Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the state?s storied past, the Minnesota Historical Society dutifully curates 26 historic sites and museums that help visitors delve into days of yore?from the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids to the Jeffers Petroglyphs in Comfrey and Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore.
Explore the Minnesota History Center?s collection of artifacts, local artworks, and hands-on exhibits at the History Center in St. Paul, from Civil War battle flags to Prince's suit from Purple Rain. Temporary exhibits include American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, on display through March 16, and Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s, opening May 24. Mill City Museum in Minneapolis chronicles the linked histories of the flour industry, Minneapolis, and the Mississippi River, sending visitors through history as they traverse each floor on an eight-story elevator ride that depicts a working day at the mill. As a bonus, baking-lab demonstrations produce balmy bread samples and historically accurate stomach rumbles.
In 1905, the Minnesota State Capitol building opened to the public; more than a century later, it continues to welcome more than 120,000 visitors each year to the home of the state government’s three branches. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by acclaimed architect Cass Gilbert, the building lays claim to world’s second-largest self-supporting marble dome, a title the dome maintains by working a second job as the back-up roof of the Metrodome. Within the white Georgia marble and Saint Cloud–granite exterior of the edifice, 67 senators and 134 representatives wrangle with politics while striding through stately corridors and chambers decorated by murals, sculptures, and paintings carefully selected by Gilbert to complement the building’s elegant style. Hand-painted arabesques and local flora swirl overhead on the vaulted ceilings, and the brushstrokes of John LaFarge depict legal concepts above the bench of Minnesota’s supreme court. Visitors can drop into the rathskeller café, which evokes a German eating hall with restored murals, for a bite to eat and a toast to the health of the state’s royal family.
At its full-service, well-maintained facility, Midway Pro Bowl caters to bowlers of all dedication levels. Its optional bumpers bolster beginners, whereas onsite bowling lessons employ instructors certified by the United States Bowling Congress to elevate skills. The pin-falling activity on Midway Pro Bowl's 32 lanes is monitored by automatic scoring systems, and fashionable bowlers can turn lanes into runways with sparkling new balls and accessories from its well-stocked pro shop. After the game, a full-service lounge conjures postgame relaxation with alcoholic beverages. Alternatively, the most dedicated competitors can refuel with burgers, hot dogs, or pizza from the snack bar before taking to the arcade to spar with virtual foes rather than playing bowling-ball dodge ball with real-life foes.
Epic Vow Wedding Photography owner Nicole Daniels carefully pairs members of her shutter squad with engaged couples for wedding shoots befitting each client’s personal style. Photographers snap an average of 100 high-quality digital images during four-hour nuptials and anywhere from 200 to 400 pictures at ceremonies exceeding five hours. Nicole digitally edits the strongest shots herself, ensuring that any facial blemishes, lipstick smudges, or ghostly apparitions are eradicated from final prints. Along with a trio of packages, Nicole preserves colorized and black and white photographs by mounting images on hardboard masonite or canvas, assembling shots in a softbound or wave-accordion album, or creating metallic prints.
Separated by about five miles, Como & Phalen Golf Courses have one salient feature in common: both 18-hole courses nestle on the western shores of lakes that inspired each course's name. But despite a similar aesthetic, the two courses present distinct playing experiences.
Sculpted through the parkland of Phalen Park, Phalen Golf Course spans 6,100 yards to form a par 70 layout that will test golfers' accuracy with every club in their bag; fortunately, players can practice shots before the round at an on-site driving range.
For its part, Como Golf Course arcs over rolling terrain dotted with numerous ponds and sandtraps, its undulating landscape compensating for a modest 5,581-yard length. The deviously sloped greens make for hard breaks and fast putts, so golfers should hone a gentle touch by warming up at the practice green or playing a practice round with a soft-boiled egg.
Phalen Golf Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,100 yards from the tips * Course rating of 67.5 * Slope rating of 116
Como Golf Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 5,581 yards from the middle tees * Course rating of 67.5 * Slope rating of 122
Christine Jaques has developed routines for more than 300 athletes during her career as a certified personal trainer. At AX Fitness, her classes blend strength, cardio, and plyometric exercises, resulting in a brand of interval training that challenges the entire body. These sessions aren't just for sports nuts, though?her cardio boxing classes cater to fitness beginners, incorporating core training alongside traditional boxing jabs, dodges, and really hard punches. Cardio boxing classes are best suited for beginners and AX fitness classes are suited for intermediate to advanced students. Programs address goals from weight-loss to marathon prep. Christine incorporates interval training, functional movement, and sustainable fitness. Christine also modifies her routines each week, preventing boredom or plateaus.