Local paint manufacturer and retailer, Hirshfield’s, has been selling paint to Japanese retailers for over eight years now. Sales have seen a big boost in the last few months due to post-tsunami rebuilding and changing tastes. Jason Boedigheimer, operations director for Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing, says orders to Japan have easily increased 100 fold since the March tsunami. You can read more about HIrshfield’s relationship with Japanese paint retailers in this recent article in the Star Tribune.
One of the best parts about working in public relations is the people you get to meet. I had the great pleasure the other day of meeting 1972 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist, Frank Shorter. I guess saying I got to “meet” him would be an understatement. I actually got to spend the entire day with him on a media tour marathon.
One of the greatest runners in U.S. history is teaming up with the future stars of track and cross-country to celebrate the grand opening of the Running Room in Apple Valley.
On June 16, Frank Shorter, a 1972 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist and member of the U.S. Olympic, Distance and Track and Field Halls of Fame, will run alongside members of the Apple Valley and Eastview High School track and cross-country teams in the Gold Medal Effort 5K run/walk, hosted by the Running Room.
All funds raised at the event will benefit the Apple Valley and Eastview track and cross-country programs.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend, and get video of, the annual Wag, Walk & Run Event, hosted by Helping Paws, at Purgatory Creek in Eden Prairie. This was the second year I was able to go, and I am always impressed with the turnout. The rain held off just long enough to keep everyone dry, and everyone seemed to be having a great time. (video after the jump)
For a child battling a life-threatening medical condition, it can sometimes be hard to find a “positive” to focus on – something to look forward to while they endure tests and screenings and surgeries. This is where Make-A-Wish comes in. The Make-A-Wish foundation is the nation’s largest wish-granting organization and grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
These wishes give kids something to focus on besides their medical condition. I was lucky enough to experience the power of a wish at the Make-A-Wish Wish Ball last weekend. The Wish Ball celebrates the children who have been selected to receive a wish and also raises money to continue the organization’s mission of granting wishes.
Whether you prefer to run on two legs or four, you’re invited to participate in the 13th annual Wag, Walk & Run, hosted by Helping Paws. The event, which is open to all well-mannered dogs, will take place on Saturday, May 21 at Purgatory Creek in Eden Prairie. All donations raised will be put towards the organization’s mission of helping people with physical disabilities live more independent lives through the use of service dogs.
Check out Southwest Metro Magazine’s blog about the event for more information!
Chef Kevin from Redstone American Grill stopped by KARE 11 to demonstrate how to prepare their Simple Scottish Salmon dish. This is a nice, light dish perfect for warmer spring weather. You can grill it at home, or stop into Redstone and enjoy your meal on their patio!
Okay all you newly engaged people, you’ll be interested to know there’s a fabulous Bridal Fair you won’t want to miss on Saturday, February 5 from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. at the Westin Edina Galleria. Here’s the skinny – top vendors in the area will be there, a runway fashion show, prizes and passed hors d’oeuvres. McCormick & Schmick’s is providing sparkling wine and best of all if you register for the event by February 2nd it’s free. Otherwise, admission is $20 at the door.
Should be a fantastic opportunity for brides-to-be and their family and friends to see the best in attire, flowers, photography and entertainment for their upcoming wedding. You can get more info here.
The February 2001 of Midwest Living highlights the top ten best new places to eat, play and stay in the Midwest. If you’re in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, be sure to check out Aperitif – It was included in the magazine’s best new places to eat!
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