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Katie Ballalatak

Katie Ballalatak
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Katie is an associate editor for Minnesota Monthly and Greenspring Media's Custom Publishing Division.
sunflower field in Monticello on a sunny day

A Visit to a Sunflower Field Is What Everyone Needs This Summer

Where to find Fish Sunflowers’ free fields and what to expect when you get there
National Ice Cream Mnth

4 New Minnesota Ice Cream Shops to Try This Summer

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month, and beyond, with a sweet treat from a new spot
People social distance on Broken Clock's patio during COVID-19

What It’s Like Working at a Brewery During COVID-19

A Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative bartender details the challenges and the rewards of reopening
Altar at Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota

On Going Back to Church, Post-Quarantine

From social distancing in the pews to restrictions on singing, going to church looks different now—but that's okay
Going on a picnic on a summery, sunny afternoon

The Art of Picnicking: Tips and Products for Your Next Picnic

From keeping food cold to avoiding spills, your next picnic will shine with these tips and products
This rosé-inspired sour from Minneapolis Cider Co. is perfect for National Rosé Day

5 Pink and Rosé-Inspired Beers and Ciders for the Summer

Celebrate National Rosé Day with these deliciously pink local beers and ciders
Woman ties ribbon to Lakewood Cemetery's Living Memory Tree

5 Virtual Events to Celebrate Memorial Day 2020

Memorials, parades, and ceremonies are off the table, but virtual Memorial Day events are still readily available
Aerial view of Sky Vu Drive-In Movie Theater in Warren, Minnesota in the springtime

Yes, Drive-In Movie Theaters Are Opening Up

How Minnesota drive-ins are operating—with new social distancing guidelines
driving through Minnesota on an empty road

Why I Enjoy Driving Now More Than Ever

This oft-mundane daily activity feels different in the COVID-19 era
clay earrings made by grey + clay, perfect for Mother's Day

30 Gift Ideas for Your Mom This Mother’s Day

From flower bouquets and skincare products to cute accessories and beyond, these Minnesota makers have you covered this Mother’s Day