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The lost lake.

The lost sanitarium.

The lost rail line.

The lost poor house.

Is your winter feeling more “blah” than bright? Time to liven up the cold months with fun activities. This year’s Winterfest will encompass a whole month of diversions from Jan. 18 to Feb. 18. Here are her picks from this year’s slew of events.

When Minnesota State Archives staffers made a routine visit earlier this year to go through a stash of paper records at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, according to the Minnesota Historical Society, they uncovered an unexpected trove in an old vault in the prison’s administration building...

  • Name: Sylwia Bujak Oliver
  • Age: 39
  • Occupation: Membership services/ community engagement manager, fitness instructor, and personal trainer

Periodically, daughter Emma, 10, will turn our living room into a beauty salon, in which she styles customers’ hair and gives facials and manicures and neck rubs.

We had this dream that one day we’ll open a coffee shop. It was always a “oh, one day,” pie-in-the-sky pipe dream. I never in my wildest dreams believed all four of us would do this together. It’s the entirety of everything I’ve dreamt of.

The lost lake.

The lost sanitarium.

The lost rail line.

The lost poor house.

Is your winter feeling more “blah” than bright? Time to liven up the cold months with fun activities. This year’s Winterfest will encompass a whole month of diversions from Jan. 18 to Feb. 18. Here are her picks from this year’s slew of events.

When Minnesota State Archives staffers made a routine visit earlier this year to go through a stash of paper records at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, according to the Minnesota Historical Society, they uncovered an unexpected trove in an old vault in the prison’s administration building...

  • Name: Sylwia Bujak Oliver
  • Age: 39
  • Occupation: Membership services/ community engagement manager, fitness instructor, and personal trainer

Periodically, daughter Emma, 10, will turn our living room into a beauty salon, in which she styles customers’ hair and gives facials and manicures and neck rubs.

We had this dream that one day we’ll open a coffee shop. It was always a “oh, one day,” pie-in-the-sky pipe dream. I never in my wildest dreams believed all four of us would do this together. It’s the entirety of everything I’ve dreamt of.

If you’ve ever seen Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror classic The Birds, there’s an eerie scene that hits a little too close to home. To walk the streets of downtown Rochester at dusk in late fall is to awaken a sense of something primal—that your movements are being noted from above. 

The lost lake.

The lost sanitarium.

The lost rail line.

The lost poor house.

Is your winter feeling more “blah” than bright? Time to liven up the cold months with fun activities. This year’s Winterfest will encompass a whole month of diversions from Jan. 18 to Feb. 18. Here are her picks from this year’s slew of events.

When Minnesota State Archives staffers made a routine visit earlier this year to go through a stash of paper records at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, according to the Minnesota Historical Society, they uncovered an unexpected trove in an old vault in the prison’s administration building...

  • Name: Sylwia Bujak Oliver
  • Age: 39
  • Occupation: Membership services/ community engagement manager, fitness instructor, and personal trainer

Periodically, daughter Emma, 10, will turn our living room into a beauty salon, in which she styles customers’ hair and gives facials and manicures and neck rubs.

We had this dream that one day we’ll open a coffee shop. It was always a “oh, one day,” pie-in-the-sky pipe dream. I never in my wildest dreams believed all four of us would do this together. It’s the entirety of everything I’ve dreamt of.

If you’ve ever seen Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror classic The Birds, there’s an eerie scene that hits a little too close to home. To walk the streets of downtown Rochester at dusk in late fall is to awaken a sense of something primal—that your movements are being noted from above. 

The numbers alone tell quite the skiing story: Four mountains (with 95 runs and an 825-foot vertical rise). 10 feet of average snowfall. A two-mile run. 1,000 acres. Miles of backcountry trails and terrain parks. A $9 million snowmaking upgrade. An eight-passenger gondola.