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Exclusively Minnesota There are many words that describe Calhoun Square: historic, artistic, cultured, high-energy, fashionable, and a host of other words. But for Brian Trinh, there’s only one way to describe Uptown’s iconic shopping center: the best job in the world. As marketing manager of this iconic Uptown shopping destination, Trinh’s job is as varied as it is interesting. With dozens of highly

Brian Trinh

attended events each year, such as the Uptown Art Festival and the


Uptown Food Truck fair, a host of high-end tenants to coordinate, and more than three decades of history encouraging him to greatness, Trinh’s job is a new adventure every day. But that’s the way he prefers it.

Tell us a little about you. I’m the marketing manager for Calhoun Square, which is owned and operated by The Ackerberg Group, which basically means I’m responsible for showcasing all the great things happening at Calhoun Square. There’s a lot going on, so it’s a full time job! But it’s really rewarding to work with such an exciting organization.

How did you come to work at Calhoun Square? I graduated from the University of Iowa, so, go Hawks! After a few years working in Marketing, Ackerberg Group offered me this position after purchasing Calhoun Square in 2014. I couldn't resist. Calhoun Square is the epicenter of everything sophisticated and fun in Uptown, and there’s so much history and energy in this neighborhood. And, of course, it’s an iconic place with history and tradition behind it. The whole neighborhood is full of art, and I don’t know of a single other place in the state with as much distinction and character. I couldn’t resist taking the job.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Timberland, Arc’teryx, and plenty of other stores are completely unique

The community emphasis. Working for Calhoun Square, you have a

to Calhoun Square in Minnesota. That’s not even counting all the dining

real connection to the community of Uptown, and it’s a relationship

options we have.

that’s existed for more than thirty years. We feel really privileged to be

What's next for Calhoun Square?

involved in the community and the residential neighborhoods, which is why we’ve added so many murals and art pieces to enrich the area. Having such a history and presence in an area as vibrant as Uptown is a really satisfying thing. Aside from just being a nice place to shop, Calhoun Square makes a difference in the economy and culture of Uptown, which is such a privilege to be involved with.

What makes Calhoun Square so unique?

We’re very excited to have Roat Osha opening at Calhoun Square. It’s a Minneapolis classic, and the food is amazing. They’re adding some new options to their menu, including more local craft beers. Restaurants and eating well are so important to the Calhoun Square experience in general, so they’re an awesome addition. We've even launched $2 parking Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm just so people can come and have a good meal at lunch time. We’re excited to have them join the family! We also have a fantastic Halloween celebration on the 29th with a Heart of

places. We really love giving people an experience they couldn’t have anywhere else. Calhoun Square has so many brands that you just can’t

the Beast P uppet Show at 10 am, a "make and t ake" craf ts t able, live music, and trick-or-treating inside Calhoun Square and surrounding Uptown businesses to follow.

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CALHOUN SQUARE Arc’teryx With its distinctive layering system, specialized gear, and expert salespeople, Arc’teryx brings the good citizens of the Twin Cities a shopping experience as tailored and high quality as their gear.

Blush by Kay Home to a mix of reasonably-priced luxury clothes, local goods, and home products, this woman-owned boutique brings a fun and friendly

CB2 Crate and Barrel’s affordable and modern cousin, CB2, offers chic high-quality furniture at a reasonable price. Great attention is paid to enduring but trending styles that delight and dazzle.

Kitchen Window Kitchen Window’s 20,000 sq. ft. store and cooking school caters to all types of cooking enthusiasts—novice and expert. Find unique services


Nespresso Boutique Nespresso’s luxury coffee capsule brand is the standard in Europe and is now found in the U.S. With the vibe of a luxury patisserie, Nespresso offers complimentary tastings of their coffees from around the world.

Sharp360 Menswear A full service men’s clothing store run by an expert stylist, Gabriel carries some of the best men’s clothing brands in the business as well as the expertise and know-how to match.


Located in the heart of

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Uptown Minneapolis,

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by Judy Kallestad

Kids in Minnesota look forward to the traditional fall mini-holiday

year that MEA is back “reclaiming Minnesota’s long-held affection for

when the teachers union holds its annual conference on the third

the phrase.” The conference is now known as Minnesota Education

Thursday and Friday in October. With the four-day MEA break rapidly

Academy or MEA once again.

approaching, many parents are wondering—what are some fun things to do with my kids?

No matter what it’s called, for families with school-aged children, it’s a welcome break before the arrival of cold weather and the holidays.

When the Minnesota Education Association and the Minnesota

Some families drive to popular Minnesota spots like Brainerd or

Federation of Teachers merged into Education Minnesota in 1998,

Duluth; others f ly to more distant destinations. An airport spokesman

MEA weekend was actually renamed—“Education Minnesota break.”

described the week of MEA as one of the busiest weeks of the year.

But despite the union’s best efforts, the new name never caught on.

For those staying closer to home, there are lots of great things to do

Finally, after nearly two decades, the teachers union announced last

in the Twin Cities.



Tackle Minnesota’s Largest Corn


Maze. Explore the new U. S. Bank -Vikings Stadium themed maze. Enjoy live music, a petting zoo and much more on October 20th & 21st at the Twin Cities Harvest Festival

Go to the Science Museum of



exhibits, films and activities are





exciting day camp options on October 20th and 21st

and Maze in Brooklyn Park.


Check out the Minnesota Historical Society events. Family-friendly programs include everything from History Hound Hijinx to Victorian Ghost Stories.


Head to an Apple Orchard. Some Twin Cities orchards have entertainment, hayrides, a corn maze and other activities, especially on weekends. Pick up your Halloween pumpkins while you’re there.

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Arboretum. What better place to enjoy nature and the outdoors than at the arboretum.


See the Twin Cities from atop the Foshay tower. Experience a 360-degree view of the Twin Cities from the 31st floor observation deck. Kids under 12 are free.

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Go to a Zoo. On October 22 & 23 visit either St. Paul’s Como Park for ZooBoo or the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley for Hallzooween.

Feel Like You’re Flying. Head to the


Mall of America to experience FlyOver America,




f light simulation ride over America’s greatest landmarks.

Visit Local Colleges. MEA is a great time for your high-schooler to check out prospective colleges while classes are in session.

Spend the Weekend at Home. Enjoy some quality family time just relaxing, sleeping in, reading,

These are just a sampling of ideas. Check with

playing games and watching movies together.

your local library, county history center, YMCA and area parks for special activities they have planned for kids during MEA break.

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extended stay, they also offer a variety of campsites. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum If road trips aren’t your favorite thing, our very own Arboretum is especially gorgeous this time of year. Aside from the variety of events, exhibits, walking paths, and




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birthplace of Minnesota and is truly a gem during Autumn. Aside from some great shopping and dining venues, a simple stroll along the riverbank is enough to refresh your soul. For the adventurous, you can enjoy the fantastic view from a hot air balloon ride across the river (we recommend Aamodt’s Apple Farm!).

Downtown Anoka If you’re looking for something a little more locally festive, consider this spot right off of Highway 10. It’s not just the Halloween Capital of the World, it’s also the place for some great autumn strolling and shopping. The streets are lined with beautiful trees, populated with old houses and architecture, and a handful of cute little diners and bars (I highly recommend the Reuben sandwich and sweet potato fries at MaGillyCuddy's). It’s easy to forget how blessed we are to live in a state with a great variety of weather. However we choose to enjoy this short and unpredictable season, let’s try to simply do just that.

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To the cook, part of the appeal of potatoes is their versatility. You can roast, fry, boil, grill or stew them. They might show up for breakfast as hash browns or home fries, for lunch in a savory soup and for dinner as a creamy side dish. For the consumer, part of the appeal of potatoes is their comfort food status. Potatoes are often associated with hearty home cooking, which we tend to turn to in the fall.


LOCAVORE Growing up on a dairy farm, Anita Dualeh consumed plenty of local milk, beef and garden vegetables before local food was trendy. She interprets the term locavore liberally, using it to refer to an individual who commits to eating food produced in our state or region as much as possible. In this column she encourages readers to become more aware of their food’s origins and to choose

This fall in our household, we’ve got homegrown potatoes to enjoy. My six-year-old and I planted a few pounds

seasonal foods in order to enjoy

of Yukon Gold seed potatoes in one our of our garden beds this spring. The rabbits didn’t bother them. We had

optimal flavor and freshness.

hoped the deer wouldn’t either, but as it turns out, our neighborhood deer apparently found the potato blossoms to be delectable. I was afraid we wouldn’t have anything to harvest at all, but some potatoes did grow - three or so per plant. We planted about 25 plants, though, so we have gotten several meals out of our gardening efforts. For our first meal of fresh potatoes, I washed, boiled and then mashed some with a bit of butter, a splash of milk and chopped chives. Those potatoes went from garden to table within an hour, and tasted that fresh. Next I tried Smitten Kitchen’s potato pizza recipe for the first time and found the thin crust laden with thinly sliced potatoes to be surprisingly tasty, thanks in part to the rosemary sprinkled on top. It’s prime time for potatoes at farmer’s markets, and it is also easy to find locally grown potatoes at grocery stores this time of year because Minnesota ranks sixth in the nation for potato production, according to the University of Minnesota Extension office. In your supermarket, look for Red River Valley potatoes, known for their deep red color and robust flavor, which comes from growing in the heavy black soil near Minnesota’s western border. While you’re at it, it’s okay to stock up. Properly stored - in a cool dry place away from light - potatoes will keep for at least six months. You don’t want to put them in the fridge because when they are that cool, the starch in the potatoes begins converting to sugar, which impacts the flavor.

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We Carved the Pumpkin, Now What?

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Few Halloweens feel complete without the traditional carving of the pumpkin. After the holiday passes, most pumpkins linger on the front steps or quickly find their way to the trash. The fruit, yes it is a fruit, can serve a variety of purposes, however. Halloween does not need to be the end of its short life.

Use on your skin: Have you ever considered using pumpkin on your skin? Sounds crazy, right. It’s not. Pumpkins are rich in Zinc and Vitamins A, C, and E. Applying pumpkin puree to your skin can serve as an exfoliator and a moisturizer. Have yourself looking and feeling great in time for the holiday rush. You’ll never view a pumpkin the same again.


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Use in the garden: For those of you with a green thumb, a pumpkin can be used more than one way in your own backyard. The seeds can be saved until spring and replanted in your garden to grow next year’s crop. Pumpkin is also a very healthy food for the wildlife in your area. Cut the pumpkin into chunks and scatter where you know animals to

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Halloween can be an exciting day for children, filled with candy, costumes and festivals. Often times however, safety measures are overlooked or forgotten, which can turn this holiday into anything but a treat. Following a few simple safety tips can ensure a great day for everyone.



Make Children Visible According to Officer Jessica Schindeldecker, a crime prevention officer with the Fargo Police Department, visibility is the biggest way to keep kids safe on Halloween. When shopping for


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Safety First Before heading out for the evening, it’s important for parents to discuss rules and safety issues with their kids. Stress the importance of looking both ways before crossing streets and watching for cars, especially in driveways.

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friends, or attending Halloween carnivals and events, adds to safety. Stroll through familiar, well-lit neighborhoods, accompanied by an adult, and only accept treats from people you know. Throw away any candy with open wrappers, or homemade items from unfamiliar people. Eliminate any choking hazards, like suckers and hard candies, for small children. If older children are going out alone, plan a safe route ahead of time, and designate a time and place to meet up when finished.

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» BEST « Minneapolis Suburb When constructing my columns, I often grapple with the idea of impartiality. What is my duty as a writer to offer an unbiased portrait of the subject I’m examining? My immediate visceral response — rooted in some academically instilled idea of journalistic “integrity,” I suppose — is to ensure lack of offense via calculated and inoffensive prose.



But then I remind myself: Jacob’s Judgements is an editorial specifically designed to reflect my opinions and perhaps instigate dissenting conversation. Taking a stand is precisely the point. As such, I choose not to apologize for my verdicts, however grossly misguided they may seem to some. Why do I bring this up now? Well, today’s piece examines a delicate question: Which Minneapolis suburb is the best? And, beyond the obvious lack of objectivity when it comes to defining exactly what “best” means — my ideal residential neighborhood might equally be your nightmare — I also grew up in a western suburb that remains close to my heart; therefore, as much as I’d like to appropriately evaluate the pros and cons of every town from Maple Grove to Maple Plain, my conclusion is predetermined based on a happy childhood and an overinflated nostalgia lobe.

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St. Louis Park.

tongue-in-cheek lightheartedness,

Let me get the requisite disclaimers out of the way: Firstly, my selection does not factor in St. Paul suburbs. I don’t

examines the Twin Cities in a

know what’s going on over there. Secondly, it doesn’t mean that other Minneapolis suburbs are somehow bad.

unique fashion. Each issue Jacob

They’re just not as good as St. Louis Park.

will pit two of the community’s most recognizable institutions against one another in a battle for local supremacy. And, while he may seem steadfast in his beliefs, he equally welcomes dissenting opinions, and hopes these playful explorations




casually and without offense. Of course, opinions expressed here are those of Jacob and not those of

Okay, condescending sarcasm aside, there are, I think,

Finally, there is also a lot to do in St. Louis Park

many neutrally defensible reasons for this choice. First

itself. A town need not be strictly defined based on

of all, using my criteria for prime geographic location —

its adjacency to Minneapolis fun. When I was a kid,

be as close to the city as possible — St. Louis Park can’t

Knollwood Mall was the place to be. A few times every

be beat. Literally. It hugs Minneapolis’ western border,

year in the 1990s, they put on trading card shows: a

making a trip to the big city as easy as strapping on

favorite among me and my friends, fighting each other

your rollerblades and heading east (assuming it’s 1997

to get the newest Cris Carter collectible. I also spent

and you’re fourteen years old, to once again bring it

plenty of time at the Kay-Bee Toys (lucky enough to

back to my childhood).

get a new Ninja Turtles figure) and Montgomery Ward (unlucky enough to wait while my father got new

Even as an adult, living in an apartment after college,

tires). While I realize the mall itself has changed over

it was a perfect location. It offered the quiet, yard-

the years, the addition of the West End and its trendy

owning feeling of a suburb without the forty-minute

shops and busy restaurants makes St. Louis Park a

drive to the city destinations I enjoyed — concerts,

destination itself for Minneapolis professionals.

restaurants, stadiums, arenas, museums, theaters, etc. To reiterate in conclusion, I’m sure your non-St. Louis And, perhaps as an extension of its proximity to the

Park suburb is awesome. But my heart can’t help but

inner-city, the populace of St. Louis Park is fairly diverse.

conclude that the town in which I great up is somehow

I don’t think a child can appropriately comprehend the

the best. Go Orioles!

influence this has on their socialization. And, while some may disagree, let me just say — without delving too deep into a sociological study — that I firmly believe the more different types of people you encounter, the more open to different ideas and cultures you will be. Admittedly, many of the surrounding suburbs also have a diverse citizenry — a credit to the Twin Cities in general.

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uptown D E S T I N AT I O N by Rachelle Gordon

Uptown Minneapolis is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, full of trendy bars and restaurants, shops, cinemas, and of course, lakes. Take a winter grilling class at Kitchen Window or get wild at Cowboy Jack’s - whatever your speed, Uptown has you covered.

DINING There are a plethora of delicious dining options throughout the Uptown area showcasing both local and international cuisine. From American classics to exotic Thai dishes, this neighborhood has pretty much any type of food you could want. Make sure to check out one


of Uptown’s hippest new restaurants, Ho-Ban, which features authentic Korean barbecue you make yourself. If you prefer something a little more traditional, Muddy Waters offers a unique spin on Midwestern favorites such as burgers and hot dogs. For a delicious treat anytime, Sebastian Joe’s and Milkjam Creamery both sell decadent ice cream with a Twin Cities twist.

DRINKING It’s no secret that people in Uptown love their libations and there are dozens of different bars to peruse on your night on the town. The CC Club on Lyndale and 26th is a quintessential dive bar, complete with wood paneling and plenty of PBR. Further south is Lyn-Lake Brewery, featuring Minneapolis-made beers - plus free popcorn! Craft cocktail fans should next door to Moto-i, one of the only sake producers in the country or Chino Latino for some festive punch bowl drinks.

SHOPPING Uptown has tons of cool stores to visit, featuring everything from locally-made artisan crafts to Victoria's Secret bralettes. Fans of vintage clothing or other recycled treasures should definitely check out Via’s Vintage Wear and Buffalo Exchange. Those with more expensive taste may want to visit John Fluevog or Proper & Prim. Hipster mainstays such as Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Ragstock and Apple are all located on the same city block, directly across from shopping and dining behemoth Calhoun Square which houses retailers such as H&M, Francesca's Collection, and Sox Appeal.

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Tailgating Tips by Anita Dualeh

Like football, tailgating has developed into a uniquely American tradition. For some, enjoying the pregame camaraderie with other fans out in the parking lot is nearly as important as the game itself. Read on for some tips to help ensure a successful outdoor eating experience before the big game.

Make It Ahead Do as much of the preparation as possible in advance. For example, assemble Mason jar salads or toss together a vinegar-based coleslaw that tastes better after sitting in the fridge a day or two. Mix up calico baked beans or your favorite fondue and bring it right in the pan you plan to reheat it in.





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R Major in Finger Foods When tailgating, you already know it makes sense to serve foods you can eat with your hands. If you’re looking for alternatives to the traditional burgers and brats, try fajitas, quesadillas, fish tacos or grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. Or consider bringing fully cooked calzones, burritos or egg rolls, which can reheat nicely on the grill.

Warm Up with Soup When it’s especially cold, don’t forget that hearty, chasethe-chills-away soups such as creamy wild rice, cheeseburger chowder or chili are a welcome option. Don’t make them too thick - so people can sip them from big mugs without even

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taking their gloves off. Keep soup warm in a thermos or reheat it in a cooking pot on a grill or camping stove. If you’d rather put your chili on top of a hot dog, you can save time and space by heating the hot dogs right in the chili.

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Hot vegetables are just the thing on a chilly game day. Skewers work, but tin foil can also do the trick for cooking your vegetables. At home, assemble foil packets with veggies of your choice, seasoned and ready to pop on the grill.


Try a combination of sliced cabbage and onions salted and drizzled with olive oil, summer squash and bell pepper chunks with a taco seasoning mix, or for something a little sweet, sliced carrots with pats of butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar.

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A series exploring the best outdoor experiences in the Twin Cities RIDE THE ROOT Head south to the Root River State Trail for 42 miles of carefree cruising through a highlight reel of distractingly scenic coulee country.

THE RIDE If you haven’t been to the Root River State Trail, pack up and go. Soon as you are finished reading this article, grab your bike and a buddy and get down there. As if 42 miles of sublime trail winding riverside along postcard-perfect limestone bluffs isn’t enough, the path passes through wonderfully preserved historic towns wedged into folds of verdant valleys, tailor made for relaxing rest stops and post-ride indulgence. Like to share your outings with wild things? Resident critters are plentiful and active. Expect company the likes of wild turkey, white-tailed deer, raptors and songbirds, cottontail rabbits, and an occasional rattlesnake.

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The multi-use Root River Trail is partially set along a former railroad corridor, but in the rail-trail world, the Root is like a treasure hunt and roller coaster fun ride compared to


traditional, arrow-straight expressway trails. The path meanders with the curves of the river, and the perfect blend of easy going flat stretches and hills with just enough up

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State Trail, an 18-mile bonus section dangling south from the Root. No less than nine


trailheads dot the trails as handy launch pads for all-day adventures. Riders of all abilities can roll out for a short, out and back morning spin, or gear up for an end-to-end trail tour. And might as well stay awhile to really soak up the vibe. The area’s trail towns offer plenty of lodging options, from gingerbread, Victorian style B&B’s to luxurious resorts to good ol’ fashioned camping, and visitors flock to all of them throughout summer and into the kaleidoscope fall season. Lanesboro is the main attraction, go-to town in southeastern Minnesota, and the Root River Trail runs right through it. Tucked into a pastoral pocket of skyscraper bluffs, Lanesboro is one of the state’s most beautiful towns. How can you go wrong with honors like the Great American Main Street Award and a top 50 placing of Best Outdoor Sports Towns? All of this is evident the minute you step into this hamlet of quiet neighborhoods and scenic splendor.

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With the leaves changing color and Fall in the air, it’s time to think about cooking in season. Whether or not you have your own vegetable garden with an overabundance of produce, this a great opportunity to experiment with vegetables that are usually found this time of year at your neighborhood grocery. Check out a few delicious favorites as well as a couple of not so wellknown varieties that are nourishing for both body and soul.

Red Peppers: Red peppers are an extremely versatile vegetable. For fall, try an Italian recipe like Peperonata. Combine the following in pot: 6 cloves of peeled and smashed garlic, 2 large thinly sliced onions, and 8 peppers layered along with 1/3 cup of olive oil. As the pot heats and the veggies start to sizzle, stir for twenty minutes and add a cup of tomato puree. From there you can cook for another 15 minutes while stirring until the peppers are tender. Finish up by adding about 20 Italian basil leaves, 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of hot pepper flakes for added heat. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

Tomatillos: Like the Jicama, tomatillos are native to Mexico. These mini green tomatoes are technically fruit and are recognized by their husks. Once cleaned, they make a great charred or grilled dish. They can also be used to make a green salsa or a lighter guacamole by using less avocado. For a main dish, you can try adding them to a hearty stew or adding red pepper flakes for added heat if you wish. The possibilities are endless!

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Spain Meets Central Avenue by Cynthia Sowden


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Chia Pet

Everyone knows the classic “cha-cha-chaChia” jingle but did you know you can turn your pooch into a novelty plant too? This adorable costume is easy to put together and is sure to impress. Gather some fake aquarium plants

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your pup. Use hot glue to attach the plants to the sweater, filling up the top and sides. While the glue dries, create planter legs by cutting out small rectangles of orange felt the length of your dog’s legs. Attach the sides together to create a tube. Next, create straps with black fabric, attaching them to the planter legs suspender-style. Put it all together and you’ll have a furry foliage friend.

Harry Potter

This super simple costume will have family and friends saying, “expecto patronum!” Gather a child-sized black cape (or create your own with a black towel) and some round plastic eyeglasses. Attach black elastic to the ends of the glasses in order to keep them on. Complete the look with a Gryffindor-inspired maroon and gold striped necktie.

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Pass on your love of puns to your pooch with this silly costume. Take an empty cereal box and remove the tabs. Then, cut spaces in the bottom for the legs and tummy (take a look at a doggy sweater to see where these holes should be placed).

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Using one of the longer tabs from the top or bottom of the box, create a fake kitchen knife handle. Color both sides black and add metallic circles on the ends, using aluminum foil. Attach the pretend knife to the outside of the box using hot glue and spread some fake blood around it, allowing everything to fully dry before putting your pooch in. night ALLday

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Turn your furry friend into a fancy lady in three easy steps. Find an old scarf in a gaudy print and attach plastic curlers to one side using hot glue. Tie the ends around your dog’s chin, adding big, white sunglasses for a classy touch. Just make sure that Fido doesn’t turn into a diva!

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Farewell Milwaukee 12:00pm Hymie’s Vintage Records, Mpls

MN United FC vs. Edmonton FC 7:00pm NSC Stadium, Blaine

Minnesota RollerGirls Home Team Mini-Tournament 7:00pm Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul

Power Balladz 8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

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Light The Night Walk Benefit: Cancer Awareness 4:00pm-8:30pm The Depot, Mpls

Gordon Lightfoot 7:00pm State Theatre, Mpls

Death of a Salesman 7:30pm Yellow Tree Theatre, Osseo

OCT 17 Northwest Job Fair 10:00am-1:00pm Hennepin County Service Center, Mpls

Carrie Underwood 7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Colbie Caillat 7:30pm The Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

Rise Up, O Men 2:00pm Plymouth Playhouse

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Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings 7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

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OCT 19 Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies 7:00pm Target Center, Mpls

Cabaret 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

Clifton Mansion Candlelight Tour 8:00pm 300 Clifton Ave, Mpls

Alex Rossi of Root City Band 9:30pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet 7:30pm Northrop Auditorium, Mpls

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OCT 21 Lapham Peak Fright Hike 6:00pm Lapham Peak Park, Mpls

7:30pm James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Gophers Men’s Hockey vs. St. Cloud Huskies

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7:00pm Mariucci Arena, Mpls

Hill House Chamber Concert

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Finding Fish 8:00pm Illusion Theater, St. Paul

Candy Shop 9:00pm The Lookout, Maple Grove

Luther Voss Tribute 9:30pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

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OCT 28 Public Tours of Guthrie Theater 10:00am Guthrie Theater, Mpls

In The Heart Of The Beast Theater: Puppet Show At Calhoun Square 10am-3pm Calhoun Square

Phantom’s Feast – Dinner 6:00pm Trail of Terror, Shakopee

MN Orchestra: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 8:00pm Orchestra Hall, Mpls

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David Sedaris

Battle of the Food Trucks

8:00pm State Theatre, Mpls

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Wildflower Walk

9:00pm The Lookout, Maple Grove

4:00pm Butler Wildflower Garden, Mpls

R Factor

A Prairie Home Companion w/ Chris Thile

9:30pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

4:45pm Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

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12:45pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

MN Orchestra: Ravel and Brahms 4:00pm Target Atrium, Mpls

Ben Rector 7:00pm State Theatre, Mpls

Il Divo 7:30pm Northrop Auditorium, Mpls

Purple Philanthropy: Sheila E. Benefit Concert

The Dinner Detective 6:00pm Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown

Wild vs. Dallas 7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

MN United FC vs. New York Cosmos 7:00pm NSC Stadium, Blaine

Elle King 7:30pm State Theatre, Mpls

Raw Oyster Cult, The New Orleans Suspects

Wild vs. Buffalo NOV 2 Sample Night Live

NOV 10 Farmers Market

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Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa 7:30pm State Theatre, Mpls

Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets

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7:00pm Target Center, Mpls

8:00pm Varsity Theater, Mpls

Big Head Todd & The Monsters

NOV 10-13 Autumn Festival

7:00pm Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls

Burnsville Uncorked Wine Tasting 7:00pm Burnsville Performing Arts Center

NOV 4 The Newsboys 7:00pm Target Center, Mpls

NOV 11-13 Minneapolis Holiday Boutique

9:00pm The Lookout, Maple Grove

10:00am US Bank Stadium, Mpls

NOV 4-6 Vogue Knitting Live

NOV 12 Holiday Boutique Craft Sale

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NOV 5 Home Improvement & Design Expo

The Dinner Detective 6:00pm Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown

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Canterbury Park, Shakopee

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Minnesota Orchestra: New World Symphony

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Walker Dialogue: Robert Redford w/ Amy Taubin

Keith Urban 7:30pm Target Center, Mpls

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Jonah and the Whales 9:00pm The Lookout, Maple Grove

Minnesota Orchestra: NightCap - Persichetti and Dvorak

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Minneapolis Craft Market

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Minneapolis Career Fair

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3:00pm Butler Wildflower Garden, Mpls

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IN ANOKA by Judy Kallestad

Looking for a frightfully fun place to celebrate the spookiest holiday

The town’s designation as “The

of the year? Head up to Anoka, “The Halloween Capital of the World.”

Halloween Capital of the World”

For nearly a century, this northern Twin Cities ‘burb has hosted a

came about in 1937. Harold Blair, a

spectacularly spooky celebration complete with a Grand Day Parade and tons of family-friendly events throughout the month of October. Back in 1919, Halloween pranks in Anoka got out of hand. Local kids tipped over outhouses, placed wagons on rooftops, soaped windows and released farmers’ cows. The next morning cows were found roaming Main Street, the town jail and the sheriff ’s office. A bull locked in a classroom devoured three history and two algebra books. The townspeople had had enough. Something had to be done. Similar incidents in other cities had people so outraged, they began arming themselves and running down the pranksters with cars. Fortunately, the good citizens of Anoka had a better plan. They decided to have a community get-together to celebrate Halloween. In 1920, George Green, an Anoka civic leader, worked with business people, teachers, parents and students to organize a giant celebration.


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Everyone was encouraged to come and support the events. Five hundred people turned out for the first parade. Their plan was a success and Anoka became one of the first cities in the United States to put on a celebration to divert youngsters from causing trouble on Halloween. The next year thousands of visitors came to enjoy the parade, bands and dance.

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12-year-old paperboy, won a trip to Washington, D.C. for selling the most

Saturday, October 29. Other popular free events include the Pumpkin

subscriptions. City leaders sent him off with a sweater embellished with a

Carving Contests, Bean Bag World Championship, Light Up the Night

Halloween Capital insignia and a proclamation naming their city as “The

Parade and Bonfire on October 22nd and the Big Parade for Little People on

Halloween Capital of the World” to present to the state congressman.

October 28th featuring local school children in their best costumes. New

From there, Congress is said to have made the title official.

this year is the Canvas Art event on October 20th where you can enjoy food, fun and wine in a small group setting while you create your own painting.

Anoka’s Halloween celebration has been held every year since 1920, except for 1942 and 1943 during World War II. It has grown and evolved

“The Halloween Capital of the World” has a website dedicated to their

over the years, but community organizers have always worked hard to

world-class annual celebration.Visit for the most

keep a family spirit alive in the various events.

up-to-date information on events, locations, dates and times. Plan to arrive early to find parking and to walk to the various event locations.

The topnotch Grand Day Parade brings in participants from all over the Midwest and an estimated 40,000 people are expected to attend on

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sav·vy /'savE-/ shrewd and knowledgeable in the realities of life

Welcome to the Savvy Dweller's Guide. Each month, features this special section that is designed to share tips and information that will make our readers “shrewd and knowledgeable” about their dwelling choices. The Savvy Dwellers Guide will cover a wide range of topics, which include: apartment hunting, DIY room decorating, babies, moving, noisy neighbors, organic living, pets, roomies, and much, much more. Please let us know if there are any other topics that interest you.



I know! I know! You found that super awesome pad you want to call home!

Let me take on the role of your no-nonsense bestie: you need to sit

Before you get too enthusiastic, breathe and try to look at the apartment

down and think this through before you sign the lease! It may indeed

objectively. As an aside, I want to wish you good luck with that, because

be the best place on the planet, but it is also entirely possible that you

most real estate decisions are emotional. You will most likely be thinking

may be about to unleash a nightmare into your life. A clear, calm head

with your heart rather than your brain, and that makes you normal!

and rational thinking are necessary in this moment. Trust me; I have made impetuous housing decisions that have haunted me for years.

Let’s start with what we know: you found the place of your dreams. Got

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Don’t be pressured into signing the lease

Notice the distance to the nearest fire or police station. Will your new home

agent is pressuring you to sign the lease (or

be anywhere near the path of the

apply to be approved to sign the lease) and


telling you that the apartment will go fast,

siren-enhanced run? Living close to a

don’t make a snap decision.

substation can get very old in the middle




of the night (after night, after night). I 2.


When you do see the lease, read it before you

know this from first-hand experience:

sign it. Be sure you understand exactly what

hearing sirens on and off all night never

the terms of the lease are and whether or

really gets better.

not you can comfortably honor those terms. If you are not completely okay with all of the



on the spot. Just because the perky leasing








terms of the lease, it’s best to walk away (or

acceptable? Seriously, when you are

negotiate, before you sign the lease).

starry-eyed, anything seems possible. But in reality, if the location of this unit


Ask current residents how well they like

will make your commute longer or more


living on the property. Ask them about noise,

stressful, tread very carefully. You


parking, ease of working with the property

don’t want to end up resenting

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managers, etc. Anything you think would be


important to know in advance.

because of the location.



Visit the property in the evening and





Get any concessions from

on the weekend. Do some research and

the landlord in writing

just hang out. This will help you to see

before you agree to rent

the type of residents that live there,

the unit. If the leasing

the amount of traffic in and out of the

agent tells you they are going to re-

complex and anything that could possibly

carpet and paint the interior and put

be a red flag for you.

in new kitchen countertops before you move in, get it in writing. If you sign the


Notice the proximity to railroad tracks,

lease and move in and the work is not

airports, freeways and busy surface streets.

done you are simply out of luck. Buyer

Be honest with yourself about how much

beware: sometimes a landlord will tell

extraneous noise you can tolerate. If having

you whatever they think you want to

a busy railroad line next to the apartment

hear just to get you to sign the lease.

building will be a deal breaker, better to find

Don’t make the mistake of believing it

out during the discovery phase, rather than

without getting it in writing.

after you have moved in and you are stuck.



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10. Make sure you can afford the unit. Understand what is included in the rent. What, if any, utilities are included? Is parking included or is it extra? How about storage, if a storage unit comes with the unit is it included in the rent or is it ala carte? The better you understand exactly what you are buying, the fewer surprises you will encounter when you move in. After doing

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You gave your notice and you’re moving. Good for you! Now it’s time to

True, it is the property manager who is ultimately responsible for getting

kick back, put your feet up and let your landlord do the heavy lifting to get

your unit re-rented. However, to speed things up and limit the number

your unit rented out to new residents, right? Wrong.

of interruptions you experience, you may want to take an active role in making this transition go smoothly.

Because you gave your notice, the property manager is going to need access to your unit to show prospective renters your unit. This is not news, I am

It’s time to get strategic! I’ve talked about strategy in several previous blog

sure. However, if you could speed up the process, would you be interested?

posts, and it’s a critical factor in just about everything in life. Getting your unit rented to new residents is no exception. The end goal is to get

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a bunch of strangers snooping through

your unit rented as fast as possible so you can limit the amount of random

my home, even if they are escorted by my super-friendly leasing agent. It’s still my

strangers wandering through your home. Would you agree then, that

stuff and I don’t want someone I don’t know in my home. Period. So, what to do?

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Get rid of the clutter. You want to make your home attractive to a potential renter, not scare them away!


De-personalize your home. New renters want to be able to picture themselves living in your space. Take down family photos and any religious or political memorabilia. Now is not the time to fly your freak flag! Make your space look generic (as in anyone could live there).


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Make every room look as large as possible. You may want to store some furniture in a friend’s garage in an effort to streamline the look of your unit. This will go a long way toward making your home look peaceful and calm (which will help the potential renter feel the Zen you’re selling).


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Start packing. You’re moving anyway, so get a jump on it! This will help to make your place look less busy.


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GIVE THE EARTH A HUG by Cindy Mennenga

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Donate old clothes and household furnishings you no longer use. If someone else has a use for these items, it reduces the demand for these similar new products to be manufactured. An added bonus is that you have less clutter in your home!


Wash laundry when you have a full load. Wait until you have enough clothes for a full load to use less water and energy. If you need something washed and don’t have enough laundry for a full load then simply wash the item by hand.


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