in math is remarkable,” continued Cassellius. “Clearly, we still have work to do, but the kind of accelerated growth we’re seeing in so many districts shows that with focused attention, it can be done. When I see these numbers, I feel confident that school leaders and teachers are working harder than ever to ensure every child has what they need to succeed.”

Brown College \ Brooklyn Center & Mendota Heights Degrees offered: Associate Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees

Century College \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree

Concordia University \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Dakota County Technical College \ Rosemount Degrees offered: Associate’s Degrees & Certificates

Dunwoody College of Technology \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree

Globe University/Minnesota School of Business \ Multiple Campuses. Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree

Hennepin Technical College \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree

Hamline University \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Inver Hills Community College \ Inver Grove Heights Degrees offered: Associate Degrees

Macalester College \ St Paul Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts

Metropolitan State University \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Minneapolis Community and Tech. College \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree

Normandale Community College \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree

North Hennepin Community College \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree

Each year, in order to meet the 2017 goal, districts will have new targets they must meet for each subgroup to ensure all gaps will be closed by half. Later this month, MDE will release 2013 graduation rates which will also show dramatic acceleration of improvement across the state.

Keller Graduate School of Management \ Edina Rasmussen College \ Multiple Campuses Degrees offered: Bachelor’s Degree, AcceleratED Bachelor’s Degree, Associate’s Degree, Certificate

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota \ Winona Degrees offered: Online Graduate Degrees

Saint Paul College \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree

“Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed,” Commissioner Cassellius said. “But for too long achievement gaps in Minnesota not only persisted, they grew until they were some of the worst in the nation. That is no longer the case. We are reclaiming Minnesota as a leader in education and a place where all kids can thrive.” Source: Minnesota Department of Education, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

St. Catherine University \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

University of Northwestern \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

University of St Thomas, Saint Paul \ Saint Paul Degrees offered: Certificate Program, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Walden University, Minneapolis \ Minneapolis Degrees offered: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

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op hospitals, ground breaking medical technology, treatment and research combine for a healthy lifestyle. Minnesota is the third-healthiest state in the nation, according to the latest ranking by United Health Foundation. The study concluded that Minnesota’s healthcare strengths include a low rate of deaths from cardiovascular disease, low prevalences of physical inactivity and diabetes and a high rate of high school graduation. Bringing it even closer to home, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul were deemed the healthiest, fittest cities in the nation according to a 2013 analysis of the 50 most populous metro areas. The American Fitness Index report was based on a number of health factors including percentage of residents who smoke, obesity rates, percentage of people who exercise and availability of parks, walking trails and farmers’ markets. Minneapolis was one of the first cities to have organized bicycle trails and to prohibit smoking in public places and it has many parks and public golf courses. Minnesota is a national center for groundbreaking medical technologies, treatment and initiatives to improve its residents’ health. Healthmaintenance organizations (HMOs) started in the Twin Cities.

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Fridley-based Medtronic manufactures medical devices that serve a wide range of functions for patients. Many innovative healthcare products have been developed by 3M Company located in Saint Paul. One of the most recognizable health care facilities in the world is located in Minnesota. Although Mayo Clinic is not located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, it is just 90 miles from MinneapolisSaint Paul. The Mayo Clinic is home to some of the finest medical specialists in the world and its patients range from local residents to heads of state from countries around the globe. The Twin Cities area has many hospitals that provide a full range of treatments, from cancer care to surgery to pediatrics. Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is widely regarded as one of the best hospitals in the nation for senior and extended care. HCMC was the first Level 1 Trauma Center to be verified in Minnesota and remains home to the largest Emergency Department in the state. Regions Hospital in Saint Paul is also recognized as a Level I Trauma Center for children and adults. Regions is part of the HealthPartners Family of Care. Fairview Hospitals and Clinics have more than a 100-year history of meeting community needs. More than 130 doctors from Fairview were named 2012 Top Doctors in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. Fairview Hospitals consistently rank among the nation’s best hospitals. Fewer than 150 hospitals are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. Abbott Northwestern Hospital and United Hospital, both part of Allina Health, are among them. Nationally recognized for clinical excellence and compassionate care, Allina’s Mercy and Unity Hospitals serve the northwestern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Since its founding in 1949, Hazelden Foundation has become one of the world’s largest and most respected private not-forprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers. Thousands from every state and more than 40 countries have turned to Hazelden for quality addiction treatment and recovery support.

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Enroll Now! Open Enrollment for 2015 starts November 15, 2014 and goes through February 15, 2015. Enrollment in MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance is year-round. If you recently moved to the Twin Cities, you may be able to purchase health insurance through MNsure outside of open enrollment. Individuals that experience certain “life-change events,” such as a permanent address change, marriage, the birth of a child or adoption, may be eligible for a Special Enrollment period. Find a plan, learn more, sign up for updates and find help in your community at www. Call our Contact Center toll-free to get help in multiple languages, 1-855-3MNSURE (1-855-366-7873).


Health Care Facilities in the Twin Cities Abbott Northwestern Hospital 800 E. 28th St., Minneapolis 612-863-4000

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Maple Grove 7767 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove 612-813-6000

Hennepin County Medical Center 701 Park Ave., Minneapolis 612-873-3000

Phillips Eye Institute 303 Catlin St., Buffalo 763-684-6046

Lakeview Hospital 927 Churchill St. W., Stillwater 651-439-5330 Maple Grove Hospital 9875 Hospital Dr., Maple Grove 763-581-1000

Queen of Peace Hospital 301 2nd St. NE, New Prague 952-758-4431

Mayo Clinic Health System Visit for clinic locations. Minneapolis VA Health Care System One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis 612-725-2000

Regina Medical Center 1175 Nininger Rd., Hastings 651-480-4100

Mercy Hospital 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids 763-236-6000

Methodist Hospital 6500 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park 952-993-5000

North Memorial Health Care 3300 Oakdale Ave. North, Robbinsdale 763-520-5200

Hazelden Foundation Center City 651-213-4200

Northfield City Hospital 2000 North Ave., Northfield 507-646-1000

HealthEast Care System

Park Nicollet Clinic


Phillips Eye Institute 2215 Park Ave., Minneapolis 612-775-8800

Allina Medical Clinics

Visit for clinic locations.

Apple Valley Medical Center 14655 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley 952-432-6161

Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul 559 Capitol Blvd., St. Paul 651-232-2000

Courage Center 3915 Golden Valley Rd., Minneapolis 763-588-0811

Fairview Lakes Medical Center 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming 651-982-7000

Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center 14500 99th Ave. No., Maple Grove 763-898-1000

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis 2525 Chicago Ave. , Minneapolis 612-813-6000

Fairview Ridges Hospital 201 Nicollet Blvd., Burnsville 952-892-2000

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, St. Paul 345 N. Smith Ave., St. Paul 651-220-6000

Fairview Southdale Hospital 6401 France Ave. S., Edina 763-581-1000

Centennial Lakes Surgery Center 7373 France Ave. So., Edina

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minnetonka 6050 Clearwater Drive, Minnetonka 952-930-8600

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Roseville 1835 West County Rd. C, Roseville 651-638-1670

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Woodwinds 1825 Woodwinds Drive, Woodbury 651-232-6800

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare 200 University Ave. E., St. Paul 651-291-2848

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TRIA Physical Therapy & Education Center 3800 American Blvd. W., Bloomington 952-831-8742

Regency Hospital 1300 Hidden Lakes Pkwy., Golden Valley 763-588-2750

United Hospital 333 N. Smith Ave., St. Paul 651-241-8000

Two Twelve Medical Center 111 Hundertmark Rd., Chaska 952-361-2447

Unity Hospital 550 Osborne Rd., Fridley 763-236-5000

Regions Hospital 640 Jackson St., St Paul 651-254-3456

Ridgeview Medical Center 500 S. Maple St., Waconia 952-442-2191 Shriners Hospitals for Children 2025 East River Pkwy., Minneapolis 612-596-6100

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital 2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis 612-365-6777

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview 2450 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis 612-273-3000

St. Francis Regional Medical Center 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee 952-428-3000

WestHealth (Abbott Northwestern WestHealth) 2805-2855 Campus Drive, Plymouth 763-577-7000

St. John’s Hospital 1575 Beam Ave., Maplewood 651-232-7000

Woodwinds Health Campus 1925 Woodwinds Dr., Woodbury 651-232-0228

St. Joseph’s Hospital 45 W. 10th St. , St. Paul 651-232-3000

New index of health preparedness gives Minnesota strong marks National Health Security Preparedness Index gauges readiness for public health emergencies A new tool developed to measure readiness for public health crises shows that Minnesota stands out for its community planning and engagement, laboratory testing capabilities and social capital and cohesion. All these factors help bolster the state’s ability to deal with health emergencies ranging from disease outbreaks to natural disasters. The evaluation tool, called the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI), is available to the public at It was developed by a team of experts from the fields of public health, emergency management, private sector, nonprofits, government, and academia. The NHSPI examines the health security preparedness of the nation by collectively looking at the health security preparedness of states, and is intended to be an annual measure of progress.

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Jane Braun, director of emergency preparedness for the Minnesota Department of Health, said the new index shows that Minnesota, like the nation, has substantial health security preparedness capability, reflecting important gains made in recent years. “We are above average overall, but there is still work to be done,” Braun said. “Minnesota’s overall index was 7.6, which is above the national average of 7.2, and we have made significant improvements since some of the measures were taken. We expect to have even stronger marks next year.” The 2013 Index identified several strengths for Minnesota, including: • Community Planning and Engagement: This area looks at the extent to which a state has engaged entities in communities such as schools, volunteer agencies, the

health care workforce, and others in emergency planning and preparation. It also looks at community capacity to ramp up during crises. • Laboratory Testing: This area measures the state laboratory system’s ability to conduct quality testing and analysis to detect biological disease agents or assess chemical agents and to perform other tasks needed in an emergency. • Social capital and cohesion: This measure includes things such as “percentage of residents doing favors for neighbors,” “percentage of community residents volunteering” and even voter turnout rate. These measures are relevant to emergency preparedness and response because it has been shown such factors improve both the rates of recovery in communities and increase the quality of recovery after an event. Source: Minnesota Department of Health, December 4, 2013

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These websites can help you search for the best local child care option in your community.

CHILDCARECENTER.US Child Care Centers, Home daycare, Nannies, Babysitters, Child Care Jobs

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps make quality child care affordable for income-eligible families. child-care-and-child-support/

Let’s Get to Work!


he Twin Cities are rich in employment opportunities. Whether you are looking to climb the ladder at a Fortune 500 company, or become a part-time barista at your local coffee shop, our communities are full of opportunities to meet your needs.


25 Largest Employers in Minnesota


Ranked by Minnesota employees | List information taken from the 2013 Business Information Guide

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Fortune 500 Companies in Minnesota Minnesota has the second most Fortune 500 companies per capita and the tenth most total in the nation

State Rank

Company Name

Fortune 500 Rank


United Health Group



Target Corporation



Best Buy




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U.S. Bancorp






General Mills



Land O’ Lakes



Xcel Energy



Ameriprise Financial



C.H. Robinson Worldwide






Hormel Foods



Thrivent Financial for Lutherans



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To find the best places to work, as voted on by locals, check out these top employer lists compiled by local newspapers and magazines. Minneapolis ST. Paul Business Journal (Best Places to Work) Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Workplaces) Minnesota Business (Best 100 Companies to Work For)

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2012 MN Employees*

State of Minnesota


United States Federal Government


Mayo Foundation


Target Corporation


Allina Health Systems


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Fairview Health Services


Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota


University of Minnesota


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


3M Co.


Delta Air Lines, Inc.


Health Partners


U.S. Bancorp


UnitedHealth Group, Inc.


Essential Health


Medtronic, Inc.


SuperValu Inc.


Park Nicollet Health Services


Hennepin County


Hormel Foods Corp.


Best Buy



HealthEast Care System


St. Jude Medical


Thomson Reuters


Nash Finch


CentraCare Health Systems


Source: Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (2012)


Transportation The Twin Cities offers extensive options for traveling around the area. Metro Transit is rapidly expanding light rail and bus service. The Northstar Commuter Rail system provides service from downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake with connecting coach bus service between Big Lake and St. Cloud. And, traveling by personal automobile remains one of the easiest and most convenient ways to travel around the Twin Cities via the extensive highway system.

Traveling around the Twin Cities MSP International Airport Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is surrounded by Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield. MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings, Lindbergh Terminal-1 and Humphrey Terminal-2 with adjoining parking ramp facilities. Travelers who need to transfer from one terminal to the other use the light rail transit service.

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There is no pedestrian access between the buildings. In 2013, MSP served more than 33 million passengers and accommodated 431,328 landings and takeoffs making it 16th in North America for the number of travelers served. For more information about traveling into and out of the Twin Cities, visit www.

Target Field Station \ Photo by Eric Wheeler, Metro Transit.

Light Rail and Bus Service Metro Transit is a valuable transportation resource for the Twin Cities, offering an integrated network of buses, light rail

and commuter trains as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike. It is working to add a light-rail link between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul as well as developing enhanced express bus service throughout the region. Metro Transit is one of the country’s largest transit systems, providing roughly 90 percent of the 78 million bus trips taken annually in the Twin Cities. Metro Transit operates the Hiawatha lightrail line, Northstar commuter rail line and 123 bus routes — 66 are local-service routes and 51 are express routes and 6 contract service routes, using a fleet of 885 buses. All Metro Transit buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps and racks for bicycles. All trains feature storage areas for bicycles and luggage.

Central Corridor Light Rail The Central Corridor links five major centers of activity in the Twin Cities region, downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, the Midway area, the state Capitol complex and downtown St. Paul. These areas contain almost 280,000 jobs. By 2030, this number is expected to grow to 345,000 jobs. Construction of the Central Corridor was completed in 2014. The Central Corridor Light Rail system includes 11 miles of exclusive right of way between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. It connects with the existing Hiawatha line at the Metrodome station and terminates at the Minneapolis multimodal station that also serves the new Northstar commuter rail line. The Central Corridor light rail transit line runs near the TCF Bank Golden Gopher Stadium, with a station in Stadium Village serving the facility. Trains will operate every 10 minutes during peak travel periods, with a travel time of 39 minutes between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis.

About Northstar Commuter Rail The Northstar Corridor is an 82-mile transportation corridor that runs along Highway 10 from the St. Cloud area to downtown Minneapolis. In November 2009, it became part of Metro Transit’s regional service network, added much needed transportation capacity to the region and created an easy and safe way for people to travel.

It is one of the fastest growing corridors in Minnesota and the nation. By 2025, more than 850,000 people are expected to live in the corridor.

Target Field Station Opened in the spring of 2014, the Interchange is a bustling urban park, transit station and neighborhood gathering space. The Interchange is a one-of-a-kind destination for the region. It serves as a central, multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis. Located next to Target Field, connected to the North Loop neighborhood and adjacent to the historic Warehouse District, this unique destination connects communities by linking the region’s growing light and commuter rail transit network, and miles of bike and walking trails. Near the Interchange, visitors can access daily bus operations that connect the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. With its central location and as one of Minneapolis’ foremost gathering spaces, the Interchange better connects the North Loop and surrounding neighborhoods to downtown Minneapolis. Additionally, with thousands of people passing through the Interchange each day, it will open the door to redevelopment opportunities that complement the station, Target Field, Minneapolis Farmers Market and the surrounding area. The Interchange easily connects communities throughout the region through the Hiawatha LRT (the METRO Blue Line), Northstar Commuter Rail, and the Central Corridor LRT (the METRO Green Line), currently being constructed. The new Red Line Bus Rapid Transit Line opened in 2013 connectiong the light rail at Mall of America to Eagan, Apple Valley & Lakeville.

511 National Traveler Information 511 is a public service of the Minnesota Department of Transportation to help travelers access information about road conditions, traffic incidents, commercial vehicle restrictions, and weather information via the phone or the Web, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit or dial 511 for more information.

MnPASS Express Lanes If you drive alone and want a convenient and predictable travel option, consider opening a MnPASS account and start using MnPASS Express Lanes.

Small, two-axle trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds can also open an account and use the express lanes. Transit buses, carpools with two or more people and motorcycles can use the express lanes for free. A variable electronic fee is charged to people using MnPASS Express Lanes. As the express lanes become more congested, the fee to enter the lanes increases. MnPASS rate signs will read “OPEN” when the lane is open to general traffic. The signs will show a price when fees are in effect. Fees are enforced Monday through Friday during peak travel times: I-394 from 6 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 7 p.m. and I-35W from 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Lanes are open to the public on weekends and during non-peak hours.

Winter Parking Restrictions Snow is inevitable in the metro area and when it gets bad enough the area declares a snow emergency, which puts temporary restrictions on parking to allow the plows to get through. Those who don’t move their car will most likely be towed. For more information regarding snow emergency routes and restrictions, contact each city’s website.

Transportation for the businesses and residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Rosemount and Savage • Express Bus service to/from downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul and the University of Minnesota • Local Bus service to/from south metro cities, Minnesota Zoo and the Mall of America • Reverse Commute Bus service from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Mall of America to South Metro cities

Call 952-882-7500 for more information or to have schedules mailed to you

Top Ten Reasons for Riding the Bus: 10. I can work or read on the bus

9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

It’s convenient It’s good for the environment Saves time Saves money It’s safer than driving My employer subsidizes my transit passes I don’t own a car I can avoid the stress of driving I like riding the bus

MnPASS Express Lanes are designed for solo drivers to use by paying an electronic fee.


Explore your travel options with


etro Transit is the transportation resource for the Twin Cities, offering an integrated network of buses and trains as well as resources to help you carpool, vanpool, walk or bike. If buses or trains don’t work for your situation, consider other ways of sharing the ride. Metro Transit has an online Rideshare Planner to help match people who travel the same direction and time. We have resources for bicycle commuters, too.

You’ve got a new address and new neighbors – now find a new way to move around the Twin Cities. Metro Transit can help. We can take you from home to work as easily as we can get you to the neighborhood coffee shop.

No matter which option you choose, you’ll save money, cut down on the frustration of traffic congestion and help reduce your carbon footprint.

Taking the bus

Metro Transit is one of the country’s largest transit systems, providing service on more than 120 bus routes. Many routes are timed to connect with others so you can keep moving. There are also connections with suburban transit providers so you can travel all across the region.

Taking METRO lines

The METRO system is a network of transitways that offer frequent, all-day service between stations with enhanced amenities. Some METRO lines will operate with trains, some with buses. Whether it runs on a road or on tracks, customers can expect trips at least every 15 minutes throughout most of the day.

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The METRO Blue Line links downtown Minneapolis, the airport and Mall of America. The new METRO Green Line travels from downtown Minneapolis to the University of Minnesota and downtown St. Paul. The METRO Red Line connects Mall of America with Apple Valley with frequent, all-day Bus Rapid Transit service along Cedar Avenue. Learn more about the growing system at

Taking the Northstar

If you’re commuting from the northwest metro, the ride is easier on the Northstar Line, the state’s first commuter rail line. It offers daily service from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis (Target Field) with stations at Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley. Get details at

Park & Ride lots

If transit doesn’t serve your neighborhood directly, there’s a route nearby. Metro Transit and suburban transit providers operate more than 100 free Park & Ride lots where you can leave your car behind and hop on a bus or train or meet your carpool/vanpool for a relaxing ride. Find the Park & Ride lot nearest to you at or meet your carpool/ vanpool.

Make riding more economical – buy a pass!

Buying fares in advance saves you even more because every pass includes bonus rides. When you start riding more frequently, you’ll want a Go-To Card, a rechargeable pass that you can use over and over. You board faster because your fare is deducted instantly when you touch your card to a reader on the bus or at the rail station. Learn about all transit pass options at – you can even buy your pass online! Talk to your employer about Metropass, the premier transit pass available only through participating employers. Metropass offers unlimited rides on any regular-route bus or any train at any time! To see if your employer participates, visit the Fares & Passes section at

account with our Rideshare Planner is easy at Sharing the ride saves money and time! Carpools and vanpools can use rampmeter bypasses and special freeway lanes so you keep moving – even when traffic is backed up.

Metro Vanpool

We can help employees lease vehicles for money-saving vanpools that carry between five and 15 commuters. The larger the group, the bigger the savings. Learn more at

Guaranteed Ride Home

Commuters who ride the bus or train, carpool, vanpool, bicycle or walk at least three times a week to work or school are eligible for this free perk. All you need to do is register at The Guaranteed Ride Home program ensures that you have a ride if you need it – for example, if you have a family issue or need to work unexpected hours.


We’ll help you get started

Visit to learn how to improve your commute. Here you’ll find these helpful resources to get you started: • Trip Planner • Interactive transit map • NexTrip (real-time departure times) • Schedules for all regional buses and trains • Rideshare Planner that matches interested drivers and riders • Park & Ride Finder • Bicycling & walking resources • Other suburban transit services


If you want to share the ride, Metro Transit can help match you with other commuters. We maintain a list of more than 3,500 commuters – if there isn’t a match at first, you should check back often since potential carpoolers are added every day. Creating an

Our region likes to bike! The Twin Cities region ranks first in the nation for percentage of commuters who bicycle. Many commuters combine bicycling and transit – all Metro Transit buses and trains have free bicycle racks. Visit for resources on bicycle commuting, information on bike lockers available for rent, safety tips and incentive programs like the Commuter Challenge, where you can earn rewards for your commitment to bicycling.

See for yourself – check out your options today

Let Metro Transit take you where you want to go! For instant help in finding the transit route that fits your needs, use the interactive Trip Planner at metrotransit. org. Give a starting point, destination and time of travel. In just seconds, you’ll have route options, fare information and links to maps. We also have transit experts ready to lend their assistance. Call 612-373-3333 and get a personalized itinerary with directions to the closest transit stop or Park & Ride lot. ◊◊◊ PAID ADVERTISEMENT


Happy Hour

Where the locals go The Twin Cities area offers a wide array of dining experiences. Just a few of the highlights


for area restaurants are shown below. Visit www. twincitiesdiningguide. com or for restaurant profiles, menus, photos, and links.

Saint Paul


t. Paul is an historic city, which attracts tourists, business people and politicians visiting the State Capital. Patrons of St. Paul restaurants can enjoy a romantic meal, a leisurely dinner, a business meeting, a political power lunch or a family dinner at affordable prices. St. Paul offers all of the national restaurant chains and fast food options, but you’ll also want to branch out and give a few of the locally owned St. Paul eateries a shot. St. Paul cafes are great lunch options and seafood in St. Paul is top-notch. Whether craving comfort food or international cuisine, St. Paul cafes and restaurants offer great dining options.

Minneapolis has dining options to meet every palate, from favorite fast-food haunts to four-star cuisine. From Minneapolis city center to the suburbs and the Mississippi Riverbank, Minneapolis is bursting with fine dining establishments, restaurants for all budgets, sidewalk snack kiosks, hip cafés, quaint coffee shops and cozy brew pubs. Many local chefs delight in using organic and locally produced ingredients. You’ll find Minneapolis dining offers an assortment of edible goodies, thirst quenchers, and a varied range of taste sensations from ethnic cuisine to traditional, home-style Yankee cooking.

Made in Minnesota

Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Winery 18200 Kirby Ave., Hastings Buffalo Rock Winery 4527 23rd Street SE, Buffalo Cannon River Winery 421 Mill Street W., Cannon Falls Carlos Creek Winery 6693 County Rd 34 NW, Alexandria Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery 1179 E Pearl St, Kasota Crofut Family Winery & Vineyard 21646 Langford Ave S (Hwy 13), Jordan Crow River Winery and Vineyard 14848 Highway 7 East, Hutchinson Falconer Vineyards 3572 Old Tyler Rd, Red Wing Flower Valley Vineyard 29212 Orchard Rd, Red Wing

Forestedge Winery 35295 State 64, Laporte Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley Garvin Heights Vineyards 2255 Garvin Heights Rd, Winona Glacial Ridge Winery 15455 Old Mill Rd, Spicer Goose Lake Farm & Winery 6760 213th Ave NW, Nowthen Indian Island Winery 18018-631st Ave, Janesville Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery 32025 MN Hwy 15, Kimball Minnestalgia Winery 41640 State Highway 65, McGregor Morgan Creek Vineyards & Winery 23707 478th Ave, New Ulm

WINERIES North Folk Winery 43020 Blackhawk Rd, Harris Northern Vineyards 223 N Main St, Stillwater Post Town Winery 4481 North Frontage Rd NW, Rochester Richwood Winery 27799 County Highway 34, Richwood Saint Croix Vineyards 6428 Manning Avenue North, Stillwater Salem Glen Vineyard & Winery 5211 60th Ave SW, Rochester Scenic Valley Winery 101 Coffee St W, Lanesboro Schram Vineyards and Winery 8785 Airport Rd, Waconia Sovereign Estate Wine 9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia

For more information on wineries in Minnesota visit

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AS SEEN ON These fun metro eateries have all been featured on various national food and travel channels.

Made in Minnesota BREWERIES

612Brew 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis August Schell Brewery 1860 Schell Road, New Ulm Bent Paddle Brewing Co. 1912 West Michigan St., Duluth Big Wood Brewery 2222 4th St, White Bear Lake Brau Brothers Brewing Co, LLC 201 1st ST, Lucan Castle Danger Brewery 3067 E Castle Danger Rd, Two Harbors

ENKI Brewing Company 7929 Victoria Dr, Victoria Excelsior Brewing Company 421 3rd St, Excelsior Fitger’s Brewhouse 600 E Superior St, Duluth Flat Earth Brewing Company 2035 Benson Avenue, Saint Paul Fulton Brewing Company 414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis Harriet Brewing 3036 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis Hinterland Vineyards and Winery 3060 120th AVE SE, Clara City Indeed Brewing Company 711 15th Ave NE, Minneapolis Lake Superior Brewing Company 2711 W Superior St, Duluth Leatherwood Vinegary 20395 County Road 86, Long Prairie Leech Lake Brewing Company 195 Walker Industries Blvd, Walker Lift Bridge Brewing Company 1900 Tower Drive, Stillwater Mankato Brewery 1119 Center Street, North Mankato Mantorville Brewing Company, LLC 101 East 5th Street, Mantorville Pour Decisions Brewing Company 1744 Terrace Dr, Roseville Summit Brewing Company 910 Montreal Circle, St Paul Third Street Brewhouse 219 Red River Ave, Cold Spring

For more information on breweries in Minnesota visit


5-8 Club \ Minneapolis..............................................................Food Wars, Man vs. Food Al’s Breakfast \ Minneapolis....................................................Diners, Drive-Ins & Drives Angel Food \ Minneapolis...........................................................................Unique Sweets Brasa Premium Rotisserie \ Minneapolis.....................................................Man vs. Food Broaders \ Minneapolis..............................................................Diners, Drive-ins & Dives Bryant Lake Bowl \ Minneapolis................................................ Diners Drive-Ins & Dives Burger Jones \ Minneapolis...................................................................Outrageous Food Colossal Cafe \ Minneapolis....................................................... Diners Drive-Ins & Dives Dari-ette Drive In \ St. Paul........................................................ Diners, Drive Ins & Dives Donatelli’s \ White Bear Lake.................................................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Emily’s Lebanese \ Minneapolis................................................ Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Famous Dave’s BBQ \ Minneapolis............................................................. Food Paradise Fulton Brewery \ Minneapolis................................................................................ 24 in 24 Gasthof zur Gemutlidhkeit and Mario’s Keller Bar \ Minneapolis............ Man vs. Food Grand Ole Creamery \ St. Paul......................................................... Man vs. Food Nation Happy Gnome \ St. Paul................................................................... Man vs. Food Nation Haute Dish \ Minneapolis.............................................................. Bizarre Foods America Hola Arepa \ Minneapolis............................................................. Bizarre Foods America Izzy’s Ice Cream \ St. Paul....................................................Throwdown with Bobby Flay Kramarczuk’s \ Minneaplos............................Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Food Paradise Landmarc Grill \ Minneapolis................................................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Lola \ Minneapolis..................................................................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Maria’s Cafe \ Minneapolis.................................................................................... 24 in 24 Marla’s Carribean Cusine \ Minneapolis................................. Diners, Dirve-Ins & Dives Matt’s Bar \ Minneapolis...........................................................Food Wars, Man vs. Food Meritage \ St. Paul..........................................................................................Man vs. Food Mojo Monkey \ St. Paul................................................................................Unique Sweets Nadia Cakes \ Maple Grove......................................................................... Cupcake Wars Nye’s Polonaise Room \ Minneapolis....................................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Piccolo\ Minneapolis................................................................................No Reservations Psycho Suzie’s Motor Lounge \ Minneapolis........................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Punch Neapolitan Pizza \ St. Paul................................................................Man vs. Food Q Fanatic BBQ \ Champlin........................................................ Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Rachshack BBQ \ Burnsville..........................................................................Man vs. Food Randy’s Premier Pizza \ St. Paul.............................................................Outrageous Food Salt Tart Bakery \ Minneapolis..............................Best Thing I Ever Ate, Unique Sweets Smack Shack \ Minneapolis...................................................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque \ Stillwater............................. Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Sonora Grill \ Minneapolis..................................................................................... 24 in 24 The Anchor Fish and Chips \ Minneapolis............................................................ 24 in 24 The Blue Door Pub \ St. Paul........................................................ Bizarre Foods America, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives The Modern Cafe \ Minneapolis............................................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives The Nook \ St. Paul..................................................................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives The Weinery \ Minneapolis....................................................... Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Tilia \ Minneapolis................................................................... Best Sandwich in America Tin Cup \ St. Paul............................................................................................Man vs. Food Town Talk Diner \ Minneapolis................................................. Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Travali \ Robbinsdale..................................................................... Bizarre Foods America Two Smart Cookies \ St. Paul......................................................................Unique Sweets Victor’s 1959 Cafe \ Minneapolis.............................................. Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives



Cathedral of Saint Paul Organ / Photo by Liam Flahive.

Most Minnesotans are Protestants, including a significant Lutheran contingent, due to the state’s largely Northern European ethnic makeup. Roman Catholics (of largely German, Irish, and Slavic descent) make up the largest single Christian denomination. A 2010 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life showed that 32.0% of Minnesotans were affiliated with Mainline Protestant traditions, 21.0% were Evangelical Protestants, 28.0% were Roman Catholic, 1.0% each were Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Black Protestant, and smaller amounts were of other faiths, with 13.0% unaffiliated. Source: Wikipedia: “Religious Composition of Minnesota”. Maps, U.S. Religious Landscape Survey. Pew Research Center. 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010.

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Find treasures both human and divine at the

Cathedral of Saint Paul, National Shrine to the Apostle Paul


By Carolyn Will, Cathedral of Saint Paul/Cathedral Heritage Foundation nternational tourists usually have two visits on their “must-see” list: the large indoor mall in Bloomington, and the Cathedral of Saint Paul perched on the highest point in our capital city. The doors open earlier at the Cathedral! Visitors are welcome every day, opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays. You will find treasures, both human and divine; quiet and solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the city below; Roman Catholic liturgies, and world-class organ music. The Great Cathedral Pipe Organs recently underwent a major three-year restoration and enhancement which began in 2010. The two identical twin consoles stand out as

one of the most significant and rare features of this project. The sanctuary console sits behind the main altar; the second console is situated in the choir gallery. One organist will be able to sit at either organ console and control all of the instruments’ stops simultaneously, and two organists may also play together from each end of the building. This will be used to great advantage in the Cathedral due to its acoustical qualities. “The best stop in the Cathedral is the room,” said Michael Quimby, President of Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. (QPO) “The space here is unique in that the sound can come from both ends when two organs are played, mix together beneath the dome and it envelops the listener for a wonderful acoustical experience.” During the refurbishment, all original pipes were cleaned and retuned, plus QPO added

more than 1,000 new pipes. Combined, the two organs now have 5,566 pipes making up 89 ranks. The Pontifical Trompette, 61 pipes, is the most commanding stop in the enhanced instrument. As the name implies, it is meant to be used to “announce” the arrival of the Pope or other prelate. However, the stop is also used on other special occasions including the dedicatory recital. “We are also excited to have added the 32’ Contre Bombarde in the Pedal Division,” said Lawrence Lawyer, Acting Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. “The lowest pitch emanates from a true 32’ length handmade pipe, which has been beautifully voiced for depth and maximum stylistic flexibility. I am very pleased with the richness of sound that QPO has achieved throughout. The addition of the fourth keyboard and corresponding pipes were needed for our most solemn events. The instruments truly align with the quality of the architecture both in sound and sight,” said Lawyer. Visitors will notice that the gallery organ pipes are encased in a beautiful, walnutgilded casework. This casework had been originally envisioned by the Cathedral’s

architect, Emmanuel Masqueray, a century ago yet never started. The newly installed casework has been designed based upon Masqueray’s original blueprint by Duncan R. Stroik, renowned Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, and crafted by Agrell Architectural Carving of San Rafael, California. (See photos of the installation at www.soundoff.cathedralheritagefoundation. org/Updates). The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is sponsoring an Inaugural Year of Organ concerts to celebrate the completion of the project. To learn more, visit: soundoff. All of the Inaugural Organ Concerts are open to the public. Free-will offerings will be gladly accepted for the Organ Endowment Maintenance Fund. Tours of the Cathedral are given Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. A virtual video tour, with 27 short-easy to watch clips, is available for viewing on your home computer or mobile phone at www.cathedralsaintpaultour. org. For all other information, go to www. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Let Metro Transit be your go-to transportation option You’ve got a new address and new neighbors. It’s a great time to find out how easy it is to get around on Metro Transit. We can take you from home to work as easily as we can help you get to a game downtown. Welcome aboard! We’ll help you get started We offer 100+ bus routes, METRO lines, and we can help match you with others looking to form a carpool or vanpool, bike or walk. It’s easy to get started. Call 612-373-3333 to speak to a friendly transit expert or visit


Arts & Culture


he Twin Cities is a cornucopia of arts and culture. There are five major art museums including the newly-remodeled Walker Art Center and the giant Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. There are seven history museums, including the Mill City Museum, built within the ruins of the original General Mills flour mill. You will find several science museums, including the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life, founded by Earl Bakken, inventor of the cardiac pacemaker, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. In addition, there is a continuing explosion of local art and art galleries in every corner of the Twin Cities and beyond.

commercial demands of Broadway (musicals), and passionate about his own theatrical ideas, envisioned a repertory theater somewhere in the heartland of America. Minneapolis landed the plum.

The Twin Cities area is noted for its music recording and production ties, which include Grammy-winning artist Prince, and music producer Terry Lewis. Additionally, the Twin Cities is ranked second only to New York in total theater seats per capita, and features 130 art galleries, 20 classical music groups, 15 museums and 10 dance companies.

For Minneapolis, “Broadway” is Hennepin Avenue, and “Off Broadway” is, well, Off Hennepin, which may be anywhere in the Metro area. Theater clusters include the West Bank in Minneapolis and The St. Paul Warehouse District. However, there are many other theaters scattered about the far-flung cultural universe of the Twin Cities.

In 1963, shortly after Sir Tyrone Guthrie established his famed Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, it was noted by area farmers that the wheat in their fields produced greater yields; and their lowing cattle, snorting swine and clucking hens hit stunning harmonic variations. Young farm boys and girls danced through meadows like butterflies ballerinas. Migratory birds refused to leave in autumn.

The Minnesota Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts in the state.

The Irish-born Sir Tyrone, whose reputation was that of the greatest theater director in the world, weary of the growing

Whether it is music, theater, ballet, comedy or opera, you will find it all here. During an average Twin Cities’ week-end you can choose between 29 plays, 6 dance performances, 8 pop music concerts, 2 jazz concerts, 3 major art exhibits, 24 gallery shows, five comedy acts.

Go to our listing sections for more information regarding arts education, landscape design, museums, galleries, historic buildings and landmarks, music and dance, theatre, casinos and racetracks. Sources:

Architect: Jean Nouvel Project: Guthrie Theater \ Photo: Meet Minneapolis

Arts Directory Theatre

Acme Comedy Company 708 N 1st St., Minneapolis 612-338-6393

CAST Showcase Theatre & School 4030 Central Av.No., Columbia Heights 763-789-2353

Frank Theatre 3156 S. 23rd Av., Minneapolis 612-724-3760

Illusion Theater 528 Hennepin Av., Minneapolis 612-339-4944

Mixed Blood Theatre 1501 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis 612-338-6131

Bloomington Civic Theater 1800 West Old Shakopee Rd. , Bloomington 952-563-8575

Centennial Showboat c/o Padelford Riverboats Harriet Island, St. Paul 651-227-1100

Guthrie Theater 818 South 2nd St., Minneapolis 612-377-2224 or 877-44-STAGE

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis 612-721-2535

Music Box Theatre 1407 Nicollet Av., Minneapolis 612-871-1414

Brave New Institute & ETC Theatre 2605 Hennepin Av. S., Minneapolis 612-332-6620

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen 952-934-1525

Burnsville Performing Arts Center 12600 Nicollet Av S, Burnsville 952-895-4680

Children’s Theatre Company 2400 Third Av. S., Minneapolis 612-874-0400

Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis 612-825-8949

Fitzgerald Theater 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul 651-290-1221

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Hennepin Stages 824 Hennepin Av., Minneapolis 612-373-5600

Heritage Theatre Co. of Maplewood 2100 White Bear Av., Maplewood 651-773-1455 History Theatre 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul 651-292-4323

Jungle Theater 2951 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis 612-822-7063

Old Log Theater 5175 Meadville St., Excelsior 952-474-5951

Lyric Arts Main St. Stage 420 E. Main St., Anoka 763-422-1838

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 345 Washington St., St. Paul 651-224-4222

Masquers Theatre Company PO Box 446, Forest Lake 651-464-5823

Orpheum Theatre 910 Hennepin Av., Minneapolis 612-339-7007

Oliver H. Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River 763-441-6896

Edina Art Center 4701 W. 64th St., Edina 612-915-6600

MacPhail Center for Music 14750 Cedar Ave , Apple Valley 612.321.0100

Schubert Music Museum 75 W. 5th St., Suite #302, St. Paul 651-292-3267

Elk River Area Arts Alliance 1170 Main St., Elk River 763-441-4725

MacPhail Center for Music 501 South 2nd St., Minneapolis 612.321.0100

Science Museum of Minnesota/Omnitheater 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 651-221-9444

Hennepin Center for the Arts 528 Hennepin Av., Minneapolis 612-332-4478 Hopkins Center for the Arts 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins 952-979-1100

Minneapolis College of Art and Design 2501 S. Stevens Av., Minneapolis 612-874-3700

St. James Hotel 406 Main St., Red Wing 651-388-2846

Hennepin Avenue Theater District / Photo: Meet Minneapolis

Pangea World Theater 711 West Lake St., #101, Minneapolis 612-203-1088

Pantages Theatre 710 Hennepin Av., Minneapolis 612-339-7007

Park Square Theatre 20 W. 7th PL, St. Paul 651-291-7005

Penumbra Theatre Company 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul 651-224-3180

Pillsbury House Theatre 3501 Chicago Av. S., Minneapolis 612-824-0459

Bell Museum of Natural History 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis 612-624-7083

Carleton College Art Gallery One North College St., Northfield 507-646-4469

Carver County Historical Society 555 West First St., Waconia 952-442-4234

www.carvercountyhistoricalsociety. org

Dakota County Historical Society Museum & Research Library 130 3rd Av. N., South St. Paul 651-552-7548

Plymouth Playhouse 2705 Annapolis Lane No., Plymouth 763-553-1600

Ellingson Car Museum 20950 Rogers Dr., Rogers 763-428-7337

Southern Theater 1420 Washington Av. So., Minneapolis 612-340-1725

Foshay Museum and Observation Deck 821 Marquette Av. S., Minneapolis 612-359-3030

Stages Theatre Company 1111 Main St., Hopkins 952-979-1111

Stepping Stone Theatre 75 W. 5th St. 55 Victoria St. No., St. Paul 651-225-9265

TB Sheldon Auditorium Theatre 443 W. Third St., Red Wing 651-388-8700 or 800-899-5759

Theatre in the Round Players 245 Cedar Av., Minneapolis 612-333-3010

Museums, Galleries, Historic Landmarks Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul 651-296-8760

James J. Hill House 240 Summit Av., St. Paul 651-297-2555

LeDuc Historic Estate 1629 Vermillion, Hastings 651-437-7055 home.asp

Mill City Museum 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis 612-341-7555

Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2400 S. Third Av., Minneapolis 612-870-3131

St. Olaf Flaten Art Museum 1520 St. Olaf Av., Northfield 507-646-3248

Walker Art Center 1750 Hennepin Av., Minneapolis 612-375-7622

Wayzata Historical Society 402 East Lake St., Wayzata 952-473-3631

Westonka Historical Society 2325 Commerce Blvd., Mound 952-472-9800

Music & Dance

Minnesota Dance Theatre and Dance Institute 528 Hennepin Av. - 6th floor Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis 612-338-0627

Minnehaha Depot Hiawatha Av., South of Minnehaha Pkwy. , Minneapolis 651-228-0263

The Minnesota Opera 620 N. First St., Minneapolis 612-333-2700

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden 726 Vineland Place , Minneapolis 612-230-6400

Minnesota Children’s Museum 10 W Seventh St. , St. Paul 651-225-6000

Minnesota Orchestra Orchestra Hall 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 612-371-5656

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis 612-625-9494

Minnesota History Center 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 651-296-6126

Northrop Theatre and Dance Northrop Auditorium 84 S.E. Church St., Minneapolis 612-624-2345

Gibbs Museum 2097 Larpenter Av. W, St. Paul 651-646-8629

Minnesota Museum of American Art Landmark Center 50 West Kellogg Blvd., Suite 341, St. Paul 651-266-1030

Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Av. Fort Snelling History Center, St. Paul 612-726-1171

Historic Murphy’s Landing 2187 E. Hwy. 101, Shakopee 952-445-6901

Houses of the Sibley Historic Site 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Mendota 651-452-1596

Ted Mann Concert Hall 2128 4th St., U of M, Minneapolis 612-624-2345

Northfield Historical Society and Museum 408 Division St., Northfield 507-645-9268

Vocal Essence 1900 Nicollet Av. , Minneapolis 612-547-1451

American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Av., Minneapolis 612-871-4907

Baseball Hall of Fame Museum 910 S. Third St., Minneapolis 612-375-9707

Northern Clay Center 2424 E. Franklin Av., Minneapolis 612-339-8007

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts 212 3rd Av. N, Ste. 140, Minneapolis 612-339-5145

Perpich Center for Arts Education 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley 763-591-4700

Intermedia Arts 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis 612-871-4444

Playwrights’ Center 2301 W. Franklin Av., Minneapolis 612-332-7481

Inver Hills Community College Fine Arts program 2500 East 80th St., Inver Grove Heights 651-450-8500

River Heights Arts Alliance 2445 78th St. E., Inver Grove Heights 651-450-0971

Lakeville Area Arts Center 20965 Holyoke Dr., Lakeville 952-985-4640

The Loft 1011 Washington Av., Minneapolis 612-215-2575 departments/artscenter.htm

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Through August 30! IN THE FIRESIDE Great concerts all year long! Visit our website for dates and artists.

Zenon Dance Company 528 Hennepin Av., Suite 400 , Minneapolis 612-338-1101

Bloomington Art Center 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington 952-563-8587

Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2240 North Shore Dr., Wayzata 952-473-7361

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis 612-721-2535 tedmann_2.htm

Arts Education

Bakken Museum, The 3537 Zenith Av. S., Minneapolis 612-926-3878

Northfield Arts Guild 304 Division St., Northfield 507-645-8877

O’Shaughnessey Auditorium 2004 Randolph Av., St. Paul 651-690-6700

Minnesota State Capitol 75 Constitution Av., St. Paul 651-296-2881

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra 408 St. Peter St. - 3rd floor, St. Paul 651-291-1144

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Eagan Art House 3981 Lexington Av.S., Eagan 651-686-9134

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Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul




innesota is one of the select areas in the Unites States where there is a professional team in every major sport and you can become a fan in every month of the year. The Minnesota Twins, Saint Paul Saints, and the Minnesota Lynx warm up the summer. The Minnesota Vikings dominate autumn and play into winter months. The Timberwolves, the Wild, and the Swarm play winter schedules with playoffs drifting into summer.

Professional Sports in Minnesota Minnesota Twins The Minnesota Twins play in the Central Division of Major League Baseball’s American League. Minnesota Twins fans welcomed the new Target Field in 2010, one of the most unique and spectacular parks in all of Major League Baseball. Total seating is approximately 40,000 with nearly half of all seats in the lower bowl. Target Field features a 360-degree open main concourse, giving fans an uninterrupted view of the playing field. It has been named “The Best Sports Stadium in North America” by ESPN The Magazine. Target Field has also been given the title of the “greenest ballpark in America”. The stadium was built with efficient lighting, a recycling program, and water saving features. Target Field is designed to provide fans with an outstanding venue to watch baseball and is a wonderful civic landmark for the city of Minneapolis.

Saint Paul Saints Minor league baseball can also be found in the Twin Cities. The Saint Paul Saints are a professional baseball team who play

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in the Northern Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The Saints have played their home games at Midway Stadium in Saint Paul since 1993. In 2015 the Saints will move into the new $63 million Lowertown Ball Park. The Saints have a knack for grabbing headlines with their unique promotions. They have long had a barber near home plate, ready to serve fans who want a trim while watching a ballgame. Another goofy constant at Saints games has been the way the team delivers baseballs to the umpire between each inning. Since their first season, the Saints have used a pig to do the honors. It may not be major league baseball, but everyone has a good time.

Minnesota Lynx Women’s Basketball The Minnesota Lynx are a professional basketball team in the Western Conference of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) who play at Target Center in Minneapolis. The Lynx recent domination in the WNBA includes appearances in the finals

three consecutive years between 2011 and 2013, coming out champions in 2011 & 2013. Three Lynx players travelled to London as part of the 2012 Women’s Olympic Basketball team and helped bring home a gold medal for the U.S.

Minnesota Vikings Football As summer turns to fall in Minnesota, fans gear up for another season of Minnesota Vikings football by donning their purple shirts and caps. Currently, Vikings’ games are played at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. A new stadium is under construction on the site of their former home, Mall of America Field (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome). The $900 million stadium is scheduled to be ready for the 2016 season and will host the Super Bowl in 2018. The Vikings play in the North Division of the National Football Conference. The team has eleven players who have been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including notables such as Carl Eller, Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton, and Coach Bud Grant.

Minnesota Timberwolves Men’s Basketball The Minnesota Timberwolves are a National Basketball Association team based in Minneapolis and a member of the Northwest Division of the NBA’s Western Conference. The Timberwolves play their games at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. With the return of coach Flip Saunders for the 2014-15 season, the Timberwolves hope to make a run in the playoffs with talents of; Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic.

University of Minnesota Sports Facilities

Minnesota Wild Hockey The Minnesota Wild team is a member of the National Hockey League and participates in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference. They are based in Saint Paul. Founded in 2000, the Wild brought the NHL back to Minnesota, who were without an NHL franchise since 1993 when the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas, Texas. The Wild’s former head coach, Jacques Lemaire, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (in the players category) in 1985. In 2008, he became only the 11th coach in NHL history to have 500 wins.

Minnesota Swarm Lacrosse Minnesota’s National Lacrosse League Team, the Minnesota Swarm, plays home games at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown Saint Paul. The team attracts about 10,000 fans per game to the eight home games of the season, which take place on weekends from January through April. There’s a definite party vibe at Swarm games and if you’re not familiar with the sport, it combines the physical play of hockey with the high-scoring playmaking of basketball. That combined with a familyfriendly environment at games, make lacrosse a fast-growing sport in the Twin Cities.

TCF Bank Stadium TCF Bank Stadium, sometimes referred to as “The Bank” is the home for the Minnesota Golden Gophers Big Ten football team, and the temporary home for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings’ 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Mariucci Arena Mariucci Arena, home to the men’s ice hockey team, seats approximately 10,000 fans. The arena, which holds an Olympic sized sheet of ice, is named after John Mariucci, the longtime Gopher coach who is considered the “godfather of Minnesota hockey.”

Ridder Arena, home to the women’s hockey team, opened in 2002. The arena, which has an NHL size ice sheet, seats about 3,400 people. The arena shares underground access tunnels to Mariucci.

Williams Arena

In 2009, the TCF Bank Stadium became the home for Big Ten Football in the Twin Cities.

Williams Arena, is home to both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The building is knick named the “The Barn”, and its student section is called “The Barnyard”.

The TCF Bank Stadium doesn’t have a bad seat in the house with excellent sightlines and visibility for everything on the field. Stairs and elevators can be found at every entrance gate and there are concessions and restrooms on the first level.

TCF Bank Stadium \ Jim Rosvold/University of Minnesota

Ridder Arena

University of Minnesota Sports

The TCF Bank Stadium is the football stadium for the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ college football team. The 50,805 seat on-campus “horseshoe” style stadium is designed to support future expansion to seat up to 80,000 people.

Mariucci Arena \ Eric Miller/University of Minnesota

Williams Arena \ Christopher Mitchell/University of Minnesota

Siebert Field Siebert Field is the home of the U of M college baseball team. It is named in honor of Dick Siebert, a former head coach who led the Gophers to three national titles.

Sports Pavilion The Sports Pavilion is home to volleyball, wrestling, Women’s and Men’s gymnastics. Sports Pavilion \ Eric Miller/University of Minnesota



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The largest indoor mall in the US, several outlet malls, antique shops, local boutiques & urban shopping


districts make Minnesota a shoppers paradise!

Anoka County Anoka Main St. Anoka Jackson from 1st to 5th St.

Blaine Northtown Mall 398 Northtown Dr.

Coon Rapids Riverdale Crossing Northwest corner of Hwy. 10 & Round Lake Blvd.

Coon Rapids Riverdale Village Shopping Center Southeast Corner of Hwy 10 & Round Lake Blvd.

Carver County Chanhassen Hwy. 5 and Market Blvd.

Burnsville Burnsville Center Hwy.s 35W and 35E at Cty. Rd. 42

Eagan Hwy. 35E and Pilot Knob, Yankee Doodle and Cliff Rd.

Eagan Twin Cities Premium Outlets 3965 Eagan Outlets Parkway Mall Office 3-114 Hastings Historic Downtown Hastings Hwy. 61 South on Main St.

Inver Grove Heights The Heights of Inver Grove Bishop Av.and Blaine Av. off of Upper 55th

Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Shopping Center Hwy. 494 and Hwys. 212 and 169 South 8251 Flying Cloud Dr.

Edina 50th & France W. 50th St. and France Av. South

Edina Galleria 69th St. and France Av. South

Edina Southdale Center 66th St. and France Av. South

West Saint Paul Shops on South Robert St.

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Savage O’Connell Square Co. Rd. 42 and O’Connell Rd in Savage

Apple Valley Apple Valley Ring Route County Rd. 42 and Cedar Av.

Crystal Lake Crystal Shopping Center Bass Lake Rd. (CR 10) and West Broadway (CR 8)

Waconia Hwy. 5 and Main St.

hen the Mall of America was completed in 1992, it quickly became one of the country’s leading tourist attractions. It is the nation’s largest indoor shopping mall. The Mall of America is located on the old site of Metropolitan Stadium, once home of the Minnesota Vikings football and Twins baseball teams. It is so huge that it could contain seven Yankee Stadiums! There are so many stores and businesses, that if you spent 10 minutes in each,

Hennepin County Bloomington Mall of America 60 East Broadway, Bloomington

Edina Gaviidae Common I and II 60 S. Sixth St. Maple Grove Fountains at Arbor Lakes Intersection of Elm Creek Blvd. & Hemlock Lane

it would take you 86 hours to visit them all. Its central hub is so large there is an amusement park including a roller coaster and many other rides. Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium is another major Mall of America attraction. Both Minneapolis and Saint Paul downtown areas, not to be outdone by the Mall of America for indoor shopping, have both become essentially indoor cities, with extensive

Maple Grove Shoppes at Arbor Lakes Hwy. 694 and Hemlock Lane

Minneapolis IDS Center Crystal Court

Minneapolis Block E Between 6th and 7th St. on Hennepin Av.

Minneapolis The Warehouse District Northwest downtown Minneapolis

Minnetonka Ridgedale Center Wayzata Blvd.,

South Lake Minnetonka/Excelsior Hwy. 7 & Water St.

Minneapolis Calhoun Square Lake St. and Hennepin Av.

St. Louis Park Excelsior & Grand Av.

Minneapolis City Center Sixth St. and Hennepin Av.

St. Louis Park Knollwood Mall 169 and Hwy. 7

Minneapolis Nicollet Mall Minneapolis 5th - 10th St.

Wayzata Hwy 394, downtown Wayzata exit

Ramsey County

Minneapolis Riverplace and St. Anthony Main Main St. across the Mississippi River from downtown

Maplewood Maplewood Mall l-694 and White Bear Av.

Roseville Har Mar Mall South of Hwy. 36 on Snelling Av.


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Seasonal Favorites

Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights \ Photo: Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota is home to many fairs, festivals and seasonal hot spots. Whether its eating anything and everything on a stick at the State Fair in the sweltering August heat or peeking through a small slit in your scarf wrapped face at the breathtaking ice sculptures on display at the Winter Carnival, Minnesota has so many wonderful outdoor experiences to offer you in this great northern state that enjoys all four seasons. There is nothing like picking apples on a crisp October Saturday morning, followed by a warm cup of hot cider in whatever little snack shack your local orchard runs. And strawberry picking in June, just as we are getting our first tastes of the warm seasonal sun, makes it seem like summer will last forever. Whether you are a warm weather buff or a cold winter junkie, we have a festival here for everyone!

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he Minnesota State Fair, or the “The Great Minnesota Get-Together”, as Minnesotans call it, is the largest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance*. It is also the 2nd largest state fair in the United States by total attendance, trailing the State Fair of Texas*. Fairgoers are treated to major concerts in the grandstand, coliseum shows, agricultural exhibits, parades, midway carnival, thrill rides, shopping and of course just about any food you could ever want…on a stick! The fairgrounds are located in Falcon Heights, nestled between Mpls & St. Paul. The fair runs for twelve days from late August into early September, ending on Labor Day.

The Minneapolis Aquatennial is a free annual event, held at various locations in the city of Minneapolis, during the third full week of July. Originating in 1940, the Minneapolis Aquatennial celebrates the city’s famous lakes, rivers, and streams. Locals know it as “The Best Days of Summer”. Festivities include sand castle building, beach volleyball, a tennis invitational, a triathlon, parades, block party, milk carton boat races and the fireworks.

*Sources: “2006 Detailed Daily Attendance”. Minnesota State Fair.

SAINT PAUL WINTER CARNIVAL | The Saint Paul Winter Carnival takes place in January each year. The festival’s mission is to foster a sense of community, pride, belonging and connectedness by celebrating Saint

Paul’s unique history and emerging heritage through fun and educational experiences. . Activities throughout the 11 day festival include: Royal Coronation, Grand Day Parade, Outdoor Beer Dabbler Festival, Medallion Hunt, Dogsled Race, Kids’ Day, Snow Sculpting, Ice Sculpture Carving, Klondike Kate Cabarets, Historic Art Exhibit and Torchlight Parade.

MINNESOTA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL| The Minnesota Renaissance Festival grounds are a re-creation of a fictional 16th Century “England-like” fantasy kingdom. It is the largest renaissance festival in the U.S., with an annual attendance over 300,000*. It operates weekends from mid-August until the final week in September in Shakopee. The festival boasts stage acts, street acts, musical entertainment, a royal court, artisans, games, rides, theme weekends and fair food. *source: St. Paul Winter Carnival parade. Photo by Michael Hicks

P ick Your Own! Apple orchards and seasonal summer berries available at some locations. Call for more information Aamodt’s Apple Farm 6428 Manning Av., Stillwater 651-439-3127

Afton Raspberry Company 1421 Neal Avenue South, Afton, MN 651-436-7631 John J. Arco Afton South Oak Orchard 13255 50th St S, Afton 651-436-8467 Afton Apple Orchard 14421 90th St. S., Hastings 651-463-8385

Alexis Bailly Vineyard Hastings grapes Hastings 651-437-1413 Ames Farm 11225 County Rd. 20, Watertown 612-955-3348

Apple Jack Orchards, Inc. 4875 37th St SE, Delano 763-972-6673

Applecrest Orchards 7306 24th Av.North, Hugo 651-426-7388 Applewood Orchard 22702 Hamburg Av., Lakeville 952-985-5425

Bade’s Orchard 104 Lano Lane, Chaska 952-448-4986 The Berry Patch County Road 50, Forest Lake 651-433-3448 Blueberry Fields Of Stillwater 9450 Mendel Road North, Stillwater 651-351-0492 Bob’s Bluebird Orchard and Craft Barn 26205 Fairlawn Av., Webster 612-461-3143 The Bohn Farm 17801 Clayton Avenue E, Rosemount 651-967-3276 Bridgewater Produce Farm 4706 E Lonsdale Blvd, Northfield 651-253-2689 Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center 12805 St. Croix trail South, Hastings 651-437-4359

Cherith Farms 27450 Raven Road, Belle Plaine, MN 507-665-5055 Covered Bridge Farm 18655 Forest Blvd., Forest Lake 651-464-0735 Deardorff Orchards 8350 Parley Lake Rd., Waconia 952-442-1885

Emma Krumbee’s Apple Orchard US Hwy. 169 501 East South St., Belle Plaine 952-873-3006

Fall Harvest Orchard 345 County Rd. 30 SE, Delano 763-972-3894

Fireside Orchard 2225 Lonsdale Blvd, Northfield 507-663-1376 Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard 12971 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings 651-437-7126

Havlicek’s Orchard 26526 Newport Av., Webster 952-758-4386 Live Flowers, LLC 15677 May Avenue, Marine On St. Croix 651-433-5075 Lorences Berry Farm - strawberries and raspberries 28625 Foliage Avenue, Northfield 507-645-9749 McDougall’s Apple Junction 14325 110th St. So., Hastings 651-437-6794 Minnesota Harvest 8351 Old Hwy. 169, Jordan 952-492-2785

Minnetonka Orchards 6530 County Rd. 26, Minnetrista 763-479-3191 or 763-657-1667

Montgomery Orchard 15953 State Highway 99 (140th St. W) , Montgomery 952-221-1051 .

My Minnesota Farmer 35100 191st Avenue, Montgomery 612-245-6271. Alternate Phone: 507364-7348 Natura Farms (formerly North Star Gardens) . 19060 Manning Trail North, Marine on the St. Croix 651-433-5850 Nelson’s Apple Farm 3270 Douglas Av., Webster 952-461-3355

Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn 12860 Old Brickyard Road, Shakopee 952-906-0247 Pine Tree Apple Orchard 450 Apple Orchard Rd., White Bear Lake 651-429-7202

Sam Kedum Nursery and Gardens 2414 191st Street East, Hastings 651-437-7516. Email Silkey Gardens LLC 5556 E 115 Street, Northfield 507-645-4158 Straight River Farm 3733 220th Street E, Faribault 507-334-2226 Sunshine Orchard 6315 250th St. East, Hampton 651-452-9625 Sweetland Orchard 26205 Fairlawn Ave, Webster, MN 651-252-4337 Thompson’s Hillcrest Orchard 6271 250th St E, Elko 952-461-2055

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Apple House 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chanhassen 952-443-1409 Victoria Valley Orchard 4304 North Victoria St., Shoreview 651-484-4500

Whistling Well Farm 8973 South St. Croix Trail, Hastings 651-998-0301

White Barn Orchard Northfield 507-645-5207 Wisp-O-Willow Forest Lake 651-462-5149 Wyatt’s Strawberries Hastings 651-437-8479




innesota is home to almost 400 golf courses. From executive courses to full service resorts, we offer a course to fit the needs of any skill level. The 3M Championship is played at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine each year and Hazeltine National Golf Club, In Chaska, will host the Ryder Cup in 2016. We are also proud to be the first state to host all USGA championships.

Golf Courses Anoka County Bunker Hills 12800 Bunker Prairie Rd. NW Coon Rapids 763-755-4141

Victory Links at National Youth Golf Center 1700 105th Av.NE, Blaine 763-717-3240

Chomonix Golf Course 700 Aqua Ln., Lino Lakes 651-482-8484

Viking Meadows Golf Club 1788 Viking Blvd NE, Cedar 763-434-4205

Greenhaven Golf Course 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka 763-576-2965

Carver County

Hidden Haven 20520 Polk St NE, Cedar 763-434-4626

Majestic Oaks Golf Club 701 Bunker Lake Blvd NE, Ham Lake 763-755-2142

Rum River Golf Club 16659 Saint Francis Blvd, Ramsey 763-753-3339

The Links at N.thfork 9333 Alpine Dr NW, Anoka 763-241-0506

The Ponds Golf Course 2881 229th Av.NW, Saint Francis 763-753-1100

The Refuge 21250 Yellowpine St NW, Oak Grove 763-753-8383

TPC of the Twin Cities 11444 Tournament Players Pkwy, Blaine 763-795-0800

Bluff Creek Golf Course 1025 Creekwood, Chaska 952-445-5685 Chaska Town Course 3000 Town Course Dr., Chaska 952-443-3748

Dahlgreen Golf Course 6940 Dahlgreen Rd., Chaska 952-488-7463

Deer Run Golf Club 8661 Deer Run Dr., Victoria 952-443-2351

Halla Greens Executive Golf Course 495 Pioneer Trail, Chanhassen 952-252-2525

Island View Golf Club 7795 Laketown Pkwy., Waconia 952-442-6116

River’s Edge Golf Course 1455 County Rd. 27, Watertown 952-955-2223 Timber Creek Golf Course 9750 County Rd. 24, Watertown 952-955-3600

Windsong Farm 18 Golf Walk , Independence 763-479-7161

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Dakota County Apple Valley Golf Course 8661 West 140th St., Apple Valley 952-432-4647 Arbor Point Golf Club 8919 Cahill Ave, Inver Grove Heights 651-451-9678

Bellwood Oaks 13239 210th St E, Hastings 651-437-4141

Birnamwood Public Golf Course 12424 Parkwood Dr, Burnsville 952-707-6393

Brackett’s Crossing Country Club 17976 Judicial Rd, Lakeville 952-435-7600

Crystal Lake Golf Club 16725 Innsbrook Dr, Lakeville 952-432-6566

Emerald Greens Golf Course 14425 Goodwin Av., Hastings 651-480-8558

Fountain Valley Golf Club 2830 220th St., PO Box 97, Farmington 651-463-2121

Gopher Hills Golf Course 26155 Nicolai Av., Cannon Falls 507-263-2507

Hastings Country Club 2015 Westview Dr., Hastings 652-437-6483

Heritage Links Golf Club 8075 Lucerne Blvd., Lakeville 952-440-4653

Hidden Greens Golf Course 12977 200th St E., Hastings 651-437-3085

Begin Oaks Golf Course 5635 Yucca Ln. N., Plymouth 763-599-7574

Inver Wood Golf Club 1850 70th St E., Inver Grove Heights 651-457-3667

Braemar Golf Course 6364 John Harris Dr., Edina 952-826-6791

Lost Spur Country Club 2750 Sibley Hwy., Eagan 651-454-5681

Brookland Executive Nine 8232 Regent Av. N., Brooklyn Park 763-488-6497

Mendakota Country Club 2075 Mendakota Dr., Mendota Heights 651-454-2822

Brookview Golf Course 200 Brookview Pkwy., Golden Valley 763-512-2300

Mendota Heights Par 3 1695 Dodd Rd., Mendota Heights 651-454-9822 Rich Valley Golf Club 3855 145th St., Rosemount 651-437-4653 Southern Hills Golf Course 18950 Chippendale Ave. W., Farmington 651-463-4653

Burl Oaks Golf Club 5400 N. Arm Dr., Minnetrista 952-742-7017

Southview Country Club 239 E. Mendota Rd., West St. Paul 651-451-6856

Thompson Oaks Golf Course 1555 Oakdale Av.e, West St. Paul 651-457-6064

Valleywood Golf Course 4851 125th St W., Apple Valley 952-953-2323

Hennepin County Baker National Golf Course 2935 Parkview Dr., Medina 763-694-7670

Centerbrook Golf Course 5500 N. Lilac Dr. Brooklyn Center 763-561-3239

Columbia Golf Club 3300 Central Av. NE, Minneapolis 612-789-2627

Daytona Golf Club 14730 Lawndale Ln., Dayton 763-427-6110

Dwan Golf Club 3301 W. 110th St., Bloomington 952-563-8702

Eagle Lake Youth Golf Course 11000 County Rd. 10, Plymouth 763-694-7695

Edinburgh USA 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park 763-315-8500

Rush Creek Golf Club 7801 Troy Ln. N., Maple Grove 763-494-0400

Oak Marsh Golf Club 526 Inwood Av.N., Oakdale 651-730-8886

The Wilds Golf Club 3151 Wilds Ridge, Prior Lake 952-445-3500

Oak Glen Country Club 1599 McKusick Rd., Stillwater 651-439-6981

Fort Snelling Public Golf Course 6399 Fort Snelling Av., Fort Snelling 612-726-6222

Shamrock Golf Club 19625 Larkin Rd., Hamel 763-478-9977

Oneka Ridge Golf Club 5610 N. 120th St., White Bear Lake 651-429-2390

Valley View Golf Course 23795 Laredo Av., Belle Plaine 952-873-4653

Prestwick Golf Club 9555 Wedgewood Dr., Woodbury 651-731-4779

French Lake Open Golf Club 17500 County Rd. 81, Maple Grove 763428-4544 Fred Richards Executive Course 6364 John Harris Dr., Edina 612-915-6606

Spring Hill Golf Club 725 County Rd. 6, Wayzata 952-473-1500

Phalen Golf Course 1615 Phalen Dr, St. Paul 651-778-0424

Sherburne County

River Oaks Golf Course 11099 S Hwy 61, Cottage Grove 651-438-2121

Sundance Golf Club 15420 113th Av. N. , Dayton 763-420-4800

The Ponds at Battle Creek 601 Century Av. S., Maplewood 651-501-6321

Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center 14350 County Rd. 62, Minnetonka 763-694-7824

Theodore Wirth Golf Course 1301 Theodore Wirth Pwy., Golden Valley 763-522-4584

Roseville Cedarholm Golf Course 2323 N. Hamline Av., Roseville 651-633-8337

Golden Valley Golf and Country Club 7001 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley 763-732-4100

Ramsey County

University of Minnesota Golf Club 2275 W. Larpenteur Av., St. Paul 651-627-4000 braemar_golf/courses/par29

Gross National Golf Club 2201 St. Anthony Blvd., Minneapolis 612-789-2542

Hayden Hills Golf Club 13150 Deerwood Ln. N., Dayton-9425 763-421-0060 Hiawatha Golf Club 4553 Longfellow Av. So., Minneapolis 612-724-7715

Hollydale Golf Course 4710 Holly Ln. N., Plymouth 763-559-9847

Hyland Greens 10100 N.mandale Blvd., Bloomington 952-948-8868 facilities/rec_facility/hyland_facility.htm

Meadowbrook Golf Course 201 Meadowbrook Rd., Hopkins 952-929-2077

New Hope Village Golf Course 8130 Bass Lake Rd., New Hope 763-531-5178 Oak Ridge Country Club 700 Oak Ridge Rd. , Hopkins 952-935-7721

Pheasant Acres Golf Course 10705 County Rd. 116, Rogers 763-428-8244

Brightwood Hills Golf Course 1975 Silver Lake Rd., New Brighton 652-638-2150

Como Golf Club 1431 N. Lexington Pwy., St. Paul 651-488-9679

Goodrich Golf Course 1820 N. Van Dyke St., Maplewood 651-748-2525 goodrich.asp

Highland National Golf Course 1403 Montreal Av., St. Paul 651-695-3774 Hillcrest Golf Club of Saint Paul 2200 E. Larpenteur Av., St. Paul 651-774-6088

Island Lake Golf & Training Center 1000 Red Fox Rd., Shoreview 651-787-0383

Keller Golf Club 2166 Maplewood Dr., St. Paul 651-766-4176

Manitou Ridge Golf Club 3200 N. McKnight Rd., White Bear Lake 651-777-2987

Midland Hills Country Club 2001 Fulham St., Roseville 651-631-0440

Scott County Boulder Pointe Golf Club 9575 Glenborough Dr., Elko 952-461-4900

Cleary Lake Golf Course 18106 Texas Av., Prior Lake 612-447-2171

Creeks Bend Golf Course 26826 Langford Av., New Prague 952-758-7200

Legends Club 8670 Credit River Blvd., Prior Lake 952-226-4777

The Meadows at Mystic Lake 2400 Mystic Lake Dr., Prior Lake 925-223-5533

New Prague Golf Club 400 Lexington Av. S., New Prague 952-758-5326

Ridges at Sand Creek 21775 Ridges Dr., Jordan 952-492-2644

Elk River Country Club 20015 Elk Lake Rd., Elk River 763-441-4111

Pebble Creek Golf Course Club House Ln, Becker 763-263-4653

Washington County Afton Alps Golf Course 6600 Peller Av. S., Hastings 651-436-1320

Applewood Hills Public Golf Course 11840 60th St. N., Stillwater 651-439-7276

Castle Wood Golf Course 7050 Scandia Trail, Forest Lake 651-464-6233

Cimarron Park Golf Course 0901 Lake Elmo Av. N., Lake Elmo 651-436-6188 Country Air Golf Park 404 Lake Elmo Av., Lake Elmo 651-436-6549

Dellwood Country Club 29 E Hwy 96, Dellwood 651-426-3218

Eagle Valley Golf Course 2600 Double Eagle Ln., Woodbury 651-714-3750

Mississippi Dunes 10351 Grey Cloud Trail, Cottage Grove 651-768-7611

Sawmill Golf Club 11177 N. McKusick Rd., Stillwater 651-439-7862

Stone Ridge Golf Course 13600 N Hudson Blvd., Stillwater 651-436-4653

Tanners Brook Golf Course 5810 190th St., Forest Lake 651-464-2300

Wright County Buffalo Heights Golf Course 905 S Hwy 25, P.O. Box 318, Buffalo 763-682-2854

Cedar Creek Golf Course 5700 Jason Av., Albertville 763-497-8245

Fox Hollow Golf Club 4780 Palmgren Ln. NE, St. Michael 763-428-4468

Monticello Country Club 1209 Golf Course Rd., Monticello 763-295-4653

Riverwood National Golf Course 10444 95th St. NE, Otsego 763-271-5000

Wild Marsh 1710 Montrose Blvd. S., Buffalo 763-682-4476

Stonebrooke Golf Course 2693 County Rd. 79, Shakopee 952-496-3171

For more listings on Golf Courses in the Metropolitan area and around Minnesota visit


Parks & Recreation


innesota has one of the nation’s great, diverse state parks systems, more than 227,000 acres in 76 parks and recreation areas, with 1,030 miles of hiking trails not to mention some of the country’s best bike trails. With more than 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is also perfect for fishing, boating and fun on the water.

A variety of destinations for family fun and recreation, include Nickelodeon Universe, an indoor amusement park at Mall of America; Valleyfair Family Amusement Park in Shakopee; the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley; and the Como Zoo and Como Town amusement park in St. Paul.

And for the winter enthusiasts you can find top-notch ski and snowmobile trails as well as downhill slopes.

Photo: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.

National & State Parks

Elk River Parks 763-635-1150

Afton State Park

Goodhue County Parks 651-385-3000 index.html

Grand Portage National Monument

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

North Country National Scenic Trail

Saint Croix National Scenic River

William O’Brien State Park minnesota_valley/index.html

Ski Areas

Afton Alps Recreation Area 6600 Peller Av. S., Hastings 1-800-328-1328 , 651-436-5245

Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Area 15400 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville 952435-7174

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area 8800 Chalet Rd., Bloomington 763-694-7800 publicworks/parks.aspx

Hennepin County Parks/Three Rivers Park District 763-599-9000

Minneapolis Parks 612-230-6400

Ramsey County Parks 651-748-2500

Saint Paul Parks 651-226-6400

Rice County Parks 507-332-6105

Scott County Parks 763-694-7880

Sherburne County Parks 763-241-2700

Washington County Parks 651-430-8370

Welch Village Ski and Snowboard 26685 Co. Rd. 7 Blvd., Welch

Wright County Parks 763-682-7693


Wild Mountain Ski Area Taylors Falls 651-465-6315

Area Parks Anoka County Parks 763-757-3920

Carver County Parks 952-466-5250

Dakota County Parks 952-891-7000

Local State Parks 652-296-6157

Biking Trails For information on the variety and location hundreds of trails in the Twin City Area go to www.mntrails. com or

Boating Activities

Afton House Inn & AftonHudson Cruise Lines 3291 St. Croix Tr. S., Afton 651-436-8883; 1-877-436-8883

Al & Alma’s Supper Club and Charter Cruises 5201 Piper Rd., Mound 952-472-3098

Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Garden 7110 County Rd. 110, Minnetrista 952-472-9292

BayView Event Center and Charter Cruises 687 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior 952-470-8439

Bunker Beach Bunker Hills Regional Park Pkwy. Rd. A, Coon Rapids 763-767-2895

Gondola Romantica - Stillwater 425 East Nelson St., Stillwater 651-439-1783

Canterbury Park Horse Racing, Poker & Table Games

In Towne Marina 8 East Lake St., Waconia 952-442-2096

Cascade Bay 1360 Civic Center Dr., Eagan 651-675-5577

Museum of Lake Minnetonka PO Box 178, Excelsior 952-474-2115

River Heights Marina Inc. & River Heights Yacht charters 4455 66th St. East, Inver Grove Heights 651-455-4974 (Marina) 651-263-3364 (Yacht Charters)

Padelford Packet Boat Company Harriet Island , St. Paul 651-227-1100, 800-543-3908

St Croix Boat and Packet Company 525 South Main St., Stillwater 651-430-1234

Sea Note Cruises Lake Minnetonka , Stillwater 952-944-7464

Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours 37200 Wild Mountain Rd., Taylors Falls 651-465-6315

1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee 952-445-7223

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory 1225 Estabrook Dr., St Paul 651-487-8000

Como Town 1301 Midway Pkwy., St Paul 651-487-2121

Elko Speedway 26350 France Ave, Elko 952-461-7223

Great Clips IMAX Theater at Minnesota Zoo 12000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley 952-431-4629

Guidant John Rose MN Oval Skate Park 2661 Civic Center Dr., Roseville 651-792-7007 Jim Lupient Water Park 1520 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis 612-370-3989


2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake 952-445-9000

Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center 14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley 952-953-2300

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Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Nickelodeon Universe Mall of America, Bloomington 952-883-8555

The Depot Waterpark 225 South 3rd Av., Minneapolis 612-375-1700

Minnesota Zoo 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley 1-800-366-7811 1-800-627-3528 (TTY)

Running Aces Harness Park 15201 Zurich St, Columbus 651-925-4600

St. Louis Park Aquatic Park 3700 Monterey Dr., St. Louis Park 952-924-2540

The Depot Indoor Skating Rink 225 South 3rd Av., Minneapolis 612-375-1700

Tropics Indoor Water Park 4580 Victoria St. No. , Shoreview 651-490-4700

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium Mall of America 120 E Broadway, Bloomington 952-883-0202

Treasure Island Resort & Casino Spirit of the Water 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Red Wing 800-222-7077, ext. 2297

Valleyfair Amusement Park 1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee 952-445-7600

Water Park of America 1700 E. American Blvd., Bloomington 952-854-8900

Wild Mountain Taylors Falls 800-447-4958


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