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CONTENTS JANUARY ’21 “Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.” —Oprah Winfrey
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The Harmony Within
A natural way of healing.
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he new year brings a wave of resolutions. From new exercise routines and better habits to living a more sustainable lifestyle or trying a new hobby, each personal New Year’s resolution brings about a month of doing good and being your best self. And in our first issue of 2021, we’re happy to be discussing all of these topics and more. Woodbury business owners Blake and Brenda Score opened the first east metro StretchLab—an assisted stretching facility designed to relieve body tension (page 14). Managing editor and writer Angela Johnson talks fitness and at-home workouts with the YMCA (page 22); “People have been making [fitness related] decisions based on safety, but we want to ensure that people also focus on finding time to take care of themselves,” YMCA Follow us ! senior director of communications and marketing See what we’re doing behind the Joan Schimml says. scenes and around town! Also in Woodbury Magazine this month, we’re woodburymag.com getting the lowdown on Minnesota’s unique Woodbury Magazine winter hobby: ice fishing. With three popular @wburymag @woodbury_mag lakes around town and bait shops just up the road in White Bear Lake, recreation specialist Jon Hagen says Woodbury’s bustling ice fishing scene is a great way to spend a chilly winter day (page 24). And if you’re still working on your New Year’s resolution, don’t fret! Columnists Mark and Jill Strand chat fitness resolutions; Donna Chicone writes on including your pet into your resolutions (yes, really!); food columnist Rachael Perron talks on how to make something out of anything; and more in our Noteworthy section (page 9). Whether you’re penciling in your resolution or resolving to skip on this tradition, our January issue is sure to bring inspiration and motivation to the table. Happy New Year! See you next month!
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ince Dr. Scott Hansen founded Lifeline Chiropractic nearly 20 years ago, the clinic has gone from new kid on the block to community institution.
“I was very active in the community, so people got to know me really quick,” Dr. Hansen says. His community activism continues to this day. Before COVID, Lifeline Chiropractic participated in events like Woodbury Days and the Woodbury Chamber Expo. Dr. Hansen is member of the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce and meets weekly with Business Networking International. The team at Lifeline Chiropractic has given their time and money to many charities over the years. “We like to help people, but we also want to give back to our community,” Dr. Hansen says. Lifeline takes a comprehensive approach to chiropractic. If you’re unfamiliar with the practice, Dr. Hansen breaks it down like this: Your nervous system is the master system of your body. Things like pinched nerves can disrupt messages being sent through your body and cause health problems.
Chiropractors like Dr. Hansen seek to remove those disruptors so your body can heal itself. “You can get your body to heal without any medications through chiropractic adjustments,” Dr. Hansen says. Your first appointment at Lifeline will provide a comprehensive assessment of your needs. Via a verbal consultation, physical exam and X-rays, Dr. Hansen will identify what’s causing your pain and how it can be corrected. “We see many families in our office, and many say they made the right decision by choosing to come in,” Dr. Hansen says. COVID safety protocols are in place, including mask requirements, deep cleanings and plenty of time between appointments. Lifeline Chiropractic is ready to help you get back to the life you want to live.
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Bark at Me
Treat your dog to a healthier lifestyle. When we make New Year resolutions for ourselves, it is an opportunity to include our dogs. If you want to get more exercise you can take your dog on a walk. If you want more quiet time, there is doggie yoga and meditation. These activities with a dog at your side are a paw-some experience. Obesity is the number one health concern for humans and canines alike, so choosing healthy foods and fewer caloric treats is always a good idea.
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I understand the motivation factor. Sometimes having someone else to walk with at set times on a schedule helps. Find a friend who wants to walk their dog as well. Mask and social distance as needed and enjoy the walk. With the exception of a few breeds, most dogs do tolerate the cold well. However, a coat and booties will help. Dogs paws especially will be protected from the salt and other chemicals. Even dogs with thick coats need protection with a coat in the very cold weather.
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A Relevant Read
A Burning takes on the topics of politics and police brutality.
I have a confession: I’ve been struggling to read during the pandemic. I know, I know; don’t tell the other librarians! But in these dark autumn months, my body is craving junk food and my brain is craving The Bachelorette. It might have gone on that way forever if I hadn’t picked up Megha Majumdar’s A Burning. A Burning begins after a terrorist attack kills over 100 people on a train Kolkata, India. Jivan, a young shop clerk, returns home after witnessing the attack. It is there, at home, scrolling on her phone, that she does a foolish thing, a dangerous thing: she posts on Facebook about police brutality. I was afraid this novel would be too hard for me to read right now: a book dealing with radical politics, police brutality and deep poverty? That sounded too much like our world right now. And it is, but that’s what makes this work so gripping and powerful in every way, from its horror to its humor. And there is humor! Jivan’s actions incite the novel, but we also hear this story from two other characters’ points-of-view: PT Sir, a physical education teacher who plans to stay a teacher until a chance encounter with a fiery political group; and Lovely, a hijra fighting against expectations to become an A-level actress. Lovely is an instant favorite and biggest source of humor and hope in the novel. She dreams big, is always quickwith-a-comeback and sees the world for its brightness despite its obvious dark. The novel has a sense of urgency and immediacy that pull you in and make you need to know what happens next. Majumdar challenged herself to write it this way, in a way to be serious yet entertaining. She accomplished her goal. A Burning is bingeworthy, and I’m not exaggerating. As someone who usually struggles to pick up literary fiction, you can believe me when I say this novel was hard to put down. If you want to laugh, think and be in-theknow, you can’t miss this urgent and highly relevant book that feels as if it was written for our current moment. Want to learn more? Check out Club Book with Megha Majumdar, sponsored by MELSA, hosted by Washington County Libraries and moderated (with delight) by myself. facebook.com/clubbook/
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Resolute and Ready Pick a resolution fit for your lifestyle.
My New Year’s resolution last year was, “Never touch something twice when touching it once will do.” As much as 2020 gave me loads of time to get things done, I gained great satisfaction in learning culinary shortcuts and kitchen time savers. I became better at meal planning and super-fast at grocery shopping; I figured out how to maximize freezer storage and realized I could make something out of leftover anything. This year, I’ll put all that saved time to good use. I’m inspired by one of my favorite quotes, “If you only do what you can, you’ll never be more than you are.” I’ll apply this idea to my work as a writer, teacher and parent. In
my role as chef, I’ll challenge myself to learn something new, and difficult. In years past, I conquered Julia Child’s six-page puff pastry recipe, learned to shuck oysters like a boss and discovered the best way to grill a whole fish. I mastered the art and science of mirror glaze and baked Alaska. I made handmade gnocchi, focaccia and chicken stock, all from scratch. And in 2021? Perhaps I’ll finally spatchcock a chicken. I might attempt a soufflé. Maybe I’ll muster the courage to try macarons or marshmallows again. I’ll do something I can’t and become more than I am, because after all, isn’t that what a resolution is all about?
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Resolutions in Times of a Pandemic Create your New Year’s resolutions with health in mind. As we turn the page to 2021, it’s easy to imagine a year unfolding before us that will be better than the one we just lived through. Even if you didn’t test positive for the virus, your body and mind dealt with significant challenges. History suggests that only about eight percent of us stick to New Year’s resolutions, but you can join that minority if you set your mind to it. Studies say that eating healthy, losing weight, going to the gym, and staying motivated are common resolutions. What we at UpLift know is that
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healthy habits can change your life and free you up from having to make major healthrelated resolutions in future years.
Start in the Present
As you choose resolutions, take stock of what 2020 did to you, both emotionally and physically. Layered upon the usual triumphs and tragedies were months of uncertainty and unrest, not just from the pandemic but from social turmoil in a nation as divided as any in recent memory. That took a toll on all of us, whether we realize it or not.
Think deeply about where you are right now and where you want to get to. Set yourself a course that makes eating healthy and getting regular workouts a priority. Calm your mind and feel your focus and determination improve. That can be the difference between success and failure.
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With generosity and courtesy comes peaceful living. It is not possible to eliminate every source of tension and disagreement in our lives. While in the U.S. military, my daughter adopted the “bring it on” attitude when tasked to bark out orders as a new squad leader. She took the stress response up as energizing vs. debilitating. The nervewracking energy worked in her favor. When it failed, the triggers were opportunities to learn and grow from. Fear does not need to be our enemy. We’ve always had a competitive and adventurous spirit. We’ve always been lively, rebellious and culturally diverse. The trouble is that many aspects of our life—the phone notifications, the cable news crawl, the social media posts—are bruising, amplifying a lot of misinformation and fear mongering. Isn’t it possible to participate in a fantastic argument and have a robust disagreement? Agreement has rarely been the qualifier for people to love each other. We are alive when we can discuss in a space where we are not destroying one another. I get passionate and raise my voice, but that communication is just an Irish exchange over a Guinness! Politics and religion seem to parallel with salvation for many, and it is hard to wonder if we could be wrong or if the other has something valid to say. When we stop questioning and believe we alone see truth, our brains turn to mush. A deep virtue of kindness, goodness, curiosity and the enjoyment of saying, “Yeah, we disagree,” is often missing. But we evolved to be compassionate as far back as our hunter-gathering days. If one member of the tribe suffers, we were all at risk; so, taking care of one another is hardwired into our species. To be fruitful, to be able to have discourse about things with less fear and to be confident does not mean agreeing. Language that is soft but robust needs the green light: We can have this with each other. To live well together is a vision we have. That does not mean to agree or to have things perfect. It means to say that in the context of imperfection and diﬃculty, we can find the capacity and the skill, as well as the generosity and courtesy, to live well together.
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Top and bottom right: Flexologists personalize each session to the client. Bottom Left: Co-owners Brenda and Blake Score
StretchLab relieves body tension with assisted stretching. BY HAILEY ALMSTED
FITNESS RECOVERY IS THE LATEST HEALTH TREND and taking the time
to slow down plays an important role; after all, we perform our best when we feel our best. StretchLab, an assisted stretching studio with nearly 90 nationwide locations, recently opened in Woodbury’s Tamarack Village and understands recovery all too well. At StretchLab, clients receive one-onone stretch sessions with “flexologists,” StretchLab’s stretch therapists who train for 60 or more hours in theory, the muscular system and assisted stretches. Each assisted stretching session is custom-designed for each client using TRX MAPS Technology, a machine that identifies mobility, activation, posture and symmetry inefficiencies. General manager Jason Hair says the technology tells flexologists all they need to know. “We put you in front of the technology, then on the bench and our flexologist, who has already seen what’s going on in your body, will start to work on your customized session,” Hair says . The sessions, running either 25- or 50-minutes in length, feel like a combination of massage and yoga, but with more activity from the client and more athletic movement from the flexologist. StretchLab uses the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) approach, where the flexologist holds the body in a specific position while the client contracts and relaxes their muscles, as well as teaching the client to breath properly during the stretch session. Co-owner Blake Score has seen improvements in his own body after assisted stretching. “It feels athletic and PHOTOS BY CHRIS EMEOTT
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ENLIGHTEN Acupuncture promotes selfhealing through the body's 14 meridians.
The Harmony Within Acupuncture Woodbury provides a natural way of healing the body.
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THE HEALTH OF THE HUMAN BODY revolves around its interactions with the surrounding environment—creating the yin and yang philosophy. At Acupuncture Woodbury, a premier Twin Cities acupuncture clinic, co-owner Weili Shen focuses on traditional Chinese medicine to offset negative effects of habits that could otherwise lead to disease, illness or chronic conditions, therefore balancing “Qi,” your body's energy. Shen, who received her master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, has practiced as a licensed acupuncturist for more than 20 years. In 2007, she opened Acupuncture Woodbury, after being inspired by her mother who was a medical doctor.
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Acupuncture is a natural way of promoting selfadjustment. However, it does not carry the same side effects and risks of other modern healthcare remedies. “The beauty of the treatment lies in its inherent ability to allow the body to heal itself,” co-owner Haiyan Zhang says. According to acupuncture theory, the body consists of 14 meridians (Jing Lou), which are points on the body where energy and other fundamental substances flow to align the internal organs (Zang Fu). It's believed that during the treatment, the needles activate points on the meridians, thus stimulating healing. While the general function of acupuncture is to align the body, the treatment has the ability to focus on
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specific symptoms of each client, especially pertaining to pain. Acupuncture Woodbury provides a variety of treatments for clients of all ages, tailoring each session, which can run from 15 minutes to an hour, to the client’s needs. They conduct treatments for issues pertaining to psychiatric, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological, gynecological and dermatological disorders. Before starting any holistic treatments, it’s important to clear it with your medical doctor. “Acupuncture has a long history of being used in oriental countries for treating all medical problems,” Zhang says. “[And] Acupuncture Woodbury is a center of excellence for that traditional Chinese medicine.”
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How to Hygge
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Recommit to Getting Fit ESTABLISHING OR RENEWING FITNESS GOALS
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is characteristic of our collective optimism when entering a new year. Clean slates and fresh starts are often exactly what’s needed to inspire movement toward improved health and wellness. But, unlike past years, many may be wondering how exactly to go about achieving fitness goals while still navigating our “new normal.” So, we interviewed a local expert about innovative ways you can get plugged in and fired up about getting fit. It’s been nearly a year since the novel coronavirus first caused local gyms to temporarily shutter. During the early months of 2020, when Minnesotans were under a shelter in place order, local YMCAs pivoted toward offering childcare for essential workers, becoming the largest childcare provider in the state. But YMCA staffers never stopped providing wellness information and
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fitness initiatives for the broader community. Virtual fitness has been, and continues to be, available through live and on-demand programming like Y-At-Home, YMCA 360, YouTube and Facebook Live. Families can participate together, and distance learning students can even obtain physical education credit. Senior director of communications and marketing Joan Schimml says the Y’s virtual offerings are not just for exercise but also include resources for things like meditation and overall wellbeing. “People can even access our YouTube videos for cooking demonstrations from a teaching kitchen and learn things like how to make a healthy smoothie,” says Schimml. Schimml says, “People have been making [fitness related] decisions based on safety, but we want to ensure that people also focus on finding time to take care of
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themselves.” Thus, the many virtual options will remain a prominent resource so people can still do all the things they’ve always enjoyed at home. Fitness should be a part of everybody’s everyday life and Schimml notes that financial assistance is available for much of the YMCA’s offerings so that even when budgets are tight, everyone has access to fitness and mental health resources. Shifting part of your fitness budget toward more at home workouts in the new year? We asked the YMCA’s senior director of health and wellbeing Jennifer Menk to provide her expertise on specific types of popular exercise equipment.
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“These are interesting because when you add loaded resistance ... you can develop a muscular workout with a heavier load. But compliance at home to add that load is less likely without encouragement from an instructor you really like and who meets your style. If you enjoy the experience, you’re more likely to stick with it ...” says Menk. Also, cycling doesn’t help with flexibility, so an added virtual stretching course would be ideal.
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Menk likes this home workout equipment option best since it’s done while standing. “We sit too much. And biking has us leaning over much like we do in the car or at our desks. This is a good option for improving posture and can be challenging but is still easy on the joints and it also provides some variety," Menk says. For more at-home workout inspiration and ideas, go to woodburymag.com.
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“These are generally used for cardiovascular health,” says Menk. “A heavy incline or speed circuits could provide additional benefits, but [treadmills] do not do much for strength and flexibility. Maybe if you incorporated a virtual stretch or yoga flow class afterward,” you’d get a more well-rounded workout regimen.
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E N J OY T H E U N I Q U E LY NORTHERN SPORT OF ICE FISHING. With a motto that aptly states, “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” well, we all know just how important those glistening and gleaming bodies of water are to us in the bold north. We swim in them, we boat on them, we picnic around them, we catch fish in them. And we don’t let Old Man Winter with his decidedly-icy-and-sometimes-irritatingly-longgrip to deter us from dropping a line and catching a big one—nope! In fact, we relish it. We bundle up. We head to the frozen lake. We drill a hole. We bait a hook and drop a line. And we hope for a hungry or inquisitive fish to find that bait just so dang irresistible that it takes a nibble and, voila, a fish is on the line.
D I D YO U K N OW ? If you are 16 or older, you need a license to ice fish in Minnesota lakes; you don’t need a license if you’re fishing in state parks.
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This process of catching fish on a frozen body of water, of course, has been going on for at least two millennia as a way for folks to eat when the weather cooled, and food became scarce. But now, ice fishing is mostly done as a hobby, a way to spend time relaxing alone or with friends or family, or for sport. Many Minnesota cities and towns hold well-attended ice fishing contests;
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the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) notes they issue nearly 400 permits for ice fishing contests and tournaments statewide each year. The DNR website (dnr.state.mn.us) is chock full of information, facts and regulations about ice fishing (and a whole lot of other stuff, too, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll focus on ice fishing) in the approxi-
mately 4,500 fishing lakes in our neck of the woods. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve culled a few of those fish-inspired nuggets to inspire you to don your Mukluks and your warmest winter gear; so grab your fishing supplies and an auger, and, whether you plop yourself down on an overturned bucket or inside an elaborate icehouse, create a fish tale of your own.
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Woodbury is home to three built-for-ice fishing lakes: Battle Creek, Powers and Carver Lakes. So, be sure to update your fishing license, grab your tackle box, ice fishing rod and bait, and head to the lakes for a day of fishing.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Ice fishing rod: Yypically, 24”-36,” which is smaller than your warm weather fishing rod, as you need the leverage because of the confined space. Ice fishing reel: More compact than a typical reel. Ice fishing line: Created to withstand frigid temperatures and jagged ice. Lures and bait: Dependent upon what fish are the target. Tackle box: Yep, a way to keep all your small items secure and organized. Ice auger or drill: A must; no hole = no fish. A spot to sit sit:: Whether on a five-gallon bucket or inside an icehouse.
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Fish species: bass, bluegill, bullhead, carp, crappie, northern pike, emerald and golden shiner
The DNR’s website (dnr.state.mn.us) provides information about ice fishing, ice thickness safety, specific lake details (regulations, maps, fish species, stocking reports, etc.), where to find fishing groups and a whole lot more.
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WHAT TO CATCH It’s probably no surprise that the favorite fish to catch in Minnesota, the most beloved, is—you guessed it—the walleye. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the official state fish and, well, just think of the best plate of grilled walleye you’ve ever eaten—with that subtle sweetness and delicate, flaky texture—and you’ll understand why Minnesotans adore this fish species, which is part of the perch family and is named for its distinguishable pearlescent eyes.
Did you know the bluegill, named for its large “gills,” is the most commonly caught fish in Minnesota?
We have two species of crappies in Minnesota, black and white, and they tend to hang out—not near the surface or the bottom of a lake— but, according to the DNR’s website, “somewhere in between.”
When you’re hankering to catch a big fish, one that fills the bill for a great fish tale, northern pike may just be the one. They’ll give you a run for your money, as they’re known to put up a fight as you bring them in. The state record is 45 pounds, 11 ounces, so you’ve got your work cut out for you.
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R I G YO U R F I S H I N G R O D AND SET UP SHOP: Woodbury is brimming with icehouses during this time of the year, so we’ve chatted with recreation technician Jon Hagen about where to set up shop.
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Woodbury Magazine: What lakes are the most popular for ice fishing in Woodbury? Jon Hagen: The three lakes that are most popular are Powers Lake, Carver Lake and Battle Creek Lake. Powers Lake is the deepest lake of them all, however. WM: Where are the best places to shop for bait and other supplies? JH: I typically just head to the local Cabela’s or Dicks Sporting Goods. As far as live bait, Cabela’s has worms, but if you’re looking for minnows, I’ve found the closest areas are Blue Ribbon Bate and Tackle Shop in Oakdale or Ace Hardware in Inver Grove Heights. WM: Your most memorable ice fishing experience? JH: One of my most memorable experiences ice fishing was actually during a video shoot for the cable commission … I ended up catching a 12-inch crappie on Powers Lake. WM: What should I know before heading to the lake? JH: It’s a great way to spend the nice winter days in Minnesota, but be sure to check the DNR website on a lot of fishing information, [including] a license and the ice thickness.
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Healing Hemp The CBD Centers of Woodbury open their doors, and people’s minds, to the possibility of responsible CBD use.
ver since his start in the field of human physiology some 20-something years ago, Woodbury native David Sutton has been intrigued by the potentials of cannabidiol (CBD) therapy. “[CBD] always intrigued me, but hemp itself was caught up in the illegal conflagration of its cousin plant,” Sutton says. So, while other countries began conducting research unavailable to the U.S., Sutton kept careful tabs of its development. “On a personal note, I took a chair lift to the spine about two winters ago; fractured a vertebrae,” Sutton says. While he wasn’t paralyzed, the muscles around
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the fracture began seizing up, making it difficult for him to walk. Due to his prior interest in the field, he was familiar with the first farmers in Minnesota to obtain permits to grow hemp. After trying some of the CBD products these farmers were developing, including a topical and a tincture, Sutton’s muscles uninflamed and he began to move about more freely. “I always tell people the CBD didn’t heal me; it wasn’t something miraculous in that way,” he says. While his muscles responded how they were supposed to, they had difficulty letting go. With the introduction of CBD, the muscle inflammation reduced so that
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Sutton’s recovery time became expedited. While CBD may not be the miraculous cure-all often touted, there’s no doubt it has some intriguing properties and increasingly studied results. To this end, when Sutton set out to create his CBD facility, he and his team decided on an education model to dispense with the snake oil connotation a lot of bad actors helped propagate. “CBD is a bit of the Wild West, you don’t always know what you’re getting,” Sutton says. “We did a lot of product testing. We tested a couple hundred different products—big companies, small companies—and generally what we found is they lack as much CBD as they claim on the label.” Just as problematic are some of the things included: higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than legally permitted; pesticides; heavy metals. “We determined we didn’t want to be on the shelf with products in other stores,” Sutton says. Instead, they formulate and manufacture their Spartan CBD product in house. “We processed about 750,000 pounds of hemp last year. And from soil tests to what is on the shelves, we control every step of the process. We have a co-op of farmers in southwest Minnesota, and we also have a 40,000 square foot indoor grow facility so we’re able to control all of our grow needs.” With so much done in house, customers and visitors also get the opportunity to see the process as well as receive a personalized evaluation. “We have clients of every age, every background. They come in for a variety of reasons,” Sutton says. The reasons are often as wide ranging as the client, with complaints of pain, but also anxiety and sleeplessness. Although CBD isn’t a cure, it can be administered next to other therapies—be sure to contact your doctor before beginning the use of CBD. Part of the education process is testing the products people have already tried,
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How safe is CBD for animals? Joli Jarboe: CBD is safe. It has a safety spectrum similar to B vitamin. If an animal consumes excessive amounts of it, you may see hyperexcitement, hypersedation or possibly gastric upset. To my knowledge, there have been no deaths directly related to excessive ingestion of CBD ... CBD is derived from a plant. Like anything we inhale, ingest or touch, there remains a risk of an allergic reaction. What are the most common uses of CBD for pets? JJ: The antianxiety effects— they are mood stabilizers. If we can help them feel better, more calm, more at ease between their ears, we’ve done well for the day. I’ve
used it for destructive behavior, inappropriate urination, self harm, excessive barking during the day … How have you seen CBD oil benefit a patient? JJ: ... I’ve seen it help with interactive household aggression between cats. If one sets another off in the household, you may have constant fighting ... If you take a cat that has stress [and] anxiety and you put them on a drug like Prozac, it takes four to six weeks for the drug to take effect, and [the animal] has to have its liver monitored and come in for blood draws ... If I can use CBD, and they don’t need the follow up bloodwork, and they’re happier.
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With CBD oil popping up everywhere and supposedly curing a bit of what ails us, can it also be used for pets? The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine recommends veterinarians do not prescribe it, or they will lose their licenses. However, other veterinarians from across the country are convinced that CBD oil can help pets. We spoke to Joli Jarboe, DVM, DACVIM, a veterinarian neurologist, who specializes in neurosurgery. Jarboe is based in Virginia and has been using CBD in her practice for 17 years and has been a Zilis (a hemp-derived CBD company) medical advisory board member for about three years. She travels the world educating veterinarians about CBD oil and pets.
THE ABC’S OF CBD Like most therapies and medical practices, CBD treatment comes with its own vocab to study up on. Sutton lays out some of the basics to get you started: Cannabinoid: A chemical constituent naturally occurring in hemp plants, as well as our own bodies. “Our bodies produce different cannabinoids for different reasons, such as the runner’s high,” Sutton says. “We see them in nature, and we have natural receptors for different cannabinoids.”
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using the center’s high-pressure liquid chromatography machine to deliver a molecular report. “A lot of people buy [CBD] products online because they think they’re finding a good price. Oftentimes, that gas station CBD product is just perfumed oils,” Sutton says. Just as often, the center’s tests uncover that the product someone was using didn’t have a high enough CBD content. “We’re able to give clients confidence, both because we can tell them what they’re taking isn’t actually what they think they’re taking, and because we do our own internal testing. Our team will test our products randomly
off the shelf to ensure that our formations are consistent and that our process and quality checks are consistent. Fortunately, we come up pretty good,” Sutton says. Since opening in fall 2019, Sutton says the reception in Woodbury has been phenomenal. “When we had our grand opening, mayor [Anne Burt] came out and members of the city came out,” he says. “And it was great because obviously there’s a perception about hemp, and we have a grow lab in our shop, so to have the mayor and police come out in support of what we’re doing really gives a different impression.”
Terpene: “Terpenes are the part of the plant that gives it its fragrance and flavor. They have different effects on the body,” says Sutton. Part of the research the CBD Centers of Woodbury is conducting involves developing products, using terpenes, to target specific parts of the body and mind. For example, he and his team have developed a CBD terpene product specifically to encourage sleep, called Restful Bliss. Tincture: “A tincture is oil administered under the tongue,” says Sutton. Like topical lotions or edible gummies, tinctures are another way to introduce CBD into your system.
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People automatically associate lavender with relaxation. Lavender is often used for anxiety.
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Do these wildly popular remedies really work?
umans in most every culture have long sought the potential benefits of medicinal plants. In contemporary society, essential oils have gained traction as a go-to remedy for conditions like headache and insomnia, and we wanted to know more. So, we asked Lynn A. Gershan, MD, CM, medical director for integrative health and wellbeing at the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital for some insight.
aromatherapy which uses a very concentrated part of the plant, meaning less is more. “We should respect the plant and use caution regarding sourcing of this valuable resource and their effects,” Gershan says.
Essential oils are a concentrated liquid extracted from plants and contain volatile chemical compounds, volatile meaning they evaporate easily in normal temperatures. Unlike “essential” vitamins and nutrients necessary for health, the word “essential” in this case means the essence of the plant.
WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY? Aromatherapy means different things to different people. For example, the perfume industry uses aesthetic aromatherapy. In marketing, someone might want to determine which scent inside a store would encourage purchases. Think of how realtors might suggest fresh baked cookies or bread as an inviting scent inside a house for sale. This is loosely called psycho aromatherapy. At the Center for Spirituality and Healing, Gershan and her staff practice medical aromatherapy using essential oils to achieve a specific clinical effect.
DO ALL PLANTS PRODUCE ESSENTIAL OILS? No. Over 3,000 plant species produce essential oils of any type, but only about 300 of these are available commercially, with 125–150 used commonly in aromatherapy. Gershan notes there is a difference between herbalism and medical
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE ESSENTIAL OILS GOOD FOR? Essential oils can be good remedies for things like nausea, anxiety, headache and insomnia. Gershan says, “What we do is try to pair [holistic remedies] with some of the medical components of someone’s treatment plan. That’s why it’s
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called integrative medicine. We wouldn’t suggest peppermint oil would completely take away a headache, but it may synergize or work in combination with a patient’s overall medical treatment.” HOW CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE SAFELY USED? “There haven’t been a whole lot of studies,” says Gershan. “In medicine, we look at randomized, controlled clinical trials, so lacking that, we look for something that does no harm.” For patients receiving immune-suppressants or transplant patients, essential oils can interfere with medication. So, that’s a no, no. Everyone else is advised to consult with their primary care provider before beginning any type of aromatherapy. If your doctor cannot answer your questions, they can refer you to appropriate resources for information. After that, Gershan says, “Choose the appropriate oil for the condition or reason you are trying to help. Also, we never recommend ingesting essential oils. There is some evidence-based reasoning for ingestion when working with gastrointestinal issues or for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, otherwise, there are no good reasons to ingest [essential oils.]” Gershan suggests first doing a patch test on the inside of the wrist to ensure you’re not allergic. Be sure to use essential oils at the proper dilution. “In pediatrics, we have a group of essential oils that our nurses are very well versed in and that are pre-diluted,” says Gershan. “We never use [essential oils] in children under age 2 unless there is a higher level of training.” If you’re ever unsure, Gershan suggests consulting with a certified aromatherapist for guidance. Also, be sure to store your essential oils properly because they can degrade, oxidize or even become other chemicals over time. Store in dark bottles inside a refrigerator and take extra precautions whenever children are around. Check with your veterinarian to ensure pet safety whenever bringing essential oils into the home. Some can be harmful to dogs and cats. Never use essential oils on your pets’ skin, nails or fur without guidance from your veterinarian and keep oils out of pets’ reach. HOW CAN CONSUMERS DETERMINE QUALITY? “That is really hard because there are no FDA regula-
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tions,” says Gershan. Identify as far as you can determine, that your supplier, whether a person or a company, is reliable and that their essential oils are being produced according to best practices. Remember, essential oils come from plants. It takes 250 pounds of lavender to make one pound of essential oil so there can be a lot of financial pressure on suppliers to cut corners. Some companies adulterate their essential oils because it’s expensive to buy the real thing. The word “pure” means nothing without regulation. So be aware and try to learn where your essential oils come from and if the plants have been grown according to a commitment to sustainability. That said, you need not be overwhelmed by the science of it all. Consider this, if you apply three different lavender essential oils to a scent strip, they will each smell a little bit different. The first thing you smell are the lighter fractions or the more easily evaporating chemicals. Come back later and smell what’s left. Do you like what you smell? Is this something you feel you can use over time? WHAT ARE SOME COMMONLY USED ESSENTIAL OILS AND WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR? Lavender oil: People automatically associate lavender with relaxation. Lavender is used most for anxiety. In some studies, it’s been shown to be beneficial for burns in an appropriate dilution so that some of its chemicals work as an antibacterial and analgesic. “It’s a pretty amazing oil,” says Gershan. “But all lavender oils are not equal. Spike lavender has very different properties and wouldn’t be one used for burns. Consumers need to know what they’re getting.” Tea tree oil: This is one of many types of melaleuca which has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral effects. It can even be used as an insect repellent. Once again, it’s best to know your supplier and what you’re getting because not all have the same properties. Gershan cautions users to be aware of proper dilution to avoid skin sensitivity. “It may not be until after the fourth time you’ve been exposed that you experience a rash or irritation.”
Citrus oils have similar properties that are effective in energizing or alerting. Another good use might be before taking an exam. Those with ADD and ADHD have also found citrus oils helpful either by diffusion or inhalation.
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Chamomile oil: Some types have sedative properties and it can be good for gastrointestinal distress by diluting a solution for rubbing on the belly. Another type can be used on the skin since it has great anti-inflammatory properties. Depending on how you mix it, a solution could be helpful for eczema. Be aware of any potential allergies. Certain flower or plant allergies can be triggered by plant-based oils. Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil has been used for nausea for hundreds of years. But remember, less is more. Too much peppermint can actually make you nauseous. It works by relaxing smooth muscle, so it’s a great anti-spasmodic when diluted and rubbed on the back or belly. It’s used a lot for headaches and works particularly well for tension headaches when muscles in the jaw and scalp are very tense. Gershan says, “An interesting study in postpartum women who had trouble urinating seemed to be helped [with use of peppermint oil].” She adds that the muscle around our blood vessels is also smooth, so users with any blood pressure issues should use caution. Peppermint oil is not recommended for children under age 12 without a doctor’s consultation. Lemon oil: Citrus oils have similar properties that are effective in energizing or alerting. “Some studies have been done in Alzheimer’s patients and have helped with alertness,” Gershan says. Another good use might be before taking an exam. Those with ADD and ADHD have also found citrus oils helpful either by diffusion or inhalation. Topical use of citrus oils has an increased incidence of skin sensitivity and sun sensitivity and can cause rashes. Gershan says, “Citrus oils also degrade pretty quickly every time you open the bottle. So, open only when you need to and store it in fridge.”
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Peppermint oil has been used for nausea for hundreds of years. It’s used a lot for headaches and works particularly well for tension headaches when muscles in the jaw and scalp are very tense.
ARE DIFFUSERS BETTER THAN TOPICAL USE? “There are wet and dry diffusers,” says Gershan. “Anyone with respiratory issues [e.g. asthma or cystic fibrosis] or are immunocompromised should use a dry diffuser because even if you clean a wet diffuser, there is still potential for mold to grow and mold spores to be emitted.” It’s also good to be sensitive to other people who are smelling your diffuser, how long you have it on and what you’re using it for. Some people can get headaches and children are more sensitive. Plus, your brain habituates to most scents after a while. Everyone is different. But if you’re smelling the same thing all of the time, you may experience a decline in efficacy.
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ocused on relatable art education for kids, Kidcreate Studio offers weekly classes, along with camps, workshops and birthday parties, and many types of different art mediums from clay classes to drawing, canvas art and even snow globe making. “All of our classes vary so widely in the curriculum and theme,” says general manager Karen Hansen. “A few of our most popular classes are Slime-Tastic, Masters on Canvas, Mega Mess Making, and Let’s Draw, Paint and Sculpt. We’re always working with our team to come up with new and creative concepts for classes and camps, too.”
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Kidcreate Studio works with ages 18 months to 12 years, with each class supporting a recommended age range. To become a Kidcreate Studio member, register at kidcreate.com and pay a one-time fee, free of annual fees. The membership comes with great perks (including 10 percent off every class and camp!) and covers the whole family. In order to adapt with COVID-19, Kidcreate Studio has developed a fun line of “Do At Home Art Kits and Art Camps on the Go,” says Hansen. “The pre-recorded art lessons, led by a Kidcreate teacher, are hosted online, so you can follow along anytime, anywhere.” —Samantha De Leon
Due to COVID-19, classes may be virtual or rescheduled. Visit kidcreatestudio.com for updates as well as the winter and spring schedule. KIDCREATE STUDIO 1785 Radio Drive Suite F 651.735.0880 // kidcreate.com KidcreateStudio WoodburyMN @kidcreatestudio
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2 Women’s Health Boost for the New Year
Focus on your health in the new year! This workshop will cover women’s health issues and self-care along with yoga therapy-based ideas for self-healing and healthy lives. All ages. $15 member, $25 regular. 1–2:30 p.m. YogaFresh, 10150 Hudson Road Suite 162; 651.436.5906; yoga-fresh.com
7 Good Morning Woodbury Area – LearningRx Take the opportunity for before hours networking with coffee, light breakfast fare and the chance to connect with other chamber members on your way to work! All ages. Free. 7:30–9 a.m. LearningRx, 650 Commerce Drive Suite 130; 651.578.0722; chamber@wood burychamber.org
9 Just4Kidz Fest
Participate in a huge one-day event where parents can meet and research preschools, schools, childcare, kids’ activities, camps, tutors and more! There will be family fun, food, and entertainment. All ages. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Just4Kidz Fest, 650 Commerce Drive Suite 153; 651.295.0688; just4kidzfest.com
22 Virtual Community Awards Gala
Celebrate the greatness of Woodbury at the Community Awards Gala, held virtually this year! Business, citizen, educator, nonprofit and public safety worker of the year will all be announced. All ages. Free. 7–8 p.m. woodburychamber.org
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3 Twin Cities Bridal Show
The Twin Cities Bridal Show is your go-to for everything needed for the perfect wedding day! Meet area vendors, discover wedding ideas and find your fairytale dress. Masks are required to attend this event. All ages. $15 general admission option or upgrade. Noon–5 p.m. Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., Saint Paul; twincitiesbridalshow.com
10 The Jayhawks Cover Show Virtual Event
In the mood for music? Listen to The Jayhawks special matinee show focused on the band’s favorite cover songs. This event will be streaming online, bringing the concert to you. All ages. $20 general ticket, $35 ticket + merch bundle, $75 VIP ticket; 3–5 p.m.; boxoffice.mandolin.com
22 Dried Winter Floral Class Virtual Event
Learn how to make a beautiful dried arrangement with unique dried flowers and textures to add pizzazz in your home during the dull winter season. All ages. Sign up online. 6–9 p.m.; Ergo Floral; erfofloral.com
25 Meditation and Music Onstage
Take a break from the busyness of life for an hour of guided meditation and live music at Orchestra Hall. This event is in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and is sure to calm your day. All ages. $26. 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicolett Mall, Mpls.; 612.371.5600; minnesotaorchestra.org
2 Gingerbread Wonderland
Norway House presents Gingerbread Wonderland in all its cinnamon splendor. Explore the gingerbread village of familiar buildings and landmarks from the Twin Cities, created by friends and neighbors. Enter your own dream cookie creation to be part of the fun! All ages. Prices vary. Virtual access is available and free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Norway House, 913 East Franklin Ave., Mpls.; 612.871.2211; norwayhouse.org
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home re i m a g i n ed . Kelsey Heimerl was once a leasing agent in Woodbury and frequently hosted wine tasting events for residents living in the community where she worked. She’d invite a wine expert from Haskell’s, and she would assemble a cheese board as a complimentary snack for guests. Little did she know that being put in charge of these events would eventually lead to her own business selling her mouth-watering charcuterie boards. Here’s how it all came together … Heimerl was returning with friends from a weekend away in Duluth, Minn. She’d already been regularly creating cheese boards for her work-related events and mentioned during the car ride home that she was in search of a particular cheese for an upcoming event. Off the cuff, her friend suggested her charcuterie board making could be a business. Her other friend agreed, saying the proposed business should have a name that’s cool and catchy. The trio spent the remainder of the drive brainstorming names for Heimerl’s hypothetical business venture. “We were bored and having fun,” says Heimerl. The naming exercise revealed that she wanted the word “board” in the name so people would know what it was. “And, I also love up north and anything related to the Northwoods … I love that cozy vibe,” she says. With the help of friends, Heimerl settled on The Board Loon … and her business was hatched … well, almost. “I started with a name,” Heimerl says. “But then, I started to check into what I needed to do to be legal. That took forever. States have different laws … it turned into a whole year of research.” Heimerl and her fiancé were planning a move to Hudson, Wis. After the move, she contacted the county health department to proceed with the necessary steps to get established. Now, The Board Loon was ready to take flight. Heimerl attributes the inspiration behind her creative and delectable boards to a good vibe and flow, often motivated by whatever’s playing on her
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music playlist … like Frank Sinatra. In a perfect world, she would pour a glass of wine and casually create a board. She likes to take her time, but the popularity of the business means an occasional time crunch. “Some days I’m feeling more creative than others,” says Heimerl who adds that she often tries to work within a color scheme or to incorporate certain products. She says, “I really pride myself on sourcing local, like honey and Wisconsin cheese, including
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items most people don’t necessarily go out and find themselves.” She shops locally at places like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kowalski’s Markets and the County Market in Hudson. “I do get some vendor products sent directly to me to sample,” Heimerl says. If she likes those products, she can buy direct. “I once bought a whole wheel [of cheese] from Deer Creek Cheese [in Sheboygan, Wis.],” says Heimerl. “It’s fun to buy direct and try stuff out.” When we asked
about the most unusual item she’s tried on her boards, Heimerl says, “Guava paste! I’d never had it before. It was sent to me to try. It looks like a little cube of cheese and it’s good paired with white cheddar.” She serves it on skewers. Heimerl has learned a lot about building charcuterie boards from other creators she’s met online. There is a whole entrepreneurial category online known as graze businesses. Of her group, she says, “We call ourselves the ‘cheese
“I do get some vendor products sent directly to me to sample. I once bought a whole wheel [of cheese] from Deer Creek Cheese [in Sheboygan, Wis.]. It’s fun to buy direct and try stuff out.” KELSEY HEIMERL
chicks’” and the women connect from as far as California and New York. They discuss things that pair well together as well as how to cut, fold and shape foods to look appealing on the board. A lot of the tips and tricks she’s learned from these connections are offered by Heimerl in her board making workshops. “People who take my workshops get the best tips from my over five years of effort,” says Heimerl. A signature item Heimerl often incorporates into her boards are fruit stars. She’s perfected how to cut them and teaches her technique in her workshop. She says, “Once you learn, you’ll be cutting all of your fruit this way because it looks so cool.” COVID-19 has caused Heimerl to get even more creative with serving tricks like using more skewers and adding in snacks served in cups and cones. “An Instagram influencer labeled them corona cones. I didn’t want to call them that,” says Heimerl, “but they are individual and fun.” COVID-19 has also increased The Board Loon’s orders for Heimerl’s picnic boxes, which she says can make wonderful consumable gifts for housewarmings, birthdays, bridal showers and holiday get-togethers. To learn more about workshops or to order, visit theboardloon.com.
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“I’M NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER, I just enjoy taking photos when the opportunity arises,” says Samu Miller, who received second place for his submission titled Her Favorite Season, in the Pets category for Woodbury Magazine’s annual photo contest. His golden retriever Lucy inspired the photo, which was taken at Battle Creek Dog Park. “I take a lot of photos of her,” Miller says. “So it doesn’t take much inspiration for me to photograph her.”
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Miller took Lucy to the park on an early morning when it was cold, sunny and glistening with snow. “We had a fresh coat of snow, and Lucy was doing her usual frolicking around the park and ended up with snow on her face,” says Miller. Aside from the photo being one of the best he’s taken of Lucy, he enjoys it because “it highlights the beauty of a Minnesota winter,” he says.
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