• Redhead Creamery Hosts Tasty Meetings

    FROM THE Spring 2015 ISSUE

“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.”

Radisson Blu Mall of America promoted Kate Anastasi to director of sales and marketing. Anastasi has been with the Radisson Blu Mall of America team for eight years and has held many support and leadership roles within the sales team. She had most recently served as the assistant director of sales and marketing. Anastasi won the 2021 Radisson Blu Manager of the Year award.  


The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty. 


The first time I tried axe throwing was at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming at a memorable outdoor dinner along the river. It was a fun way to get to know other guests at the ranch, with no one being much of an expert at hurling an axe but most being willing to give it a try. However, there is no need to go to a ranch or Wyoming to try this fun team-building activity when FlannelJax’s and Bad Axe Throwing both provide options in Minnesota and beyond.