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Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.

779 Bielenberg Dr
Saint Paul,
MN
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On the morning of September 11, 2001, Robert Herzog dropped off his laundry, picked up his mail, and took the local C train to work instead of the express A train. When he arrived for work at the north World Trade Center tower that morning, nearly 300 of his coworkers were dead. Stunned by his inexplicable escape from death, Herzog battled through his trauma by focusing on the good things in his life. Earlier that year, he met his wife-to-be playing coed softball. He had enjoyed the league but felt he could do better. Tempered by the sense of charity and community that was so ubiquitous after September 11, he opened ZogSports—a sports league that donates 10% of its profits to charity—in 2002. Since then, leagues have spread from New York and the northeast out to Atlanta and the Twin Cities. Casual competitors in their 20s and 30s team up in touch-football leagues and indoor-volleyball leagues, making new friends on the field, at postgame happy hours, and at preseason press conferences. When teams sign up for ZogSports's leagues, they choose a charity to represent. From there, teams compete to win the league championship, come up with the funniest team name, or order the most drinks at the bar after the game, all of which earn them money for their charity of choice. To date, the company has donated more than $1.5 million to various charities.

3416 4th Avenue Southeast
Arden Hills,
MN
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An arm of the Minnesota Women of Today, the civic-minded ladies at Eagan Women of Today help fund local schools and charities while fostering lifelong friendships and a deep sense of community. The network of friendly volunteers and community leaders contribute to worthy causes and local non-profits while promoting a sense of fun and friendship with regular social events and outings.

For the third year in a row, Eagan Women of Today welcome their friends and neighbors to get fit while raising money for a good cause during their Sweatin to the 80s Charity 5k event. The race's retro theme allows participants to dust off their old wardrobe and hit the track in bold apparel such as Aviator sunglasses, neon-colored workout gear, or "John Anderson for President" campaign t-shirts. Lone runners, whole families, strollers, and pets join together to enjoy the fresh air of Trapp Farm Park, and pledge money to organizations such as the Dakota Woodlands, a scholarship from Eagan High School, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, and Eagan Ambassadors.

P.O. Box 211553
Saint Paul,
MN
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Saints North Family Skate Center offers roller skating, mini golf, laser tag, and myriad other ways to keep the whole family engaged. The skating rink opens up into a smooth and polished oval where skaters of all ages can cruise in time with an entertaining and all-ages soundtrack. There's family fun skating sessions offered during the day and night, where parents and kids can skate side-by-side or watch dad and mom do the hokey pokey and hula hoop. On Wednesday nights, grown-up skatiers can zip around each other on Adults Night. The free mini-golf course makes trading your skates for shoes an enticing option, as does the laser-tag chamber. There's also a snack bar with food and drinks, and a seating area to watch others skaters weave their way around the rink.

1818 Gervais Ct
Saint Paul,
MN
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It's no easy task to navigate the large warehouse that holds Devil Ops Airsoft. Two separate airsoft fields are like giant mazes, where opponents and their plastic artillery could wait behind each and every corner. The first arena takes the form of fast-paced hallways, where players must change strategies on the fly and resist the urge to quote long speeches from action films. The second arena? A two-level battlefield. Here, players fight their way up and down stairs, then battle for control of multiple rooms. The team at Devil Ops Airsoft runs public games every Saturday and Sunday and they rent out their facility for private events during the week.

2554 Como Ave.
Saint Paul,
MN
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The teachers at Cheers Pablo use group classes to introduce fledgling artists to painting. Brush-stroke-by-brush-stroke, they leads students through creating their own renderings of multihued landscapes, stone bridges, and vases of flowers with bearded smiley faces. The staff acquaints painting newbies with acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media, providing engaging demonstrations each while allowing students to explore those tools at their own pace.

8362 Tamarack Village
Woodbury,
MN
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