Jennifer Simonson Feature Archive

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)
Restaurateurs, such as The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis, have been creatively pairing food and cocktails. (06/26/2013)
The owners of The Buttered Tin, a new bakery and restaurant, have set out to change the culture of the lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul. (06/19/2013)
Same-sex couples lined up at government offices in the Twin Cities this morning to apply for marriage licenses for the very first time, just a few weeks after same-sex marriage was made legal in the state. (06/06/2013)
It's been a slow start to the growing season, but now we're in the swing of things at farmers markets around the region. (06/05/2013)
A classic ground-beef burger is a terrific way to kick off the summer, but outdoor chefs might also want to experiment with other types of meat: lamb, turkey, salmon, pork-or even bean-and-grain veggie burgers. The current Real Food magazine, which you can pick up free from Lunds and Byerly's has a lot of great alterna-burger recipes. (05/29/2013)
Thousands of people turn out every year for the May Day Parade from In the Heart of the Beast Theater to Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis. (05/28/2013)
Cossetta's has long been one of the biggest names in Italian food in the Twin Cities, and it has just gotten a lot bigger. They've undergone a major expansion and renovation. (05/22/2013)
Roger and DeAnna Cummings founded Juxtaposition Arts in 1995 and continue to teach and train young people in the arts while employing them as apprentices to work alongside professional artists. They were photographed outside the Juxtaposition Arts gallery space near West Broadway and Emerson avenues N. in Minneapolis Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013. (04/29/2013)
Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue gathered Friday for dueling demonstrations outside the Planned Parenthood office in St. Paul. (03/29/2013)
This year's regional robotics competition at the University of Minnesota is so big it will take up two sports arenas. About 120 high school teams from Minnesota and surrounding states have designed robots that can throw Frisbees and climb a 10-foot-tall pyramid. (03/29/2013)
A non-profit founded in 1987 by the 88-year-old Heitzman at a suburban Twin Cities church, Bridging has grown into one of North America's largest furniture stores in which customers too poor to pay can shop for free. (03/27/2013)