Chapter 1: Valley Bookseller and Daily Grind Coffee in Stillwater

My wife and I spent St. Patrick's Day making up for postponed Valentine's Day plans. This year's romantic adventure? A 171-mile drive to a used book store in Viroqua, Wisc. We planned stops at...
A woman holds a slice of birthday cake at a restaurant

The Twin Cities’ Best Birthday Deals, Ranked

It's 2018, and you're still paying for stuff on your birthday? Cut it out! You should be having no trouble living the high life on the cheap in this ad-happy world of email blasts, newsletters, Facebook...
A campfire during autumn in Newport, Minnesota

My Website is So Much Better Now That I Wrecked It!

When my four-day weekend came for President’s Day, I scaled the highest snowbank in sight and declared “I am doing nothing this weekend!” I was going to loaf on the couch. I was going...

Dear Woodbury

Dear Woodbury, We were close once. Really close. I vividly remember those days, right after my wife and I got married back in 2011. We had this little one-bedroom townhome off Courtly Road and Lake Road. The...

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