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Minneapolis Institute of Art Art in Bloom

(Minneapolis, MN) — March 23, 2023 – The Minneapolis Institute of Art’s (Mia) Art in Bloom, an annual celebration featuring imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art from Mia’s permanent collection, is returning for its 39th year April 27 – April 30, 2023. Presented by the Friends of the Institute, this much anticipated event is free and open to the public. This year, the Friends of the Institute will

Helmsley Charitable Trust Ultrasound Imaging Devices

(Minneapolis, MN) — March 21, 2023 — The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted nearly $18.3 million to help Minnesota hospitals and health centers purchase nearly 200 ultrasound imaging devices and an additional $8.1 million to boost sonography and point of care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state. Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, said the grants will help improve access to exceptional

Little Library MN State Capital

(St Paul, MN) — March 22nd, 2023– In celebration of Reading Month, Governor Tim Walz today unveiled the first ever Little Free Library in the State Capitol. With more than 1,600 book titles banned or restricted by other states last year, the Little Free Library celebrates books and helps to ensure they remain accessible in Minnesota. The Governor unveiled the library alongside librarians and advocates for book accessibility. “In Minnesota,

Osman Shrine Circus 100th Year

(Saint Paul, MN) — March 22, 2023  —  Prepare to be amazed as the St. Paul Osman Shrine Circus celebrates its 100 year anniversary with a spectacular showcase of acts, attractions, and pulse-pounding performances that will enthrall audiences of all ages. Join Osman Shrine Circus for the opening night show on Thursday, March 23rd, and take advantage of the special ticket price of just $10, making it the perfect occasion

St. Croix Chocolate Company Ukrainian Refugee

Ukrainian refugee families and their sponsors will come to the chocolate shop in Marine on St. Croix, Minn. for a chocolate workshop just for them     This is a tremendous opportunity for us to open our hearts and share the richness and uniqueness of what we do”  — Robyn Dochterman (Minneapolis, MN) — March 16, 2023 — St. Croix Chocolate Company (SCCC) owners Robyn Dochterman and Deidre Pope are

Stories of Immigrants and Refugees Featured in Upcoming Art Exhibit at Minnesota State Capitol

The exhibit Our Austin, Our America showcases the growing diversity in Austin, MN   (St Paul, MN) –March 6, 2023 – The first in a series of public art installments at the Minnesota State Capitol opens March 13 with a project from photographer William Taufic titled Our Austin, Our America. The exhibit features portrait photography telling the story of immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers who have made their home in

Maple Syrup Forest History Center

  Highlights include syrup making, nature hikes, and collaborative music performances   (Grand Rapids, MN) –March 13, 2023 – Forest History Center guests will have a chance to learn, explore, and play during the Maple Syrup, Music, and Phenology! event on March 25. During the event, visitors can learn about the process of making maple syrup. From tree tapping to sap boiling, attendees will gain insights on the process from start to finish.

National Marrow Donor Program

(Minneapolis, MN) — March 16, 2023  — National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)/Be The Match® announced two recipients of its Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program grant for 2023. The grant underscores NMDP/Be The Match’s commitment to research to advance the future of care and improve outcomes for patients diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancer or blood diseases. The Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program, among the largest and most coveted grants in the

Kind World Publishing to Launch Abuelito at Bologna Book Fair 2023

  Grief and hope can coexist. That is such an important lesson for kids—that we can hold multiple feelings.” — Nelly Buchet (Minneapolis, MN) — March 3, 2023  — Award-winning picture book author Nelly Buchet and debut author David Corredor Benavides show readers what it’s like to grieve, support one another, and make new memories while honoring the old ones in the forthcoming picture book Abuelito. Madrid-based illustrator Ana Sanfelippo’s

Smoked Bacon Elite Maple Wood College Basketball

(Austin, MN) — March 13, 2023  — This March, basketball and bacon fans unite for the first time as the makers of HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Bacon will give some of college basketball’s most diehard fans the chance to taste the most elite smoked meat ever. Introducing Hardcourt Smoked HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Bacon, a first-of-its-kind bacon smoked with the actual northern cherry maple wood that is used to make the final floors of the 2023

Minnesota Vikings least passionate fan

(Minneapolis, MN) — March 6th, 2023 — The Minnesota Vikings officially have one of the least passionate fanbases, 11% less passionate than the NFL average according to a new study. NFL fans are some of the most devoted sports fans in the US. Over 17 million tune in to watch the games on TV, and many share their support for their team on social media as they watch. have

State Auditor Julie Blaha

(St Paul, MN) — March 6th, 2023 — State Auditor Julie Blaha invites you to join us for the 2023 State of Main Street listening tour. This years listening sessions will be held in a hybrid format with in-person gatherings in Bemidji, St. Cloud, Minneapolis, and Mankato – and via Zoom! The annual State of Main Street is an opportunity for the Office of the State Auditor to hear from you directly

Science Museum Apollo Moon

(St. Paul, Minn.) – This winter and spring, the Science Museum will join in the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a brand new exhibit, a stunning giant screen movie, and a host of space-related programming, making it an ideal destination for science and history buffs of all ages. “The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing was a remarkable science achievement that led us

Child Care Locator web app

(Fergus Falls, MN) — February 17, 2023 — Families with young children seeking child care in Otter Tail County can use the new Child Care Locator web app. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Human Services departments of Otter Tail County released the web app to help families find information about child care providers in their area. Families can use the interactive Child Care Locator web app to view a

Minnesota’s Leisure and Hospitality Workers

(Welch, MN) — February 27th, 2023 —  Good news for Minnesota’s leisure and hospitality workers — it’s Minnesota’s no. 1 fastest-growing industry right now — a real rebound as we approach three years since covid nearly ground the industry to a halt. “It’s great to see leisure and hospitality jobs returning after covid disrupted the industry three years ago,” said Aaron Seehusen, public relations manager at Treasure Island Resort &

Shrine Circus Affiliate Program

(St Paul, MN) — Feb. 24, 2023  —   2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the circus, making it one of the longest continuously running events in the circus world. Now for a century, the St. Paul Osman Shrine Circus has entertained audiences with its brand of awe-inspiring aerial performances, gravity-defying acrobatics, and death-defying stunts—a testament to the dedication, creativity, and skill of its circus performers. With a history founded on

Straw Bale Gardening

  This method works in any climate and for nearly every vegetable crop, and doesn’t require any soil at all, so it can be done on concrete, asphalt or even on a rooftop.”     — Joel Karsten     (Minneapolis, MN)  —  February 13, 2023  — Rooftops, patios, backyards with bad soil or anyplace with room for a straw bale can be transformed into a garden using the technique pioneered by

Jim Crow of the North Stories

Twin Cities PBS web series explores the impacts of racial housing discrimination   (Twin Cities, MN) — February 10th, 2022 — Twin Cities PBS (TPT) announced the premiere of “Jim Crow of the North Stories,” a digital first series follow-up to their 2019 documentary “Jim Crow of the North.” Picking up where the award-winning film leaves off, the series continues looking at race, place and the past by exploring the

Zac Padrnos Ice Fishing

  (Brainerd, MN) — February 7th, 2023 — When you think of fishing, what comes to mind? Maybe your grandfather…sitting alone in a boat…probably falling asleep. Well, Zac Padrnos is on a mission to challenge that perception. You see, Padrnos is anything but your typical angler. In a sport that’s synonymous with gray hair, the 13-year-old Minnesotan is hardly who most people expect to see out on the water. But

Computing Ethics Project

(Minneapolis, MN) —  The GroupLens Lab and other department faculty received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The Department of Computer Science & Engineering professors Lana Yarosh, Stevie Chancellor, Joe Konstan, Kangjie Lu, and Loren Terveen were awarded for research titled “Beyond the Individual: Community-Engaged Design and Implementation of a Framework for Ethical Online Communities Research.” The project focuses on the collection of big data in online communities.

Minnesota Health Centers

    With passage of the FY23 Omnibus bill, Minnesota Health Centers receive valuable capital investment and policies to enhance their ability to serve Minnesotans. (Minneapolis, MN) — February 5, 2023 — The Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers (MNACHC) is pleased that Congress passed the FY23 Omnibus bill, as the legislation substantially impacts policies that govern and funding that fuels the important role of Minnesota’s 17 Community Health Centers.

500 Works Minneapolis Institute of Art

MINNEAPOLIS—Jan 30, 2023—The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) announced the 2022 end-of-year gifts to the museum’s collection that include a group of four 19th-century Navajo textiles; a collection of 130 works of Chinese calligraphy from the 16th to the 19th century; and an array of paintings, watercolors, drawings, and pastels by major American and European artists. The museum also stated that over the course of 2022, it received funds for

the Forest History Center

Presenting stories and photos from a journey to witness polar bears in the wild   (Grand Rapids, MN) — January 30, 2023 – In the remote Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba, humans live side-by-side with the largest land carnivore on Earth. The Forest History Center presents Expedition to Churchill: The Polar Bears of Northern Manitoba, February 11 at 1 pm. Visitors can hear stories and see pictures from historian John Grabko

Minnesota History Center

  Tickets on sale for lecture series at Minnesota History Center and online   (St Paul, MN — January 5, 2023 –  Five of the nation’s top scholars shed new light on the richness, expansiveness, and complexity of American History in the 19th season of the Minnesota Historical Society’s History Forum. The series, which runs January through April 2023, includes both virtual and in-person lectures highlighting excellence in historical scholarship

Signs of Gaslighting

  (Mendota Heights, MN) — January 25, 2023  — Ellie Mental Health just released new information on how to spot the signs of gaslighting. And as this form of manipulation is fairly common and hard to detect, knowing how to spot the signs of gaslighting is invaluable for self-protection. Gaslighting is a term that references a 1944 film titled Gaslight, in which a woman’s husband attempts to make her think

"Skilled" Docuseries From 3M

Global research shows nine in 10 agree more people should enter the trades; 3M commits to advocacy and education to expand the talent pipeline (St Paul, MN) — PAUL, Minn., Jan. 22, 2023  — 3M (NYSE: MMM) is premiering a new documentary film today, “Skilled,” to celebrate the skilled trades and break down stereotypes that may prevent people from pursuing these vital careers. “Skilled” features four trade workers—a plumber, fall protection specialist, welder, and film gaffer—at

Boosts Confidence, Strengthen Relationships, and Enhance Emotional Intelligence through A 21-Day Self-Discovery Guide

A 21-Day Personal Guide to Self-Discovery and Emotional Mastery is now available on Amazon (Carver, MN) —  January 18, 2023 — A 21-Day Personal Journey of Self-Improvement and Discovery by John C Fuger is a journal of self-contemplation and introspection. The journal’s primary purpose is to help a person steer their life in a positive direction. The journal is filled with simple, engaging exercises and acts as a tool to

Magstim Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

(Minneapolis, MN) —  Jan. 18, 2023  — Magstim, a global leader in neuroscience research and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) solutions for mental health, announced today that the FDA has cleared the Horizon 3.0 (with or without StimGuide+) and E-z Cool Coil to treat adult patients diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This indication offers non-invasive treatment for OCD in adult patients as an

$75 Million Gift St Thomas Sports Arena,

(St. Paul, MN)  Jan. 17, 2023  — The University of St. Thomas announced a $75 million gift from Lee and Penny Anderson of Naples, Florida, for a multiuse, on-campus arena in St. Paul for its Division I men’s and women’s hockey and basketball programs. It is the single largest monetary gift ever given to a Minnesota university and brings hockey to campus for the first time at the state’s largest private university. Partnering with Ryan Companies US, Inc., and Crawford

Brain-Boosting Foods

(Edina, MN)  January 10, 2023 — Newbridge Health & Wellness just released a new guide detailing several brain-boosting foods and how each can help support the brain. And while maintaining mental focus and energy throughout the day is essential for productivity and living a healthy life, anyone wanting to enhance their life may be able to benefit from this information. While a balanced diet is typically the key to creating

“Single Story” by Ingrid Restemayer Art Exhibition opening at Susan Hensel Gallery

  Susan Hensel Gallery announces the return of fiber artist Ingrid Restemayer in her new exhibition Single Story. Opening & running through March 15, 2023. (Minneapolis, MN) — January 17, 2023 — Susan Hensel Gallery announces the return of fiber artist Ingrid Restemayer in her new exhibition Single Story. Opening January 15 and running through March 15, 2023, Single Story presents 11 new pieces by Restemayer, all made within the

Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Festival

(Minneapolis, MN) — January 14th, 2023 —  For the past 14 years, a group of artist entrepreneurs gather in Minneapolis to serve a community of body art enthusiasts.    Most years, the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Festival is held in January.    This year, thousands of people attended the three day festival January 6, 7, and 8, 2023. These fans of tattoo art and artists, came out to see a host of artists,

Doctor of Ministry

    Dr. Cynthia Bailey Manns Spiritual direction and spiritual companionship are growing fields that connect very well with United’s ethos and mission.”  — Dean Kyle Roberts (St Paul, MN) — January 12, 2023  — Starting this fall, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (United) is proud to announce that it will be offering a new Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in spiritual direction and will be reconfiguring the existing

Elk Surveys Northwest Minnesota

Public can document elk observations using new elk sightings tool on the DNR website (Theif River Falls, MN) — January 9th, 2023 — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct aerial elk surveys beginning the second week of January. DNR staff will survey the Kittson County and Grygla elk herds in northwestern Minnesota and the border elk herd in both Minnesota and Manitoba. The surveys are typically conducted each

3M Increasing Equity STEMM

(St Paul, MN) — January 10th, 2023 —  3M is taking part in a nation-wide effort to help eliminate systemic barriers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). The coordination is being led by the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The historic collaboration includes over 90 organizations across multiple sectors and combines more than $1.2 billion in

Maurices I Support the Girls

Women’s leading fashion retailer launches inaugural bra donation campaign in partnership with I Support the Girls (Duluth, MN)  — Jan. 5, 2023 — Leading women’s fashion retailer, Maurices is launching its inaugural bra drive in partnership with national nonprofit organization I Support the Girls to help collect and distribute bras, allowing women who are survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking, or are experiencing homelessness or distress to stand tall with dignity. This partnership

Walnuts Better Health

(Minneapolis, MN) — University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) researchers who reviewed data from the CARDIA study, including 20 years of diet history and 30 years of physical and clinical measurements, have found that participants who ate walnuts early on in life showed a greater likelihood for being more physically active, having a higher quality diet and experiencing a better heart disease risk profile as they aged into

Legacy Amendment Small Grants

(St Paul, MN) — December 21, 2022  – The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 35 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $304,444 in 19 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

stop arm camera systems

(Minnesota) — December 23rd, 2022 — Minnesota students reported healthier behaviors around commercial tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and sexual activity in 2022, while at the same time experiencing an unprecedented amount of long-term mental health, behavioral or emotional problems, according to the 2022 Minnesota Student Survey. More than 135,000 students completed the survey with nearly all doing so in-person at school between January and June 2022. This group of students reported

Weight Loss as Primary Focus

(Chanhassen, MN) —  Dec. 28, 2022  — With 2023 just days away, Life Time (NYSE: LTH), the nation’s premier heathy lifestyle brand, is sharing results from its annual health and wellness survey. Among the notable findings of more than 1,000 individual responses: although separated by just 2%, building muscle topped weight loss as primary focus for the year ahead – an increase of 10% from last year’s survey and a departure

Technology Grants Minnesota

(Minnesota) — December 20th, 2022 — Older Minnesotans and Minnesotans with disabilities are in line for technology and assistance to improve their ability to live independently, access services and stay connected. A $4 million round of state grants will go to 12 organizations to support technology that can help people keep medical appointments, manage their front doors, connect with home and community-based services and combat social isolation. Nearly 600,000 Minnesotans

Wheat Productivity and Biodiversity

(Minneapolis/St Paul, MN) — December 19th, 2022 —  Agriculture is seen as both a key cause of the global biodiversity crisis and a principal means of addressing it. Though some advocates are calling for farmers to return to heirloom varieties of crops as a way for the agriculture industry to address the growing challenges posed by climate change, new research from the University of Minnesota suggests that the solution lies

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

(St Cloud, MN) — December 20th, 2022 — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration returns in 2023 with a multi-day, community celebration with the theme “Our Beloved Community: The Courage to Celebrate Diversity.” The 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will take place Jan. 14-16 in the St. Cloud area, with the main event on Jan. 16 held at the River’s Edge Convention Center in

Minnesota Brick Convention

(Egan, MN) –December 21st, 2022 — The Minnesota Brick Convention is coming to the Eagan Civic Arena in Eagan, MN on April 15-16, 2023! BRICK CONVENTION is an event like no other and brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO® building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. There will be a

Andersen Support Local Communities

The Company Also Shares $41.5 Million in Profits with Employees Including Surprise Year-End Bonus (Bayport, MN) — Dec. 15, 2022  — Andersen Corporation, manufacturer of America’s most loved brand of windows and doors*, and its related corporate foundation continued their longstanding commitment to philanthropy in 2022, donating nearly $5 million to nonprofits working to improve lives and strengthen communities. Andersen’s philanthropic contributions directly support organizations in the areas of housing, education, hunger and

XP Family Support Group

(Minneapolis, MN) – December 14th, 2022 —  Last month, the XP Family Support Group hosted an International XP Medical Conference at the Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis. The conference was a great success! Speakers included medical doctors and research scientists from the University of Minnesota and the National Institute of Health, as well as presentations and discussions led by XP patients and their families. Kids partook in activities including jewelry-making, tie-dying,

Holiday Train Rolls Into Minnesota

(Minnesota) — December 11th, 2022 —  All aboard! The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in more than two-dozen Minnesota towns on its annual ride through the northern U.S., bringing live entertainment and Christmas cheer in exchange for donations to local food banks. The Holiday Train will be in Minnesota from Dec. 11-16, 2022. The Holiday Train is a great way to get into the festive spirit. The train is

Meat Education and Training Grant

(St Paul, MN) — December 8, 2022  —  A new grant opportunity from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) helps Minnesota schools looking to establish or enhance meat cutting and butchery training for secondary students.   The Meat Education and Training (MEAT) Grant Program will award about $350,000 in onetime funding from the Minnesota Legislature to secondary career and technical education programs (public or private schools or school districts) to

Search Begins for 2023 America's Top Young Scientist

3M and Discovery Education open submissions to the 2023 Young Scientist Challenge (St Paul, MN  and Charlotte, N.C.) — Dec. 8, 2022   — 3M (@3M) and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) are excited to announce the 2023 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist) is now open to entries. As the nation’s premier middle school science competition, the annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5-8 to compete for an exclusive mentorship with a 3M scientist, a $25,000 grand prize, and the chance to earn

3M holiday tree

(St. Paul, MN) — December 2022 —   It’s a tradition that started exactly sixty years ago with a word: “Noel.” The 3M holiday tree, an assemblage of lighted offices in 3M Center’s Building 220, creates a 15-story “tree” visible to drivers and passerby on Interstate 94 through St. Paul, Minnesota. This year, the tree went live Nov. 23 and will be lit every night at 6 p.m., now through the