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Braham Pie Day

August 8, 2022

Hat’s off to the Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota In 1990, Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich declared the little city of Braham to be the “Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota”.  Braham Pie Day was born! Before Interstate 35 was built, Twin Cities residents drove through Braham, Minnesota, on their way to their lake homes.…

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Cape Cod

July 21, 2022

Hats Off, America traveled to Cape Cod in the Summer of 2021. We flew to Rhode Island, rented a car, and drove to the cape. We took the ferry from Woods Hole out to Martha’s Vineyard for a day trip.

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Hat’s Off to the Hopkins Raspberry Festival!

July 18, 2022

The 2022 Raspberry Festival was the best one yet! The Hopkins Raspberry festival started in 1935, when growing raspberries was a key part of farming in the area. Even now, when you walk through the alleys of Hopkins you see many residents growing their own. The Raspberry Festival is held…

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Breakfast on the Farm

June 16, 2022

Hats Off, America, to the Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm fun event on Saturday, June 11th. A tip of the hat also to BOB Country, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), Halquist Farms, Princess Kay of the Milky Way Anna Euerle and many others who made it all possible. Thank…

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Minnesota Ukrainians Help Their Homeland

May 5, 2022

Hats Off to the Ukrainian Church of Minneapolis, who held a highly successful fundraiser to raise money for Ukraine. People lined up at their church for the opportunity to purchase Ukrainian perogies, kabobs, chicken and sweet treats! Thousands of people attended the event. Who knows better than immigrants from Ukraine…

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Historic Hopkins Mainstreet sign

Hats Off to Historic Hopkins, Minnesota!

April 28, 2022

Hopkins Commercial Historic District is officially on the National Register of Historic Places The Hopkins Commercial Historic District has been placed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The historic area includes Mainstreet between, 8th and 11th avenues. If you walk down Mainstreet, you will notice very…

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Chris Norbury, Author

Hat’s Off to Author Chris Norbury

April 14, 2022

This Minnesota author recently published his latest book, Dangerous Straits Hats Off, America, interviewed Chris Norbury about his latest book at the GSR Fine Arts Festival. Chris talked less about himself and more about how new authors can write publish their first book. “If you have a story inside you,…

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Sears-Kay Ruins

March 10, 2022

Hike Through History and Recent Fire Devastation One of our favorite hikes near the Phoenix area are the Sears-Kay Indian ruins in the Tonto National Forest. The Sears-Kay Indian Ruins are a short drive North of Phoenix. The area was victim to a terrible forest fire in September 2020, and…

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Doug Foote with his wife at the State Capitol

200 Miles on Foote

December 9, 2021

Hats off, America, to Doug Foote, who walked 200 miles to bring to light fire fighter health awareness Bob Metoxen from Hats Off, America, interviewed Doug Foote in Hopkins, Minnesota towards the end of his 200 mile walk the summer of 2021. Fire Fighter Doug Foote from Chanhassen, MN, started…

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Hopkins Police Department Delivers Thanksgiving Groceries

December 2, 2021

Each year the Hopkins Police Department coordinates the delivery of groceries for Thanksgiving to families in need. Bob Metoxen interviewed Chief Brent Johnson, Driskills General Manager Deb Beckman, and Sam Stiele, of the Hopkins Rotary.

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