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SEPT/OCT ’20 “Part of the fascination with creating glass art is the constant change of state of the glass as it reacts with the flame.” —Jordan Maxymek, Skylab Glass Arts

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departments 1 0 BE WELL

Face It

Self-care is more important now than ever.

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Home Goods

Sugar and Spice offers everything nice.

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Money Matters Schools and council make educational deposit in students’ personal finances.

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Carrying a Torch Skylab Glass Arts gives beginners and seasoned pros tools and space to create.

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Prep Elite

Students extend their educations beyond the classroom.

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he world of magazine publishing dictates early deadlines, which often make themselves known five months or more before issues slip into readers’ mailboxes. When I began putting thoughts together for this issue of Maple Grove Magazine, an acronym—COVID-19— was just beginning to be an oft-uttered part of our lexicon. At the time, the world hadn’t heard of Minnesota’s George Floyd and certainly didn’t have any comprehension of how his shocking death would give birth to a wave of change and, hopefully, healing in this state, our country and the world. As this issue moved forward, its articles certainly took on different looks and meaning after the spring/summer of 2020. Two businesses that we highlight on pages 10 and 12 had to adjust the ways in which they conducted business. An article Follow us ! on page 14 that highlights the importance of eduSee what we’re doing behind the cating youth about personal finance took a fresh scenes and around town! level on importance as the country’s economy and maplegrovemag.com individuals and families in this community felt the Maple Grove Magazine financial ramifications of the times. @maplegrovemag Because of social distancing and other concerns, @maplegrovemagazine the Minnesota State Fair was forced to head to the back of the line this year, so Hailey Almsted, associate editor, and I put together a list of state fair-inspired goodies that can be prepared at home in lieu of queuing up at our favorite fair food trucks. Run, don’t walk over to page 36 for some blue ribbon-worthy food and beverage ideas. This year’s Prep Elite article on page 23 struck me in a way that our annual feature on local high school seniors has never done before now. I can’t help but think about what this academic year will look like for all students. While last year’s crop of students was hit with a whiplash ending to the school year, I have to believe that students are entering 2020-21 with more trepidation and a sense of unsettledness. Before the world turned upside down, our Prep Elites described their futures in three words. Today, those responses carry a whole new weight and feel downright prophetic. Evolving, unique, innovative, inspiring, physician, dream, alive and being my best— words to truly live by, student or not. Until next time,

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Discover another use for pumpkins. If you are looking for a great activity for the kids and family for Halloween, then look no further. October is the season of pumpkins and warm-colored flowers. Why not combine the two? Just about anything can be turned into a flower or plant container. A pumpkin is no different. Simply cut into the top of the pumpkin, clean out the interior (like you are getting ready to carve a jack-o’lantern), fill it with a lightweight potting soil, and start planting. Mums, kale and rudbeckia daisies are all great fall, annual plants to choose for for this project. Take it to the next level of fun and

grab some seeds to plant in the pumpkin. Kids can watch them grow! Larger seeds, like beans or nasturtiums, will also work great. TIPS:

To help your planter last a bit longer, use shade-loving plants, as pumpkins do not like to sit in the sun. For carved pumpkins, help them last longer by giving them a bleach-water bath after carving, or apply petroleum jelly to the exteriors. —Contributed by Christina Timm, Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery

Libraries aren’t just offering page turners, they can be go-to spots for online assistance of many sorts. With this year’s particular spotlight on online and distance learning, take a look at what is offered in this community, thanks to the local library system. In order to connect students to homework assistance, the library has resources available online to help K-12 students with history, language arts, math and science. Students in grades 3–12 can receive free, one-to-one, live online tutoring assistance from 1–11 p.m. daily (with their library card) in English or Spanish. Find more information at Hennepin County Library’s homework help page: hclib.org/programs/homework-help. Additionally, contact library staff members through the Ask Us service by email, chat or text. If you’re looking for online events or reading suggestions, it’s all on the website. Stay connected at hclib.org. —Contributed by Rose Ryan, Hennepin County Library– Maple Grove

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appreciate the month of September—the gateway to the harvest season, the beginning of most school sessions and warm days followed by cooler nights—it’s Self-Care Awareness Month. After the last several months, we all need an extra dose of self-care. Rese & Co. owner and Maple Grove resident Therese Thull agrees. “I think self-care is more important now than ever ... The thing is, you can’t give something out of an empty vessel. It’s important to take the time to refresh and recharge yourself, so you have something to give others ... We all have crazy schedules, the latest health challenges, poor sleep habits, detrimental eating habits and one demand after another on us. Setting a proper self-care routine isn’t selfish, it’s essential.” Rese & Co. offers a place to start with more than 50 face and skin products; bath bombs, soaps and salts; candles; hand sanitizers; lotions; product sets and more. The lip spa products are a hit, and lotion bars and the Youth Renew Moisturizer are also customers’ favorites. What is the one product that Thull can’t live without? “This is like asking if I have a favorite child,” she says. “If I don’t like it, I don’t put it in my line.” She does point to the Luxury Body Soap, as it eases her dry skin. “Now I get out [of the shower] and am so happy that I no longer feel the tight, dry, itchy skin,” she says. With colder/drier weather making an imminent arrival, how should we prepare our skin? “Optimal skin care is an inside and out job,” Thull says. “As our weather

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turns dry and we are in closed up buildings with recycled air, make sure you make a conscious effort to still consume water [as is typically done in warmer months], eat seasonal veggies, get a proper intake of healthy fats and consider a humidifier,” she says. “Habits for topical skin care will be even more appreciated in the dryer, cooler weather. Make sure you are gently exfoliating your skin and applying a good quality moisturizer.” She warns to stay clear of artificial ingredients. “Check out our website and blog to learn more about ingredients that we encourage [you to use] and those to shy away from,” Thull says. MG

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IF MONEY TALKS, what’s it saying to teenagers? Once they graduate from high school, are they able to handle their personal finances on their own or with limited assistance from parents? Do they have enough financial building blocks to grow into future financial situations? The Minnesota Council on Economic Education (MCEE) strives to equip Minnesotans with economic and personal financial understanding. Programs

include Economics Challenge, Global Food Challenge and Personal Finance Decathlon competitions with students from around the state. Since 2016, teams have come from (but not limited to) Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata and Woodbury high schools and Parnassus Preparatory School. The Economics Challenge and the Personal Finance Decathlon are now online platforms. (In June, the state

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Personal Finance Decathlon champions, a St. Thomas Academy team, won third place in the national decathlon, and an Edina High School team has advanced to the national Economics Challenge.) “Financial literacy education is vital to the health of our economy and can help prepare students and young adults for their future roles as employees, entrepreneurs, consumers, borrowers, savers, investors and voters,” according to information provided by Julie Bunn, Ph.D., MCEE executive director. Closer to home, Osseo Area Schools offers a personal financial management course in face-to-face, online and concurrent enrollment formats. The elective is open to students in grade 9-12 and is designed for personal financial planning; and topics cover goal setting, financial aspects of career planning, budgeting, credit cards, debt and money management strategies, types of savings, retirement plans, investments and tax strategies, insurance, factors that affect the home and car buying versus leasing, fundamentals of investments and various investment options. In addition, the basics of estate planning are also covered. “I do think it is important for students to have some exposure to personal finance. I think that sometimes when students are first independent, they may get into a situation with credit cards or loans that can be hard to recover from,” says Jill Kind, Ph.D., secondary curriculum and instruction coordinator in Osseo Area Schools. She notes that understanding issues related to credit cards, student loans, taxes and health insurance are of particular importance for students. Younger district students also receive instruction on the topic. “Economics is one of the four main disciplines included in the K-12 MN Social Studies Standards,” says Ryan Bisson, the district’s elementary curriculum and instruction coordinator. “In elementary, the substrands for economics begin in Kindergarten with economic reasoning skills and concepts to build the foundation for personal finance, which begins in grade 3.” MG

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Skylab Glass Arts gives beginners and seasoned pros tools and space to create. classes. Equipped with torches (fueled by liquid oxygen and propane), kilns and raw materials, such as glass rods and tubing, the studio serves both seasoned artists and beginners. Beginner to experienced classes—taught by resident artists Chris Eberhardt or Alex Kasick—are popular. Besides its calendar of classes and summer camps, Skylab offers community education classes in seven different districts. “Part of the fascination with creating glass art is the constant change of state of the glass as it reacts with the flame,” says Maxymek, the studio’s content manager. “It can go from solid to liquid and back in a matter of seconds.”

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David Schuster’s glass artistry hides along trails around Eagle and Pike Lakes near his Maple Grove home. Consider it sort of a scavenger hunt, says his son Jordan Maxymek. Small pendants and marbles hang from branches or are tucked between tree trunks. “It’s a fun game for us to find sneaky places to hide art, and hopefully, it’s even more fun for the people trying to find them,” Maxymek says. Schuster’s passion for glass art shines through his business, Skylab Glass Arts, in Golden Valley. Opened in 2017, the 3,000-square-foot lampworking and glass arts facility offers rental space for up to eight artists to ply their craft and an octagonal training table used during

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they wanted to do was work in borosilicate. With that, you take glass, which is already in a hard form, and put it into a fixed mounted torch, and then you melt that glass and manipulate it and color it that way.” Eight work stations line the wall for artists. Their work—everything from elaborate marbles, pendants, cups and more—are sold elsewhere, at glass galleries across the country and online.

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Through the beginner class, students learn how to make a marble. If that goes well, a pendant is next on the agenda. Safety is a priority. “When the torch is 4,000 to 6,000 degrees, the glass gets hot in a hurry,” Schuster says. “With someone as young as 7, the parent is right there taking the class, too.” From there, Skylab offers intermediate and advanced classes. In one class, participants can make a wine stopper and a drinking straw. In another, they learn to add color and depth to glass by vaporizing pure silver and 24k gold. “We’ve had people (take classes) from as young as 7 to as old as 95,” Schuster says. “We’ve had a lot of date nights and families booking an entire class.” MG

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Students extend their educations beyond the classroom. Fall brims with new beginnings and fresh challenges. As seniors in high school embark on months of endings and “lasts,” they, too, are preparing for transitions after high school. Before it’s time to don the mortarboards, let’s take a moment to give a tip of the hat to this year’s Prep Elite students, who were among students nominated by their schools and selected for this spotlight by our editorial team. written by RENÉE STEWART-HESTER photos by TATE CARLSON

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“Kevin has taken our school’s most rigorous course options. He is involved heavily in tennis, Honors Mentor Connection, Mock Trial, DECA, YES and Science Olympiad. Kevin is a student that has stood out to me from the moment I met him for both his EQ and IQ. He is one of the most humble, kind and well-rounded students I have encountered. Aside from taking our most rigorous course options, he is a WHS athlete [and] DECA officer, and does research on breast cancer at the University of Minnesota. While all of that is not uncommon in our community, the way Kevin handles himself does stand out. Kevin graces our halls and classrooms with a giant smile. He greets all those around him. He is approachable and always willing to step up to help another student.” —Peggy Zimmer, licensed school counselor What or who influenced you the most during high school? “My most influential high school experience has been serving as a DECA officer. Being in DECA has given me a sense of belonging in my high school and provided me with a community of like-minded people, who I now consider friends. I have enjoyed every moment as a DECA officer. Whether it was helping out freshmen with their projects, racing to pack the most food at Feed My Starving Children or presenting to local groups, such as the Wayzata School Board, I have formed valuable relationships thanks to DECA, making me a better leader and better person.” —K.Z.

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What or who influenced you the most during high school? “A class that influenced me was [Michael Bennett’s] medieval-modern history class, where we wrote about people from other cultures. The people we learned about did not have good houses or food, and that was like me when I was little in Ghana with my mom. My grandma always encouraged me to focus in school and to ignore anyone [who] makes fun of me. She said to study hard, not give up and become what I want to be. She said, that if a lesson is hard for me, to do my best, and ask questions.” —A.S.

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“Albertline, more than any other student whom I have had the pleasure of working with in my career, embodies Parnassus’ character pillar of perseverance,” says Lianna Ambriz, an EL teacher at Parnassus Preparatory School. “When Albertline [immigrated] to the United States from Liberia and enrolled at Parnassus as a seventh grader, she had experienced several interruptions to her education and was several years behind in math and reading. Many other students would have been daunted by the challenge, but Albertline was determined to overcome any obstacle put in her path. Through her tireless hard work, Albertline was able to catch up with her grade-level peers. This included working all through her school vacations and summer break to complete multiple levels of elementary mathematics over the course of a single year. She did all this while adjusting to a new culture, language and school system. Albertline is among the most driven and motivated students at Parnassus. ‘I am a hardworking student,’ she says, ‘I put a lot of effort into my work because I really want to learn.’ Outside of school, Albertline works with her aunt in her salon, and, in the summer, helps groups of girls in her community learn how to play sports and outdoor activities, such as kickball.” —Katherine Good, director of academics

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Your Twin Cities Orthodontic Specialists “Austin DeSmet is an extremely bright student, possessed of intellectual vitality and an authentic joy of learning. With an unweighted GPA of 3.95/4.0 in a more rigorous college preparatory pathway, Austin has established himself as a student of academic integrity. He has pursued his deep interest in our suite of honors/advanced STEM courses, especially geometry, calculus, physics, engineering and biology courses due to their ‘complexity and focus on critical thinking.’ He also enjoys history and other non-sciences subjects with the makings of a lifelong scholar. He already plans to join our scientific research team in Costa Rica through our school’s collaboration with Seeds of Change to further his passion for the study of biology. What is striking about Austin, besides the fact that he takes on academic challenges while maintaining a strong work ethic, is that he also shares his talents within our community through [other] contributions: basketball, baseball, Medical Club, Recycling Club and a newly-formed Spike Club. Austin [was slated] to represent Providence Academy at [American Legion] Boys State, having served as a student leader of a group of young men that meets regularly to build community and to enrich and pass on to all students the Providence mission of faith, knowledge and virtue ...” —Sarah Hogan, college counseling

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Enjoy an evening of food, wine and fundraising. ndulge your taste buds with a smorgasbord of local food and drink favorites, all while supporting the Maple Grove Crimson Dance Team at the Taste of Maple Grove. The annual event, slated to be held on September 12 from 5:30–11 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, features a long list of activities and attractions, making for a lovely night out on the town. Tickets are available at tasteofmaplegrove.com. For $35 (price includes beer and wine tasting),

attendees age 21+ can sample local craft beers and wines, savor local restaurants’ finest dishes and bid for gift baskets through a silent auction. Live music and games add to the festivities, ideal for celebrating the local food and drink scene. General admission is $20. Being the biggest fundraiser for the Crimson Dance Team, proceeds go towards the team’s annual budget. —Nina Raemont Due to potential scheduling changes, watch for updates on social media.

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Market. The market will follow precautionary COVID-19 measures to ensure safety and cleanliness, so you can still enjoy your favorite vendors and purchase fresh fruits, veggies and more. All ages. Free. 3-7 p.m.; Rosland Park, 4300 W. 66th St., in the parking lot closest to the Edina Aquatic Center; edinamn.gov

2, 9, 16, 23 Nicollet Market

The Nicollet Makers Market is a hub for local artisans. From homemade earrings to candles, you are destined to find a perfect piece of art. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Nicollet Mall, 651 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.; nicolletmakermarket.com

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ooking to get your family out for a quick ride into the fresh, fall air? A day trip to Delano may be just what you need. Apple Jack Orchards has you covered with activities, apple picking and more. Boasting 20 different apple varieties, you’re sure to find your favorite as you traipse through the sprawling rows of apple trees to pick your own fruit. Go on a wagon ride, jump on the giant jumping pillow, dive into the corn pit, get lost in the apple maze or pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Thrill-seekers, can take a ride on newly installed zip lines. Visit the applejackorchards.com for any changes in hours or events. 4875 37th St. S.E., Delano; 763.972.6673

ONLINE SEPT. EVENTS

5–11 9/11 Virtual Climb/ Run/Walk

Help spread awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder through this event that commemorates the first responders, who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Run five miles or walk three miles to represent the 110 floors and 2,071 stairs those first responders climbed. All ages. Free. Sept. 5 8 a.m.–Sept. 12 11 p.m.; 651.207.3945; runsignup.com/races

7 Mystery Book Club

Join the Hennepin County Library for a virtual book club meeting. For September’s meeting, the group will discuss The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. Participants can request a curbside pickup of the book or access the title through the library’s eBook collections. Those who register will receive a link to the virtual meeting 24 hours

before the meeting takes place. All ages. Free. 6:30–7:30 p.m.; hclib.bibliocommons.com/events

10 Accelerated Global Connections (ACG) Talks Live Broadcast

Time in quarantine may have your professional skills feeling a bit rusty. Business owners, sales professionals and entrepreneurs alike can attend this monthly seminar to polish up and learn alongside peers in the business world. All ages. Free. 5–7 p.m.; joinagc.com

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Thursdays through Sep 24 Edina Farmers Market

Enjoy your favorite fresh local ingredients Thursdays at the Edina Farmers

12 2020 Twin Cities Grilled Cheese and Mac Festival

Get in on the cheesy, gooey and yummy action at this two-in-one event. The Twin Cities Grilled Cheese Festival and the Twin Cities Mac and Cheese Festival are partnering to create the most fabulous day loaded with your favorite carbs. Sample some daring renditions of these traditional cuisines, as well as beer from local breweries. Ages 21 and up. Ticket prices vary. Location to be announced. 12:30–7:30 p.m.; info@11creative.co; twincitiesgrilledcheese.com

12 Annual Monarch Festival Celebrate the incredible journey that monarch butterflies travel from Minnesota to Mexico. Enjoy a variety of food, music, activities and plants for sale. There will be plenty of butterflies to see and opportunities to learn about their habitats. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Mpls.; 612.724.5652; monarchfestival.org

12 St. Louis Park Art Fair

From jewelry to ceramics, all the artistic decoration your creative heart desires can be found at the St. Louis Park Art Fair. The event includes food trucks, local music and hands-on art events. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Blvd., St. Louis Park; slpafota.org

13 Vintage Market

Looking for a cool new outfit to wear out of quarantine? The Minneapolis Vintage Market has you covered with different vendors and styles. Hosted at the Machine Shop, vintage aficionados

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13 Wheels of Italy 2020

Put the pedal to the metal, and get down to the Bde Maka Ska area for this year’s Wheels of Italy car show. Car-enthusiasts will enjoy top-of-the-line Italian cars and motorcycles, as well as great food. All ages. Free. 3033 Excelsior Blvd., Mpls.; 612.385.3111; wheelsofitaly.com

20 Old St. Anthony Fall Bazaar

Explore two levels of handmade goods. This event features apparel, jewelry, skincare, décor and more. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Machine Shop, 300 Second St. SE, Mpls.; info@mplscraftmarket.com; mplscraftmarket.com

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25–27 Oktoberfest

Waldmann Brewery celebrates Oktober Fest with fresh pretzels, a beer garden, outdoor grilling, live music and more. Tickets are sold at the entrance. All ages. Tickets $2 for attendees ages 5–20 (Free on Sun.), $5 for attendees 21 and up. Friday 5–10 p.m., Saturday noon–10 p.m. and Sunday noon–7 p.m.; Waldmann Brewery, 445 Smith Ave. N., St. Paul; 651.222.1857; waldmannbrewery.com

26–27 Stone Arch Festival

Get a taste of the Twin Cities art and culture scene at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival with live music, local food and activities for the family. Stroll through the culinary arts market, and pick up some savory spices, find a vinyl to call your own at the vintage market, and explore the work of 200+ artists. All ages. Free. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Minneapolis Riverfront, SE Main St., Mpls.; stonearchbridgefestival.com

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Love A Fair

DON’T POSTPONE EATING OR DRINKING YOUR STATE FAIR FAVORITES. Make no mistake, millions of Minnesotans, who are committed to the annual late summer pilgrimage to St. Paul (techPHOTOS nically Falcon Heights), BY TATE CARLSON love the Minnesota State Fair—right down to the last deep fried, whatever on a stick or sugary confection money can buy. So when the announcement was made that this year’s great get-together was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, we shared in the state’s collective, “Gosh, darn it!” (Or, maybe, we all uttered something with a bit more vinegar and a lot less sugar.) Regardless, let’s do what Minnesotans do, and make do. We might not be able to put a Tilt-A-Whirl in the backyard or have music favorites perform on our personal grandstands, but, by golly, we can cook! With the help of Rachael Perron, culinary and branding director at Kowalski’s Markets, and Amy Goetz, FoodE expert at Lunds & Byerlys, we put together a short list of state fair-inspired recipes for you to enjoy at home. BY HAILEY ALMSTED AND RENÉE STEWARTHESTER

VIETNAMESE ICED COFFEE (Lunds & Byerlys)

Use Lunds & Byerlys medium roast Columbian coffee. For authenticity, use a Vietnamese drip filter, and drop it right into a cup with 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Stir to combine, and pour over ice.

BLUEBERRY BASIL LEMONADE (Lunds & Byerlys)

3 Tbsp. Granulated sugar 3 Basil leaves 15 Blueberries 3 Tbsp. Freshly-squeezed lemon juice Water Ice

Put sugar, basil and blueberries in glass measuring cup, and muddle. Add freshlysqueezed lemon juice, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Fill a tall glass with ice, and strain the blueberry mixture over the ice. Pour 3/4 cup of water through strainer into the glass. Stir to combine, and garnish with a sprig of basil and a few blueberries.

BUFFALO CHICKEN NACHOS (Kowalski’s; Inspired by 2019 State Fair’s The Hot Hen)

6 oz. Barbecue-flavored potato chips ¾ lb. Shredded rotisserie chicken, warmed gently in the microwave ⅓ cup Prepared Buffalo wing sauce (or to taste) 1 tsp. Kowalski’s pure maple syrup (or Kowalski’s pure honey) 1 cup Kowalski’s queso blanco dip ¼ cup milk ½ cup (about 3 oz.) creamy blue cheese crumbles (such as St. Pete’s Select), plus more for garnishing to taste Diced tomatoes, thinly sliced green onion and pickled jalapeño peppers, to taste for garnishes

Split chips between three serving dishes; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine chicken, Buffalo sauce and syrup; stir to coat chicken evenly. Set bowl aside. In a microwave-safe dish, heat queso and milk until very hot (about two minutes). Stir in blue cheese to melt. If necessary, return queso to microwave, and heat in 15–30 second increments until cheese is almost fully melted. Stir. Top chips evenly with chicken, and drizzle with blue cheese

“I love State Fair food. My favorites are always the World’s Best french fries and Mouth Trap cheese curds—both drenched in ketchup. I hate to deep-fry food at home, so this is my one chance per year to get my fix.” KOWALSKI’S RACHAEL PERRON

“Ooh ... I love the deep fried cream cheese-stuffed olives. I always get the pork chop on a stick. That’s tradition for my daughter and me. The Porchetta pig wings from Mancini’s. I’m a sucker for the deep fried Twinkies. I have to get a Pronto Pup or two at the stand by O’Gara’s. Fresh lemonade always hits the spot, too. Now I’m hungry!” AMY GOETZ OF LUNDS & BYERLYS

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queso. Garnish nachos with tomatoes, onion, jalapeños and more blue cheese crumbles to taste.

PULLED BEEF TACOS

(Kowalski’s; Inspired by 2019 State Fair’s Carolina pit-smoked brisket tacos) 1 pkg. Dole sweet kale chopped salad kit, dressing and mix-ins reserved for another use ½ cup Shredded brussels sprouts 3 Tbsp. Seasoned rice vinegar 1 ½ tsp. Sugar 12 (6”) Kowalski’s flour tortillas 1 lb. Kowalski’s signature lightly smoked, fully cooked pulled beef, warmed gently in the microwave 7–8 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese (to taste), shredded Kowalski’s barbecue sauce, to taste

Combine kale salad mix with brussels sprouts, drizzle with vinegar and sprinkle with sugar. Toss salad to combine; let stand for 15–30 minutes. On a nonstick griddle heated to medium-low, warm tortillas a few at a time until hot and just beginning to puff, turning once (about a minute total). Remove tortillas from heat, and keep warm. If necessary, coarsely chop or pull beef into bite-sized pieces; serve warm beef in warm tortillas topped with cheese and kale salad mixture. Drizzle tacos with barbecue sauce, and serve immediately.

GRILLED CORN ON THE COB WITH FRESH HERB BUTTER (Kowalski’s)

PIE PHOTO BY CHRIS EMEOTT

¼ cup Unsalted butter, softened 1 tbsp. Fresh herbs of your choice, chopped ¼ tsp. Grated lime zest 8 ears Minnesota-grown sweet corn Sea salt, ground Black peppercorns, ground

Combine the first three ingredients, and refrigerate for several hours. Peel the husks off each ear of corn except for the layer touching the kernels. Remove silk, and pull remaining husks back up over corn. Soak corn in cold water for about one hour before grilling. Grill corn over medium heat, covered, until kernels yield gently to pressure (8–10 min.), turning each ear a quarter turn every two minutes. Carefully remove husks; serve with herb butter and salt. MG

CHEESE CURDS AND ROOT BEER AND PIES, OH MY! If you want to satisfy some summertime cravings but prefer to steer clear of your kitchen, local retailers sell some items available at the Minnesota State Fair. Let’s face it. Thousands of Minnesota State Fair goers put destination Sweet Martha’s Cookies on their agenda. Don’t despair. Sweet Martha’s frozen cookie dough is sold at select Kowalski’s Markets, Lunds & Byerlys, Cub Foods and local retailers. In addition, Kowalski’s also offers: Ellsworth cheese curds Untiedt Farms Minnesota-grown sweet corn (State Fair supplier) JonnyPops Izzy’s ice cream Thelma’s ice cream sandwiches

Lift Bridge beer and root beer Sara’s Tipsy Pies (also at select Lunds & Byerlys) Kiki’s Salsa (State Fair award winner) North Fork Muenster cheese (State Fair award winner) Giant pickles (sticks sold separately!) Short rib burgers Footlong hot dogs __ ANSWER THIS: Q: The Minnesota State Fair is said to be the birthplace of what deep-fried item? A: Deep-fried Twinkies on a stick—and speaking of sticks, it’s believed that there are at least 80 other variants of stickbased foods at the fair.

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Landmark Winner Photographer captures “unbridled glee.”

FIRST PLACE

Landmarks by Greg Schaeffer

BY RENÉE STEWARTHESTER PHOTO BY GREG SCHAEFFER

“I LOVE TO TAKE PHOTOS OF MY KIDS on the big shiny metal slide at Maple Grove Central Park, which pulls triple-duty—it serves as a reflector to add fill light; it casts a nice reflection; and it resonates a terrific smile on the kids,” Greg Schaeffer says. Sliding Down a Mirror at Central Park won first place in the city landmarks category of our annual photo contest. Schaeffer took the photo with a Canon 5D MII with a Canon 600EX-RT

speed light, which was modified by a MagMod grid and MagSphere. “The look on my daughter’s face of pure joy and unbridled glee” is Schaeffer’s favorite element of the photo. “I love taking photos of kids … I love the different genres, including longer exposure landscapes, nightscapes, light paintings with fluorescent tubes (Eric Pare style) and shooting professional and amateur golf,” he says. MG

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