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To see one of the most beautiful parks in Minneapolis, follow the winding path of Minnehaha Creek westward to where it makes a scenic drop over Minnehaha Falls. People come from all over the state to view and photograph this beautiful site, and the creek isn't the only scenic part of this park in Western Minneapolis. The park is atop towering bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.

The Minneapolis Park Board says Minnehaha Park is the most visited each year, drawing in more than 850,000 people annually to see the 53-foot waterfall, enjoy the splash pad, bike the meandering trails or enjoy a picnic in one of the many shelters. And a good number of those visitors stand in line for food at the Sea Salt Eatery every summer.

One of the best ways to

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Neighborhood parks often act as the center of a community. They're where young couples stroll while holding hands and talking about their futures. New parents bring their young children to the playgrounds to burn off that excess energy. Children of elementary-school age cause chaos while zooming around on their bikes. Teenagers love to hang out in the neighborhood park, playing a pickup game of basketball or laughing with friends. Older couples, too, will find a comfy bench where they can sit back and observe it all.

Developers in Minneapolis and St. Paul recognized the need for neighborhood parks over the years, which is why you'll find small green spaces and large urban parks scattered throughout the Twin Cities. Some of these parks are known for

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Excitement brimming in Warehouse District and Downtown West over new Target Center renovation

Residents living in the Minneapolis Warehouse District will experience some construction work happening on the southern edge of the neighborhood starting next year, but the finished plans will bring some much-needed improvements to the Target Center.

The Star Tribune reported last month that Architectural Alliance and Sink Combs Dethlefs was hired to handle the $97 million remodeling project for Target Center. You've seen Architectural Alliance's work in other downtown buildings like the Central Library, the Guthrie and TCF Bank Stadium. Sink Combs Dethlefs will be responsible for the arena's indoor remodel.

Not only will the remodel better connect the

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Events and new stores opening in the summer make it a great time to buy and sell condos or lofts downtown

We're now fully into the summer months in the Twin Cities, and that means we're outside and ready to enjoy a meal on the patio at our favorite restaurant, hear a local band perform in one of the parks, watch a Twins game outside at Target Field or check out the newest shops on Grand Avenue in St. Paul or in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood. With so much to see and do outdoors, people are outside and energized to explore their neighborhoods. That makes time of year perfect for buying and selling lofts and condos downtown, because high visibility is guaranteed.

The North Loop has seen many changes in recent years. Several lofts and condos have

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Balcony and rooftop gardening booming among Minneapolis loft and condo residents

The upswing of people moving into lofts and condos downtown has created a new trend in gardening — patio and rooftop gardens. Baby boomers and retirees who've sold their single family homes — where they planted and tended large gardens — still want to surround themselves with living plants, and they are taking advantage of the limited space they have. Additionally, young professionals who don't have the time to maintain a yard love having the option to test their green thumbs on a smaller scale.

Container gardening has always been popular with window pots and colorful flowers growing on front stoops, but the latest trend is to nourish vegetables, herbs, flowers and even

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If you’ve been dreaming lately of fresh vegetables for tossing in salads, frying in a stir fry or using to decorate some delicious sandwiches, those dreams will soon be reality. The farmers markets in Minneapolis have all either started or will be soon, and I can’t wait to get out and start shopping for fresh flowers and those delicious, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

There are several Minneapolis farmers markets to explore. The North Lyndale market at 312 East Lyndale Ave. North has been open on Saturdays for some time, and even though we’re not in season yet for the fruits and vegetables, I still like to go for the meat and poultry vendors. There’s something special about talking with the vendors, asking cooking questions and learning more

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At last, spring has arrived, and with it the ability to use your bike to take you where you want to go again! You’ve probably already seen swarms of bike riders using the hundreds of Twin Cities bike trails marked throughout the metro and surrounding suburbs. It’s a popular activity in the metro area, so popular, in fact, that we compete with Portland, Ore., on an annual basis to be named the best city for cycling.

Minneapolis and St. Paul residents use the bike trails for many reasons. Some choose to keep their car parked at home and skip public transportation in favor of riding their bike to work. Others ride for recreational and sight-seeing reasons, using the slower mode of transportation to really get out and experience the area.

There are many

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Mother’s Day is this weekend, and you’ll want to be celebrating with the kids. The weather forecast is looking good, too; it'll be the perfect time to spend an afternoon or all day at one of these St. Paul playgrounds.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory – With a small donation, you can spend all day looking at the penguins, monkeys, tigers and polar bears. You can also enjoy a picnic in the large park area before walking through the colorful gardens in the conservatory. If the kids need some stimulation, Como Town is also open, and the family can enjoy a ride or two to end the perfect day together.

Phalen park – If you only have time for a picnic in between all the other Mother’s Day activities you have planned, be sure to plan your picnic at Phalen

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