Jonny Pops expands in Elk River

(Elk River, MN,)   March 4, 2022 – NAI Legacy and its affiliates are pleased to announce the acquisition of the 80,000 SF Industrial property for the new JonnyPops headquarters. The new facility, what they call the “Plant for the Future” project is located about 30 miles outside of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul urban district. The property is located on 14 acres, in, Elk River. In the past 10 years, JonnyPops

EnChroma Glasses That Help People with Color Blindness

(Bloomington MN), February 16, 2022 — EnChroma, the creators of glasses for color blindness, and Best Buy have announced that EnChroma glasses are now available to millions of people who suffer from color blindness (Color Vision Deficiency) through BestBuy.com. Overall, one in 12 men (8%) and one in 200 women (.5%) are color blind.  There are 13 million in the US and 350 million worldwide.  People with normal color vision

The Atlanta Shipwreck

(Whitefish, MI)- So technically, this story comes out of Michigan, but Lake Superior is such a big part of Minnesota, that we just had to include it! The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) is excited to announce the discovery of the 172-foot schooner-barge Atlanta. The Atlanta was found 35 miles off Deer Park, Mich., in 650 feet of water in Lake Superior. Shipwreck hunting can be tedious. More than 2,500 miles


(Rochster MN) Rochester Public Schools On February 24, 2022, Knutson Construction along with Rochester Public Schools accepted the MNSHARP award for our District’s newest middle school, Dakota Middle School. “MNSHARP has been around since 2006 and has handed out 60 awards like this since its inception,” said Tom Leimer, General Manager of Knutson Construction. “What’s really cool about this, this is the first time this award has ever been given

Command Sgt. Maj. Katie Blackwell

(Cottage Grove, MN) – February 16, 2022 — The percent of women in the Minnesota National Guard has increased in the last 10 years. In 2011, only 16 percent of the force were women. Over the years, that percent has grown to nearly 21. Not only are women more prominent in the Guard, but they are also filling key leadership roles. “I have never seen before in my career as

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

Reverse Mechanic Releases New Hit "Chicken Opperang"

The Minnesota-based producer/songwriter doesn’t hold back. His new song takes on both sides of the isle and makes you think while making you move. (It) don’t make sense, no defense, but it’s a smash hit. We can show the dents.” — Reverse Mechanic (Minneapolis MN)  February 21, 2022 “Chicken Opperang” is the first major single on a bold new endeavor by artist Reverse Mechanic. This single confronts Reverse Mechanic’s personal

MN National Guard - Cyber Defense

December 21, 2021 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — More than 30 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team returned to Minnesota after being mobilized to Fort Meade, Maryland, in October 2020, as part of a task force that helps protect the Department of Defense networks from cyber-attacks. “This mobilization was the culmination of years of hard work by our highly-trained and specialized cyber Soldiers,” said Army Maj. Brian Morgan,

North Country Food bank

(Feb – 2022)   The Hunger Hero Award is the highest honor awarded by North Country Food Bank each year. This award is given to someone who has had a significant, positive, and lasting impact on North Country’s work and ability to distribute food to people in need across our region.Congratulations to John Thorson — the 2021 recipient! John dedicated countless hours to our board of directors and our building project

Patriot Awards

ALEXANDRIA, MN. (November 3, 2021) – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve. An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or