Jennifer Simonson Feature Archive

May snow storms, tall ships, annual rituals and small towns fighting for survival all were part of the stories told with photographs from around the state this year. Here are a few of our favorites. (12/23/2013)
The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper demonstrates how to make an easy, improvised trifle using sweetened ricotta, pound cake and fresh whipped cream. It's a beautiful dessert that's perfect for holiday parties. (12/20/2013)
The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper shares some tips to make your holiday party a relaxed, warm affair. (12/18/2013)
The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper shows us two easy appetizer recipes, featuring fresh mozzarella and endive, that can be combined to make a variety of dishes that are perfect for holiday entertaining. (12/13/2013)
Erik Eastman, from the local bitters kit makers Easy & Oskey, shows us how to make a beautiful cocktail in time for holiday entertaining. (12/06/2013)
Minneapolis and St. Paul residents voted in mayoral and municipal elections on Tuesday. (11/05/2013)
According to data compiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 18 to 22 veterans die from suicide every day in the United States. Dozens of veterans embarked Oct. 25, 2013, on a 23-mile walk to raise awareness about military suicides. The march began at the VFW on Lakeshore Drive South in Richfield, went through the State Capitol in St. Paul before ending at the VFW in Uptown Minneapolis. (10/25/2013)
The Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis has long been known for its diversity, its progressive politics, and the co-op and cafe that bear its name. But it's increasingly becoming known for a place to get a great bite to eat. (10/24/2013)
Thousands of Minnesota's most common bats make their winter homes here. So do a handful of the less common big brown bats and tri-colored bats, also known as eastern pipistrelles. (10/06/2013)
This weekend the Walker Art Center opens "Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties," an enormous show of the early work of the artist who gave the city one of its landmarks. (09/20/2013)
The locked out musicians on the Minnesota Orchestra played a free concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis in Sunday evening before an audience of thousands. (09/16/2013)
With the help of 4H, Megan Nelson, of Lindstrom, Minn., raises dairy cows to show at the Minnesota State Fair even though she doesn't live on a farm. (08/29/2013)
If you've ever driven by a construction site and thought it looked like fun to drive a big earth-mover, a business in Hastings wants to give you that chance. Extreme Sandbox will put you behind the controls of a 19-ton excavator, and even let you loose with a sledgehammer and spray paint before you crush a car. (08/14/2013)
At Minneapolis City Hall early Thursday morning, the first day same-sex marriage was legal, Mayor R.T. Rybak officiated more than three dozen same-sex weddings. (08/01/2013)
With the proliferation of local farmers markets, cheesemakers and breweries, packing local food for a picnic, trip, or camp out can make for a more interesting trip and a richer experience. (07/03/2013)