Senator Al Franken
Go-to Gift to Give: I never pass on an opportunity to give someone one of Minnesota’s greatest natural gifts: wild rice. In fact, for Minnesotans who visit Washington, I serve Mahnomen porridge made with homegrown wild rice during my Wednesday constituent breakfast. Stop by next time you’re in D.C.
Favorite Twin Cities Shopping Destination: You know, the Twin Cities has a lot unique, local shops. It’s tough to pick just one. The North Loop in Minneapolis has some great stores—like Askov Finlayson, which is run by Gov. Mark Dayton’s sons, Andrew and Eric. But you can’t beat the shopping in St. Paul, either. I’m particularly fond of Grand Avenue, where you can find places like Bibelot and Red Balloon Bookshop.
Holiday Wish List: As a lifelong Vikings fan, I would love nothing more than to watch a deep playoff run with my son Joe, who’s also a diehard fan. Skol!