Good Things

Our Backyard The Science Museum of Minnesota

Our Backyard opens June 10!   (St Paul, MN) — June 10th, 2024 — Created in collaboration with community design partners, Our Backyard at the Science Museum of Minnesota is the summer space to create, build, splash, wander, and reminisce — or simply take a break and enjoy the river view. This summer, build a bridge, experiment with a bamboo water run, explore cultural and experimental gardens, play lawn games,

“Between the Water and Clouds, Take Two” (水雲間 * 水云间) An Outdoor Place-based Dance Drama

Photo Credit: 2023 “Between the Water and Clouds” at the Peavey Plaza (Minneapolis, MN) — June 5, 2024  — Hosted by Asian Media Access and Phoenix Chinese Dance Academy, we will present an Outdoor Dance Drama – “Between the Water and Clouds, Take Two” at: Date: June 8th, 2024 from 8:00pm – 10:00pmRain Day Option: June 9th, 2024 from 2:00pm – 4:00pmLocation: The Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County

(Alexandria MN) — For over 27 years, Habitat has built a proven track record of building strength and stability through affordable homeownership. Now, we’re taking a big step forward with the Summer Meadows development, the first new affordable housing project in Alexandria since 2002, offering families a chance to anchor themselves in this vibrant community. Located in a highly desirable neighborhood in Alexandria, the development will allow 42 homes to be

Firefly Viewing Nights at the Arb

(Chaska, MN) — June 6th, 2024 — Experience the magic of summer nights at the Arb with hundreds of fireflies flashing through the sky! Bring your family and friends along to marvel at the wonder of these glowing winged beetles (also known as lightning bugs). Begin your firefly viewing experience by gathering to learn about these special creatures from local experts. You’ll be able to pick from a few options

Mall of America

(St Paul, MN) — June 04, 2024   — The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is announcing the schedule of activities during the commemoration event marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The three-day event for Vietnam-era Veterans and their families, allies of the United States and all Minnesotans who wish to thank our Veterans, is being held June 13-15 at Mall of America®. Over the three days, attendees

Red Lake Nation Tribal College

College Hosting Grand Opening Celebration for Public on Thursday, June 6th, 2024 (Minneapolis, MN) —  May 24, 2024  — According to Minnesota Compass, 44.2% of Minnesota’s American Indian population resides in the Twin Cities. Yet until now, there was no tribal college in the Twin Cities that provided culturally based higher education to Native students. Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) is celebrating its grand opening of its Minneapolis site Thursday, June 6th, 2024, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,

Peregrine falcon DNR FalconCam

  First egg has hatched   (St Paul, MN) — May 21, 2024 –The first of four peregrine falcon eggs in the DNR FalconCam nest box has hatched and a chick is now visible. The popular webcam, live streaming from a nest box on a high rise in downtown St. Paul, will once again capture a peregrine falcon pair raising their chicks. The first chick hatched early in the morning on

Grand Design RV

(Middlebury, IND) — May 15, 2024 — To celebrate the launch of their new Lineage Class C motorhome, Grand Design RV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Winnebago Industries and one of the fastest-growing RV brands known for its top-of-the-line recreational vehicles, is bringing camping to the heart of New York City this summer by offering one lucky winner the Ultimate Glamping Getaway Weekend, plus a summer filled with outdoor adventures.

Best Cities for Veterans

Top cities offer what matters most to current and former service members, including housing affordability, low crime rates and a strong Veteran community (Columbia MO) — May 17, 2024  — Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s largest VA lender, today released its 2024 Best Cities for Veterans to Live list. While each region of the country is represented, the East Coast and Midwest rank high among the best places for Veterans and

Baby Supplies Topline Financial Credit Union

(Maple Grove, MN) –., May 14, 2024  — TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, held their third annual diaper and wipe drive during the month of April benefitting three local non-profits, Avenues for Youth, Karen Organization of Minnesota and YMCA of the North Youth and Family Services. TopLine members and employees generously donated diapers, wipes, and other baby care items to help bring comfort to families Invites Nonprofits to Join Their "Request A Care Package" Initiative for Deployed Service Members

    By connecting nonprofit organizations directly with the service members who need their support, we hope to foster a stronger link between those at home and those who serve.” — Michelle Williamson (Forest Lake, MN) —  May 13, 2024  —, a platform dedicated to sharing useful resources and information about shipping care packages to APO, FPO, and DPO addresses, is proud to announce a new initiative aimed at

VES Students Project Benefits Great River Rescue

(Bemidji, MN) — May 9th, 2024 — Over the last week, a group of compassionate students from Voyageurs Expeditionary School (VES) in Bemidji rallied together to make a difference in their community. Their mission? To support the local humane society and ensure that every adopted animal finds a loving forever home. The students put together a variety of blankets, toys, and treats to donate to Great River Rescue, a local humane society.

Hazelden Betty Ford Celebrates 75th Anniversary

  The nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford, the nation’s leading force of healing and hope for people impacted by substance use and mental health conditions, turns 75. Hazelden Betty Ford is more than a treatment center; we are a movement.” — Dr. Joseph Lee, President and CEO (Center City, MN) —  May 1, 2024 — The nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s leading force of healing and hope for people

AGCO Celebrates Grand Opening of The Fendt Lodge in Jackson, Minnesota

Facility will serve as the brand’s official North American home and site of product launches, customer and dealer meetings, and visitors center. (DULUTH, Ga) May 3, 2024  — AGCO Corporation , a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, announced the grand opening of The Fendt Lodge™ in Jackson, Minnesota,  May 1, 2024. The 16,000-square-foot world-class customer experience center is adjacent to AGCO’s Jackson manufacturing facility

HOURCAR Releases 2023 Carshare Impact Report

  Evie Carshare Vehicle with Saint Paul Council Member Yang Minnesota-Based Nonprofit Announces Phenomenal Growth Across Transportation Network This growth is truly a win-win. Users get better transportation options and lower transportation costs, and the community gets cleaner air and fewer vehicles on the road.” — Paul Schroeder, HOURCAR’s President and CEO (St Paul, MN) —  April 23, 2024 — HOURCAR, America’s largest nonprofit carshare operator, today announces the release

Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Commemoration: Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs to Host 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Events June 13-15

(St Paul, MN) —  April 24, 2024  — The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is honored to announce it is hosting the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The three-day event for Vietnam-era Veterans and their families, allies of the United States and all Minnesotans who wish to thank our Veterans, is being held June 13-15 at Mall of America®. Over the three days, attendees can

National Infertility Awareness Week

    Center for Reproductive Medicine is proud to announce that various Minneapolis landmarks are lighting up orange in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week. Notable Minneapolis landmarks will light up orange April 21-April 27 in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). We are thrilled Minneapolis is joining the #WearOrange Campaign to support NIAW. By lighting these landmarks orange, we raise awareness, show support, change the conversation, and empower

Class of 2024's Secret to Success: ThriveU Press' Timely Re-release of Elliot Felix’s Quintessential College Guide

    Freshman year decoded: Pro tips to navigate, integrate, and graduate with distinction A knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide packed with strategies and encouragement.” — Kirkus Reviews (Minneapolis, MN) — March 27, 2024  — The journey from high school to college is a pivotal one, filled with anticipation, excitement, and, undoubtedly, a measure of uncertainty. With the Class of 2024 standing on the threshold of this significant transition, ThriveU Press is

11th Annual Flavor of the Fair Vote Opens to Public Voting – Winner Will Be Featured at the 2024 Minnesota State Fair

> Three finalists are up for vote to pick Flavor of the Fair at the Minnesota State Fair’s Dairy Goodness Bar. Winner Will Be Featured at the 2024 Minnesota State Fair at the Dairy Goodness Bar Our dairy farmers are excited for another year of Minnesotans choosing their favorite ice cream flavor in this great tradition. We wanted to offer a wide variety of flavor combinations to our voters.”— Brittney

Legacy Amendment Small Grants

(St Paul, MN) — March 20, 2024 – The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 26 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $214,476 in 14 counties. Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units, and federally recognized tribes to preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on

Susan G Komen Bill

Susan G. Komen® Commends Bill Introduction; Urges Quick Passage (St Paul, MN) —  March 28, 2024  — Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, applauds Representative Patty Acomb (D-Minnetonka) for introducing legislation that would eliminate financial barriers to clinically appropriate genetic testing, as well as the recommended screenings based on the results of that testing. In Minnesota, more than 5,480 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 630 are expected to

Celebrating Poe’s Legacy Through “An October’s Journey,” James McKenna’s Award-Winning Novel WOWs Critics

Channeling the spirit of Poe and reviving the art of poetic prose, McKenna’s novel captures the imagination and secures a place among the year’s best. An excellent specimen of literary genius.” — Reader Views (Alden, MN) — March 28, 2024 — In an age where the echoes of the past merge with the whispers of the present, award-winning author James McKenna unveils a tale that defies the boundaries of time

Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Scholarship

(Maple Grove, MN) — March 28, 2024   — TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, is proud to announce three members have received a $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Scholarship Council (FSC). A total of $18,000 has been awarded to 18 credit union members in Minnesota for the 2024-2025 school year. Nearly 650 students from credit unions throughout the state of Minnesota applied for

NMDP Record-Breaking $5 Million Gift

(Minneapolis, MN) —  March 19, 2024   — NMDPSM, formerly Be The Match, recently received a $5 million gift from the Moore family – the largest, single donation NMDP has ever received – to support the organization’s mission of advancing cell therapy research and treatments. The donation will help fund new research, donor recruitment efforts and patient grants. A portion of the $5 million will fund recruitment, to continue adding

Intergenerational Storytelling Exhibition

    Over the course of one month, the exhibition drew in a total of 3,000 visitors (St Paul, MN) — March 15, 2024 — Led by Asian Media Access and in collaboration with the Asian Community Center and Legacy Adult Daycare Center, we had been hosting the ‘Intergenerational Storytelling’ Arts Project since mid-2023. The final exhibition was scheduled to coincide with the 2024 Lunar New Year period, celebrating the

Alexandria City Council Advances Section 3 of Alexandria Nature Trail

(Alexandria MN) — The Alexandria City Council took significant steps during in late December by approving three motions supporting the development of a new section of the Alexandria Nature Trail. The council’s decisions reflect a commitment to furthering the city’s recreational infrastructure. The first motion involved designating Alexandria as the sponsoring agency for Section 3 of the trail. This move solidifies the city’s role in overseeing the development and maintenance

'Northern Nights Starry Skies' Documentary

Starry Skies North is pleased to announce a special private screening of the documentary ‘Northern Nights, Starry Skies,’ followed by a panel on Light Pollution (St Paul, MN) — March 11, 2024 – Starry Skies North is pleased to announce a special event featuring a private screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Northern Nights, Starry Skies,’ followed by a panel discussion on Light Pollution. The event will take place starting at

Osman Shrine Circus 100th Year

(St Paul, MN) — March 07, 2024 — This year marks the Centennial Anniversary of the St. Paul Osman Shrine Circus, a cornerstone of family entertainment in the Twin Cities now for 100 years. To mark this celebration, the Osman Circus highlights its unwavering commitment to the ethical treatment of animals and the joyous art of clowning. The Osman Shrine Circus, in collaboration with Carden Circus Productions, continues to set

Partners in Food Solutions

(Minneapolis, MN) —  March 6, 2024 — Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), a nonprofit consortium that provides technical assistance to food processors in Africa, announced today that they have been awarded a five-year, $7.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support high-potential, entrepreneurial food companies in East and West African horticultural and rice value chains, and to develop rice fortification capacity in Nigeria. With this new

Z-degree Participants Expand in Minnesota

(Minnesota) — March 1st, 2024 — The State of Minnesota Legislature and Minnesota State, Minnesota State announces its Z-degree Project participants for FY25-FY26. Z-degree courses for these participating campuses will be available by spring of 2026. Z-degrees are a complete associate’s or bachelor’s degree program that exclusively use course resources that are no cost to students such as open educational resources (OER), open textbooks, and library-curated materials. With these additions, 10 Minnesota State campuses offer Z-degrees and 15 are in-process of offering Z-degrees.

Minnesota DNR Record Fish Program

Anglers will find these and other changes in the 2024 fishing regulations booklet   (Minnesota) — February 29, 2024 — Anglers will have new opportunities to claim the glory of catching a Minnesota state record fish. Starting March 1, anglers can earn catch-and-release records for 18 species beyond the four current species that are recognized, a change the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is making in response to the increasing

Minnesota History Center

(St Paul, MN) — February 29, 2024 – Join the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) in honoring the remarkable achievements and contributions of women throughout history. Explore engaging exhibits, programs, and books that highlight women’s impact in Minnesota. Mill City String Quartet: Women Composers, Women Performers, Minnesota History Center* March 16, 2 pm–3 pm The Mill City String Quartet (MCSQ) is an all-female, award-winning chamber ensemble based in the Twin Cities since 2007.

Contemporary Korean Art in New Exhibition

(Minneapolis, MN) — Feb. 21, 2024 — The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) announced today a new exhibition of contemporary Korean Art. “The Shape of Time: Korean Art after 1989,” organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, covers five themes: Dissonance, Reinvention, Coexistence, Being Seen, and Portraying Anxiety. The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Target Galleries from March 23 to June 23, 2024. Tickets are $20, with

Farm Different Video Series

(Thief River Falls, MN) — Feb. 27, 2024 —  DigiKey, a leading global commerce distributor offering the largest selection of technical components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, has launched season 3 of its “Farm Different” video series, sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and Amphenol Industrial. Season 3 features three episodes that provide a look into the future of farming to determine what innovations will power the

TopLine Financial Credit Union Job Readiness

(Maple Grove, MN) — Feb. 22, 2024  — TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, participated in Osseo Senior High School’s mock interview day, a training exercise that simulates a real-life job interview.   Eight TopLine employees volunteered their time to interview Osseo High School students to help prepare them for post-secondary education options, future career exploration and to develop interviewing skills. Nearly 800 students participated in

NMDP OPTIMIZE Clinical Trial

Groundbreaking Trial Seeks to Enhance Blood Cancer Treatment Efficacy and Safety (Minneapolis, MN) —  February 20, 2024 – NMDPSM (formerly known as the National Marrow Donor Program), home to the most diverse blood stem cell and marrow donor registry in the world, announced the enrollment of the first patient in the groundbreaking OPTIMIZE clinical trial today. The trial is sponsored by NMDP through the Center for International Blood and Marrow

United Theological Seminary Full Tuition

  Providing more equitable access to Black students not only places society in more diverse hands but will also transform classroom dynamics in service to building racial intelligence…here at United.” — Rev. Dr. Gary F. Green, II (St Paul, MN) —  February 15, 2024  — United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (United) is deeply grateful to be able to launch a new initiative designed to help address racial disparities

Minneapolis Institute of Art Year of the Dragon

(Minneapolis, MN) — February 10th, 2024 —The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) presents “Year of the Dragon: Mystical Creatures of the Sky,” an exhibition celebrating the lunar Year of the Dragon. Tracing the dragon’s origins and evolution in Chinese art over thousands of years, the show features dragon imagery across a wide range of media, from ancient jades and bronzes to ceramics and scroll paintings. The free exhibition is on

Rotary’s 120th International Convention in 2029

The largest convention Minneapolis will host in 2029   (Evanston, Ill.) — (Feb. 5, 2024) — Rotary International announced Minneapolis-St. Paul as the winner of the provisional bid to hold its annual international convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center, May 26-30, 2029. More than 15,000 Rotary members and participants from around the world will gather in the Twin Cities to connect, learn from each other and various experts, and share


(Minnesota) – February 5th, 2024- – In a positive development for individuals with allergies, legislators are considering the ADINA Act, a groundbreaking initiative led by Representative Dean Phillips. The ADINA Act is a bill that would amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of major food allergens or gluten-containing grains on drugs intended for human use and hold medications to the same labeling standards as food products.

Grandie Artificial Intelligence for Seniors GrandPad

(Minneapolis, MN) —  Feb. 05, 2024   — Today marks an exciting milestone as GrandPad proudly unveils Grandie, the innovative patent-pending virtual companion that is enabled by AI. Specifically created for seniors, Grandie is now available exclusively on the GrandPad tablet. Grandie represents a revolutionary leap in providing personalized, engaging, and enriching experiences tailored to the unique needs of older adults. Designed with the intention of fostering meaningful interactions, Grandie

National Cancer Prevention Month

    Chef Elle Shares Healthy Recipes and Eating Tips, Encourages Taking a Cancer Health Check Loaded with fiber and antioxidants, apples are not only beneficial for the body and mind, but they are also an easy addition to your daily diet.” — Kristi Harris, Honeybear Brands (Elgin, MN) —  February 1, 2024 — This February during National Cancer Prevention Month, Honeybear Brands® Pazazz® apple and Chef Elle Simone Scott

A Ray of Hope in the Face of Adversity: Little Calla Receives Dream Bedroom on Her Birthday

Elk River family received a new basement remodel and bedroom makeover at no charge through Purpose Driven Restoration, NARI Cares MN, and Make-A-Wish.   (Elk River, Mn) — December 22, 2023   – This year, in a heartwarming representation of compassion and unity, Purpose Driven Restoration (PDR) partnered with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI Cares MN) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to bring a ray of hope into

New Location for Southern Valley Alliance

    The new Southern Valley Alliance Domestic Abuse Advocacy Center is located at the corner of 3rd Ave & Holmes St. in Shakopee, MN. SVA is proud to announce their new location. The new building will allow for expanded services and access to resources for victims of domestic violence. We are anticipating an increase in walk-in traffic. As we continue to learn more about the needs of people in

M State launches cannabis certificate programs

  Community college is first in Greater MN to offer cannabis education, collaborates with Green Flower in anticipation of industry demand We have a longstanding reputation for aligning our training programs with the workforce needs of our region, and these new cannabis certificate programs are a continuation of that tradition.” — GL Tucker, Executive Director of M State’s Workforce Development Solutions (Fergus Falls, MN) — January 24, 2024 – Minnesota

EmpowerU Impact on Student Mental Health

    More than 5,000 students at five EmpowerU partner districts in Minnesota made significant improvements in their mental health and resilience (Minneapolis, MN) — January 17, 2024   — EmpowerU, a leading national provider of mental health skills and support for schools, recently recognized five school districts for their longstanding commitment to improving student resilience and mental health. The districts, based in Minnesota where EmpowerU was founded in 2018,

The Planetary Society Bill Nye

(Minneapolis, MN) — Jan. 18, 2024  — Lerner Publishing Group™ is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Planetary Society® and CEO Bill Nye to create educational and fun books for young readers. The collaboration launches in 2024 and will include 15 titles for all markets about space science and exploration. Available on January 1, 2024, the brand will launch with Casting Shadows: Solar and Lunar Eclipses with The

Documentary Jesse Ventura

From Pro Wrestler to Minnesota Governor, Jesse Ventura’s Journey Comes to Life in a New Film that Offers a Unique Look at His Improbable 3rd Party Victory. (St Paul, MN) —  Jan. 11, 2024  — Timed with the 25th anniversary of Jesse Ventura’s inauguration as the Governor of Minnesota, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) announces the premiere of “Jesse Ventura Shocks the World,” an exploration of Jesse “The Body” Ventura’s extraordinary journey from the wrestling ring to the governor’s mansion.

The Association for Black Economic Power

  Allianz supports neighborhood organization with $50K financial security grant for financial literacy and economic empowerment in the Twin Cities. (Minneapolis, MN) —  January 11, 2024 — The Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP) is excited to announce it has received an investment from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) to support financial literacy and economic empowerment in the Twin Cities. Allianz Life grants provide charitable donations