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.  

Minnesota State Fair 2023

(St. Paul, Mn) — Sept. 5, 2023 – The 2023 Minnesota State Fair brought people together from across the state of Minnesota to celebrate. Labor Day attendance of 119,731 brought this year’s cumulative total to 1,835,826, making it the sixth best-attended fair ever.   Here are a few pictures from the Great Minnesota Get Together.

New Food at the MN State Fair

(St Paul, MN) — July 11th, 2023 — The Minnesota State Fair has added 34 official new foods and seven new food vendors to the expansive menu already offered at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. In total, 500 foods will be available at nearly 300 different concession locations throughout the fairgrounds this year. Here are some pictures to tempt you until the Great Minnesota Get Together!     More details on

The Fraser Festival

The Fraser Festival, presented by Central Roofing Company, was on Saturday, May 20, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul. The free event and fundraiser was reimagined with new activities and experiences in eight zones that engaged the body’s senses. About 1,000 people attended, creating a day of joy, freedom, and inclusion for people and families with autism and disabilities in the community.          

Glensheen Mansion Duluth

(Duluth MN) — March, 2023 —  One of the true treasures and can’t miss places of Minnesota is Glensheen Mansion Duluth.  With 39 rooms and 27,000 square feet of living space, this mansion sits on 12 acres of land and is truly a destination worth going out of your way to find.  If you’d like to know more about Glensheen, including information about tours, visit their website here. All pictures

What to Do at the Fair

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.

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.

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 – 

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.