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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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It’s cold. The family’s restless. Time for a trip to the museum? Santa might be there, along with a few other festive surprises...
A leg lamp. A bunny costume. "You'll shoot your eye out." If you're familiar with A Christmas Story, those three essential story...
One of my most cherished holiday memories involves Christmas lights in my hometown of Winona, Minnesota. On a night of sub-zero wind chills, ...
Avid Instagrammer and Michigander Deb Neerken dreams of having one of her photos on a Pure Michigan billboard someday. Recently retired...
travail (verb): to toil or exert oneself It started with a line. The group of 50 people snaking outside the front door of Travail ...
The Walker Art Center started the free  Internet Cat Video Festival  three years ago with no clue how many people would come for cat-...
We know Midwesterners love their pets, so when we stumbled across this adorable Instagram feed of a Wisconsin border collie named...
Bacon. Funnel cakes. Deep fried. On a stick. Those four elements are a fairgoer's dream, and you can find at least one each in our...
I’ll admit it: I’m a roller coaster fanatic. My childhood obsessions always involved wheels, starting with tractors, evolving to trains (...
It’s one of the simplest sets on New York City's glitzy Broadway: a few high-backed wooden chairs neatly arranged around the stage’s...
Gail Pommerening’s flock of birds stares at me with glowing pastel eyes. Their colorful hand-painted feathers almost shimmer in tiny Art and...
I'm enveloped in green. This should come as no surprise, given the fact that I'm riding a 15-mile bike trail called "The Green Wreath....
On the surface, there’s nothing spooky about Put-in-Bay, a colorful Lake Erie island just a 20-minute ferry ride from mainland Ohio. The...