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Minneapolis Home & Garden Show Preps  

Friday, February 22nd, Twin Cities Live is taking the show on road. We’ll broadcast live on the main stage at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show. It’s truly a transformation and sight for sore eyes. That’s because everywhere you turn, it feels like Spring! Reporter Kelli Hanson stopped by the Minneapolis Convention Center to check out the preps underway.

Bernie’s First Ski Lesson at Afton Alps  

Elizabeth’s 4 year old daughter Bernadette is off to her first ski lesson at Afton Alps! The team at Afton says it’s great to get kids familiar with the slopes early so they can learn to enjoy this lifetime sport. Afton Alps offers group and private lessons for kids ages 4 and above. Elizabeth and Bernie start by renting all the necessary equipment and find out that even if your child doesn’t even put on skis during that first lesson, it’s still considered a success.

Metropolis Resort  

We've had a few days this winter where letting the kids head outside to build snow forts and go sledding has been pleasant. But for the most part, it's been so cold that the entire family has had to stay cooped up inside. It’s time to drive 90 minutes west where it’s a bit more tropical. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson took her girls to Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire to let the kids release all that pent up energy!

Monster Energy Supercross Championship at U.S. Bank Stadium  

Saturday, U.S. Bank Stadium will be filled with the roar of motocross bikes. That’s because the Monster Energy Supercross Championship has rolled into town. That also means 500 truckloads brought in 26 million pounds of dirt to create the indoor track. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson got about as close as a you could get to the dirt, without actually jumping on a bike. She takes us there and chats with an athlete about what it takes to compete and travel across the country.

Radisson Blu Minneapolis Deal: Tomahawk Steak  

Downtown Minneapolis has a thriving theater scene, is home to some of the best pro sports stadiums, and has some great dining.  Just blocks from the Theatre District, Target Center, and Target Field is where you'll find Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown. Inside is Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar and that is where you'll find some of that fine dining!  Chef Keven Kvalsten prepares is recipe for Tomahawk Steak.

The Westin Minneapolis: TCL Staycation Special  

If you’re looking for a special gift for your sweetie for Valentines, The Westin Minneapolis is here to help!  Chef Solomon Shaheer, from The Westin Minneapolis, stops by with a recipe you can make at home.

RV Vacation & Camping Show  

If you've forgotten what it's like to hit the road with the windows down and breathing in the warm summer air, don't worry.  There's a place you can head this weekend that brings you one step closer to those summer road trips.  Kelli is at the RV Vacation and Camping Show getting a head start.

Falen's Finds   Back To Top

Falen from the Dave Ryan Show on KDWB stopped by with some of her favorite finds!

Go Red For Women   Back To Top

This is the 15th year Go Red for Women is raising awareness and funds to help women reduce their risk of heart disease, which is the number one killer of women. Mall of America is hosting their annual Go Red Health Expo at on February 9th from 11 a.m. – 3p.m. Spokesperson for American Heart Association, Elizabeth Warmka stopped by with more details on the event.

Winter Carnival Weekend Events   Back To Top

Minnesotans really embrace winter. But when events to celebrate the cold get canceled because of the cold, you know it’s bad. Luckily we warmed up to a balmy 13 degrees and that means the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is back and in full swing. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson got to hang out with Royalty, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and saddled up to an ice bar to enjoy what the Saint Paul Winter Carnival brings to town!

Whiplash   Back To Top

The World’s Toughest Rodeo makes its way to the Xcel Energy Center the weekend of January 25th.  Besides all the cowboys there is another performer to keep an eye out for.

Home + Remodeling Show   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show is now underway at U.S. Bank Stadium.  Steve Patterson is there checking it out and he says it’s worth getting out into the cold for! 

Get tickets online for $6 when you use the promo code: COLD.  Federal government employees get in free with a valid Federal I.D. at the box office.     
 

REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson has been hanging out in Saint Louis Park all week as we celebrate the people that live there in our TCL in Your Town series. On Wednesday we found her showing off her roller skating skills at The Roller Garden, a building that has called Saint Louis Park home since 1929. It’s one of the town’s oldest businesses, and now Kelli takes us to one of the newest. REM5 VR Lab opened in the Fall of 2018 and is 6,000 square feet of pure fun. What Kelli found out was this Virtual Reality studio is great for gamers, and also for mom’s who never play video games.

TCL in Your Town: The Roller Garden   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson headed to Saint Louis Park to stop by an institution in that town – The Roller Garden. What she found out was this family business, that’s been around for 50 years, wasn’t always a oller rink. In fact in started as a horse arena in the early 1900s. The Saint Louis Park Historical Society provides the history of the building on their website.

TCL in Your Town: The Rock Camp Experience   Back To Top

If you ever dreamt of being a rock star and have always wanted to play the part, now you can. TCL in Your Town takes us to Saint Louis Park where Steve and Kelli found The Rock Camp Experience. It was once “Rock Camp for Dads”, but because Moms can rock too, now anyone can take the stage.

Escape the Cold at Como Zoo & Conservatory   Back To Top

There is quite a bit happening at Como Zoo and Conservatory this weekend.  Kelli escapes the cold temps and gets a peak at what is going on!

Ice Castles Now In Excelsior   Back To Top

We may not have the snow here in the Twin Cities, but boy do we have the ice. Ice Castles is back in Minnesota, but this year it’s in Excelsior. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson headed west to explore this winter phenomenon built with hundreds of thousands of icicles.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving   Back To Top

If there’s no way you’d ever jump out of an airplane, there’s a new space for thrill seekers that doesn’t involve a plane or a parachute. But it does feel like your free falling from 12,000 feet!  Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson headed to Minnetonka to check out iFLY Indoor Skydiving.

OmniFest   Back To Top

The Science Museum of Minnesota's Omnitheater is hosting one of their most beloved events, OMNIFEST.  From volcanoes to tornadoes to the seven wonders of the world, the festival offers something for all ages and interests.
But a big part of this flim festval is going away forever.  2019 will be the last festival that will take place on film in the Omnitheater. Later in 2019, the theater will convert from a giant screen film projection system to a digital laser projection system. When the conversion is complete, the Omnitheater will become one of the first members of the IMAX Laser Dome community.

MOA Skate the Star   Back To Top

If you've got kids, you know they're counting down the days until winter break. And parents, we know pretty soon you'll be searching for something to do that keeps them busy.  Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson is to the rescue! We found her at Mall of America, not shopping but skating the mall’s new ice rink, Skate the Star. It’s located at the North End of the Mall and is 12,000 square feet.

Radisson Blu Downtown Minneapolis: Venison Tips   Back To Top

Executive Chef of Radisson Blu Downtown Minneapolis, Keven Kvalsten stopped by with a tasty appetizer recipe and a Dot Com Deal perfect for a holiday night out.  Check out the Dot Com Deal for Radisson Blu Downtown Minneapolis, click here.

Embrace Winter at Afton Alps Back To Top

About 30 miles west of the Twin Cities is something pretty spectacular -- 300 skiable acres.  It's called Afton Alps and it's where we found our very own little ski bunny. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson takes us out on the slopes to learn the ropes of the bunny hill!

Best Holiday Light Displays in Minnesota   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live's Mike Marcotte has a roundup of the best places to check out holiday lights in Minnesota.

Holiday Market Back To Top

There’s a shopping event that not only helps you get some gifts checked off your list, they also give back. All sorts of women and minority owned business are being featured at the Holiday Market in St. Louis Park. The event is being put on by the Twin Cities Film Fest and Noise Makers.

Holiday Spots   Back To Top

There’s nothing better than getting into the holiday spirit with a fun, family activity. Emily Engberg has a hand full of fun spots to check out to celebrate this winter.

Best Town in Minnesota   Back To Top

There are 853 incorporated towns in Minnesota, so narrowing it down to which one is best is a tough task. The team at Minnesota Monthly took on the challenge and are ready to crown the winning town for 2019. Katie Hickman stopped by with details on the party where the winner will be crowned along with details on the five finalists in the running. 

European Christmas Market   Back To Top

Downtown Saint Paul feels like a little European get away at Union Depot. European Christmas Market opens Friday, November 30th. The market is free and it features all sorts of handmade holiday gifts from vendors. There’s food, drinks, entertainment and more. It’s based on the charming markets you’d find in Germany, Austria and other countries.

Missing Pieces Escape Games in Edina   Back To Top

For our special Edina edition of TCL In Your Town, we were looking for fun activites for the family. But we found a family that's doing a fun activity! Missing Pieces Escape Games is a family-owned business. Everyone in the family is involved in the design and production of their escape room games. 

North Local Market   Back To Top

Tis the season for shopping! Downtown Minneapolis has a new pop up shop with all things local. North Local Market is open through December 27th inside City Center. The market is on the first floor across from Saks on 7th. The market is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

TCL in Your Town: What to Do in Edina This Winter   Back To Top

Whether you're looking to embrace the cold and get outside or let out some energy indoors, Edina has plenty to offer. In celebration of TCL in Your Town: Edina, the editor of Edina Magazine, Angela Johnson, shared some of the can't miss spots in that community.