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A family tradition, now available to yours

burgess syrup
Burgess Family Sugarhouse was born along the winding Black River in Central Wisconsin Like all midwesterners, the neighbors in Steve and Kathy’s small farming community eagerly anticipated the signs of spring. One of the most welcome signs were the sounds of the Burgess family trees being tapped and sap dripping into metal buckets. About twenty-five […]

Made by hand — and heart

homepsun trades blanket
Homespun Trades is in the business of handcrafted connections For Sydney Grace, sewing wasn’t a family tradition passed down over the generations. It was born of her annual “summer bucket list” — a way to keep the fun flowing amidst the multiple summer jobs she worked to help pay for college. Amidst more far-flung creative […]

North Shore Surfing with Big Wave Dave

surfers on lake superior
Meet northern Minnesota’s premier surfboard craftsman.   Ah, winter in Minnesota. The air turns cold and dense as temperatures plunge. Strong storms blow from the northeast, gathering speed and energy as they surge across the three hundred miles of open Lake Superior water, racing from Canada at one end to the harbor town of Duluth […]

You say potato, we say Scandinavian tortilla

How to make lefse: a Minnesota holiday tradition Nearly every culture has their own take on flatbread. And while the Indian naan, Mediterranean pita and Central American tortilla (among many others) all make a tasty edible plate for all kinds of toppings, this time of year, in this part of the country, affections turn to […]

How to make an ice candle

ice candle
The Finns may have invented it, but Minnesotans perfected it.   Each winter, when the temperature plunges and the daylight hours grow short, the Minnesotan instinct is to do one of two things: cuddle up under the blanket with a cup of cocoa and wish for warmer weather; or get out there and enjoy the […]

You clicked. We listened.

minnbox survey
The results of the MinnBox customer survey.   If a person takes an online survey and the company learns nothing from it, did it make a difference? – Ancient Minnesotan Proverb   First, we need to say thank you. A whole big bunch of you took time out of your busy lives to answer our […]

A Northwoods Renaissance Man

douglas wood
Meet Douglas Wood, one multi-talented maker.   Douglas Wood — musician, keynote speaker and author of 37 books — grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. And, from very early on, he felt a little out of place. “I always knew that I belonged where there were lakes and rivers and waters and woods,” he says. […]

Why we bought MinnBox

Transforming our state, one craft economy at a time. “It’s really great you’re doing this,” said Ruth Marcks, Custom Product Business Specialist at Red Wing Stoneware & Pottery, as we loaded up boxes of the mugs that would wind up in our Holiday Gift Box. “You’re promoting people who are trying really hard to make […]

Much more than a mug

Discover the legacy of Red Wing Stoneware & Pottery The story of Red Wing Stoneware & Pottery, one of the companies featured in our MinnBox Holiday Gift Box, can be traced all the way back to 1861, when a German Immigrant named J. Pohl discovered a large pocket of clay on his land. Pohl was […]