Why You Should ♥ This Issue

Let me give you a tour of all the love we’ve packed into this issue. Follow along. And feel free to dot the I’s with hearts if you like.

Power is the subject of this month’s cover story. And if you wish to scramble to the top or socialize with those in the icy echelons of Minnesota power, I suggest you uncap your highlighter and read “Power and the New Establishment.

But if you’re a little more schmaltzy, you may be thinking: It’s February. And Valentine’s Day. What about the power of LOVE? So, for you softies, let me give you a tour of all the love we’ve packed into this issue. Follow along. And feel free to dot the I’s with hearts if you like.

Love for Sale. Prices vary. Some of the eight singles profiled in “The 8 Most Eligible Twin Citians” may demand some 24-carat bling before accepting your proposal. Others might need nothing more than a sexy smile. But one thing’s for sure: these actors, artists, and entrepreneurs are definitely on the market.

Lyrical Love. The new CD Lock My Heart is “a valentine to love itself,” says our critic, while the War Poets’ two-disc set Dulce et Decorum Est spotlights the wreckage that occurs when lovers fight. See “The Best Books and Music of the Winter” for more music and book picks.

Kink. This being a family magazine, we’re not going to decode the S&M and bondage references in the Q&A with Anna Sundberg and Peter Christian Hansen about the Jungle’s forthcoming Venus in Fur. But we will divulge this: comedy really, really turns us on.

Self Love. Wanna slip into something more comfortable? Forget the lingerie. Don a terrycloth robe and indulge in a full-body seaweed wrap, a two-hour stress-releasing facial, or a Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi massage. Or belly up to a blowdry bar and give your coif some kick. Our style editor’s spa suggestions start on “10 Swoon-worthy Spa Treatments.”

Maternal Love. When her son Jack suffered a spinal-cord injury in a high-school hockey game, PR maven Leslie Jablonski found her life irrevocably altered. As the feature story “Team Captain” shows, each day she draws on a reservoir of love for her injured son that seems to never run dry—perhaps because it is regularly replenished by the kindness of friends and strangers.

Foolish Love. Crappy kisses. Foiled friskiness. Let’s-be-friends endings. Todd Smith remembers it all in “Love Hurts.

Joel Hoekstra, Editor


Christina Holm-SandokChristina Holm-Sandok has published more than 400 pages of lifestyle editorial work, attended countless seasons of NYC Fashion Week, and logged more than 11 years of creative-marketing experience. This led her to create Style-Architects, a lifestyle services company offering wardrobe styling, plus wedding and event planning. Style-architects.com/blog provides weekly inspiration and DIY tips for the Twin Cities

Kate McCarthyMinneapolis writer Kate McCarthy, whose profile of Leslie Jablonski appears in “Team Captain,” is a former staff reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Nowadays, she freelances for the Star Tribune’s Variety section, and writes features for magazines. Her profile of former WCCO reporter Caroline Lowe was named “Best Profile” last year by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Greg BreiningSt. Paul author Greg Breining, who wrote about skiing around the Twin Cities Skiing Minnesota“) for this month’s issue, covers travel, science, and the environment for Minnesota Monthly, the New York Times, and various other publications. His latest book, Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters-Quetico Wilderness, was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in November.