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Letter from the Publisher

If you’re anything like me, June is the month that brings exuberant energy and joyful smiles. The sun stretches well into the evening and the warmth of the air and the sounds of nature fill the soul. It’s a time to enjoy outdoor concerts, movies in the park, backyard barbeques and family reunions. The kids are out of school, bringing their laughter and play back into our neighborhoods and into our favorite vacation spots.

As we prepared this month’s issue, I was reminded of the many places I’ve enjoyed living, visiting and working in over the years. Our feature article, Livable Communities We Love, brings to mind many places throughout the Twin Cities that exemplify this concept. As you travel outside the metro and enjoy newfound areas, I encourage you to share with others the livable communities you visit, especially in Greater Minnesota. I’ll take this moment to encourage you to visit the quickly re-emerging neighborhood of Lincoln Park in Duluth. Known as the Craft District, the neighborhood attracts makers and crafters in all aspects of business. Whether it’s handcrafted goods and artwork, amazing food or some of the best beer to be found, you can spend hours leisurely exploring the neighborhood and getting to know the most welcoming people you could ever hope to encounter.

In this issue, I’m excited to share with you Nonprofits Helping to Build Livable Communities, showcasing three local nonprofit organizations bringing innovative ideas and much needed support to our communities. It was such a pleasure interviewing the people within these organizations and learning about the great work they are doing, that I’ve decided to continue featuring a nonprofit organization each month. We are seeking organizations that support our mission of helping people live healthy lifestyles and support a healthy planet. If you would like to nominate a nonprofit organization for an upcoming article, please submit to

Summer can be a hectic time as we try to fit in all the activities we can’t do during the winter, so this month I encourage you to spend some leisurely time. Slow down a bit; be present; and enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings.

To all the special men who help to raise our children, Happy Father’s Day!

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