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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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ICA Your Local Foodshelf

Hats off to 50 Years of the ICA Food Shelf!

June 10, 2021

The ICA Food Shelf is celebrating 50 years of distributing food to those in need in the Hopkins/Minnetonka community. “ICA” stands for Intercongregation Communities Association. The food shelf was incorporated fifty years ago by a coalition of churches in Hopkins and Minnetonka. It started at a house in downtown Hopkins,…

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Hotshots Memorial Trail

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail

May 25, 2021

On June 30, 2013, the Yarnell Hill Fire  killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. It was one of the deadliest U.S. wildfires. To memorialize the horrific events of that day, the Arizona Public Service Foundation invested in the Hotshot Memorial Trail as a place to remember and heal. As you…

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Looking Out the Train Window at Buffalo

The Terry Bison Ranch Resort

May 24, 2021

The Terry Bison Ranch Resort in Cheyenne, WY is a great bargain adventure with the kids. The train tour of the buffalo is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Check the Price List at their website since they can vary seasonally. We have done the train tour twice in…

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The Volunteers in the snow

Hats off to the Saint Croix Band of Chippewa for their Food Giveaway

December 29, 2020

Feeding the Hungry in a Pandemic The dauntless Jennifer Bearheart coordinates efforts for the weekly food giveaway program. As the Aging Unit Director for the Saint Croix Band of Chippewa, she and her colleagues jumped at the chance to coordinate food giveaway for the area. Every Thursday morning, trucks roll…

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Photographer Dick Ketterwell

Hats off to Photographer Dick Kettlewell!

December 28, 2020

Photographing the beauty of the South Dakota Black Hills We never miss a chance to drive through the Black Hills. On this trip, it was a little quiet driving through the Black Hills in December 2020, especially during the pandemic. Traffic was light and most of the area businesses were…

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Making the World Less Scary for Kids

November 17, 2020

Hats off to Kevin Kunkel, author of the children’s book, The World We Choose. How do you explain to children that all of the bad things they see or hear about on the news are not likely to happen to them? How can we make the world less scary? Watching…

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Injured Rattlesnake at Pinnacle Peak

An Encounter with a Rattlesnake While Hiking near Phoenix

March 12, 2020

And Hats off to Steve from Eden Prairie, Minnesota! On March 9, 2020, we had a close encounter with a rattlesnake hiking at Pinnacle Peak, a city park in Scottsdale, Arizona near Phoenix. We were hiking with our good friends, Lyn and Steve, from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. When we started…

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Camelback Mountain from the Northeast at Sunset

Best Hikes in Phoenix for Active Geezers

March 4, 2020

Winter Hiking One of the best reasons to visit the Phoenix area in the winter months is to take advantage of the winter hiking season. December through February, the weather is perfect for hiking, typically reaching highs in the 60s and low 70s. If you are afraid of hiking in…

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Billy Banjo Picnic Park on Oak Creek Canyon

Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and Meteor Crater

February 10, 2020

Hats off to Northern Arizona! Hats Off America traveled to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and Meteor Crater, three stunning places in Northern Arizona. While Arizona is famous for is giant saguaros and the Grand Canyon, there is so much more in Arizona. From Ponderosa forests in the North to the…

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