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“Top Travel Destination.” Frommer’s has included Minneapolis in its list of “the most unique and enticing destinations” for 2007 travel. Thanks to our “cutting-edge design boom,” which includes the Walker expansion and Jean Nouvel’s Guthrie Theater, we made the global list along with Ethiopia, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Krakow, Tokyo and a handful of others. […]

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“Top Travel Destination.” Frommer’s has included Minneapolis in its list of “the most unique and enticing destinations” for 2007 travel. Thanks to our “cutting-edge design boom,” which includes the Walker expansion and Jean Nouvel’s Guthrie Theater, we made the global list along with Ethiopia, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Krakow, Tokyo and a handful of others.

MNdirt. Anyone taking Frommer’s advice might want to check out one of these unauthorized and cheesily designed keepsakes (top right)–a plastic-encased pinch of genuine Minnesota dirt, by the looks of it dug from Minneapolis Sculpture Garden turf.

Vlogging mnartists: NYC videoblog Rocketboom has picked up the next installment of Chuck Olsen’s mnartists.org series on area artists. Featured this time around, animatronic toymaker and sculptor Anastasia Ward.

Ikearchitecture? Ikea recently announced plans to construct 500 identical modernist homes in the UK each year. The exterior colors? Lingonberry, I presume.

On NEED: Stephanie Kinnunen went from doing a catering gig with Wolfgang Puck for the Walker grand opening to being the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the beautifully designed Minneapolis-based magazine NEED, a LIFE-meets-COLORS quarterly focused on humanitarian success stories. Read my interview with Kinnunen here or today’s City Pages story here.