Archives for January 2018

Extreme Cold and Tire Pressure

check tire pressure in extreme coldRemember to check your tire pressure. It’s easy, fast, and important! In the extreme cold temperatures in Minnesota that we’ve been experiencing, your tire pressure may drop. Some of you may notice your TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) censors indicate low tire pressure.

It’s a good thing to manually check your tire pressure and keep it according to manufacturing specs in your manual. If you are unsure of your tire pressure, have questions about the integrity of your tires and/or question if they are holding pressure, stop by and let us take a look. Better safe than sorry! 

Best Chili Recipe for Tailgating the Big Game

chili recipe for football game

Let’s hope this is the year for the Minnesota Vikings to go all the way & win the SuperBowl. They have no lack of fans, that’s for sure. If you’re planning to tailgate or host a football watching party, there isn’t anything better to fight the cold weather and enjoy football than a bowl of chili. Add it to a hot dog or brat for the ultimate football food!

This chili recipe has some very unique ingredients that really make it stand out. Don’t skip any of them.

Best Beer Chili Recipe

  • 2 pounds ground beef (salt and pepper while browning)
  • 1 onion chopped (brown with beef)
  • 3 cans of chili beans (in sauce)
  • 2 cans of kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, etc.
  • 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large can of tomato soup
  • 3 ears of fresh sweet corn cut off the cob (you can use frozen, but recommend fresh if you can find it)
  • 2 chopped jalapeno peppers (reduce to one if you don’t like spicy chili)
  • 1 container washed/sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 bottle or can of beer (Grain Belt Nordeast works great)
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 0ne bunch of cilantro, washed and finely chopped (add toward the end)

Heat and stir until all is hot, cooked, and flavored. Transfer to a crock pot to keep warm.

If you need help with tires to get you to the football party, stop in. Both locations in Anoka and Bloomington are open this week and all day Saturday.


Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving TipsWe are in the middle of winter in Minnesota. There will be snow, ice and cold weather. It is impossible to avoid it, so always keep safe winter driving tips in mind. Some tips may seem basic, but a simple refresher can be helpful as we get comfortable in our habits.

10 Winter Driving Tips:

  1. Increase your following distance. Snow and ice make stopping more difficult. Give yourself space.
  2. See and be seen. Keep snow and frost off windows, mirrors, lights and reflectors.
  3. Plan before you travel. Be aware of the weather conditions. Check 511 for road conditions, call 511 or visit Stay home if conditions are bad and you don’t need to travel.
  4. Check tire pressure. Make sure your tire pressure is where it should be for your tires and vehicle. Cold weather can cause tire pressure fluctuations.
  5. Take your time. Fast acceleration and braking can cause spinning and loss of control when driving on snow and ice.
  6. Replace worn tires. This will help give you better control in snow and ice.
  7. Don’t panic. Remain calm. If you hit icy conditions don’t brake. Try to steer straight and don’t accelerate.
  8. Pack a winter survival kit. In case you get stranded it is best to be prepared.
  9. Watch out for other drivers. You don’t have control over what other drivers do. Give them space.
  10. Give snowplows space.  Snowplows are trying to improve road conditions, but they are watching many things and have limited visibility.


These are just a few tips to remember. AAA offers a thorough list of winter driving tips to provide a refresher for the next time you find yourself driving in snow, ice and frigid Minnesota cold. Stay warm!