It’s farm babies time at the Minnesota Zoo

The Farm Babies are back at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Unlike last year, you can visit the animals in-person this time around, though they’re still offering virtual content as well. Farm Babies runs through May 16th. This year they’ll have lambs, piglets, calves, llamas, chicks, and more. To reserve your day and time visit: www.mnzoo.org

Twin Cities disc golf pro opening third Minnesota course

The sport of disc golf spiked in popularity during the pandemic. It’s an approachable sport to try since you don’t need clubs or a cart and it’s outdoors with plenty of space to socially distance. One year ago, pro disc golfer, Cale Leiviska opened two new 18-hole courses in Clearwater. Now he’s getting ready to open a third, less challenging course, in the same area. They’re all part of the Airborn Disc Golf Preserve, which offers championship caliber courses on the former Driftwood Golf Course site on the banks of the Mississippi River

Local stylist rolls out swanky salon on wheels

A Burnsville hairdresser is taking her salon on the road. After the pandemic shut down her business last spring, she didn't waste any time purchasing a trailer and converting it into a glamorous beauty parlor on wheels. Susan Chin owns The Chandelier Suite Hair Boutique. Her swanky mobile salon was designed with bridal parties in mind, but could also work for events like prom and little princess birthday parties. For more information visit: Www.thechandeliersuite.com

Stillwater coffee shop pay-it-forward streak hits one year

A year ago when the pandemic brought fear and uncertainty to our lives, a Stillwater realtor wanted to do something kind to bring people joy. She decided to put down $100 to buy other people coffee at The Daily Grind Espresso Cafe. A year later; and that’s how every morning has started as others keep the gesture going. To follow along with their streak, check out their Facebook page

Brit’s Pub ready to reopen

After a seven-month closure, Brit’s Pub reopens in downtown Minneapolis today. It was damaged in a riot in August. Looters broke the windows, started a fire and stole memorabilia off the walls. The bar has been fully restored to its original form. All indoor seating will be open this weekend. The lawn bowling green won’t open until this summer. For now, Brit’s will be open Thursday to Sunday. For more information visit: https://britspub.com/

New bar on wheels brings the party right to your driveway

There’s a new type of bar in the Twin Cities. It’s on wheels, but you don’t have to peddle it. It’s called ‘The Fab Tap’ and it’s full of surprises from the selfie wall to the champagne glitter bomb. The airstream trailer is far more than a bar, it’s a customized experience with yard games for tailgating to flower crowns and jewelry making for bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Lindsey Pattee, a Plymouth mom of two, came up with the idea during the pandemic as a way to connect safely outdoors, bringing the party right to your driveway for small gatherings and events. For more information visit: https://thefabtapco.com/

New bakery brings Texas-style donuts to Shakopee

A Shakopee family is living their dream after finally opening the business they’ve been building for years. It’s called ‘Sabbai’s The Donut Hole’ and its bringing Texas-style donuts to the southwest metro. The donut and bubble tea shop is located off 169 and Canterbury Road. Ashley Minh and her family trained in Texas for a month and had their shop ready to go in early 2020, but the difference in humidity mean the donuts weren’t baking up right. The family spent almost another year perfecting their recipe. The shop is now open Wednesday to Sunday, 6am to 2pm.

Minnesota’s first tap house, dog park combo celebrates one year

There are plenty of bars and restaurants that allow you to bring your pup along, but Unleashed Hounds & Hops is Minnesota’s first bar that was created with dogs in mind. The tap house, dog park combo opened a year ago near the Farmer’s Market Annex in Minneapolis. They have a fenced dog park with doggy obstacles and bark rangers on hand to keep the peace. And on the outside of the dog park, plenty of bar top space to eat and drink while watching the dogs play. For more information visit: https://unleashedhoundsandhops.com/

Golf Zone reopens under new ownership

In 2018, Golf Zone in Chanhassen suddenly closed its doors. Loyal customer, Brian Colvin, decided he wanted to step in and reopen the driving range and mini golf course. After a few months of fixing up the place, he opened the doors once again on March 9th. Golf Zone is open seven days a week, 8am to 8pm. For more information visit: https://www.golfzonemn.com/

History Center exhibit explores most influential Minnesota women

March is Women’s History Month and the Minnesota History Center has a new show highlighting Minnesota women who made lasting contributions to history, culture and society. The ‘Extraordinary Women’ exhibit is open now. The History Center is open Thursday to Sunday. For more information visit: www.mnhs.org/extraordinarywomen

Breaking bread for Irish Fair fundraiser

A group of the Twin Cities’ most beloved Irish and Irish-Americans have been baking up a fundraiser. They’ll be selling two types of Irish soda bread with a Minnesota twist in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and in support of the Irish Fair of Minnesota. There will be classic brown soda bread and a beer-bread version featuring Finnegan’s Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout. The bread is being produced at Baker’s Field Flour & Bread in the Food Building in NE Minneapolis. Sales begin Friday March 5th and run through the 21st. The bread can be purchased for $6 at Kieran’s Kitchen and Irish on Grand in St. Paul.

Parade of Homes tour opens the doors to some of the Twin Cities dreamiest homes

Interest in home renovation has boomed since the pandemic as we all spend more time at home for distance learning and working from home. A great place to get fresh ideas is the Parade of Homes Tour, which opens the doors to more than 300 houses across the Twin Cities in a wide range of prices. The tour runs Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm through March. All homes will have a maximum occupancy of 10 people. While most the homes are free to tour, there are a handful of Dream Homes, which cost $5. That money goes to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation to build and remodel homes for area families in need. For more information visit: https://www.paradeofhomes.org/

James Beard award-winning Chef, Ann Kim, opens new restaurant

Chef Ann Kim’s newest venture, Sooki & Mimi, has opened its doors in the former Lucia’s space in Uptown. Known for her pizza creations at Pizzeria Lola and Young Joni, Kim is changing it up, this time focusing on hand-made tortillas. For now, the restaurant is only offering a specially curated 10-course vegetarian meal. The bar area is open as well for drinks and tacos.

Wayzata puts winter twist on drive-in movie

The City of Wayzata is putting a winter twist on a drive-in movie with their Cinema and Skates event this weekend, where you can skate on an infinity loop on Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka while enjoying movies like Frozen 2 and The Mighty Ducks.

Popular artwork from MIA re-created in ice

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is bringing a pieces of their collection outside the walls of the museum. They’ve teamed up with ‘Ice Occasions’ to recreate the fan-favorites as ice sculptures that’ll be placed in parks across Minneapolis for all to see. The art-in-ice will be on view starting Friday, February 19th. The five museum pieces and locations are: Veiled Lady at Longfellow Park, Olive Trees at Washburn-Fair Oaks Park, Your Dog at Bde Mka Ska, Celestial Horse at North Commons Park and Lobster Telephone at Boom Island Park. For more information visit: https://new.artsmia.org/art-in-ice/

Popular artwork from MIA re-created in ice

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is bringing a pieces of their collection outside the walls of the museum. They’ve teamed up with ‘Ice Occasions’ to recreate the fan-favorites as ice sculptures that’ll be placed in parks across Minneapolis for all to see. The art-in-ice will be on view starting Friday, February 19th. The five museum pieces and locations are: Veiled Lady at Longfellow Park, Olive Trees at Washburn-Fair Oaks Park, Your Dog at Bde Mka Ska, Celestial Horse at North Commons Park and Lobster Telephone at Boom Island Park. For more information visit: https://new.artsmia.org/art-in-ice/

Mikayla Holmgren hopes to be 1st woman with Down Syndrome featured in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue has come a long way in the last few years making a commitment to inclusion. One of our own, Minnesota’s Halima Aden, was the first model featured wearing a hijab and burkini. Now, Marine on St. Croix native is hoping to be the next Minnesotan to make history in the issue. Her name is Mikayla Holmgren and if that name rings a bell it’s because she was the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA pageant entering the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in 2017. She won the Spirit of Miss USA and Director’s awards that night. Now she’s set her sights on the SI Swim Issue and put together her audition video which is now posted online. To follow along with her journey, you can check her out on Instagram @Mikholmgren_Inspiring_Others