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Treat Yourself! Our Guide to the Best Pastries in Minneapolis Northwest and Beyond


Minneapolis Northwest and the surrounding area is your go-to destination for a pastry-filled adventure! From donuts as big as your head to unicorn poop cupcakes, and from French pastries to German Beehives, you’ll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth! Here’s a list to get you started on a tour of the best pastries, donuts and treats, so dive in and treat yourself!

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Girlfriends’ Getaway Guide to Minneapolis Northwest in Autumn


Don’t let the year end without taking some personal time to enjoy the beauty of fall with a girlfriends’ getaway to Minneapolis Northwest! We’ve gathered some of our favorite ways to experience this wonderful season, to help you plan the perfect fall trip with your gal pals! From apple picking and rock climbing to wineries and spas, here are our top recommendations for a fun weekend getaway with the girls.

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Chow Down on the Best Burgers in Minneapolis Northwest


Hamburger or cheeseburger, mayo or mustard, onions or pickles – however you like ‘em, burgers are a staple of American cuisine. And when you’re in the mood for a hot and juicy patty, no substitute will do. “Ketch-up” on the best burgers in and around Minneapolis Northwest and kick your burger enthusiasm up a notch!

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Something to Wag Your Tail About: Top Dog-Friendly Adventures in Minneapolis Northwest


Everyone deserves a vacation, including your pooch, and Minneapolis Northwest is the perfect destination for your canine companion to wag its tail and enjoy all the dog-friendly adventures the area has to offer. You and your pup can enjoy award-winning food, shopping and entertainment, as well as the parks and recreation areas that make this region so popular with nature lovers. Minneapolis is 15th on’s list of the most dog-friendly cities, out of more than 14,000 cities across the country. Here are some of the most popular dog-friendly places and activities in the area.

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Rising Temperatures Call for Cool Solutions


Summertime in Minnesota is defined by soaking up the sun on sandy beaches, water skiing and kayaking across the lake or zooming down the waterpark slide. Minneapolis Northwest wants to help you beat the heat all summer long by highlighting a few “cool” spots around the area.

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Ten “Sneaky” Educational Opportunities for Kids This Summer


With summer in full force, it can be a challenge balancing vacations and the relaxed mood of the season with the urge to keep kids learning all summer long! Parents, you may appreciate this! Minneapolis Northwest has compiled a list of fun, “sneaky” educational opportunities your kids can participate in between July and back-to-school season. Whether you’re a visitor to the area or a resident, we’ve covered adventure to arts, to science and everything in between. Check out these options, which are sure to please everyone...including your child’s teachers!

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Do Sweat Techno Details in Your Next Corporate Meetings and Events


Obviously finding the right venue for your meetings and events is the most important priority as a corporate planner. However, the importance of technology in the corporate meetings and events world cannot be denied these days. Providing high speed internet and free WIFI is ubiquitous, of course, but there are many other aspects of technology that can be and should be deployed for your meetings and events.

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