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Ben Swart of Hardshell Fitnes, Thrive Might, and Frost Iron Training.

Meet your Neighbor: Ben Swarts

building community through health & wellness and the importance of strength and resilience in meeting the challenges of living in our current environment. 

Last week, on a chilly late October afternoon, I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down and talking with Ben Swarts, founder of Frost Iron Training – the newest gym in the neighborhood. We sat outside in the sun and chatted. Ben told me about how he sees his space as an opportunity to build…  Read More

Our Fellow SENA Honey Bees

A story of honey, urban ecology, and mutualism in the city

Nadja’s house sits tucked back from the street further than most. Her front yard is not a mowed lawn, but a mixture of native plants and colorful flowers. A small sign with the words “POLLINATOR CAFE” tilts near the sidewalk. Look atop her roof and you’ll see two purple boxes the size of a dorm…  Read More

I am asked to consider what this place will be like in 2040?

“Water as pure and soft as the dews of heaven, gushing from hill and valley." Minnesota Pioneer, 1849

  I am a person of mostly European descent. In 1962 my mother and father built a house in what is now the suburbs. I grew up on a gravel road amidst prairie, forests, wetlands and oak savannah. I watched and mourned as the land around us was sold, surveyors staked out the land and…

City Pages’ Best of 2020 Loves WRBA Businesses

Area businesses were well represented in this years edition of the popular local rag's "Best of" series

One of the reasons we love our neighborhood is that around each corner there are wonderful local businesses. Small, locally owned businesses that we can rely on day-in and day-out. When you need a special something to brighten someone’s day, when you need don’t want to have to drive to a big-box store to shop,…