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Inside THIS ISSUE

The Elements of Escape 50

This winter, take inspiration from the elements—Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, that is—to plan your city getaways. Whether it’s an overnight jaunt or just an afternoon elsewhere, beat the cold and snow with salt rooms, water parks, indoor skydiving, flaming drinks, and so much more.

Top Dentists 68

When your dental health takes a big hit, where do you turn for help? Local specialists talk about how to get your grin back as quickly and painlessly as possible. Plus, read on to find out who’s on our 2023 Top Dentists list.

on the cover

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DEPARTMENTS

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Talk 15

What’s new with chef—and TV star—Yia Vang…Now that one party controls the Minnesota legislature, what happens?

New developments are popping up near Canterbury Park

Inside Watt Munisotaram, the country’s largest Cambodian Buddhist temple…Check out Cannon Falls’ Pachyderm Studios, where major albums have been recorded for some 30 years...What happened when St. Paul Parks and Rec made youth sports free?…Get to know Mpls. St.Paul founding publisher Burt Cohen’s Twin Cities...Our monthly Culture Meter of arts happenings and events…Plus, if you didn’t get enough of him, musings from columnist Burt Cohen (page 32)

Hairspray hits the Orpheum, plus more on our Culture Meter, page 30.

interpretations of “sober curious”…Plus, our predictions for the top food and dining trends for 2023.

Foodways 42

Inside some of the Twin Cities’ most storied specialty markets.

Trend 45

Carefully designed homewares at a new shop in Wayzata… Keep your head toasty (and hair unmussed) with a bucket hat… What Pantone’s Color of the Year says about where we are as a society…Touring through the secret sidewalks and off-thebeaten-path shops at 50th & France…Local sewing shops seeing a new—and younger— clientele…Plus, cozy goods hunkering down this winter.

Toast: Weddings and Parties 97

From in-season blooms and new venues to artful cakes and photos with pets, tap this guide for your best bash yet.

The Lists 155

Notable spots to host kids’ birthday parties around town.

Timeline 160

Just in time for the St. Paul Winter Carnival, we look back on the cold-weather party’s 140-year history.

Persona 33

Tina Wilcox’s new coffeetable book full of fantastical taxidermied animals is something to behold—and so is its creator.

Taste 37

Blondette, the new resto in the Rand Tower Hotel, is punk-French-girl cool…How to celebrate the Chinese New Year in style…Even though our Cities have plenty of great salads these days, don’t miss the classic Good Day Café Cobb…What does it mean to be healthy, anyway?…Minnesotans’ many

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College Guide 119

Nationally ranked programs, top faculty, research, athletics, and more—here’s a roundup of reasons to start your college search right here in your own backyard.

Five Star Wealth Managers 125

Top local pros.

Stay warm (and look cool) this winter, page 48.

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The Wedding Guys are back with Unveiled for 2023. This modern Minneapolis wedding show features all the wedding business essentials from venues and catering to photographers and florists. The TrendSpot Fashion Show kicks off this event, showcasing the latest trends in bridal fashion. With couture designs from top designers and exclusive glimpses of premier local salons, this is the most experiential bridal runway show in the region. General admission tickets including the runway show are $20; tickets without the runway show are $15. Visit theweddingguys.com/ shows/unveiled for tickets and more information.

out & about

Holi-Go-Fabulous Galleria, Edina Galleria and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine kicked off the season in style with a two-weekend event series full of fabulous at the Galleria! Four days of editor– and local expert–hosted sessions with holiday tips, tricks, and trends from fashion and home décor to holiday entertaining and gift giving—and of course, lots of shopping! Light bites, a festive coffee bar, and fun takeaways were enjoyed at each hour-long session. Visit mspmag.com/holigofabulous for highlights from the event.

Glass House

A beautiful event recognizing excellence in residential design (sponsored by John Kraemer and Sons) contained an awards presentation from editor in chief Jayne Haugen Olson and Home & Design editor Kelly Ryan Kegans, food by Chopped and Served, and a specialty cocktail from Du Nord Social Spirits. More than 15 architecture firms submitted 40+ outstanding projects to a panel of judges, and 15 projects were selected as winners. For more information about the RAVE Awards, visit mspmag.com/rave.

in case you missed it

Most-read digital-first stories in November on mspmag.com

1. Your Guide to Twin Cities Holiday Markets and Shopping Events

2. Sneak Peek: Pho Mai at the Asia Mall

3. Historic $635K Italianate Home in St. Paul for Sale

4. Thanksgiving Meal Kits, Dining, and Take Out in the Twin Cities

5. The Dayton’s Project Unveils Winter Maker’s Market

Most-liked on Instagram in November

Readers love to shop local and loved our annual holiday-market roundup over the holiday season. 6,973 likes; 60 comments

Most-watched Instagram Reel in November

We brought thousands of followers inside Eden Prairie’s new Asia Mall— and, clearly, it’s a far cry from the building’s past as a Gander Mountain.

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Editor’s Note

● HERE WE ARE, FOLKS—2023. (Why does that number feel even more Space Odyssey than 2001?)

I think I am finally catching my breath and getting my land legs since the dreaded pandemic reared its ugly head. A week doesn’t go by that someone (including me) doesn’t say, “Was that a year ago or three years ago…?” Much of the time since the spring of 2020 has been a blur. The disruptions, curveballs, closings, shifts, and reprogramming has messed with our sense of time, yet time has marched along. And, like clockwork, the seasons have once again changed. So, here we are in another winter.

I don’t mind repeating how impressed (and proud) I am of the resilience and creativity of our entire operation at Mpls.St.Paul and how it kept our magazine running month after month, especially in those darkest of days. In the scheme of things, we are a small business. Our team of roughly 50 people strong executes 12 monthlies, a Home & Design quarterly, 365 Daily Edit e-newsletters, a biweekly Be Well e-newsletter, three Mpls.St.Paul Restaurant Weeks, an annual Mpls.St.Paul Jr., and dozens of events and media partnerships large and small—plus one-offs for ourselves or clients that support local initiatives of note.

Getting our magazines into the hands of newsstand buyers isn’t as easy as it sounds. Changes

with our distributor about a year ago required some fancy footwork on our end. So our feeton-street audience development marketer, Colleen Puent, offered up a plan: Let’s get even more hands-on. And that’s what we (mostly she) did. Now pallets of magazines are dropped at Colleen’s house so her team can get issues to the newsstands within days versus weeks (as when the printer sends magazines to a distributor in Michigan, only to have the issues find their way back to Minnesota). This decision reduced the number of locations where we now sell our title but has allowed us to be hyper-focused in the retail and grocery stores where we have the highest engagement. We are also sold through a few independent co-ops. I’ll say it again: In the scheme of things, we are a small business, and the nimbleness and out-of-the-box thinking of Colleen and her team is a shining example of our commitment to doing what we need to do. With the praise we receive from readers also (sometimes) come the complaints. We received an email from a subscriber “disappointed” with the volume of advertising in our November issue (that particular issue was on the weightier side). We are mindful of keeping a balance between editorial and advertising. And we also pay close attention to the pacing of the book to ensure the best reading experience, in addition to a flow that is beneficial to our clients whose marketing support keeps our business afloat. That particular reader said they would just prefer to get the information online and avoid the advertising. Our hope is our readers do both: continue to support local media by purchasing the magazine via newsstand or a subscription to experience our editorial in its original form with our awardwinning photography and design, but also use digital as a resource for day-to-day needs and navigating the Twin Cities for goods, services, entertainment, and experiences. Speaking of experiences—with winter here, you’re likely looking for things to do. As we set out to report this month’s cover story, we unearthed an incredible roundup of activities that either celebrate the seasonal elements or allow you to escape from them for a bit. The options available throughout the Twin Cities are super inspiring—and our package (starting on page 50) is really just the tip of the snow piles that will continue to build in yards and parking lots around the Cities. If there is a silver lining to the pandemic, it’s how our community has evolved to embrace the outdoors, no matter the temperature. Kings of the North, indeed. —Reach Jayne at jolson@mspmag.com.

A CLOSER LOOK

Over the last 30-some years, local and national artists have created incredible albums at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls (read more on page 22). Here are a few worth a listen.

Fontanelle by Babes in Toyland

► The Twin Cities–based punk-rockers created their second (and most successful) album at Pachyderm and New York’s Sorcerer Sound Recording Studios in 1992.

Grave Dancers Union by Soul Asylum

► The Minneapolis alt-rock group made it to the woodsy studio to record part of the triple-platinum Grave Dancers Union in 1992.

Once Twice Melody by Beach House

► Pachyderm still rocks today—like when the indie rockers recorded part of this four-chapter album, released over a few months in 2021 and 2022.

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Cover of our January 2019 edition. Yes, you can still experience a skyline view from the roof of the Hewing Hotel, though the view has changed a little with the addition of the RBC Gateway tower.

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● WHEN JAMES BEARD AWARD–FINALIST CHEF Yia Vang invites you to go on a literal wild-goose chase, you go. That’s how I find myself sitting with a 12-gauge shotgun in a bunker underneath a windblown prairie covered in goose decoys somewhere outside of Fergus Falls. As far as goose hunting goes, it’s actually kind of luxurious—the underground bunker, from which our guides are peering out of trapdoors to call in the geese, is dug

CHEF YIA VANG

Minneapolis’s newest celebrity chef aims to heal the rural-urban divide with his new TV show, Feral.

into a hill like an elaborate WWI trench. With a couple of electric heaters built into the walls, it’s nearly toasty down here. And if you get the shivers, there’s actual French toast (and hot coffee) available. Honestly, it almost feels like cheating at hunting. “It’s TV magic,” Vang explains. “Everything is fake!”

Vang is here with a swarming crew of cameramen, set coordinators, and sound guys filming the latest

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episode of Feral, his new show produced by Andrew Zimmern’s Intuitive Content, which debuted on the Outdoor Channel just after Thanksgiving. The be-camouflaged showrunner, Hayden Mauk, looking like a general in his tall black rubber boots and a brimmed cap with long muffs, is laying in the cut just off camera, directing Vang and his local guides through the beats of their various scenes. This crew already has 15 episodes under their belt, and whether they’re stalking pythons in the Florida Everglades, axis deer in Texas, or Canadian geese in Fergus Falls, the format is the same: The locals take Vang into the field and then, whether the hunt is successful or not (TV magic), Vang cooks up their quarry, usually right out in the field—or, in this case, on the griddle that was used for the French toast.

Vang is a big Hmong dude, with a bald head and a Thelonious Monk–style underbeard atop his sturdy body. His backstory is inspiring; he was born in the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand before immigrating to the U.S. at the age of 5 with his parents, coming of age in the rural areas of central Pennsylvania and Wisconsin before moving to the Twin Cities in his early 20s. His ursine warmth and jocular energy translate pretty damn adorably on camera—no doubt that’s why he’s become a bona fide TV personality, with his own TPT show, Relish, as well as a memorable stint on Iron Chef before landing Feral He’s had a big couple of years in the kitchen as well—Union Hmong Kitchen, his popular food truck, has evolved into a James Beard Award–nominated restaurant in the North Loop’s Graze food hall.

Between potshots, we talk about bridging the city-rural divide, representing his culture on-screen, and why it’s been so challenging to open Vinai—the fancy Hmong restaurant he’s been hyping for years.

I know you grew up in rural Wisconsin, but you’ve always seemed like a city guy to me. Yet on Feral, you’re relating to these rural hunting guides, and they’re relating to you. I consider myself a country kid who had to live in the city. When this show was first presented to

me, I said, “Wait, we’re going to go into the woods to hunt and kill animals, and then we’re going to cook them up?” I’m like, this show is so Hmong it’s not even funny. I’m doing everything that my parents and their parents have been doing. One of the greatest strengths of the Hmong people is their ability to adapt to any culture that

Three things about Yia Vang

Vang’s tri-tip steak with his signature Tiger Bite sauce made the cover of Bon Appétit’s May 2020 issue.

Vang’s parents are still involved with both Union and Vinai catering. “They just made 250 steamed buns for Vinai’s Thanksgiving kit.”

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In 2021, Vang became a U.S. citizen— the last of seven siblings to do so.

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With people that I meet, I want them to feel like they belong. Because I know what it feels like to be out in the cold like that.”
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was around them because they had to do that for the sake of survival.

Because they’re a nomadic tribe? Yeah. To survive, you have to adapt. That’s what my parents did when they came to America. Growing up out in the East Coast in Pennsylvania, all our neighbors were white—Amish and Mennonites—and we connected with them over food. That’s what the show is about. Hmong people are natural hunters and foragers; that’s what our people are doing for generations and generations. Trace it back to 7,000 years ago in the foothills of the Yellow River and what’s now known as southern China—our people are from that area.

I listened to an episode of your podcast Hmonglish, and your guest, the professor Lee Pao Xiong, mentions that after Suni Lee won the gold medal and was given her parade, she addressed the crowd in English instead of in Hmong, and there was some blowback to that. Yeah, she was born [in Minnesota].

So, you speak Hmong yourself, but Suni’s generation, just after yours, has maybe lost

some of their cultural identity. And I think in some of the places you’ve traveled to for the show, there may be similar feelings about the pace of cultural change. Can you relate? I guess I haven’t really thought much about that. But if I go in with my own prejudice because we’re in the backwoods of whatever ’ville, and I’m just like, “Dang, man, I bet you they just see the Asian guy and are like, ‘Oh, is he Chinese?’”—right away, I go in with my own insecurities. The best thing that I can do is think through that the morning before. Because dude, if you have two people that are coming in that are scared of each other, nothing’s going to happen. I’d rather go in there going, “Hey, man, I want to get to know you and the ways that you do this.”

You’ve written movingly about how much you look up to your father, who was a war hero in the Secret War in Laos, while noting that you weren’t ever that macho yourself. You couldn’t ride a bike, and you weren’t a great baseball player growing up or whatever. And now, you aren’t really a master hunter, you know what I mean? But your talents shine in the second half of the show, when you’re cooking. When the producers and I first went through the show, I don’t think we knew exactly what was happening. Our first episode was in Destin, Florida. You have to scuba down 120 and 150 feet to spear the lionfish, and I don’t know how to swim. When I got into the water to snorkel, I was deathly afraid. I was on this little floaty board, and I’m like, “Oh my gosh, I have no idea what I’m doing.” And I just embraced the suck. When I got in the water with this guide, Alex [Fogg]—he’s a pro swimmer–scuba guy, and he’s just like, “Yeah, man, no matter what happens, I got you.” And I was just like, “OK, cool.” I just believed that. But then we got to the cooking part, where I just felt comfortable. I joked, “Man, I was made for the land, not the sea.”

Did you “embrace the suck” as a kid? I just wanted to belong. That’s it. I wanted to fit in as a kid. We grew up around predominantly white communities.

You’re a big dude. Did your size help with navigating that at all? No. So it was really funny, too, because to Hmong kids, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I was a big guy. But to white kids, I wasn’t white. So, I felt like I straddled two cultures.

Did it feel like you were always trying to win both groups over? Completely. But I never thought about that until I got older. Really, as I think about it now, it’s this idea of, like, I want to belong. And I know what it feels like to not belong to a tribe or to a group. So, knowing what it feels like to want to belong—it’s about redemption, right? So, with people that I meet, I want them to feel like they belong. Because I know what it feels like to be out in the cold like that.

You’ve been on TV for a while now: Iron Chef, Food Network, Good Morning America. Do you feel a responsibility that comes with that kind of visibility? Yeah. What’s really cool is there are Hmong moms that stop me at the grocery store to say, “Hey, my boy watched you on Iron Chef, and he said, ‘Mom, I could be like that.’” I’m not saying this to pat myself on the back, but it didn’t hit me until then. So, man, I know that all these accolades that come, it’s not me, it’s for my parents. I tell people I’m merely a reflection of them—you run so far from who you are that you actually run in a circle back to it.

Wasn’t there a time in your life when you weren’t doing everything to honor your parents in your cooking—when you were trying to get away from the cooking you grew up with? I live in two worlds. One world says, “Be independent, progressive, think for yourself—it’s about you: how are you feeling, take care of you, value yourself.” And then I live in this other world, where everything you do reflects on your people. Like, if I go and really screw up bad, it’s not going to be Yia did this; it’s going to be Yia the Hmong chef did this . It’s like with Suni: “Oh, well, you won, you’re the greatest in the world, but still, kid, you still can’t speak Hmong? Are you even really one of us?” We have this thing I jokingly call Hmong Facebook. It’s like Black Twitter, right? The moment you get into Hmong Facebook, man, there’s drama!

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Yia Vang, bottom right, pictured with his family at the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand, where Vang was born.

insider

Party Time

For the first time in a while, Minnesota’s senate, house, and governor’s office are all controlled by the same party. Now the question is: What will they do with it?

The Background

The Minnesota DFL pulled off a “trifecta” in November’s midterm election: It kept control of the house and governor’s seat and narrowly (like, by one seat) flipped the state senate. And, as supporters around Minnesota cheered, expectations for the new group instantly increased. Dealing with issues formerly stalled out because of partisan gridlock should be a slam dunk, right? Not exactly. “When you see this change in composition to having a unified government, you’re going to raise expectations,” says Tim Lynch, an assistant professor of political science at the University of St. Thomas. “But it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on under the surface.”

The Makeup

Lynch points to the slender majority as a possible indicator of gridlock. “If you think about what’s been going on in the U.S. Senate the past few years, we know Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema’s names for a reason,” he says. “A lot of the time, we think this is like team sports, but there are also individuals. And there are still legislators in the DFL from various parts of the state who have to respond to their own constituencies.” Even though it’s difficult to say exactly what will happen with issues like codifying abortion rights, legalizing cannabis, and dealing with the remainder of the $9 billion budget surplus, Lynch says it’s likely Democrats will move them forward, but what that movement will look like is hard to predict.

The Newbies

How exactly did the state’s recent redistricting play into this? “It was not a partisan gerrymander,” says Kathryn Pearson, an associate poli-sci professor at the University of Minnesota, saying that any difference along party lines was likely marginal. “The biggest difference it made was the sheer number of new members in the legislature,” she says— members who will want to make an impact on their state. What that impact will be is yet to be decided, starting with this month’s legislative session. Stay tuned.

FOOTNOTES

Stories kicking up dust.

Did you hear the one about Dr. Scott Zietlow, the Mayo Clinic doc who quit his job as a trauma surgeon to become the CEO of Kwik Trip? No, we’re serious—it’s not a joke.

Our hearts go out to the poor U.S. Bank Stadium jumbotron operator who got tricked into running a “Salute to Service” photo of Johnny Sins, a porn star wearing army fatigues.

MSP’s airport the third best in the country—the highest domestic ticket prices in the country were the big thing holding us back.

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CANTERBURY PARK OUTLANDS

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Canterbury Park racetrack is vast quantities of developable land, then you’re today’s big winner. The Sampson family bought Canterbury’s 360 acres in 1995, but they’ve bided their time until “Shakopee grew up around us” to develop the 140 acres that sat fallow. So says Jason Haugen, the VP of real estate for Canterbury Park Development, the entity charged with activating all that land. CPD is selling some of it to developers and joint venturing on the rest. All that’s opened to date is The Triple Crown Residences, a joint venture with The Doran Group. Still to come is a townhome development by Pulte Homes; a senior cooperative and apartments; and a 13-acre commercial development, which will include Badger Hill Brewing. The big talker, though, is Swervo Development’s 19,000-person outdoor amphitheater. Opening in 2024, it will be more than twice the size of United Properties’ venue under construction at Minneapolis’s Upper Harbor Terminal. The broader Canterbury build-out will take five to seven years to complete and may also include a hotel and restaurant clusters. —A.P.

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LITTLE TEMPLE ON THE PRAIRIE

Looking for one of the biggest Cambodian Buddhist temples in the country? Drive a half hour south to Hampton—fourth farm on the right.

● HAMPTON, MINNESOTA, POPULATION

756, has all the usual suspects of a southern Minnesota small town: aged family farms, an old-timey town hall, and a silver water tower perched above modest, snow-capped homes. But take a harder look at the horizon and you’ll spot something unexpected against the pale winter sky: the scarlet and gold flourishes of an ornate Buddhist temple.

This is Watt Munisotaram. One of the largest Cambodian Buddhist temples in the United States was named for its chilly tundra home. (Hear it? Munisotaram.) People come from as far as France and Canada to visit, but the temple is much more than a tourist destination. It’s a vital gathering spot for Minnesota’s Cambodian community and a labor of love more than 30 years in the making.

The wat—which means “temple”—was first founded in Minneapolis in 1983. But its founding organization, the Minnesota Cambodian Buddhist Society, got some complaints from neighbors about their festive events and gatherings. By 1988, a board member found a solution: a 40-acre plot of farmland in Hampton.

“This little house on the prairie— you know, the old typical red barn and farm home,” says Chanda Sour, when I

Watt Munisotaram doesn’t look much like the neighboring farmhouses in Hampton, and that’s largely thanks to two decades of meticulous DIY temple customizing.

catch him on the phone while he’s in Houston, Texas. Sour grew up going to the temple. These days, he volunteers as its PR guy.

Back in the ’80s and ’90s, the society gathered in a small temporary temple space on the property. But as the community grew, so did its fundraising potential. The main temple began construction in 2002 and completed in 2007—the society contracted Yav Socchea, an acclaimed Cambodian architect, to design it and construct it. Since then, it has added shrines, a reflection pool beneath a towering statue of the Buddha, and a stupa with a carved roof dripping gold like a fine confection. The day I visit, Cambodian craftsmen are busy in the workshop, carving stone figures for a grand new arch to frame the driveway.

Venerable Moeng Sang is the head monk of Watt Munisotaram. He lives part of the year in Cambodia and part at the temple and is a prominent figure in an international Buddhist organization. Years ago, the temple was gifted a Buddha relic—a true honor—during Venerable Moeng Sang’s travels to Colombo, Sri Lanka. It now lives at the temple, helping cement Watt Munisotaram’s significance as a Buddhist site in the United States.

A handful of monks reside at Watt Munisotaram. They practice Theravada Buddhism and observe its stipulations: They eat an early breakfast and a lunch at 11 am and only consume liquids after that. They don’t hug or shake hands with women.

“They don’t go out and dance or anything like that,” Sour laughs. “It’s not what you see on social media, you know, with the robes.”

They lead events, meditations, and prayers at the temple, and they’re also very active in the community. They visit those who are sick, wash unwelcome spirits away from newly purchased homes, and steal out into the night to visit elders who are close to death.

The monks helped build the temple, in fact, back in the aughts. Socchea’s

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construction crew had the aid of a small army of volunteers, too—folks laying bricks, helping paint the temple’s glistening gold accents.

Sour’s grandparents’ generation started it all. Up until the mid-1970s, there were almost no Cambodian immigrants living in the U.S., let alone in Minnesota. But Cambodia’s takeover by the Khmer Rouge and the ensuing genocide drove millions of people out of the country. Between 1975 and 1979, the regime killed 1.7 million Cambodians. Sour arrived in the U.S. as a child, with his grandmother, mother, and three aunts—his father had been killed in the war. Many people at the temple, he says, feel that the Buddha guided Cambodians to the United States.

“You have to feel there’s someone higher up to watch you,” says Sour. “Otherwise, we couldn’t make it out of that refugee camp or make it out of that Cambodian war. We feel that there’s someone watching us, helping us. That’s how you’re able to walk through the jungle and get to the Thailand border.”

The temple remains a guiding light for Minnesota’s Cambodian community, gathering so many around the state for celebrations and events through the seasons. But it’s in a period of transition as many of its

elders, the bedrock of the community, pass on. Leaders at the temple are working to engage the youngest generation—they’re adding a playground, hosting music and food trucks at events. Sour also wants to incorporate multicultural events, inviting Filipino, Thai, and other communities, and welcome more of the broader community into the temple’s happenings.

“At the end of the day, if we don’t have a strong community, that place is just an empty shell to go and look at the pretty architecture,” says Sour. “It’s the people that created that.” ■

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Good Sports

ey, Coach!” yells a 7-year-old as he runs into the gym at the West Minnehaha Recreation Center in St. Paul. Within seconds, he’s dribbling up and down the court, waiting for practice to start. He agrees to stop running to answer a few questions, but he keeps dribbling.

Remeir Blakey says he likes basketball “1,000 percent!” He likes playing with his teammates and seeing them win.

His mom says she appreciates that St. Paul dropped youth sports fees this year.

St. Paul appears to be the only park system in the country to use American Rescue Plan funds to make youth sports free to boost participation rates. After pandemic cancellations, participation rates dropped to all-time lows last year. Now, kids are swarming to rec centers that hadn’t fielded teams in years, like Remeir’s team at West Minnehaha.

Participation rates in 10U soccer and basketball have soared this season to 1,500 kids—about double the number who played last year. Jimmy Lee Recreation Center went from zero basketball teams to five; Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center went from zero to four. Battle Creek Recreation Center has 11, up from four.

“I can’t recall a time when we’ve had that many,” says St. Paul Parks and Recreation director Andy Rodriguez.

St. Paul offers most sports for

free, but as one of the most popular, basketball is the barometer.

KEEPING BUSY

At a time when many kids are dropping out of sports, some experts are betting on community-based sport programming to return

participation rates to pre-pandemic levels.

“It’s a low-stakes way to get kids back in,” says Vicki D. Schull, a University of Minnesota lecturer in the School of Kinesiology who teaches Sports in a Diverse Society. “It’s different than signing up for a travel league.”

A 2021 report from the Aspen Institute shows that 27.8 percent of kids who played sports before the pandemic have since lost interest. For Black kids, that jumps to 32.7 percent. St. Paul has had success in the past with a partnership through the Minnesota Twins, which helped waive fees, and the city banked that eliminating fees for all 10U and older teams might help boost interest and level the playing field.

According to the National Recreation and Park Association, 92 percent of park and recreation agencies charge fees. In St. Paul, most of that money goes toward covering expenses such as uniforms and officials. The $600,000 of American Rescue Plan money will fund that gap for three

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years, by which time St. Paul hopes to have found another source to keep sports free for good.

“Basketball was $40–$50 per season, but it’s significant for some,” Rodriguez says. “I think it’s super encouraging that people who want to participate can do so without any hindrance of barriers.”

Alawna Shaw, 36, says she would have signed up hoops-loving Remeir regardless of the fee, but she was grateful to save the money and put it toward other things. Other parents at West Minnehaha echoed that, expressing gratitude for both the financial savings and the convenience of a team in their own neighborhood.

BEYOND THE SCORE

Samuel Butler is especially excited to bring his 9-year-old son, Eden Ward, to practice at West Minnehaha. Butler remembers playing for St. Paul Parks teams himself and is thrilled that Eden wants to continue the tradition, for many reasons.

“It’s good for getting all that extra energy out,” Butler says, “and it helps him stay on track in school. Also, it’s a great outlet for him to freely express himself.”

Indeed, there are so many benefits to kids who play sports that it’s essential to eliminate barriers and ensure that all kids can participate, Schull says. A previous Aspen Institute report confirms the importance of getting kids to play at a young age: Physically active kids are 1/10th as likely to be obese; score 40 percent better on tests; are 15 percent more likely to go to college; have better self-esteem; earn more money later in life; and are less likely to smoke, use drugs, or have an unplanned pregnancy.

Since not everyone can play for schoolbased or club teams, rec teams need to fill the gap, Rodriguez says.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, who signed off on the proposal, has said that getting more kids into positive environments at rec centers ties into his Community-First Public Safety initiative.

Kids, of course, have their own reasons for wanting to play, and their answers are revealing. Teenagers say they play sports primarily for fun, followed closely by exercise, according to a national survey by Project Play and Utah State University in 2020–21.

Winning? That ranked only sixth on the list.

WHY IT WORKS

A few other cities have used American Rescue Plan funds for sports equipment and infrastructure, but those initiatives haven’t had the same success at boosting participation.

And it’s not quite clear why the St. Paul effort has worked so quickly. Most Minneapolis kids can also sign up for sports this summer without cost: Many sports in lower-income neighborhoods are offered for free, and any Minneapolis resident can apply for fee assistance (although the process is cumbersome). Still, Minneapolis parks haven’t experienced the same uptick in registrations. Minneapolis Park and Recreation commissioner Alicia D. Smith tips her cap to St. Paul.

A 2021 report shows that 27.8 percent of kids who played sports before the pandemic have since lost interest. For Black kids, that jumps to 32.7 percent.

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“I wouldn’t say it’s perfect, but I certainly admire what feels like a blend between the government of the parks and the actual community,” she says. Part of that community buy-in, she believes, stems from the strength of a diverse, community-based coaching staff in St. Paul.

West Minnehaha 10U coach Dusty Horton, for example, is coaching his second generation of players in St. Paul Parks and Recreation. He coached Butler, now 32, and is now coaching Eden.

“Dusty doesn’t let you give up on yourself,” Butler recalls. “And we never lost when I was 9.”

Horton, who is coaching for the first time since 2019, says everything is “new and exciting” for the 10U players. For many of them, it’s the first chance they’ve had to play on a team, because of COVID.

Take 9-year-old Josiah Shaw. “He always wanted to play sports, but everything shut down,” says Josiah’s dad, Jansen Shaw, 37. “I’m thankful he’s not stuck in the house. It is convenient, and he’s loving it.”

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OTHER BARRIERS

Of course, dropping a $50 registration fee doesn’t remove every obstacle from sports participation.

“There are equipment barriers, transportation barriers, social barriers, and support system barriers,” Schull says. “So, you can sign up, but how do you get there, and how safe is it?”

The average family spends $883 a year for one child’s main sport, according to the Aspen Institute. Travel costs account for 19 percent of that.

More kids playing in rec centers helps solve the transportation piece, Smith says. As the parent of a football player who played on the only Minneapolis rec center team this fall, Smith drove to Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, Lino Lakes, Coon Rapids. “It was really disheartening for me as an adult,” she says. “We were everywhere but in the city.”

Minneapolis saw a slight increase in soccer and volleyball participation this fall. Smith is hoping basketball season will bring further increases to match the success in St. Paul, because more rec centers fielding teams means more opportunities to play within the city. It’s also a chance to showcase different parts of the city on game days to residents and young people, Rodriguez says.

Back on the basketball court at West Minnehaha, Coach Horton is running his new team through a basic drill: It takes several run-throughs, a few with invisible balls, but in the end, the kids weave and pass in the right order. More importantly, in this first full week of practice, the kids are forming a team.

“These kids are in the neighborhood every day,” Butler says. “Hopefully, they’ll all grow up together and stay together.” ■

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BURT COHEN

The publisher emeritus of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine met us at his usual power lunch spot (The Minneapolis Club) in order to save unnecessary wear on his typewriter ribbon.

OCCUPATION: Unemployed

TWIN CITIAN SINCE : 1930

What was your first job here?

Selling ice cream and making popcorn at the Lake Harriet Refectory

What do you consider a Minnesotan’s highest character trait?

Being able to survive winters

The lowest character flaw?

Being able to survive summers

Which long-gone Twin Cities restaurant should we miss the most?

The Nankin

In which restaurant would you order your last meal?

White Castle

Your order?

Number 1 with fries

Where can you satisfy your sweet tooth?

Patisserie 46

Who’s the first person you read in the morning?

The obituaries in the Star Tribune

Who’s a local media personality who really gets it?

James Lileks. He’s a rare person.

What’s the most romantic place in the Twin Cities?

The cloakroom at the Central Library

Favorite neighborhood hang? Settergren’s hardware store

Who is the most important artist from Minnesota?

Is there a new place that’s filled its absence?

Nope.

Where do you take your wife on date night?

Wherever she and her date want to go

George Morrison

What’s their essential work of art?

I have three works of his that I treasure: two lithographs and a painting.

What’s a nonprofit that should be on everyone’s radar?

Children’s Theatre

What do you wish outsiders knew about the Twin Cities?

I was told by an authoritative person that we drink the most brandy per capita of any major city. I don’t know if that’s still true, but it was once.

What does the Twin Cities need?

More peace and civility

What’s been your greatest achievement?

Maintaining gastrointestinal regularity

Your biggest regret?

Agreeing to fill out this questionnaire

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Cu l ture the

Charlie Parr

The Duluth-based acoustic folkster is settling into the Turf every Sunday night this month for a residency. Jan. 1–29. Turf Club

Semisonic

Dan Wilson and company headline both nights of The Current’s 18th Anniversary Weekend. Jan. 27–28. First Avenue

JT Bates’s Grain Trio

The Minneapolis-based avant-garde jazz percussionist, who has recorded with everyone from Justin Vernon to Taylor Swift, and his band share the stage with frequent Dessa collaborator Aby Wolf. Jan. 3. Dakota

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Is it bittersweet for the Boulder-based rock band not to have had a charting single since the 1990s? Does it make Todd Park Mohr a brokenhearted savior? Judging by the fact that they’re still selling out the Mainroom, we think not.

Jan. 13. Palace Theatre

G. Love and Donavon

Frankenreiter

A rapper from Philly and a pro surfer from Cali who converge at their mutual love of neat hats and urban-edged hip-hoppy surf rock.

Jan. 14. First Avenue

ani difranco

▲ The feminist folk-rock icon’s career might span more than 20 albums and 30 years, but she’ll never grow out of playing Minneapolis’s legendary black box. Jan. 24. First Avenue

▲ In its U.S. premiere, this one-act play co-written by and starring Jesse LaVercombe and Ahmed Moneka, an actor exiled from Iraq, shifts in time and place between a modern-day friendship and the Epic of Gilgamesh in a fete that spans emotions and centuries. Dec. 31–Jan. 8. Jungle Theater Check

Hairspray

A vastly more effective Broadway musical than Jan. 10–15.

Orpheum Theatre

Blues for an Alabama Sky

Set in Depression-era Harlem, where people from around the country are migrating in hopes of becoming part of the vibrant Black community, Pearl Cleage’s drama is about a tight cadre of friends and one’s decision that threatens to upend their entire sense of collective self.

Jan. 28–Mar. 12. Guthrie Theater

Sounds of Blackness

In “Music for Martin,” the legendary Twin Cities gospel ensemble puts on a multimedia tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. via their unique take on the soundtrack to the civil rights movement. Jan. 13. Ordway

The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes

What’s most inconceivable about watching The Princess Bride (and then discussing it) with the Dread Pirate Roberts himself is that, thanks to the promoters adding another show, now you can do it two nights in a row.

Jan. 20–21. The Fitzgerald Theater

The Book Club Play

When a long-standing book club welcomes a new member and documentary film crew to its mix, chaos ensues in this Karen Zacarías comedy about where loving your friends and loving literature mix.

Jan. 27–Feb. 19. Theatre in the Round

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins’s best-selling mystery novel—which also became a major motion picture—is finally hitting the big time with its Anoka debut.

Jan. 13–Feb. 5. Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

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THE COHEN REPORT

Musings on life in the city and other important matters.

● I READ THAT MUSEUMS worldwide are trying to deal with protesters for one cause or another smuggling ink, paint, soup, or—in one case—mashed potatoes into a gallery and then hurling it against a prominent artwork, possibly causing irreparable damage. Concerned about our local museums, I wrote to the Walker suggesting they could completely prevent anyone from smuggling harmful products in by requiring everyone to leave all their clothes at the coat check. I added they might want to give out those little paper slippers that hospitals use and maybe turn up the temperature a few degrees. So

far, I haven’t heard back from anyone at the Walker, but I suppose they’re really busy this time of year.

A U OF M PROFESSOR, whose name I wrote down but now can’t find, recently received one of those MacArthur “Genius” awards, and it irritates me because, as you know, I’ve submitted my name to get the award multiple times without success. Last time, I enclosed a nice letter from my brother-inlaw supporting my case, but it didn’t help. I’m beginning to get suspicious.

THE STRIB INFORMS ME that the ash borer menace is once again on the rise in the Twin

Cities. The good news is my uncle Larry, who has a wooden leg, will no longer come to visit.

INTERESTING NOTE: When I was in the army (hard to believe, I know), I spent a few horrible months at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, where I underwent basic training. I swore at the time to someday get even, and now that time has come. The army just announced that not only is it closing Fort Monmouth permanently, it’s actually selling the property. It was a long time coming.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sometime this year, to Geri Reedy, Mike Carda, Jason Reed, John Foley, Ruth Bachman, Cy DeCosse, Vicki Rivkin, Neil Keane, Susan Cohen, Tom Borman, Brian Zelickson, Raj Shah, Pat Ryan, and Jane Emison ■

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WILD LIFE

Tina Wilcox has already made her mark in the retail design world. Wait till you see her second act.

JUST PAST THE ZEBRA wearing the signature British palace-guard hat, beneath the shelves holding a black panther sporting flapper bugle beads and a wolf in a spiky vest specially commissioned by a costumer for Kiss, Tina Wilcox settles down at one end of her red velvet sofa. I take to the other. Between us on the couch, a taxidermied cheetah she calls Adwin sprawls, wearing a many-pointed golden crown. As the sunbeams from the window behind us in her Northeast art

studio shift—picking out one of Adwin’s bright whiskers one moment and then a black pool of a spot in his fur another moment—my mind becomes dizzier and dizzier. Meanwhile, Wilcox, crowned by her own upswept blonde spikes, blue eyes bright, talks about the most interesting things you have heard in your life. Stories of encounters with celebrities like Portia de Rossi, Martha Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, and Hugh Jackman; mansions full of rescued cockatiels; bras full of cash.

“You’re a professional,” I say eventually, pausing my pen on the notebook in my lap. “So let me tell you the story I hear, and you tell me if I have it right: One of the most important and successful women in the history of Minnesota advertising has a new calling, and you’ll never believe how many apex predators are now wearing crowns?”

Wilcox nods, clarifying that the corner of the world where she made her name and fortune was not advertising, strictly; it is the corner of advertising and marketing called retail design. Retail design is everything that happens inside a retail location: what paths shoppers walk and everything they see as they go, in terms of products but also in terms of what the retail workers wear, what logos are on the walls in what colors, what the house brands are called and what the packaging looks like. It’s the anthropology of the consumer and who they’re shopping for. A store that seems like a haphazard bargain bazaar or a store that feels effortlessly chic? Retail design. The price, packaging, and display of cat toy crinkle balls? Also retail design. When Target rolled out the in-house pet line called Boots and Barkley, Tina Wilcox helped name and create every bit of it.

She’s so good at retail design, she was star of a reality show pilot called Retail Therapy. She’s so good at the research and consumer insight part of retail design, ABC News called her the Jane Goodall of American retailing.

Wilcox made her name largely with her agency work for Target. Remember when the stores were sort of dull looking, not bright and chic? That was before her magic. “Before we started, 67 percent of people in the United States recognized the Target bullseye and knew what Target was,” says Wilcox. “Ten years later, we had 96 percent brand awareness.”

Beyond Target, Wilcox is also famous for her work at many other companies, including but in no way limited to Best Buy, Starbucks, and Walmart, first through agencies she worked for and later through agencies she founded—the first called Fame Retail, the second named Black Retail. She shuttered Black at the height of the pandemic and turned her attention to her other passion, animal welfare.

Wilcox has also worked with the Animal Humane Society, serving the Minnesota organization for 15 years, including a stint

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on the board and another on the capital committee. When the team began talking strategy for a $47 million capital campaign, she concluded it was relying too heavily on a relatively small pool of big-dollar donors.

So why not think outside the box? Why not find a new, creative, evergreen funding source to elevate the importance of animals and call attention to their needs? Why not use her significant vintage taxidermy collection, costume the animals, handcraft their crowns and props, and pair them with Wilcox’s own bits of myth and fiction about these celebrated creatures? Why not hire a legendary duo—one of Minnesota’s most prominent fine artists, photographer Shelly Mosman, and Mosman’s longtime collaborator, the fresco artist and scenic painter Carter Averbeck—to bring Wilcox’s vision to life? Why not package it all into a glorious $175 oversize coffeetable book called The Conscious Kingdom, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Animal Humane Society? And why not invite me to sit next to a cheetah named Adwin as I try to find the story behind the story?

practical jokes.” She tells of how her mom would be serving strawberry shortcake, and her dad would be adding the whipped cream with the spray bottle, then continue up her arm. “One time when I was little, I asked for a glass of water in bed,” recalls Wilcox. “So my uncle brought me a glass of water with a goldfish in it. He lived with us and was totally in cahoots with my dad. That was normal for us.”

Normal, too? Latin mass, with Wilcox in a scratchy church dress; Dominican nuns for teachers, with Wilcox receiving whacks with rulers; and lots and lots of pets, including a great number of dogs, cats, hamsters, snakes, birds, and one

room, and fate began its inexorable march toward a day when she would balance a lynx, woodchuck, raccoon, and muskrat upon a child’s penny-farthing bicycle and clothe them in bright circus garb.

Wilcox journeyed through various midwestern colleges before she made it to the Twin Cities, including spending some time at the University of Iowa—because she loved the writer Kurt Vonnegut and thought the Iowa Writers’ Workshop would be fun. She landed in Minneapolis because it was one of the country’s leading cities for advertising. “I always gravitated toward the art department; my dad thought I should be a lawyer. He wanted me off his payroll—he had so many kids. So, I thought, What kind of artist gets paid? A graphic designer.” She landed an internship with Kerker, an advertising firm, and drove up to the Twin Cities with a friend who also had scored an internship.

That story all began in Milwaukee, where Wilcox, now 66, was born the child of a prank-playing attorney and a movie star—well, maybe a movie starlet. Wilcox’s mother, Betty Francine, had bit parts in movies, including Humphrey Bogart’s Deadline U.S.A., before she returned to Milwaukee to marry her sweetheart, raise five children, run the local fashion model association, and appear on local television as the shopping correspondent.

“She must have been beautiful?” I ask.

“Oh, till the day she died, a beauty,” recalls Wilcox. “Wouldn’t leave the house without full hair, makeup, nails. She was always after me—I was more rock and roll.”

The beauty married an amusing attorney: “He was, like, stand-up funny,” Wilcox says. “Any party he’d go to, by the middle, he’d have a crowd around him because he was so irreverent, so funny. So many

orphaned raccoon. The movie star taught the raccoon to screw off the lid to the coffee percolator so morning coffee could be more dramatic and amusing.

Then one day, a life-changing moment: Bicycling home through an alley, 12-yearold Tina Wilcox drew up short, heart in her throat. There, in a trash pile, someone had thrown out a taxidermied raccoon! She leaned her bike against a dumpster, climbed up the heap, rescued the raccoon, and biked home. “How could anyone throw him out? He had a life. He had value. He had a soul.” She put him in her bed-

“We drove up here in this little gold-and-green beater—I can’t remember what it was,” she says. “I do remember it got to be 101 degrees and the middle of the steering wheel literally melted away. We got this little Motel 6–type apartment, and I walked to work.”

The internship led to a real job, at Pickwick International, the record-manufacturing and music company then headquartered in St. Louis Park. At first, young Wilcox designed album covers, particularly for disco compilations. At one point, Pickwick flew her to Los Angeles to work with the most famous disco choreographer of all time, Deney Terrio, the man who created the moves for Saturday Night Fever. She was going to design an LP and book set for him, the kind with foldout diagrams of footprints so at-home dancers could learn the moves. “We were going to shoot him in all these positions; he had two dancers from his TV show.” It was complicated, though, she recalls. “He was running to the bathroom every 15 minutes to snort cocaine. I’m just a Catholic girl from Milwaukee.

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It was so crazy.” Then, once she returned home, she says, “Pickwick gets raided by the FBI because we were making counterfeit copies of Saturday Night Fever and the Bee Gees’ greatest hits, and that was the end of that.”

Yet it also was the beginning of so much more. Wilcox started working as a creative director in a design agency. Then Target entered her life, looking to be less quiet and more design-forward, and Tina Wilcox was in the middle of it all. She never worked for Target, though; she worked for the agency she founded, Fame Retail, and Target rivals came calling as news of her flair for innovative retail design spread.

Soon things were going so well Tina Wilcox bought an 11,000-square-foot Lowry Hill mansion for a million dollars in 1985 and filled the four-season porch with

rescued birds, including a cockatiel named Bob. “He could say a few words and bark like a dog,” she says. “We always had so many dogs. Bob would sit on my shoulder and walk up and down the couch when we were watching TV. People abandon their birds; it’s the most heartbreaking thing. We had about 15 birds, and eventually I placed them all in good homes.”

Beyond the porch, she had so very many other empty rooms to consider in her mansion full of birds and dogs and one little daughter, so Tina Wilcox started collecting. And collecting. And collecting. She began amassing furniture, textiles, vintage dog collars from royal kennels, an 1878 check from an asylum for “the chronically insane,” everything. “I’m a flea market whore,” she says, often.

That reputation spread, and her treasure-hunting fervor became far more than a personal endeavor. In the era that Marshall Field’s owned the historic downtown Minneapolis Dayton’s, with its large eighth-floor auditorium, the company seasonally filled it and also its Chicago flagship store with a Paris Flea Market—featuring thousands and thousands of things that had been purchased at European flea markets and brought here for sale to the public. Tina Wilcox was tapped as the main creative lead for those flea markets. These treasure hunts

abroad weren’t always as glamorous as they might sound and sometimes proved to be dangerous. “There was Vanves— really bad part of town; you don’t carry a purse because it would get stolen,” she recalls. “I’m carrying $50,000 of euros in my bra. We’d just buy entire booths of stuff because we had to buy so fast.” Along the way, if she saw something like, say, a vintage French crown used in church ceremonies or a 19th-century acrobat costume—something she couldn’t resist and knew she had to have—she’d pay for it herself, tuck it into the shipping container destined for Minnesota, and pick it up on the other side. And so her reputation and her personal collection continued to grow.

And that is the story of just some of the various seeds that grew and wound into the “Jack and the Beanstalk”–strong, multitrunk vine that is The Conscious Kingdom, the most astonishing coffee-table book I have ever seen in my life. Every page is like an old master oil by Ingres—rich, moody, and highly intricate—except when they’re more like early lithograph carnival posters showing, say, pirates. Photos feature an acrobat, a royal in velvet, pope-like figures wearing glittering miters, a veiled princess

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BRINGING SEXY BACK

Who’s that French muse over there?

● NOTICE A NEW NEON GLOW in the mix of the downtown Minneapolis skyline? She’s been waiting for you to pay attention: Blondette, the new Daniel del Prado restaurant, has been heating up the fifth floor of the Rand Tower Hotel, and the retractable glass ceiling just might be letting a bit of the glam leak out into the night sky. Savvy diners and the creative class pack the place for “punk girl French” food and standard-setting cocktails. Del Prado’s woman-led management team brought this space together with a wink. It’s all

about comfortable elegance, attractive lighting, and a refreshing lack of rules for how you might assemble big or small plates of French food to make the meal. Check out the adjacent Miaou Miaou bar, with its nod to that neon sexy vibe we’ve missed from 1980s dining. Sip a house martini—make it as dirty as you want with the side dropper of olive juice—and sup on escargot, duck à l’orange, perfectly seared scallops, or the 32-ounce bone-in côte de boeuf steak for two. 527 Marquette Ave. S., 5th floor, Mpls., 612-224-3750 —Stephanie March

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People born in a Year of the Rabbit are considered to be earnest and ask that others treat them the same way.

The New Year in China is typically celebrated with a family feast, with everyone in attendance. If a member is absent, an empty spot will still be set at the table for them.

Long noodles are known as

“longevity noodles” You should not cut them or even bite them while eating because the longer the noodle, the longer your life will be. Permission to slurp granted.

Sea salt

Add seaweed snacks— they symbolize wealth and fortune!

cravings

Year of the Rabbit

Eat dumplings! They represent exchanging the old for the new, and in some Chinese provinces the cook will hide a coin in one, bringing good luck to the finder. saturdaydumpling club.com

While the Western calendar turns on January 1, the Chinese or Lunar New Year follows the moon, so there’s no set date. In 2023, the year moves from Tiger to Rabbit starting on January 22.

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SALAD DAYS

The salad wars are heating up, right in time for January, when many turn their backs on cookies and reach for some leafy greens. Sweetgreen has entered the market with a number of new locations, and here’s my ruling: The Kale Caesar checks out. It’s hard to ignore my local fave Crisp and Green, because I do love an Ahh…Greek Out! with spinach. But the pinnacle of local salads does not come from a quick-serve; it’s the Cobb from Good Day Café, which is just healthy enough. Sliced steak, blue cheese, double-smoked bacon, avocado that is not skimped on, crispy spicy onion strings, and the crowning glory of a poached egg on top. All hail the queen Cobb.

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WHAT IS HEALTHY, ANYHOW?

Remember SnackWell’s?

In my 20s, I had a friend who ate nothing but fatfree everything because she was being “healthier” than me (who really, really—like, really—loved nachos). Other friends moved from fat-free to carb-free, then on to gluten-light. Then it was all about the Zone, Atkins, or the South Beach Diet. Then Paleo, Whole30, and now keto and intermittent fasting. Whose science is right? There’s so much subjectivity to the idea that you eat X and your body does Y. When you consider the myriad body types, hereditary characteristics, and environmental influences, how can one thing be the answer? And does healthy only mean thin? If you are one of the 45 million Americans who diet each year, pumping some $30 billion into diet culture, allow me to suggest a deeper dig. Did you know that the body mass index (or BMI) was created by a 19th-century Belgian statistician, based on his idea of “the average man,” formed with a small sampling of the measurements of white male Scottish and French soldiers? Find the safest and best way to make your body run better, but remember that diet culture has a big cash stake in creating high drama around the simple act of eating. —S.M.

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SOBER IS AS SOBER DOES

Has #DryJanuary changed now that THC beverages are in the mix?

● THERE’S NO MYSTERY as to why #DryJanuary has taken hold as a trend, especially here in Minnesota. After the holiday season, in which we tend to push back the deep darkness by raging against it, taking a vacation from drinking can be a great respite in our coldest month. Plus, as the month of resolutions and resets, January feels like it has a bit of built-in momentum to help keep people honest. But over this last year, it’s become more evident that for many people, this shift is not just a 31-day goal; it’s a more long-term

commitment to an altered lifestyle. I’m not talking about the people who have struggled with serious addiction issues and sought treatment; those lovely souls are fighting the good fight to stay sober every day, no matter the hashtag. Instead, I’m talking about the growing movement of people who are not just opting out of drinking alcohol as a wellness choice but also striving to create a new lifestyle community that doesn’t include alcohol.

Between Marigold, the NA bottle shop I’ve written about before; NA beverage producers like 3Leche and DryWit, run by former bartenders; and groups like the Zero Proof Collective, the idea is to create a social movement that isn’t fueled by alcohol. Groups gather, people party, and everyone still gets the social benefits of drinking together with this “sober not somber” gang. I like that this isn’t about scolding or judging others but instead

about creating a clear and open space for other ways to celebrate.

As I’ve noted before, I initially struggled with the popular term sober curious because I thought that it was too frivolous and demeaning to the sober community, but I have opened up to the thought that destigmatizing sobriety and making it more interesting, creative, and welcoming for more people is a good thing for the overall health of the population.

And then came summer and the sudden legalization of hemp-derived THC. This new intoxicant did not come onto the market just in the form of recreational chewy gummies; it arrived in force as a beverage option to rival sodas and seltzers. THC drinks are definitely not alcoholic; that’s at least one of the things that is a legal certainty concerning the product. They can be sold in coffee shops and hardware stores, as the product is (currently)

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classified no differently than a pack of gum or a LaCroix, though you still have to be 21+ to purchase and consume these drinks. Confusing, right?

Also confusing to me, I started seeing the new sober community propping up the beverages, selling them, and welcoming them into their spaces. And suddenly here we are again, questioning what “sober” means.

There’s even a new term floating around for all of this: California sober or Cali sober if you’re tagging it. While it’s loose in meaning, popular media has begun using it to refer to someone who consumes weed/ THC while cutting alcohol out of their life. It’s become fashionable with celebrities and seems to be gaining followers, with #calisober earning more than 13 million views on TikTok. You can choose to take the hard-line view and see it as swapping one intoxicant for another, or you can take the softer view and seek to understand the differences.

Nearly all of the formal recovery programs, from AA to Hazelden, equate marijuana use as a relapse from sobriety, not as part of it. Their literature points out the negative aspects of THC and how it’s a controlled substance that needs more research. But for others, it’s less black and white, less of an all-or-nothing proposition and more about a different kind of intention that might lead to a new kind of temperance.

“The effect of alcohol on my body is not

good,” says my 46-year-old friend who works in finance—we’ll call him “Bob.” “I’m a mess, and I feel gross for a few days later. Pot has nowhere near that physical cost for me, and I think I’m probably nicer too. When I think of how long booze has had a grip on my social life, it’s crazy. I feel much more in control of myself if I’m sipping a hemp drink.” Bob doesn’t consider himself sober, but if he’s out gathering with colleagues at a bar, he’ll order an NA beverage. He usually pops a gummy discreetly before joining, because he’s still unsure about the rules at his company.

As THC legalization moves across the country, consumption will be more normalized, and that will change the ways we socialize. Smoking a joint or popping a gummy is often a solitary, lonely act. But having a THC drink opens more doors to groups and gatherings. When I chatted with Omar Ansari ahead of Surly Brewing’s Take Five THC beverage launch, he agreed: “I think drinking a beverage is super social, where eating edibles isn’t as much. Drinking is the social lubricant; we have great crowds here because it’s something you share together. I think this is just a new way for people to enjoy each other’s company and still be social, drinking something new.”

Surly has the real potential for national distribution, and that kind of opening of the market could foster new social paradigms for many generations. There is no doubt in my mind that within the next few years, you’ll be able to get a pint of beer or a pint of THC tonic at a local bar.

Temperance, moderation, sobriety, clean: Perhaps in the end, it’s all personal anyway. Maybe we don’t have to work too hard to define sobriety for anyone but ourselves. I fully understand that some people need the push of a movement, the power of a community, to begin change in their own lives, so let #DryJanuary be whatever each person needs it to be. ■

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Trends to Watch 2023

Every year we drag out the Magic 8 Ball and see if we can predict what’s coming down the pike. Here are some things to look for on the eating and drinking scene in town. —S.M.

Rezzie Wars

Resy and Tock’s reservation systems have a kicky vibe and flexible features that make them more attractive to restaurants to use. OpenTable, still king with more than a billion users worldwide, is losing indie restaurants in town. As reservations become more important, watch the battle heat up.

Hemp is In

THC beverages have become the new hotness, perhaps pushing seltzer off the top of the mountain. As local politicians figure out the laws, look for dinners, mocktail drinks, and more creativity with hemp products.

Hot Times

Chili crisp is the new sriracha, and the hot honey trend will give way to hot dressings, hot pesto, hot condiments, and more.

Boards

The trend started in restaurants with charcuterie boards, but it has been amplified by the digital home cook. Look for restaurants to reclaim it with more creative takes: chicken and waffles boards, burrito boards, etc.

Table for One

Solo dining is becoming more and more acceptable and popular—#solodinner has 10 million views on TikTok.

Restaurants will start doing special solo menus for those sitting at the bar and find ways to make the experience special.

Snaps

Forever

QR codes are here to stay, and the youths don’t mind using them to order. Olds, get used to it.

Unions

With the local Starbucks wave, plus the eventual finalization of some of the distillery/ brewery contracts, unions could see a stronger showing in the food space this year.

Gen Z

They proved they could influence an election; how will they impact the dining scene? On the whole, Gen Z eats less meat, and when they do, it’s chicken. Snacks are a priority—they eat meals of many bits, so entrees are not that important to them. TikTok is how they learn to cook and find cool things, not Instagram. The gen who grew up with quinoa isn’t afraid of new foods. They seek them out.

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HAVE SPOON, WILL TRAVEL

Twin Cities specialty markets dish out foods from distant lands.

● HOW ARE PEOPLE LIKE PANDAS? We tend to eat what’s immediately at hand in our environment. I think about this all the time: Pandas in their bamboo forests are not so different from human beings at Costco. They eat only what is right at the ends of their paws—what they can walk to, what they’re used to eating. We do the exact same thing, though we may have obscured that fact from ourselves. We tell ourselves we’re doing something “normal” or “efficient” or “prudent” or whatever it is we say

as we gather our food, when in fact we’re consuming what is simply easiest to eat inside an ecosystem we didn’t create, just like pandas in a bamboo forest.

Unless! What if we suddenly went into another ecosystem and ate what was in there? Wouldn’t that be an adventure? Wouldn’t our world materially change, like pandas suddenly going out for tacos? Think about it. Better yet, do it.

I’ve been driving all around the metro finding the best global markets to expand my eating ecosystem. I looked for places with either significant hot (temperature) food or important takeout. Most of all, I looked for places with a big wow factor, because you deserve to spend a weekend in Seoul or Siena without having to go to the airport; you deserve the joy of finding a whole delicious new world and seeing your usual world in all kinds of fresh ways.

THE GREATEST SHAWARMA IN MINNESOTA—NO KIDDING! Sun Market

When I was a baby restaurant critic, an editor asked me to find the best shawarma/ gyros in the Twin Cities. Twenty restaurants and a persistent sickish feeling later, I sadly realized that almost everyone got their Greek-inspired gyros and pitas off a truck from one Chicago supplier. It was like devoting a week of my life to finding the best Hostess Twinkie. However: Patience pays. Decades later, I have finally found my holy grail—in a strip mall in Coon Rapids! Walk into Sun Market and find the farthest back corner—that’s where the magic happens. Two spits turn—one a handmade cone of bright orange spicy chicken, the other a handmade cone of beef.

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lucky enough to be there one morning while a baker spread balls of dough over a dome, pricked them with a tool, spread them more until they were thin as parchment, and then swirled each rapidly through the air to slap on the inside wall of the oven. This tandoor-made bread, called tanoor, is 18 inches across, bubbled with char, and stupendously delicious. This oven is also used to produce samoon bread, which is sort of football shaped, like a pita bread pinched and drawn apart in two fingers. When you order at the back counter, someone cuts your choice of chicken or beef off the spit; loads it into a cut samoon bread; piles in onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles; and then squirts in lots of a tahini-based lemony sauce. Friends, the sauce turns the bread into something like a Levantine bread pudding, then the charred and chewy meat harmonizes with the fillings, and suddenly you can’t believe you’re in a north suburban mall and want to call every chef you know.

A conversation with the people running the place led me to understand that this isn’t just any shawarma; this is Baghdadi shawarma. “It’s the best in Minnesota,” said the guy behind the counter with a shrug, like he was telling me something unchallengeable, like: “That’s a pine tree.” He was right. I’ve been back twice now. It’s

amazing how this shawarma hits all the notes: sour (pickles), salty (tahini sauce), rich (meat, and the way the sauce plumps the bread), sweet (bread), fresh (lettuce and tomato), and bitter (char). Life is crazy! I ended up waiting decades for a shawarma, and it was worth it. 89 85th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids, 763-571-2164

AUTHENTIC PALESTINIAN DINNER PARTY, AT YOUR PLACE? Pangea Market and Grill

Near Sun Market, find Pangea. The Palestinian market and bakery is also the most popular halal butcher shop in the north metro, plus it has its own quickserve restaurant. To do Pangea like a pro, you must understand that the quick-serve restaurant seems like a Chipotle, but it’s actually far more useful: It has a whole shadow identity as a grab-and-go caterer— a place you can get Greek salad for four or 10, tabbouleh for as many people as you can seat, heaps of kofta, piles of skewers, vast amounts of fancy restaurant–quality hummus for a crowd—you get the idea. Consult Pangea’s website for a full preorder—though if you’re just in the neighborhood grabbing lunch, please know the falafel sandwiches are some of the best I’ve ever had: such a fresh-tasting, herb-bright chickpea mix in the falafel itself.

Enter through the restaurant. If you’re just there for snacks and breads, order a “big side” of lemony hummus topped with oil and a spicy pepper relish and another “big side” of beautiful, silky roast baba ghanoush. Grab a bag of super-fresh pita, a slab of Greek feta cheese, and as many sorts of olives as feels right. Consult the produce case for rare items like fresh

green uncured olives—is this the year you brine your own? Don’t miss the metro’s widest selection of Turkish delight, excellent individually wrapped jewels of pistachio, nougat, and sometimes rose petals. If you’ve been reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with someone you love, definitely bring them for all the Turkish delight, no scary White Witch!

Don’t miss the butcher shop. People drive for miles to get fresh halal goat and big legs of lamb for celebrations. Back in the aisles, you’ll find Palestinian olive oils and sage-scented black tea. By the time you pay for your groceries, your to-go order should be ready. 8500 Springbrook Dr. NW, Coon Rapids, 612-254-2010, pangeamarket.com

CREATE YOUR OWN BOLLYWOOD ADVENTURE Pooja Grocers

You know how we’re surrounded by algorithms but kind of don’t see them? Do this: Go into your Netflix account and search for “Bollywood,” and you’ll find you’ve broken the usual algorithm, as tons of Bollywood films (try the mega-hit 3 Idiots; it’s terrifically funny) suddenly appear to allow for your own at-home film festival. Next, head to Pooja Grocers, on Central just south of 694, to prepare.

When you arrive, turn your attention to the bins by the door. This is the bulkIndian-subcontinent-snack paradise you didn’t know you needed. For $4.99 a pound, bag up spicy curried peanuts; chickpea-flour-battered crispy nuggets; and a craveable curried potato chip, raisin, and crunchy-bit mix that you’ll soon be eating by the handful, plus half a dozen more items. Now, from the aisles at Pooja, add breads, like garlic naan or spiced crispy papadums. Add some frozen treats, like maybe one of the party-sized samosa boxes? Add jars of Indian chutneys. If you actually want to cook, consult local chef Raghavan Iyer’s excellent 660 Curries cookbook for all the winter-warming easy goodness you’ll need. Next, look carefully at the drink aisle—what could be your signature cocktail? Is it bright pink rose sharbat, a super rose-fragrant drink, with prosecco or gin and lemon? Is it mango and mint squash with Campari?

Finally, do not miss the phenomenal selection of fun ice creams. What is kulfi? It’s a traditional Indian ice cream, denser

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Left: The bright and inviting aisles at Pangea Market in Coon Rapids. Below: The beautiful gift of shawarma from Sun Market, also in Coon Rapids.

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than usual Western ice cream and available in dozens of flavors. I was enchanted by the single-serving cups—kaju draksh, anjeer, badam carnival, thandai, santra (that’s cashew-raisin, fig, almond caramel, rose and various nuts and seeds, and orange, in case you were wondering)—try them all! Once your cart is full, walk over to the piping-hot samosa case and reward yourself with a paper bag’s worth of hot, spicy, crispy dollar samosas to eat on the way home. 4864 Central Ave. NE, Hilltop, 763-571-1899, poojagrocersmpls.com

PARTY LIKE A TACO BOSS!

Colonial Market and Restaurant

This find has grown in south Minneapolis like one of those stop-motion animations of a plant. It started as a little unremarkable sprout of a market beside landmark heritage bakery Marissa’s at 28th and Nicollet but grew and grew into a prodigious flower with a thousand blooms! Though some of those blooms are veiled, as it were, depending on the day you visit. On a sleepy Monday, you might not notice much more than a solid quarter acre of south-of-the-border candies, bright piñatas, and an abundance of grocery items. But on a Friday or over the weekend? Colonial becomes an absolute thrum of happy happenings, as frequent customers from all over the metro arrive to

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HOME RUN

● OFTEN, THE BEST HOMES FEEL CURATED , collected, and layered. The overall feel reflects a homeowner with great style—or a great interior designer. So, it’s no surprise that when interior designer Lisa Robbins and her husband, Joseph, decided to open a retail boutique, Brick and Linen Shoppe in Stillwater (and now a second location in Wayzata), it reflected the same captivating qualities of a storied home. The team’s approach starts with BLd. Co., the

architectural design part of their business. Once the foundation for a new build or remodel is in place, their full-service interior design division, Brick and Linen, takes it from there. With the addition of the shop, Lisa’s goal was to provide an opportunity for customers to make “their house feel better in a day” through an “environment that’s inspiring.” We call it a win. 114 N. Main St., Stillwater; 401 E. Lake St., Wayzata, bricklinen.com —Jayne Haugen Olson

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Go luxe

The bucket hat is here in a big way and in a variety of materials, such as this chic chapeau in leather.

$90, from Trailmark, Galleria, 952-929-1950

Pattern play

Have a little fun with patterns such as florals—one more eye-catching, the other with a subtle use of creative stitching. Floral fuzzy hat ($16) and brown quilted hat ($18), both from Queenie and Pearl, 5014 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-413-8560

Bucket List

Have a wardrobe of outerwear? Seems appropriate to accumulate hat styles, too.

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COLOR OF THE YEAR

As we were heading to press on this issue, Pantone named Viva Magenta as its 2023 Color of the Year. Not to be confused with fuchsia, it’s described as “a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength.” Certainly, there is a spectrum of magentas, and with Viva Magenta 18-750, we see a deeper, not overly bright hue—a color that could blend into most people’s homes, wardrobes, even lip colors. And now for the challenge: to see if our magazine printer’s four-color press (CMYK—cyan, magenta, yellow, black) can get the color ratios just right and hit the mark!

Color fast

One of the bucket hat benefits is a brim offering a bit more facial coverage for those snowy days. Bonus when it’s a pop of fab color. $144, from Fawbush’s, Galleria, 952-922-5717

50TH & FRANCE

Having just wrapped our mad coverage of local retail for the holidays, we want to pause and a give a slow clap to the delight of the little side alleys connecting 50th Street to Market Street around the newish Nolan Mains development in Edina. Sure, there’s the energy of the large, broad windows that line France Avenue South (to the east) and 50th Street (to the south) and the wide city sidewalks bustling with shoppers, strollers, and commuting nearby residents. But then you discover the narrow cobbled pathways drawing you toward hidden-gem businesses or the side and backdoor entrances of shops that face the streets. (You feel like an insider with secret access.) Plus: It’s the only way to enter The Lynhall No. 3945. In the grand scheme of things, it’s just a sliver of the robust surrounding area, but the Harry Potter Diagon Alley–like aspect is magic. —J.H.O.

The outdoor plaza hosts events, including a Winter Workout Series and Fire and Ice Celebration. 50thandfrance.com

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Fleece piece A touch of fleece brings cozy winter vibes. $210, also from Trailmark

A STITCH IN TIME

As the sewing scene grows, local shops are ready to meet demand.

DURING THE PANDEMIC’S EARLY DAYS, many looked inside their own closets and tucked-away boxes to find new pastimes or reignite passions that had hit the back burner during busier years. One of those at-home hobbies? Sewing. Local fabric shops report seeing a larger, and often younger, group of shoppers over the past few years.

“It’s really encouraging to see so many new sewists,” says Michele Hoaglund, owner of Grand Avenue’s Treadle Yard Goods, which has held its corner of St. Paul since the 1970s.

Sarah Vernon, owner of Lakes Makerie, in south Minneapolis, agrees. “We had a robust website with e-commerce in place before the lockdown, and suddenly we were busy,” she says. “We were shipping all over the country and had a lot of people doing local pickup. I think people just needed to do something productive—you could only

watch so much Netflix.”

As for what people are sewing, it varies per shop—Lakes Makerie and Selby Avenue’s Sewing Lounge are more garment-fabric-focused, Treadle sells a mix of quilting and clothing supplies, and local giants like Brooklyn Park treasure trove SR Harris Fabric offer a bit (or a lot) of everything. But many shop owners say they’ve seen more people inspired to sew their own clothing—especially millennials and Gen Zers.

“A lot of people are coming back to sewing because they’re tired of the quality of clothing that they can buy, like the fast fashion that isn’t well made,” says Vernon, a former cardiologist who opened her shop six years ago. “They’re starting to focus on making things that are uniquely theirs.”

And now that in-person sewing classes and socials are back at local shops, the numbers only continue to grow. “Our kids’ classes are always full,” Hoaglund says. Treadle Yard Goods offers more than 20 types of classes, clinics, project workshops, and more—including specific classes for

children and teens. Sewing Lounge offers classes as well, from complete-beginner programs to drop-in sessions for those stuck on a project or pattern directions. And Lakes Makerie’s project-specific classes, dyeing workshops, and mending lessons are always a hit, Vernon says. The shop even recently expanded into the storefront next door to create a larger classroom space.

While the sewing community has certainly changed and grown in recent years, Scott Harris, CEO of Twin Cities gem SR Harris Fabric, says it’s important to remember Minnesota has long been a crafty place—even if more people are discovering the store all the time. His father, Sid Harris, started the family biz in 1966 and, over the years, grew it into the enormous warehouse of cut-it-yourself fabric, notions, and patterns people know today.

“We’ve always had younger people, older, men, women, different groups coming in,” he says. “It’s a big mix.”

To shop owners, the diversity in sewists—including the pandemic class of newbies—and the number of local shops are exclusively positive. Since everyone sells something a little different, the scene is rooted in collaboration, not competition. “Every shop has its own flavor,” Hoaglund says. “At the end of the day, we’re a community”—one sewn together stronger than ever, with veterans willing to give a helping hand to those just joining the ranks. ■

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PHOTO BY CAITLIN ABRAMS (LAKES MAKERIE); HAROLD LAWTON (SR HARRIS) Lakes Makerie (left) and SR Harris (below right) are always stuffed with fabric bolts, threads, and notions perfect for your next project. shop talk

Cozy Cool

Adopting the Danish concept of hygge may be the best way to get through endless winter—but you need supplies. Fluffy slippers, ramen-themed games, and oversized sweaters can help. —M.B.

1 Spin a yarn

A touch of color to help brave the cold. Look By M mittens ($34), also from Statement Boutique

2 Soak time Calming salts practically turn your tub into a spa. Herbivore bath salts ($20), from Parc, 212 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-353-4966

wear indoors or out. Look By M pom hat ($30), from

3 State pride

Add a touch of home wherever you go. Minnesota Fair Isle blanket ($98), from Patina, multiple metro locations, patinastores.com

make you feel put-together, even at home. Roam slides ($150), from Equation, 5045 France Ave. S., Edina, 612-567-6633

Errands or couch?

Made with recycled plastic bottles. Girlfriend Collective joggers ($82), from Mill City Running, 411 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-378-6001, and Saint City Running, 767 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-330-3649

contents. USAopoly Cup Noodles

Yahtzee game ($17),from Legacy Toys, multiple metro locations, legacytoys.com

The oversized fit is on-trend— and ultracomfy. Studio Fantastique cardigan ($329), also from Parc

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Cozy up this winter with tasty creations from some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities. From February 20-26, participating restaurants are offering special two and three course prix fixe meals ranging from $10-$45 per person. Grab your friends and enjoy the week’s worth of great deals on delicious meals. For a complete list of restaurants and their menus, go to mspmag.com/restaurantweek

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The ELEMENTS OF Escape

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Minnesotans don’t let a little snow and subzero temps trap us in our homes. Not only are we a hardy bunch; we creatively embrace whatever Mother Nature throws our way. Should you need a few ideas for how to tick off the days until spring once again thaws the North, we’ve curated a list of some hidden (and notso-hidden) escapes, excursions, and diversions bucketed by Earth, Water, Air, and Fire—seen by early humans as the four elements that created the universe, and for our purposes, beacons to help navigate a winter filled with fun, style, and substance.

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TOUR THE TERRAIN

There’s nothing like the sound of horse hooves hitting the pavement, especially when you’re snuggled in an open carriage on Hitching Company’s Minneapolis riverfront tour . Book a dinner at a neighboring North Loop or Northeast eatery to warm up with red wine or a smoky drink. thehitching company.com

GET GROUNDED

Ready for a refresh? Here’s a foolproof renewal plan. Step one: Bundle up, as usual. Step two: Get to the white-paned glass palace filled with a thriving jungle. You know the one—our historic landmark and great treasure, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Step three: Open the door. Step four: Unzip your parka, and unwind your scarf like a mummy freeing itself. Step five: Feel instant joy! It’s the smell that makes your heart happy. Warm, wet air full of green growing, the smell of chlorophyll, the smell of earth. It hits you on a cellular level: This is warmth; this is life! Step six: Walk the paths, find the special blooming orchids, admire the beauty of leaves and bark, go around the Sunken Garden (as many times as you want), and marvel. Step seven: Take the interior hallways over to the Como Zoo’s Tropical Encounters—a rainforest animal and plant exhibit that combines the great smells of warm, living life with the sounds of birds and the sights of darting fish and bright frogs. And finally, step 8: Head back out to the frozen world. Your very being will be newly alert, alive, and restored. 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul

ADD A PINCH OF SALT

Book a halotherapy session at The Salt Cave, and you’ll quickly be transported to another world— one where six tons of pink salt line the walls and floors and low lights glow warm and cozy. Choose from individual, unstructured sessions (meditate or nap with no distractions!) and guided services— such as a yoga class—and reap the potential benefits: stress relief, reduced inflammation, and more. Ahhh. 4811 Nicollet Ave., Mpls.

PHOTOS BY CAITLIN ABRAMS (MARJORIE MCNEELY CONSERVATORY, HOTEL EMERY); JOE TRELEVEN (THE SALT CAVE)
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THE GROUND IS FROZEN AND THE TREES ARE BARREN, YET THERE ARE STILL WAYS TO CONNECT WITH THE EARTH UNTIL THE THAW.

Earthly Delights

Having one of those days when you could really use a change of perspective from your WFH space? Hustle off to Hotel Emery (pictured), and hunker down at Spyhouse Coffee in the lush lobby. And if you really need a break from the mundane, make 24 hours of it with a handmade pasta dinner at the Chef Steven Brown–driven Giulia , an overnight in one of the rooms above (hello, 12-foot ceilings), and a comfy seat at the neighboring Guthrie Theater while you enjoy The Little Prince —the story of a prince’s intergalactic travels to various planets, including Earth.

215 S. 4th St., Mpls.

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CAMP INDOORS

Need an easy getaway with the kids?

Westin Edina Galleria offers an indoor camping package complete with a tent, age-appropriate toys, and a customized sleeping bag. Bring your own twinkle lights and your favorite pillows, dim the overheads, order room service, dial up a Netflix movie, and then hunker down. edinaweekendwonders.com

DIG IN THE DIRT

Feeling the need to wrap your fingers around a piece of earth? Dame Errant clay studio just might be your indoor winter wonderland. Owner/ artist Tara Block’s studio is tucked in a historic warehouse space and offers a great variety of workshops, but we are especially intrigued by the “Open Clay” options providing a place to create by starting with a sphere, cylinder, or slab of clay. Tools are provided, plus glazing and firing on-site. Let your imagination guide your hands. 1729 N. 2nd St., Mpls.

COMMUNE WITH NATURE

Only a few places in town allow you to escape from it all and experience the quad-fecta of the elements—count the Minnesota Zoo as one of the best. The animals roaming the earth year-round. The warmth of the indoor Tropics Trail. The snow monkeys taking in the outdoor air! And for the first part of this year, there’s a dolphin exhibit (a fan-favorite water mammal).

13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

EAT LOCAL

Escaping the kitchen and eating out is often a welcome change of pace, especially in the winter. One of the things our local chefs do particularly well is celebrate the ingredients nurtured on this land. Minnesota is fifth in the nation in agricultural production, with $16 billion of our economy coming from growing things we eat. The manner in which it’s grown is obviously the finer point that brings us all to the table in different ways, and some of our chefs are keeping their roots very close to home.

The national buzz about Owamni (pictured below, 420 S. 1st St., Mpls.) is well-earned, because the Indigenous-foods restaurant has created a shift in our thinking. By removing all the ingredients that were

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brought to these lands by colonizers, the menu doesn’t just give us a taste of the past but a taste of who we might be today on an alternative, more natural timeline.

Speaking the language of the small farm, Wise Acre Eatery (5401 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls.) can account for all of the ingredients in the kitchen. They come from the restaurant’s farm in Plato, Minnesota, which means the menu is planned in harmony with the harvest. If it’s been a rough year for the tomato crop, the pasta might look different—as it should.

And if you believe in gratitude for anything you’re eating, from salad to cheeseburger, Tongue in Cheek (989 Payne Ave., St. Paul) has set a place for you. The eatery’s mission is to only use animals that have lived a good life, being raised sustainably and humanely. The ethos is simple and true for all: Living a good life tastes better.

Terra Firma

Don’t let the weather hold you back from walking the beautiful earth every day. It’s a practice that enthusiasts say fills them with awe and keeps them sane. Tools of the trade? Snow pants; Icebugs (spiked shoes from Sweden); a good hooded coat that’s a size too big so you can layer sweaters under it; and the ordinary winter necessities, such as gloves and a hat. Now, hit the trails.

WALKER’S SCULPTURE GARDEN: During winter in the Sculpture Garden, you’ll see that all on this earth have hardships—like zero-degree temperatures and tailpipe smog—even giant cherries. And yet in the difficulties, we can still shine with our dazzling beauty. 725 Vineland Pl., Mpls.

PIKE ISLAND AT FORT SNELLING: What do giant pileated woodpeckers and eagles do all winter? What they always do: hunt for food, inspire, and be awesome. They’re easiest to spot on Pike Island, where there’s a decent chance they’ll find open water for fishing and trees for pecking, giving humans on the paths an audible signal to lift our parka’d heads and smile. 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

SUMMIT AVENUE: The dead of winter is the easiest season to see all the ornate details of the grandes dames of domestic architecture along Cathedral Hill—each gingerbread curlicue, each granite balustrade, each little pop of engineering that says, “We of the past have created such marvels that you will gawk and applaud for centuries.” St. Paul

SEE GREEN

Who knew a hyper-vertical plant boutique would take root? Erik Hamline. His 5,000-square-foot north Minneapolis shop Mother Co., Plants (pictured right, 2400 N. 2nd St.) is a mecca for cactus lovers, but it has evolved to include tropicals, giant (by houseplant standard) sculptural greens, and air plants. The wide-open warehouse-meets-shop is an oasis among neighboring industry, and a trip here in a weekend is a getaway all its own. After your zen-like moment, bring yourself back to earth and cross the river to hit Psycho Suzi’s (1900 NE Marshall St.), where overthe-top Christmas décor is in place until January 28!

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OUR 10,000 LAKES ARE FROZEN, YET WATERS STILL FLOW IN PLACES BIG AND SMALL WHILE ICE BECOMES OUR BEST WINTER FRIEND.

BELLY UP

For the first time ever, our best ice is going for a record in February. With the help of the city of St. Paul, Minnesota Ice is attempting a Guinness World Records title for the world’s longest ice bar . China currently holds the record at 330 feet, but there’s no doubt we can beat that in Mears Park. 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul

FLOA T+ SOAK

Believe it or not, floating in super-salty warm water in a pitch-black (optional), completely silent pod can be one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating hours of your life—try it at St. Paul’s Awaken for Wellness (pictured left, 1821 St. Clair Ave.) or its location in Hudson (411 Cty. Rd. UU). Not feeling the float tank? Fusion LifeSpa in Deephaven (18142 Minnetonka Blvd.) offers detoxifying and relaxing steams, baths, and treatments to connect with water in a more traditional spa environment.

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Bask in Bathing

The national trend has finally found its way north, as Watershed Spa opened this past fall to become the first public bathhouse in the Twin Cities. In the former Soap Factory space (fitting, no?), the lower level of the spa is dedicated to creating a ritual bathing haven with steam, a sauna, hydrotherapies, and a large communal pool. Suits are required, but you are free to move between the heated waters and the cold-plunge pool as you hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

514 SE 2nd St., Mpls.

SLI P+ SLIDE: ICE

Ice Castles is created with icicles “grown” on a site in New Brighton (1500 Old Hwy. 8) that local artisans use to build LED-lit tunnels, caverns, towers, fountains, slides, and crawl spaces, plus a Polar Pub. Need more? Escape to The Minnesota Ice Maze (pictured left), part of Winter Skolstice at Viking Lakes (2645 Vikings Circle, Eagan), starting January 6, and make your way through a “local largest” course made with 300-pound blocks, only to emerge onto an ice slide at the finish.

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GO JUMP IN A LAKE

As crazy as that sounds, there are many reasons to saw a hole in a frozen lake top and jump in. Frontiersof-health types insist it’s good for your cardiovascular system, aiding blood flow. It’s also good for your overall well-being because icy-water submersion tells your cells to make more energy-generating mitochondria. And Polar Plunging is good for your mood because it gives you an instant boost of endorphins.

Special Olympics Minnesota knows for a fact that Polar Plunging is also good for our community—some 15,000 Minnesotans helped fundraise last winter through plungemn.com. To Polar Plunge for good, all you need to do is sign up and agree to fundraise $75. After that, it’s all about courage and commitment.

To train, some people take increasingly long cold showers or fill up their bathtub with cold water and ice cubes. On the big day, they put on their neoprene socks (what avid Polar Plungers use) or shoes (everyone must have footwear when Polar Plunging so that their wet feet don’t freeze to anything once they get out). Super plungers also put on a costume. Costume? For all the social media, of course: Minnesota’s social media feeds fill up with folks in team T-shirts, colorful outfits, and superhero onesies all jumping into cold cut-out pools in the frozen lake top in the bright blue-cast sunlight of a winter day.

Are you up for it? You can connect with the thousand-plus-member Minnesota Facebook group Night Water Butterflies to learn more. (It’s not a great idea to do your first frozen lake dip solo.)

Winter days can take on a certain sameness—same icy landscape, same four walls—except for the day you jump into a frozen lake. That’s a day you never forget. That’s a day you were strong, brave, and possibly a little nuts—and got proof of it.

IMMERSIVE SPA DAY

Secret tip: If you book a spa appointment at Life Time Edina in Southdale, you get access to the entire premium club for the whole day. Sweat it out in a spin class, play some pickleball, then steam and sauna. Make way to your mani or pedi, then refresh in the locker room before grabbing a table on-site at Rare Steak and Sushi . Best day ever. lifetime.life

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U.S. POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS: The greatest hockey event in the world happens this month on Lake Nokomis. Dust off your skates to play (or sign your kid’s team up for Youth Night). Or do what most folks do: Pack a thermos and watch a game between any of 300 or so teams playing on more than 25 rinks. Starts Jan. 19

WAYZATA CHILLY OPEN: On February 11, the place to be is Wayzata Bay for a day of ice golf tourneys, snowkite races, “snowga,” and, of course, a chili cook-off. Sign up a team for the golf tourney, or just take it all in, including the restaurants vying for top prizes in the heated competition. Bonus: nearby post-event watering holes.

ART SHANTY PROJECTS:

Starting January 21, Bdé Umán (AKA Lake Harriet) hosts the freeto-all fest where you can explore and interact with 35+ artistcreated structures, sculptures, and other projects. This year’s crop includes Chapsicle of Love, where they’ll be performing actual, legally binding weddings.

PHOTOS BY CAITLIN ABRAMS (RARE STEAK & SUSHI); GREAT WOLF LODGE (WATER PARK); DON RIDDLE/FOUR SEASONS (POOL)
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SLI P + SLIDE: H 2 O

Our winters solve one of the momentous pains of taking your family to the water park for the day: no need to apply goopy sunscreen to antsy children. Let that fact alone (but also our subzero temps and early sunsets) be all the license you need to pack up your brood and head to an indoor water park. For those looking for the grandest experience, try Bloomington’s Great Wolf Lodge (pictured right, 1700 American Blvd. E.)—it has slides as high as four stories, a poolside bar, a lazy river, and a wave pool. If you’re looking for something slightly more chill, the Venetian Indoor Waterpark in Maple Grove (11801 Fountains Way) has two four-story slides and a massive 20-person spa for parents. Or hit the chillest of them all: St. Paul’s municipal Great River Water Park (270 Lexington Pkwy. N.), which has slides, lap pools, diving boards, and a sauna for less than $10 a person.

WET YOUR WHISTLE (+TOES)

Google “local hotels with pools” and several will pop up—but two truly stand out. There is, of course, the luxury Four Seasons Minneapolis (pictured above, 245 Hennepin Ave.) with a spa and indoor pool complete with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking North Loop’s Gateway District. (Hotel guests can also book luxe spa

treatments.) And then there’s the rooftop soaking pool at Hewing Hotel (300 Washington Ave. N.), where you can sit on a ledge submerged in the warm water, sip something on ice, and watch your breath rise as you take in the skyline view—including the neighboring Four Seasons. (For more saunas options, see page 66.)

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THE WINTER AIR IS CRISP AND COLD, YET ALSO FILLED WITH WARMTH, LAUGHTER, AND ENERGY INDOORS AND OUT.

BREATH TAKING VIEWS

Four Seasons Hotel’s outdoor Nordic Village , at its Riva Terrace, features curling, a fire table lounge, cocktails with skyline views, and a prix fixe dinner served in a private mini cabin. Open to non-hotel guests through March 4. Reservations required. fourseasons.com

CARRIED AWAY!

Hot-air ballooning isn’t just for the warmer months. Soar through the St. Croix Valley year-round (uh, blizzard permitting) with Stillwater Balloon (135 St. Croix Tr. N., Lakeland), offering hourlong airborne tours of the area in high style—complete with a champagne toast upon landing. Prefer to stay on the ground? Watch more than 30 balloons fly through the skies during the magical Hudson Hot Air Affair (pictured left) in early February.

PHOTOS BY CAITLIN ABRAMS (HUDSON HOT AIR AFFAIR, BLONDETTE); IFLY (WIND TUNNEL)
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Levitate

Into the idea of skydiving but intimidated by all that sky? iFly’s got you, as it takes the sky out of the diving. Just off of 394 in the shadow of Bacio (earn yourself a dessert or nightcap), iFly replaces the whole jumping-out-of-a-plane thing with vertical wind tunnels powerful enough to smoothly suspend flyers in the air with the same sensation of skydiving. All ages (3 and up) and abilities are welcome. “Flights” can be booked individually (for as low as $65/person) or in groups. 12415 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka

SECRET SLICE OF SKY

Tucked in among the taller skyscrapers of downtown Minneapolis, Blondette sits on the fifth floor of the Rand Tower Hotel with a view that beats a panoramic skyline. The glass roof and walls allow you to perch, with martini in hand, among captains of the creative class while you glimpse the sky above, old industry looming all around you. Hey, why not make it an overnight! 527 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls.

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RARIFIED AIR

Take a mental breath of fresh air by spending an afternoon around a bunch of stuff that needs to be kept in very specially climate-controlled air at one of our myriad major museums. The Walker Art Center (725 Vineland Pl., Mpls.) is currently exhibiting a career retrospective of Jannis Kounellis, the Greek mixed-media artist most famous for pioneering the Italian Arte Povera movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Meanwhile, a stroll around Mia (2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.) will net you all the standard joys of its permanent collection, plus the tail end of its landmark Botticelli exhibition and other longer-lasting installations like local painter Teo Nguyen’s

lamentation on his homeland, Viêt Nam Peace Project . Or, if you want to dig deeper, head to the U to check in at the Weisman Art Museum (333 E. River Pkwy., Mpls.), where the iconic Frank Gehry–designed building tends to make the headlines but the Weisman’s deep cull of modern art, ranging from Marsden Hartley to Georgia O’Keeffe, steals the show, or explore St. Paul’s Minnesota Museum of American Art (pictured below, 350 N. Robert St., St. Paul) for contemporary American art, including the currently exhibited Off the Deep End , a massive digital mural designed to confront sea level rise and climate change.

HANG TIME

Need to wear out a rambunctious kid?

Urban Air Adventure Park ’s Plymouth location, with all its options, is your place. Here, your kid gets go-karts, a climbing wall, a ropes course, performance in-ground trampolines, a warrior course, and a handful of other crazy stuff that defies conventional definition, like the zipline-esque Sky Rider. Best yet? This is one of the few places where kids pay the premium price and their adults buy a Parent Pass, which gets you access to all the same stuff, at half the price.

Lost in Space

CAN CAN WONDERLAND: There are all kinds of forcedair experiences to be had here! A Pac-Man–themed air hockey table called Pac Man SMASH? A one-of-one 1930s electromechanical directional-air penny arcade game called Blow Ball? Check and check. 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul

TOP GOLF: What are you worried about? It’s nearly impossible to whiff when the little white ball is teed up for you, right at your feet. Each ball is microchipped with Toptracer technology, allowing a variety of game play that goes way beyond par. 6420 Camden Ave. N., Brooklyn Center

BAD AXE THROWING: If you really want to throw something that will slice right through the air, why not throw something with a sharp edge— like an axe? That’s exactly what goes down at the two Minneapolis outposts of the Canadian chain. And, c’mon, cut it out: 50 percent off on your birthday? City Center, 611 Hennepin Ave. and 2505 NE Kennedy St.

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SUGAR CLOUDS

Spinning Wylde spins air and sugar, along with no small amount of magic, at the Cities’ first and only dedicated cotton candy café. Housed in the historic Union Depot (214 E. 4th St., St. Paul), it feels like an enchanted gateway to a charmed life, one where you eat candy for dinner.

WONDERS OF WIND

It’s a twister! But don’t worry; you won’t have to take Toto down to the storm cellar. Get carried away on the third level of the Science Museum , in the middle of the Experiment Gallery, with a miniature indoor tornado. Amaze your kids (and yourself) by disrupting the airflow of the ghostly rope with the palm of your hand. Stick around to conduct a few more experiments: The Aeolian Landscape uses a fan and a mound of glitter

to demonstrate the effect of wind on earth forms, and you can perceive the flow and current of an airstream by observing the effect of a blower on a rubber sphere. On your way out, put all your theoretical comprehension to work by stopping by the interactive Mississippi River Visitor Center to play with the bald eagle computer simulator and ride the wind above the river valley. 120 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

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MINNESOTA WINTERS SHINE BRIGHT WITH MANY SUNNY DAYS, YET WE ALSO CRAVE THE HEAT OF THE FLAME TO WARM BODY AND SOUL.

BODY HEAT

Sometimes a winter escape is as simple as a hot yoga class— where you can really sweat it out. The Modo Yoga studio (3252 W. Lake St., Mpls.) is heated to 95 to 103 degrees (quite the antithesis to the bone-chilling breeze outside), creating an environment conducive to easing stress and helping you stretch farther than you could in a cooler space.

HOT HOUSE

The Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis is feeling the heat. That’s because it’s the home of the Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts (pictured above, 2213 Snelling Ave.), the Upper Midwest’s premier center for all things glassblowing and glass arts. One part professional studio for working glass artists, one part glass arts education center, and one part storefront for the glass artists who work there, Foci isn’t just a place for people who know their way around a crucible. You can stop by to shop, watch artists at work, or reserve a time to check out their glassblowing demos. If you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for entry-level classes. And now that you’re fired up, mark your calendar for the opening of Fluidity: Identity in Swedish Glass on February 1 at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave., Mpls.).

FIRE AND ICE

If you know your Winter Carnival history, you know Vulcanus Rex and his Krewe overthrow King Boreas at the end of 10 days of festivities as a signal of the hot summer to come. Get your Vulcan flame on at the Vulcan Snow Park (State Fairgrounds) or the annual Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade on February 4. The eve is capped off with—you guessed it—fireworks. wintercarnival.com

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Liquid Flame

The bar at Spoon and Stable is still considered to be one of the hottest seats in the city, even seven years in. One reason for that may be Jessi Pollak, the lead bartender, who recently competed in a global cocktail competition in Sydney, representing the United States with elegance and aplomb. That, in and of itself, is fire. But to sit front and center while sipping this flamed Oaxacan drink? That’s what we call a surefire bet. 211 N. 1st St., Mpls.

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CANDLES IN THE DARK

A candle-filled ice globe on a frozen lake top—why is it such a unique light? Lonely but radiant, a little yellow glow, refracted through ice until it looks like a distant star brought near. No wonder crowds gather in the night for the annual Luminary Loppet , a slow, artsy, and magical parade right on top of Lake of the Isles. Ticketed admission (yes, it sells out!) includes a glow-stick pendant, and then you head out to follow the pre-tamped-down routes—one for walkers, one for skiers—that thread between scattered art stops. It could be fire dancers spinning in primal joy or giant dancing penguins in light-up costumes or musicians coaxing haunting sounds from instruments made of ice. Along the way, find beer stands, hot chocolate stations, fires to warm your hands, ice lanterns, ice candelabras, and candles—uncountable against the dark, each casting the unique light that says, “We might have been alone in our houses for months, but here, we are never alone when we seek light.” February 4, loppet.org

HOT HAND

If Vegas isn’t in the cards, hit up the largest poker room in the Midwest at Canterbury Park. The dealers are fast, and despite some weird Minnesota gambling laws limiting wager amounts, there’s plenty enough action for most players and frequent enough tournaments for the die-hards. 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee

TURN UP THE HEAT

Saunas are having a big moment, from a cultural refocus on self-care to a civic willingness to ease some of the bureaucratic barriers put up by an archaic health code. “This is a sauna capital,” says John Pederson, basically the Johnny Appleseed of the Twin Cities sauna scene (he founded 612 Sauna Society collective in 2016 before starting Stokeyard Outfitters). According to Pederson, the sauna is rooted in Minnesota’s Nordic bathing traditions while also being connected to a more universal “thermaculture,” with practices from all over the globe dating back thousands of years. Benefits include helping your body recover after a workout, helping to expand the bandwidth of your sympathetic nervous system, and helping you adjust your relationship to our winter weather. But Pederson knows there’s no bigger bummer than sitting in a lukewarm cedar relic and not quite reaching your thermodynamic tipping

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point. “There’s good heat and bad heat,” he explains, “and you’re looking for a state change—where you go, Whoa .” Ready to embrace the heat? A Stokeyard Outfitters saunameister guides gentle sauna aromatherapy/ cold-soak experiences at the Hewing Hotel’s rooftop sauna (pictured above, two hours/$65, hewinghotel.com). Or reserve a seat in one of Pederson’s three wood-fired mobile saunas at his new showroom in south Minneapolis (90 minutes/$35, stokeyard.com). The younger, inked-up, healthconscious crowd is drawn to Embrace North’s Fire and Ice subscription program (unlimited sauna/$30 a month, embracenorth.com). Or the granddaddy of them all, 612 Sauna Society , is a member-owned co-op set up at The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park (packages start at $35/session, 612saunasociety.com). And all the local sauna players will come together for The Great Northern Sauna Village at Malcolm Yards (501 30th Ave. SE, Mpls., January 26–February 5), offering multiple types of sauna— heat, steam, aromatherapy, and the natural winter air.

Fireside Chat

Like the magic of catching sight of a shooting star, finding yourself in front of a good fireplace is one of those everyday-miracle joy-makers. Most out-and-about types know the classics: Victorian W.A. Frost; North Loop hot spot Hewing; the many firepits in the grown-up playland outside mega-brewery Surly; and, of course, the classy, sexy Williamsburg Room at the Lex. Here are a few more to add to your list:

O’SHAUGHNESSY DISTILLLING COMPANY , Minnesota’s only Irish whiskey specialist, has a killer Irish coffee made with its own good whiskey. Sip one at the many outdoor firepits, perhaps beside your pup wearing its best Irish sweater? 600 Malcolm Ave. SE, Mpls.

THE GNOME CRAFT PUB is doing the craziest fun thing: Poke-able Pints are your beer plus a red-hot poker warmed by the outdoor bonfire. Add the poker to beer and watch it bubble and steam, caramelizing the beer sugars to make a sort of beer s’more. No, really. For real. Really real. Go! 498 Selby Ave., St. Paul

THE LYNHALL: There are fireplaces for early birds, too. Maybe hit a city lake for an early morning run (or walk) and then head to one of the Lynhall locations (open at 9 am) for something fancy like a maple turmeric latte in front of a crackling fire. 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. and 3945 Market St., Edina

SUN GODS

Like a house cat, we Minnesotans are drawn to sunbeams on a winter day. If a Sun Country flight isn’t on the horizon, head to RH’s Rooftop Restaurant and bathe in warmth. Enjoy a meal within a glass-andsteel atrium surrounded by fountains, trees, and overhead grand chandeliers. Time it right, and take in the sunset with a glass of bubbles in hand. 6801 France Ave. S., Edina

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ORAL REHAB

MOUTH BEYOND REPAIR? (THINK AGAIN.)

» When your dental health starts to slip, things can go bad fast. What do you do, and where do you turn, when your mouth is at its worst? Four specialists from our Top Dentists list share some of the strategies used to help reclaim your smile—no matter how far gone your mouth may be. Read on to discover the nearly 250 dentists who have been named to the 2023 Top Dentists list. (To learn more about the detailed research and review involved in generating this list, see “The Process” at right.)

2023 Top Dentists List: The Process

Oral health can affect not only how we feel and function on the inside but also how confidently we face the world outside. No wonder we attach such importance to choosing the right professional for everything from routine checkups to specialized care and services. The following list contains approximately 10 percent of active dentists in the 10-county metro area. Dentists pass through a multistep process before their names appear here.

As you can imagine, research is essential. We started by asking Twin Cities dentists to nominate other dentists they consider to be exceptional in the field—peers they would consult if they were seeking care. From there, we grouped candidates into specialties and evaluated myriad factors, including (but not limited to) peer recognition, professional achievement, and disciplinary history. Dentists who amassed the highest scores from each grouping were invited to serve on a blueribbon panel to evaluate the other candidates. At the end of this process, we selected Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s 2023 Top Dentists, picking only dentists who had acquired the highest point totals from the surveys, research, and blue-ribbon panel review. (Dentists with a * symbol by their entries are ones who offer cosmetic dentistry procedures.)

Of course, no list is perfect. Many local dentists who provide excellent care may have missed this year’s list. However, if you’re looking for exceptional dentists who have earned the confidence and high regard of their peers, you can start your search here. In addition to our local list, this year’s class of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Dentists will join a prestigious group of colleagues, Super Dentists®, from areas around the country. That full list appears at superdentists.com. Finally, it’s important to note that there is a strict separation between our list and the advertising that appears in this publication. Advertising has no bearing on the names found here. For more on research and methodology, please go to superdentists.com.

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General Dentistry

ALBERTVILLE

Patrick Becicka Albertville Family Dental, Albertville, 763-497-8165, albert villedental.com *

APPLE VALLEY

Pascal P. Dalseth Dalseth Family & Cosmetic Dental, Apple Valley, 952-4321101, dalsethdental. com

Jon S. Falkowski

The Dental Health Center/Falkowski Dentistry, Apple Valley, 651-463-2300, thedentalhealth center.net *

Jeffrey K. Wichmann Valley Oaks Dental, Apple Valley, 952-4328110, valleyoaks dental.com *

BELLE PLAINE

Tasha T. Strait Strait Smiles Family Dentistry, Belle Plaine, 952-873-6380, straitsmiles.com

BLAINE

Craig L. Rathjen Northpointe Dental Care, Blaine, 763-7801300, blainemn dentist.com *

BROOKLYN PARK

Monica M. Alley Park DentalEdinbrook, Brooklyn Park, 763-425-3644, parkdental.com *

BURNSVILLE

Nancy H. Holm Allen & Holm Family Cometic Dentistry, Burnsville, 952-4353335, myburns villedentist.com *

Tanya Peterson Heart of the City Dental, Burnsville, 952890-2791, heartofthe citydental.com *

CHAMPLIN

Krista S. Bauer

Champlin Family Dental, Champlin, 763323-0678, champlin familydental.com *

Kurt A. Bender Bender Family Dentistry, Champlin, 763-427-7700, benderfamily dentistry.com *

Kelly K. Stark Champlin Family Dental, Champlin, 763-323-0678, champlinfamily dental.com *

CHANHASSEN Bradley D. Lembke Chanhassen Dental, Chanhassen, 952-934-3383, chanhassendental. com *

Tiffany M. Weyandt Stone Creek Dental, Chanhassen, 952-937-2839, stonecreekdental.biz

CHASKA Thomas J. Meschke

Chaska Dental Center, Chaska, 952-448-4151, chaskadental.com *

Stephanie Miner West Lakes Dentistry, Chaska, 952-260-4600, westlakesdentistry. com *

DEEPHAVEN

Amy Hughes Hughes Dental, Deephaven, 952-9362206, hughesdental.com *

EAGAN

Daniel J. Carlson Birchwood Dental, Eagan, 651-994-1700, birchwooddental. com *

John Mittelsteadt Mosaic Dental, Eagan, 651-681-9044, mosaicdentalmn. com *

EDEN PRAIRIE

Benjamin Fenger Prairie Dental Group, Eden Prairie, 952-9035000, prairiedental. com *

Michael Gallagher Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center, Eden Prairie, 952-942-9600, gallaghercosmetic dentistry.com *

Bruce R. Merry Bruce Merry, DDS, Eden Prairie, 952-9377677, brucemerrydds. com *

Jean W. Merry Merry Dental Care Center, Eden Prairie, 952-942-0808, merrydentalcare center.com *

Jeffrey Moos Prairie Dental Group, Eden Prairie, 952-9035000, prairiedental. com *

EDINA

Andrew R. Anderson 50th and France Dental Care, Edina, 952-922-5561, 50thandfrance dentalcare.com *

Lara E. Bainer Southdale Dental Associates, Edina, 952896-1111, sdadental. com

Heidi M. Brandenburg

Heidi M. Brandenburg, DDS, Edina, 952-9228787, hb-dds.com *

Ines de Llano York Dental, Edina, 952-841-0122, yorkdental.com *

Jill M. DuLac DuLac Dental, Edina, 952-925-2176, dentistedina.com *

Mary O. Flynn 50th and France Dental Care, Edina, 952-922-5561, 50thandfrance dentalcare.com *

Kyle P. Gearhart Southdale Dental Associates, Edina, 952896-1111, sdadental. com *

James M. Healy Southdale Dental Associates, Edina, 952896-1111, sdadental. com *

Rachel K. Holm 50th and France Dental Care, Edina, 952-922-5561, 50thandfrance dentalcare.com *

Sandra J. Houck Cosmetic, Family & Sports Dentistry, Edina, 952-922-9119, yoursmiledocs.com *

Matthew G. Jelinek York Dental, Edina, 952-841-0122, yorkdental.com *

Michael T. Kratz Edina Dental Care, Edina, 952-922-2214, edinadentalcare. com *

Douglas L. Lambert Cosmetic, Family & Sports Dentistry, Edina, 952-922-9119, yoursmiledocs.com *

Sachin R. Mehta Southdale Dental Associates, Edina, 952896-1111, sdadental. com *

Chalsey Nelsen

Edina 5-0 Dental, Edina, 952-922-8111, edina5-0dental.com *

Carl E. Schneider 44th Street Dental, Edina, 952-922-2159, 44thstdental.com *

Adam Shand Centennial Lakes Dental Group, Edina, 952-831-2800, centlakedent.com *

Drew F. Spencer Edina 5-0 Dental, Edina, 952-922-8111, edina5-0dental.com *

Thomas P. Telander Southdale Dental Associates, Edina, 952896-1111, sdadental. com *

Steven J. Veker 44th Street Dental, Edina, 952-922-2159, 44thstdental.com *

EXCELSIOR

Christina McCullough Navarre Dental, Excelsior, 952-4719205, navarredental. com

FOREST LAKE

Thomas S. Turry

Thomas S. Turry, DDS, Forest Lake, 651-464-3052, turrydentistry.com

FRIDLEY

John Cretzmeyer Jr. Dentistry for the Entire Family, Fridley, 763-586-9988, dentistryforthe entirefamily.com *

When your entire mouth is in disrepair, your whole being suffers. Along with physical pain, there is emotional pain. Rather than unabashedly smiling or laughing, you might find yourself covering your mouth—too embarrassed to show your teeth. Being unable to express your joy is a serious matter.

Dr. Renee Camara, a periodontist at Wayzata Periodontics and Implants, remembers a patient in her mid-60s whose gums were covered in amalgam tattoos, benign tissue discoloration due to exposure to small silver filling fragments from extensive dental work done throughout the years. They were easy to spot when she smiled, since she had a high lip line. She also needed crowns on her two front teeth, along with implants to replace some missing teeth. “One of the first procedures that I did was try and remove all these tattoos,” Camara says. “And it was night and day. Right after that surgery she said, ‘Oh, I’m already better. I’m done.’ I’m like, ‘No, you’re not.’”

Camara’s patient was determined to complete her oral care plan. That was 12 years ago. Since then, her demeanor has completely changed. “She used to cover her mouth when she smiled,” Camara recalls. “And she used to put her face down. She suddenly became this person that laughed out loud.”

Dental specialists are helping change the mouths—and lives—of many Twin Citians. We interviewed some of them: two periodontists, a prosthodontist, and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. See how they help patients navigate the stages of care and challenges in treating highly problematic dental issues

TACKLE GUM DISEASE

Patients with problematic gums need to get their gums—the foundation of their oral health—in working order before moving forward with crowns, veneers, or implants. “Fifty percent of the bacteria in your body is in your mouth,” says Dr. Shahir Malek, a periodontist at Twin Cities Periodontics in St. Louis Park.

“The first line of defense is always to do a deep clean,” Malek says. “Then we usually wait about four to six weeks. And then we reevaluate and see how everything’s going.”

“Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that helps the body heal,” Camara adds.

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“More than replacing a tooth, most of the treatment is helping the body heal from disease from local factors. For example, a patient that hasn’t been to the dentist for a long time might have plaque and bacteria around their teeth and root surfaces, or their gums bleed when they brush. The periodontist does a deep cleaning— scaling and root planing. By removing all that plaque and calculus [tartar], and by reducing the levels of bacteria in your mouth, your gums are going to heal, and they are going to feel so much better.”

Before moving on to the next phase of their dental plans, patients must prove they can sustain oral hygiene habits. “Some patients are really eager to move ahead,” Camara says. “[But] we can’t be responsible for all the extra work that we’re going to put in there unless they can maintain it.”

WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE ISSUES

Dr. Lisa Fedor James, a prosthodontist at James Prosthodontics in Plymouth, calls fixing mouths a team effort. Patients with multifactorial needs will likely require one or more additional dental specialists working toward a common goal. “A good example is a patient who will need a comprehensive reconstruction with dental implants,” she says. “I don’t do surgery in my practice. So for these patients, I’ll plan a type of restoration or prosthesis that’s going to fit their situation. Once that’s been determined, I’ll refer a patient to an oral surgeon or a periodontist to assess their surgical needs.

“I tell patients it’s like building a house,” she continues. “The surgeon does everything that eventually you will not see. And I’ll do everything that you’re going to see. The surgeon will build a foundation, and I build and decorate the house.”

One of these foundation builders is Dr. Kirby Johnson, an oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist at OMS Specialists. “There’s a lot of discussion that goes into coming up with the best plan, and then we’ll oftentimes have two or three plans,” he says. “And then the patient decides, ‘Well, this is the direction I’d like to go.’”

GOLDEN VALLEY

Shari K. Bruning Bassett Creek Dental, Golden Valley, 763-5461301, bassettcreekdental. com *

Steven Lorentzen

Lorentzen Dental, Golden Valley, 763-540-0101, lorentzendds.com *

LAKE ELMO

Laurie Stodola

Grace Dental, Lake Elmo, 651-430-1020, gracedentalmn.com *

LAKEVILLE

Jennifer E. Harrison

Lakeville Dental Associates, Lakeville, 952469-3300, lakevilledental. com *

Carey P. Tri River’s Edge Dental Clinic, Lakeville, 952-232-6454, riversedgesmiles.com *

Jessica A. Tri River’s Edge Dental Clinic, Lakeville, 952-232-6454, riversedgesmiles.com *

MAHTOMEDI

Perri L. Kauls Orchard Dental Group, Mahtomedi, 651-770-2699, orcharddental groupmn.com *

MAPLE GROVE

S. Christopher Chang Maple Grove Family Dental Clinic, Maple Grove, 763-420-4421, maplegrovedental.com *

Jeffrey Pumper Park Dental, Maple Grove, 763-416-0037, parkdental. com

Eric Wang Brook West Family Dentistry, Maple Grove, 763-561-2273, brookwestfamily dentistry.com *

MAPLEWOOD

Derrick J. Veneman Veneman Dental Care, Maplewood, 651-770-7175, venemandentalcare.com *

MEDINA

Randy James Landa WestLand Dental, Medina, 763-559-0775, westlanddental.net *

MINNETONKA

Kent E. Cassidy Glen Lake Dental Associates, Minnetonka, 952-935-5212, glenlakedental.com *

Justin J. McHugh

Blue Ridge Dental Center, Minnetonka, 952-938-8858, blueridgedental.com *

Holger P. Meiser

Holger Dental Group, Minnetonka, 952-217-5201, holgerdentalgroup.com *

Atif H. Rizvi Dentistry by Design, Minnetonka, 952-474-5041, dbdmn.com *

Christopher E. Steele Park Dental - Ridgepark, Minnetonka, 952-545-8603, parkdental.com

Michael S. Sudit

The Center for Smile Enhancement, Minnetonka, 952-593-9310, drsudit.com *

MINNEAPOLIS

Mohamed Ali Lakeshore Dental, Mpls., 612-601-8993, lakeshoredentalmn.com *

David A. Cook

Smiles at France, Mpls., 612-824-7033, smilesatfrance.com *

Adele Della Torre ADT Dental, Mpls., 612-3776108, adtdental.com *

Michael D. Doroschak Doroschak Dental, Mpls., 612-379-2300, doroschakdental.com *

Manuel Englander Englander Dental, Mpls., 612-926-2100, englanderdental.com *

Jamie Graham Fiant Dental, Mpls., 612827-7400, fiantdental. com *

Peter Hinke Linden Hills Dentistry, Mpls., 612-922-6164, lindenhillsdentistry.com *

Woojin “Woody” Kwon Northeast Dental Wellness, Mpls., 612-781-6568, nedentalwellness.com *

Sam LaChance Greenway Dental, Mpls., 612-424-6850, greenwaydentalmpls. com *

Nancy Norling

Nancy Norling, DDS, Mpls., 952-544-4129, drnorling. com *

Kordie Reinhold

Linden Hills Dentistry, Mpls., 612-922-6164, lindenhillsdentistry.com *

NORTH OAKS

Steven A. Gorman

The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry, North Oaks, 651483-5134, drstevegorman. com *

Gesica Horn

Serene Oaks Dental, North Oaks, 651-288-3111, sereneoaksdental.com *

Chad E. Loween

Serene Oaks Dental, North Oaks, 651-288-3111, sereneoaksdental.com *

OAKDALE

Richard P. Timm All Family Dental, Oakdale, 651-333-7496, afdsmiles.com *

ORONO

Michael J. Skramstad Orono Dental Care, Orono, 952-449-9494, oronodentalcare.com *

PLYMOUTH

Jennifer M. Bertrand

Smile Design Dentistry, Plymouth, 763-537-1238, smiledesigndentistry. com *

Chad E. Boger Boger Dental, Plymouth, 763-546-7707, bogerdental.com *

Nicole T. Haus Harbor Dental, Plymouth, 763-553-0451, harbordentalmn.com *

Corey C. Jensen

Smile Design Dentistry, Plymouth, 763-537-1238, smiledesigndentistry. com *

Elias Kouvalis Park Dental - Plymouth West, Plymouth, 763-2333310, parkdental.com *

Shauna Novak

Novak Family Dentistry, Plymouth, 763-525-5011, novakfamilydentistry. com *

Barry J. Panning Harbor Dental, Plymouth, 763-553-0451, harbordentalmn.com *

Travis Wildenberg Harbor Dental, Plymouth, 763-553-0451, harbordentalmn.com

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Gerald A. Wimmer

Drs. Williams & Wimmer, DDS, Plymouth, 763-5594778, williamsand wimmerdds.com *

PRIOR LAKE

Thomas Morgan Morgan Family Dental, Prior Lake, 952-4474611, myprior lakedentist.com *

RICHFIELD

Megan Beuckens

Ethos Dental, Richfield, 612-866-2233, ethosdental.com *

James R. Keller Cedar West Family Dentistry, Richfield, 612-861-7188, cedarwestdental.com *

Frank E. Mork III Crosstown Family Dental, Richfield, 612-866-5014, crosstownfamily dental.com *

Jeffrey E. O’Neil

Ethos Dental, Richfield, 612-866-2233, ethosdental.com *

ROSEVILLE

David A. Bates Bates Dental Care, Roseville, 651-636-2373, batesdentalcare.com *

SAVAGE

Melissa Zettler

Cherrywood Dental Care, Savage, 952-4409303, cherry wooddental.com *

SHAKOPEE

John Elvecrog Crossings Dental Care, Shakopee, 952-224-8090, crossingsdentalcare. com

SHOREVIEW

Michael J. Enz Vibrant Dental, Shoreview, 651-4827564, vibrantdental. com *

ST. LOUIS PARK

Bruce E. Brandsness Brandsness Family Dentistry, St. Louis Park, 952-546-5200, brandsnessfamily dentistry.com *

Susan G. Gross

Susan G. Gross, DDS, St. Louis Park, 952-926-0020, susangrossdds.com *

Jeffrey R. Remakel Park Dental, St. Louis Park, 952-920-3700, parkdental.com *

ST. PAUL Michael R. Bauer

HealthPartners Dental Specialty Center, St. Paul, 651-647-2500, healthpartners.com

Brent C. Fredrickson

Chalet Dental Care, St. Paul, 651-488-5888, dentiststpaulmn.com *

Paul F. Kirkegaard St. Anthony Park Dental Care, St. Paul, 651-383-1863, sapdentalcare.com *

Robert Maley Saint City Dental, St. Paul, 651-224-0001, saintcitydental.com *

Mark Malterud

Minnesota Center For Minimally Invasive Dentistry, St. Paul, 651-699-2822, stpaulgeneral dentist.com *

Paul M. Mendes Mendes Family Dentistry, St. Paul, 651-699-8404, mendesfamily dentistry.com *

Sara M. Michel O’Kane & Monssen

Family Dentistry, St. Paul, 651-698-1242, okanemonssen.com *

Frank Milnar

Franco & Associates

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, St. Paul, 651-645-6111, stpaulsmiles.com *

Brian C. Monssen

O’Kane & Monssen

Family Dentistry, St. Paul, 651-698-1242, okanemonssen.com *

Kristi C. O’Kane

O’Kane & Monssen

Family Dentistry, St. Paul, 651-698-1242, okanemonssen.com *

Michael W. Schafhauser

Capitol Dental Center, St. Paul, 651-222-1201, capitoldental centerplc.com *

Joseph Trowbridge St. Paul Dental Center, St. Paul, 651-227-6646, stpaul dentalcenter.com *

An example of this is when a 42-year-old patient who was “at her wits’ end” visited Johnson. She was in pain due to tooth decay (on most of her teeth), and the recommended treatment plan was to have dentures. “You could see how this really had affected her,” Johnson says. “So we talked about her life and what she wanted to do if she could wave a magic wand. In two or three years, where would she like to be? And it wasn’t with dentures.”

However, she didn’t understand there were alternatives. Johnson discussed all of her options, including trying to restore her teeth with some fixed bridgework, removable partial dentures, and implants to support a lower denture or a lower fixed bridge. “She was most interested in restoring her missing teeth with implant-supported crowns and doing veneers and crowning some of the teeth,” he recalls.

It was an expensive path, so she staggered the procedures. Four years later, she’s happy with the results. “She’s been done for about a year and loves her smile. And she has a really good job now,” Johnson says. “She’s smiling all the time.”

Before a periodontist or an oral and maxillofacial specialist places the implants, a prosthodontist will communicate where they want the teeth to be located “so that we can plan the implant depth and trajectory to make things meet the expectations of what they should be,” James says.

She continues, “A common situation for [a periodontist or an oral surgeon] is congenitally missing lateral incisors. They’re the two smaller teeth next to your upper front teeth. We see a lot of precollege and college-age women and men who can have these teeth restored or replaced. Because they’ve never had the teeth, they’ll generally need some bone grafting, and then they’ll need the implant placed [both of which the periodontist or oral surgeon will do]. So, it’s kind of going back and forth and making sure the team has planned everything.”

ADDRESS FAILING TEETH AND IRREVERSIBLE BONE LOSS

Unfortunately, a deep cleaning won’t restore bone loss caused by gum disease. However, the grafting of bone and soft tissue can restore your mouth’s architecture—soft tissue grafting improves recession; bone grafting corrects other defects. “You get rid of the recession so that it looks like you didn’t have recession,” Camara says.

For patients with a healthy bone base, an immediate implant with an immediate provisional (i.e., temporary) crown might be the ticket (or at least a traditional implant is an option). Malek is one of only a few periodontists who do the procedure.

The traditional procedure requires the removal of the tooth, then doing a bone graft and letting it heal for three months; then the implant is placed in the jawbone, where it heals for another three months; after that, the permanent tooth is ready to be placed.

With an immediate implant, Malek can do the bone graft, place the implant, and attach a temporary tooth all in the same day—as long as gum disease and bone loss hasn’t occurred. Malek believes it looks more natural. “It is the most aesthetic thing you can do for patients,” he says. “Recent studies have found that it is better if you can do it the same day. If you do it the same day, I’m not doing any incisions, I’m not opening anything, I’m just taking the tooth out. So there’s minimal surgical procedures. Every time you

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go in and open up the area, you lose some gum tissue and you lose some bone. So if we have to do this over two to three procedures, things are going to shrink a bit. And they’re not going to look as natural.”

One caveat: Not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. The patients who are can expect to be able to bite or chew on that tooth in just three months, after which apples and corn on the cob are all fair game.

ALLOW FOR THE HEALING PROCESS

The time it takes to heal will vary depending on the procedure and the complexity of the treatment. “A patient that needs crown lengthening—the lifting of the gum tissue to make the tooth longer by exposing more tooth—might take six to eight weeks,” James says. “For patients who are undergoing implant care, it might take three to six months after the implant is placed until I can restore it because the bone has to grow into the pores of the implant.”

Because the entire process—from start to finish— might take up to a year or longer, James makes sure her patients stay as comfortable as possible. “One of my jobs is to make sure that throughout the course of that year, they always have teeth in their mouth,” she says. “I need to make sure they can always speak, they can

STILLWATER

Sarah L. Carlson

Carlson Dental Group, Stillwater, 651-401-1177, stillwaterbeautiful smiles.com *

Rosalie J. Perpich

Stillwater Family Dental, Stillwater, 651-3510890, stillwaterfamily dental.com *

WEST ST. PAUL

Hassan Ismail Aspen Dental, West St. Paul, 651-504-2887, aspendental.com

WHITE BEAR LAKE

Paul D. Anderson White Bear Smiles, White Bear Lake, 651-426-8998, whitebearsmiles.com *

Daniel R. Isaacson Isaacson Gentle Dentistry, White Bear Lake, 651-762-7677, isaacsongentle dentistry.com *

Mike Weisbrod Isaacson Gentle Dentistry, White Bear Lake, 651-762-7677, isaacsongentle dentistry.com

WOODBURY

Jill M. Ash Valley Creek Family Dentistry, Woodbury, 651-731-1054, jillashdentist.com *

Julia A. Garofalo Saluté Dental, Woodbury, 651-2090270, salutedental. com *

Michael D. Lindahl Lindahl Family Dental, Woodbury, 651-7024200, lindahldental. com *

Marc L. Montgomery Montgomery Dental Care, Woodbury, 651738-1880, montgomery dentalcare.com *

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ENDODONTIST

Gerald C. Anderson

Allied Endodontic Specialists, Maple Grove, 763-657-1502, alliedendo.com

Roger J. Burke

Metropolitan Endodontics, Inver Grove Heights, 651-4516479, metroendo.com

Olga Ivett Castro White Bear Lake Endodontics, White Bear Lake, 651-429-3535, wblendo.com

Matthew G. Del Mastro

Endodontic Professionals, Maple Grove, 763-416-3619, endoprofessionals.com

Andrew M. Doroschak

Metropolitan Endodontics, Burnsville, 952-435-0370, metroendo.com

Scott L. Doyle

Metropolitan Endodontics, Burnsville, 952-435-0370, metroendo.com

Todd M. Geisler

Edina Endodontics, Edina, 952-653-4500, edinaendo.com

Eric H. Grutzner

Metropolitan Endodontics, Burnsvil“le, 952-4350370, metroendo.com

Mark R. Jensen

Endodontic Professionals, Plymouth, 763-559-0859, endoprofessionals.com

always enjoy a meal, they can always smile with confidence. Almost always, I will make some sort of interim prosthesis or a temporary prosthesis that the patient is wearing while things are healing.”

Due to time constraints, there are patients who opt for quicker fixes. For example, a parent whose son or daughter is getting married in a few months might choose to get six new crowns instead of 12 months of braces. “Sometimes getting to the ideal smile takes a lot more steps than patients want to take,” Camara says. “And so if there are some of those steps that they don’t want to take, we can have a different end point and be realistic.”

Of course, there are anomalies. Camara remembers when she was in grad school, she had a patient who wanted a tooth fixed in record time. “She actually needed an implant,” Camara recalls. “She said, ‘I want it before I get married.’ And I’m like, ‘When are you getting married?’

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Robert Kaufman

Metropolitan Endodontics, Burnsville, 952-435-0370, metroendo.com

Alan S. Law

The Dental Specialists, Woodbury, 651-760-3661, thedentalspecialists. com

Thomas E. Neafus

Endodontic Associates Ltd., Coon Rapids, 763427-1720, ealmn.com

Ernest S. Reeh River Valley Endodontics, Stillwater, 651-439-8085, rivervalleyendo.com

Samantha H. Roach

The Dental Specialists, Rosemount, 651-268-2993, thedentalspecialists. com

Jeffrey L. Ryan Endodontic Associates Ltd., Coon Rapids, 763-427-1720, ealmn.com

J. D. Simonton Modern Care Endodontics, Lakeville, 952-920-4400, moderncareendo.com

Michael Tulkki

Wayzata Endodontics, Wayzata, 952-4760070, wayzataendo. com

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

Karl H. Andreasen Momenta Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, North Oaks, 651-3621283, momentaoms. com

David Basi

Northern Star Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St. Louis Park, 952-465-0105, northernstaroms.com

Julie Chavez

Northern Star Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St. Louis Park, 952-465-0105, northernstaroms.com

Michael J. Downie

Twin Cities Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Maplewood, 651-7707703, tcoralsurgery.com

Frederick J. Haas

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants, Edina, 952-835-5003, omscmn.com

Gregory Hueler

Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Savage, 952-226-7940, mworalsurgery.com *

Anthony Indovina Jr. Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Eagan, 651-315-8826, dakotavalley-oms.com

Kirby C. Johnson

OMS Specialists, Maple Grove, 763-494-8825, omsspecialists.com

Matthew Karban

The Dental Specialists, Coon Rapids, 763-233-3390, thedentalspecialists. com

Brett J. Kurtzman

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants, Edina, 952-835-5003, omscmn.com

Luke J. MacMenamin

The Oral Surgery Center, Woodbury, 651-233-2140, theoralsurgerycenter. com

Luke A. McMahon

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants, Chanhassen, 952-9750605, omscmn.com

Timothy J. Neuner

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants, Edina, 952-835-5003, omscmn.com

Andrew G. Pearson Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants, Chanhassen, 952-9750605, omscmn.com

Paul W. Peterson

OMS Specialists, Blaine, 800-638-6028, omsspecialists.com

Abdollah Rahimi Minnesota Maxillofacial and Oral Consultants, Plymouth, 763-5597688, mnmax.com

P. Angela Rake

Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Burnsville, 651-4526933, dakotavalleyoms.com

Scott Rake

Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Lakeville, 651-315-8826, dakotavalley-oms.com

Steven J. Rodenburg

The Oral Surgery Center, Woodbury, 651-233-2140, theoralsurgerycenter. com

She said, ‘Saturday.’ I ran upstairs to the prosthodontist. She and I figured it out. I gave her an immediate implant; she gave her this fantastic-looking tooth. That might have been, like, ’98. And I think I saw her three or four years ago. She still has the tooth.”

REBUILD GOOD HABITS AND PROTECT PROGRESS

As with almost everything, “education is key,” James says.

For example, what are the issues that led to the patient’s unhealthy mouth? Could it be because they suffer from Sjögren’s syndrome or medication-induced dry mouth? Oftentimes, people with these etiologies will have significant dental decay because they lack the saliva needed to dilute the sugars and the acids in the food they eat, so they can never beat the decay.

For these patients, James might suggest replacing the broken-down teeth with dental implants to stop the decay loop. “I think a really good predictor of your dental future is your dental past,” James says.

That said, many other patients get themselves into trouble due to neglect, which may be the result of a mental health issue, trauma, substance abuse, a lack of knowledge about oral health, or other factors. Perhaps they are caretakers and put themselves last, or they have anxiety about going to the dentist. So when they show up to their dental appointment, Camara is sure to commend them for their commitment, which is needed if they are to improve their oral health. In fact, she believes patients account for 80 percent of their total success.

Once a patient completes their treatment plan, it’s important that they care for their restorations. Sometimes people are under the impression that because dental implants don’t get decay, they’re good to go and don’t need to do anything, James says.

That’s simply not true. James recommends water flossing, good brushing habits, and yearly exams so that their new teeth last.

Gum disease requires a more stringent routine. People who have a history of gum disease require cleanings four times a year because they will always be at risk of relapse, Malek says. Additional cleanings help control gum disease.

Camara compares periodontal disease to other chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. A good maintenance plan will make all the difference to the patients she sees every few months for their deep cleanings.

Patients who get the opportunity to have a nice new set of pearly whites usually make the most of it. “People are usually highly motivated when they spend a lot of money to take care of [the problem],” Johnson says. “They get a third chance—it’s a great set of teeth. You’re back on top of the mountain.”

FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

Camara sees patients who regret not seeking help sooner. “‘We could worry about that, but you’re here now. And I can still help you. And you are helping yourself,’” she tells them. “I think by encouraging people to show up, no matter where they are in their lives with their mouths, it’s pretty big.”

“Disease never gets better,” Johnson says. “It only gets worse. It only progresses, and the problems become bigger and more complex and more expensive.”

But even if things seem beyond help, Malek says, “with today’s technology, it’s never too late. No matter what stage you’re in. There’s always a solution.”

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Mpls., 612-624-8600, dentistry.umn.edu

ORTHODONTIST

John C. Aamodt Erickson-Aamodt Orthodontics, White Bear Lake, 651-426-3873, smileshaping.com

Benjamin E. Allen The Dental Specialists, Edina, 952-926-7766, thedentalspecialists. com

Joseph S. Basile Orthodontic Specialists, Lakeville, 952-469-6760, orthobytes.com

Trudy M. Bonvino Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, Lakeville, 952-469-3333, cosmoortho.com

Stephen W. Colby Edina Orthodontics, Edina, 952-831-1324, edinaortho.com

Mark M. Dale Accorde Orthodontists, Maple Grove, 763-3436992, accorde.com

Brian DeVoe DeVoe Orthodontics, North Oaks, 651-4903155, devoeortho.com

Curtis Dunn Dunn Ortho, Woodbury, 651-738-3866, dunnortho.net

Jennifer Eisenhuth Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth Orthodontics, Eagan, 651-406-8100, doctorjennifer.com

L. Suzan Ekim Ekim Orthodontics, Prior Lake, 952-447-6077, ekimorthodontics. com *

Keith Erickson Erickson-Aamodt Orthodontics, Eagan, 651-405-1055, smileshaping.com

Andrew E. Helmich Jr. Accorde Orthodontists, Maple Grove, 763-4259888, accorde.com

Steven J. Henseler Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics, Woodbury, 651-739-1555, hkortho.com

Paul M. Hobday Accorde Orthodontists, Maple Grove, 763-4259888, accorde.com

Heather Horton Horton Orthodontics, Woodbury, 651-7389060, hortonortho.com

Michael H. Hoxie Ovation Orthodontics, Chaska, 952-448-3945, ovationorthodontics. com

Keith A. Kemnitz TC Orthodontics, Burnsville, 952-894-1365, tcorthodontics.com

Michael S. Lee Ovation Orthodontics, EdenPrairie,952-937-0111, ovationorthodontics. com

Rosemary O. Lelich Family Orthodontics, St. Louis Park, 952-922-7117, familyorthomn.com *

Alisa Madson Pura Vida Orthodontics, Spring Lake Park, 763-784-0420, puravidaortho.com

Tammy L. Meister Meister Orthodontics, St. Paul, 651-699-2013, meisterorthodontics. com

Robert P. Miller Lakeville Orthodontics, Lakeville, 952-435-4000, lakevilleorthodontics. com

Hugh J. Murdoch Murdoch Orthodontics, Richfield, 612-8669900, murdochortho. com

Stephen R. Nelson Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics, Wayzata, 952-473-1993, lakeminnetonkaortho. com

Bradley Pearson Pearson Orthodontics, Edina, 952-926-2551, pearsonorthodontics. com

Geoff Sudit Mint Orthodontics, Mpls., 612-509-6468, mintortho.com

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PEDIATRIC

Bobbi Augustyn Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry, Plymouth, 763-383-1788, campsmile.com *

Lyndsay F. Bates

Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates, Eagan, 651-454-0334, metropediatricdental. com

Richard J. Baylon Pediatric Dentistry, Stillwater, 651439-5640, pediatricdentistrymn. com

Greg S. Beinlich Pediatric Dentistry, Stillwater, 651439-5640, pediatricdentistrymn. com

Adena Borodkin Golden Valley Kids Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Golden Valley, 763-222-1299, goldenvalley pediatricdentist.com

Tori-Thuy Conrad Tweet Pediatric Dentistry, Chanhassen, 952-401-3341, tweetsmiles.com

Havva Zeynep Ertugrul Community University Health Care Center, Mpls., 612-638-0702, cuhcc.umn.edu

Brian E. Grove Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates, St. Paul, 651-224-4969, metropediatric dental.com

Julie Haman St. Paul Pediatric Dentistry, Woodbury, 651-797-4266, stpaulkidsdentist.com

Jeffrey M. Karp University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic, Mpls., 612-659-4900, dentistry.umn.edu

Meredith K. Kurysh Sprouts Pediatric Dentistry, Hugo, 651-429-1205, sproutspediatric dentistry.com

Brent R. Kvittem Children’s Dental Care, Lakeville, 952-997-7100, childrensdentalc.com

Venetia Laganis Laganis Pediatric Dentistry, Maple Grove, 763-420-2610, laganispediatric dentistry.com

Joshua G. Lipschultz

Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates, Eagan, 651-454-0334, metropediatric dental.com

Colin J. Maguire Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry, Chaska, 952361-6759, campsmile. com

Michelle L. Meiser Riverdale Kidds Pediatric Dentistry, Coon Rapids, 763-7671524, dentalkidds.com

Claire Mielke MapleTree Pediatric Dentistry, Maplewood, 651-779-9002, mapletreepediatric dentistry.com

Paul R. Musherure HealthPartners St. Paul Dental Clinic, St. Paul, 651-293-8300, healthpartners.com

James D. Nickman Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates, Eagan, 651-454-0334, metropediatricdental. com

Michele Olson MapleTree Pediatric Dentistry, Maplewood, 651-779-9002, mapletreepediatric dentistry.com

Adam L. Ridgeway The Dental Specialists, Roseville, 651-501-0018, thedentalspecialists. com

Darcy Rindelaub Riverdale Kidds Pediatric Dentistry, Coon Rapids, 763-7671524, dentalkidds.com

Gayathri Sambasivan Dentistry for Children & Adolescents, Minnetonka, 952-9320920, childrensdent. com

Sally W. Schuette Dentistry for Children & Adolescents, Edina, 952-831-4400, childrensdent.com

Taylor J. Stephens Tailwind Pediatric Dentistry, Wayzata, 952475-3135, tailwindkids. com

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PERIODONTIST

Renee Camara Wayzata Periodontics and Implants, Wayzata, 952-473-9779, wayzata periodontal.com *

Roger G. Ettel

Minnesota Periodontal Associates, White Bear Lake, 651-429-2299, mnperioassociates.com

J. Paul Foster J. Paul Foster, DDS, Minnetonka, 952-9331361, jpaulfosterdds.com

M. Elias Kersten Metropolitan Periodontists, Mpls., 612-332-0869, metroperio.com *

Kiran A. Kingsley Southdale Periodontics, Edina, 952-922-6949, southdale periodontics.com

Connie Lee Minnesota Periodontal Associates, White Bear Lake, 651-429-2299, mnperioassociates. com *

Nicholas Lowe Twin Cities Periodontics, St. Louis Park, 952-9359009, twincitiesperio. com *

Shahir Malek Twin Cities Periodontics, St. Louis Park, 952-9359009, twincitiesperio. com

Charles M. McCann Downtown Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Mpls., 612-339-5593, downtownperio.com

Hema Menon Menon Periodontics and Implants, LLC, West St. Paul, 651-788-9742, menonperio.com

Frank Raab II HealthPartners Dental Specialty Center, St. Paul, 651-647-2500, healthpartners.com

Anthony J. Skinner Twin Cities Periodontics, St. Louis Park, 952-9359009, twincitiesperio. com *

Mark M. Wilson

Metropolitan Periodontists, Mpls., 612-332-0869, metroperio.com *

Ying-Lien Wu

The Dental Specialists, Brooklyn Center, 763-571-9990, thedentalspecialists. com

Guizhen Zhang

The Dental Specialists, Roseville, 651-760-3700, thedentalspecialists. com

PROSTHODONTIST

Ranier M. Adarve Adarve Prosthodontics, Apple Valley, 888-6017720, adarveprostho dontics.com

Jason Chong i-Implant Dentistry, Roseville, 651-505-3000, i-implantdentistry. com *

Thomas M. Dresen Dresen Restorative Dentistry, Woodbury, 651-735-1585, dresendentistry.com

John Gerstner Valley Dental Group, Golden Valley, 763-5442213, valleydental.com *

Lisa Fedor James James Prosthodontics, Plymouth, 763-231-8897, minnesotapros.com *

Andrew R. Moffitt Moffitt Restorative Dentistry, Champlin, 763-427-1311, moffittrestorative dentistry.com *

Alfredo Montes

The Dental Specialists, Edina, 952-241-5863, thedentalspecialists. com *

Jonathan O. Twomey Jonathan O. Twomey, DDS, Edina, 952-9205300, drtwomey.com *

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A smile can change the world! The Twin Cities is privileged to have some of the top dental care in the country. Our local dental professionals treat patients with advanced skills and expertise. At Mpls.St.Paul, we celebrate the best of the best in health, and the dentists featured on the following pages are no exception, working tirelessly to keep our grins healthy and bright. Thank you for making us smile!

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Your oral health is directly connected to your overall health. In fact, good oral health can help manage or reduce risks of conditions like diabetes, heart disease and more.

To help you be your healthiest self, HealthPartners offers comprehensive dental care for kids and adults. We specialize in preventive, restorative and cosmetic services like root canals, same-day crowns, bridges, TMJ, wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, and much more.

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OMS Specialists

OMS Specialists utilizes state-of-the art equipment and techniques to deliver exceptional care in a comfortable environment. The surgeons at OMS Specialists are highly skilled in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including extractions, dental implants, bony reconstruction of the jaws, cleft lip and palate surgery and corrective jaw surgery.

OMS Specialists’ surgeons volunteer their time both locally and in mission programs around the world. They serve in key leadership positions for the Minneapolis District Dental Society, Children’s Surgical International, Apple Tree Dental, Children’s Hospital of Minnesota, Minneapolis District Dental Society and Minnesota Dental Association. OMS Specialists is the leader for providing continuing education within the dental community and offers numerous Study Clubs throughout the Twin Cities.

OMS Specialists has six convenient locations in Blaine, Cambridge, Edina, Maple Grove, New Brighton, and Waconia. Visit omsspecialists.com for more information and check out our online Google reviews to hear what our patients think of us.

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Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Allen & Holm — Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

If you feel like healthcare has gotten too corporate, large, and impersonal, you will love our small, woman-owned private practice. Have you experienced offices where you feel like a cog in a machine, where staff seems focused only on tasks and transactions, instead of you as a person? At Allen & Holm, we have surrounded ourselves with a team of smart, caring, and exceptional dental professionals who will never treat you like a number. We are all on a mission to deliver amazing dental care with warmth and concern. We love what we do, and it shows!

The type of dentistry you choose today will impact your dental and overall health for many years to come. It’s important to choose providers who will make a complete commitment to your total dental health. At Allen & Holm, we will support and empower you to enjoy a healthy smile

for the long term, not just for a temporary fix today that could snowball into costly consequences down the line.

Drs. Erin Allen and Nancy Holm would love to welcome you on board to a different kind of dental care. Are you ready to feel taken care of and love your smile? You will love the way you are treated, and your teeth will too!

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What you should know

• Use of the latest technology to create beautiful and healthy smiles

• Number of payment options

• Early morning, late afternoon, evening, and Saturday appointment times

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Orthodontics

Dr. Andrew Wahl

Andrew Wahl is a Board-Certified Orthodontist practicing out of two convenient locations in New Brighton & Downtown Minneapolis. Dr. Wahl attends continuing education courses and study clubs regularly. He feels it is of great importance to stay abreast of current knowledge in the field, and stay in touch with multi-disciplinary specialists, in order to serve his patients the best way possible.

The vision of our office is to provide the highest quality of orthodontic care in a fun, loving, caring and enthusiastic atmosphere. The services we provide show a combination of attention to detail, consistency and the extraordinary.

Years of experience in the most effective orthodontic treatments, pride in his work and vision to treat every case with delicate care and individualism ensure amazing results that will exceed your expectations.

Dr. Wahl is the official orthodontist and proud sponsor to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA for the states of MN, IA, WI, ND & SD.

Providing orthodontics for all ages.

Offering convenient payment plans & accepting most insurances.

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What you should know

• Board Certified Orthodontist Experienced and Talented team

• Both offices use the most up to date technology including 3-D imaging, optical scans and advanced appliances

• Call today for your free exam!

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850 County Rd. D W., New Brighton // Downtown Mpls: 100 S 5th St. Ste. 410, Minneapolis discoverbraces.com // 612.788.9666

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

Alison Seamans, D.D.S.; Mary Tran-Wexler, D.D.S.; Brittany Granoski, D.D.S.; Colin Maguire D.D.S.; Bobbi Augustyn, D.D.S.; Brian Spencer, D.D.S., M.S.; Amelia Leuer, D.D.S.; Dwight Anderson D.D.S., M.S.

Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is a well-established full-service pediatric dental practice specifically designed for infants, teens, and patients with special healthcare needs. In addition to our pediatric dental services, we offer orthodontic care provided by our orthodontists Dr. Dwight Anderson and Dr. Brian Spencer to children and adults alike.

We understand anxiety may be a normal response to a new environment and experience, so we do that little something extra to facilitate positive visits and create “happy campers” for life. Our caring providers have extensive experience in working with a variety of children’s responses, and our patient management techniques are among the very best. Our highly skilled team is committed to providing children with comfortable, informative, and fun visits. We also utilize the latest technologies to customize care and meet the needs of individual patients. Whether it’s preventive,

comprehensive, orthodontic, or emergency dental care, we go the extra mile to ensure all patients have a positive experience.

Meet our Pediatric and Orthodontic Specialty trained Providers and team by visiting our website at campsmile. com. We look forward to meeting you and your happy campers soon!

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What you should know

• In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should be seen by age one to help ensure good oral health and habits.

• In accordance with the American Association of Orthodontists, children should be evaluated as early as age 7 by an orthodontist.

• Camp Smile is proud to be one of the few pediatric dental offices in the metro that is a dual specialty provider.

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Morgan Family Dental

Known for our relaxed, stress-free atmosphere, Morgan Family Dental stands alone in our dedication in providing patients with the highest quality dental care and patient education around! Our honest, upfront approach will make you feel right at home. We enjoy building trustworthy relationships with your entire family in our state-of-the-art dental facility! Services provided range from cosmetics and implants to Invisalign and endodontics, to much more simple procedures such as composite fillings and Zoom whitening!

Dr. Thomas Morgan is a leader in his field earning both his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and his Fellowship in the Misch Implant Institute, a rare accomplishment achieved by a handful of dentists. Let your mind be at ease knowing you are in the best hands with Dr. Morgan; whether it be his calm, caring demeanor, his extensive knowledge and training, or the state-of-the-art technology available, Dr. Morgan is a step above.

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Morgan for having been named a Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Dentist in all eleven published listings, including the most recent 2022 issue. Dr. Morgan has also been inducted, once again, into the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Dentist Hall of Fame!

Call us today for a free cosmetic smile evaluation or to see how we can make you and your whole family’s dental experience like no other! Top Dentists

Mintalar Family Dental

Dr. Mintalar and his dental team are committed to providing the highest level of service and dental care in a comfortable setting. Dr. Mintalar brings 30 years of experience to patient care and his focus is still on delivering personalized care to each individual one smile at a time. We pride ourselves on building relationships with our family of patients and providing comprehensive general restorative dentistry, including orthodontics. Dr. Mintalar has been named to the Mpls.St.Paul Top Dentists list in 2007, 2009, and 2012.

The philosophy at Mintalar Family Dental emphasizes quality in dental care with superior comfort for our patients. Our ultimate goal is to build avenues of communication that foster mutual trust and good long-term relationships with our family of patients. We consistently strive to provide the very best care through honesty, ethics, and professional integrity. We make dentistry simple and we are determined to get it done right. Top Dentists

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3220 Bass Lake Road, Brooklyn Center // mintalardental.com // 763.561.6320
Family Dentistry
16670 Franklin Tr. Prior Lake, MN 55372 mypriorlakedentist.com // 952.447.4611
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Family Dr. Tom Morgan, FAGD, FMIII

Cosmetic Dentistry

Lorentzen Dental

Dr. Steven Lorentzen creates truly custom cosmetic and restorative cases. Renowned throughout Minnesota for his artistry and organic aesthetic, his results create naturally beautiful smiles.

“Cosmetic dentistry should be a customized experience,” says Dr. Lorentzen. “I enjoy the artistic work. What makes Lorentzen Dental a custom experience is that I personally craft each cosmetic fixture to achieve the goals that the client and I have decided on during the consultation and 3D-modeling process.”

Providing a first-class experience from his private practice at The Colonnade Building in Golden Valley, Dr. Lorentzen has given newfound confidence and functionality to hundreds of clients over the last 30 years. Curious how custom cosmetics would look on you? Contact Lorentzen Dental today. Top Dentists

5500 Wayzata Blvd Ste 280, Golden Valley 763-540-0101 // lorentzendental.com

Dentistry

Prairie Dental Group

Dr. Jeffrey Moos, Dr. Benjamin Fenger, Dr. James Watson, Dr. Erik Engelbrektson, Dr. Cole Boerema

For over 40 years, Prairie Dental Group has been a proud member of the Eden Prairie and surrounding community. We have dedicated our professional careers to helping families achieve beautiful smiles and optimal oral health for years to come.

What you should know

• Comprehensive Dentistry for All Ages

• Cosmetic Dentistry

• Sedation Dentistry

• Dental Implants

We strive to change our patients’ perceptions about visiting the dentist by providing personalized care and a positive experience. Our goal is to make your dental visits as easy as possible. We open early and stay late so your oral health won’t take a back seat to other time commitments. We also offer a variety of financial options to make the dental care you need fit into your budget.

With whatever brings you to our office, you can rest assured that you are in good hands! From routine checkups to advanced restorative care, Prairie Dental Group is your dental home. Top Dentists

6608 Flying Cloud Drive, Suite 200, Eden Prairie prairiedental.com // 952-903-5000

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General & Cosmetic Dentistry Smiles at France

Dr. David A. Cook

Dr. David Cook’s Smiles at France offers one-on-one personalized, state-of-the-art, thoughtful care—from routine general-family dentistry for all ages, to simple and complex cosmetic, restorative and implant makeovers. Dr. Cook has over 40 years of experience in treating teeth clenching and grinding disorders that can loosen, fracture and wear away your smile, or contribute to headaches, migraines and TMJ pain. They also offer dental appliances to improve nighttime breathing for those who snore or have sleep apnea.

Dr. Cook has been named to the Mpls.St.Paul Top Dentist list in both the general dentist and cosmetic dentist categories in all fourteen published listings, including the most recent, 2023. Top Dentists

4999 France Avenue South, Suite 230, Minneapolis/Edina SmilesAtFrance.com // 612.824.7033

Family Dentistry

Harbor Dental

Dr. Barry J. Panning

Dr. Nicole T. Haus

Dr. Travis W. Wildenberg

What you should know

• Dr. Barry Panning, Dr. Nicole Haus and Dr. Travis Wildenberg have all been named to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Top Dentists list.

• Harbor Dental is conveniently located in Plymouth near Hwy. 55 & 1-494.

What’s unique about Harbor Dental? Every patient! Harbor Dental has been proudly serving the Twin Cities and surrounding areas with the highest level of service and dentistry for over 35 years. The doctors and staff are dedicated to your needs and enjoy getting to know you and your family. We pride ourselves on building relationships with our patients and providing comprehensive personalized dentistry for all ages. We combine a highly skilled team and state-of-the-art technology to help you achieve a beautiful healthy smile. Comfort, trust and excellent treatment are our goals. Come in and experience the best dentistry has to offer.

We welcome you to visit our website to learn more about Harbor Dental. Top Dentists

3001 Harbor Lane, Suite 100, Plymouth harbordentalmn.com // 763.553.0451

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Orthodontics

Ekim Orthodontics

Dr. Suzan Ekim

Known for compassionate, customized care and orthodontic excellence, Ekim Orthodontics is equipped with a combination of the latest Invisalign technology and braces methods to give kids, teens, and adults functional bites and beautiful smiles. At Ekim Orthodontics, it is clear that their daily purpose is to help you achieve your best smile.

Dr. Suzan Ekim has an impressive history of professional achievements, even beyond her orthodontic training in 2003. She was faculty at the University of Minnesota for 10 years in the Graduate Orthodontics Division and Cleft Lip/Palate Department.

Cherrywood Dental Care, P.A.

At Cherrywood Dental Care we are passionate about YOUR smile. We strive to give you a better dental experience than you have ever had before. All of this starts with your initial visit, where our doctor will spend an hour with you to determine what you need and what is important to you. This allows us to serve you better. Our facility has state-of-the-art technology to help reduce your time in the dental chair. We are located on a serene wetland, and offer pillows and blankets to help you relax and feel comfortable. Dr. Zettler trains with leaders in the dental industry to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible for your procedure. The entire team at Cherrywood Dental Care is focused on your care and work hard to give you the best visit possible. Dr. Zettler is a member of Mpls.St.Paul’s Hall of Fame, having been named to the Top Dentists list 5+ times. Top Dentists

14127 Vernon Ave. S, Savage CherrywoodDental.com // 952.440.9303

What you should know

• Braces and Invisalign for kids, teens and adults

• Diamond Top 1% Invisalign Provider

• Flexible payment plans. 0% interest.

• No referral necessary.

• Call today for your free exam!

She also received the Young Alumni of Distinction Award from the University of Western Ontario in 2013. In addition, Dr. Ekim is proud to be a Diamond Invisalign Certified Provider!

Congratulations to Dr. Suzan Ekim on being named to the Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Dentists list in 2023. Dr. Ekim is also in the Hall of Fame, having been named to the list five+ times. Top Dentists

16190 Erie Ave. SE, Prior Lake 625 E. Nicollet Blvd., Ste 300, Burnsville 952-447-6077 // ekimorthodontics.com
Cosmetic Dentistry
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General Dentistry

Orchard Dental Group

Dr. Perri Kauls, Dr. Anna Dierking

At Orchard Dental Group, kindness always comes first. Our highly skilled team uses progressive equipment and methods that elevate outcomes. We provide personalized care, focusing on keeping you comfortable and relaxed from treatment start to finish. From regular preventive visits to restorative and cosmetic procedures, we offer excellence in the art of dentistry for a lifetime of care.

New patients are always welcome. Call to schedule your first appointment. Top Dentists

12 Long Lake Road #12, Mahtomedi orchardsmiles.com // 651-770-2699

Pediatric Dentistry

Community University Health Care Center

Havva Zeynep Ertugrul, DMD, MS, PhD

Dr. Ertugrul is a pediatric dentist at Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in a diverse neighborhood of Minneapolis, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota Division of Pediatric Dentistry. She is board certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Being in the area of dentistry for more than 20 years and holding two degrees from two different specialties (prosthodontics and pediatric dentistry) gave her various opportunities to contribute to research, teaching, and clinical aspects of dentistry. She currently utilizes her experience at CUHCC to improve the quality of life of her child and adolescent patients from various backgrounds and educate them along with their parents leading into ultimate success stories with big smiles on her patients. Top Dentists

2001 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 cuhcc.umn.edu // 612-301 0918

General Dentistry

Edina Dental Care

Dr. Michael T. Kratz

Dr. Michael T. Kratz takes the time to get to know each patient and the nuances that make up their unique oral health situation. His comprehensive and conservative approach includes careful treatment planning and recommending trusted specialists as needed. “What I love most is the ability to help patients become more empowered, confident, and proud of their smile.” Dr. Kratz has completed hundreds of credit hours of postgraduate training at The Pankey Institute and Spear Education, two of the world’s premier continuing dental education institutes. At Edina Dental Care, Dr. Kratz and his team take measures to ensure patients are fully informed and comfortable in making decisions about their care. Top Dentists

3939 W 50th St, Ste 208, Edina edinadentalcare.com

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Periodontics

General Dentistry A Gentle Dental Center

Dr. Jill Pucel Koopman

Dr. Jill Pucel Koopman and the dental professionals at A Gentle Dental Center are dedicated to providing you personalized, health centered, and esthetically driven dental care.

Dr. Jill received her degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and continues attending advanced dental courses in her commitment to providing patients with quality, comprehensive care. She utilizes the latest technologies that allow same-day porcelain crowns, teeth whitening, and special care to revitalize broken or missing teeth.

A naturally beautiful, healthy smile is what you deserve! Dr. Jill’s professional associations include The American Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentistry and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Our commitment to your health and safety are of utmost concern and we follow all necessary guidelines in our delivery of care.

14115 James Rd., Ste. 303, Rogers // 763-428-2226 // agentledentalcenter.com

Wayzata Periodontics & Implants

Dr. Renee Camara

Wayzata Periodontics & Implants is a cutting-edge clinic that provides specialized periodontal care and dental implants. Under the direction of Renee Camara DDS MS, the clinic continues the mission of extraordinary patient care that began over 40 years ago. Dr. Camara’s diverse clinical experience allows her to provide highly skilled treatment of periodontal disease, as well as periodontal plastic surgery procedures and implants.

Dr. Camara has over 20 years of experience in specialized periodontal care and has practiced in Wayzata since 2002. A Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she is dedicated to the most advanced technologies and treatments for periodontal disease and dental implants, performed in a calm and comfortable environment. Her kind and compassionate patient care has earned the respect of a broad network of referring dentists throughout the Twin Cities. Top Dentists

250 Central Ave N. Suite 310 Wayzata wayzataperiodontal.com // 952.473.9779

Dr. Lindahl

Dr. Lindahl provides a full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and general dentistry procedures. Whether you would like a smile makeover or if you just need to schedule a general check-up, Dr. Lindahl can help you with all of your dental needs. Dr. Lindahl has extensive experience with all aspects of cosmetic and general dentistry, including veneers, crowns, smile whitening, fixing broken and misshapen teeth, root canals, and dental implants.

Top Dentists

2101 Woodwinds Dr. #500, Woodbury 651-702-4200 // lindahldental.com
Restorative and General Dentistry
Cosmetic,
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food mAtters truth mAtters

Thesedays, the world is engaged in a serious discussion on how to affect positive change on our agricultural lands – how to leave them be er than we found them and, in some cases, even repair some of the damage we’ve done. Today’s forwardthinking farmers are paving the way to a reimagined industry, developing systems to build soil fertility, sequester carbon and create biodiversity to regenerate the earth.

Beyond “reduce, reuse, recycle,” regenerative agriculture is the way forward for our planet, at least according to an increasing number of farmers and ranchers. It’s about old ways becoming new again and relying on Mother Nature to do what comes, well, naturally.

Regenerative farming is not new; in fact, it’s pre y old. Long before early American se lers established homesteads in the Midwest, bison used to forage these plains, aerating soil and dispersing native grass seeds with their hooves while naturally fertilizing the soil. The land lived in perfect balance with the animals,

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taking what it needed from them and giving back lush, grassy, green pastures for their next grazing season.

Kowalski’s is proud to partner with farmers and ranchers engaging in regenerative agriculture. Beyond the benefit to our precious natural resources, these “old-fashioned” agricultural techniques are producing foodstuffs that taste the way they’re supposed to taste – really, really good. You’ll find chicken, beef, eggs and lots of locally grown produce in our markets that are produced in harmony with nature, and we continue to add more such products every day.

“There isn’t going to be an overnight change that improves the health of our soil, water, and animal and plant life,” says Kowalski’s Meat & Seafood Director Troy Schmeling. “The answer on how to affect change is complex. It starts with educating ourselves about and being aware of what’s going on in farming. A good second step is to support agricultural products that have regenerative and sustainable initiatives behind them.”

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We’re dreaming of brighter blooms and in-season stems for a garden wonderland at any time of year.

● AS FARM-TO-TABLE MOVES FROM FOOD TO FLORALS , centerpieces are beginning to showcase the best blossoms and most fragrant foliage our area codes and seasons have to offer. This midsummer’s dream arrangement by Spruce Flowers and Events evokes

wildflowers and whimsy using poppies, dahlias, viburnum, textural celosia, grasses, rosemary, clematis, and ranunculus. Centerpiece (price upon request), from Spruce Flowers and Events, 1621 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-767-1101 —Natalie Larsen

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LIGHT AND THE MOOD

In fall, “that magical dusky time of evening becomes quite alive with an array of tones that range from brightness and warmth to deep and sensual,” says David Miller of Ergo.

CENTER STAGE

Inspired by the dancing tones of the golden hour, David Miller of Ergo incorporates chrysanthemums into a fall centerpiece (above). “It may seem rather ‘traditional,’” he says, but mums were once grown across the nation for show. “This is their season to shine, and we are lucky to see so many different tones, shapes, and funky qualities in mums, just like roses, dahlias, or peonies.” Psst—they’re also a longlasting bloom.

NEW TRADITIONS

Surprised to see chrysanthemums— often considered traditional—in this modern autumn arrangement?

These staple blooms lean trendy when set against a sculptural white vase.

To combat the winter blues, Maya Harris and Lillie Rosen of PlantyQueens say, “the more green, the better!” These houseplants (upper right) with lengthy leaves are as low-maintenance as they come and available in various sizes and shapes. “Snake plants can thrive in any light environment, which makes them a perfect plant to have as a centerpiece on any table,” Harris says.

Spring sees a burst of blooming bulbs like

tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and lilies of the valley. These flowers (lower right) are the first signs of the seasonal shift. Fall-inspired centerpiece (price upon request), from Ergo, 516 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-292-9562; snake plants (starting at $13), from PlantyQueens, 2807 NE Johnson St., Mpls., plantyqueens.com; spring-inspired centerpiece (price upon request), from Rebel Girl Floral, 2415 Keller Rd., Long Lake, 952-479-0462 —N. L.

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HEAD TURNER

This overflowing centerpiece reflects colorful spring planters that pop up as the mercury rises.

LONG LIVE

A grouping of hearty houseplants can serve as a centerpiece for a whole season—much longer than a bunch of blooms.

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Just what your wrist was missing.

We borrowed this mini purse from our editor in chief, who used it for her wedding 25 years ago.

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NEW JEWELRY BOX

insider After three generations and almost 40 years, Chaim Kutoff’s online business, ethical jeweler LeoDaniels, is stepping into its first storefront, in the Minnetonka Boulevard spot formerly occupied

by upscale consignment shop Rodeo Drive. The 2,480-squarefoot space holds most of the brand’s online inventory, which has long focused on sustainably sourced and mine-direct diamonds. LeoDaniels went from wholesale to consumer-facing in 2016, and brick-and-mortar felt like a natural next step. “The younger generation really

appreciates experiential shopping, so that’s how we are trying to cater to that,” Kutoff says. “Even Amazon did it—it killed retail, and then all of a sudden, Amazon’s opening stores.” Though the shop opened in late November, it will temporarily shutter in the spring for final updates. 4110 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-2140747, leodaniels.com —C.M.

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Clockwise from left: Le Lip tint in Ambre Rose ($18), by French Girl Organics, from Parc, North Loop, Mpls., 612-353-4966; vintage gold-trimmed tray, stylist’s own; “Ojai” blue lapis and pearl necklace ($168), from Houser, North Loop, Mpls., 612-354-3011; Bataille perfume ($115), by Bastille Paris, from Senti, Edina, 612-757-6373; vintage pearl beaded purse, stylist’s own; “Regina” necklace in lapis ($98), from Larissa Loden, St. Paul, 612-886-9134; studded booties ($90), by Lexie Hayden, from Bean and Ro, Edina, 952-303-3411 —N. L. Silver lining Iced-out booties that shimmer in hues of blue checks two boxes.
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LUUM COLLECTIVE’S GOAL IS GREEN

New local event design agency Luum Collective is keeping us grounded— tackling sustainability in an industry that generates about one billion pounds of waste each year across the nation.

Founded by social impact strategist, MCAD sustainable design student, and eco-maven Ashleyn Przedwiecki, Luum marries design and sustainability to create events of all kinds that make a positive impact beyond the guest experience. The growing collective, which soft-launched in July, unites environmentally and socially responsible vendors, industry professionals, small business owners, and designers and provides event and creative services to planners and couples. All Luum events hinge on aesthetics and ethics, making planet-positive parties look vibrant, lush, and downright easy.

To learn more, slip on your greencolored glasses and check out Luum’s sustainability dinner series, an intimate example of how every detail of an event— from food to florals—can reduce waste.

A recent event at Paikka featured Apricot Floral, The Fond Collective, Chowgirls Catering, and local sips from Du Nord and Indeed Brewing, all orchestrated by Luum to showcase foraged, sustainable, and organic materials, highlighting the beauty and vibrancy inherent in Mother Nature’s design. Mpls., luumcollective.co

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BESPOKE ELEGANCE

A locally based design studio puts the bride—not the gown—first.

WHEN THE EVER-CRAFTY CHELSEA LOVETT planned her wedding in 2011, she kept getting stuck on one key detail: She couldn’t find the dress of her dreams. “It was postrecession, and there weren’t as many shops as there are now,” she says. “Stubbornly, I said I wanted to design my own dress—and I just took to it.”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, she spent a year of evenings after her job at a law firm learning the finer details of couture and sewing with fiddly fabrics like silk and chiffon. And after a few friends fell in love with Lovett’s dress and asked her to make their bridal gowns too, she took the plunge and started her own brand.

Nearly a decade later, Modehaus Bridal has grown into a full-on bridal shop and design studio in the Northrup King Building, where Lovett and her four employees design, create, and alter bespoke gowns for clients all over the

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country. “We really spend the time and a high level of attention to detail on each garment,” Lovett says. “It’s such an important time in an engaged person’s life, and it’s really beautiful to be a part of it.”

Clients can book appointments to shop and try on Modehaus’s sample gowns from current and past collections just like at any other bridal shop, but since each gown is custom-made for the person who will wear it, Lovett and team can have a little fun with the shopping process. “We get creative during fittings,” she says. “I can run in the back and grab a piece of lace, and we can play around with where the placement is, or I can pick up a piece of fabric and drape it over the neckline to see if we like this shape or that shape.”

And Lovett says that even though most of her designs lean toward understated elegance—fine silks sewn into A-lines, lace swathed into delicate sleeves—she can create just about anything her clients want. Her one steadfast rule? “I never want the dress to overshadow the wearer,” she says. “It’s supposed to come alive once it’s on the body, and I always design with that in mind.”

Lovett’s latest collection, She Speaks for Herself, is her most personal yet. It was inspired by the pendulum of anguish and love she experienced as she cared for her dad during his cancer treatment and the grief she felt after his death a few years ago. “It really halted my creative process,” she says. “But experiencing the ups and downs of grief, it started to spill out, and my medium is dresses. I had so many women who were so good to me during that time, so helpful and loving and supportive, and they inspired me as well. Some of the dresses are named after them.”

Lovett’s creative juices haven’t stopped flowing: Watch for Modehaus’s next collection, debuting early this year (the first in an expanded size range, from 0 to 34), on the brand’s socials and website. Northrup King Building, 1500 NE Jackson St., Mpls., modehausbridal.com —Madison Bloomquist

One of our favorites? The showstopping art deco–meets–modern Leonhardt (shown), made with 100 percent silk and more than 18 yards of ostrich feathers.

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Nature-Infused Creations

On her Instagram, Zainab Youngmark, sole proprietor of made-to-order sweetery Quiet Cat Bakery, makes garnishing her decadent desserts with dried flowers, citrus wheels, berries aplenty, and macarons look like a cakewalk. “I’m not sure how to describe how I do it,” she says. “I just make it pretty.” Mpls., 763-843-7865, Instagram @quietcatbakery —N.L.

Dessert First

With no professional baking experience, Youngmark struggled to break into the bakery biz at preexisting sweet shops. Instead, with some encouragement from Bakery Box owner Abby Kastrul, she launched Quiet Cat in 2019

Gettin’ Catty

The Instagram-only bakery is named for Youngmark’s cat, Honey.

Naturally

Whenever she can, Youngmark weaves teas, herbs, and other natural elements into her bakes.

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“I grew up with a strong art background and have a degree in photography,” says Youngmark, who captures all of her creations. “That composition class definitely comes in handy when decorating cakes.”

Unlimited Toppers

Youngmark has tried it all. “I’ve used flowers— fresh and dried—whole spices, honeycomb, small gum paste elements like fall leaves or mushrooms, cookies, sprinkles, edible pearls and glitter, candy, gumballs, truffles, and fresh herbs. The possibilities are seemingly endless,” she says.

Cake-llaboration

All Quiet Cat desserts are made to order, and custom cakes are a savored specialty.

“I take clients’ input on look and flavors—and if they don’t have any I will recommend some— and we’ll build the cake together.”

Fruits of Labor

This sweet showstopper is topped with figs, macarons, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Valentine’s, anyone?

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Besides a healthy dose of Pinterest inspo, Youngmark’s main muses are her garden and nature. Modern fantasy and magic mixed with realism also influence her delectable designs.

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New and Renewed

Given the many, many top-tier wedding venues in the Twin Cities, it’s hard to imagine there’s room for more— but there is. Here, we highlight five of our favorites. Some are new. Some are improved. They’re all fabulous.

One of the most important wedding-related decisions you’ll make throughout the entire planning process is arguably where you marry. The venue you choose not only determines logistical considerations such as guest count, date, and transportation, but it also sets the tone for the overall aesthetic of your celebration.

While industrial, sleek spaces still reign, venue selection has become less about finding the best blank canvas and more about finding a spot that speaks to you as a couple. The pair who exchange vows in an art deco landmark dripping with history couldn’t be more different from those who say “I do” overlooking the rolling hills of a golf course. Determine your style, and

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Host your special day at the Bell Museum.

Elevate your rehearsal dinner, get married under the stars, and explore the state of Minnesota all in one place!

The Bell Museum’s building offers unique event spaces for any special occasion. An event hosted in Minnesota’s official natural history museum, whether a small intimate ceremony or a large wedding celebration, is sure to be out of this world.

Learn more at z.umn.edu/bellmuseumrentals

then seek out a space that jives with your vibe. Wedding bells ring a little sweeter in a venue you love. Here are five new and improved spots you’ll want to see before you send your save-the-date.

MOSAIC VENUE

What better way to come together to tell your story than at a venue where the primary focus is to celebrate you as authentically as possible? Cue Mosaic, a new event space designed to remove standard barriers that preclude most couples from partying precisely as they see fit. The idea for Mosaic came to be when co-founders Phuong and David O’Neil were planning their own wedding. Phuong, an immigrant from Vietnam, had

a hard time finding a venue that could bring her Vietnamese traditions to life. The couple ended up having two separate celebrations—and the experience inspired a desire to help future couples who may face the same problem. The

O’Neils partnered with Chanti Miller, and together, they designed a space that eradicates obstacles such as vendor stipulations and required caterers in order to create a collaborative environment that allows you to make your vision a reality.

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With soaring 17-foot ceilings and polished concrete floors, the space enables that vision to be decidedly stunning. Located on the third floor of Finnegans House in the Elliot Park neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis, Mosaic officially opens for business at the start of 2023 and can accommodate up to 450 guests. 817 5th Ave. S., Ste. 300, Mpls., 612-2359058, mosaicmn.com

O’SHAUGHNESSY DISTILLING CO.

Step into this copper-laden distillery in Prospect Park, and your dreams of a minimalist wedding will all but patina. The space is the perfect balance of light, brick, leather, and wood—a sensory-rich spot to plan a wedding that is distinctly you. Large windows overlook the Witch’s Hat water tower and downtown skyline, adding to the venue’s overall allure, but it’s

the triple copper pot stills holding court alongside the main barroom that steal the show. Texture abounds in the awardwinning bar that serves up all things whis-

Attention, whiskey lovers! Irish-inspired Minneapolis distillery O’Shaughnessy (above) is ready to host your next party—on the rocks.

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The restoration of Northeast’s historic Hollywood Theater, painstakingly transformed into an art deco event space, has been a long time coming. The new old space is set to open in 2023.

key, while the multiple-space facility can accommodate everything from a sit-down reception for 180 to a intimate ceremony for your closest family and friends. With room for a dance floor and band and an attached outdoor terrace, the choice may be unexpected, but it won’t be forgotten— unless one too many rounds of the distillery’s flagship whiskey, Keeper’s Heart, is enjoyed. 600 Malcolm Ave. SE, Mpls., 763-338-0914, osdistilling.com

HOLLYWOOD THEATER

After several years of scaled-back, smaller ceremonies, couples are focusing on having fun with all elements of their nuptials. That’s why a setting like the recently resuscitated Hollywood Theater in Northeast

Minneapolis could make a thrilling and charming addition to your love story. The building, which was built in 1935, has been dormant for the last 30 years. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the storied structure’s renovation process

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has been slow going and meticulously intentional. At the venue, set to open in 2023, eager couples can expect a transformed movie theater dripping with art deco charm. Terrazzo floors, mezzanine seating, 30-foot ceilings, a stage, a fountain, and original light fixtures are all part of the restoration plan. Once billed “the Incomparable Showcase of the Northwest,” the revived theater now has a capacity of

a nightcap as newlyweds the perfect way to end the evening. 1311 W. 6th St., Red Wing, 651-388-9524, skyroommn.com

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THE SKYROOM AT RED WING GOLF COURSE

It’s just too simple to blend old and new— maybe even something blue—at this newly renovated event venue in Red Wing. Located atop the clubhouse at the Red Wing Golf Course, The Skyroom boasts an open-concept floorplan, large skylight, and wraparound deck that wows your guests with expansive views of Hiawatha Valley’s many green rolling hills. Equipped with an indoor fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and a seriously impressive amount of natural light, the space glows from the inside out. The contemporary interior of The Skyroom is juxtaposed against the 100-year-old course it sits upon and the on-site Victorian-style Walsh House, which is also available to rent, should you and your wedding party opt for a place to relax and regroup. The historic home has four available bedrooms and an expansive lawn that overlooks the 18th green, making

The more the merrier has never been more relevant. Thanks to a post-pandemic “I do” boom across the country and a return to larger events, this coveted Brainerd venue makes planning your wedding—of any size—simple. Once home to the Northern Pacific Center Railroad, this collection of buildings is as rich in history as it is in character. With several venue options on the 47-acre estate, couples won’t have to worry about trimming their guest lists to fit a particular space. The newly renovated 40,000-square-foot Brainerd Exchange can seat up to 500, while the smaller, 8,000-squarefoot industrial-style Blacksmith Main; the bright and modern 4,000-squarefoot Luminary room; and the 2,000-square-foot, elegantly designed Le Lier are all unique atmospheres that are bride-, groom-, and photographer-approved. 1511 Northern Pacific Rd., Brainerd, 218-270-8113, northernpacificcenter.com ■

Details date back to 1871 at Brainerd’s rail station turned venue (upper left). The Skyroom cuddles golf course grounds with bountiful photo ops (lower right).

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PARTY ANIMAL

Four-legged friends deserve a special spot in all your photoworthy moments. Here’s how to get your paw pal into the frame.

● PHOTOGRAPHERS have many jobs beyond snapping the shutter for a family portrait mini session or a full-on wedding weekend: stray-hair patrol, organic laugh producers, wranglers of children and meandering family members, and professional timekeepers. Their jobs now extend to furry family members as well, who are seeing exponential inclusion in photo sessions and weddings.

SAY HI

Before snapping photos with a fur baby, Sarah Newhouse of Newhouse Photo starts with some face time. “Show them that you love them!” she says. “Then, if needed, make some kissy noises at the camera.”

RELAX

“Just roll with it,” says photographer Hayley Huotari. “Trust that your photographer will take plenty of photos to get that one shot that’s perfect.”

AISLE FILE

Some favorite twists of Newhouse’s?

“Putting [a] flower crown on their dog and having them go down the aisle,” she says, or “making them the ‘ring dog’ and having a little sign around their neck as they come down the aisle.”

THE DOG HOUSE

“One of my favorite ways to incorporate pets into people’s sessions is, hands down, in-home sessions,” Huotari says. “It’s cozy and authentic when they’re all snuggled up together.” ■

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A different kind of paw patrol, Doggy Social is the first pet attendant company in Minnesota. Disappointed that she wasn’t able to involve her fur-iend in her own wedding, Lara Leinen decided to solve that problem for all other pet parents.

“Our most popular package includes picking up pups from home or boarders or the hotel; bringing them to the wedding venue for pictures, sometimes staying for the ceremony and even possibly social hour (about three hours total at the wedding); and then heading back to drop them off at home, give them dinner, walks, kisses, and anything else they may need,” Leinen says.

Doggy Social provides a pet attendant for each pet at a wedding or engagement photo session. They’ll take the dog for walks, playtime, and any other activities you request to tire the pup out before photos.

Much like a babysitter, attendants’ typical tasks entail “helping out during photos— assisting your photographer—practicing with your pup walking down the aisle before the ceremony, and helping friends and family enjoy your pup without them having to be responsible for them,” Leinen says. “We may be there for 15 minutes or five hours—every wedding and pup is unique.” Serving Minnesota, Illinois, and beyond. doggysocialwedding.com —N. L.

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Flower farms grow your blooms close to home.

FLORISTS AREN’T THE ONLY OPTION FOR sourcing stunning flowers for events. In Minnesota, the flower farm craze continues to blossom. These businesses grow seasonal blooms on-site to curate unique, almost 100 percent local arrangements for weddings and parties that tell a story about where you live.

One of the many farms on our radar? One Wild Flower Farm in Amery, Wisconsin, where mother-daughter duo (and nextdoor neighbors!) Erica Thompson and Natalee Mednansky grow hundreds of varieties for weddings and events. With Thompson’s background working as a florist and Mednansky’s experience in the wedding industry—not to mention Mednansky’s former-hayfield property in the Wisconsin countryside that was perfect for garden patches—starting the farm a few years ago was a no-brainer. And since then, their business has exploded. They now grow, source, and arrange bouquets, centerpieces, arbor flowers, and more for large-scale events throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“We use as much as possible from our own farm,” Mednansky says, noting that if clients are OK with it, they “try to go more by color palette and not by specific flower

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That said, if clients do have certain kinds of blooms they know they want to use (and those blooms are in season), One Wild Flower can incorporate them—the whole experience is about personaliza tion. And if they can’t, they can always fill in a spot or two from Twin Cities Flower Exchange—or, as a last resort, a whole saler—to attempt to keep things as local and environmentally friendly as possible. But for many weddings, they grow more than half of the blooms and greenery for floral arrangements on the farm, which adds a personal, unique touch—perfect for a memorable day.

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The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is an R1 Doctoral University, indicating the highest level of research activity. Iowa State University and North Dakota State University are the closest colleges with the same distinction.

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Gustavus Adolphus College completed the first phase of its 160,000-square-foot expansion of the Lund Center—its fitness, athletics, and wellness center—which includes a larger weighttraining facility, an open-concept cardio center, three aerobics rooms, new locker rooms, and a new student lounge.

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The past few years have proved that nurses are essential to our health. The University of St. Thomas aims to address the national nurse shortage with the introduction of its completely new Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing within the Morrison Family College of Health. It welcomed its first cohort of master’s in nursing students last fall, with about a third of students being people of color. The program’s multimillion-dollar simulation lab includes innovative robots acting as patients in a variety of clinical settings.

Construction is underway for UST’s new Schoenecker Center for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

BUILDING THE FUTURE

The interior of the historic Old Music Hall at Carleton College, built in 1914, was refurbished and recently reopened as Hasenstab Hall, the new home of political science and international relations.

ANSWERING THE CALL

Thanks to St. Cloud State University ’s partnership with GeoComm, students can work at the university’s Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF)’s Visualization Lab—a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) lab—to design software to help 911 operators pinpoint a caller’s location.

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Hamline University ’s new high-tech scanning electron microscope allows students to explore microscopic structures and their electrical, optical, magnetic, chemical, and biological properties.

St. Olaf College recently invested in its campus housing with the Ole Avenue Project, which includes a new residence hall and townhouses along St. Olaf Avenue.

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The 1.5-acre Student Organic Farm at Carleton College recently received a new endowment to support interns and a faculty advisor for research. It fits into the college’s goal of becoming carbon-free by 2050.

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS

The U.S. Department of Education’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program provides funds to colleges to run campus-based child care or offer reimbursement for off-campus day care. Minneapolis Community and Technical College was awarded $1.2 million through September 2026 to assist parents with limited income when it comes to child care.

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of college students face food insecurity at some point in their college journeys. The Minnesota State university system recently partnered with United Way 211 to develop a statewide resource that connects students to local resources.

PICK YOUR PARTNER

New strategic partnerships blossom on Minnesota campuses.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University chose Brian J. Bruess as the first president of both institutions. Together, they developed the Strong Integration initiative, which creates a new governance and leadership structure.

St. Catherine University and Fontbonne University recently announced a partnership that will launch a new graduate program in speech-language pathology in St. Paul. The program includes a free community clinic for patients with communications disorders. $1 million

Minnesota State Mankato and Minnesota North College recently partnered to create the Maverick Advance Plan, which enables students to complete a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree in a fully online program with guidance and resources from both colleges.

The amount that Macalester College received in grant funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create the new Macalester Native and Indigenous Initiative, which is “dedicated to engagement with and scholarship around Indigenous people, culture and history.” The grant continues the work of faculty, staff, and students to “make Indigenous people and issues more visible on campus.”

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“Some students may already have an affiliation with an institution close to home,” says Jonathan Nicholson, director of college counseling at Breck School. “Perhaps a parent, family member, or friend attended the institution, so there is already familiarity.”

EMBRACE NEW OPPORTUNITIES

“There are many fantastic institutions in Minnesota that offer tremendous opportunities that draw students from around the country and world,” Nicholson says. (See pages 120 and 121 to learn about some of the exciting opportunities that local colleges offer.)

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Studying at a local college or university allows students who have a connection to the university—including sports, research, or arts—to pursue those interests before, during, and after college, which can aid in their professional and career development. Careers that require state certification may make it advantageous to stay in state, too.

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FIVE STAR AWARD WINNERS

These days, it takes a village to manage your financial world. Whether it is managing your assets with a wealth manager, navigating the ever-changing tax landscape, sorting out your estate and succession planning or picking the right life insurance, finding the right team can be a daunting task. In fact, many consumers have a hard time figuring out where to even begin.

Sometimes, a few simple questions can put you off on the right path. Asking a professional what makes working with them a unique experience can help you understand how they work and if their style meshes with your own.

This is a great place to start! Five Star Professional uses its own proprietary research methodology to name outstanding professionals, then works with publications such as Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business to spread the word about award winners. Each award candidate undergoes a thorough research process (detailed here) before being considered for the final list of award winners. For the complete list of winners, go to www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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In order to consider a broad population of high-quality wealth managers and investment professionals, award candidates are identified by one of three sources: firm nomination, peer nomination or prequalification based on industry standing. Selfnominations are not accepted. Twin Cities-area award candidates were identified using internal and external research data. Candidates do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final lists of Five Star Wealth Managers or Five Star Investment Professionals.

• The Five Star award is not indicative of a professional’s future performance.

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All candidates must demonstrate a favorable regulatory history.

CANDIDATE SUBMISSION OF PRACTICE INFORMATION

Candidates must complete either an online or over-the-phone interview.

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Candidates are evaluated on 10 objective evaluation and eligibility criteria.

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OF AWARD WINNERS CRITERIA

Award candidates who satisfied 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. Eligibility Criteria – Required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative.

2. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years.

3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review. 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal firm standards. 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation Criteria – Considered: 6. One-year client retention rate. 7. Five-year client retention rate. 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered. 9. Number of client households served. 10. Education and professional designations. 4,080 award candidates in the Twin Cities area were considered for the Five Star Wealth Manager award. 633 (approximately 16% of the award candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers.

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OF AWARD WINNERS CRITERIA

The investment professional award goes to estate planning attorneys, insurance agents and select others in the financial industry. Eligibility Criteria – Required: 1. Credentialed with appropriate state or industry licensures. 2. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years. 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review.

4. Accepting new clients. Evaluation Criteria – Considered: 5. One-year client retention rate. 6. Five-year client retention rate. 7. Number of client households served. 8. Recent personal production and performance (industry specific criteria). 9. Education and professional designations/industry and board certifications. 10. Pro Bono and community service work. This year, we honored 11 Twin Cities-area investment professionals with the Five Star Investment Professional award.

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Left to right: Nine-year winner Jason P. Clark, MBA, CFP®; Margaret A. Leto; Carl S. Bang, MBA, CFA; Three-year winner Jaime L. Langva, CFP®; Eleven-year winner Marc D. Langva, CFP®; Susan Bang; Connor Oak; Julie Gunderson

Plymouth, MN 55447 • Office: 952-475-7000 mleto@workoptional.com • www.workoptional.com

WorkOptional was founded on the belief that you can live the life you imagine. You can start in Nowhere and end up in your dream house on the lake — or wherever you dream. You can experience what every person should: health, wealth, happiness and time to enjoy all three. How? Start here. Picture your dream life, and we will share with you the road less traveled. And one day soon, you will also find yourself miles from nowhere and just inches from your dreams.

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This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 2,622 considered,

4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13 - 10/14/13; 2013:

of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not

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Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative
of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee

Marcus R. Waterbury

CIMA®, CPWA®, RMA®, Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor

Eleven-Year Winner

My wealth management practice at Morgan Stanley is a family business founded over 54 years ago. For our clients, wealth is a tool rather than an end. We believe it can and should promote living a life filled with joy and meaning — one that enables our clients to build strong bonds with their family, friends and the communities they have chosen to support. I am a 2012, 2014 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager.

©2023 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. CRC 5036922 10/22. 225 S Sixth Street, Suite 5300 • Minneapolis, MN 55402 Phone: 612-340-6755 • marcus.waterbury@morganstanley.com fa.morganstanley.com/marcus.waterbury

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers were of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 3/30/20 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, 41%, 11/1/15,

2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth pending, dismissed, or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The

as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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Stonebridge Capital Advisors

Stonebridge Capital Advisors is celebrating its 25th year serving Minnesota with customized investment and wealth solutions. CEO and founder Robert Kincade is honored to be recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager for 11 consecutive years. He would like to thank clients, partners and the Stonebridge team for making it possible. Their motto remains the same: “We are client-led and partnership driven.”

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 2,622 considered,

4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13 - 10/14/13; 2013:

discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not

2550 W University Avenue, Suite 455S • St. Paul, MN 55114 Phone: 651-251-1007 • Phone: 612-919-2572 rkincade@stonebridgecap.com • www.stonebridgecap.com
Left to right: 2013 – 2023 winner Robert Kincade, CEO and Portfolio Manager; Heidi Hukriede, CFA, COO and Portfolio Manager; John Schonberg, CFA, CIO and Portfolio Manager; Lory Wessel, CAO and Director of Advisory Relationships SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION FS- 4 LEARN MORE AT FIVESTARPROFESSIONAL.COM inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional

JJ Swanson Advisory Group, Inc.

to Right: Allison Bruckner; Joe Carwardine; John Bogard; Geo Stamp; 2021 – 2023 winner Joe Swanson; Connor McKeen; Ron Lamberton; Matt Gri in; Andy Tighe; David Serposs

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers were of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 3/30/20 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, 41%, 11/1/15,

2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth pending, dismissed, or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The

as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

Joe Swanson’s background in business and corporate retirement planning and implementation help employers manage their nonqualified deferred compensation, 401(k), pensions and ESOP plans. Insurance products issued by Principal National Life Insurance Company. (except in NY), Principal Life Insurance Company®, and the companies available through the Preferred Product Network, Inc. Securities and advisory products offered through Principal Securities, Inc., Member SIPC. Referenced companies are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. Ron Lamberton, Matt Griffin, and David Serposs, Principal National and Principal Life Financial Representatives, Principal Securities Registered Representatives, Investment Adviser Representatives, and members of the Principal® Financial Network. JJ Swanson Advisory Group, Inc. is not an affiliate of any company of the Principal Financial Group. Securities and advisory products offered through Principal Securities, Inc., Member SIPC, Member of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. Joe Carwardine, Geoff Stamp, Joe Swanson, Andy Tighe, and Connor McKeen Principal Securities Registered Representatives, Investment Adviser Representatives, and members of the Principal® Financial Network. 2452665-102022. 11100 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 405 • Minnetonka, MN 55305 Phone: 952-277-4344 • Alternate: 952-277-4344 swanson.joe@principal.com • www.jjswanson.com
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Nicholas Charles Beissel · Wealth Enhancement Group

James R. Biermaier · Biermaier Financial Management Page 21

Laura A. Biermann · Legacy Financial Advisors, Inc. Page 20

Michael Bilotta · JNBA Financial Advisors Page 14

Michael Charles Bishop · Wealth Enhancement Group

Jennifer Elizabeth Boland · Wealth Enhancement Group

David Wayne Boniface · Legacy Capital Wealth Management

Rebecca Judith Botzet · Summit Wealth Advocates

Robert James Burley · Wealth Enhancement Group

Amie Burnett · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 26

Matthew John Carrier · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Dennis Chan · Everest Financial Group, LLC Page 25

Jason P. Clark · WorkOptional Page 2

Martin Laurence Cole · Thrivent

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All award winners are listed in this publication.

Gavin Edward Craig · Coalesce Wealth Advisors

John Edward Crosland · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Matthew Dornik · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 13

David James Drolson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Alex Dunne · SilverOak Wealth Management LLC Page 15

Christine Antoni Ebert · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Sahand Elmtalab · M&E Catalyst Group Page 10

Leif Elling Erickson · Thrivent

Chad A. Essman · Wealth Enhancement Group

John Eric Falldin · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Sabrina Fay · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 16

John Foster · JNBA Financial Advisors Page 14

Justin Frys · Cherry Tree Wealth Management Page 12

Kristin Lynee Garrett · Financial Empowerment

Steven John Gehrke · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Wendy Lee Gillespie · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 24

Michelle Lee Glood · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Troy A. Gourde · Investors Financial Group

Luther John Hagen · Infinity Wealth Alliance

Robert J. Hanten · Solidarity Financial, Inc. Page 26

Adell Avellana Hargreaves · EFS Advisors

Bruce Wayne Helmer · Wealth Enhancement Group

Michael David Hess · Wealth Enhancement Group

Steven Thomas Hess · Wealth Enhancement Group

Jeff John Hockert · Wealth Enhancement Group

Paul Kenneth Humphrey · Humphrey Financial

Thomas Frank Humphrey · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Dean Robert Ingvalson · EFS Advisors

Anita Edlund Kalafut · Summit Wealth Advocates

Thomas F. Kalb · Twin Cities Wealth Advisors

Shad Ketcher · New Era Financial Group, Inc. Pages 8 & 9

Douglas Stephan King · Oakwood Capital Advisors

Richard Joseph Kirchoff · Thrivent

Preston Alan Koenig · Wealth Enhancement Group

Jacob Michael Kogler · Greater Midwest Financial Group

Conner Kolodge · Cherry Tree Wealth Management Page 12

Graham Kuehner · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 17

Kyle Kuehner · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 17

Brad Kustermann · Wells Fargo Advisors Page 26

Nicholas C. Kvamme · Wealth Enhancement Group

Page Ellen Langemo · Langemo & Lucarelli Financial Advisors Page 26

Jaime L. Langva · WorkOptional Page 2

Marc D. Langva · WorkOptional Page 2

Casey A. Larson · Larson & Larson Financial, Inc. Page 20

Mike Eugene Leach · EFS Advisors

Glenn Joseph Lempe · Superior Wealth Management Group

Timothy Luther · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 17

Brian Macho · Thrivent Page 24

Joshua Marc Mancell · Wealth Peak Financial Advisors

April Annette Mastey · Mastey Financial Group

Christopher Mastley · JNBA Financial Advisors Page 14

Tyler John Mattson · Twin Cities Wealth Advisors

Brennan P. Mccarthy · Boulevard Wealth Management

John McFarland · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 17

Ryan Stephen McKeown · Wealth Enhancement Group

Kerry Jean Meath-Sinkin · Meath Wealth Advisors

Thomas L. Menzel · Legacy Financial Advisors, Inc. Page 20

James R. Mertz Wealth Strategies, Inc. Page 26

Lance A. Miller · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 25

Max Mittelstaedt · Wells Fargo Advisors Page 27

Jason Moehring · Thrivent Page 23

Lisa Guzek Montagné · LGM Wealth Management Page 19

Patrick Moyneur · JNBA Financial Advisors Page 14

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-

wealth managers were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers.

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients.

Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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Troy Alan Noor · Boulevard Wealth Management

Paul Notermann · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 21

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Mark Eugene Parrish · Wealth Enhancement Group

Reed Michael Pawelk · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Amanda Petri · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 16

Robert James Phillips · Greater Midwest Financial Group

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Steve Bernard Powers · Superior Wealth Management Group

Bruce Albert Primeau · Summit Wealth Advocates

Jeffrey Scott Ramsey · Choreo, LLC Page 22

Thomas Alvin Rishovd · Morgan Stanley

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James William Ronn · Greater Midwest Financial Group

Richard Rosati · Wells Fargo Advisors Page 24

Stephanie Rossi · JNBA Financial Advisors Page 14

Glenn A. Rusler · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 23

Bruce Duane Santjer · Wealth Enhancement Group

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All award winners are listed in this publication.

Benjamin John Schaefer · Wealth Enhancement Group

Andy Schelitzche · Manifest Page 18

Patrick Jon Scherven · EFS Advisors

Anthony Schuster · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 13

Frank S. Shimkus Jr. · Frank S. Shimkus Jr. Wealth Management and Tax Planning Page 23

Dustin James Smith · Wealth Enhancement Group

Kenneth James Smith · Wealth Enhancement Group

John Mark Soukup · Superior Wealth Management Group

Janet Ann Stanzak · Financial Empowerment

William Robert Sukup · Wealth Enhancement Group

Joe Swanson · JJ Swanson Advisory Group, Inc. Page 5

Andrew Stephen Thelander · Wealth Enhancement Group

Nicholas Thunker · SilverOak Wealth Management LLC Page 15

Lauris Devon Valtinson · Valtinson Bruner Financial Planning

Keith John Van Dell · Waypoint Wealth Group

Isaac Cletus Wales · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Anne Michelle Ward · Laurel Wealth Planning

Marcus R. Waterbury · Morgan Stanley Page 3

Adam Christopher Weiland · Wealth Enhancement Group

Justin Spencer Whiley · Wealth Enhancement Group

Gary Mark Williamson · Wealth Enhancement Group

Paul Robert Wilson · Comprehensive Wealth Management

Amy J. Wolff · AJW Financial

Erik Jeffrey Young · Valtinson Bruner Financial Planning

Michelle Young · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 16

Investments

Jacqueline Anne Ampe · Wealth Enhancement Group

Kristi Margaret Berge · KSI Financial

Patrick Boria · Boria Wealth Management, Ltd. Page 22

Natalie Ann Brinkman · Turnkey Financial Mgmt

Mark R. Brown · Morgan Stanley

James Lawrence Chapple · LPL Financial

Joshua Ryan Decker · EFS Advisors

Tayne Alan DeNeui · Wold Financial

Joseph D. DeZiel · TrustMerit Capital Page 27

Jerod Ewing · Wealth Enhancement Group

Richard J. Fromstein · Morgan Stanley Page 26

Scott Haakenson · Sound Money Group Page 25

Mark Steven Halverson · Compass Capital Management

Michael Haverkamp · Bridge & Branch Wealth Partners

J. Benjamin Hess · Wealth Enhancement Group

Jon Paul Hoffman · Morgan Stanley

Richard C. Hoyt · Analytics Investment Advisors, LLC Page 25

Jay Michael Jackley · Compass Capital Management

Christopher Charles Kelley · Compass Capital Management

Robert Kincade · Stonebridge Capital Advisors Page 4

Shannon King · SilverOak Wealth Management LLC Page 15

Scot Kretzschmar · Thrivent Page 24

Randy L. LaTourelle · Feltl & Co.

George William Leistikow · EFS Advisors

Andrew Michael Lucking · NorthStar Financial Partners

Joseph Scott McRae · Vantage Point Wealth Management

Nate Millerbernd · Millerbernd Wealth Management Page 11

Jeffrey A. Myers · Myers Financial Management Page 21

Eric Thomas Norman · Investors Financial Group

John O’Connor · Cherry Tree Wealth Management Page 12

Amy Loraine O’Keefe · LPL Financial

Thomas Woodrow Rash · Brightline Group

Jordan Douglas Redepenning · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Rod Keith Roath · Money Matters

Jonathan Scharlau · SilverOak Wealth Management LLC Page 15

Julieann Elizabeth Schroeder · Sincere Financial, LTD. Page 26

Peter Julian Taurinskas · Mutual Trust Asset Management

Chelsea Tufte · Cherry Tree Wealth Management Page 12

Keith Tufte · Cherry Tree Wealth Management Page 12

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investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client
The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth
completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area

Shad Ketcher

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• Helping individuals build, protect and grow wealth to achieve long-term goals

• Offering families an array of financial solutions, including asset protection and estate planning

• Adjusting to the constant flux of the markets and financial landscape

• Striving to simplify and strengthen retirees’ financial lives

• Developing plan values, protecting employees and ensuring smooth transitions for businesses

• Planning for all financial scenarios across clients’ lifetimes

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Cole Advisors, Inc. (JWCA). New Era Financial Group, Inc., New Era Financial Advisors, Inc. and JWC/JWCA are unaffiliated entities. Rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Financial Advisor is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of Financial Advisor by any of its clients. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized adviser.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 2,622 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 3/30/20 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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107 1 st Avenue SW • Hutchinson, MN 55350 Office: 320-587-0459 • Cell: 612-308-9235 shad@newerafinancial.com • www.newerafinancial.com

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• Estate planning

• Forbes ranking as No. 1 financial security professional in Minnesota

• Forbes ranking as No. 5 financial security professional in the United States

100 S 5 th Street, Suite 2450

• Minneapolis, MN 55402 Phone: 612-492-9334

sahandelmtalab@mecatalyst.com www.mecatalyst.com

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER CRN202509-3180318. Left to right: Standing: Lindsi Phillippi; Matt Hiller; 2023 winner Sahand Elmtalab; David Means; Mickey Baker; Jeff Albin; Lindsey Yang-Handt; Matt Sandstrom; Seated: Sarah Elmtalab; Sara Noyes

Nate Millerbernd

Private Wealth Manager

Fundamentally Sound Investment Style — No Gimmicks

• Proprietary investment management

• Honest, unbiased financial advice

• Fiduciary service — required to act in the best interest of the client

• Highly personalized portfolio construction

• Investment-only accounts offered for high net worth clients looking to diversify

Nate Millerbernd and his firm, Millerbernd Wealth Management, have been serving high net worth individuals, businesses and local families for over 20 years. The firm has evolved and has been carefully structured as an investment management firm designed to manage the assets of personal, family and their closest friends. They have extended that same vision and care and can utilize the platform and process created with all Millerbernd Wealth Management clients.

Although the firm has experienced substantial growth, thanks to a constant flow of referrals, Nate and his team view success differently from the competition. Success is not measured in commissions, revenue or leaderboards. Success at Millerbernd Wealth Management is best defined as using the experience and industry knowledge acquired to form an investment firm that can act as a vehicle that not only helps clients achieve their goals most efficiently but also helps them avoid the common pitfalls that exist in the investment industry today.

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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Advisory
18200 N 45 th Avenue, Suite 100A Plymouth, MN 55446 Phone: 763-478-9934
www.mwm4wealth.com YEAR WINNER 10
Ten-year winner Nate Millerbernd
STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER
services offered through MWM Wealth Advisory, LLC, an independently owned Registered Investment Advisor.
nate@mwm4wealth.com

YEAR WINNER 8

Cherry Tree Wealth Management, LLC

Getting You There in Life and Legacy.

• Independent Registered Investment Advisor

• Helping provide security and peace of mind

• Focusing on client needs through a team approach

• Providing complete wealth management services

• Working with business owners, individuals and families

Cherry Tree Wealth Management provides unique wealth management services to help clients simplify their lives and gain confidence in their financial future. We act as our clients’ trusted advisors, providing independent and objective advice. We use a team approach to service clients. Our investment approach is global, disciplined, cost effective and tax efficient. We love helping clients grow, protect, enjoy and distribute their wealth.

Chelsea Tufte, Conner Kolodge, Justin Frys, Keith Tufte and John O’Connor, are honored to be Five Star Wealth Manager award winners this year. They thank their clients for the continued confidence and trust in them. Certified

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301 Carlson Parkway, Suite 103 Minnetonka, MN 55305 Phone: 952-253-6024 info@cherrytree.com • www.cherrytreewealth.com

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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Left to right: Kaitlyn Puente; Five-year winner Conner Kolodge, CFP®, CPA; Four-year winner Chelsea Tufte, CFP®; Jared Konen; Anna Ness; Eight-year winner Keith Tufte, MBA, CFA; Jennifer Christianson; Eight-year winner John O’Connor, CFA, CFP®; Erin Buchen; Three-year winner Justin Frys

Matthew Dornik and Anthony Schuster

As Ameriprise financial advisors, we believe success should be measured not just by your financial well-being but by how confident you feel about your future. Our mission is to help you reach your financial goals through a personal relationship based on personalized, knowledgeable advice. This focus is designed to help you reach your goals, giving you greater confidence.

TreeLine Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., aims to guide clients toward financial independence. Are you prepared for the expected and unexpected in life? It’s a big question. No one can predict what tomorrow will bring, but we can help you — and those you care about — feel more confident and in control of your future. We’ll work with you one on one to help you plan to achieve your financial goals and adjust to changes along the way. That way, you can focus on what matters most to you, today and in the future. Matthew Dornik is a 2014 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager and Anthony Schuster is a 2015 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager.

• Investment planning

• Executive compensation strategy

• Small business planning

TreeLine Wealth Management

A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC 10159 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 200 • Minnetonka, MN 55305 Office: 952-444-2000 • matthew.l.dornik@ampf.com

ameripriseadvisors.com/team/treeline-wealth-management

LinkedIn: Matthew Dornik • #LiveLifeBrilliantly

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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Left to right: Seated: 2015 – 2023 winner Tony Schuster, CFP®, APMA®, Financial Advisor; 2014 – 2023 winner Matthew Dornik, CFA, CFP®, CPWA®, Private Wealth Advisor; Kyle Laube, CFP®, APMA, Financial Advisor; Standing: Katie Avery, Financial Planning Assistant; Max Stowe, Financial Advisor; Jeff Hammer, Operations Specialist; Tanner Reising, Financial Planning Assistant; Mary Beth Gaines, Client Relationship Manager

JNBA Financial Advisors

With a 40-plus-year history of acting in their clients’ best interests, JNBA Financial Advisors helps guide people through life’s most important decisions by delivering highly customized financial life planning and investment strategies designed to optimize resources. JNBA’s advice driven by advocacy® approach is unlike many other financial advisory firms and is delivered by a clientcentric, multigenerational team, all within a conflict-free fiduciary model. For nearly a decade, JNBA has also led the way with a contemporary approach to a family office, with their team providing oversight and services — from strategy to integrated implementation — for families seeking to simplify the oversight of their wealth. Earlier this year, Barron’s ranked CEO Richard S. Brown and JNBA as the top financial advisor in Minnesota on the 100 Independent Advisors list for the second year.**

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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hurricane Ian. **As seen in the 9/20/21 & 9/19/22 issue of Barron‘s magazine. Barron‘s is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For complete disclosure information, please visit jnba.com/disclosure. ANY QUESTIONS: JNBA’s Chief Compliance Officer remains available to address any questions regarding rankings and/or recognitions, including the criteria used for any reflected ranking. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Advice Driven by Advocacy .® 8500 Normandale Lake Boulevard, Suite 450 • Minneapolis, MN 55437 Phone: 952-844-0995 • Phone: 218-249-0044 info@jnba.com • www.jnba.com @JNBAFinancial FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER
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SilverOak Wealth Management LLC

Financial Advice for Life

• Independent, fee-only registered investment advisory services

As a premier financial planning and wealth management company, we desire to build a solid foundation with our clients — a partnership based on understanding their life goals and expectations. We are committed to keeping our clients first.

SilverOak Wealth Management excels in providing objective, disciplined investment strategies and advice tailored to each client’s specific needs. We firmly believe in a comprehensive approach to portfolio management and investment strategies where we focus on integrating estate, financial and tax planning to create long-term, successful results.

It is our responsibility to be perfectly aligned with our clients’ needs — to explore options, develop customized strategies and provide education and guidance that will enable them to make informed decisions. We work with our clients on a fee-only basis; we are not compensated by any form of commission.

Our mission is to be our clients’ financial partner — their trusted advocate and guide — helping them to achieve greater peace of mind.

• Comprehensive financial planning based on our clients’ core values

• Exceptional service provided by an experienced, accredited team

MN

• Office: 952-896-5700 sking@silveroakwealth.com • knelson@silveroakwealth.com jscharlau@silveroakwealth.com • nthunker@silveroakwealth.com

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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Left to right: Standing: Dan Hedegard, CFP®, MBA; 2023 winner Alex Dunne, CPA, CFP®, PFS; 2015 winner Chris Link, CPA, CFP®, PFS; Six-year winner Nicholas Thunker, CFP®, CSA; Nine-year winner Jonathan Scharlau, CFA, CFP®, AEP®, CAIA; Seated: Four-year winner Kathy Nelson, CPA, CFP®, PFS; Twelve-year winner Shannon King, CPA, CFP®, PFS, CIMA®, CPWA®, MBT
WINNER

Michelle Young • Amanda Petri • Sabrina Fay

Team Approach With Tailored Advice

comprehensive

• Customized financial solutions

• Dedicated, client-focused service

At Confetti Wealth, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, we believe in a team approach that combines the skill and experience of multiple advisors to give you more reasons to celebrate your financial life. We strive to build long-term relationships with clients, advising them on the issues that matter to them, such as saving for education, retirement planning and estate and tax planning strategies. Amanda is a 2020 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager, Sabrina is a 2019 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager and Michelle is a 2012 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager.

MN 55435 2407 109 th Avenue NE, Suite 210 • Blaine, MN 55449 Phone: 952-857-1487

confettiwealth@ampf.com • confettiwealth.com Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Investment products are not insured by the FDIC, NCUA or any federal agency, are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by any financial institution, and involve investment risks including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. does not offer tax or legal advice. Consult with a tax advisor or attorney. Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC.

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14,

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13
• Personalized,
approach to financial planning
7601 France Avenue S, Suite 600 • Edina,
Left to right: 2020 winner Christopher Root, CFP®, CRPC®, ChFC®, CLTC®, APMA®, Financial Advisor; 2020 – 2023 winner Amanda Petri, CRPC®, BFA™, APMA®, Private Wealth Advisor; 2012 – 2023 winner Michelle Young, CFP®, CDFA®, ChFC®, ADPA®, CRPC®, CLTC®, APMA®, MPAS® BFA™, Private Wealth Advisor; 2019 – 2023 winner Sabrina Fay, CFP®, BFA™, RICP®, ChFC®, CLTC®, Financial Advisor; Michael Cassel, BFA™, CRPC® APMA®, Financial Advisor
YEAR WINNER 12

— WEALTH MANAGERS —

Kyle Kuehner, Timothy Luther, John McFarland and Graham Kuehner

• Assisting clients actively manage their resources

• Prioritizing continued, professional education to help inform clients

• Aimed to steward our business with Christian values and beliefs

• Luther, McFarland, Kuehner, Sell and Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

With over 98 years of combined financial services industry experience, it has been a pleasure for our advisors to listen, inform and assist in creating detailed strategies for clients. The economy is changing, and our response to it is key. We work to gain an understanding of each client’s vision for the future in order to work toward providing clear guidance. Through these changes, we aim to steward our business with Christian values and beliefs.

212 Lady Slipper Avenue NE, Suite 1 New Prague, MN 56071 Phone: 952-758-6363 • Fax: 952-758-6365 kyle.w.kuehner@ampf.com ameripriseadvisors.com/kyle.w.kuehner

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involve investment risks including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value. Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC. Ameriprise Financial is not affiliated with any religion or faith-based financial advisor organization.

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER
Left to right: Seated: 2023 winner Graham Kuehner, ChFC®, APMA®, Financial Advisor; Kelly Johnson, Client Service Manager; Julie Eide, Paraplanner; Julie Meyer, Paraplanner; Denise Kuehner, Client Service Manager; Sherri Jacobson, Client Service Coordinator; Standing: Jonathan Wells, Associate Financial Advisor; 2013 – 2023 winner Timothy Luther, CRPC®, CKA, Private Wealth Advisor; 2013 – 2023 winner Kyle Kuehner, CFP®, ChFC®, APMA®, Private Wealth Advisor; 2015 – 2023 winner John McFarland, CMFC®, CRPC®, Financial Advisor; Patrick Sell, CMFC®, CRPC®, APMA®, Financial Advisor
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Your Planning Team

• C ERTIFIED F INANCIAL P LANNER ™ practitioner

• Chartered Financial Consultant®

Our team has developed and refined a process to help our clients navigate all aspects of their financial lives so they can focus on the things that are most important to them. We deliver advice that is integrated, comprehensive and customized, with each member of our team contributing focused perspectives and experience. We are committed to maintaining high standards of integrity and professionalism in our relationships with our clients. We pride ourselves on developing lifelong relationships with our clients and strive to provide them with the highest levels of advice, service and support.

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER • Andy Schelitzche: 2019 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager award winner
Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. 11290 86 th Avenue N • Maple Grove, MN 55369 • Phone: 763-593-0649 10543 165 th Street W • Lakeville, MN 55044 • Phone: 952-882-0400 agrantham@manifestplanning.com andy@manifestplanning.com www.manifestplanning.com
Manifest YEAR WINNER 5
Left to right: Back row: Five-year winner Andy Schelitzche, CFP®, ChFC®; Three-year winner Peter McClellan, ChFC®; Zach Holloway; Kevin Florey, RICP®; Adam Grantham, CFP®, ChFC®; Front row: Krista Holappa; Theresa Corey; Lori Nickel; Sarah Lambert

Lisa Guzek Montagné

Wealth Manager, CFP®

Lisa has been providing clients with strategies to help them pursue their financial goals for over 30 years. Along with her team of financial professionals, she is able to offer creative options to address life’s complicated issues. They use a total wealth management approach — offering tax-advantaged investment strategies and portfolio analysis, and providing comprehensive financial planning services to high net worth individuals and families.

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. LPL Registered Administrative Associates: Amanda J. Johnson, Lindsay Harmon, Kimberly Famodu and Craig Morcos. LPL Administrative Associate: Maria Galvez. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Financial Planning offered through Guzek Asset Management, a registered investment advisor. Guzek Asset Management Inc. and LGM Wealth Management are separate entities from LPL Financial. Southpoint Office Center 1650 W 82 nd Street, Suite 650 • Bloomington, MN 55431 Phone:952-853-2234
• lpl.com
lisa.guzek@lpl.com
YEAR WINNER 12

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Your Vision, Our Expertise: Your Peace of Mind®

Legacy’s philosophy:

• Teamwork

• Clear communication

• Values-based advice

• A focus on objectives

At Legacy Financial Advisors Corporation, we understand how life-changing events can affect your financial health. We help simplify your transitions and develop a communication link between you and the professionals working to help you achieve your financial goals. Successful financial management means planning for your family and philanthropic interests now and in the future. For over 30 years, we have helped individuals and families develop and realize their financial vision through open communication, honesty

info@lfamn.com

Casey A. Larson

Chief Strategy Officer

Plan for Tomorrow. Live for Today.

After selling his previous company and starting his practice in 2007, as the markets were beginning their monstrous crash, Casey was able to help many weather the storm of the recession and learn how to build exit strategies into every portfolio developed for his clients. As an independent financial advisor, he also focuses on maximizing return and doing so in the most efficient or risk-averse way, with the primary goal of allowing clients more day-to-day confidence while staying impartial to company or investment options. Although the professions in the clientele vary, the three most common clients are business owners, medical professionals and engineers. The first is due to Casey’s knowledge of business succession planning and how to build and preserve a business to eventually sell for the highest possible price, and the other two are mostly because of the pragmatic and educational approach to personal investing, maximization of workplace benefits and balancing long-term goals with current post-graduate debt scenarios.

7300 Metro Boulevard, Suite 135 Edina, MN 55439 Phone: 952-641-6740

casey@larsoninvesting.com larsoninvesting.com/team/casey-larson Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER 3500 American Boulevard W, Suite 675 Bloomington, MN 55431 Phone: 952-893-5555 www.lfamn.com • Left to right: Nine-year winner Thomas L. Menzel, CFP®, President, Principal Owner; Three-year winner Laura A. Biermann, CFP®, Vice President, Principal Owner Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified
f inanCial P
lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. and integrity. At Legacy, our goal is to bring you peace of mind through the benefit of our expertise as you navigate life’s changes today and tomorrow.
YEAR WINNER 9
YEAR WINNER 4

WEALTH MANAGERS —

Jim R. Biermaier and Jeffrey A. Myers

Retirement. Planning. Expertise.

• Jim: 2012 – 2017 and 2019 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager

• Jeffrey: 2013 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager

Eleven-year Five Star Wealth Managers Jeffrey and Jim are teaming up to combine their expertise in outstanding customer service for the greater south metro area. Together, they are dedicated to listening to clients to understand and pursue their goals and dreams, serving each client like they are part of their family. This is why they do what they do. This is not just a job. It is their calling. Their goal has always been to create a financial plan that will help you pursue the things you have been dreaming about.

1320 Vermillion Street • Hastings, MN 55033 • 10880 175 th Court W, Suite 280 • Lakeville, MN 55044

Jim R. Biermaier • Phone: 651-437-0246 • jbiermaier@biermaier-financial.com

Jeffrey A. Myers • Phone: 651-460-2040 • jeff.myers@securitiesamerica.com

Securities offered through Securities America, Inc. (SAI) member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc. (SAA). SAI and SAA are separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of SAI and SAA. Myers Financial Management and Biermaier Financial Management and Securities America are separate companies.

Paul Notermann

We are proud to be associated with a firm known for its service and how it relates to clients because serving their interests is our priority. Every day we serve clients in big and small ways that help them achieve their goals today and tomorrow. We offer comprehensive financial advice and a broad range of solutions to help you and your loved ones

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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www.biermaier-financial.com YEAR WINNER 11 FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER
AWARD WINNER
Notermann,
Director
Left to right: Jane Synoground, Client Service Associate; Ten-year
winner Paul
Managing
live brilliantly, now and in the future. 7601 France Avenue S, Suite 300 Edina, MN 55435 Cell: 612-840-0407 • Office: 952-857-1220 paul.notermann@ampf.com ameripriseadvisors.com/paul.notermann CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CRPC®, Financial Advisor, Managing Director • 2012 – 2017 and 2020 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager Putting Clients First; It’s What We Do Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Not FDIC or NCUA Insured No Financial Institution Guarantee May Lose Value Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC. YEAR WINNER 10

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Jeffrey Scott Ramsey

Managing Director, Wealth Management

Your Future Is Built Today™

801 Nicollet Mall, Suite 1200 Minneapolis, MN 55402 Phone: 612-699-0475 • Phone: 312-702-1680 jeff.ramsey@choreoadvisors.com www.choreoadvisors.com

Choreo, LLC is an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Registration as an investment adviser does not imply a certain level of skill or training of the adviser or its representatives. This document contains general information, may be based on authorities that are subject to change, and is not a substitute for professional advice or services.

This document does not constitute audit, tax, consulting, business, financial, investment, insurance, legal or other professional advice, and you should consult a qualified professional advisor before taking any action based on the information herein. Information has been obtained from a variety of sources believed to be reliable though not independently verified. Choreo, LLC its affiliates and related entities are not responsible for any loss resulting from or relating to reliance on this document by any person. This communication is being sent to who have subscribed to receive it or who we believe would have an interest in the topics discussed. The sole purpose of this document is to inform, and it is not intended to be an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any security, or investment or service. Investments mentioned in this document may not be suitable for investors. Before making any investment, each investor should carefully consider the risks associated with the investment and make a determination based on the investor’s own particular circumstances, that the investment is consistent with the investor’s investment objectives. © 2022 Choreo, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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Heritage rich, future leaning
Tech-enabled, relationship focused
Offering solutions our clients need
YEAR WINNER 9 Ten-year winner Patrick Boria Patrick and his team take the time to find out what is most important to you, then they help you design and implement your personal investment and retirement strategy. We Believe Financial Security Is About More Than Just Retirement • 2013, 2015 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager • 25 years of investment and retirement planning • Personalized service focused on your needs and goals FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER Registered Representative. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisor Representative Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Boria Wealth Management, LTD and Cambridge are not affiliated. Third party rankings and recognitions from rating services or publications are not indicative of past or future investment performance. 125 Lake Street W, Suite 213 Wayzata, MN 55391 Phone: 952-314-7900 patrick@boriawealth.com www.boriawealth.com Boria Wealth Management, Ltd. President Patrick Boria YEAR WINNER 10

9555 James Avenue S, Suite 200 Bloomington, MN 55431 Phone: 952-881-4533 fshimkus@bbfg.com www.frankshimkus.com

Glenn A. Rusler CFP®, ChFC®, Private Wealth Advisor 715 Old Highway 8 NW New Brighton, MN 55112 Office: 651-765-7034

Toll-free: 866-643-1903

glenn.a.rusler@ampf.com ameripriseadvisors.com/glenn.a.rusler

Frank S. Shimkus Jr.

AIF®, CFS™

Wealth Management and Tax Planning

• Wealth management integrated with income tax planning and preparation

• Relationship centered and built on trust and integrity

We are more than just a large, independent Minnesota financial firm — we provide our clients with three important things:

1) Clarity: We help our clients organize their needs, concerns and goals.

2) Insight: We use our experience and understanding of clients’ personal situations to identify the appropriate strategies.

3) Partnership: We work with clients and their families through the ages and stages of their lives.

We bring financial and tax knowledge to people in major life transitions, such as retirement, divorce or losing a job or spouse. We are members of Ed Slott’s Master Elite IRA Advisor Group.

*Vice President of Branch Operations, **Administrative Assistant, ***Executive Administrative Assistant. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. Tax services are not provided by LPL Financial.

Jason Moehring

Wealth Advisor, CFP®

YEAR WINNER 12

• Experienced advice for uncertain times

• Specialized retirement income solutions

Experience Makes the Difference

• 2012 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager award winner • 32 years of financial experience

As a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise, I have the experience and tools to provide various income distribution strategies for this low-interest environment.

f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S.

Not FDIC or NCUA Insured No Financial Institution Guarantee May Lose Value Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC.

YEAR WINNER 12

11990 Aberdeen Street NE, No. 4 Blaine, MN 55449 Phone: 763-862-2885

jason.moehring@thrivent.com connect.thrivent.com/jason-moehring

Insurance, Investments and Financial Advice That Aligns With You

• Comprehensive retirement income planning strategies

• Investment options to help realize your dreams

• Empowering generosity and communities

At Thrivent, we offer advice, investments, insurance, banking and generosity programs to help you focus on what’s important in your life. Let’s connect to have a heart-to-heart about your finances.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S.

Thrivent is the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Insurance products issued by Thrivent. Not available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., a registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC, and a subsidiary of Thrivent. Licensed agent/producer of Thrivent. Registered representative of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. Advisory services available through investment adviser representatives only.Thrivent.com/disclosures. 3316212.3.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER
Left to right: Monica Cole***; Kelli Meyer*; Ten-year winner Frank S. Shimkus Jr.; Gertie Simon***; Catherine Allred**
YEAR WINNER 10 FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified

— WEALTH MANAGERS —

YEAR WINNER 10

Wealth Advisor, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

3001 NE Broadway Street, Suite 610 Minneapolis, MN 55413

Phone: 651-287-9408

brian.macho@thrivent.com

Legacy To Last for Generations

• Help build a multigenerational wealth and estate strategy

• Engage you and your family to create a lasting legacy

• Leverage tax-e icient strategies to help manage your estate

• Develop a plan to help prepare for unexpected life events

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) owns the CFP® certification mark, the Certified finanCial Planner™ certification mark, and the CFP® certification mark (with plaque design) logo in the United States, which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. Thrivent and its financial advisors and professionals do not provide legal, accounting or tax advice. Consult your attorney or tax professional. Securities and investment advisory services offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., a registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC, and a subsidiary of Thrivent, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Registered representative of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. Advisory services available through investment adviser representatives only. Thrivent.com/disclosures. 4979559.1.

Wendy Lee Gillespie

Private Wealth Advisor 3515 Plymouth Boulevard, Suite 204 Plymouth, MN 55447

Phone: 763-543-5183 wendy.l.gillespie@ampf.com ameripriseadvisors.com/wendy.l.gillespie

2012 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager

CFP®, Senior Financial Advisor

5120 County Road 101 Minnetonka, MN 55345 Office: 612-316-4339 fa.wellsfargoadvisors.com/ richardl-rosati/index.htm

• ™ practitioner

• Over two decades of experience

• Prepares for the expected and unexpected

Putting the needs of clients first is the approach I believe in. As a financial advisor, I work with you to find the right financial solutions to help you plan for your unique goals. I am a 2012 –2023 Five Star Wealth Manager.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S.

Not FDIC or NCUA Insured No Financial Institution Guarantee May Lose Value Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

YEAR WINNER 9

My team and I work for a select group of individuals and families to help them build, manage, preserve and transition wealth. I am a 2014 – 2021 and 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager. Please contact me for more information.

Investment and Insurance Products:

NOT FDIC-Insured NO Bank Guarantee MAY Lose Value Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. [CAR-0922-00488.]

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

Scot Kretzschmar

MBA, RICP®, CLTC®, FIC, Financial Consultant

3000 County Road 42, Suite 201 Burnsville, MN 55337

Cell: 612-306-3401

Phone: 952-277-2612

scot.kretzschmar@thrivent.com connect.thrivent.com/scot-kretzschmar YEAR

• Retirement income planning

• Investment management

• Charitable giving

Focused on What Matters to You

• College planning

• Protecting loved ones against the impact of long-term care, death and disability

Getting a holistic picture of your finances and identifying your next steps isn’t always easy or clear. That’s why I’m here to provide the expertise and support you need.

As a financial professional licensed to offer advisory services, I can take a comprehensive look at your financial landscape and craft a plan to help ensure that you’re well positioned to reach your goals.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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— WEALTH MANAGERS —

Private Wealth Advisor, CFP®, CRPC®, AAMS® 14985 Glazier Avenue, Suite 501 Apple Valley, MN 55124 Phone: 952-431-8482

lance.a.miller@ampf.com lanceamiller.com

2012 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager

The right financial advice can help prepare you for whatever life brings — both the expected and the unexpected. When you work with me, you receive one on one financial advice based on your goals and needs, personalized recommendations and regular meetings for a diversified portfolio and anytime access to your investments and digital tools to help you stay on track.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S.

Lance A. Miller & Associates

A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Investment products are not insured by the FDIC, NCUA or any federal agency, are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by any financial institution, and involve investment risks including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value. Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success.

Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC.

Scott Haakenson

CFP®

YEAR WINNER 6

• Specializes in exchange traded funds

• Wealth and risk management

5710 Ridge Road Excelsior, MN 55331

Phone: 952-470-4714

rhoyt@analyticsllc.net

www.analyticsllc.net

Innovative Strategies for Portfolio Management

• Individually managed accounts

Analytics Investment Advisors, LLC is an asset management firm specializing in wealth and risk management. It uses separately managed accounts and exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a means of achieving long-term investment objectives consistent with suitable risk considerations. Richard Hoyt received a Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and has been interviewed and quoted frequently by some of the leading media centers for financial opinion and information, including Bloomberg Radio, CNN Money, MSN Money, Kiplinger and CNBC.

Fee-based investment advisory services. Securities and reporting offered through Fidelity Investments and Schwab Institutional, members FINRA and SIPC.

Dennis Chan CFP®, Vice President

505 N Highway 169, Suite 260 Plymouth, MN 55441

Phone: 763-767-4810

scott@soundmoneygroup.com www.soundmoneygroup.com

YEAR WINNER 8

• Five Star Wealth Manager, 2016 – 2023

Your Money, Your Health and a Sound Retirement

YEAR WINNER 12

Sound Money Group evolved from the radio show “Sound Money,” which is hosted by Bob Potter. The firm carries on the program’s tradition of straight talk and uncommon wisdom. They offer a personalized, holistic approach to clients’ finances and values.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Securities offered through LPL Financial Member FINRA/SIPC.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

701 Xenia Avenue S, Suite 250 Minneapolis, MN 55416

Phone: 763-923-7527

dchan@everestfg.us www.everestfg.us

Personalized Wealth Management Solutions

• Trustworthy, experienced, knowledgeable

• Proactive strategies, exceptional service

• Independent, fee-based wealth management solutions

Firm believers in comprehensive planning, Dennis Chan’s team collaborates with CPAs and estate planning attorneys to provide clients with holistic wealth management solutions. As a C ERTIFIED F INANCIAL P LANNER ™ practitioner, Dennis specializes in retirement income planning to help clients attain their lifetime income needs. Dennis and his team work hard to provide outstanding service when helping clients reach their visions and dreams.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Securities offered through Securities America, INC(SAI). Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Everest Financial Group, LLC. Everest Financial Group, LLC is independent of Securities America.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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— WEALTH MANAGERS —

CEO, Owner, CRPC®, CDFA®

Langemo & Lucarelli

15600 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 204 Wayzata, MN 55391

Phone: 952-303-3739

page.langemo@lpl.com www.navigateforwardnow.com

Page has been in the financial services industry since she graduated from the University of Illinois. She enjoys the friendships she has made with clients over the years and has a calling to serve others. Page enjoys helping clients pursue milestones and has a passion for helping during times of loss.

YEAR WINNER 2

• Divorce planning

Page is a 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager award winner.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

Founder, C ERTIFIED F INANCIAL P LANNER ™

12800 Whitewater Drive, Suite 100 Minnetonka, MN 55343 Phone: 612-991-5087 kris@kristilandersen.com www.kristilandersen.com

YEAR WINNER 10

Kristi L. Andersen Financial Partners was started to help women understand and take control of their money. We work with women who are single, divorced, widowed or are the financial decision-makers in their families. Let us help you develop your financial plan, one you can feel confident about!

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Registered representative of and securities and investment advisory services offered through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA SIPC, a Broker-Dealer and a Registered Investment Advisor. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

Principal, Financial Advisor, MRFC, LUTCF®

Office: 763-591-0405

YEAR WINNER 4

Financial success requires self knowledge, discipline and a long-term plan that includes not just the management of investment risk but the mastery of household budgeting. It also requires debt and leverage management, insuring against insurable risks, all while maintaining liquidity, use and control of your financial assets. By creating a balanced household financial structure, we can allow our clients to ride out hard times and capitalize on opportunities. We guide our clients to put time and resources into what really matters and try to help them ignore the noise. This is how we keep our clients on course.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

James R. Mertz

C ERTIFIED F INANCIAL P LANNER ™

8100 Penn Avenue S, Suite 175 Bloomington, MN 55431 Phone: 952-831-5660

jim@mertzwealth.com www.mertzwealth.com

YEAR WINNER 11

A holistic approach to achieving financial security is best. We look for ways to help protect and grow your wealth. It’s not what you earn — it’s what you keep. James is a 2012 – 2014 and 2016 – 2023 Five Star Wealth Manager.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, Inc. (LPL), member FINRA/SIPC and a registered investment advisor. LPL and Mertz Wealth Strategies are separate companies. LPL does not provide tax or legal advice.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

independence

• Client focused

Julieann

Financial Advisor

15600 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 305 Wayzata, MN 55391

Phone: 952-767-3494

julieann@everestfg.us

www.sincerefinancial.com

At Sincere Financial, we offer reasoned, rational and scrupulously objective professional financial services. Delivered with the highest level of integrity and moral standards, we provide an extraordinary client experience. You can be assured that we will always do the right thing and add a little humor along the way.

Securities offered through Securities America, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory Services offered through Everest Financial Group, LLC. Everest Financial Group, LLC, Sincere Financial, Ltd. and Securities America, Inc. are separate entities.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

Vice President, Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager

The Malknecht-Fromstein Group at Morgan Stanley Bloomington, MN 55437

Office: 952-921-1909 richard.fromstein@morganstanley.com

YEAR WINNER 12

• Five Star Wealth Manager, 2012 – 2023

Rich has been with Morgan Stanley for 26 years. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Rich understands the financial needs of entrepreneurs, owners and executives. He emphasizes financial planning, asset consolidations, wealth transfer and liquidity events.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. ©2023 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. CRC 4975009 10/22.

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

Amie Burnett

J.D., CFP®, Financial Advisor

Phone:

marie.a.burnett@ampf.com ameripriseadvisors.com/marie.a.burnett

FIVE

Brad Kustermann

Financial Advisor

430 N Wabasha Street, Suite 300 Saint Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 612-667-2524

brad.kustermann@wellsfargo.com

home.wellsfargoadvisors.com/brad.kustermann

YEAR WINNER 7

Brad believes in a proactive approach to wealth management, minimizing risks and providing greater opportunities. Brad is a 2017 – 2023 Five Star Wealth manager award winner.

Investment and Insurance Products:

NOT FDIC-Insured NO Bank Guarantee MAY Lose Value

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. [CAR 1022 00040].

FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # 3/30/20 - 10/23/20; 2020: 3,606 considered, 589 winners, 16%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/25/19; 2019: 3,504 considered, 671 winners, 19%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/23/18; 2018: 41%, 11/1/15, 4/17/15 - 10/14/15; 2015: 2,673 considered, 825 winners, 31%, 12/1/14, 04/17/14 - 10/14/14; 2014: 1,931 considered, 844 winners, 44%, 12/1/13, 04/17/13

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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Page Ellen Langemo
Pilot Capital Management Corporation 14216 23rd Avenue N Plymouth, MN 55447
STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER 7101 York Avenue S, Suite 330
55435
Edina, MN
952-921-3371
Five Star Wealth Manager winner, 2012 – 2023. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Not FDIC or NCUA Insured No Financial Institution Guarantee May Lose Value Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee
future financial success. Ameriprise
FINRA
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Wealth Managers

Thomas Verdie Aamot · Calhoun Financial Planning & Management

Amir Aquino Abdelwahed · Wells Fargo Advisors

Brian Joseph Adamek · E-Wealth Partners

Anne M. Adams · Adams Consulting Group

James K. Adams · Adams Consulting Group

Denise Angelic Alemayehu · DA Financial Advisors

Kathleen Mary Allison · Morgan Stanley

Laurence James Altman · Fortune Financial

Dipali Shailesh Amin · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

George John Anastos · Morgan Stanley

Nicholas John Andresen · 360 Financial

Jeffrey David Angel · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael David Arnold · Arnold Financial Services

Robert Joseph Arnoldy · Clearpath Wealth Management

Christina E. Asmus · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jesse Stephen Babich · EFS Advisors

Michael Joseph Bakalars · Wells Fargo Advisors

Tim Wayne Baltzer · Baltzer Wealth Management Group

Matthew Paul Beck · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Judson P. Beeskau · Prime Capital Investment Advisors

Jeffrey Howard Bemel · Equitable Advisors

Mary Beth Bennett · Morgan Stanley

David Matthew Benning · Logan Park Wealth Management

Matthew Alan Berhow · All Star Financial

Richard Mark Berquist · LPL Financial

Mary Colleen Beseke · Lincoln Investment

Justin Dennis Bettinger · Thrivent

Jennifer Lee Beyl-Lee · Landmark Wealth Management Group

Timothy William Biekkola · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mary Margret Binger · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Daniel R. Bishop · Wells Fargo Advisors

Richard Judd Bjorklund · VisionPoint Advisoy Group

Austin Jeffrey Bock · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark Patrick Booth · Morgan Planning Group

· Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Charles Edward Braniff · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Dana Marie Brewer · Birchwood Financial Partners

Anthony Novak Brinda · UnderDog Wealth Management

Chad David Broberg · Landmark Wealth Management Group

Matthew Michael Brocker · Legacy Wealth

Michael Douglas Brocker · Legacy Wealth

Michael Thomas Brown · Birch Cove Group

Timothy Balfour Brown · Brown

· Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Travis Lee Buck · Kusske Financial

Joel Michael Budd · Summit Investment Advisors

Natalie Noel Burns · Natalie Burns Investments

Gregg Kenneth Burrell · Financial Solutions Wealth Management

Lance Eric Butner · Consilium Wealth Group

Leslie Grothe Cadle · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Sharon Lee Calhoun · Vector Wealth Management

Abigail Rhodes Campbell · Wells Fargo Advisors

Daniel Patrick Carlson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 4,544 considered, 622 winners, 14%, 12/1/21, 3/29/21 - 10/8/21; 2021: 4,004 considered, 630 winners, 16%, 12/1/20, 2622 considered, 591 winners, 23%, 12/1/17, 2/23/17 - 10/13/17; 2017: 2,304 considered, 836 winners, 36%, 11/1/16, 02/25/16 -10/14/16 ; 2016: 2,083 considered, 854 winners, - 10/14/13; 2013: 2,151 considered, 863 winners, 40%, 12/1/12, 04/17/12 - 10/14/12; 2012: 1,256 considered, 624 winners, 50%, 11/1/11, 04/17/11 - 10/14/11.

investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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CCO 6640 Shady Oak Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Phone: 952-446-7616 Max Mittelstaedt Senior Financial Advisor, Managing Director – Investments 16817 Duluth Avenue SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 Phone: 952-226-9810
Joseph D. DeZiel Managing Partner,
When you decide to hire a wealth manager, feel confident knowing that their services will be hands-on and inclusive, fitting to your specific needs.

James Peter Carlson · Carlson Financial Strategies

Stephen Robert Carlton · Carlton Investment Services Group

Donna Carpenter · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

James Richard Casey · North American Wealth Advisors

Michael Douglas Cassidy · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Susan Caroline Cevette · WatersEdge Wealth Management

Mark Donald Cheeley · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

David Scott Chisholm · Morgan

Stanley

Paul William Cochran · Edward Jones

Theodore Ernst Contag · Parable Wealth Partners

Ryan Francis Coogan · Wells Fargo Advisors

Tyler Stephen Cook · Parable Wealth Partners

Matthew Leonard Cookson · Cookson Financial

Gregg Matthew Cummings · Morgan Stanley

Kelly Patricia Cutsforth · Wells Fargo Advisors

Robert Stai Davis · Financial Compass

Bernie William De La Rosa · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Patrick John Deeg · Marks Group Wealth Management

Stephen Boyd Dixon · Birchwood Financial Partners

Jeffrey Warren Dobbelmann · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Matthew Walter Dobbins · Thrivent

Jeremy Edward Dobson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

WEALTH MANAGERS — INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS

Todd Paul Doroff · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mike Dugan Dorsey · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Christopher Richardson Dougall · CC Dunnavan & Co.

John Alfred Dow Jr. · Morgan Stanley

Paul Donald Drach · Drach Financial

Craig Drake · Principal

Jason Warren Dreger · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Benjamin James Dreon · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jenna Kiyoko Dubuc · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Daniel James Dugan · Financial Perspectives

David William Dugan · Financial Perspectives

Trevor J. Dunn · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kurt S. Durrwachter · Ledge Wealth Management

Richard David Dworsky · Legacy Private Wealth Group

Stephen John Dygos · Schwarz Dygos Wheeler Investment Advisors

Jonathan James Ehresmann · Thrivent

Braden Charles Ellis · Integrate Wealth Management

Jack Lee Elvestrom · Morgan Stanley

James Dean Elvestrom Crossroads Financial Group

Joshua Fox Ely · Integrate Wealth Management

Bruce Andrew Ensrud · Parable Wealth Partners

Johan Lars Eriksson · Morgan Stanley

Nathan D. Faith · Boulay Financial Advisors

Daniel Thomas Farniok · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Blake B. Faust · Wipfli Financial Advisors

Douglas John Faust · Casey Menden Faust & Nelson, P.A., CPAs

Thomas Fee · Vector Wealth Management

Kelly David Fellows · Thrivent

Brett Robert Fenske · Wells Fargo Advisors

Grant Ronald Fjosne · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Scott T. Fleming · Minnesota Financial Resources

Kathryn Jane Flom · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Nicholas James Forliti · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Grant Andrew Fossum · ProWealth Financial

Frederick Theodore Frederickson · Wells Fargo Advisors

Johannes C. Fure · Mercer Advisors

Alexander Mark Gabriel · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark Anthony Gabriel · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark Eric Gade · EFS Advisors

Michael Joseph Gagnon · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Roxane Thorfinnson Gehle · Morgan Stanley

Megan Elizabeth Gehrman · Sterling Retirement Resources

Richard Gerard Gerczak · Ballast Advisors

Lyle Harold Gerhardson · RGW Wealth Management

Todd Victor Giere · Giere Investments

Marshall William Gifford · Gifford Financial

Todd Sterling Gillingham

· Landmark Wealth Management Group

Anthony M. Gleason · Gleason4 Financial

Janel Marie Goff · LPL Financial

Alexander Jaime Gonzalez · Thrivent

Daniel Alan Grassman

· Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Walter Clarence Gray · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Matthew Scott Greer · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Joe Grochowski · Vector Wealth Management

Dean Jeffrey Grohs · Wells Fargo Advisors

Patrick G. Growe · Edward Jones

Timothy Charles Gunderson · Tradition Wealth Management

John Paul Gustavson · CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors

Steven Scott Haagenson

· AdvisorNet Financial Partners

Patrick John Hagan · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

David Cecil Hall · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Richard Elliot Hall · Pitzl Financial

Tony Reed Hallada · CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors

Mark David Halstensgard · Thrivent

Bridget Miller Handke · Birchwood Financial Partners

Luke Thomas Hannahan · AdvisorNet Financial Partners

Gary Lee Hanson · Wells Fargo Advisors

Gregory Michael Hanson · APD Wealth Management

Mark W. Hargis · Woodbury Wealth Management

Gaylen James Harms · Fortune Financial

Mathew James Harrington · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Daniel Jon Harris · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jodi Lynn Hassing · Edward Jones

Paul David Hassing · Edward Jones

Lawrence Thomas Hauskins · Oak Ridge Financial

Andrew James Hays · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jesse Thomas Hed · Wells Fargo Advisors

Kyle Louis Heller · Waypoint Wealth Group

Karen Elizabeth Hemphill · Morgan Stanley

Bruce Andrew Hennen · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark Donald Hennings · NBC Securities

Derek Jon Hicks · CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors

Nathan Spencer Hildre · Morgan Stanley

Ann Marie Hoen · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Nick James Hohn · Cahill Financial Advisors

Sarah Jean Houser · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Fang Echo Huang · Echo Wealth Management

Marcus Anthony Hubers · Clearpath Wealth Management

Tamara Lynn Hubert · First Minnetonka Investment Center

Lance James Huebner · Morgan Stanley

Christopher Scott Hultstrand · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

John Patrick Hupp · Morgan Stanley

Kevin Joseph Huseth · LPL Financial

Ann Hustad · Morgan Stanley

Eric John Hutchens · Allodium Investment Consultants

Rachel Olivia Infante · Birchwood Financial Partners

Thomas Monte Irwin · PrairieView Partners

David Michael Jackson · Thrivent

Matthew Richard Jacobson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Shawn Jay Jacobson · Northrock Partners

Jeffrey James Janzen · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Thomas Joseph Jaremko · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jeffrey Karl Jarnes · Fortune Financial

Royal William Jaros · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Cathy Elizabeth Jenson · Landmark Wealth Management Group

Joshua Sherman Jenson · One Life Financial Group

Craig Walter Jergenson · Coach Craig Financial Group

Timothy Robert Jirak · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark William Joern · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Craig Allen Johnson · Cabot Lodge Securities & SB Advisory

Daryl Lee Johnson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

James Michael Johnson · EFS Advisors

Luke Thomas Johnson · Boreal Advisors Westcott Alexander Jones · Merrill Private Wealth Management

Mark A. Josephs · LPL Financial

Ashlie Suzanne Kas · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Stevan Charles Kafitz · North Star Resource Group

Randy Gerard Doroff · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

This award was issued on 12/01/2022 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 03/14/2022 through 10/18/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Selfwealth managers were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers.

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria ‘ required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed, consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated

Sean Patrick Kane · Morgan Stanley retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee

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Jesse Thomas Karich · CorePath Wealth Partners

Lynn J. Danz Kaye · Kaye Family Wealth Management

Aquib Khan · Morgan Stanley

Benjamin Michael Klaers · Royal Private Wealth

Kay Ellen Klasse · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Paul Douglas Klein · Financial Strategies Group

Matthew Powell Koelsch · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Punnarin Koy · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Nathan Krampe · Lion’s Wealth Management

Blake Donald Kroyer · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Gregory Scott Kulka · Guardian Wealth Advisors

Steven Craig Kumagai · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Laura Ann Kuntz · Laurel Wealth Planning

Daniel F. Kuplic · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Troy Alan Kurth · Consilium Wealth Group

Brett Kusske · Kusske Financial

Jane Marie LaLonde Shea · North Star Resource Group

Jason Adam Lane · Encompass Wealth Advisors

Reese Joel Lang · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Joshua Bradford Lantz · MD Financial Advisors

Mark Christopher Larsen · Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Anthony S. Larson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Brian Richard Larson · Morgan

Stanley

Craig Carlyle Larson · Larson

Financial Advisors

Mark T. Larson · Thrivent

WEALTH MANAGERS — INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS

Rob Matthew Larson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Scott Andrew Larson · Green Wealth Management

Robert Dean Lawson · Barrington Capital Management

James Carl Lebahn · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

James Nathan Ledbetter · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Chris Joseph Lee · Wells Fargo Advisors

Terry Philip Leiendecker · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michelle Kaymeiers Letch · Royal Alliance Associates

Scott Timothy Leverenz · Retirement & 401(k) Plan Advisors

Richard Earl Lewis · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Ryan Elliot Lewis · Morgan Stanley

Brian Thomas Limborg · EFS Advisors

David Russell Lindblad · Wells Fargo Advisors

Eric James Lleva · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kathy Marie Longo · Flourish Wealth Management

Steven Donald Lorenz · LPL Financial

Alexander Thomas Luing · Capital Management Associates

Tom Alfred Luing · Capital Management Associates

Brian Chapple MacDonald · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Ron Edward Machtan · Machtan Financial

Christopher Scott Maclennan · Diversified Wealth Management

Mark John Maes · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Scott Patrick Maeyaert · Generations Wealth Group

Barbara Jean Mahr · Bluestem Wealth Partners

Adam Richard Maki · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

John Michael Malknecht · Morgan Stanley

Thomas Gregory Manderfeld · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Brett Michael Manning · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jon David Marker · Park Avenue Securities

Michele Lynna Martin · Lurie Wealth Advisors

Michael Robert Martino · Morgan Stanley

Matthew Wayne Martinson · EFS Advisors

James Earl Mattson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Marcus Ronald Max · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Daniel John May · AdvisorNet Financial Partners

Rachel Lynn McDonough · EverSource Wealth Advisors

Kayelani Rae McVey Galvan · Morgan Stanley

Julie Ann Meany · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jason Alan Medin · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Dana Joseph Menard · Twin Cities Wealth Strategies

Matthew John Merrick · Thrivent

Michael Raiter Metzger · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jordan Michelle Mills · Wipfli Financial Advisors

Gregory Jay Molle · Strong Tower Wealth Management

Dan William Monahan · UBS

Chris Robert Mongeon · Parable Wealth Partners

David Moser · Vector Wealth Management

Lisa Kim Mulcare · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Dan Patrick Mulheran · Abbey Street

Peter Preston Mullin · Mullin Wealth Management

Eric D. Mullins · ProWealth Financial

Michael William Mullins · Oakwood Capital Advisors

Justin Jon Munger · VIP Financial Associates

Andrea Louise Murphy · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael Alan Murphy · TruCourse Wealth Advisors

Patrick Jay Murphy · LPL Financial

Shawn Michael Murray · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Daniel Mitchell Myers · Thrivent

Charlie David Mylrea · EFS Advisors

Anthony Joseph Nace · Morgan Stanley

Sue Ellen Nauss · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Brandon Anthony Navara · Robert W. Baird & Co.

Rachelle Lynn Nelko · United Brokerage Services

Gary Lewis Nelson · RBC Capital Markets

Joshua Gene Nelson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Bruce Jarvis Nerland · Morgan Stanley

Nicholas Brent Nerland · Morgan Stanley

Damian Louis Nold · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Stephanie L. Novacek · Wells Fargo Advisors

Anne Catherine Novak · Meristem Family Wealth

Timothy Michael O’Donnell · Morgan Stanley

Nathan Ray Odegard · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Rebecca Erin Oelrich · BerganKDV Wealth Management

Scott Dennis Oeth · Cahill Financial Advisors

Gary James Oie · Security Investment Solutions

Benjamin Daniel Ollila · Thrivent

Greg Paul Olson · Morgan Stanley

Patrick Mogen Olson · Fortune Financial

Sharon M. Olson · LPL Financial

Matthew David Osendorf · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael Robert Ovshak · FPS Financial

Michael David Palmquist · Michael Palmquist Wealth Management

David Warren Parks · Wells Fargo Advisors

Karl Lyle Pawlowski · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Corey David Pederson · Gardner Advisors

Paul Luverne Peterman · Morgan Stanley

Gregory Dean Peterson · Morgan Stanley

Donald James Phillips · Greater Midwest Financial Group

Darin William Pilacinski · True Vision Financial Advisors

Grant E. Piller · Piller Financial Group

John David Pitz · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Joe Daniel Pitzl · Pitzl Financial

Jason T. Plank · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Daniel Thomas Polson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael Lee Ponto · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kristin Brandli Printon · Moxie Wealth Management

Steven L. Prom · NFP

David Earl Purdy · Wealth Management Midwest

Jim Joseph Quandt · Fortune Financial

Robert Thomas Rae · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kelsi Lind Rahm · Morgan Stanley

David Andrew Rains · Parable Wealth Partners

David Richard Rasmussen · Thrivent

Nicholas Jon Rasmussen · Thrivent

Mindy Elizabeth Reid · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Travis Gene Richards · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Nathan Allen Richter · Salt Financial

Scott William Rickford · Oak Ridge Financial

Kevin Scott Ringdahl · Morgan Stanley

Taylor Ripka · Delta Capital Advisor

Louis Jason Ripple · Morgan Stanley

Mike Anthony Rogers · 360 Financial

Denise Kay Rohrick · UBS

Bryan Hadley Rohs · Morgan Stanley

Molly Ann Root · Thrivent

Ben David Rosholt · Ovation Wealth Advisors

Steven Dennis Rosvold · Rosvold & Associates

Samuel George Rouman · BerganKDV Wealth Management

Anthony Scott Rubin · Wells Fargo Advisors

James Jay Rudin · Wells Fargo Advisors

Jacob Eugene Ruotsinoja · ICON Financial

Lauri Penney Salverda · Castle Rock Financial Planning

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investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria ‘ considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client

The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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Patricia Rae Savre · Merrill Lynch

Nicole Keirnes Scanlon · Olson Wealth Group

Kristy Michelle Schaffer · PrairieView Partners

Elisa Dawn Schaum · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Matthew James Scherer · Summit Financial Advisors

Kyle John Schiffler · Canopy Financial Group

Leo John Schlangen · Regal Creek Wealth Management

Jeffrey Michael Schlicht · Summit Financial Advisors

Roger Schlichting · Thrivent

Kathy Elisabeth Schneider · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kelly Rae Schrempp · Edward Jones

Seth Daniel Schuett · Edward Jones

Kristopher Michael Schultz

· Morgan Stanley

Christopher David Schwab

· Wells Fargo Advisors

Kevin Gary Schwartz · Thrivent

Joseph William Schwarz

· Schwarz Dygos Wheeler Investment Advisors

Jeff Charles Severtson · Severtson and Associates

Samuel David Sexton · All Star Financial

Laura Ann Seymour · Torchlight Financial

William John Shannon · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kurt Douglas Sharp · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Colin E. Shaughnessy · Skipping Stone Wealth

WEALTH MANAGERS — INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS

Karrie A. Shaw · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Matthew Allen Showalter · Merrill Lynch

Erik Korpi Siverson · North Star Resource Group

Jenna Catherine Siverson

· North Star Resource Group

Kelene Marie Skrypek · MBKS Family Office

David Benjamin Sloane · Morgan Stanley

Brian Daniel Smith · Moneygeeks Financial Network

Christopher Michael Smith · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Bradlee William Sorenson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Brooks Lee Staples · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Paul Clinton Stein · Advanced Retirement Resources

Michael Stendahl · CFG Retirement

Scott Alan Stensrud · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Joseph Paul Stepanek · Thrivent

Arlen Glenn Stern · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael William Stern · LPL Financial

Glenn Mark Stewart · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Katherine Mary Stienessen · Kay Stienessen CPA Financial Advisor

Susan Marta Stiles · Stiles Financial Services

Elizabeth Walston Stoke · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jeannine Louise Strand

· Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Lance Richard Strom · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael Dean Sturgis

· Generations Wealth Group

Eric Forrest Swanson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Aaron Daniel Swartz · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Bobby Joe Swoboda · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Aimee Kathleen Sybrant · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Gary Arthur Tangwall · Landmark Wealth Management Group

Angela Pietra Tarara · Wells Fargo Advisors

Andy Michael Tate · Cahill Financial Advisors

Lawrence Bernard Tate · Securian Financial

Nicholas Ashford Taylor · TM3 Wealth

Todd Charles Terhorst · Diversified Wealth Management

Nicholas W. Ternes · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark Alan Theis · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Angela Leitzke Thomas · BerganKDV Wealth Management

Christopher Marion Thurin · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Gregory Thurin · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Timothy James Tousignant · Retirement Consultants

Emily A. Trautwein · Thrivent

Ann Elizabeth Treml-Olson

· Robert W. Baird & Co.

John Edwin Truckenbrod · First Advisors

Michael George Trudeau · Thrivent

Suzanne Gehlen Tudor · Allodium Investment Consultants

Alexander Jeffrey Tuttle · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Lisa Margit Tuttle · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Matthew Jacob Tuttle · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Amy Marie Twombly · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael Joel Urch · Brown Wealth Management

Mary Jan Ure · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Brent Michael Van Heel · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael John Velin · NFP

Katherine Kammerzell Vessenes · MD Financial Advisors

Chad Villagomez · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Peter E. Vogel · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Scott Vogel · Merrill Lynch

Benjamin Lee Wacek · Guide Financial Planning

John Vincent Walsh · Discovery Financial

Shawn Phillip Walsh · Vestcore Financial Group

Kathryn R. Waters · Wells Fargo Advisor

Benjamin John Wedell · Thrivent

Nate Wenner · Wipfli Financial Advisors

Shawn Ernest Wermerskirchen · Charterpoint Wealth Strategies

Paul Joseph Wheaton · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Benjamin Jackson Wheeler · SDW

Jason William White · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Bruce Winkley Wiessner · Wells Fargo Advisors

Katherine Marie Williams · LPL Financial

Beth Ellen Wills · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Ann Virginia Wilson · Thrivent

Molly Gregory Wilson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Troy Dale Winegarner · Strong Tower Wealth Management

Thomas Alexander Winkels · Advanced Wealth Management Group

Damian John Winther · Birchwood Financial Partners

John Martin Triebel Wolkerstorfer · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Erika Wood · VisionPoint Advisory Group

Paul Daniel Woolfrey · Woolfrey Financial Consulting

Jeffery H. Wurst · Wells Fargo Advisors

Joshua Clifford Wyman · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

John Edward Yaeger · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Christopher W. Yard · Integrity Financial Group

Joseph Lawrence Yard · Integrity Financial Group

David Michael Robert Zack · Executive Financial Services

Gregory Anthony Zandlo · North East Asset Management

Linda Joan Zimmerman · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Steven Douglas Zimmerman · Mindful Asset Planning

Bruce Jay Zwick · Morgan Stanley

Ilene Sue Zwick · Morgan Stanley

Investment

Professionals

Jennifer L. Athanases · MacMillan & Athanases PLLC

Christopher Burns · Henson Efron, P.A.

James Clay · Morrison Sund PLLC

Kathy Frable · Wipfli

Paul Funke · Funke Law PLLC

Cory Kiner · ET Kelly & Associates

Susan Link · Maslon LLP

Erika S. Stein · Morrison Sund PLLC

Christine Utz · Swanson Law Office PLLC

David Westbrock · Crosby & Westbrock

Thomas Woessner · Ballard Spahr

Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. The Chartered Financial Consultant® credential [ChFC®] is a financial planning designation awarded by The American College. This award was issued on 12/1/22 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 3/14/22 through 10/18/22. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 4,080 Twin Cities-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 633 (16% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria - required:

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1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years;

3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not;

A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria - considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com. This year, we honored 11 Twin Cities-area investment professionals with the Five Star Investment Professional award.

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KIDS BIRTHAY PARTIES

ArtStart’s ArtScraps

The home of recyclable art and every craft material you could dream of, ArtStart’s ArtScraps hosts parties that include invitations and themed art projects (if they can dream it, ArtStart can teach it!), plus favors for all of your guests. Ages 5 through 12. 1459 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-2787, artstart.org

Big Stone Mini Golf

Putt your way through an artistically curated miniature golf course, then stroll through a garden filled with bizarre kinetic sculptures. Have birthday cake and ice cream on unique wood-and-stone tables, or roast marshmallows over a giant firepit. All ages.

7110 County Rd. 110 W., Minnetrista, 952-472-9292, bigstoneminigolf.com

Crayola Experience

Let their true colors shine with 25 attractions, including coloring toys, making a digital mask for creative selfies, wrapping crayons with customized labels, and creating photo booth coloring pages. Ages 3 and up. Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-883-8800, crayolaexperience.com

Dodge Nature Center

For the young naturalists in your life, Dodge Nature Center offers a snowy birthday package that includes searching for scat, tracks, and

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animal homes. The afternoon is rounded off with the unique experience of kick-sledding on the frozen pond. Ages 4 and up. 365 Marie Ave. W., West St. Paul, 651-455-4531, dodgenaturecenter.org

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground

An indoor park with a web tower, wave slide, tightrope walk, and more. Tiered birthday party packages include weekday parties, weekend parties, and exclusive use. Gifts, decorations, and cake are allowed inside the private room provided, but not in the play area. Ages 1 through 12. 400 NW 10th St., New Brighton, 651-638-2130, newbrightonmn.gov

Franconia Sculpture Park

Schedule a private tour (or snowshoe tour!) at this open-air park full of outsize sculptures from future stars of the art world. Once the kids check out the art, they’ve got plenty of room to play games and settle down for a picnic lunch. Ages 6 and up. 29836 St. Croix Tr. N., Shafer, 651-257-6668, franconia.org

Grand Slam

For those with energy to burn (lots and lots of energy), schedule a party at Grand Slam. Laser tag, mini golf, batting cages, bumper cars, and a trampoline room are all part of the fun. Pizza is included in every party, as no outside food except cake is allowed inside. All ages. 12425 River Ridge Blvd., Burnsville, 952-224-0414, grandslammn.com

Hang Out at Vertical Endeavors

Groups get the undivided attention of an instructor to help them up a maze of climbing walls. A party room is ready for cake and gifts. Ages 6 and up (under 12 need to be connected to the auto belay by an adult). Multiple Twin Cities locations, verticalendeavors.com

Ice Skating at Centennial Lakes Park

Skate away on 10 acres of ice that are groomed daily, then warm up with hot chocolate in front of one of multiple fireplaces. Rent skates, or bring your own for a birthday party straight from a holiday card. All ages. 7499

France Ave. S., Edina, 952-833-9580, edinamn.gov

Jim Lupient Water Park

Nestled in Northeast Minneapolis is a gem of a water park: A spray pool, waterslides, and volleyball courts are all found within. Rent a cabana for your birthday party home base. Ages 1 and up. 1520 NE Johnson St., Mpls., 612370-4937, minneapolisparks.org

Kiddywampus

This interactive toy store offers several theme parties, from a Fairy Party to a Jedi Training Academy. Popular events include Hopkins’s Action Jackson Party, which allows little ones to throw paint at walls à la Jackson Pollock. Ages 4 and up. 1023 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 952-926-7871; 860 W. 78th St., Chanhassen, 952-818-2458, kiddywampus.com

Leonardo’s Basement

For a totally kid-centric experience, Leonardo’s helps kids build their ideas! Using all kinds of tools, materials, and gizmos, the birthday kid and their friends can each create a “Build What YOU Want” project, ideal for all ages and skill levels. 150 W. 60th St., Mpls., 612-824-4394, leonardosbasement.org

Minnetonka Center for the Arts

The visual arts center welcomes kids with printmaking, fashion, photography, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, and drawing classes, providing materials and an instructor. The kids walk away with a finished piece and a fun memory. Ages 5 through 12. 2240 North Shore Dr., Wayzata, 952-473-7361, minnetonkaarts.org

Northern Clay Center

Two or more hours spent digging their hands into clay? The stuff of dreams for kids. And they get to keep what’s created (once the pieces have been fired in the kiln, which takes a couple weeks). Plus, if they’re 9 or older, they can even try throwing pots on a wheel. There’s also a room available for cake and gifts. Ages 6 and up. 2424 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-3398007, northernclaycenter.org

Obstacle Academy— Ninja Warrior Gym

Put on your black belts, and head to this ninja warrior gym for training and a timed course with one to two ninja warrior coaches. Ages 5 and up. 7615 Golden Triangle Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-452-8770, obstacle-academy.com

Pump It Up

Raise the roof with an inflatable party, complete with bounce houses, slide games, and more. A glow-in-the-dark option lights up the night. Tailor your celebration with tiered options, including food, beverage, and party favor options! Heights 34 inches and up. 7406 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie, 952943-0052, pumpitupparty.com

Quench a Thirst for Fun at Cascade Bay Waterpark

Splash, swim, and soak up the sun in summertime at Cascade Bay Waterpark. With a zero-depth-entry leisure pool, lazy river, and seven waterslides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The birthday package includes a round of mini golf for the partygoers. All ages. 1360 Civic Center Dr., Eagan, 651-675-5580, cityofeagan.com

Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo

Go to the reptiles, or let the reptiles come to you! There are plenty of hands-on activities at the zoo for budding herpetologists, but a boa constrictor in your backyard might be a birthday coup. All ages. 6750 Frontage Rd. W., Medford, 507-455-1465, theradzoo.com

Sledding and Tubing at Clifton E. French Regional Park

Have a good old-fashioned day of downhill thrills at French Regional Park for a party to remember. Bring your own toboggan, or rent sleds from the visitor center. All ages. 12605 Rockford Rd., Plymouth, 763-6947750, threeriversparks.org

Target Field

Raised a true-blue Twins fan from diapers? Make your kid’s dreams come true with a private (age-appropriate) tour of Target Field for one lucky group of baseball-fanatic friends. If the timing is right and the visitor batting cage is available, kids might even get to take a few swings off the tee. Catering options are available. Ages 1 through 12 (kids under age 5 are free!). 1 Twins Way, Mpls., 612-659-3400, twins.com

Urban Air Adventure Park

If your group likes to go, go, go, this actionpacked place offers wall-to-wall fun, from a warrior course, trampolines, a leap of faith, and a trapeze to climbing walls, a rope course, new Power Up Go-Karts, and more. Plus, the team takes care of all the party details. Some activities have height restrictions. 3580 Holly Ln. N., Plymouth, 763-307-1003; 10 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, 763- 244-1701, urbanair.com

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Valleyfair

With family-friendly rides all the way up to the looping roller coasters Valleyfair is known for, the hardest part of this party will be dragging everyone away. All ages (height requirements on most rides; some require adult accompaniment). 1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee, 952-445-7600, valleyfair.com

Wacky Fun at Can Can Wonderland

Eighteen mini golf holes designed by local artists, including Hole 18: Golden Throne, in a colorful warehouse setting. Arcade games and vintage vibes abound. All ages; 21+ Fridays and Saturdays after 9 pm 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-925-2261, cancanwonderland.com

Xtreme Adventure at Base Camp

Rock climbing, robot coding, and archery are just some of the activities kids can enjoy at Base Camp birthday parties (check out its catalog of options organized by age and group size). There’s even a space shuttle simulator for the most adventuresome guests. Private party rooms available, and Buca is a nearby dining option. Ages 5 and up. 6202 Bloomington Rd., St. Paul, 612-261-2301, explorebasecamp.org

Yummy Creations at Way Cool Cooking School

Kid chefs: They’re getting younger every day. Encourage the culinary brilliance with a cooking-class birthday. Kids get all the materials they need for a mini three-course meal they can totally tackle. There’s even a gluten-free option. All ages (restrictions based on class selection). 16544 W. 78th St., Eden Prairie, 952-949-6799, waycoolcookingschool.com

Zero Gravity

Meet at Zero Gravity for two hours of trampoline time as only kids can endure. Then retire to your party room for pizza and just desserts. Ages 5 through 16. 2292 Woodale Dr., Mounds View, 763-231-3033, zerogravitymn.com

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supply their own parties. Sidle up to the dessert counter for a watermelon agua de frutas or a cup of fresh mango slices and ice cream turned into that wonderful sundae, the mangonada.

Four elements demand your attention. One: Find the pollo al carbon counter— that’s where whole lime-and-chili chickens are cooked over charcoal. I think this is one of the best chickens in town—so tender, so smoky, so right. Two: Find the salsa deli case and discover limy, perky tomatillo salsa by the pint; fresh-as-anything guacamole; quick-pickled onions and vegetables; and everything you need to act like you have a whole restaurant’s cooking crew helping you fill a banquet. Three: Look up at the sign above the deli counter for the family-meal-to-go deals, like two pounds of carnitas or two pounds of spicy pork barbecue, along with a quart of rice, a pint of refried beans, tortillas, and a couple of liters of Jarritos. Four: If you’re ready to cook, don’t miss the produce section, with pre-bundled packs of posole add-ins, like cabbage and sweet-corn rounds, and a butcher case with all the pre-seasoned fajitas and pork al pastor you need to sizzle up great tacos in moments. 2750 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-871-6322, colonialmarketandrestaurant.com

SOUTH METRO FOODIE CORRIDOR

From hoagies and smoked fish to kasha and larb

South metro folks, let’s talk about how lucky you are and what a supreme foodie destination Highway 13 has become between the airport to the east and Highway 169 to the west. Let’s start with the Italian stalwarts Buongiorno Deli (981 Sibley Memorial Hwy., St. Paul, 651-905-1080, buongiornodeli.com) and Brianno’s Deli Italia (2280 Cliff Rd., Eagan, 651-895-1174, briannos.com) facing off just near 35E, each with the best hoagies in town. How can each have the best? It’s a personal taste thing: Brianno’s eggplant parm is beyond compare, but then so is Buongiorno’s calabrese sandwich, with all the good tangy antipasto peppers and aged provolone.

Off Highway 77, you’ll find Minsk Market (3920 Cedar Grove Pkwy., Eagan,

651-209-0564, minskmarketdeli.com). The Eastern European paradise with exquisite fresh pickles, rare smoked sausages, beautiful smoked fish, and gorgeous chocolates also has hot food to eat in the moment, like the pasty/calzone–cousin stuffed hand pie called pyrizhky.

Next, traveling east, is Paradise Market (1309 Hwy. 13, Burnsville, 952-882-6574, plus two other locations in Maple Grove and Hopkins). The pan–Eastern European specialty spot has a hot bar (kasha and cutlets) and premade deli case (potato salad and beets), as well as the tangy loaves of rye and fill-your-own-container pickle barrels.

Into this highway of legends we now add Groceries of the Orient (also known as Oriental Market Plus, 3101 Hwy. 13, Burnsville, 952-882-7890). Let’s agree that the name doesn’t matter as much as what’s inside. There, you’ll find a hot barbecue counter with all the good crispy-skin pork you need for a quick dinner, as well as fried tropical treats like plantains and taro fritters.

You’ll also find refrigerator cases stocked with spectacular—and I truly mean spectacular—takeout. The big boxes of larb salad alone would make the place destination-worthy. Larb, of course, is a salad of herbs, such as mint and basil, plus toasted rice powder and meat. My favorite here is the chicken larb, made with not just the bird’s meat but also the chicken livers and gizzards. The whole thing comes together with these primal notes that remind me of something like a smoky whiskey or Northern Rhône Syrah, deeply appealing, funky notes that spark alive with the herbs, lime, and spice. Phenomenal, terrific, amazing. For the adventurous, there’s a raw-beef larb too, like steak tartare in a different language.

If you’re treasure hunting, you might also find a few local Asian food start-ups launching their products on these shelves. I tried MamaSai’s homemade pad Thai sauce; a DIY tricolor tapioca dessert kit from Kai’s Kaopia; and molded coconut jellies in the shapes of various flowers and leaves, which were as pretty and precise as anything I’ve ever seen on a French petit four display. It’s just everything you want in a market: a little bit of a business incubator for cool new food start-ups, a little bit of a lifesaver for a busy family person, and a little bit of a bargain-minded foodie carnival of delights. ■

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sive success this year. Your style of Hmong cooking obviously has mass appeal. I did my research. If you look at it, the Hmong people have been in Minnesota since ’75. We are the first Hmong food vendor in here, and it took nearly 50 years. And I’m not knocking the Minnesota State Fair; it was just something that wasn’t on their radar. But I love being here for the fact that there’s probably a family in Alexandria that has never heard of Hmong people, has never heard of Hmong food, has no idea. And the State Fair’s a different beast, dude. There’s, like, State Fair royalty. You get there, it’s like, you don’t mess with Sweet Martha’s.

Your lines were just as long! Thank you so much. One of the things I was excited about was being able to showcase Hmong food and culture to people outside the Twin Cities. To me, that meant a lot more. These people from rural areas like meat and potatoes, right? If you look at Hmong food, it’s meat and potatoes. That’s what I love about food as a common denominator: We’re not as weird and strange as we think in our heads. And I know that there are places that white people won’t go, but it’s okay for me to go into that place and introduce myself and introduce our food. That’s how I feel about Feral. I know that the dude from the Everglades with the “Don’t Tread on Me” hat isn’t going to come up to the Twin Cities and meet up with me. But this show has made it possible for me to go to them.

So why do you think you’ve had such huge success reaching these broad audiences, but you’ve struggled to open an actual brick-andmortar version of Vinai, your upscale Hmong restaurant concept? What’s the holdup? I don’t think there’s a holdup. I mean, we’re going through this process with it, but we’ve had financial issues. When I was younger, it was like, “F the system.” I’ve learned you got to play the game a little bit, right? And when I think of Vinai, I don’t like calling it “fine dining” or “elevated Hmong food” because it is built on the backs of the food that we ate as Hmong kids growing up. So, I always say, “This food, it’s always been great, but it’s never been respected.” ■

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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in richest embroidery. Look closer; the royals are minks and lynx, the pope is a badger, the princess is a flamingo.

Everyone who has seen my copy of the book loves it to bits—it’s mad, it’s wild, it’s beautiful. The fantastical flash fiction stories accompanying the pictures are idiosyncratic little myths in which each animal gets a name that becomes the title to the piece. Queen Valentina, the mink, for instance, who was cruel and randomly executed her subjects, was also glutenintolerant. And as for the trove of taxidermy works at the heart of this creative undertaking, many are deaccessioned museum animals or other antiques; some are roadkill that, after death, the state has given approval for taxidermy—all are what’s known in the trade as “humanely procured taxidermy.”

“So many royals,” I note as I page through her copy of the book.

“It’s my past-life stuff,” explains Wilcox. “I really believe that I either lived or worked in some kind of royal castle. I’ve always been really attracted to things that are super ornate and old—gold leaf, crowns and monarchies, Catholic stuff, Byzantine stuff, you know what I mean? All that old-gold ornate.”

“You’re comfortable with that being in a magazine?” I ask.

“Oh, sure. More people should talk about it,” she says. “A lot more people believe in past lives and eternal souls than you’d think. They find me and tell me.”

To me, here’s where things got weird.

Wilcox told me at least half a dozen times that the biggest aim of the book was to convince people who saw the images, particularly children, that animals were valuable and deserved empathy, for animals have their own stories. Once children absorb that, they will also believe that we shouldn’t destroy them or our shared planet.

I, however, feel strongly that children already have received this message—from Aesop’s Fables (sixth century BCE) to the part of the Bible where God speaks through Balaam’s donkey to tell him not to beat his animal, to Bugs Bunny and Nemo, to…everything? Are we not aware that animals have emotion and story?

In the 17th century, the philosopher

René Descartes claimed that all creatures except humans should be thought of as automata—that is, animals were nothing but bags of automatic reactions, while humans had souls. Wilcox feels that most humans are still trapped in this Descartian binary, which she hopes her art will help undo. “I have seen dogs cry real tears ,” explains Wilcox, who has always had dogs and currently has three.

Art is not always best interpreted by the artist. Or the critic! If Wilcox’s remarkable book helps the Animal Humane Society with its fundraising for a new shelter, if it gets some children to reevaluate their Descartian worldview and replace it with a more empathetic view, we will all be better off.

“I’m doing this for animals,” repeats Wilcox, as I look over my notes, making sure I have the order of animals in costumes on the child-sized penny-farthing bike correct, lynx on the bottom, then, in size order, woodchuck, raccoon, muskrat, mouse. Seeing my pen and diagram of lynx and muskrat, Wilcox helpfully puts a marketing slogan on it for me. “I’m warped,” she says, laughing. “Warped.”

“Maybe eccentric,” I offer. “In the noble tradition of Minnesota eccentrics—Prince, Wanda Gág, Jesse Ventura, Bob Dylan.”

I suddenly find myself arguing warped versus eccentric, like we’re coworkers at an advertising company, brainstorming around a table. Warped is snappier, younger, more memorable, says Wilcox. Eccentric is more accurate, I argue. Salvador Dalí wore a deep-sea diving costume to an art opening to demonstrate surrealism: Eccentric is good.

Wilcox shrugs; she doesn’t care much what I have to say: She knows more about branding and marketing than I could ever dream of. And more about how to keep a crown steady on a cheetah’s head. ■

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1952

After reading the 11th of 13 clues, 41-year-old 3M employee Arthur M. Jensen finds the first Pioneer Press Winter Carnival Medallion in a treasure chest in Highland Park. He spends part of his $1,100 winnings on a new black pillbox hat for his wife.

Frozen

Nearly 140 years ago, when a New York media outlet compared St. Paul to Siberia, our civic leaders looked within and maturely brushed that dismissive dandruff right off their shoulders. And when they were done doing that, they organized the most elaborate winter carnival in the country, complete with a marketing mythology that included boreal kings and queens battling fire demons for the soul of winter. Take that, Siberia.

1886

A smallpox outbreak forces Montreal to cancel its winter carnival, and St. Paul boosters rush to hire their ice palace architects.

A. C. and J. H. Hutchison’s palace, emblazoned with electric lights, features multiple skating rinks and a warming room with a lunch counter.

1940

1888

Designed by St. Paul architect Charles E. Joy, the third ice palace is the largest ever built, with 55,000 blocks of ice. A wedding with 6,000 guests is held within its walls. At 15 stories tall, the palace takes four months to melt.

Vulcan Rex VI Ernie Reiff is the first Vulcan King to recruit a Krewe. Reiff and his wife design the garish red-and-black Vulcan costumes, complete with dastardly goatees of black greasepaint. Kreepy Krewe members leave their “mark” on cheeks along the parade route.

1916

When James J. Hill dies, his son Louis succeeds him as controller of his father’s railroad empire and resurrects the Winter Carnival, now calling it the “First Annual Outdoor Sports Carnival,” a showcase for harness racing, ski jumping, and tobogganing.

1920

The Saturday Evening Post publishes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Ice Palace,” inspired by the 1887 palace, built before Fitzgerald was born. The story’s anti-heroine, Georgian Sally Carrol Happer, has an epiphany inside the palace’s walls while visiting her fiancé’s chilly hometown.

1917

Honoring James J. Hill’s early trek along the Pembina Trail, the first Red River Derby is held—a grueling 522-mile dogsled race from Winnipeg to St. Paul. Albert Campbell wins, but Fred Hartman captures the hearts of the entire country when he collapses in last place.

1954

1992

In order to impress overflow NFL fans traveling to the Metrodome for Super Bowl XXVI, the tallest (165 feet), most expensive ($1.9 million) ice castle yet is built, and it melts down the St. Paul Winter Carnival Association—forcing its director to resign.

Grand Marshal Ed Sullivan is given mink-trimmed long underwear before the parade. He returns to New York the next night to host his CBS show Toast of the Town, which includes a live segment on the carnival’s Musical Jamboree broadcast from the St. Paul Auditorium.

1986

The Centennial Winter Carnival Ice Palace is built on an island on Lake Phalen. Weather doesn’t allow its elegant central tower to reach the planned 150 feet, but 129 feet 9 inches is enough for inclusion in The Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest manmade ice structure.

1962

Pioneering hot-air balloonist Don Piccard organizes the world’s first hot-air balloon race for the carnival. Three balloonists compete: Ed Yost, Dick Keuser, and Tracy Barnes. Barnes wins in a craft constructed from parachutes.

2005

The Vulcans get scalded when Vulcan King Thomas Trudeau is accused of inappropriately touching three female bartenders while placing garters on them at Alary’s Bar. Background checks are instituted, and sensitivity training becomes mandatory for all Krewe members.

2018

1971

The St. Paul Jaycees revive the Klondike Kate character from the 1961 Winter Carnival, which was in itself a tribute to the historic 1890s Yukon Gold Rush saloon entertainer. Former homecoming queen Carol Carney wins the pageant by belting “Comin’ Round the Mountain.”

The Super Bowl is back in Minneapolis. And, after much financial hemming and hawing, another ice palace is built, the first in almost a decade and a half—this time only 70 feet tall, comprising 4,000 blocks of ice and a ton of Ecolab branding.

1969

The carnival brings another kind of Vulcan to town—Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock from Star Trek. A sweepstakes is held with an opportunity for eight lucky ladies to join his pointy-eared eminence for breakfast at the 3 Crowns Restaurant at the Hilton.

2020

Kirstin Knutson is crowned Queen of the Snows, and when the pandemic forces the 2021 Winter Carnival into drive-through status, Knutson ends up keeping the title for an unprecedented two years.

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