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Alexandria Lights on Broadway

(Alexandria, MN) — November 26th,2022 — Alexandria kicked off the holiday season with something old, and something new.     Friday, the public was invited to Christmas at the fort.  This event has happened the Friday after Thanksgiving for decades.   It was started by the Runestone Museum, and the Maritime Museum next door has joined the celebration.   Hundreds of families came out to vote for their favorite Christmas Tree, visit with

Local Backus Community Café

(International Falls, MN) — Nov. 17, 2022 — Coop Service, Inc. and Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS, have awarded a $25,000 Hometown Pride grant to the Backus Community Café. Backus Community Café was nominated by Coop Service for its dedication to providing an accessible solution to local food insecurity while bringing neighbors together and strengthening community connections. “Being rewarded this grant means so much to our small community,” says Lois

Cooperative Ventures Sabanto

(St Paul, MN and Bloomington, Ill.)  — Nov. 4, 2022  — Cooperative Ventures, a venture capital fund formed by North America’s leading agricultural cooperatives, today announced its first investment in Sabanto, a hardware and software company on the forefront of developing autonomous capabilities in tractors. Sabanto, founded in 2018, is deploying fully-autonomous machinery performing row crop field operations throughout the U.S. “We’re very enthusiastic about the strategic benefits presented by the

Post-it® App for Microsoft Teams

(Minnesota) — Nov 2nd, 2022 — The shift to hybrid work just became easier. Thanks to a recent co-innovation between 3M and Microsoft, the new Post-it® App for Microsoft Teams allows users to generate and organize ideas with the power of a digital whiteboard tool. With many great ideas starting as thoughts written on a Post-it® Note, the Post-it® App for Teams takes it one-step further, bridging the gap between

Red Wing Shoe Company Allison Gettings

Gettings to Succeed Current CEO Mark Urdahl Upon His January 2023 Retirement (Red Wing, MN) — Oct. 20, 2022  — Red Wing Shoe Company today announced that its board of directors has named Allison Gettings president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Gettings, who is currently president, will assume the role of CEO following the planned retirement of Mark Urdahl who has served as the company’s CEO since 2016. Gettings will become the 10th CEO

Bright Ideas Design Awards 

(Bayport, MN) —  Oct. 3, 2022  — In collaboration with Dwell magazine, Andersen Windows, manufacturer of America’s most loved window and door brand*, announced the winners of its second annual Bright Ideas Design Awards – recognizing outstanding architectural projects with an emphasis on windows and daylighting.  “In this year’s entries, we saw remarkable examples of creative design as it relates to windows and doors. As a panel we were inspired by  

Tony Sanneh Green Sports Day

(St Paul MN) — Oct. 11th, 2022 — The Sanneh Foundation and the Green Sports Alliance hosted Green Sports Day on Thursday, Oct. 6th.   St. Paul’s Tony Sanneh, a pro soccer player turned youth-nonprofit leader, helped celebrate the occasion by leading his after-school program.   The after-school program serves local diverse youth with a hands-on community service activity. At the event, more than 60 kids learned firsthand how they can be

Dan Boddy Elected President of MTTIA

(Manktato, MN) — Sept. 20, 2022 — South Central Collage has announced that it’s Auto Collision/Auto Body instructor, Dan Boddy, has been elected president of The Midwest Teachers of Transportation & Industrial Areas (MTTIA).   About MTTIA Mission: To provide professional development for teachers through the enhancement of technical skills and knowledge to better improve student achievement.  

Liz Prior joins INSTANDA

(Minneapolis, MN) — Sept. 07, 2022 — INSTANDA, the no-code core insurance platform has announced the appointment of Liz Prior to its executive leadership team and the role of Chief Financial Officer. Her appointment comes at a pivotal moment for INSTANDA as it moves to expand its geographical presence in Europe, US, Japan, and the UAE, as well as to enhance its platform capabilities with the latest $45 million fundraising

EnKourage Kards Penny and Kyle

Family business offers original “cards with a cause” to lower disability-related employment barriers and support nonprofits (Hanover, MN) – Sept 10th, 2022 – If there was ever a day that was built for a greeting card, it’s this Monday September 12th .   Monday is the National Day of Encouragement. A mother and son duo from Hanover, MN have built a business helping to encourage others.    Penny and Kyle Kauffman started

The PivotPreneur Podcast

(Woodbury, MN) — The PivotPreneur Show comes to us from Woodbury.    It includes a quick listen Monday Motivation segment and a longer play conversationalist episode on Thursdays.  Here’s the quick synopsis from the website: The PivotPreneur Podcast with Todd Stocker helps you pivot into meaningful and purposeful work. Todd was a Pastor who pivoted into owning a multi-million dollar real estate business. His podcast can help you discover, develop, and

Minnesota State Fair 2022

The Minnesota State Fair 2022 kept 1,842,222 of us entertained this year.    In case you missed it, or want to see it again, here are a few of our favorite memories.     Some Links Worth a Look: To see replays of Live Cam’s from the fair here is the LINK. To see a countdown clock to next years Minnesota State Fair Click Here.

Minnesota State Fair 2022

(St Paul, MN) — September 6th, 2022 — The great Minnesota get together has come to a close and the countdown to the Minnesota State Fair 2023 has already begun!    They even have a countdown clock. Attendance for the 2022 State Fair was a solid gain over 2021, over 41% growth, but didn’t approach the record setting numbers of 2019.    The Minnesota State Fair was cancelled in 2020 due to

Minnesota State Fair 2022

(St Paul, MN) — August 29th, 2022 —  While most of us want to go get our fill of Mini Donuts and Live Music, getting to the Minnesota State Fair isn’t always possible.     That said, here are a list of Live Cams you may want to watch.   If you cant be there, it’s the next best thing. Fox 9 News –  Minnesota State Fair live camera (fox9.com) Minneapolis Star

The Al Franken Podcast

If you’ve been wanting to catch up with former Senator Al Franken, here is your opportunity.   The Al Franken Podcast is available with a new episode weekly. Description from Website:  A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer,  a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator.     Al Franken is in the booth to talk public policy

Liam Gustafson Nevis Skate Park

(Nevis, MN) — August 23rd, 2022 —  Eleven Year Old Liam Gustafson told his parents that he wanted a skate park in his hometown of Nevis. To be supportive, they explained the steps it would take to accomplish the task.    These included:  Ask the City of Nevis, find a piece of land, research, raise the capital and find the builders. How It Started With his new “to do” list Liam

The Slowdown Show

(Minneapolis, MN) — Sometimes picking out a new podcast can feel like a commitment.   You want to enjoy, but you feel like you are about to be asked for hours of time.   Perhaps it’s time to consider “The Slowdown Show.”    The Slowdown Show offers a quick thought and a short poem each weekday.    Each show is around 5 minutes or less. Description from the Slowdownshow.org website: Host Ada Limón delivers

Vikingland Band Festival Alexandria

(Alexandria, MN) — June 27th, 2022 —  Each year on the last weekend of June, the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria plays host to a variety of Marching Bands who compete in multiple classes and categories.   Over the years, the Vikingland Band Festival has played host to 94 bands from 7 States, 3 Provinces and Norway.   This years event included 16 bands plus the host, Alexandria. The Vikingland Band Festival

Helping Ellanor - Southern Minnesota Steps Up to Help

(Sleepy Eye, MN) – May 28, 2022 —   Multiple communities in Southern Minnesota have been united to help raise funds for the daughter of Caleb & Katie Siefkes.   10-month-old Ellanor was hospitalized in June of 2020.  After 6 months of ongoing testing and multiple infections, Children’s Hospital’s hematology department determined that she had a genetic mutation causing low neutrophil counts and diagnosed her with ELANE mutation Severe Congenital Neutropenia. For

Charles Linberg Home & Museum

  Historic sites reopening between May 27 and June 10   (Minnesota) — May 11th, 2022 — Ten Minnesota historic sites will soon be ready to greet visitors again for the summer season with new programs, events, lectures, workshops, classes, performances and guided tours. MNHS sites reopening include: May 27, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum May 27, Folsom House May 28, Comstock House May 28, Historic Forestville May 28, Historic

the BBQ Show

(Mankato MN) — With the weather warming up the BBQ Grill comes out.    If you’re into grilling culture, check out The BBQ show.   Stunt and Jake take on weekly topics in regard to grilling and smoking with plenty of tips and tricks. The BBQ Show features two guys and a grill.   Based in Mankato Minnesota, it covers a covers a variety of topics including: Cuts of meat Cooking materials (Charcoal,

Kathio State Park Four Free Park Days in 2022

(Minneosta)  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, Feb. 19. This “Free Park Day” is one of four days each year on which the DNR waives entrance fees to state parks. The entrance fee waiver does not cover activities like camping, rentals or tours. The goal of Free Park Days is to get all Minnesotans outdoors.

St Peter Area Food Shelf - Food Drive

St Peter Area Food Shelf Exceeds Goal to help fight food insecurity.   (St Peter, MN) — April 14th, 2022 —   People don’t give to needy organizations, they give to effective organizations.    With this in mind, the St Pete Area Food Shelf must be doing an outstanding job.    During their Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign Food Drive, a group of 29 local businesses and organizations had a goal to collect 11,000

Tina Rice Named LAPW Woman of the Year.

(Alexandria, MN) — March 30th, 2022 — Each year the Lake Area Professional Women (LAPW) of Alexandria honor two employers and one woman.     Employers include Large Employer of the Year (25 or More employees) and Small Employer of the Year (Fewer than 25 employees.)  There is also one Woman of the Year Award.   The selection of employer of the year is based on how well a company supports fairness

The Federal

(Bemidji, MN) — March 27, 2022 — The CEO of Global Ocean Investments, Justin Etzin, has acquired a site for their latest development. The former Federal building is situated in the central business district of downtown Bemidji in Beltrami County.  The Bemidji Federal Building was constructed in 1960 and was originally built as a U.S. Post Office.  Until 2018 the building housed the bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian

Off the Charts

A health equity podcast that gets to the point (Bloomington, MN) — There is a new new podcast from Health Partners.   Off the Charts: Examining the Health Equity Emergency. This diversity and inclusion podcast asks candid questions about what equity means for health care. Join hosts Kari Haley, MD, and Steven Jackson, MD – plus leading guest experts – as they:   Dig into social determinants of health Examine

Eagle Cam Update

The Eagle Cam Update is good news.   Things are progressing on schedule for the two chicks. Hatch update – chick number 2 has hatched! Right on time, the two chicks have hatched! The first chick hatched on Tuesday, March 22. Tuesday was one of the wettest days we’ve had at the cam site, but that didn’t stop the chick from emerging from the egg. Because of the cold, windy and

The Cereal Box Challenge

(Rochester MN) –March, 25, 2022 — There’s a new social media trend sweeping the nation.   The Cereal Box Challenge helps school kids get involved with local charities.   It helps local food shelves and other charities gather boxes of cereal for those who need it.   It entertains while building awareness.   It’s a social media trend that is a win-win-win. The Students and Staff at Bamber Valley Elementary School (School District 535)

Minnesota's World Records

(Minnesota) — March 23, 2022–  Each year the Guinness World Book of Records looks at all of the years submissions and publishes the biggest, brightest, tallest, smallest, most, least, heaviest, lightest, youngest, oldest and farthest of almost anything you can imagine.   The categories alone could make up a book.  There are a surprising number of Minnesotans who hold world records.    So, we decided to share a few of Minnesota’s World

Guido van Helten Silo Art

Downtown Mankato plays host to art of monumental proportions.   Artist Guido van Helten painted the mural on the Ardent Mills silos in 2020.  Each Silo is 135 feet tall.   One side of the artwork is visible from Hwy 169, but it’s worth a stop to see the entire work.  More details can be found on the Mankato City Art Webpage.

MN Broadcast Hall of Fame

(St Paul, MN) — March 17th, 2022 —  The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting has announced the 2022 Minnesota Broadcast hall of Fame winners.   Five familiar names in Minnesota Broadcasting will be added during a ceremony on September 17, 2022. This years inductees include: Dan Barreiro – Host on “The Fan” (KFXN-FM/100.3 Minneapolis) and also heard on the Fan Network Freddie Bell – Radio executive, author and speaker.   Also hosts 3

Found Safe - Amber Alert

(Glenwood MN) – March 18th, 2022 — The Pope County Sheriff’s office in Glenwood has announced that Robert Ramirez, age 2 has been found and is safe. The Amber Alert has been cancelled. An amber alert was issued on Thursday for the 3′ Tall boy who was believed to be abducted near Westport. At this point, no details of his safe recovery have been released.   More details are expected on

Goo Goo Dolls at Ledge Amphitheater

(Waite Park MN) — After cancelling their 2020, and then the 2021 tour, the Goo Goo Dolls get back on the road again.  The tour starts in late March.   Just prior to Covid, the Goo Goo Dolls wrote and recorded their twelfth full-length album, Miracle Pill [Warner Records.]  Touring to support this record has been delayed until now.   But during the Covid downtime, the Goo Goo Dolls did head

Kathio State Park

Near Lake Mille Lacs you’ll find Katio State Park.   Here are a few of our favorite pictures.   You may also want to read a more in depth article about the park at our other website – 320FUN.com. 

Murals of Sauk Centre

The Murals of Sauk Center is an on going project.   Artist Roger Reinardy is responsible for their creation. According to Visit Sauk Centre’s website, Reinardy had a “lifetime career as a commercial artist who designed beautifully artistic counted cross stitch and needlepoint projects. But when he moved home to Sauk Centre, he began to expand his horizons” All of the Murals are within walking distance if you park downtown.

Man Falls Through Ice - Saved

(Inver Grove Heights, MN)   February 14, 2022 — Inver Grove Heights Fire performed an ice rescue on the Mississippi Monday afternoon.   According to IGH FD, a man appeared to be cross-country skiing with his dog when he fell through the ice. By luck, someone heard him yelling. A firefighter went onto the river with a special ice rescue suit to help get him climb out.  Other firefighters then pulled the

Iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry Returns to Minneapolis

(Minneapolis)  The iconic red cherry found in the sculpture garden of the Walker Art Museum has returned to its rightful place.  The cherry was in need of refinishing.   On November 15th, 2021 the Cherry was separated from the Spoon, taken down and shipped to New York to be refinished. The sculpture called Spoonbridge and Cherry was created by Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg.   And has been found in the