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Year-Round Activities for Pets in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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There are more than 100,000 dogs living in Minneapolis, and tens of thousands of dogs from outside the City accompany their owners to enjoy Minneapolis parks. Lots of buddies for your pooch to hang out with, year-round. There are plenty of lakes, trails and dog parks for pets to enjoy during Spring, Summer and Fall. […]

Mindfulness is Your Path to Joy and Happiness

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Mindfulness refers to the activity of paying attention on purpose, in a particular way, with present moment awareness and nonjudgement. By intentionally practicing mindfulness, deliberately paying more careful attention, moment-to-moment, individuals can live more fully and less on auto pilot. The mind and body are intimately connected. Thoughts, emotions, stress all have a great impact […]

Dog and Cat Friendly Breweries in Minneapolis St. Paul

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What could be more relaxing than enjoying a cold, craft brew on a hot summer day? Doing it with your best friend, of course! That’s why we’ve gathered this guide for drinking with your dog and cat, highlighting pet friendly breweries in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Why Pet Friendly Breweries? Businesses that produce alcohol but […]

Dog Friendly Employers in Minneapolis St. Paul

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More and more public places are being deemed appropriate for pets — including the workplace. Primarily driven by millennials, many companies are allowing pets in their offices. Large organizations, such as Google, Amazon, Etsy, and Ben & Jerry’s, have even used their dog-friendly policies as a recruiting tactic. And now, smaller companies are following suit. […]

Mindfulness and Wellness in a High-Tech World

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Thanks to technology, humanity is now experiencing the biggest surge in innovation it has ever seen. Collectively we can now reach billions of people, communicate ideas worldwide instantly, and access more knowledge than ever before. Fast paced development, increasing reliance on technology and reduced meaningful personal interaction can make it harder to attain balance and […]

Animals Make Our Lives Whole

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Pets provide us with companionship. There is nothing more soothing than talking to our pets about our day and not having them judge us or even respond. They are always there when we need a friend to talk to. Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on […]

Making Friends in Minneapolis and St. Paul


Moving to a different place provides many transitions in your life all at once: you might be changing jobs, starting school, or simply looking for a change. And if you’re newly single while simultaneously dating in a new city, that’s just another adjustment to get used to as well. New in town, want to make […]

Living at The Top: The Best Penthouses in Uptown Minneapolis

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Live it up. All the way to the top. The LAKEHAUS penthouses are simply striking. It’s the ultimate way to live big in Uptown Minneapolis. Living in a penthouse at LAKEHAUS bridges the gap between the desires for transformation and relaxation. With unbelievable views over Lake Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) and the city, each […]

Live Large on a Small Carbon Footprint in Uptown Minneapolis

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Smart home technology provides homeowners with security, comfort, energy efficiency and convenience. Here are some of the best reasons that why you should insist that your next home will be a smart home. Efficiency: With one touch button or mobile phone application, you can operate your heating and cooling. This is not just an efficiency […]

Dog Friendly Parks in Minneapolis St. Paul

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  Minneapolis is the Midwest’s star metropolis, beloved for its many lakes, its four-seasons climate, and the warm welcome it extends to pets. Forbes lists Minneapolis as one of the best cities in the country for dog lovers. With roomy dog parks, hundreds of dog-friendly dining options, and stores that welcome your 4-legged friends, it’s […]

Finding Love in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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It’s pretty daring to move to a new city where you don’t know a soul. But sometimes, it’s just what you have to do. Whether you happened to find a job you couldn’t pass up or just love Minnesota, there are a lot of people in your shoes who are looking to meet new people […]

Luxury Studios, One-Bedroom & Two-Bedroom Apartments in Minneapolis

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Uptown Minneapolis is a hip area, bordering the Chain of Lakes park district, where singles, couples and young professionals can go paddling on the lake by day and enjoy a happy hour cocktail on a rooftop at night. Housing options in the area include everything from affordable studio apartments to larger and more comfortable one-bedroom […]

Luxury Apartments for Healthy Living in Uptown Minneapolis

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Uptown is one of Minneapolis’ best neighborhoods to live in. Filled with diverse residents, peppered with lakes and located in a convenient spot that provides easy access to almost every other part of the city, Uptown is the ideal choice for wellness living, with lakes, nature, biking tails and every amenity for living well. You […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Living

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Minneapolis and adjoining St. Paul form the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the largest urban area in the Midwest after Chicago and Detroit. Downtown Minneapolis is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, and the city layout is on the traditional grid system, with deviations around the river, and the city’s lakes, creeks, and […]

Living in Uptown Minneapolis

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If you’re looking for trendy shops, nightlife and outdoor recreation, LAKEHAUS, in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood, is the place to be. About a mile south of downtown Minneapolis, Uptown is where fashionable residents live, work, and play. Here you’ll find a high concentration of million-dollar homes, stores, bars, and restaurants. Right on your doorstep is beautiful […]

Uptown Minneapolis: The Twin Cities’ Coolest Shopping Destination

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Uptown Minneapolis urban living is an interesting hybrid of lifestyles, an eclectic mix of young professionals, singles, couples, families with kids and empty nesters. There is never a shortage of culture and entertainment for people for every single one of these demographics. Surrounded by a bounty of lakes and the walking area along the Bde […]

Uptown Minneapolis Penthouses: The Art of Elevated Living

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For bon vivants, city life has one paramount advantage: haute dining and shopping, sophisticated nightlife and entertainment, and world-class museums, art galleries, and performing arts centers. A home in a major urban center, whether for business or pleasure, places all these amenities at your front door. Uptown Minneapolis penthouses at LAKEHAUS offer the ultimate Art […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Amusement Parks

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Como Town – Features rides and play activities geared toward families and children. 1301 Midway Pkwy., St. Paul; 651-487-2121; www.comotown.com. Nickelodeon Universe – Rides include the Rock Bottom Plunge, Blue Spot, Tak Attack, Avatar Airbender, Fairly Odd Coaster, and many more. Indoors. Mall of America (5000 Center Ct.), Bloomington, 952-883-8800; www.nickelodeonuniverse.com. ProKart – Indoor go-karts. […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Scuba, Classes and Certification

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Fantasea Scuba & Travel – Fully certified for on-site scuba instruction and instructor-led diving excursions. 2687 W. Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake, 952-890-3483; www.fantaseadivers.com. Northland Scuba – Heated pool for scuba classes and dive training program, with several scuba adventures every summer. 8779 Columbine Rd., Eden Prairie, 952-949-0909; 7081 10th St. N., Oakdale, 651-777-4278; www.northlandscuba.com. Source: […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Mini Golf

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Can Can Wonderland – 18 unique holes designed by international artists, with food options, full-service bar, and distinctive attractions and amusements. 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 004, St. Paul, 651-925-2261; www.cancanwonderland.com. Centennial Lakes Park and Putting Course – Par 51, 1,662 foot putting course designed to resemble an 18-hole championship course in miniature. 7499 France […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Skydiving

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Southern Minnesota Skydiving – Tandem and solo diving with on-site training. 35493 110th St. (Waseca Municipal Airport), Waseca, 507-461-5838; www.southernminnesotaskydiving.com. Skydive Twin Cities – Tandem and solo freefall jumps and instruction. 20500 Forest Rd. N., Forest Lake, 612-518.5867 and 2026 County Rd. J, Baldwin, WI, 715-684-3416; www.skydivetwincities.com. Source: https://lakehausmpls.upshiftdemo.com

Minneapolis St. Paul Beaches

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32nd Street Beach, Bde Maka Ska – Smallest of the lake’s three beaches. 3200 E. Calhoun Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612-230-6400; www.minneapolisparks.org. Afton State Park – Swimming beach near the St. Croix River. 6959 S. Peller Ave., Hastings, 651-436-5391; www.dnr.state.mn.us. Baker Park Reserve – Swimming on Lake Independence. 2301 Cty. Rd. 19, Maple Plain, 763-694-7860; www.threeriversparks.org. Bryant […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Skateboarding

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3rd Lair Skatepark – Indoor park for all skill levels with skateboards and in-line, plus outdoor skate area. 850 Florida Ave. S., Golden Valley; 763-797-5283; www.3rdlair.com. Armatage Park – Neighborhood skate park. 2500 W. 57th St., Minneapolis, 612-370-4912; www.minneapolisparks.org. Bottineau Field Park – Neighborhood park. 2000 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-370-4958; www.minneapolisparks.org. Brackett Community Center […]

Minneapolis Penthouse High Life

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Living in a penthouse means you have arrived. The very word “penthouse” denotes luxury and exclusivity. There is nothing more aspirational than living in a penthouse. That top-of-the-building experience has been considered the creme de la creme of urban living since the advent of the elevator. It is an indescribable feeling, filled with prestige and […]

Wisdom, Wellness and Happiness in in Minneapolis St. Paul

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What gives your life a profound meaning? The answer rests in the ability to create, to dream and to strive to turn those dreams into reality. It’s all about big and small achievements when we prove ourselves being able to push the limits away. It’s about discovering the depths of your unlimited potential. The dedicated […]

Uptown Minneapolis: Where to Eat, Drink and Party

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LAKEHAUS’ neighborhood, Uptown Minneapolis, is where Prince wanted to be, “It’s all about being there. Everybody’s going Uptown. That’s where I want to be. Uptown. Set your mind free. Uptown!” It’s a lively urban neighborhood, connected to the lakes and downtown, an eclectic destination for dining, shopping and entertainment. As entrepreneurs and creative folks thread […]

Minneapolis St. Paul – a Doggie’s Paradise

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Minneapolis St. Paul is a pet lover’s dream and receives high marks for its dog parks and pooch-friendly restaurants. Many boutiques, bookstores and other shops also allow leashed dogs indoors. The Lake of the Isles Dog Park is an off-leash play center right next door to LAKEHAUS and close to lots of beautiful trails and […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Horseback Riding/Hayrides

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Bunker Park Stables – Group and private lessons, pony rides, and barn tours. 550 Bunker Lake Blvd., Andover, 763-757-9445; www.bunkerparkstable.com. River Valley Ranch – 55-horse stable in scenic Carver, MN. 6480 Jonathan Carver Pkwy., Carver, 952-361-3361; www.rivervalleyranchinc.com. Roselawn Stables – Day camps, hay and sleigh rides. 24069 NW Rum River Blvd., St. Francis, 763-753-5517; www.roselawnstables.com. […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Batting Cages

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Grand Slam Sports and Entertainment Center – With go-karts, laser tag, mini golf, bumper cars, and arcade. 12425 River Ridge Blvd., Burnsville, 952-224-0413; www.grandslammn.com. Rice and Arlington Batting Cages – Four indoor batting cages equipped for baseball and slowpitch and fastpitch softball. 1500 Rice St., St. Paul, 651-558-2117; www.stpaul.gov. Triple Crown Indoor Batting Cages – […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Bike Tours & Trails

Afton State Park – 4 miles paved. 6959 Peller Ave. S., Hastings, 651-436-5391; www.dnr.state.mn.us. Baker Park Reserve – 12.5 miles paved over rolling hills, with rest stops and child trailers available for rent. 2309 Baker Park Rd., Maple Plain, 763-694-7860; www.threeriversparks.org. Banning State Park – 1 mile paved. (Hwy. 23 and I-35), Sandstone, 320-245-2668; www.dnr.state.mn.us. […]

Lake Calhoun / Bde Maka Ska

The 400-acre Lake Calhoun / Bde Maka Ska is part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, connecting with Lake of the Isles on the northeast, Cedar Lake and Brownie Lake on the northwest, and Lake Harriet on the south. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board trail system has a 3.4-mile (5.5 km) trail around […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Gardens and Wildlife

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary – Fifteen-acre preserve offers guided bird walks and full-moon hikes. Guidebooks provide information on more than 50 sites in the garden. Open 7:30 a.m. to an hour before sunset Apr. 1 through Oct. 15. Theodore Wirth Pkwy., south of Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis, 612-370-4903; www.minneapolisparks.org. Lowry Nature Center – […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Cruises and Charters

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Afton Hudson Cruise Lines – Brunch, fireworks, and lunch and dinner cruises down the St. Croix River. Private charter cruises also available. 3291 S. St. Croix Tr. (Afton House Inn), Afton; 651-436-8883; www.aftonhouseinn.com. Al & Alma’s Supper Club and Boat Charters – Dinner cruises for 20 to 149 people. Public, corporate, and wedding cruises are […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Nightlife

Nightlife in Minneapolis St. Paul centers on downtown Minneapolis St. Paul, Uptown Minneapolis St. Paul. The University of Minnesota campus has plenty of bars and entertainment, and Northeast Minneapolis St. Paul is popular with hipsters. Performing arts are thriving in Minnesota. The Minnesota Orchestra plays in their custom technicolor Orchestra Hall building in downtown Minneapolis […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Sailing and Sailboarding

Hi Tempo Ski, Snowboard, and Sail – Sailing lessons for boats and catamarans. 3959 N. Hwy. 61, White Bear Lake, 651-429-3333; www.hitempo.com. Lake Minnetonka Sailing School – Featuring summer camp classes for students with little to no sailing experience, racing classes and instruction for more advanced sailors, race teams for intermediate and advanced sailors. 19802 […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Business, Industry & Employment

Minneapolis St. Paul has a diversified economic base. Principal manufacturing areas are electronics, milling, machinery, medical products, food processing, and graphic arts. Nineteen of the Fortune 500 largest U.S. corporations, 30 Fortune 1000 companies and several of the world’s largest private companies are headquartered in the Twin Cities. United Health, Target and Best Buy are […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Education and Politics

Minneapolis St. Paul has one of the best educated and most literate populations in the country. It is home to the largest campus of the University of Minnesota, a highly regarded public university, as well as Augsburg College, a private liberal arts college. The best schools in the area – considering only test scores – […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Climate

The winter in Minneapolis St. Paul might be long, but the summer is too. The weather in Minneapolis St. Paul goes as follows: five months of summer, one month of fall, five months of winter, one month of spring. The summer is warm, humid, interspersed with thunderstorms and tornado warnings (and the occasional actual tornado) […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Entertainment and Culture

The local Minneapolis St. Paul arts and entertainment scene is very vibrant with local musicians having a strong following, and popular music fans often spoiled for choice of who to go and see on weekends. Bands touring the nation usually stop in Minneapolis St. Paul or St. Paul. Iconic venue First Avenue, featured in the […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Hot Air Ballooning

Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloon Rides – Private, semi-private, and group hot air balloon rides over the St. Croix Valley. P.O. Box 40, Stillwater, 651-351-0101; www.aamodtsballoons.com. Stillwater Balloons – Flight instruction, semi-private and group flights over the St. Croix River. 135 St. Croix Tr. N., Stillwater, 651-439-1800; www.stillwaterballoons.com. Wiederkehr Balloon Academy – Balloon pilot training and […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Sports Clubs

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Cities Sports Connection – Touch football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, kickball, broomball, and bowling. Men’s, women’s, and coed teams. 3725 Aldrich Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-929-9009; www.cscsports.com. Five Element Martial Arts & Healing Center – Classes in martial arts and self-defense. 3743 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-7233; www.femamartialarts.org. Griffin Martial Arts – Martial arts school specializes […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Pools and Waterparks

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Anoka Aquatic Center – Olympic-sized pool with zero-depth play area, 200-foot slide, and new pool-entry climbing wall. 1551 7th Ave., Anoka, 763-421-7730; www.ci.anoka.mn.us. Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center – Lap lanes, diving board, sand water play area, 2 sand volleyball courts. 14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, 952-953-2399, www.cityofapplevalley.org. Bloomington Family Aquatic Center – […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Cost of Living

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The cost of living in Minneapolis St. Paul is comparable to the national average for most expenses. What should you budget for? Heating bills are the second highest in the nation because the winter is so cold and so long and fuel is expensive. Housing is cheaper than the national average. And clothing is cheaper […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Bike and Scooter Rentals

Baker Park Reserve Mountain and Cruiser bikes for rent. 2301 Cty. Rd. 19, Maple Plain, 763-694-7860; www.threeriversparkdistrict.org, Lime scooters Scooter rentals available throughout the Twin Cities, Edina, and Golden Valley. 888-LIME-345; www.li.me/locations. Nice Ride MN Bike rentals available at over 200 kiosks throughout the metro. 2834 10th Ave. S. (Midtown Bike Center), Minneapolis, 877-551-6423; www.niceridemn.org. […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Hiking

Afton State Park – 20 miles turf; 4 miles paved; .75 miles self-guided. 6959 S. Peller Ave., Hastings, 651-436-5391; www.dnr.state.mn.us. Baker Park Reserve – 19.8 miles total, paved and unpaved. 2309 Baker Park Rd., Maple Plain; 763-694-7860, www.threeriversparks.org. Banning State Park – 17 miles turf; 1 mile paved; 1.8 miles self-guided. (Hwy. 23 and I-35), […]

Minneapolis St. Paul History

Minneapolis grew into a city in the mid-19th century with the arrival of immigrants from Scandinavia and became a commercial center with the taming on waterfalls on the Mississippi River to grind wheat and drive the timber trade. The milling industry was once the largest in America and General Mills was founded and is still […]

Minneapolis St. Paul Zoos & Petting Farms

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Como Zoo – Minnesota’s oldest zoo, free of charge and featuring attractions from polar bears to Galapagos tortoises. 1225 Estabrook Dr. (west of Lexington Pkwy. and Horton Ave.), St. Paul, 651-487-8200; www.comozooconservatory.org. Minnesota Zoo – Largest zoo in the state, featuring dolphin bay, MN wildlife trail, coral reefs, tiger rehabilitation preserve, and more. 13000 Zoo […]

Live a Creative Life in Minneapolis St. Paul

Being creative and productive can make your golden years more enjoyable. Music, painting and writing can help people live longer and stay mentally sharp as they reach their senior years. Want to live a little longer? Or remain mentally sharp as you hit your golden years? Perhaps you should paint some landscapes. Or maybe take […]

Minneapolis Bike Trails and Scenic Routes

Whether you use your own bike, or the city’s convenient bike share program, Nice Ride, take on Minneapolis by bike! Consistently ranked as one of the top bike cities in the country, Minneapolis boasts a complex network of bike paths and individual trails. Rain or shine, this city is adamant about its biking. Whether you’re […]

Ultimate Minneapolis Penthouse Living


Imagine the most luxurious residence in the Upper-Midwestern United States. Imagine jet set living in a fabulous lakefront home in exciting Uptown Minneapolis. You’re looking to live the ultimate urban lifestyle, be close to the nightlife and need something that represents success, fun, and location. Why not treat yourself to an urban high-rise residence overlooking […]


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