Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Our panels of experts on various topics helped make the lives of Minnesotans ridiculously easy throughout the past year. Here's a look back at some of the best questions and answers.
You asked, and our experts answered. For much of the past year, Patch has provided local experts on a variety of topics. Here's a look back at some of the most popular advice offered, as measured by the number of readers who "clicked" on these posts: Question: Many times, it seems as though severe storms that follow an I-94 path ... split or shoot north or south of us. Are we just lucky or is there some scientific definition? Meteorologist Keith Marler: The ole "Metro split", eh? ... The simple answer (but not necessarily the complete answer) is that its simply a perceived effect exaggerated by the fact that we now notice it when it happens to occur ... the slightly longer answer is being studied by a group of Meteorologists/chemists/etc …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Got someone on your list who is hard to shop for? We've got Twin Cities style consultants on deck to help you find the perfect gift.
We all have at least one person in our lives that presents a perennial problem during the holidays: They're impossible to shop for. Maybe they're a vegan who can't countenance any animal products whatsoever, or a friend who is allergic to everything from angora to silk, or worse, the one who never wants anything. Enter Melissa Hardin, creator of Flaunt, a mobile boutique run by a group of fashion artists and style consultants out of a studio in Fridley. Also on deck are Jennifer Zafft, Marketing Director for The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, and Lisa Buck, a resident of the Lake Minnetonka area and veteran holiday shopper, and Kelly Bray of Zida Boutique in Burnsville. Stymied? Whipshawed by confusion? These ladies will help you …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
How can a person eat healthy during the holidays? We don't know either. That's why we invited some experts for you to ask.
With the holiday season in full swing, eating healthy may seem impossible. With that in mind, for two days at Patch, we have five pros who will answer your questions and offer some advice about avoiding gastric-gluttony during the holidays. This week, our pros are: On Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, our experts will take questions from Patch users about healthy eating during the holidays. So go ahead and ask away! Leave your questions in the comments area below and they’ll check back regularly through Wednesday to answer your questions. Editor's note: The contents of this post and comments are for informational and educational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Got questions about buying new cars, or other automotive topics? We've got someone with answers.
When it comes to buying a new car... Do you have to stick with an SUV if you want cargo room? How can you measure whether you're getting good value for your money? What cars work best in a Minnesota winter? This week's Patch Pros, Patrick Sutter and Debbie Tufts, are here to help sort out these questions. Sutter is the general manager for Borton Volvo's Minneapolis and Golden Valley dealerships, which together employ about 70 people. He's worked for Borton Volvo for nearly 30 years, and works closely with the car company in a number of other areas. Tufts, meanwhile, has been a sales manager for nine years for Golden Valley's Rudy Luther's Toyota Scion, a dealership that has been in the community since 1972. Add your question in the …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Let one of our Patch Pros answer your questions about winter home maintenance.
As the days grow shorter and the thermometer continues its steady, downward slide, many of us are preparing as best we can for the long dark months ahead. But when it comes to winterizing your car, do you know what necessary steps should be taken or the best methods? Here to help with our preparations are three "Patch Pros"—local car repair and maintainence specialists that have agreed to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding car winterization in the comments section below. Our experts are: Our panel of three experts will regularly check the comments below and try to answer your questions for this "Ask a Patch Pro" feature beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Thanks to all our Patch pros and questioners for …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A breast care coordinator, cancer survivor and proprietor of a boutique that caters to women in the midst of breast cancer treatment will answer your questions about breast cancer for the next two days.
It is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. For the next two days Patch will host a panel of people to field your questions about breast cancer. On Thursday, Oct. 9, and Friday, Oct. 10, our panel will take breast-cancer related questions from Patch users. So go ahead and ask away! Leave your questions in the comments area below and they’ll check back through Friday to answer your questions. The comments of these experts are intended for general information only, and should not be construed as medical counsel."
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Who's thirsty? Ryan Sadowski of The Wine Shop and Duane Wienke of The Liquor Barrel are here to answer all of your questions about wine.
The world of wine can be complicated. Enthusiasts who study the subject for years may still ask themselves if they are indeed an "expert." But not to worry, we have asked a couple of local wine aficionados to make things easier by answering your questions. Ryan Sadowski is the owner of The Wine Shop, a specialty retail store in Minnetonka. Wine has been a passion of his for the past 15 years, and he has traveled and studied to increase his knowledge of wine. Sadowski took several courses at the Culinary Institute in Napa Valley, completing Levels 1 and 2 of Wine Fundamentals through the International Sommeliers Guild, and he is currently enrolled in the Sommelier Diploma Program. Sadowski has also completed the Level 1 course through the …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The grilling and barbecue experts at Famous Dave's are here to answer your questions.
Famous Dave's is practically a household name in the Twin Cities and a byword for good ribs. But how many of you know that when founder Dave Anderson decided to branch out from his Hayward, Wisconsin restaurant, he chose Southwest Minneapolis' Linden Hills neighborhood? That restaurant, humbly housed in a former gas station, was Anderson's stepping stone to greatness. In honor of the nation's 236th birthday this week, we've asked the fine folks at the Southwest Minneapolis Famous Dave's to be this week's Patch Pro. They'll be answering all your questions in the comment stream below about what they do best, grilling and barbecuing. They'll be on hand through Friday, July 13. Ask away!