After his security team escaped unscathed from an attack during a refueling mission, AJ Reyer received an ARCOM medal with valor from the US Army. He served eight years, during which he flexed his teaching muscles by training 140 soldiers in convoy security. When AJ returned home in 2004, he became a law-enforcement officer, patrolling Minnesotan streets and eventually joining the department's SWAT team.
He channels these experiences into classes at Protection and Security Services. While his beginning students learn gun safety and shooting techniques, his advanced pupils participate in real-life SWAT training scenarios that incorporate room clearing, hands-on self-defense, and firing airsoft replica handguns while moving. AJ also teaches private classes on a limited basis.
Drafts of cool air usually clue homeowners in to air leaks around windows or doors. But larger, more problematic air leaks may be hidden in attics, basements, ductwork, and crawlspaces, leaching the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Elite Energy Efficiency's experienced, BPI-certified technicians find the leaks during home energy audits, which they conduct using diagnostic tools such as infrared cameras. Techs can then seal the leaks with caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping. These services reduce energy bills and may qualify clients for further rebates from energy companies.
The season finale of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra comes to a dramatic Deutschlandic conclusion, with a showcase of classical German music spanning three centuries. Join conductor, ivory tickler, and SPCO artistic partner Christian Zacharias, who has conducted both the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras, as he begins the evening with an elegant performance of Piano Concerto in D Minor by C. P. E. Bach. Zacharias will then resume vertical posture to conduct Schumann's Spring Symphony, a piece composed from Schumann's fast-flowing heart and mind during his honeymoon period with pianist wife, Clara Wieck. Enjoy this evening of joyous classical music, and attend the SPCO before the offseason starts.
Camp Bow Wow Burnsville’s pooch paradise resembles a cabin in the north woods, with wood counters and accents backed by a painted mural of dogs in the wilderness. Whether being dropped off for a day or an extended overnight stay, each pup gets the chance to play with other dogs all day in the spacious indoor and outdoor spaces. The watchful camp counselors set up playgroups based on each dog’s energy level and temperament, ensuring that young pets can tumble and race while the elders discuss the particulars of their treat pensions. Owners can keep an eye on their four-legged friend with the Camp Bow Wow Camper Cams, which provide a live stream of the indoor and outdoor play areas.
Building off the camp theme, dogs can retire to the camp lounge to relax in cozy beds, or race up and down the playground-style terrain. Each dog is provided with their own cabin, though they only visit them during meals and bedtime stories. The boarders also offer grooming services such as baths and nail trimming.
Viking Blinds is a family-owned-and-operated provider of quality custom window-coverings from Hunter Douglas. With quality wood ($122 for a 36"x36" value blind; $136 for premium) or two-inch aluminum blinds ($116 for 36"x36"), you can suspiciously survey the neighborhood riffraff before letting go with a satisfying snap. Or perhaps you'll find joy performing shadow-puppet shows on soft honeycomb shades ($111 for 30"x30"; $126 for 36"x36") before an audience of tomato-stuffed mason jars. Make sure with today's deal your window-coverings block out the platinum-fringed leaves in the forest homes of obscenely wealthy squirrels, which also shut out the harsh rays of the sun at their convenience.
When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in 1941, the menu offered beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, drinks, and that’s all. By focusing on perfecting the flavors of a few dishes, Travis was able to increase quality, and, ultimately, customers. Patrons were so enamored of the food that the restaurant eventually expanded into a nationwide franchise, allowing Americans all over to wear badges made of barbecue sauce. Over the past 70 years, Dickey’s has been passed on to Travis’s sons, but not much else has changed—the quality meats are still seasoned and smoked on site, and except for the addition of spicy cheddar sausage in 2011, the menu remains the same. Regional meats ensure that the most succulent Texas-style chopped beef brisket, old-recipe polish sausage, and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs make it to tabletops. Sides such as mac 'n' cheese and green beans with bacon continue to enhance feasts with an extra punch of homestyle tastiness. Each meal comes complete with complimentary ice cream, soft rolls, and dill pickles.