Arli Dazzle Coming to Arlington with Huge MN X-Mas Lights Show

It’s time once again to mark your calendar for “Probably THE Largest Lighted Christmas Parade in Minnesota”! The Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to pack the family and call your friends to meet up on Saturday, December 5th for the Seventh Annual Arli-Dazzle Parade. A scenic one hour drive from downtown Minneapolis in Arlington MN.


Holiday Fare at Arts Center of Saint Peter

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SAINT PETER, MINN. – Craft beer samplings hosted by Barley’s Angels Mankato, the local chapter of a national organization for women who enjoy craft beer, are the newest addition to the Arts Center of Saint Peter’s annual “Holiday Fare: Art, Music, Lefse” on Saturday, Nov. 7, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at the St. Peter Community Center.

A local tradition for more than two decades, Holiday Fare features juried art and crafts for sale by local artisans and a bake sale featuring traditional German, Norwegian and Swedish treats.


Project Luna: Harvest Moon

Project Luna

Rural Route Dance Ensemble was organized in 2014 by Molly Mayer and is formed around the idea of representing the rural experience through dance and other art mediums. Our goal is to create portable mixed-media pieces that are accessible and entertaining to all audiences. The main cast is comprised of five women of various ages and dance backgrounds, all hailing from the St. Peter-Mankato and surrounding areas, who enjoy dancing, choreographing and performing primarily as a hobby.


DEED Says Food Production Strong in SW Minnesota

According to the Department for Employment and Economic Development, the regional economy declined 3.8 percent during the recession from 2007 to 2010, but food manufacturing gained 466 net new jobs, an increase of 4.7 percent.

With 10,140 jobs at 108 establishments, food production leads the manufacturing industry’s employment and growth in the region, according to a release from DEED. Though southwest Minnesota has just 6.4 percent of total state employment across all sectors, it is home to 22.2 percent of the state’s food manufacturing employment.


Saint Peter Night Writers Celebrate 20 Years with Free Event

On October 25, nine writers will present free readings at the Arts Center of Saint Peter. The event is free and open to the public.

It marks 25 years that the Night Writers group has held meetings to give feedback on each other's writing.

"Writing For Our Lives” features Kathryn Christenson, Jeanne Epp, Don Foster, Gloria Galvin, Jan Holte, John Hurd, Sherry Lowe, Dorothy Lutz and Franklin Wille reading from published and unpublished work developed with feedback at Night Writers meetings.


Twin Rivers Presents 'Mental Stills' Photography Exhibit in Mankato

Mental Stills

Mankato (MN) – Twin Rivers Council for the Arts will be hosting a new photography exhibit by Mankato artist Hanna Newman titled, Mental Stills. The exhibition will feature black and white photographs taken over two years capturing varying states of mental being. The content of the photographs portray multiple settings, such as the Northern woods of Minnesota, abandoned houses and Newman’s own personal spaces. The photograph’s represent moments of well-being and distortion, narcissism and self-loathing, logic and nonsense, happiness and depression.


Spooky Storytelling at Emy Frentz Art Guild Gallery in Mankato

Mankato (MN) – Twin Rivers Council for the Arts is hosting a free, family-friendly spooky storytelling hour in the Emy Frentz Arts Guild gallery (523 S 2nd Street, Mankato). Participants are encouraged to come in their pajamas, bring their favorite blanket and pillow and listen to spooky (but not too spooky) stories told by local authors and actors. Halloween themed activities and treats will round out the evening. The event will take place Friday, October 16th at 6:30-7:30 PM.


Music Collectors Together at Rochester Music Expo

Music historians and enthusiasts had a blast at Sunday's Rochester Music Expo, which took place in Rochester according to the Post Bulletin Newspaper. Record collectors and dealers were there swapping stories and cash for items at Cornerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field in Rochester.

The show featured dealers of CDs, vinyl records and music memorabilia of all sorts from all genres of music. The event was free and ran from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission was free to the public. It was the second Rochester Music Expo event to date.


New Ulm’s Oktoberfest Celebration 2nd Week

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NEW ULM, MINN. – Come join the “most German city in America” as they celebrate Oktoberfest on Oct 2-3 and Oct 9-10. Now in its 34th year, New Ulm’s Oktoberfest is modeled after one of the world’s largest celebrations held for several centuries in Munich, Germany, and features music, beer, and German heritage. New Ulm’s version takes place during the first two weekends in October with festivities in four locations: historic downtown, Morgan Creek Vineyards, Schell’s Brewery, and the Best Western Plus.

PLRAC Announces More 2015 Arts Grant Awards

ACH Grantees

Nicollet County Arts and Cultural Heritage Grantees (L to R): Brenda Byron, PLRAC Executive Director; Ann Rosenquist Fee, Arts Center of Saint Peter; Mary Hillmann, South Central Service Cooperative; Sara McKay, Saint Peter Choral Society; and Pat Prange, Minnesota Valley Sweet Adelines.