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Joel Hoekstra

Joel Hoekstra writes frequently about design and architecture for Midwest Home and has contributed to a wide range of publications, including This Old House, Metropolis, ASID Icon and Architecture Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis in a 1906 Dutch Colonial that is overdue for a full remodel—or at least a coat of fresh paint.

Annual Fall Drives: A Minnesota Tradition

Fall drives are an annual Minnesota tradition, and the ones we’ve selected include everything you need to make the most of the season.

12 Great Neighborhoods

Each Twin Cities community has a distinct mix of shops, restaurants, and public spaces that define its unique character. Our insider’s guide to the metro area’s 12 best nodes tells you everything you need to spend a day exploring.

Lucky '13

2013 seemed like the right time for change. After all, it is odd.

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.

Survival Kit

Instead of fleeing winter, try to survive it right here at home in Minnesota with help from MNMO's finest.

The MNMO Look

Minnesota Monthly has long been blessed with great art directors, and the current crop of designers is no exception.

The Twin Cities' Greatest Hits 2012

Dig it. If all the world’s a song, these are the tastiest grooves in the Twin Cities right now. The best things to do, eat, drink, hear, watch, and wear, from the big hits (Trampled by Turtles, Bachelor Farmer) to the deep cuts (the best tailor, the dessert to die for). We did the digging. All you have to do is give it a spin.

Best Comebacks

This year's trends and transformations aren’t all new, but are well-worth celebrating nonetheless.

Twin Cities Best Bars

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and even more watering holes. Wanna know what and where your next beverage should be? Allow us to assist.


Magazine editors like me can’t really complain: on occasion, our work requires us to drink.