Do The Dow

Buildings & Architecture, Events

When it comes to art, I naturally gravitate toward local. Lucky coincidence because St. Paul’s Dow Artist Studios had their annual open house, Do The Dow, this weekend and I was able to get my fill. An exhibition that featured work from 25 different artists including Carolyn Brunelle, Noreen Tyler, Martha Kuzzy, Joan Cox, Steve […]

November 13, 2016

Pumpkin Nights

Events, Holidays

If you need something to do to this weekend, I suggest making your way to the Twin Cities Pumpkin Nights at the State Fairgrounds. Displaying more than 3000 pumpkins along the half mile walking path, Pumpkin Nights takes a theatrical approach to the typical pumpkin patch. You’ll see things like; Scarecrow Row, International Bazaar, the […]

October 30, 2016


Events, Food & Drink

The Great Minnesota Get Together came to a close on Monday. Another year, another 12 days of deep fried, chocolate-dipped, stacked high, served on a stick, roasted, on a bun, in a cone foods and festivities. Luckily, I was there to see it all. I even spent some time with WCCO Radio on the final […]

September 7, 2016

Andy’s Grille

Events, Food & Drink

It’s not hard to love our next stop at the Minnesota State Fair. As we are winding down our Drink Your Way Through The Fair with Lift Bridge, it only makes sense to end drinking this much with a dance. To Grease Lightning at Andy’s Grille, that is! Every hour, on the hour, the staff […]

September 5, 2016

Cheese Curds

Events, Food & Drink

I’ve spent this week talking about all the great places and things to try at the Minnesota State Fair but, I haven’t told you what my top-of-the-list, get’um every time, so good you cant have just one, hoard them and never share, State Fair food is. Cheese Curds. I can’t even talk about them without salivating. […]

September 3, 2016

Midway Men’s Club

Events, Food & Drink

This is Joe. Joe loves beer. Joe loves beer so much that he has “BEER ME” tattooed on his knuckles. Joe also works at Lift Bridge and just so happens to also love the $2 burgers and $3 beers at the Midway Men’s Club. Its been at the State Fair since the ’60’s, taking the […]

September 2, 2016

The Blue Barn

Events, Food & Drink

Let me just avoid any confusion; it’s Meatloaf-on-a-Stick. Now that is out of the way lemme tell you where to find it. The Blue Barn, a venture by the Blue Plate Restaurant Company who started Highland Grill in 1993 and grew to include The Lowry, Longfellow Grill, Scusi, Groveland Tap, Edina Grill, 3 Squares Restaurant, […]

September 1, 2016

Sweet Martha’s Cookies

Events, Food & Drink

As soon as Brad (pictured, just moments before his glucose and mood elevated) said Lift Bridge (and me!) were headed to the Minnesota State Fair, there was one thing on my mind, chocolate chip cookies. If I know anything, its that people will wait all year just to get their hands on a fresh-out-of-the-oven, filled […]

August 30, 2016

The Frontier Bar

Events, Food & Drink

On the south side of Carnes Avenue, between Liggett and Nelson streets sits Frontier Bar. A place known more for their attention to detail with their quirky, funny, western, saloon decor than nearly any other place at the fair – it just so happens to be the next stop as we drink our way through […]

August 30, 2016

The Ball Park Cafe

Events, Food & Drink

When it comes to the Minnesota State Fair, happy people are a good indication of a worthwhile stop. The Ball Park Cafe on Underwood, between Carnes and Dan Patch Avenues, is just that. A favorite of the Lift Bridge folk, adding it our “Drink Your Way Through the Fair” trek, The Ball Park Cafe is […]

August 29, 2016

O’Gara’s at the Fair

Events, Food & Drink

The next stop on our ‘Drink Your Way Through The Fair‘ adventure with Lift Bridge is by far one of the most well-known. O’Gara’s at the Fair has been a mainstay since it moved from the Food Building to its standalone location in 2010. It’s a staple and a local favorite with very good reason. Live […]

August 28, 2016



If you are a car lover like myself, I have something you should definitely add to your #mnbucketlist. The MN C&C (ahem, cars and coffee) is a monthly gathering of automotive enthusiasts for ooo-ing and ahh-ing. It’s hosted at the Auto MotorPlex in Chanhassen off Audubon, the first Saturday of the month from April through […]

August 6, 2016

You’re Invited! Community Coffee


What is Community? What does it mean to you?  These are questions we have all asked ourselves in our own collective pursuits. When we look to bridge gaps, end forms of oppression and different kinds of conflict, and to go further, when we decide who to vote for, where to volunteer our time, how we […]

July 13, 2016

Mark’s Bar and Grill (Off Liquor)

Events, Food & Drink

As soon as I found out that the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener was going to be in McGregor, I knew I had to go to Mark’s Bar. A town staple that serves as a favorite watering hole for locals, vacationers, townies, “just passin’ through”s and overnight-ers; ask anyone in McGregor and they’ll know Mark’s. A […]

May 20, 2016

Savanna Portage State Park

Events, Parks & Geology

One of the perks of being at the Governor’s Annual Fishing Opener (69th this year!) is being in close proximity to wildlife and natural resource experts. You get this rare chance to understand an area that others merely pass through and I took full advantage. Savanna Portage State Park is only a few short miles […]

May 16, 2016

McGregor Baking Co.

Events, Food & Drink

When it comes to road trips, I always seek out anywhere that serves up coffee and carbs. And when I was on my way up to the 2016 Governor’s Fishing Opener in McGregor this past weekend, I found exactly what I was looking for. Opened in 2006 by Mark and Stacy Bohn, the McGregor Baking […]

May 16, 2016