Walking Tours in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Native Plant Expo, Preserve Walking Tours

startribune.comLandscape Revival will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 4 at the Cub Foods Community Pavilion, 1201 W. Larpenteur Av., Roseville. Cash or check only.

Humans and canines are invited to attend the grand opening of the new Dog Commons and 3 miles of on-leash dog trails at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The Dog Commons, a separate area at the Arb, is part of the Nature-Based Therapeutic Services, to provide physical activity, education, socialization and emotional restoration.

The goal of the new trails is to inspire a shift from walking the dog as a “chore” to walking the dog as a “mindful and restorative experience that benefits health and well-being for humans and pets.” The grand opening and open house is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5; free with gate admission of $12 for adults (free for members and for ages 12 and under).

With the exception of the free open house, membership is required to walk your dogs on the on-leash dog trails. A dog-added membership fee is $50 and includes up to two dogs. The Arb is located at 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska.

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Want to tour U.S. Bank Stadium? There are options – StarTribune.com


The architectural and sports curious still have options for getting passage into U.S. Bank Stadium for either a preview or a behind-the-scenes tour.

Tickets for the $19 guided tours went on sale Thursday and moved briskly. Those tours begin Aug. 24 and run through Nov. 24.

Those are the only tours available right now to the general public. Paying guests will take 90-minute guided tours that include places most ticket holders never get to visit, including the Minnesota Vikings’ locker room, the field itself and the press box.

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Preserve Minneapolis has a new lineup of walking tours throughout the city this summer.

The nonprofit is offering more than 20 tours showcasing the city’s rich history June 5–Sept. 25.

“Preserve Minneapolis focuses on preserving the buildings and cultural heritage around Minneapolis and highlighting histories from different people’s point of view,” said Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Preserve Minneapolis’ summer walking tours coordinator. “Hopefully the tours will bring people that are new to the city to get to know the city more and people who have lived in the city for a long time and just want to explore the different neighborhoods. Hopefully that will encourage people to be more invested in the city and get involved in different ways.”

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Celebrate The Life Of Prince | The Urban Daily

theurbandaily.comSince Prince‘s death on April 21, there has been an outpouring of tributes from around the world. And the latest tribute will let you delve deeper into the life of the Purple One—in his hometown.

The city’s bike sharing program Nice Ride is also joining in on the Prince-inspired tributes and recently revealed a “Prince-for-a-Day” tour that visits four sites, including the house from the “Purple Rain” movie.

It looks like Minneapolis may become the tourism hotspot for Prince aficionados.

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Skid Row Minneapolis: Take a walking tour of the old Gateway District – StarTribune.com


Take a trip into the historic heart of Minneapolis. Today it’s center of a revitalizing downtown, but once it was home to the largest Skid Row in the upper Midwest. Urban redevelopment swept away nearly 200 buildings in the early 1960s, but enough remains of the old city to enable a journey of imagination into a streetscape of cheap bars, flophouses and rescue missions.

When: A few tickets remain for Thu. June 30, noon-1 p.m. All other dates are sold out.

Where: Star Tribune Building, 650 3rd Av. S, Mpls. Meet at the Star Tribune check-in table in the building’s atrium.

Distance: A little more than one mile

Cost: $16

Reservation required: www.startribune.com/streetscapestour


The Old Metropolitan Building one of the Treasures of the Past that was once part of the Old Minneapolis before Gateway renewal lead to its demolition.  Often cited as the biggest mistake in the city’s redevelopment history.  One wonders what a current real estate appraisal would come up with as its potential value as rehabbed office space.

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, it doesn’t make you that much happier. But one of the biggest questions is how to allocate our money, which is (for most of us) a limited resource.

There’s a very logical assumption that most people make when spending their money: that because a physical object will last longer, it will make us happier for a longer time than a one-off experience like a concert or vacation. According to recent research, it turns out that assumption is completely wrong.

“One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation,” says Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades. “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.”

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So rather than buying the latest iPhone or a new BMW, Gilovich suggests you’ll get more happiness spending money on experiences like going to art exhibits, doing outdoor activities, learning a new skill, or traveling.

Gilovich’s findings are the synthesis of psychological studies conducted by him and others into the Easterlin paradox, which found that money buys happiness, but only up to a point. How adaptation affects happiness, for instance, was measured in a study that asked people to self-report their happiness with major material and experiential purchases. Initially, their happiness with those purchases was ranked about the same. But over time, people’s satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up.

It’s counterintuitive that something like a physical object that you can keep for a long time doesn’t keep you as happy as long as a once-and-done experience does. Ironically, the fact that a material thing is ever present works against it, making it easier to adapt to. It fades into the background and becomes part of the new normal. But while the happiness from material purchases diminishes over time, experiences become an ingrained part of our identity.

“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says Gilovich. “You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”

One study conducted by Gilovich even showed that if people have an experience they say negatively impacted their happiness, once they have the chance to talk about it, their assessment of that experience goes up. Gilovich attributes this to the fact that something that might have been stressful or scary in the past can become a funny story to tell at a party or be looked back on as an invaluable character-building experience.

Another reason is that shared experiences connect us more to other people than shared consumption. You’re much more likely to feel connected to someone you took a vacation with in Bogotá than someone who also happens to have bought a 4K TV.

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“We consume experiences directly with other people,” says Gilovich. “And after they’re gone, they’re part of the stories that we tell to one another.”

And even if someone wasn’t with you when you had a particular experience, you’re much more likely to bond over both having hiked the Appalachian Trail or seeing the same show than you are over both owning Fitbits.

You’re also much less prone to negatively compare your own experiences to someone else’s than you would with material purchases. One study conducted by researchers Ryan Howell and Graham Hill found that it’s easier to feature-compare material goods (how many carats is your ring? how fast is your laptop’s CPU?) than experiences. And since it’s easier to compare, people do so.

“The tendency of keeping up with the Joneses tends to be more pronounced for material goods than for experiential purchases,” says Gilovich. “It certainly bothers us if we’re on a vacation and see people staying in a better hotel or flying first class. But it doesn’t produce as much envy as when we’re outgunned on material goods.”

Read the Full Article here: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3043858/world-changing-ideas/the-science-of-why-you-should-spend-your-money-on-experiences-not-thing

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