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Where to (Safely) Eat and Drink in Minneapolis Northwest During Patio Season

06/29/2020

Summer in Minnesota is kind of a big deal, and while we’re missing many of our favorite summer activities, there’s one you don’t have to skip – patio season! Below are the best patios in Minneapolis Northwest that are open for business and taking precautions to ensure you can safely enjoy dining al fresco. Cheers to an unforgettable summer!

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Celebrating Our Diversity: Where to Support Black-Owned Businesses in Minneapolis Northwest

06/10/2020

The Minneapolis Northwest area is incredibly diverse, with a wide variety of restaurants and businesses that represent the unique flavors of many nations near and far, making it the perfect place to experience and learn about different cultures. Home to two of the most diverse cities in the state of Minnesota ⁠— Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park ⁠— the Minneapolis Northwest is a great place to help redirect economic resources to help in the effort to reach racial equity . Now, more than ever, is a great time to explore and support some of the great Black-owned shops and businesses in the Minneapolis Northwest!

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Hit the Trails! Our Guide to Biking & Hiking Adventures in Minneapolis Northwest

04/15/2020

Home to hundreds of miles of trails and greenways, Minneapolis Northwest is a perfect place for hikers and bikers who want to enjoy the beauty of nature while practicing social distancing. The region has been named one of the country's most bike-friendly destinations thanks to its expansive network of trails and protected lanes, and the city’s parks offer pedestrians and hikers plenty of places to wander. Here are five favorite destinations for hikers, bikers and those who simply want to soak in the scenery.

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Put a Spring in Your Step with The Latest Spring Happenings in Minneapolis Northwest

03/01/2020

Spring brings a burst of colors and energy to Minneapolis Northwest. It’s a time when Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and the surrounding neighborhoods start buzzing with festivals, shows, family friendly events and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you choose to spend the days or evenings watching international films, making maple syrup or cuddling baby animals, you’ll find plenty of events that will put a spring in your step!

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Hit the Slopes! 6 Ways to Start Your Winter Adventure at Elm Creek Park Reserve

11/29/2019

Elm Creek Park Reserve is the biggest park in Three Rivers Park District, and is home to 4,900 acres of hiking and biking trails, along with some of the best scenery in Minnesota. Elm Creek is a popular destination any time of year (in fact, it was named the 15th most visited attraction in Minnesota, with more than 1.3 million visitors in 2017!), but from December through March, the Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area turns the reserve into a fascinating winter wonderland. Grab your mittens and scarf and get ready to explore! Here are some of the most popular ways to spend a winter break at Elm Creek Park Reserve.

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Making Holiday Traditions in Minneapolis Northwest

11/05/2019

Baby, it’s cold outside, but the holiday happenings in Minneapolis Northwest are heating up with exciting winter activities and events the whole family will want to experience. From sleigh rides and carriage rides to Nutcracker performances and festive arts and crafts for children, bundle up the family and get ready to create new holiday traditions in the winter wonderland of Minneapolis Northwest.

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