Appreciation for the men and women who serve, or have served, our country through the military is a pretty important concept here in Minnesota. In addition to offering our remembrance on national holidays like Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, many local businesses and events also offer military discounts as tangible evidence of their appreciation. We’ve gathered a list of some of the best places and discounts available to veterans, current and retired military members. Check out this list, and consider taking advantage of one of these great discounts if you qualify.


Home brew hobby enthusiasts
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 843-4444

Indulge in a new hobby at Northern Brewer, where you can get everything to brew your own beer or wine at home. From equipping a brand new venture to picking up harder-to-find specialty supplies and recipes, Northern Brewer will have you covered.  The home brew shop also offers a 10 percent discount to all active service members and veterans, on all items except for Blichmann Engineering items. This discount can be used in store, or by calling their customer service department when placing an online order.


Quality time with the family
Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake
11000 Craguns Drive
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
(800) 272-486

Enjoy some time away with your family by taking advantage of the Veteran’s Appreciation special offered by Cragun’s resort in picturesque northern town Brainerd. The discount applies for Sundays through Thursdays from Memorial Day through Veteran’s Day, and is good for 15 percent off your total lodging cost. Just provide your name, rank and serial number when making your reservation and ask for the veteran’s room block. The discount is available to both veterans and active service members alike. With the option to fish, golf or just enjoy the mile of beach along Gull Lake, Cragun’s hopes you’ll know how much they appreciate your willingness to serve.


Maximize your fun outdoors in Minnesota
3900 Cabela Drive
Owatonna, MN 55060
(507) 451-4545

Billed as the “World’s Foremost Outfitter,” Cabela’s is well known to outdoors-loving folks of Minnesota. With camping, fishing and hunting gear galore, the store is a favorite destination when stocking up with equipment to enjoy all of Minnesota’s awesome activities. Plus, the Owatonna location is only about hour south of the Twin Cities, and boasts a floor-to-ceiling aquarium of some of the biggest fish this writer has ever seen. Cabela’s offers 10 perent off your purchase when you show your military ID. This discount cannot be applied to the purchase of ammunition.

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Authentic German food at the right price
The Glockenspiel

605 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 292-9421

A family and military veteran favorite, the Glockenspiel (located on West 7th in St. Paul)  serves up traditional beer-hall atmosphere with great, authentic German food. Offering everything from spatzel to sauerbraten, the restaurant is a sure hit for a special family dinner. Veterans enjoy 15 percent off all bills that are $25 or more. Just let your server know, and be prepared to share a VA card or military ID to receive the discount.

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Savings for the whole family
13900 Aldrich Ave.
Burnsville, MN 55337

Popular retailer Kohl’s offers an every day discount of 15 percent off in-store purchases when you show your military ID. Check out one of the many locations around the Twin Cities metro for clothes and shoes for the whole family, as well as housewares, toys and select furniture. The store offers stylish and affordable items at prices that are sure to please. Use the store locator to find the location nearest you.

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Find your center
Corepower Yoga
680 Cleveland Ave. S
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 458-9642

Corepower Yoga in the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul offers military yogis great specials on their drop in class. Regulary priced at $19 a pop, active and retired military personell can drop-into a yoga class for just $13. Corepower also offers a limited selection of yoga mats, gear, apparel and other things you’ll need to find your center in style.

Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at