Arts & Culture

Soni Styrlund and her daughters, MacKenzie and Maddi, decorate eight Christmas trees every year in their Eden Prairie family home. Soni says it all began with one tree—decorated with handmade ornaments and mementos that have special meaning.

While they appear to be slumbering this time of year, natural elements still provide vibrant touches to decor, ideal to incorporate into winter and holiday milieu. Invite guests and the outdoors into your home for entertaining during the holidays.

“The scariest thing is nonexistence,” Reynold Philipsek says in the opening of the documentary A Life Well Played. To be sure, he’s talking about nonexistence in the form of many things, but music is clearly his focus—his 36th album came out in October.

Brian Vaughan was just 16 when his trombone-playing skills launched him on a journey with The Continental Singers, taking him from his home in Arizona to stages around the world.

Imagine attending Fika, a traditional Swedish meal where friends and family take a coffee break to enjoy baked goods and each other's company. What are the appropriate manners? What are the words for please and thank you in Swedish?

One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but most wine makers hope consumers judge, at least partly, a bottle by its label. Deliberate attention is granted to details that create what goes into a bottle of wine—and what goes on it.

Stan Tekiela is ready to hit the road to Albert Lea. It’s a 100-plus-mile drive from his Victoria home, but he doesn’t mind. After all, his destination is a coveted hummingbird nest he wants to photograph.

Do you believe in the unbelievable? In Calabria, the latest work by Peter S. Beagle (the acclaimed author of The Last Unicorn), is a lovely novella set in the Calabria region of Italy.  Farmer Claudio Bianchi is a curmudgeon, who prefers to be left alone with his pig, cows and goat.

Under the rim of a baseball cap, long hair frames the always smiling face of Steve Kelzer.  It’s not hard to picture Kelzer riding on a tractor out in the fields of his Chaska family farm or feeding the cows.

While spring may be a top contender for her favorite season for photography, Christine Neff Kojetin says, “For frequency of shooting, nothing beats fall—the colors, the weather and the activities.  We are really active in the fall—apple picking, corn mazes, fall color hikes and pumpkin picking al

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