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Christy DeSmith

Special sections editor | Niche Products
Christy DeSmith edits the Star Tribune’s weekly Outdoors Weekend section and its annual Best of MN publication. She previously worked as a magazine editor and writer specializing in art, design, lifestyle and travel.
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Worth the drive: 20 great museum artifacts in Minn.

Worth the drive: 20 great museum artifacts in Minn.

Load up the car, and get set for a drive with a worthwhile destination. Here's a highly selective guide to the best art and museum artifacts in outstate Minnesota.
Tiny places for tiny people: 5 family-friendly museums

Tiny places for tiny people: 5 family-friendly museums

The Bakken, Science and Minnesota Children's museums are all beloved Twin Cities destinations for families. Here's where to bring the little ones next.
What's it like to own a Chevy Volt?

What's it like to own a Chevy Volt?

What’s it like to own a Chevy Volt? We asked Wade Barisoff of Maple Grove, who bought one last year.
Car color: White, black, silver, gray or adventurous

Car color: White, black, silver, gray or adventurous

White cars now comprise 22 percent of the global market. Silver and black are close behind with 20 and 19 percent, respectively. Gray is trailing slightly at 12 percent.
Join us: Talking Twins baseball today at noon #StribHQ event

Join us: Talking Twins baseball today at noon #StribHQ event

Twins president Dave St. Peter and Star Tribune journalists will talk baseball and make predictions for the season at the Star Tribune's new headquarters. (Plus: Natedogs and free Killebrew root beer floats.)

Upholstery, hardwood, rugs: Don't throw it, fix it!

1. FRESH UPHOLSTERY Myth: Reupholstering is only for fancy antique chairs. Truth: Valuable antiques and family heirlooms are always great candidates for re-upholstery jobs. But…

Modern furniture from Minnesota

If you’re shopping for furniture, check out these small companies — the state’s newest purveyors of a modern design tradition.
A winter survival guide for your house

A winter survival guide for your house

How to get through this winter without burst pipes, broken furnaces, heat loss and other problems that can plague the Minnesota homeowner.
The leaders' way: Three CEOs discuss award-winning approaches

The leaders' way: Three CEOs discuss award-winning approaches

They provide employees with a consistent approach and plenty of opportunities for personal growth.
Outdoor fitness options for hardy Minnesotans

Outdoor fitness options for hardy Minnesotans

Studies show outdoor exercise is one of the best ways to treat seasonal affective disorder, aka the “winter blues.”
Yurts arrive in Minnesota State Parks

Yurts arrive in Minnesota State Parks

Ultra-cool yurts have arrived at some Minnesota State Parks. Reservations available soon.
Club curl: Minneapolis salons help women love their hair

Club curl: Minneapolis salons help women love their hair

At two Minneapolis salons, women are encouraged to love the natural state of their hair. No blowouts allowed.
When it comes to kids' menus, these restaurants get an A+

When it comes to kids' menus, these restaurants get an A+

Forget bland and boring. These restaurants have interesting options for the little ones. What are your favorite kid-friendly menus? Let us know in the comments.
MIDLIFE: Training for the long run

MIDLIFE: Training for the long run

Howard Ojalvo started running in his late 50s. Six marathons later, he reflects on the benefits of arriving late to the sport.
Top Workplaces: Special award winners

Top Workplaces: Special award winners

Employees singled out these companies for special praise.

How to plan a funeral

In an ideal world, the process of planning a funeral begins long before death. It’s helpful to know about the deceased person’s favorite poem, or…

How to plan a funeral

In an ideal world, the process of planning a funeral begins long before death. It’s helpful to know about the deceased person’s favorite poem, or…
The Okee Dokee Brothers: Instruments of outdoor adventure

The Okee Dokee Brothers: Instruments of outdoor adventure

The Okee Dokee Brothers write songs that move families to fish, camp, paddle — and dance.
Leadership awards: Where they lead, others follow

Leadership awards: Where they lead, others follow

What makes a CEO a great leader? Our three award winners know the answer: It's all about taking care of their people.
Four road trips through Minnesota museum country

Four road trips through Minnesota museum country

Our state is simply loaded with hole-in-the-wall attractions and other idiosyncratic treasures. Care to sample these far-flung institutions? We’ve plotted four all-American road trips.
Past forward: Heirlooms for the 21st Century

Past forward: Heirlooms for the 21st Century

Old Polaroids, vintage brooches and wilted letters on onion skin paper have a way of acquiring special meaning — because they help us remember those we loved. Don’t relegate these heirlooms to some dusty attic.

Keep up the good work: Jobs for the over-50s

Let’s get one thing straight: This company has a somewhat misleading name. A better name for Hire Retirees would be Hire Baby Boomers, since the…
Gray and green: How to tell if an older adult needs help managing finances

Gray and green: How to tell if an older adult needs help managing finances

How to tell if a retired parent needs help managing finances? Look for these five warning signs.
Jumping for joy

Jumping for joy

An annual skydive is one of the many outings organized by Aging But Dangerous, a membership organization that encourages 50-plus women to take risks and follow their dreams.
5 steps to being happy

5 steps to being happy

We consulted a bona-fide happiness expert, who offers five easy steps to being happy.
Help wanted: In-home caregivers

Help wanted: In-home caregivers

Good news for the 50-plus jobseeker: Demand for in-home caregivers is booming.
Memoir builds poetic stories from old photos

Memoir builds poetic stories from old photos

BOOK REVIEW Judith Kitchen riffs on old photographs, diaries and letters in constructing this alternative history of her ancestors' lives.
Godspeed to the 80-plus triathlete

Godspeed to the 80-plus triathlete

Sister Madonna Buder, the so-called Iron Nun, didn't start running until her late 40s.
Fellowship of sporty seniors

Fellowship of sporty seniors

Leading an active lifestyle is easy when exercise doubles as socializing.
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