Garden tours highlight variety of Twin Cities landscapes

Tour 10 unique Twin Cities metro gardens on Saturday as part of the Hennepin County Master Gardener Volunteer Learning Tour. The event is on Saturday, July 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Education is folded into this tour with 100+ Master Gardeners stationed at the featured gardens to answer your questions. Tickets to the tour, purchased in advance are $15 or $20 the day of. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult.

Limited time tours at renovated Pillsbury Castle

For the last year, work has been ongoing to preserve and restore a historic Minneapolis home. Two local entrepreneurs purchased the Pillsbury Mansion in 2023 and brought in 30 designers to furnish the 10,000 sq ft home. The home will be open for tours from July 12-28, and then the owners will move into the home. For more history on the house and to purchase tickets, visit PillsburyCastle.com

Doggie Walk for Page Foundation

Vikings Legend Alan Page is using the power of pets to help students of color have access to higher education. The Page Education Foundation. is hosting their annual summer celebration, called the Doggie Walk Saturday July 13th. Leaders from the Page Education Foundation and their partner the Rescue Pack joined FOX 9 Good Day to talk about the upcoming event.

Mpls park workers extend strike indefinitely

Minneapolis park workers walked off the job on the Fourth of July for a week-long strike, but the union says they are going to continue fighting and extend their strike indefinitely, adding they demand contract negotiations from the park board.

Harriet Island drying out after flooding

Water levels continue to drop after record flooding, and St. Paul officials are hoping things dry out quickly at Harriet Island so that a music festival planned on July 19-20 can go on as planned.

Hamel Rodeo gallops back for 43rd year

It’s time to rope and ride. The Hamel Rodeo returns to Corcoran Lion’s Park on Thursday evening, July 11, and runs through Sunday evening. The performances will feature bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and the Bull Ridin’ Bonanza.

LGBTQ+ choruses gather in Minneapolis for weekend event

Thousands of vocalists will be in Minneapolis this week for the largest LGBTQ+ choral event in the world. A total of 122 choruses from around the globe will join the GALA Choruses Festival. There will be hundreds of concerts during the five-day span, July 10-14. Many of the events are free and some are ticketed. The opening event is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Peavey Plaza on July 10. Check out the full schedule online at GalaChoruses.org.

Minnesota State Fair new foods taste test

The Minnesota State Fair is fast approaching and food always brings in the crowds. Tom Butler and Keith Marler put their taste buds to the test, trying out three of the new foods including the dill pickle tots from Tot Boss, the Raging Ball from Herbivorous Butcher, and the Turkey Kristo from the Minnesota Farmers Union Coffee Shop.

Trail of Small Wonders opens in St. Louis Park

A little magic has arrived at the Westwood Hills Nature Center. For the fourth year, the Trail of Small Wonders is back in St. Louis Park. It features a miniature world of 150 hand-made dwellings for fairies, elves, gnomes and trolls. The Opening Day Festival is from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and is free and open to all and the trail is ADA accessible. The fairy houses will remain on display at Westwood Hills Nature Center from July 9th – 27th from sunrise to sunset. It’s located at 8200 West Franklin Avenue in St. Louis Park.

Meet the new Children's Theatre Company director

The Children's Theatre Company has a new director. Rick Dildine comes to Minnesota after several seasons serving as the Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He replaces Peter C. Brosius, who departed CTC on at the end of June after 27 years leading the organization.

Burnsville donut shop adds 2nd spot in Lakeville

Donut Star first opened in Burnsville during the 70s. In 2022, new owners purchased it, did a full renovation and brought a new approach to donuts. Everything is made by hand in-house and they focus on the classics. Now they’ve added a second location in Lakeville at 7656 160th St W. It’s open Wednesday through Friday 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

FOX 9 Good Day: July 3, 2024

Do you decorate for 4th of July? You might be surprised to learn how many people are flaunting their red, white, and blue. Plus, would you eat a sandwich that uses a pickle as the bun? Also, how to keep up with the shifting generational differences in the workplace. A leader in the business world joins us with advice. Also, some easy recipes to cut through the summer smells that take over your house.

Inflatable park experience opens outside the Mall of America

A gigantic bounce park has moved into Bloomington for the summer. FunBox is now open in the east lot across the street from Mall of America. It’s hard to miss since it’s 25,000 square feet of bright colored jumping zones. There are obstacles, games and challenges including a ninja wall, battle beam, obstacle course and 23-foot slide. Right now, it’s open Wednesday through Sunday and will be in place through Sept. 8. For more information visit FunBox.com

Dachshund races coming to Canterbury Park

The horses will be galloping at Canterbury Park on July 3 and July 4 for special race days. On Wednesday there will be live racing, live music and Fireworks. On Thursday there will be wiener dog races in between horse races along with a hot dog eating contest and inflatable pig races. The top four dogs from each heat advance to the Best In Show races on Sept. 1 that will feature all five breeds that will race over the summer.

Little Shop of Horrors on stage now

A florist and a plant with a thirst for blood, what could go wrong? The Little Shop of Horrors is a mashup of science fiction, horror and comedy. It's on stage through August 18th at the Guthrie Theater. Cast members Will Roland and China Brickey joined FOX 9 Good Day to chat about this unique take on the cult-classic.

Reports give a pulse check on the economy

A new sign that inflation is continuing to ease. A Commerce Department report shows that consumer prices were flat from April to May. Meantime data shows spending was up 5% year over year. Patrick Rehkamp, a senior financial writer from 1834, A Division of Old National Bank, joined the FOX 9 Morning News to breakdown what the latest data means for consumers.