Blue Earth County Community Farm Kicks-off Growing Season with New Farm Manager

Community Farm in Blue Earth County

The Blue Earth County Community Farm (BECCF) will begin its third growing season Fri., June 6 as the first batch of vegetable transplants and seeds provided by Drummer’s Garden Center are planted. Andrew Hermanson will take over as the new Community Farm Manager and oversee management of the farm and associated logistics in addition to working with community volunteers interested in helping throughout the 2014 growing season. Future volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups and organizations will be posted at


Five MN Breweries Take Home Medals From World Beer Cup

Five Minnesota Breweries get to boast that they can take home medals from the renowned World Beer Cup, held in Denver last weekend.


Hungry Twin Cities Travelers Visit Mankato & St. Peter Area for More Than College Visits

Baked Bread from Flour Power Bakers in Mankato

As the Star Tribune's travel section pointed out with a special column from Jean Sramek, a Duluth-based journalist, the Greater Mankato area (Mankato, North Mankato and Saint Peter) is known to folks in the Twin Cities as the "college town", and is where many send their young sons and daughters to attend school, or rather their sons and daughters choose to go to school there. Yes, Mankato, more specifically, Minnesota State University, Mankato (MNSU or MSU) has a reputation for being somewhat of a party campus.


Craft Beer on the Move in Minnesota

Mankato Brewery Amber Ale Print

The craft beer trend is on the move in Minnesota, with its wild popularity growing all the time. Home brewers and brew-pubs are popping up everywhere and entire industry events are being held such as those at the two biggest convention centers in Southern Minnesota, outside the Twin Cities.


Token BBQ Reopens Today

Token BBQ in Mapleton, MN is considered a local independent barbecue treasure and it was opened by Tony Gregor and his wife in the small Southern Minnesota town near Mankato after years of considering the flavors of Kansas City, where Gregor studied in college. His pit passion ran him into some financial assistance issues with the City of Mapleton, but the business is now able to reopen its doors and offer its unique delicious dishes to Southern Minnesotans again, according to a news release from the City of Mapleton.


Bock Fest A New Ulm Beer Lover's Tradition

New Ulm is a town with two histories. One is a history of beer and the other is a history of German heritage. Schell's Brewery and the folks in New Ulm celebrate both with frothy beverages sipped in the winter time that line their glasses with a hint of winter frost brought on by freezing temperatures in South Central Minnesota.


Coffee Hag in Mankato and River Rock in Saint Peter in top 20 MN Coffeehouses

The Coffee Hag in Mankato has announced that it is in the running for Best Coffeehouse in Minnesota for WCCO's Best of Home category. WCCO, a twin cities CBS affiliate television station is running a poll on their website to determine the results for the best brewed coffee in Minnesota.

The Coffee Hag announced their campaign via Twitter Monday. Here is an excerpt:


Mankato Farmers Market to Move to Best Buy

mankato farmers market

The Mankato Farmers Market will move to a new location, at the parking lot of Best Buy, moving from their Madison East Mall parking lot location, where a bus route is located.


Pub 500 Power Out from Construction Incident

Pub 500 posted on Twitter and Facebook that they were without power because of a construction-related incident. Their power was to be back on at 2 p.m. They announced that the food wasn't as warm and the building had cooled down quite a bit and that they were sorry for any inconvenience to their customers.

They remained positve, however:

"What does that say about us? When all else fails the beer comes through."

Their power should be up and running at this point.


Farm Bill Finally Ends Bad Subsidies and Lefties Support Food Stamp Cuts

Farm Bill Finally Ends Bad Subsidies and Lefties Support Food Stamp Cuts

In 2014, the United States government passed the always controversial farm bill, this time dealing with immediate complaints about the subsidy program that relates to direct payments (mostly to corporate farms). Also part of the saga, many so-called leftist politicians, including some from Southern Minnesota, was the cut in the food stamp program for the poor.