In this part of the world at this time of the year, our winter weather takes its toll on a lot of things.

Especially our skin.

The cold, dry air sucks the moisture out of our skin, leaving it in pretty rough shape.

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But that didn't keep a traditionally frigid city in the Tri-State area from ranking very highly on a new list of the best cities in America for healthy skin.

In a story on the website The Gate, they looked at a recent study done by HouseFresh that looked at things like air quality, UV index levels, and water hardness to determine which places had the best scenarios for healthy skin.

Duluth, Minnesota
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Landing in the top ten is Duluth, Minnesota, which is the sixth-best city for healthy skin with a water hardness score of 45, a UV index of 2.92, and a pollution level of 6.41.

Duluth, along with the nine other states in the top ten, is located in a northern state that borders Canada.


  1. Auburn, Maine 95.09
  2. Bangor, Maine 94.99
  3. Augusta, Maine 92.56
  4. Bozeman, Montana 90.72
  5. Lewiston, Maine 90.32
  6. Duluth, Minnesota 90.09
  7. Everett, Washington 89.56
  8. Anchorage, Alaska 89.29
  9. Montpelier, Vermont 88.79
  10. Portland, Maine 88.59

As good as the north is for healthy skin, the south is just as bad, with cities in California and Arizona making up the entire top ten.


  1. Scottsdale, Arizona 3.67
  2. Corona, California 5.20
  3. Chandler, Arizona 7.33
  4. Mesa, Arizona 7.73
  5. Phoenix, Arizona 10.30
  6. Pasadena, California 10.60
  7. Tustin, California 11.00
  8. Glendale, California 11.30
  9. Tempe, Arizona 11.93
  10. Modesto, California 12.23

The worst cities for skin in the Tri-State area are Sioux City (IA), Brainerd (MN), and Rapid City (SD).

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Inside Minnesota's Largest Candy Store

I had been to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store once before, but they did some pretty cool things since the last time I was there. They added a bunch of superheroes, Star Wars stuff, and a candy band.

According to their Facebook page, Jim's Apple Farm is actually how the now huge candy store got its start. It is located in Jordan, MN and you can't miss it. It is a huge yellow building.

Even though candy is mentioned in the name, they have a little bit of everything. They have fresh baked pies and cookies and fudge. We walked in and it smelled amazing!

They also have the largest selection of sodas! Then there is chocolate and taffy and gummies and chips and puzzles and games. So much stuff!

They even have a Zoltar machine like in the movie, Big. I had to check that out. He told me the only helping hand is at the end of my arm. Gee, thanks Zoltar.

There were even crickets and worms! Not gummy worms, but actual worms.
They also have candy from all over the world!

The store is seasonal, however. November is their last month of operation for the season.

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