Carol Widman’s Candy Co.

William Widman’s great-great-grandchildren do not know whether he was born in America or immigrated to here from Germany. Either way the candyman learned his craft out east before setting up shop in Saint Paul during the mid-19th century. There he created the Seven Up, a once eminent chocolate bar with seven chambers for seven different fillings such as cherry cream, butterscotch fudge, and orange jelly.

Pink it Forward

If you were asked – What is your plan for the next 5 years? – what would your response be? Almost 7 years ago, that was Pink It Forward’s question when thinking about becoming a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The process is much like a business plan. What is your mission? What do you intend to accomplish in 5 years? How about 10? Now lay it out. When asked today if they ever dreamed of helping more than 3,300 individuals impacted by breast cancer, cofounder Kayla Tanhoff’s response was “Absolutely.”

The Silver Lining Creamery

Ice cream is first order business in the Midwest. If you serve a North Dakotan or a Minnesotan ice cream that’s even remotely lackluster, they will politely thank you, and they will eat it — but they will not say it’s good. Not saying that something is good is the most scathing rebuke a Midwesterner keeps in their arsenal. Truly, if you’re to run a successful ice cream parlor in this neck of the woods, you had better bring your A game.

Amazing Swimming Pool Features

Not all of us were so fortunate growing up that we had swimming pools in our backyards. Some of us had to dig a hole in the lawn and wait for it to rain. And as we wallowed in our makeshift mud puddles, with grass clippings and drowned white grubs bobbing around our heads, we dreamed of a day when we might have our own swimming pools to fill with amazing features. Here are just a few of them!