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Twin Cities and Southern MN Brewery Tours Done Right

Brewery Tour in Minneapolis, MN

New Ulm and Mankato have their breweries and their tours, with August Schells and Mankato Brewery respectively, but the twin cities are full of interesting breweries and microbreweries with heritage, culture and flavor all their own. Transportation is key.

Good Night Gold Dust EP Release Party at Arts Center of Saint Peter

Good Night Gold Dust

SAINT PETER, MINN. – Good Night Gold Dust, the four-piece indie pop quartet known for energetic live performances as well as hosting the house concert series “The Gold Mine,” will release its new EP, “Good Night Gold Dust,” with a concert at the Arts Center of Saint Peter on Saturday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Good Night Gold Dust is Laura Schultz and Colin Scharf on vocals and guitar; Michelle Roche on drums, and Zachary Arney on synthesizers. This lineup, formed in April 2014, teamed up with Minneapolis producer Brett Bullion (Bad Bad Hats, Caroline Smith) from

CityArt Announces Call for Artists 2016 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Now Accepting Submissions

MANKATO, Minn. (July 29, 2015) — The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour is now accepting sculpture submissions for the 2016 tour. The entry deadline for submission is November 1, 2015. The 2016 sculpture tour is planned to include thirty sculptures in the core blocks of Mankato and North Mankato, MN. The sculptures are displayed for about one year (May 21, 2016 to April, 2017). Artists accepted into the program receive a $500 stipend for the first sculpture and $250 for the second sculpture by the same artist.

Song of the Week: Killing Floor 'Live' by Barefoot Winos

Enjoy this week's song by Barefoot Winos from Mankato.


New Local Line of MN Swag Available Online

Slanted Mag Swag

A new local line of swag is available online for shoppers that live in or have a connection to Southern Minnesota, Greater Mankato and the Twin Cities. The local line of fresh gear features local art, comics and magazine covers emblazoned onto hoodies, men's and women's t-shirts, baseball shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise.

Do you like to shop and support local? Why not enjoy that same experience online? One local business is trying to harness the power of ecommerce to bolster the company during a period of growth and slowdown swings and expensive operating costs.

Kato Orchestra Plays Final Tune with Broadway Hit

Kato Symphony Guest Bergen Baker

Mankato Symphony Orchestra Concludes the 2014-15 Symphonic Series with Broadway Hit Kiss Me, Kate

Mankato's Ridley Inc. Reportedly Snags $428 Million in Company Sale to Alltech

Farm animals

WikiMedia Commons Photo. Stewart, Francis, War Relocation Authority photographer, Photographer (NARA Record).

Some big news in the agriculture business world for Mankato-based Ridley Inc.


Song of the Week: Joey Bones

This week's song comes from Mankato hip hop artist and Wu-Tang era inspired freestyler Joey Bones. Bones is starting to promote himself on Twitter and has recently debuted a music video filmed in Mankato by local filmmaker, Brian Faerber. See the video for Fingertips of God. This week's song pick was decidedly instrumental to showcase Bones' producer skills. It looks like Bones is versatile, not simply a rapper.

Sweet Adelines Head to Minneapolis for Regional Competition

Sweet Adelines Mankato

Local, vocal women celebrate four decades of four-part harmony