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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

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 old brick buildings. Our Hats Off America video features the speech by Hopkins…

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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

The Sears-Kay Indian Ruins are a short drive North of Phoenix and great for a day trip. The area was victim to a terrible forest fire in September 2020, and many of the Saguaros were killed. See below for before and after photos. There is a bathroom at the trailhead,…

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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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Silo paintings in Mankato

GSR Fine Arts Festival in Mankato

December 2, 2021

A small community with a stellar art show Bob Metoxen interviewed Tom Bliese, Co-Director of the GSR Fine Arts Festival, who represents the thriving community of artists in the Mankato area.

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Party for a Lifetime

August 21, 2021

At Sundown Saloon Bar and Grill in Lewis, Wisconsin Every summer, the Sundown Saloon hosts the Party for a Lifetime to raise money to help cancer victims in the community. A cancer diagnosis is not only challenging medically but also can lead to major unexpected expenses or loss of income.…

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The Cynthia Wahlen Memorial Golf Tournament

August 17, 2021

Hats Off, America, to the family and friends of the late Cynthia Wahlen! They gathered to celebrate her life cut short by domestic violence. Leigh Wahlen, Cynthia’s daughter, was 13-years old when her mother was murdered. Leigh is now a Social Worker in Human Services at Polk County, Wisconsin. This…

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Hats Off to Team Tucker!

August 13, 2021

Tucker Helstrom died after a heroic battle with osteosarcoma 5-years ago, but his impact on the City of Hopkins lives on. During his weeks in the hospital, Tucker noticed that some children didn’t have any visitors, and the organization in his memory, PlayLaughLove.org, wants to change that. To honor Tucker’s…

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