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JUNE 2021 This June, we welcome back weekends at the cabin, sunshinefilled skies and the warmth of summer. As John Mayer said, “Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.”

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Purposeful Paws Two Woodbury locals open a new doggie daycare with a cause. Abode 18

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he smell of roasted marshmallows; the sound of a nearby creek, lake or river; the night sky lit up by the endless number of stars. I recall the memories of camping as kids like it happened just yesterday. My grandfather, sister and I would drive up Minnesota’s north shore, past Duluth, Minn., and into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). We would set up camp, string up the food and cook dinner around the campfire. Although I have not been to the BWCA since I was young, I still enjoy the serenity of camping from time-to-time. (Though, now I much prefer a cabin with four walls and running water!) But, if I could have it my way, I would turn a camping trip into a glamping trip. This month, I interviewed Kenny Young about his Twin Cities glamping business, Pitched Mpls. Through the business, Young brings glamping—the unique fusion of glam and nature—right to your backyard. On these unique adventures, he says, “I’m creating something that isn’t just a product, it’s an experience for kids and families.” To read the full feature, flip to page 34. Also in Woodbury Magazine this month, Renée Stewart-Hester, editor of our sister-publication Lake Minnetonka Magazine, chats with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for cabin-friendly plants (page 18). And writer Ava Diaz gets the inside scoop when it comes to eating greener (page 42). Whether you’re camping or glamping, make the most of it. And, as John Muir, “Father of the National Parks,” once said, “Going into the woods is going home.” I’ll see you next month, readers!

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staff writers AVA DIAZ, MADELINE KOPIECKI

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KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Teaching kids to cook can be an enjoyable, educational and tasty way to spend time together. BY RACHAEL PERRON

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and slow with safe, confidence-boosting challenges before progressing to more complicated or hazardous undertakings. You know your child best; use your comfort level and their confidence and ability levels as guides. Here are some suggested kitchen tasks by age group for your up-and-coming chef. Preschoolers are especially curious about food. Tap into their interest and developing motor skills by giving them jobs that promote both. Tiny fingers make little ones particularly adept at pulling leaves off herb stems! As they grow, these youngsters can move on to mixing, stirring and pouring pre-measured ingredients. Focus on short, simple tasks—nothing hot, heavy or sharp for these kiddos. Grade schoolers are great culinary students because they can read! Have them practice reading recipes, ingredient lists and nutrition facts panels. As their math skills improve, teach them to use kitchen thermometers and dry and liquid measuring glasses, cups and spoons. Help

them use small appliances like toasters, and introduce them to small paring knives. Rolling and cutting cookies, scooping cupcakes and skewering kabobs are great techniques to learn at this age. Preteens aren’t satisfied with simple tasks—they want real responsibility! Help them make pancakes, eggs and grilled cheese on the stovetop and bake cookies or brownies in the oven. With supervision, they can also begin to use bigger knives and other cutting tools, like pizza wheels, vegetable peelers, box graters and can openers. Older teens and new drivers love grocery shopping, or at least driving to the store! This is a great way to introduce them to value concepts and food costs. Give them some money to buy things they choose themselves; it’s a great way to encourage budgeting. And have them help with meal planning and cooking full meals. When they leave the nest, they’ll be happy they know how. Flip to page 15 for Perron’s recipe for a classic grilled cheese—a favorite for every age group!

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Playing with Your Dog It may sound odd to say we need to learn how to play with our dog. If you adopted your dog as a puppy, you may have developed play times together. If you have adopted a shelter or rescue dog, you may have a dog who has not seen toys or chews before. Playing with our dog is actually part of developing the bond between dog and pet parent. Providing your dog with safe non-toxic toys and making time just for play together is a great start. But dogs need physical and mental stimulation. There are dog puzzles that provide fun mental stimulation for dogs and basic obedience training can be disguised as play very easily. Overall, there are so many mutual benefits to play. Pet Parent Question: My friend told me about the puzzles she has for her dog. When we showed my dog the puzzle, he did not seem to like them. Why would that be?

Answer: Just like we teach our dogs to play fetch and how to play with other toys, we also need to teach them how to work a puzzle. A puzzle usually involves a hidden treat, and the dog needs to figure out how to get the treat. Introducing your dog to the concept by showing him where to find the treat then letting your dog figure it out is usually all it takes. Make sure the puzzle fits the age and size of your dog. Remember, it is never good to tease a dog by pretending to give them a treat and not follow through. It is always about building trust with your dog, Teaching them to play is one way to promote trust and quality bonding time together. Donna Chicone is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker and advocate for dogs. She lives in Woodbury. You might find her engaged in petassisted therapy work. superpetparent.com

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Family is complicated, especially when old secrets come to light in The Most Fun We Ever Had. Author Claire Lombardo chronicles the lives of the Sorenson family that balances past and present with deftly drawn flashbacks. In the ‘70s, Marilyn and David fall in love and begin their family. In 2016, their four daughters are grown, but no one’s life has turned out quite how they imagined. Well-placed details and characterizations make the reader feel like a fly on the wall, a witness to the beautiful brokenness of family. Do not be daunted by the length of Lombardo’s novel; it is worth every moment you spend with the Sorenson family. The HBO adaptation, by Amy Adams and Laura Dern, will be just as enticing.

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Coach Lewis’ Top Five Reasons to Join a Gym Make exercising easier and more enjoyable. Joining a gym is great for your health and we are all aware that we should try to be a bit more active as we age. Not only does a gym membership make it easier and more enjoyable to exercise, but, if you need more motivation, you will also find it at the gym. If you still are not sold, here are a few more reasons to join the gym. FRIENDS Joining a gym is a great way to be social and meet like-minded people. There is nothing like connecting with someone at your fitness level and making them an official training buddy. Group fitness classes will also help you work toward your goals. EQUIPMENT Joining a gym or being a member of a gym means you have access to tons of equipment, letting you keep your workouts fresh! MOTIVATED Being surrounded by motivated people can encourage you to stay on track. You may even find your inner champion and convert

the old you into an exercise legend when you head to the gym regularly. WEIGHT An ideal body weight is key to good health. It helps to avoid many diseases. The gym doesn’t only help in weight loss; it is also an effective way of gaining healthy muscle which burns unwanted fat. HEALTH BENEFITS Joining a gym is good for your health and fitness, and increasing cardiovascular fitness strengthens our heart and lungs by creating lean muscle. Check out one of the many great gyms around Woodbury.

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A Lot Happening Underneath the Skin The COVID-19 virus activated our stress responses and sent our nervous system into overdrive, then we had to carry all the other events that followed. The pandemic and social isolation has disrupted our mind-body connection. You might be in a state of freeze—we’re just over a year after the pandemic began, but our nervous system has been assaulted and our thinking brain has not quite told us that the threat has been absolved. Job losses, business closings, school lockdowns, virtual classrooms, Zoom meetings. No amount of sophisticated technology, as smart, as creative and as innovative as we are in terms of technology, has shown, for most of us, any sense of “connection” during this pandemic. It was insufficient and shows that, as much as technology advances, it does not take away the human condition

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and search for meaning. Our systems know love and belonging— the thing that was taken away from the pandemic. Our systems know closeness, as in a simple hug, and not being able to do these things when people are hurting is grief and loss. Viktor Frankl has been alleged to have said, about freedom, that, “Between stimulus and our response, there is a space. And in that space lies our power to choose. And in our choice lies our growth and our freedom.” It is a beautiful encapsulation of self-awareness and that pause or balance state. I think some of the “self-care” solutions that are out there can sound quite trivial. But every so often, with curiosity, compassion (for self and others), awareness, smelling the wind, taking a deep breath of summer air and acknowledging

the blessings of life, I catch myself making a very intentional choice to turn inwards. Closer toward my values, closer toward what is really meaningful to me. While realizing that, four times out of five times, I will most likely forget all of this when times get tense. Our bodies are doing their best to take care of us, and we probably have more power than we realize. Tap into those selfactualizing powers and help yourself by being compassionate to oneself and others.

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Purposeful Paws Two Woodbury locals open a new doggie daycare with a cause.

ALISSA BERT AND CINDY LANG came from two disparate professional backgrounds, but their shared entrepreneurial spirit and love for pups have led them to open Dogtopia, a doggie daycare and boarding service, in Maplewood. Bert, who previously worked in early childhood special education, approached Lang with the idea of opening a local branch of the Dogtopia franchise in the Twin Cities area. “I was a senior IT director at Travelers Insurance,” Lang says. “And although I’d had really great experi-

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ences there, after a long time in corporate America I was ready for a change.” When she was young, Lang’s father had started his own business. Since then, Lang says that she has been inspired to start her own business too one day. “Alissa and her husband presented me and my husband with this franchise, and we took it from there,” Lang says. The Woodbury residents opened their Maplewood Dogtopia location in December 2020, despite the COVID pandemic. “We’ve definitely made the best of

it,” Bert says. “We have a lot of fun COVID puppies whose pet parents are in the same situation that we’re in; they’re at home doing distance learning, their husbands are at home working and then they have this puppy that’s been eating everything.” Lang agrees that opening during COVID-19 has had its ups and downs. “We have some people who say, ‘Maybe not daycare because I’m not going to the office,’ and then people who are saying, ‘Oh my gosh I really need daycare because I’m not going to the office,’” Lang

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says. “And I think so many people did get puppies and are realizing the benefits of the socialization and dogs being with other dogs.” At Dogtopia, pups spend up to 10 hours a day in open play with other pooches, monitored by trained canine coaches. “We definitely work on a lot of behaviors within the playroom and open play,” Lang says. “So pet parents do see progress and an improvement in behaviors.” Pet parents can also watch this playtime in real time, thanks to the webcams installed throughout the Dogtopia play area. “Pet parents absolutely love it,” Lang says. “I would say every morning or evening pet parents will say, ‘Oh I saw my dog doing this and it was so funny.’ It’s fun to see your dog enjoying themselves and having fun with other dogs.” Another element that is unique to Dogtopia is the franchise’s affiliation with the Dogtopia Foundation’s Fetch it Forward program. There are three primary areas that the Dogtopia Foundation supports under this program: youth literacy, employment initiatives for individuals with autism and sponsoring service dogs for veterans. “Having a service dog can really change veterans’ lives,” Lang explains. “But it does cost a lot of money to train a service dog. So what we’re doing right now is raising money.” Bert and Lang have gotten creative with their fundraising efforts with programs like Makin’ Bacon, a monthly bacon bake with proceeds going to the foundation. “We’re always trying to do fun things that benefit the dog but then also benefit our foundation,” Bert says. “We’re hoping that in our first year we can raise enough money to sponsor a service dog for a vet.”

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Green Acres Arboretum recommends cabin-friendly plants and shrubs. BY RENÉE STEWART-HESTER

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CABIN OWNERS KNOW THE DRILL. Head up (or over) to the lake in springtime for opening, plant the garden beds and flower boxes, return home and hope for the best. Either at the next visit or any other time during the summer, arrive to find death-by-thirst plants or a flora crime scene, thanks to the local rabbits and/or deer populations. Alan Branhagen, director of operations for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, offers ways to increase the odds of having healthy plant life for your cabin life. Here’s the down and (garden) dirty of it all: Deer/rabbit-friendly elements: Consider spiny succulents (agave, aloe, crown-of-thorn, echeveria and sedum), herbs (basil, borage, cilantro, dill, lavender, parsley, rosemary and sage) and typical annuals (marigold, petunia, salvia and verbena). Perennials: Think herbs (thyme, hardy oregano, mint in containers and hyssop) and wildflowers (anise-hyssop, coreopsis, baptisia/wild indigo, aromatic aster and showy goldenrod). Ferns (maidenhair, Christmas and wood-fern) are left alone. Traditional perennials (alliums/ornamental onions, bleeding heart, catmint, daffodils, meadow sage, iris and beloved peonies) are options, too. Shrubs: Most evergreens are favorite browse in winter, and the only exception is false cypress, which is not hardy in northern Minnesota’s zone 3. Northern bush-honeysuckle, potentilla, snowberry and coralberry are among the few shrubs deer leave alone. Drought tolerant and no deadheading: Try succulents and most herbs (listed above). Marigolds seem to re-bloom, regardless of deadheading. Petunias (select Wave series) don’t require deadheading and geraniums are drought tolerant. Don’t forget colorful foliage plants (coleus, dusty miller, helichrysum and silver falls vine) and Swedish ivy. The pendant blue succulent burro’s tail is making a comeback in popularity, too.

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Best time to plant: It is best to plant trees, shrubs and perennials in the fall, so they require less watering, as they are going into dormancy and focusing on root growth. In general, watering protocol for new elements varies based on the plant, soil and weather. The equivalent of an inch of rainfall is what is said for turf, but spring-planted trees and shrubs will need more, especially if they are in sandy soils. Clay soil is better at holding moisture. Lake-friendly fertilizers/weed killers: Follow the directions on the label, and more is not better. Lake-friendly fertilizers are those with no or very little phosphorous—the middle number in their nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (NPK). The NPK rating should be zero or very low. Most of our natural soils do not require added phosphorous, so it simply runs off and creates algal blooms in waterways. Embrace your inner weeds! Target specific weeds, and don’t blanket spray. Follow directions, and read about the impact to pollinators and aquatic life. Protect landscaping at closing: Fallplanted evergreens can benefit from burlap protection against the winter sun and wind. Deer and rabbit excluding fencing, even if temporary, can be critical in the winter. Hardware cloth wrapped around the base of fruit and ornamental crabapple trees can protect from winter voles, which may eat the bark from their runs under the snow.

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Home Sweet Home The Glen at Valley Creek provides fixed-income seniors in Woodbury with a safe, affordable and comfortable home. BY AVA DIAZ

PROVIDING COMFORTABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS in the Woodbury community, The Glen at Valley Creek is a development that many are happy to call home. Created by the Washington County Community Development Agency (CDA) and managed by the Shelter Corporation, this threestory, 42-unit complex was designed for independent individuals that are over 62 years old on a fixed income. As one of 11 senior housing facilities in the Washington County CDA family, The

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Glen is a place that ensures affordability, security and community for each resident. “To have that sense of community is so important to our residents,” Regional Manager of the Shelter Corporation Cindy Kramm says. “We are excited to be able to bring all of those comforts right to their front door.” Just because someone grows older, does not mean they have to give up the sense of community they know and love. “People want to stay in the community that they’re connected to,” executive director

of the Washington County CDA Melissa Taphorn says. “The apartment provides that type of lifestyle for them.” In close proximity to local shopping centers, dining experiences and the Tamarack Nature Preserve, residents are able to stay connected to everyday life. And if the convenient location of the complex wasn’t enough, residents of The Glen also have access to a fitness center, community room, library, activity center, a tub room for therapy, and in-unit washer and dryers. In addition to these ameni-

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TRACY BROWN says she has always had a passion for clothing, customer service and retail. Brown, who received her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota's College of Design Retail Merchandising Program, would have loved to jump right into founding her own brand out of college, but the process seemed a little trickier at that point. “It’s much easier these days, with the tools you can use from Shopify and different online templates,” Brown explains.

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After working managerial roles at department stores, Brown was looking for a change of pace and a more consistent work schedule. But even though she left the retail industry for a corporate role in insurance, her passion for fashion was never far from her mind. Brown enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s MBA program in 2018, but she didn’t wait for graduation to start making her dreams come true. “Flash forward to when I wanted to find my company. I was in all these business classes, and

I’m like, ‘How come all these people can do it?’ There’re all these people who have started their own companies,” she says. So Brown got to work on her own clothing brand, Lynette Tracy Fashion Boutique. The point initially wasn’t perfection, Brown says, but rather simply getting started and learning through doing. “I founded [Lynette Tracy Fashion Boutique] in 2019,” Brown says. “I just wanted to get started and put things out there. So I decided to just do it.” Lynette Tracy features comfy, casual

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Lanesboro Rolls Out the Red Carpet Lanesboro, Minnesota, a one-of-a-kind

arts and recreation small town, rolls out the red carpet in 2021 for another season of relaxation, recreation, storytelling, and daily appreciation of sunrises and sunsets. Lanesboro continues to work hard through the challenges of the pandemic to “make the health and safety of guests, residents, and employees our top priority,” while still providing refreshing respite in the great outdoors and along our quaint downtown sidewalks. Located in the heart of southeast Minnesota’s breathtaking “Bluff Country,” Lanesboro offers biking, hiking, canoeing, tubing, kayaking, fishing, live theater and music, delicious restaurants, a brewery (first one after more than 100 years!), golf, familyfriendly camping, comfy B&Bs, and inspiring art. Our proud small-town businesses are rolling out their red carpets to welcome you back to enjoy the wonders of Lanesboro.

Our restaurants, pubs, and treat shops will provide you with friendly service and delectable home-made food you love. Ready to welcome you back is the Parkway Market and Coffee House, Home Sweet Home Cafe and Cakery, the High Court Pub and our new Loubelle’s Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe. Head east on the bike trail to treat yourself at Aroma Pie Shoppe and the Whalan Depot. Look for Lanesboro’s expanded outdoor dining options, and don’t forget that Sylvan Park is a great place to enjoy your take-out meals. The town’s fun variety of specialty shops and services are waiting for you to come and shop safely. Granny’s Liquor, E2 Boutique, Amish Experience, and

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A stop at the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center walkup window will help you plan your visit and get your questions answered.

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, just a few miles outside of town,

is a great place to bird watch, hike, and experience the thrill of a high ropes course. Or, venture underground in Niagara Cave to witness our Karst geology. Memorable Lanesboro events and festivals were missed in 2020, but some are getting ready to celebrate in adapted ways in 2021.

If you’re headed here for your first visit History Alive! Pop Up Plays “tell the or 20th, make sure you try out our new stories of Lanesboro on the streets of Lanesboro App. It will provide you upLanesboro.” Many artists, like painter Joni to-date, contactless information on local businesses, including hours, amenities, and Covid-19 practices. It also features a user-friendly glossary to help you find what businesses have ice, firewood, hand sanitizer, locally-made face masks, and more. Our unique variety of lodging establishments have diligently adopted Covid-19 measures to safely welcome you back with distanced energetic waves and air hugs. Find your home away from home by staying at one of our unique lodging establishments such as the Cottage House Inn, the Habberstad House B&B, the Historic Scanlan House B&B

Finnegan, call Lanesboro and this area home, and you can visit their studios in-person during the Lanesboro Area Art Trail. Lanesboro is the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota - enjoy our annual Rhubarb Festival on June 5, featuring outdoor music, rhubarb games and more! Come to Buffalo Bill Days over August 5-8, a weekend festival celebrating Lanesboro’s connection to Buffalo Bill Cody. Red carpets are associated with arts and entertainment, and Lanesboro is home to a plethora of opportunities for just that.

Lanesboro Arts will host “Rhythms on the Root” live outdoor music concerts this summer, and their galleries will be hosting various exhibitions which are free and open to the public. Ready to take you on a storytelling journey with thoughtful and safe pandemic procedures in place, the Commonweal Theatre offers five plays from April to December, including “I Love to Eat,” and “Dancing Lessons.” Lanesboro is known for its natural beauty, arts, and outdoor recreation, a place to truly relax and savor the vibe of a small town. We invite you to walk the red carpets in Lanesboro and enjoy the trail, river, restaurants, pubs, theatre, arts, inns, shops, festivals, and another sunrise and sunset in our beautiful corner of the world. Download “What’s APPening in Lanesboro?” Digital Travel Pocket Guide at lacc.mn/app Find more information about Lanesboro at: lacc.mn/attractions and lacc.mn/events

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PITCH PERFECT A U NIQU E FUSION BETWEE N NATU RE AN D LUXU RY. Backyard camping is a timeless experience, but it is also a lengthy process. Hours of time are spent setting up the tent, blowing up the air mattress and gathering all the pillows and sleeping bags for just one night under the stars. Luckily, one new Twin Cities business, Pitched Mpls., is bringing a glitzy and glamorous camping experience right to your backyard.

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Kenny Young, a transplant from southern California, made the trek to Minnesota to attend North Central University, where he met his wife Autumn. In November 2019, Young, deciding to take time away from his corporate career in ballet, was thinking about starting his own business venture allowing him to spend more time with Autumn and their children. “I kept asking myself, ‘What kind of business?’” Young says. “I’m an enneagram eight, so I’m fueled by mission and purpose … I was thinking, ‘How can I get

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families together? How can I make quality time easy, accessible and different?’” Drawing from his personal background, as well as his love for nature, Young decided to bring backyard camping to people’s homes, but with a twist. “In the development stage, my wife and I thought, ‘Anyone could have a Coleman tent’ … What if we took it to the next level?” he says. Young officially formulated the glamping experience, Pitched Mpls., on March 7, 2020—just a mere six days before the first COVID shutdown. But that didn’t stop Pitched Mpls. “We deliver the complete glamping experience to backyards,” Young says. Each experience is complete with a weather-proof canvas tent that can withstand rain, snow and even hail; plus, he provides comfort items, such as rugs, chairs and a memory foam bed. There are also add-on items, including an in-tent movie theater— popular for a movie night under the stars, according to Young—or a picnic table with floor pillow seating. Though Young did not rent out any tents until April, he says the business

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took off from there. “In April, we rented one tent. May had two tents. June had three tents. July had four tents,” he says. “Every weekend we were booked. I had to create a waitlist.” For Ryan and Kristin Rivard, date night does not come easy. Kristin says, “We have four kids … Which makes it difficult to get away long enough for a simple conversation, much less dinner and a movie.” So, Ryan called Young with Pitched Mpls. and Kristin called the grandparents. Since Young sets everything up, from the tent to the movie screen and projector, the Rivards could enjoy an evening without having to lift a finger. “We got take-out, talked and enjoyed an old classic film like we did in our pre-kid days,” Kristin says. “Except this time our tent had some pretty rad accommodations, unlike the camping we did in our 20s on a bed of sticks and rocks.” Kristin adds, “The best part was we literally didn’t have to do anything … So dreamy!” And though the Pitched backyard glamping experience was a hit, it wasn’t plausible for the colder

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weather. “In theory, you could sleep in these tents when it’s zero degrees outside,” Young says. “But we thought, ‘What if we brought a tent experience inside?’” Young and his team decided to focus on bringing the camping experience to younger kids and developed the Pitched Tiny Tents experience. Clients can choose to have two to six tents, all of which come with a memory foam twin bed, linens, themed décor, pillows, string lighting and a bedside table. The experience also includes a Pitched mug, North Mallow cocoa and an eye

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mask for keeping, and a customizable letter board for the event. Add-ons include an instant print camera and film, or the popular in-tent theater. “It’s much more for sleepovers, birthday parties or fun things with grandma,” Young says. The team focused on the younger ages with the idea of “graduating to the big tents,” he says. “The minute I say I am done with the tents, I can hear little kids screaming out of excitement. It’s so cool,” Young says. “And that’s really the focus. I’m creating something that isn’t just

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a product, it’s an experience for kids and families.” Woodbury resident Betsy C. booked Pitched to celebrate her daughter’s 9th—and her golden— birthday. She says, “Kenny’s customer service was prompt, flexible, accommodating and super friendly.” “He goes above and beyond to make this special, regardless of the occasion,” Betsy says. “[And] he is the nicest guy I’ve met.” Though Young started the business with Autumn, him-

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self and four tents, Pitched has transformed into a one-of-a-kind experience with an entire team dedicated to providing backyard or in-home events. Now the team includes a Tiny Tents coordinator, part-time employees and seven tents—though Young plans to get more tents so there is no waitlist for the season. “Through this business I’m able to serve people,” Young says. “It has been a really cool and fulfilling experience. It keeps me motivated every day.”

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etting your vegetables in your everyday diet can be tough, especially if you are constantly on-the-go. Regardless of what diet you follow, it is important to incorporate as many green vegetables as you can to support your overall health. These power-packed foods provide a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet, which are essential for your functioning body. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), it is recommended that depending on your age, sex and level of physical activity you partake in, the average person should intake one to three cups of vegetables a day. Organized into five subgroups—dark-green, starchy, red and orange, beans and peas, and other—your diet should consist of a variety of all five types throughout the week. The vegetables with a deeper pigmentation tend to have a higher level of vitamins and minerals, so the darker, the better. Primary sources of these deep greens include kale, arugula, collards, romaine lettuce, broccoli and leafy herbs such as parsley, mint, sage and thyme. Contrary to popular belief, eating veggies doesn’t have to be boring and bland. Woodbury’s Nekter Juice Bar is just one local spot offering tasty green alternatives; opening up shop in 2018 in Woodbury, this California-based juice bar promotes a vibrant and accessible healthy lifestyle for all. “It can be a challenge for people to eat healthy, especially on-the-go,” franchise owner and operator of Nekter in Woodbury Kris Willy says. “I

wanted to bring [Nekter] to Minnesota as a green, healthy alternative.” In an effort to bring affordable and fast nutritious options to the suburban community, Nekter is a place that focuses on optimizing your overall health and wellness through essential vitamins and nutrients. Providing six superfruit smoothies, fresh made juices, cold press cleanses and handcrafted acai bowls, Nekter is your on-the-go source for your nutrients that truly taste good. With no refined sugars (preservatives, syrups, additives and fillers) and containing up to three pounds of fresh fruits and veggies in each juice alone, Nekter’s products are a great source of essential minerals, vitamins and living enzymes to fuel your body. Green juices and superfood smoothies work to improve more than just cravings: • Easiest way to get your daily nutrient dose. • Improves your body’s natural digestive efficiencies. • Boosts your immunity with antioxidants. • Increases energy. • Gets your glow on and increases radiant hair, skin and nail growth from the inside out. Incorporating green produce (that isn’t just a salad!) into your everyday diet has plentiful health benefits; check out these recipe ideas inspired by Food Network and Real Housemoms blog to freshen up your meals.

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Smoothies and Soups Mask the rich taste of deep greens like kale and spinach in a vibrant smoothie. The sweet taste of fruits like mango, strawberries, bananas and pineapple can easily disguise what is in the smoothie, making it an efficient and delicious way to gain a serving of nutrients. Incorporate vegetables like peas, zucchini, broccoli and kale in a variety of soups such as split pea, garden vegetable, minestrone or vegan chili. foodnetwork.com Mashed Potatoes Transform this average side into a garlic, broccoli cheddar mash that is not only delicious, but also more nutritious. Start by finely chopping (by hand or in a food processor) about a cup of steamed broccoli and then thoroughly fold it into the smooth, garlic-infused potatoes. For an added flare, sprinkle in and garnish with freshly grated cheddar cheese. If broccoli isn’t your forte, add a flavorful punch to your mashed potatoes with chives, parsley and garlic or add rosemary and thyme for a bold spin on a country-time favorite. realhousemoms.com Homemade Pizza Add more to your “za,” beyond the classic marinara, mozzarella and pepperoni. Start with a basic roll-out or pre-made crust, or opt for a low-carb cauliflower crust for an additional health boost, then add your green toppings accordingly. foodnetwork.com • Salad Pizza: Arugula, fresh basil (sliced or whole leaves), halved cherry tomatoes, olive oil drizzle, salt and pepper to taste. • Verde Pizza: Puree 1/4 cup each of pistachios, basil, parsley and scallions with 1 cup of arugula, two garlic cloves, 1/2 cup of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Spread mixture on top of crust and sprinkle with grated or shredded Parmesan and more arugula for garnish. • Prosciutto Pizza: Arugula, prosciutto, fresh-grated Parmesan, balsamic vinegar and olive oil drizzle. • Mixed Vegetable: Spread a thin layer of marinara and sprinkle with Parmesan, mozzarella and Asiago cheeses. Layer with veggies of your choice from spinach, broccolini, thinly sliced zucchini, bell pepper, onion, black olives and mushrooms.

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• 1 cup flat-leaf parsley

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• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

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• Four large eggs • ½ cup whole milk • ½ tsp. salt • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese • 2 Tbsp. salted butter • 1 small finely chopped onion • 4 cups fresh baby spinach • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes Preheat the oven to broil. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper until smooth. Fold in Swiss cheese and halved grape tomatoes; melt butter and add to a nine-inch nonstick pan. Add onions and sauté until softened (about five minutes); add spinach and cook until wilted (about two minutes); pour egg mixture into the pan and cook two to four minutes. Transfer the pan into the oven and broil until golden brown.

• 2 Tbsp. fresh-grated Parmesan • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and lemon wedges for garnish • Fresh-ground black pepper • Optional: cherry tomatoes for added color and taste Boil a large pot of salted water; fill a large bowl with ice water. Add kale to the boiling water, stir until leaves are slightly wilted (about two minutes). Transfer kale to ice water, continue boiling the water; once cooled, drain the water and dry the kale as much as possible; coarsely chop kale. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook al dente. While cooking the pasta, pulse pistachios, garlic, kale and parsley until finely chopped; while pulsing, add oil in a steady stream; add Parmesan, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Drain the pasta and reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Combine the pesto mix with pasta, along with a few spoonfuls of pasta water. Add salt and pepper to taste; serve with lemon wedges.

T H E B E N E F I T S O F E AT I N G L E A F Y G R E E N S K A L E A N D P I S TAC H I O P E S TO Serves four; foodnetwork.com

• 1 lb. kale

• Essential vitamins: Leafy greens contain vitamins K and B, magnesium, calcium and other essential nutrients for general cell function.

• 10 oz. whole wheat spaghetti (or noodle of your choice)

• Leafy greens help to combat diseases like cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

• 2 Tbsp. roasted, salted pistachios

• Leafy greens improve bone health and strengthen the eyes.

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• 1 clove garlic

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• Weight management: These foods are lower in calories so you can eat more without gaining more weight.

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ON THE TOWN things to see and do in and around Woodbury

The June 4, 2020 memorial, held by Woodbury for Justice and Equality.

THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY A celebration and remembrance of the history and culture of the Black community.

PHOTOS BY SIMONA BYRON/ SIMONA B PHOTOGRAPHY

BY MEGHAN BISHOP

JUNETEENTH—celebrated June 19—marks the day slavery was abolished in U.S., yet racial inequality has persisted in the place of segregation. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the vibrance of Black history in American culture. “It gives a reawakening. There is still much work that needs to be done to really be free. There is still a lot of racial injustice out there; systemic racism still plagues our community,” says Walter Dobgima, founder of Woodbury for Justice and Equality. “[Juneteenth] is about Black people gaining their freedom.” The activism group is planning to host a COVID-safe, in-person Juneteenth event this year. They will bring in local speakers and advocates of social justice movements to give motivational speeches during the community event.

Dobgima’s goal is to bring the community together to celebrate and educate about Juneteenth, and begin to start conversations with community members about progressing equality. “In order for me to be able to bring awareness, I have to engage the community to be aware of the history,” says Dobgima. “Now is the time to take action [and] to fully embrace it.” For event information, go to the Woodbury for Justice and Equality website at woodbury4je.com.

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Compiled by Meghan Bishop, Lauren Foley and Olivia Rivera

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All About Dogs

Join the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for this new annual event. Check out the Dog Commons the on-leash dog trails that span over 65 acres and make sure to stop by the Dog Expo and visit with up to 40 vendors. All Ages. Ticket prices vary. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska; 612.624.2200; arb.umn.edu

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It’s the 35th Scholarship Golf Tournament! Prestwick Golf Club will host this year’s tournament. The proceeds go to funding higher education scholarships for graduating high school seniors from the Woodbury Area and a donation will also go toward the YMCA for youth summer camps. Lunch, banquet appetizers and a player’s card are all included—beverage tickets, raffle tickets, a chance to win a party cart full of food and beverages, and a raffle are all a part of the fun! Awards will be given to the first and second place foursome as well as to contest winners. $180 per golfer, $720 per foursome. Prestwick Golf Club, 9555 Wedgewood Drive; woodburychamber.org

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Carver Lake Bike Trails

It’s the peak of spring and that means it’s time to make sure the bike is all tuned up for the season! Head over to Carver Lake and check out their blooming cycling trails, with paths up to 5.5 miles long. Free for all ages. Open every day from 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Carver Lake Park, 3175 Century Ave. S.; 651.439.9381; woodburymn.gov

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Kids Adventure Fun Run

Get the kids hyped up for this year’s Adventure Fun Run! There are fun challenges around every corner with agility packed obstacles, including a tire run, crawling through spider webs,

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a rock wall and dodging swinging balls. Ages 6–12. $20/child. 30-minute intervals, 9:15–10:45 a.m. Oakwood Park, 7851 Harkness Ave. S., Cottage Grove; 651.439.981; woodburymn.gov

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Afton Market

Stop by Afton’s summer pop-up market with craftsman and artists from Woodbury and the St. Croix Valley. Some of the vendors include Iron Orchid Designs, MN Pie, Doterra Oils and Grainy Brain Creations. There will also be live music played by local musicians and beverage stands scattered throughout the market for shoppers to stop by and enjoy. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Hosted by Dwell Furniture & Home Decor, Downtown Afton; 612.235.7727; dwellafton.com

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Cider Run

Part of the Minnesota Brewery Series and partnered with Number 12 Cider in Minneapolis’ North Loop, this 5k features an at-your-own-pace run, a free cider, other cool collectibles and access to post-run, outdoor events and activities. Register online. Ages 21 and up. Ticket prices vary. 10 a.m.–end of run. Number 12 Cider, 614 N. Fifth St., Mpls.; breweryrunningseries.com

16–20 Midsommar Celebration Join the American Swedish Institute in celebrating Midsommar, with a mixture of virtual and in-person activities. Participate in virtual Nordic Workshops like “Midsommar Paper Flower Crowns” or in person activities in the courtyard including family friendly crafts as well as grab and go meals courtesy of FIKA café, there’s something for everyone. All Ages. Ticket prices vary. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Mpls.; 612.871.4907; asimn.org

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Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Back to the ‘80s Car Show

Whether you want to display your own car or just check out others’, and enjoy delicious food, arcade games and car show awards, this annual decadethemed car show has fun options for you and the whole family. Register online. All ages. $15–300. 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Buck Hill Ski Area, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville; backtothe80smn.com

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19–20 Stone Arch Bridge Festival With art, a car show and live music, what’s not to love about this summer event? A fun way to celebrate Father’s Day, this event is free and has over 200 artists and great food vendors in the one stop show for a festive weekend. All Ages. Free. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Minneapolis Riverfront along NE Main Street; 952.473.6422; stonearchbridgefestival.com

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Minnesota Orchestra’s Season Finale: A Summer Prelude

Presented in partnership with Twin Cities PBS and Classical Minnesota Public Radio, join the Minnesota Orchestra for their season wrap. With a limited number of socially distanced seats available and a program featuring Osmo Vänskä and Erin Keefe it’s a show you won’t want to miss. All Ages. Ticket prices vary. 8 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.; 612.371.5600; minnesotaorchestra.org

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Ninth Annual GrillFest

Test out the latest grills, get tips from the pros and pick up the latest grilling equipment—the GrillFest has it all. In addition to grilling tools, local vendors will be selling your favorite grilled goods and drinks. Tickets include free samples. Ages 21 and up. $60. 1–5 p.m. CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul; 612.371.5855; grillfestival.com

Oak Meadows just celebrated it’s 23rd anniversary. So did Kim Utecht Prayfrock! Call her to find out why Oak Meadows is such a special place for her, and others who live here. We’d love to have you join our family.

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Burgers and Beer, Oh My! CELEBRATE DAD WITH A BITE AND A PINT FROM THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS. BY HAILEY ALMSTED

Burgers, bourbon and beer—three ingredients that can make any Father’s Day complete. Whether dad loves to catch the big game, enjoy a good burger and drink or just hang out with family, these restaurants, The Tavern Grill, 3rd Act Brewery, Lakes Tavern and Grill and Tamarack Tap Room will surely be a treat. So, whoever you’re celebrating with, whether it be your dad, grandpa, brother or husband, treat them with a day of good grub and even better drinks. TAMARACK TAP ROOM The slogan at Tamarack Tap Room is a perfect fit for Father’s Day—“Beer. Burgers. Bourbon.” The local restaurant features a wide menu chock-full of interesting eats, tasty desserts and on-tap beers. Featured favorites include the smoked turkey sandwich (texas toast, cheddar cheese, bacon and cranberry basil aioli), Ellsworth cheese curds fried in Summit EPA batter (and served with blueberry ketchup!) and the bacon marmalade burger (beef patty, blue cheese, bacon marmalade and pickled red onion). Rounding out the menu is the fan-favorite whiskey caramel bread pudding (housemade bread pudding drizzled with caramel and served with ice cream and whipped cream). The brick-walled pub also features 70 local craft and imported beers on tap—from Minneapolis-based Surly “Mapping the Multiverse” IPA and Stillwater-based Lift Bridge “Mango Blonde” blonde ale to St. Joseph, Minn.based Milk & Honey “Cider of the Woods” cider

and Duluth, Minn.-based Bent Paddle “Wt: Raspberry Lemonade” sour. And the 200-seat patio offers plenty of space for a socially-distanced lunch or dinner. Tamarack Tap Room 8418 Tamarack Village tamaracktaproom.com Tamarack Tap Room @tamaracktaproom

THE TAVERN GRILL Known for being the home of the build your own, The Tavern Grill is a beloved restaurant spanning across the Twin Cities—with locations in Woodbury, Arden Hills, Blaine, Edina and as far north as Fargo, N.D. To celebrate dad, The Tavern Grill will host a Father’s Day brunch, complete with typical brunch favorites. Diners can also expect all the usual favorites, from build-your-own pizzas and salads to chef-built burgers and sandwiches. If you are not ready to hit the town yet, there are plenty of ways to enjoy The Tavern Grill. Marketing manager Cara Wallskog says, “We continue to offer curbside takeout and home delivery (through DoorDash) … Take-out continues to be very strong and we have been very thankful for the community support.” The Tavern Grill has also implemented an array of COVID-safe protocols, including ActivePure Technology—Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certified to eliminate DNA/

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G RI L L OU T GI F TS Summer is the perfect time for a grill out, so why not spoil dad with a few new tools to step up the barbecue game? These tools from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware are sure to put on a show. • Get a bit more creative with your side with veggies and seafood, but do not let them fall through the grates of the grill—dad will love the Traeger grill basket ($31.99), featuring a smoother roasting surface and an easier way to grill the little things. • However often dad grills, he will always need the tools. Snag the three-piece Weber stainless steel grill tool set ($36.99) to ensure that he always has the gadgets he needs.

• Add that delicious smoky flavor to your burgers with the Weber flavorizer bar ($49.99). The set of five bars catch drippings that add the tasty flavors, and they are easy to install. Frattallone’s Ace Hardware 1750 Weir Drive acehardware.com

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RNA viruses in the air and on surfaces—as well as the enhanced cleaning procedures. “We wanted our staff and guests to have confidence when returning to work and/or dining with us,” Wallskog says. “We have pivoted, changed and learned a lot of the last year. We’re excited for what the next year has to come!” The Tavern Grill 772 Bielenberg Drive thetaverngrill.com The Tavern Grill @thetaverngrill

3RD ACT CRAFT BREWERY Calling all beer fanatics! 3rd Act Craft Brewery opened three years ago and business has been booming since. “We had a large crowd [in 2019] for Father’s Day,” says owner Deb Long. This year,

brewery-goers can ditch the crowd and enjoy the same delicious brews and snacks for takeout. “For Father’s Day we will have our summer lineup, which includes a Belgium Wit, Hefeweizen, blueberry and southwest lager and seltzers,” Long says. “We will be offering treats for dad and have drawings for beer and merchandise.” The 3rd Act menu has been perfected over the past few years, offering madefrom-scratch pizzas (from veggie to classic pepperoni to margherita) as well as cream and butter pretzels, plus newer additions including hot dogs and brats, chips, salsa and queso. As for brews, Long recommends crowd-favorite East Coast Hazy IPA, a signature hoppy brew, or gluten-free hard seltzers, including flavors like tangerine, peach, cranberry and mojito.

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• L ook the part of grill master and protect your hands while doing so. The Weber premium grilling gloves ($39.99) protects from the hottest grill, lid and tools.

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EXCEPTIONAL CARE conveniently located If you would rather takeout than dinein, you’re in luck. 3rd Act offers takeout and curbside to-go for their delicious beers and food items. “COVID-19 has been a challenge for everyone as well as businesses,” Long says. “It’s always nice to hear that people have worked together during this pandemic. At 3rd Act Brewery, our customers have been very loyal and continued to support our takeout/curbside services.” 3rd Act Brewery

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LAKES TAVERN AND GRILL After shopping around Woodbury Lakes with dad, head over to Lakes Tavern and Grill for tasty burgers and drinks. Known for their delicious salads, flatbreads and burgers, Lakes Tavern and Grill is serving up meals and deals that dad won’t want to miss—including buy one, get one on all burgers. Stick to the classics, like a California burger or a basic burger, or try some of the more creative options, like the cranberry turkey burger served with a cranberry sauce and blue cheese slaw; the portabella juicy Lucy with roasted portabella, brie, balsamic onion jam and mayo; or the chicken and waffle with waffles, crispy chicken and maple sautéed greens. Plus, head to the bar for drinks or grab a tasty dessert to celebrate dad—carrot cake, doughnut bread pudding, New York style cheesecake and more. Lakes Tavern and Grill 9240 Hudson Road lakestavernandgrill.com Lakes Tavern & Grill @lakestavernandgrillwoodbury

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LAST GLANCE

Puppy Photoshoot A behind the scenes look at Puppy Love! BY MEGHAN BISHOP

SIN CE SP R I N G 2020, animal shelters have seen an influx in adoptions. Families across America were getting new furry family members, many being puppies. Sigrid Dabelstein, professional Woodbury photographer, won first place in the 2020 Focus on Woodbury photo contest with her photo, Puppy Love! The photo was taken in May 2020 and shot with a

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Canon 80D camera. Dabelstein says she was in the “exact right moment at the right time,” as the puppy got to play with its new brother. “It’s one [photo] that will be timeless,” says Dabelstein. “Like, ‘Remember that one time we decided to get a puppy when we were quarantining,’ and it will just bring on these stories.” Last spring, she was inspired

by Front Steps, an organization dedicated to addressing homelessness, to do photoshoots with families who had recently adopted a puppy. That summer, Dabelstein and her camera couldn’t get enough of catching playful puppies, so she officially launched “Welcome Home Puppy Sessions.” “It was puppies everywhere,” Dabelstein says.

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