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Oh Dier Clock‘Wood’ you look at that: unique gift ideas made of wood

These Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based businesses are creating or sourcing special gifts that’ll last longer than the popsocket or fidget spinner you were planning to purchase. Read more.


The best birthday freebies in the Twin Cities

From a bottle of wine worth your age to free car washes, I rounded up the best freebies you can snag on your birthday. Check out my segment on KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live. Read more.

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Wisconsin, Unplugged: “Water Meets the Soul” in Bayfield and on Madeline Island

A summer’s weekend at your college friend’s parents’ cabin can be a blast. For starters, there’s sleeping six to a room, cooking your own meals, washing all those dishes…oh, and there’s no air conditioning. Read more.


I’m on a magazine cover!

I am honored to be on the cover of Lavender Magazine’s 2017 Pride issue. Their Managing Editor, Andy, penned a humbling piece about their selection. You can read that here.


Curiosity killed the cat: my trip to the ‘Rainbow Outlet’

So I was driving from an oil change and did a double take when I noticed the Rainbow on White Bear Avenue in Maplewood was still open. There was an ‘outlet’ sign tacked on the windows. My immediate reaction: confusion. What is an outlet grocery store? Do they send all the bruised bananas to this location? Read more.

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