The Go-To Guide 2011

The Ultimate Resource to the Area’s Favorite Everything


The Go-To Guide 2011

«    Arts, Entertainment & Dining

«    Retail

«    Services

«    Travel

«    Health & Wellness

«    Senior Living

«    Education

«    Resource Guide


Arts, Entertainment & Dining

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102 • 651-221-9444 •

» What’s the history of your museum? Founded in 1907, we have been a resource for hands-on, memorable science learning for more than 100 years.

» Finish this sentence: A visit to SMM is… always new and different. With our remarkable schedule of special exhibitions and giant-screen Omnitheater films, as well as special events, live theater presentations and always-evolving activities in our resident exhibit galleries, there’s something new to discover with every visit.

» You might not realize: Many visitors don’t realize that a Science Museum membership is a great deal. It covers regular admission and tickets to regularly-scheduled Omnitheater films for everyone covered under the membership for a whole year. In addition, it allows for free or reduced admission to more than 200 museums and science centers around the country!

» One more thing: On February 18, 2011, we will open the doors to the largest exhibition in our history, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.” Featuring more than 100 stunning artifacts from the tomb of the celebrated Boy King and other notable ancient sites, the exhibition will give visitors a glimpse inside the ancient Egypt they learned about in school, exploring the mystery and intrigue of this fascinating time period. The exhibition also marks the first time treasures from Tut’s tomb have visited Minnesota.

» At a glance:
• The Science Museum contains over 8.5 acres of indoor gallery space, as well as 10 acres of outdoor space.
• The Science Museum serves more than a million visitors each year through its exhibits, films, events and outreach programs.
• Our signature brand of science learning extends beyond our walls. Thousands of people around the world experience our exhibits, programs, and film productions. Science Museum exhibits have appeared in 54 museums in 10 countries on three continents. Science Museum Omnitheater film productions traveled to 22 cities in five countries and were viewed by 280,000 people in 2009.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

501 W 78th St., PO Box 100, Chanhassen, MN 55317 • 952-934-1525 •

» Finish this sentence: Seeing a production at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is… a magical experience that will be fondly remembered for years to come.

» What sets you apart from the competition? Chanhassen Dinner Theatres offers a fantastic one-stop entertainment option at a reasonable price. Guests enjoy a relaxing evening of entertainment without having to eat at one place, run to a parking lot, then race to another location to be entertained.

» You might not realize: Chanhassen is a professional, producing theatre company. More simply put, local designers, artists and directors create every element of our productions in-house, and all actors and musicians are professionals.

» One more thing: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres was sold in March 2010 to a marvelous group of employees and local investors completely dedicated to the theatre, its audiences, and employees. That said, the theatre can only be successful if audiences continue coming. We are very grateful for our loyal patrons!

Mill City Museum

704 S 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55401 • 612-341-7555 •

» Finish this sentence: A visit to Mill City Museum is… surprising and fun. There’s so much to do—watch Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat, a film by local humorist Kevin Kling; splash in the Water Lab, where you can learn how the Mississippi River has been changed over the years; experience an eight-story elevator show, the Flour Tower, and move from floor to floor learning about the people and stories of the Washburn A Mill; visit the Baking Lab, where you can learn about the food business and sample delicious treats; and enjoy dynamic rooftop views of the historic riverfront, St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. You can also shop in the museum store and grab lunch in D’Amico & Sons Café.

» What age group do you appeal to? Families with children enjoy the museum, as do 50+ visitors; the museum is a destination for lifelong learners who are curious about the historic riverfront. 

» You might not realize: The flour mill housing the museum exploded once and burned twice.

Nordic Ware Factory Store

4925 Hwy 7, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 • 952-924-9672 •

» What can customers consistently expect from Nordic Ware Factory Store? 15 to 60 percent off retail prices; knowledgeable, approachable, friendly staff; and truly delicious food samples.

» How would you describe your products? Simple ways to prepare foods that look elegant, but are a breeze to make or bake.

» When you buy Nordic Ware, you’re purchasing… memorable family meals and quality pieces you’ll want to hand down as heirlooms.

» What sets you apart from the competition? High-quality, Minnesota-made cookware and bakeware products at a great value.

» You might not realize: We offer bi-weekly cooking classes taught by local “celebrity” chefs (restaurant owners, cookbook authors, and private chefs).

» At a glance:
• Our company is 65 years old. 
• We are still family-owned. 
• We make over 300 different products in addition to the popular Bundt pan.

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InVision Distinctive Eyewear

Edina- Galleria: 952-920-5458 • St. Paul – Grand Ave: 651-291-0318 • Minnetonka: 952-591-9567 •

» What can customers consistently expect from InVision? A fun, easy shopping experience!

» How would you describe your eyewear boutique? InVision shops are beautiful, comfortable and filled with a range of eyewear choices that are always changing.

» Finish this sentence: Customers appreciate that we… can help them pick a look that suits their style and specify the lens that will give them the most accurate and comfortable vision possible.

» What sets you apart from the competition? We carry handmade eyewear from real optical designers for the best in fit, the freshest looks, and exclusive materials. Most of the lines we carry are only available in the Twin Cities at InVision. Though we carry some exotic lines, we have also offer great high-quality collections at entry-level prices.

» Would you like to mention anything else? We love styling our clients in great frames and helping them see better. We love our work, and it shows.

» At a glance:
• Three locations in Edina’s Galleria, on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, and Minnetonka
• Experienced staff—all certified opticians
• Exclusive dealer for Robert Marc, Face a Face, SALT, Gold & Wood, Oxibis, Lunor, Freudenhaus, Zero G and others.

Northwest Opticians

367 N. Wabasha St., St. Paul, MN 55102 • 651-224-5621 •

» What can customers consistently expect from Northwest Opticians? 100 percent complete customer satisfaction, knowledgeable and friendly service, and quality products at competitive prices. While we’re known for our unique frames, we are a full-service clinic offering comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, and an on-site lab. 

» How would you describe your eyewear styles? We carry unique eyewear styles from designer eyewear brands such as Lafont, Judith Leiber, Betsey Johnson, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Tag Heuer.

» Finish this sentence: A visit to Northwest Opticians is… a comfortable, fun, no-pressure shopping experience. Your eyewear is an important element of your overall look—a reflection of your style and personality—and we believe that selecting your frame should be as fun as wearing it. We have our very own Dunn Bros. Coffee shop located within our store, complete with a cozy fireplace, creating a laidback atmosphere. Sip on your coffee and browse at your leisure.  

» What sets you apart from the competition? Located in downtown St. Paul, we have been family-owned and run for over 60 years. We offer same-day service on available glasses and contact lenses.

» At a glance:
• We aren’t happy until our customers are happy. We strive for 100 percent satisfaction.
• We offer a large selection of fashionable eyewear.
• We hand-select inventory from manufacturers around the world.

Wayzata Jewelers

Shelly Storch FIne Jewelry and Jon Gilbert Designs
1250 E. Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata, MN 55391
Shelly: 612-817-4493 • Jon: 952-239-0099 •

» What’s the history of your company? Shelly Storch Fine Jewelry recently joined forces with Jon Gilbert Designs to form Wayzata Jewelers. Jon Gilbert is a professionally trained bench jeweler and jewelry designer, with nearly 20 years of experience in creating and repairing fine jewelry.  Shelly Storch has extensive expertise in estate and antique jewelry.  She has been in the jewelry business for several years and sells at national antique and jewelry shows, enabling her to find extraordinary estate pieces from all over the country. Shelly opened her shop in February 2009 and Jon joined her in the fall of 2010.

» What can customers consistently expect when they shop at Wayzata Jewelers? They can expect the finest estate and antique jewelry, bridal jewelry, custom pieces, repairs and redesigns at the area’Â’s best prices. Wayzata Jewelers offers an appraisal with each piece and provides diamonds certified by GIA and AGS, recognized as the most accurate gem labs. We offer the largest selection of estate and antique jewelry in the metro.

» You might not realize: Estate jewelry offers a higher quality than most modern jewelry at a far lower price. We can offer terrific value on engagement rings, much lower in price and higher in quality than that of big box jewelers. We can create one-of-a-kind custom jewelry, with certified diamonds and other fine stones, at competitive prices. We also pay the highest prices for your gold and fine jewelry.

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Imola Motorsports

721 Hampshire Ave. S., Golden Valley, MN 55426 • 763-205-2561 •

» What can customers consistently expect from Imola Motorsports? They can expect to be treated with integrity, dignity, and respect, and receive quality work at a fair price—typically 35 percent lower than European dealerships. We offer personalized service and go the extra mile by offering free shuttles to and from most areas of the metro, and hand-washing every car. 

» How would you describe your facility? Our newly-remodeled Golden Valley facility is easily accessible just off I-394. The 10,000-square-foot space includes seven work bays, a showroom, and a plush, high-tech customer lounge. In addition to factory service and repair, we offer a wide variety of popular aftermarket parts and modifications—our “red room” showroom is frequently filled with highly modified European and exotic cars.

» Finish this sentence: Customers appreciate that we… are passionate about what we do. Our talented technicians take care of our customers and their cars.  We work primarily on Audi, BMW, VW, Porsche, Mini, Mercedes Benz, and Land Rover vehicles. Inquire about others!

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Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior

7192 W. Hwy 61, Tofte, MN 55615 • 1-800-BLUEFIN (258-3346) •

» How would you describe Bluefin Bay? At Bluefin Bay, we’re dedicated to helping our guests create lasting memories in this very special place. Our relaxing, romantic and rejuvenating environment is perched on Lake Superior’s shore, set against the backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountains and surrounded by the magnificent Superior National Forest. We hope to inspire our guests to celebrate each moment spent in the company of loved ones.

» Finish this sentence: Our guests can consistently expect…
 warm and friendly hospitality, comforting ambience, high-quality and well-maintained lodging, excellent and varied dining options on premise including the Bluefin Grille and CoHo Café & Bakery, and breathtaking natural surroundings.

» What sets you apart from the competition? We are unmatched in our intimate proximity to the greatest of lakes. From surveying thousands of guests over the years we know that our location and views, and in particular, our unique proximity to the spectacular Lake Superior shoreline is our best feature. In addition, our Waves of Superior Spa is the only destination spa on Minnesota’s North Shore. Our treatments and services are inspired by our surroundings, which are spectacular, pristine and holistic, making our family of resorts a premier destination.
» You might not realize: For more than 100 years, the site of Bluefin Bay has been the center of hospitality on the North Shore of Lake Superior. And for more than 25 of those years, Bluefin Bay has proudly preserved that heritage by welcoming guests, inviting them to get close to the lake and to each other.

» One more thing: Our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts celebrates winter like no other resort on the shore and offers amazing deals on special holiday shopping, skiing/boarding and other packages as well as last minute vacancies, which can be found on And don’t forget that our gift cards make excellent holiday gifts.

» At a glance:
• For 25 years, we have had the pleasure of helping make vacation memories come true for thousands upon thousands of guests. Guests can stay for a night or a lifetime, as we offer both limited stay and ownership opportunities.
• Bluefin Bay was named the “Best Honeymoon Resort” for the sixth year in a row by Minnesota Bride Magazine; reinforcing its title as the Most Romantic Resort in Minnesota.
• Surfside on Lake Superior, a resort within our family of resorts (Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing), recently became the home of Fitness North, a new live-in weight loss and fitness program.

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Health & Wellness

Clear Hearing

5201 Eden Ave., Suite 130, Edina, MN 55436 • 952-224-9380 •

» How would you describe your clinic? We are a professional, independent audiology clinic. We are not owned by a hearing aid manufacturer or store chain, allowing us to provide objective comprehensive hearing evaluations and recommendations for our patients. Our audiologists have their doctorate or master’s degree in audiology and are not paid on commission, so there is never pressure to buy. Being independent allows us to provide hearing devices from nine different manufacturers to ensure that the devices our patients select are best suited for their individual hearing situations. We service and repair most brands and models, except for private brands and labels (such as Miracle Ear, or Avada). We also offer custom earplugs and molds, as well as musicians ear plugs, and can order specialty items such as assistive listening devices, phones, and alarm clocks for the hearing impaired.

» Finish this sentence: Clear Hearing patients can consistently expect… objectivity, honesty, and professional hearing health care services delivered at the lowest possible price.

» What sets you apart from the competition? We don’t pressure patients to buy products but rather educate and inform patients about the challenges and concerns of living with hearing loss and the benefits of amplification. You can buy a hearing aid from virtually anywhere, but they will only work as well as the person who fits them, and we have some of the best audiologists in the industry.

» You might not realize: We are the clinical branch of On-Site Hearing Services, Inc. providing professional audiology services to residents in assisted living and long-term care facilities in the Twin Cities metro for 20 years. In those 20 years, we have served over 50,000 patients without a single complaint. Our audiologists travel to the facilities to perform comprehensive evaluations and work with our patients’ family members to determine the best course of action.

» One more thing: We are certified providers of Lyric Hearing. Lyric is a new and innovative extended wear hearing device that is 100 percent invisible and worn 24/7 for three to four months at a time. Because of our long standing relationships with a variety of hearing aid manufacturers, we are able to offer our patients some of the lowest prices available. If we do not already have the lowest price, we will match any competitor’s offer.

» At a glance:
• We have 10 employees: four audiologists, one hearing instrument specialist, and five support staff.
• We are locally owned and operated, and have a rating of A+ from the Better Business Bureau.
• We have a relationship with virtually every insurance company, including Medicare, Medicaid, UCare, Health Partners, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and we are currently working with the VA providing audiology services to our veterans.

Ivy Fitness Club

201 11th St. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403 • 612-343-3131 •

» What can customers consistently expect from Ivy Fitness Club? A friendly, clean fitness center with high-quality equipment, fun and energizing classes, and spa amenities.

» Finish this sentence: Members appreciate that we… have small class sizes and no waiting lines or limits on equipment.

» You might not realize: You can avoid rush hour! We’re here for anyone working or living downtown. And now’s the time to join! We have some great New Year’s resolution promotions.

» At a glance:
• Memberships from $79 a month.
• Spa amenities within the fitness environment.
• Fitness equipment, classes, and programs providing all-around fitness.

Ivy Spa Club

201 11th St. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403 • 612-343-3131 •

» How would you describe the ambiance of your spa? From the relaxation area to the whirlpool, steam room, and saunas, you’re immersed in an environment that is peaceful to its core.

» Finish this sentence: Guests appreciate that we… use the highest quality products throughout every service.

» You might not realize: We are the largest full-service spa in Minnesota. And January is our tropical month! If you’re sick of the bitter cold, escape to our spa for special tropical treatments and our new spray tan services!

» At a glance:
• Largest full-service spa in Minnesota.
• A total of 14 treatment rooms.
• A menu of over 80 services.

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Senior Living

Benedictine Health System

Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck, New Brighton; Benedictine Health Center of Minneapolis; Benedictine Senior Living at Steeple Pointe, Osseo; Cerenity Senior Care, with five campuses in St. Paul and White Bear Lake; St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, Shakopee; and more than a dozen in greater Minnesota. 800-833-7208 •

» What can customers consistently expect from Benedictine Health System care communities? The culture at our BHS care communities is based on our mission and core values, focusing on serving our residents with compassion and respect, nurturing the soul and building a positive environment where employees can focus on providing the best care possible. Our culture has been recognized repeatedly by visiting family members and national experts alike.

» Finish this sentence: Residents living at BHS are… fulfilled. Before coming to us, we often we see individuals who have begun to feel the burden of living alone and may tend to withdraw from their social lives. Once they move into our communities and shed the responsibility of maintaining a house, they become involved with activities, participate in outings and make new friends, which enables them to regain their spirit of life. We take great pride in watching them blossom.

» You might not realize: We were founded in 1985 with three facilities and have grown to serve approximately 35 communities across seven states.

» One more thing: The Benedictine Health System is seeking to transform how skilled care is provided by constructing Minnesota’s first Small House, a new model for skilled nursing care. The Small House is not simply a traditional nursing home in a smaller setting, it is a home where daily life, schedules and routines are based on the needs and preferences of the residents who live in the House. The first prototype will be constructed on the Cerenity Senior Care campus in White Bear Lake.

» At a glance:
• We consist of more than 50 care facilities—skilled and memory care, assisted and independent living facilities—in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. Residents have a home where each person is welcomed with choices and privacy, helping to maintain their independence.
• We are a Catholic, nonprofit health system, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery
in Duluth.
• More than 7,000 employees serving residents with hospitality, stewardship, respect, and justice.

Nokomis Square Cooperative

5015 35th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55417 • 612-721-5077 •

» What can members consistently expect from Nokomis Square Cooperative? Our cooperative, a member-owned and operated independent housing and lifestyle choice for those 55 and over, provides carefree living, community spirit, and outstanding value in an exceptional location. We are a self-governed community that works to encourage independence and enhance daily living with amenities such as a fitness center, beauty/barbershop, dining room, guest and party room, heated driveway, car wash stall, and numerous opportunities to enjoy life in a carefree, well-kept environment.

» What sets you apart from your competition? The short answer is our location! We’re ideally situated between Lake Nokomis and Minneapolis in South Minneapolis. It’s just a short walk to the post office, library, several banks, churches, and supermarket. We’re convenient to public transportation, and we’re no more than 10 minutes from the airport, Mall of America, St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood, and downtown Minneapolis.

» At a glance:
• One, two, and three-bedroom apartments priced from $70,000.
• Your choice of 20 different floor plans.
• An underground parking stall for a low $10 monthly fee.

Martin Luther Campus

1401 E 100th St., Bloomington, MN 55425 • 952-888-7751 •

» What can residents consistently expect from Martin Luther Campus? We are a continuum of care campus offering long-term care, transitional care, memory care, Meadow Woods Assisted Living, adult day programs, transportation and other services. With the options we offer, seniors and their loved ones can choose the services and living settings that best meet their needs. We are an organization with a rich history and excellent reputation, our staff is friendly and competent, we’re located in a beautiful setting on the bluffs of the Minnesota River. We offer an environment of spiritual care.

» What sets you apart from the competition? Our history and reputation. Also, we recently completed a reconstruction of our state-of-the-art Care Center, delivering quality physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients who are recovering from illness or injury. Our therapy services will soon include aquatic therapy, a relatively rare but very effective way to deliver physical therapy both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

» At a glance:
• We are celebrating our 50th anniversary at 2 p.m. Jan. 19, 2011.  Everyone is welcome.
• On any given day, campus-wide, we serve about 300 seniors.
• We are conveniently located near the Mall of America, Eagan, Richfield, South Minneapolis, and Edina.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs
2500 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404 • 612-728-5100 •

» What can students consistently expect from your graduate and professional programs? Personal, ethical, applicable and innovative education.

» Finish this sentence: Our graduate/professional students are… diverse, working professionals, excited to learn, and active in their communities.

» Finish this sentence: Our professors are… practicing professionals, leaders and mentors, interested in their students as individuals, challenging and innovative.

» What sets you apart from the competition? Cost and value, our Lasallian history and mission, convenient locations all over the metro, and a diverse student population.

» You might not realize: We have locations all over the Twin Cities, and we’re part of a nearly 100-year tradition of excellence in academics that started with a traditional four-year private college in Winona. We have nearly 60 bachelor completion, master’s, post-master’s and doctoral programs.

» How do you keep your competitive edge? We continue to study the marketplace and do extensive research to see what programs are needed by students today. Our programs are designed by curricular experts and practicing professionals in the field. Our goal is to keep up with trends in the job marketplace and help meet those demands. All of our programs are regionally accredited and some have obtained specialty or professional accreditations.

» One more thing: Saint Mary’s University is part of the International Association of Lasallian Universities and the larger Lasallian network:

» At a glance:
• Alumni of Saint Mary’s University are part of a worldwide network of 25,000 graduates.
• We have locations in Minneapolis, Winona, Apple Valley, Rochester, Minnetonka, Oakdale, Greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nairobi, Kenya, and Jamaica.
• We serve students at all levels from bachelor and bachelor completion to doctoral.

University of Minnesota Duluth

1049 University Dr.
Duluth, MN 55812

» Our mission: Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, UMD provides nearly 11,800 students with a world-class education. Faculty and staff are dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning and to making the campus a welcoming environment. Founded in 1895, UMD provides an alternative to both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges. Active learning through internships, honors programs, research, and community service promotes the development of skills, critical thinking and maturity.

» Taking the lead: We are a leader in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROPs provide opportunities for students to explore their fields of interest in a research situation and experience discoveries outside the classroom. In addition, the entire student body benefits as UROP students make presentations and discuss their projects with friends and classmates. Research engages students as they learn to state a problem, look for a solution, and then, defend that solution. While most UROPs are in the sciences and engineering, students come from all colleges, and undergraduates are matched to faculty scholars in nearly every field of knowledge.

» New this year: Our new LEED Certified Platinum classroom will provide as much energy as it uses. A state-of-the-art Civil Engineering Building opened to house the growing program.

» At a glance:
• We offer a balanced and competitive athletic program. The Bulldogs compete in seven men’s and nine women’s varsity sports as members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Nationally, we belong to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and compete at the Division II level, except for Division I men’s and women’s hockey.
• Our campus consists of more than 50 buildings on 244 acres overlooking Lake Superior. Undergraduate students can choose from 13 bachelor degrees in 78 majors. In addition to the two-year program at the school of medicine and a College of Pharmacy program, UMD offers graduate programs in 21 different fields, and participates in seven Ph.D. programs.

University of St. Thomas

St. Paul Campus: 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105 • 651-962-5000 or 800-328-6819
Minneapolis Campus: 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 • 651-962-4000 •

» Our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.

» How is your school distinctive? Because of our tradition of student-centered experiences, we offer an intimate, small-college feeling while providing an education that benefits from a larger university structure. Undergraduate students can participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities such as athletics, campus ministry, or student government, which only broadens their experience while at our university. Graduate students also benefit from a university that seeks to foster the “whole student” experience.

» Recent changes: Visitors to the St. Paul campus will notice a major construction zone and a recently completed building: the Anderson Student Center is scheduled to open in January 2012 and the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex opened in August 2010.  In addition, working off that “freshman 15” couldn’t be easier in the 180,000-square foot complex: choose from the new aquatic center, basketball and volleyball arena, field house, or cardio and weight rooms. Team coaches and the Health and Human Performance Department also are housed in the complex. And once the new student center opens, the St. Thomas community will finally have their own “living room” on campus. Student and retail dining will be housed in the center along with a recreation and gaming room, a coffee cart, bowling center, dance floor, student government, and an art gallery.

» At a glance:
• The Institute of International Education’s “Open Doors Report 2010” recently released its annual report about U.S. students who study abroad during college. For the 2008-2009 academic year, St. Thomas’ participation rate, 58.9 percent, was ranked seventh nationally among doctoral institutions.
• More than 90 percent of all undergraduates and 95 percent of freshmen receive financial aid.

Luther College

700 College Dr., Decorah, IA 52101 • 563-387-1287 or 800-4 LUTHER •

» What can students consistently expect from Luther College? Students at Luther College can routinely expect a rigorous education taught by accessible, interactive faculty members in some of the finest facilities in the country. The college prides itself on providing students with a transformative education—one that will not only prepare our graduates for a career, but for life in general. Students come here not just to gain an education, but also to be a member of a community of faith and learning that will impact the rest of their lives.

» You might not realize: We consistently rank as one of the top schools in the nation for the number of students studying abroad each year. And 40 percent of students in the most recent first-year class are from Minnesota.

» Finish this sentence: Luther students are… involved. At Luther, students are involved in more than just academics. They are involved in a variety of activities including athletics, music, theatre, dance, student government, campus organizations, and community service projects. Thirty percent of our students participate in intercollegiate athletics; nearly 40 percent take part in music ensembles; over 90 percent are involved in a cocurricular activity; and 70 percent volunteer their time through a number of community organizations.

» Finish this sentence: Luther professors are… accessible. Both in and out of the classroom, Luther professors are highly involved in students’ lives..

» At a glance:
• Nearly 90 percent of first-year students will return for their sophomore year.
• Each year, approximately 97–99 percent of Luther graduates will be employed, in graduate school, or selectively volunteering within eight months of graduation.
• Luther was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright award recipients in the 2010–11 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Minnehaha Academy

Upper School (9-12): 3100 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Lower and Middle School (PreK-8): 4200 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Lower School (PreK-5): 10150 Xerxes Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55431
612-728-7756 •

» What can students consistently expect from Minnehaha Academy? High-quality, rigorous academics in a nurturing, Christian environment.

» Finish this sentence: Our students are… wonderfully creative, friendly, involved.

» Finish this sentence: Our teachers are… our greatest asset. They are committed, engaging, highly-educated, knowledgeable and caring.

» What sets you apart from the competition? Faith is a vibrant and visible part of life at Minnehaha and the biggest component in shaping student character. We allow students to ask questions and explore ideas as they grow in their faith. In addition, our elementary school provides specialists who teach Spanish, French, music, art and physical education, we have an extraordinary advisory program to support middle school students academically, socially and emotionally, and we have Senior Capstone, a senior level course examining important matters that integrate academics and faith.

» What accomplishments are you most proud of as a school? We were chosen as the top school in Minnesota for our advanced placement math and science program 2007-2009. Students are accepted into top-notch colleges around the nation and world. We have award-winning fine arts programs in instrumental and vocal music, yearbook and newspaper journalism, photography and world languages.

» At a glance:
• We have an award-winning AP program covering 21 subject exams
• We have 26 varsity sports
• We have a yearly, week-long cultural immersion experience program for grades 9-11
• We offer extended day and summer programs

Minnetonka Public Schools—District 276

5621 County Road 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345

» What sets your district apart from the competition? We are nationally recognized for using classroom technology as an accelerator of learning. All classrooms are fully equipped with SMART Boards, projectors, and sound fields that gently amplify a teacher’s voice so every student hears instruction as if they were in the front row.

» You might not realize: Our district offers a language immersion option at every neighborhood elementary school. Families may select Chinese, Spanish, or our well-respected English program. Approximately half of all District kindergarteners enroll in a language immersion program, with the goal of fluency in a second language by fifth grade.

» How do you keep your competitive edge? We are constantly innovating, market-driven, and don’t rest on our laurels. We have focused on technology and specialty programs to attract families seeking excellence in education.

» In addition: 140 members of Minnetonka’s Class of 2010 scored a 30 or higher on the ACT; that’s more students than most private schools enroll in an entire senior class. Our district also ranks No. 1 in the metro area on the state reading test and second on the state math and science tests—the only district ranking in the top three on all three state tests.

Northland College

1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI 54806-3999 • 715-682-1699 •

» You might not realize: We are a liberal arts and sciences college that adopted an environmental mission in 1971 and continue to conduct one of the oldest outdoor orientation programs in the country. All new entering students choose from one of nearly 30 five or 12-day programs of varying levels of adventure and challenge all of which occur within a 90-mile radius of the campus.

» What can students consistently expect from your college? A very high quality, integrated liberal arts and sciences curriculum with a unique environmental mission; learning practical, career-oriented skills that prepare them well for graduate study and the world of work; and a great deal of personal attention from highly involved faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching and mentoring.

» Finish this sentence: Northland students… discover a location, faculty and programs that enable them to prepare for their future in ways that blend with their concern for the environment and sustainability.

» Finish this sentence: Northland professors are… true mentors who get to know their students in ways that come from close personal interactions and hands-on, real world learning approaches that extend well beyond formal classroom settings.

» How do you keep your competitive edge? As a small liberal arts and sciences college, we are able to respond thoughtfully, thoroughly and more rapidly than many colleges and universities to changing demands resulting from new academic, economic and societal findings and insights.

» One more thing: FORBES Magazine lists us as one of America’s greenest colleges and universities.

» At a glance:
• Our most popular majors are teacher education, biology, natural resources, outdoor education, sociology/social justice, and business.
• Our NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs include soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball, cross country, volleyball, and softball and compete in the tough Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.
• We have two wind towers, numerous solar panels, geothermal heat in the campus center  and library, and furniture made from recycled materials. Students even built a campus building entirely off the grid, using locally-produced materials.

Northwestern College

3003 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55113-1598 • 651-631-5100 • 800-692-4020 •

» What can students consistently expect from Northwestern College? Students at Northwestern can count on developing their minds and their faith while being prepared not only for their future careers, but also to understand their calling and purpose in life.

» Finish this sentence: Northwestern students are… passionate, intelligent young men and women of faith who are making a difference in today’s world.

» Finish this sentence: Northwestern professors are… recognized experts in their fields who love to teach and make learning interactive, practical and fun both in and out of the classroom. They are compassionate and challenging mentors as well as fellow believers in Christ.

» What sets you apart from the competition? We are a private, Christian liberal arts college that intentionally integrates excellent academics with a biblical worldview. Students have the advantage of earning 30 credits of Bible that are built into every major.

» You might not realize: We offer more than 50 majors for traditional undergraduate and adult degree completion programs as well as graduate degrees. We also enroll the most students in Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) in the state of Minnesota.

» How do you keep your competitive edge? We offer outstanding value for a competitive cost. We provide excellent academics grounded with a biblical worldview that produces graduates who are prepared to lead in their vocations and spheres of influence.

» Would you like to add anything else? The Billy Graham Community Life Commons opens summer 2011! It features a new dining center, community space, bookstore, classrooms, prayer room, and more.

» At a glance:
• 1,800 traditional undergraduate students
• 18 intercollegiate sports
• $11,194 average financial aid gift package

Eastern Carver County Schools—District 112

Carver • Chanhassen • Chaska • Victoria • 952-556-6100 •

» Finish this sentence: Eastern Carver County students… are full of promise. Their parents value education and encourage the best from their children.

» Finish this sentence: Eastern Carver County teachers are… professionals who recognize the promise and potential of their students with a rigorous curriculum, high expectations and nurturing environments designed to challenge students and support learning.

» What sets District 112 apart from other school districts? We innovate without mandates. If we can’t find the program or curriculum we need, we develop it. A good example is the recent redesign of the secondary program for grades 6-12. This initiative’s foundation is to ensure all graduates are ready for success in a post-secondary education program. Graduation requirements increased to include two years of a world language and additional credits in math and science. A new advanced electives framework offers students deeper exploration in four Areas of Interest: Arts and Communication; Global Studies; Health Science & Human Services; and STEM. Students have multiple opportunities to earn college credit while in high school. And now, a similar focus at the elementary level will enhance an already strong program by moving toward a continuous progress model that allows students to move through the curriculum as they are able, rather than strict adherence to age/grade configuration, initiating a Spanish language program, embedding STEM concepts in core curriculum, and focusing on creating culturally competent students.

» At a glance:
• In our most recent community survey, (2008) 91 percent of parents rated the value of an education in Eastern Carver County as good or excellent.
• Four of eight elementary schools have been named a School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association
• 91 percent of graduates in the Class of 2010 are continuing their education in four-year and two-year institutions.

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Resource Guide

Academy of Holy Angels


Mill City Museum


Benedictine Health System


Minnehaha Academy


Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior

1-800-BLUEFIN (258-3346)

Minnetonka Public Schools—District 276


Breck School


Nokomis Square Cooperative


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres


Nordic Ware Factory Store


Clear Hearing


Northland College


Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant


Northwest Opticians


Dunwoody College of Technology


Northwestern College

651-631-5100 | 800-692-4020

Eastern Carver County Schools—District 112


The Oceanaire


Gustavus Adolphus College




iMola Motorsports


Park Nicollet

The International School of Minnesota


Renewal MD


InVision distinctive Eyewear

Edina – Galleria | 952-920-5458
St. Paul – Grand Ave | 651-291-0318
Minnetonka | 952-591-9567

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs


Ivy Fitness Club


School of Environmental Studies


Ivy Spa Club


Science Museum of Minnesota


Keller Graduate School of Management


University of Minnesota Duluth


Luther College

563-387-1287 or 800-4 LUTHER

University of St. Thomas

St. Paul | 651-962-5000 or 800-328-6819
Minneapolis | 651-962-4000

Martin Luther Campus


Wayzata Jewelers

Shelly Storch FIne Jewelry and Jon Gilbert Designs

Shelly: 612-817-4493
Jon: 952-239-0099

Midwest Weight Control

Maple Grove | 763-416-2280
Woodbury | 651-797-6600

Windmiller Distinctive Dentistry


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