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“We want to make great cheese right on [Jer-Lindy Farms]—it’s a concept Minnesota has far too little of in our opinion, despite being a big dairy state,” says Alise Sjostrom, co owner, president and head cheesemaker at Redhead Creamery. The cheese plant opened last year and hosted its first meetings in September. Sjostrom wanted to show people how cheese is made firsthand, and building an event space allows her to do just that while also providing a unique option for groups. Sjostrom visited over 50 cheese plants over 10 states and collected the best features for the two-story building. The idea was to have a view that overlooks the plant and 4-acre pond, and with windows that touch the ground, both the tall and the small can watch the cheese-making process.

The meeting space, which is located within the retail store (with the option to close it down for private parties), accommodates 35 to 40 people who can also tour the farm and creamery. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a backdrop for presentations and the option to bring in snacks or catering (there are plans to become a licensed kitchen with a liquor license). “We can also provide educational sessions on cheese tasting, cheese and wine pairing, or cooking,” says Sjostrom, whose parents and husband are co-owners. “We are always interested in new ideas related to teambuilding retreats that could use our wide-open farm spaces.”

1. The building that is now the AAA Four Diamond-rated Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis was originally constructed in 1915 as the Minneapolis Athletic Club—a high-end athletic and business club. The Grand Hotel opened in 2000 after a major renovation, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management in 2010 and underwent a full renovation that completed in 2011.

 

Organization is key to a planners’ success; a system for staying on track makes for a sense of control, even for the largest of workloads. But keeping track of daily tasks, upcoming events and goals can be overwhelming, and rarely are all those things recorded in one place. That is until the Bullet Journal took hold. Ryder Carroll, inventor of the Bullet Journal, calls it “an analog system for the digital age that will help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future."

 

Here’s the one question you might want to avoid asking Robbie Harrell when you see one of his sculptures at an event: “Is that real ice?” The CEO of Minnesota Ice Sculptures says his com - pany’s sculptures are so clear and precisely carved that they prompt that question at every event they’re displayed. “Once people realize it really, truly is carved from ice, they’re excited about it,” he says. “There are always lots of selfies with the ice sculpture.”