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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

New Preston Veterans Home

(St Paul, MN) – January 3, 2024–Governor Tim Walz announced that the newly opened Minnesota Veterans Home in Preston admitted its first residents today – four veterans who served in eras from Korea to Vietnam. The Preston Veterans Home is the first of three new veterans homes scheduled to open this month. The communities of Montevideo and Bemidji will also admit their first residents to new veterans homes in the

MSP Construction in 2024

(Minneapols/St Paul, MN) — December 28th, 2023 — An ongoing expansion of existing gates on Terminal 1’s Concourse G, and two new gates at Terminal 2, will be among the construction work happening at MSP in 2024, following the recent approval of the 2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget by the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s (MAC) board. The long list of projects on the program, with proposed work that extends through

Minnesota Lottery $1 Million Wins

  15,677 winning numbers announced   (Roseville, MN) — JAN. 1, 2024 – Two lucky Minnesota Millionaire Raffle players are waking up this morning to discover their tickets are worth $1 million. The $1 million winning tickets were purchased in Delano at Coborn’s #2028, 1400 Babcock Blvd. E., and in Dundas at Kwik Trip #489, 415 Hester St. E. Each business earned a $5,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.

Powerball Jackpot $810 Million

Jackpot ranks as fifth-largest Powerball jackpot and tenth-largest U.S. lottery jackpot (Minnesota) — December 31, 2023 — The Powerball® jackpot has rolled into the New Year! The jackpot evaded players Saturday night and has grown to an estimated $810 million for the next Powerball drawing on New Year’s Day. The jackpot has an estimated cash value of $408.9 million. The winning numbers in the Saturday, Dec. 30 drawing were white

DNR List of Acomplishments

Achievements include milestones that set the stage for transformative work in the future (Minnesota) — December 27th, 2023 — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released a year-end list of some of its major accomplishments in 2023 opens in a new browser tab. From supporting the return of rare species and connecting more people to the outdoors, to conserving and managing the state’s natural resources and providing for commercial uses of

Minnesotans Make a Dash for Powerball Tickets as Jackpot Climbs to $760 Million

(St Paul, MN) —  Dec. 28, 2023 — Powerball’s jackpot surged to an estimated $760 million (estimated cash value of $382.5 million) after there were no winners in its draw on Wednesday December 27th, setting the stage for a thrilling final draw of 2023! Powerball’s next draw will take place on Saturday, December 30th, and the jackpot has steadily been rising since it was last won on October 11th, when a California resident claimed a $1.76 billion prize. That

Dispose of Holiday Greens and Christmas Trees

(Minnesota) –December 20, 2023 — Holiday greenery and Christmas trees bring joy throughout the season, but they can also hide dangerous pests. Diseases and invasive species can make their way into our landscapes on trees and boughs brought into Minnesota from other states. To protect our environment, the State of Minnesota is asking residents to take these steps to properly dispose of greenery and trees after the holiday season: The

DigiKey Conductive Containers Meals to Refugees

(Thief River Falls, MN) — Dec. 22, 2023  — DigiKey, a leading global commerce distributor offering the largest selection of technical components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, announced today it has provided nearly 39,000 meals to refugees along the border of Thailand and Myanmar in conjunction with Conductive Containers’ “Buy a Box, Give a Meal” program. Conductive Containers, Inc., a Minnesota-based company specializing in ESD-safe containers and materials, partnered with Minneapolis-based charitable nonprofit organization Venture to

DATA Trails Little Big Ole

Add some FUN to your winter rides in the Alexandria Lakes Area. (Alexandria, MN) — December 21st, 2023 — Douglas Area Trails Association (DATA) along with Explore Alexandria is excited to announce our 1st annual Ride DATA Trails to Find Little Big Ole prize give away! Find our Little Big Ole wearing his custom snowmobile suit along the DATA trails and enter for a chance to win weekly prizes or

Next Minnesota State Flag

State Emblems Redesign Commission selected F1953 as the base design UPDATE: The Next Minnesota State Flag and thoughts from it’s creator   St Paul, MN) — December 19th 2023 — Statement from Andrew Prekker, Luverne, creator of the original idea that led to the new state flag:   “The last few days have been surreal for me. Very few things make me speechless in life, but this is one of those

MEA Releases Three Free Energy Sustainability Courses

    We are delighted to introduce these courses which cover the foundational principles of each topic and help facilitate dialogue and understanding for those working in the energy sector”   — Deborah Kessler, MEA     (Bloomington, MN) — December 12, 2023 — MEA Energy Association recognizes the energy industry milestones of reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050. Renewable energy plays an important role

The GOD’S CHILD Project Guatemala

GCP has raised and educated 83,000 impoverished and abandoned children in Guatemala. It also has a hospital for malnourished children that has served thousands. (Golden Valley, MN) — December 14, 2023 — Guatemala, with its population of 18.21 million people, stands as the largest economy in Central America. Yet, it bears the unfortunate distinction of having the lowest human development index in the region, a measure combining life expectancy, health,

Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz

(St Paul, MN) — December 12th, 2023 — Charles M. Schulz brightened the world for over 50 years with his Peanuts comic strip, which debuted October 2, 1950. With Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the lovable Peanuts Gang, Schulz explored the emotional territory of friendship, disappointment, faith, and tolerance. Explore Schulz’s personal history and his role as the inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its beloved cast of characters. In this exhibit, follow Schulz

Alexandria's Jingle Bells Telethon 2023

(Alexandria, MN) — December 10th, 2023 —  For the past 75 years, the Jingle Bells Foundation in Alexandria has raised money to help those in need during the holiday season. This years Telethon happened on Saturday night, December 9th.   During the 5 hour broadcast from 5-10pm, they raised $108,630.00. Additional money is expected to arrive as donations are open to the end of the year. The money used to buy toys

Iconic Gordon Parks Photographic Series

(Minneapolis, MN) — December 5th, 2023 — The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) will present a new exhibition of more than 50 documentary photographs by renowned photographer Gordon Parks exploring his unique photographic collaboration with Ella Watson. Organized by Mia in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation, “American Gothic: Gordon Parks and Ella Watson” will be on view only at Mia from January 6 to June 23, 2024 in the

Free Hugs & Legal Consults

(St Paul, MN) — December 14, 2023 – Free Hugs is pioneering a unique event that blends thecomfort of the local community with professional legal consultations. This special gathering,hosted at Summit Brewery, promises an evening where warmth meets wisdom, and compassionintertwines with expert legal advice this holiday season. Why Combine Free Hugs with Legal Consultations? In a world that can sometimes feel distant and overwhelming, Kindness Legal Clinic championsthe transformative

MnDOT’s Name a Snowplow Contest

(Minnesota) — December 5th, 2023 — Back by popular demand,the Minnesota Department of Transportation is once again inviting the public to help name another round of eight snowplows – one for each MnDOT district. We encourage you to submit the most witty, unique and Minnesota- or winter-themed snowplow name ideas. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 15, at noon. Submit your name ideas This year’s contest includes a few

Minneapolis Most Generous Cities In America 2023

(Minnesota) — December 5th, 2023 — GoFundMe released its 2023 Year in Help report, highlighting stories of resilience, the most generous communities, and fundraising data. The report reveals the impact of more than 30 million people who gave or received help on GoFundMe this year. People started fundraisers for various causes, including paying off student loans, keeping businesses open, caring for animals, and rebuilding after natural disasters. Also included was

Martha Bird Susan Hensel Gallery

Artwork by Martha Bird created from 2022 – 2023 in the aftermath of a global pandemic and worldwide social uprising movement. ”  — Susan Hensel – Gallery Owner (Minneapolis, MN) —  December 4, 2023  — Susan Hensel Gallery welcomes back multidisciplinary artist Martha Bird with her new show In Sight/Sight In. The solo exhibition runs from October 15th to December 15th, giving audiences a look at Bird’s natural fiber work

Marc-André Fleury's Goaltender Mask

Proceeds to Benefit the American Indian Family Center and the Minnesota Wild Foundation (Welch, MN) — Dec. 1, 2023  — A one-of-a-kind Dakota-inspired mask designed by Dakota artist and Prairie Island Indian Community member Cole Redhorse Taylor and worn by Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-André Fleury has raised $35,100 at auction. Fleury, affectionately known as “Flower,” wore the mask during warmups before the Wild celebrated “Native American Heritage Night” at home against

Holidays on the Hill

Celebrate the season with holiday stories from the mansion’s past   (St Paul, MN) — November 16, 2023 – The James J. Hill Housewill bring back a historic holiday celebration this winter, giving guests a chance to experience seasonal festivities from the early 20th century. Visitors can get a glimpse of Christmas in 1910 — both upstairs and downstairs — at James J. Hill’s famous Gilded Age mansion. For this

Santa Claus Split Rock Lighthouse

Free admission for kids and adults with donations December 9 & 16 (Two Harors, MN) — November 28, 2023  – From the North Pole to the North Shore, Santa will be making a few special stops at Split Rock Lighthouse this year! Families can get their photos taken with Kris Kringle in front of an epic wintry backdrop. Santa will be making his stops on December 9 and 16. Kids under

Holiday Train Rolls Into Minnesota

(Minnesota) — November, 2023 —  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. 10-15, 2023. The Holiday Train is a great way to get into the festive spirit. The train is about

Free Park Day

(Minnesota) — November 24th, 2023 — On four days each year, all 75 Minnesota state parks and state recreation areas offer free admission to everyone – no vehicle permits needed! Here are the fee-free dates in 2024: Monday, January 15, 2024 Saturday, April 27, 2024 Saturday, June 8, 2024 Friday, November 29, 2024 Minnesota state parks are open year-round, and there’s a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans. With a

Truterra Sustainable Farming

Eight Minnesota organizations receive over $550K in one-time funding (Minnesota) — November, 2023 — As part of a continued effort to strengthen support available to Minnesota’s emerging farmers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced recipients of grant funding for organizations that provide business and technical support to farmers from historically underserved communities. Through the Emerging Farmer Technical Assistance Grant Program, eight organizations have received a total of $554,920

Jennie-O® Turkeys Pardoned Today by the President of the United States

Liberty and Bell celebrate 76th annual Thanksgiving presentation with National Turkey Federation   (Willmar, MN) — Nov. 20, 2023 — The makers of the Jennie-O® turkey brand — a trusted brand for turkey products around the world — today announced that two of their turkeys, Liberty and Bell, were presented by the National Turkey Federation (NTF) and formally pardoned by President Joseph R. Biden during the 76th National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation on the grounds

Humor and Heartbreak Lead to Self-Acceptance in Laurie Boyle Compton's Free Verse Memoir The Denim Diaries

(Minneapolis, MN) — Nov. 08, 2023 — This November Zest Books™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, releases The Denim Diaries: A Memoir.  This poetic memoir traces Laurie Boyle Compton’s coming of age in rural Pennsylvania and New York City during the 1970s and 1980s. Combating family issues, relationship troubles, and body image insecurities, Laurie finds ways to love and accept herself. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s was

Care Packages to Deployed Troops

We are committed to helping organizations like Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon send care packages to our troops.” — Michelle Williamson (Forest Lake MN) —  November 14, 2023  — Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Great River Energy, and ShipThrifty have partnered to send care packages to deployed troops. Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is committed to supporting military members and their families with services and support wherever

The Christmas City Express

Weekends November 24th through December 17th   (Duluth, MN) — November 2023 — The Christmas City Express is a storybook experience recommended for families with children under 10 and the young at heart. The performance begins in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, where you’ll be treated to a classic book reading of the new Christmas City Express story, enjoy carolers, and a visit from a special guest! Then climb aboard the

Deer Feeding and Attractant Bans

Deer harvest numbers available online Hunters, media and anyone interested in deer harvest data can find current deer harvest figures and harvest reports for past years on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ deer reports and statistics webpage. The page also features an interactive map and graph that visualizes the data. 2023 Preliminary deer harvest data   Open Map in a new tab (better for mobile screens)      View tabular data

Fergus Falls Students Finalists in Fire Prevention Poster Contest

  (Fergus Falls, MN) — October, 2023 — Nine Fergus Falls students will have their winning fire prevention posters submitted to be included in the Minnesota Fire Chief magazine next spring. The Fergus Falls winners were selected from over 400 entries from our kindergarten through fifth grade classes. It’s a tough job to narrow so many entries down.  Fergus Falls is allowed to advance up to nine students, based on

Mayor for a Day Essay Contest

  Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders can submit essays by Dec. 12 for a chance to win $100.   (St. Paul, MN) — October, 2023 — The Mayor for a Day Essay Contest, hosted by the League of Minnesota Cities, is now open for submissions. To enter, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders can answer the prompt, “What would you do if you were mayor for a day?” for a chance

Split Rock Light House

Ceremony on November 10 will include online livestream   (Two Harbors, MN) — October 31, 2023 – Twenty-nine crew members lost on Lake Superior will be remembered at Split Rock Lighthouse on November 10, the anniversary of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald’s sinking. The ceremony will include an online livestream of the event for those who cannot attend in person. At 4:15 pm, the lighthouse will temporarily close as the names of

Minnesota Zoo Sea Otter Pups

The pups, found abandoned in Alaska, require 24/7 care by Zoo staff   (Apple Valley, MN) – October 27, 2023 – Northern sea otter pups are highly dependent on their mothers during their first several months of life. When a pup becomes orphaned, their chance of survival is drastically reduced. Fortunately, the future of two recently orphaned female sea otter pups looks more optimistic thanks to the quick actions of

St. Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show

  Nation’s Largest Ice Fishing Show Offers Special Anniversary Prizes, Pro Tips, and New Winter Enthusiast Products and Services from 190+ Exhibitors (St Paul, MN) — October 24, 2023 — 10,000 frozen lakes. Three exciting decades. One historic show. Die-hard ice fishing and winter sports enthusiasts rejoice! Thousands are planning their pilgrimage to St. Paul’s RiverCenter December 1-3 for the 30th annual Saint Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show

Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing Selected for New Aircraft

  (St Paul, Mn) – Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing, located at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport was selected to receive eight, new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft as part of the Air National Guard’s C-130J Recapitalization and Basing program. “As Governor, I’ve always fought to ensure the Minnesota National Guard has the resources they need to protect our homeland and support missions abroad and at home,” said Governor Walz. “C-130

Tools for the Trades program

The donation from Northern Tool + Equipment will help hundreds of students for years to come (Burnsville, MN) —  Oct. 17, 2023  — Northern Tool + Equipment (NTE) is donating $5,000 worth of tools and equipment to founder Don Kotula’s alma mater, Hibbing High School. The donation is part of NTE’s Tools for the Trades™ program. “I started my career in a scrap yard on the Iron Range selling hydraulics, and the business