Mudd Lake Furniture is a rustic barn brimming with eclectic, sophisticated furniture. Owner and former NFL football player Bob Kratch hand-selects quality furnishings, lighting, artwork and home goods from reputable suppliers that purchase goods in India, Europe, Atlantis, Asia, and local flea markets. Dress up a room with a Victorian frame ($60), find forgotten isles or isthmuses on a vintage globe ($99), and or make space for medium sized draft table ($75) ideal for drawing or holding multiple ice-cold draughts. Mudd Lake Furniture is open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment.
Midwest Carry Academy's instructors work out of various local gun ranges and training venues.
The rental selection comprises vintage and modern firearms. Some options include WWII rifles and Glock 9-millimeter handguns.
The instructors at Midwest Carry Academy have backgrounds that range from law enforcement to the military, and they draw on these experiences to teach handgun-shooting and home-defense courses to students of all experience levels. As a safety precaution and a dedication to the pastime, they too take new courses to develop their skills as both teachers and gun handlers.
Sprawling across 1,137 acres, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum entices explorers with 12.5 miles of winding hiking trails and color-dappled garden paths displaying more than 5,000 dazzling plant specimens in their natural habitats. The steel-and-bronze sculptures of the Steelroots exhibition silently guard the path to the Maze Garden, twisting their curvilinear heft into evocative anthropomorphic angles that call to mind passionate love or celebratory end zone dances. Wander amid the 16 towering statues, created by Pennsylvania artist Steve Tobin as allegories for the entwined roots of modern communities, or join trained Arboretum guides as they thread guests through the facility’s lustrous forest on a one-hour guided Arboretum Highlights walking tour departing at 1 p.m. each day. Indoors, the Reedy Gallery celebrates the shadowy side of nature’s beauty with Here Comes the Sun, an exhibition of 26 sun-splashed landscapes, salt-sprayed ocean scenes, and syrup-drizzled pancake sculptures rendered by local and national artists.
“Stocky.” Justin Yule remembers when others used this adjective to describe him, an observation he considered to be a nice way of saying that he was overweight. It wasn’t until his dad invited him to work out at the gym that Justin discovered a passion for fitness and a desire to chisel away the stockiness he carried. Since achieving his goals, he has kept up his fit physique more than 22 years.
Justin also channeled his passion into a bachelor’s of science in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness. He used his extensive training to devise the curriculum for Look Great at the Lake Boot Camp, which he also founded. Justin calls his program the “fitness revolution,” mainly because it breaks exercisers out of the tedious routines they often fall into at the gym or when their friend Sisyphus asks them to push his rock and promises he’ll only be gone for five minutes. Every one of Justin’s workout moves come in three levels, each scaled to challenge exercisers of different strengths and experience levels. He also relies heavily on body-weight resistance exercises, and coaches provide guidance and support to clients in reaching their goals.
Justin considers the most valuable part of his program to be the camaraderie that he encourages among his participants in and out of the boot-camp classroom. He organizes charity events and parties so that groups can mingle and become a cohesive unit working toward a single goal. To further ease his clients’ path to fitness, he also offers nutrition programs, online exercises and tips, and education in the form of newsletters and fitness books that he’s penned himself.
At Jump and Jam Activity Center, they can trade outdoor jungle gyms for a 10,000-square-foot interconnected trampoline or exchange simulated fire in the 3,000-square-foot laser-tag arena. Much like the supreme court's chambers, Jump and Jam also houses two dodge-ball courts and a duo of slam-dunk jump lanes. Jump and Jam rounds out its services with birthday-party packages and trampoline-based workout sessions for those looking to spice up their fitness routine.