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Jess Hoffert

Jess Hoffert is the staff editor for Midwest Living. He has worked for the magazine since 2011 and lives in the Historic Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines with his cats Leo and Max.

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As you plan this year’s vacation, let us help. In fact, let us handle everything. We’re partnering with 12 destinations around the region...
As our staff began its first-ever search for the Greatest Midwest Town, we had to make some tough calls to choose just one candidate from...
Twenty-five feet of snow would seem like plenty for anybody. But as each spring approaches in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Tasha Stielstra worries...
A good eye. A sense of adventure. And tons of patience. That’s what it takes for 28-year-old Benjamin Olson of Burnsville, Minnesota, to...
As we were planning this fall's feature on college towns more than a year ago, we knew we'd capture some lovely campus photos, but...
In fall, the phrase "get lost" takes on a new meaning. We gladly lose ourselves on drives through lush fall foliage, on bike rides through...
Forget those cheaply framed reprints of watercolor landscapes in your hotel room. In recent travels, we’ve noticed more emphasis on...
The decades seem to dissolve at old-fashioned ice cream parlors. We go seeking a taste of nostalgia. And we find it—in waffle cones, banana...
If you love to eat your way through state fairs as much as I do, tweets like this alert us that it's time to start planning our ...
Surreal scenes of storm clouds, shipwrecks and moonlit streams captured the imaginations of our Instagram followers in June. The five most-liked...
Jill Emmer never imagined that the rainbow-color umbrella she borrowed from her mother would end up traveling the world. The Minneapolis Instagrammer...
We’re catching the tail end of American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17), but there’s plenty of small-batch celebration on tap...
In the early 1900s, the definition of thrill ride was a 25-foot-tall roller coaster that reached the breakneck speed of 10 mph. Cedar Point...
Cleveland loves a good party. Take Rock Week, for example (April 11-18). Not only does the city’s hallowed Rock Hall celebrate the big 2-0 this...
Jane Fiala pulls over for barns. The self-proclaimed barn hunter regularly escapes from her suburban Minneapolis home and hits the backroads of...

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