Local Quilt Shop Featured in Better Homes and Gardens® Quilt Sampler® Magazine

Quilt Sampler Cover

DES MOINES, IA – Sewing Seeds Quilt Co., a quilt shop in New Ulm, Minnesota, has been chosen as one of the 10 featured shops across the United States for the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Quilt Sampler® magazine, published by Better Homes and Gardens.


Historic Grain Belt Sign Gets New Lease on Life from August Schell

Grain Belt Beer Sign

NEW ULM, MN (Nov. 12, 2014) — August Schell Brewing Company, Minnesota-based brewers of Grain Belt beer, has reached an agreement to purchase one of Minneapolis’ most-recognized landmarks — the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island. In connection with the purchase, the brewery is in the process of discussing plans for preservation and relighting of the historic riverside sign with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.


Gustavus Authors and Poets Present Fall Classic

Philip Bryant, Gustavus/Arts Center of Saint Peter

Nationally acclaimed faculty from Gustavus Adolphus College’s Department of English will present an evening of fiction, nonfiction and poetry readings on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Arts Center of Saint Peter in a performance titled “Firethorne Presents: The Second Fall Classic.”


Hermann the German Coming to New Ulm in October

Hermann the German is going to make another appearance in New Ulm on Saturday, October 11. The New Ulm Actors Community Theatre (NUACT) presents a hilarious play for New Ulm to open its 2014-2015 Season. Tickets are available on line at or at the New Ulm Chamber.

Mankato Mosaic to Feature 24-Hour Art Show Featuring Theme from Community

Be part of Mankato Mosaic's 24-Hour Art Show, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Mankato Event Center.

Four musicians, four poets, four playwrights and four artists will be chosen on Monday, Oct. 6. All will have to create their art using a theme drawn randomly by Mankato Mosaic members. Anyone in the community can submit a short theme -- a quote, a phrase, a sentence -- and email it to with 24-Theme in the subject line, along with your name and phone contact.

Frustration with Police Brutality Inspires Music and Online Activism

Police brutality in America has the effect of spurring emotions online that have only erupted recently into full blown activism as young people, minorities and others grow tired of seeing videos of teenagers and unarmed citizens being beaten, shot and otherwise injured by police officers in the United States. The below video is an example of some of the frustration felt by youth and minorities in the U.S.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Had Huge Turnout This Year

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival had one of the biggest turnouts of any year this year, according to organizers at the festival. Traveling north on Hwy. 169 that week provided the evidence: long lines of cars that stretched from the festival location (near Jordan) backed up all the way to the stoplight intersection at Chaska (near Holiday gas station).

MN Cooperative Brewery First in State

Minnesota has the most cooperatives in the nation and the most food cooperatives per capita, according to KARE 11, but now the state boasts a cooperative that is very unique, even by its own standards: a brewery coop.


Lakeville artist wins 2015 trout and salmon stamp contest

After finishing as runner up in the previous contest, Lakeville artist Stephen Hamrick has won the 2015 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among five submissions for the annual contest.

Hamrick is no stranger to winning the contest – this is his fourth win. No other artist has won more than twice in the 34 years the contest has been held.


Gang Related Shootings in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Warehouse District

News came in this weekend about another gang related shooting in downtown Minneapolis. This time, the shooting at a nightclub took place at 400 Soundbar. MPR reported that the club owner was indefinitely shut down by the City of Minneapolis.