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KAYAKING ON LOON LAKE: Big Sandy Water Institute instructor Brenda Hadrick leads a group of kayakers on a trip around Loon Lake at Savanna Portage State Park near McGregor.
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Voyageur Press• July 26, 2016
 

MCGREGOR, Minn.— For 13 years, the Big Sandy Water Institute has wrapped up a summer worth of educational opportunities related to water activities and environmental stewardship with a camping adventure at Savanna Portage State Park. This year, a storm rolled through, but the rain did not hinder the fun!

Brenda Hadrich, a kayak instructor with the Institute, camped with the participants and shared that they had a great day kayaking on Loon Lake before the rains came. “We split them up into groups, first-timers/inexperienced and those with prior instruction with us,” she said. “We really appreciate the Army Corp of Engineers at Libby Dam for bringing the kayaks over to the State Park.”

Big Sandy Water Institute Director, Lisa Kruse shared that they still managed to get in all of the activities in despite some rain. “As a matter of fact, the kids decided this year (along with my BSWI camping staff) to extend the camping experience to more than one day next year,” noted Lisa. “That’s the plan!”

Other activities included archery, fishing, swimming and enjoying an evening ...

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U.S. BANK STADIUM: U.S. Bank Stadium is nearing completion and a Grand Opening is scheduled for July 23 and 24. This past week, dining services unveiled a number of Minnesota-based food businesses that will be featured at the stadium. Among them was our very own Denny and Barb Smith, owners of CinnieSmiths, pictured with Vikings J.P. Paul.
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Voyageur Press• July 19, 2016
 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.— This past week, The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), Minnesota Vikings, SMG and Aramark, the exclusive hospitality partner and dining services provider for U.S. Bank Stadium, unveiled the U.S. Bank Stadium menu. Among the many Minnesota flavors that will featured at the stadium is our very own local Denny and Barb Smith family.

CinnieSmiths will be located in the “Taste of the Minnesota State Fair” section. It was back in 2005 when CinnieSmiths fist made their debut at the Great Minnesota Get Together. Since then, the family has been busy with three state fairs, several county fairs and many of the off-season events at the Minnesota State Fair grounds.

If their lives weren’t busy enough, they just got a whole lot busier!

“One of the first big events at the stadium is on the same Sunday as the opening of the State Fair!” Barb smiled. “We are ready to start our new venture.”

So how did the Smith family find a way into U.S. Bank Stadium? “They approached us about three years ago,” recalls Barb.

“We got a call,” added Denny, “stating that they had a new venue coming ...

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Marketplace: Connie Huspek recently moved her business, Second Hand Decorating and Design, to a new location just north of McGregor. Her shop features vintage repurposed pieces for the home and garden.
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The Marketplace in McGregor
features specialty stores
BY SHARI HORTON • July 12, 2016
 

Something for everyone and every occasion can be found in the newly renovated building north of McGregor called The Marketplace, which is under new management.

Connie Huspek, owner of Second Hand Decorating and Design, recently relocated to The Marketplace from her former location in central McGregor. In her fourth year, Connie continues to feature a wide selection of vintage, one-of-a-kind treasures that she has repurposed or refurbished, including home décor, furnishings and unique pieces for the home and garden areas.

Connie’s sister-in-law, Kathie Shemon, recently assumed ownership of the building and also opened her new store there called A Shop for all Seasons. It showcases seasonal items with current inventory featuring “everything you would need at the lake” such as portable grills, lanterns, rain ponchos, charcoal and coolers. She also has a well-stocked selection of kids’ toys and gifts. Kathie plans to add more display pieces to expand her ...

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