• Work the Land Instead of the Desk

     
    POSTED October 5, 2016
     

Extreme Sandbox has just introduced their latest adventure—Extreme Harvest Experience—where people swap their day job for a farming experience.

Randy Senger, CEO of the Hastings-based company, partnered with several local farmers to bring the experience to interested individuals. The one-hour adventure includes driving a Lexion 730 Combine and other tractors during the harvest season for limited time only. Participants will harvest mostly soybeans and corn.

"We've been creating an awesome construction experience for people for years while helping to develop a real appreciation for the industry," says Stenger. "We thought it'd be great to do the same for farmers. No one really gets to experience the machines, being in the field hands-on. Farming is important to Minnesota. What a cool way to see what it's like while also bringing some deserved attention to those that help us put food on the table."

There are only six weeks in the fall harvesting season, which goes from the first week of October until mid-November. Orders must be purchased by Oct. 31 either through their website, extremesandbox.com, or by calling 855.DIG4FUN. Schedules depend on weather and availability.

"We have always done it this way" just doesn’t cut it anymore. The landscape of meeting planning is going through a quiet revolution, and the old rules no longer apply. Instead, they are being replaced with new treatments from the once-sacred conference tote bag to the way chairs in the ballroom are arranged. We talked to meeting planners who are creating fresher, more authentic approaches to your average meetings.  

From “Same Old” to “Can’t Miss”

 

There is nothing like the energy of a college campus as students return for the fall semester. By the time Labor Day hits, many students are itching to get back to their friends and return to routine, even at the cost of exams, papers, and presentations. 

 

Lauren Bennett McGinty took over as executive director of Explore Minnesota Tourism in November 2021. The longtime Minnesota resident who moved here from Milwaukee when she was four has thoughtful reasons about why she remains in the North Star State.

“I moved to Minneapolis after I graduated from [Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter], and I put my roots down here,” she says. “I think a lot of it is I continue to find something new everywhere I go, and the people here are just wonderful. We have such a diverse and rich culture. I love everything about it.”