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U of M Students Get Warm Welcome With Free Concert Tickets

Haley Bonar

Students at the University of Minnesota will get a warm welcome back for the new school year with free concert tickets courtesy of 89.3, The Current radio station, which operates from the University of St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis.

Haley Bonar and John Mark Nelson will perform live at the Northrop Auditorium tonight at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7. General admission is $10 but bring a UMN student ID and get two free tickets to the show. U of M students will receive a promo code in their email to get the free tickets actually.

Featured Video: Left Lane Cruiser at Ambassadors Blues Fest in Saint Peter

Left Lane Cruiser, a modern blues and jam band, played at both Minnesota Square Park and the Flame Bar in Saint Peter, Minnesota over the summer. Cold, windy and rainy weather kept the participation lower than usual this year. There are normally thousands that gather in the park. August Schell and other local vendors sold goods to park festival-goers. See the below video for a glimpse of the park and the band.

Plunderfest Pics Highlight a Unique MN Event

PlunderFest 2014, Photos Courtesy Ben Burkman, Lakeville.

PlunderFest 2014 went off without a hitch in the Twin Cities this past week. The pirate-themed art and music festival is held every July at El Rancho Manana in Richmond, MN. Hippies, metal kids, Gypsies, Irishmen (and women), hip-hoppers, ravers, adrenaline junkies, parents and children attend this diverse event. According to their Facebook page:

Video: Vikings Training Camp Begins

The Minnesota Vikings began their training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato. There are 90 players on the training camp field that must prove themselves for the regular season. The team will have to significantly trim the roster before the season begins.

City Center Partnership Announces Alive After 5 Musical Line-Up

Alive After Five is a Mankato City Center Partnership

MANKATO, Minn. – July 24, 2014 – The City Center Partnership is pleased to announce Alive After 5 presented by Schell’s Brewery. This free music event happening every Thursday night in August is designed to help City Center employees and the greater Mankato community enjoy live music outdoors in the City Center. In its 6th year the event will feature 50’s style swing music by, Holy Rocka Rollaz, New Orleans style jazz/blues band, Davina and the Vagabonds, hometown new country sensation, Chad Pfeifer and the Midwest’s best Johnny Cash tribute band, Church of Cash.

MAD Girls Win at Home Against DOA

The Mankato Area Dirby Girls, or MAD Girls, took a win against Mason City's Dames of Anarchy, or DOA tonight (July 19). The final score turned out to be 224-144. FuzzTalk Radio tweeted an Instagram pic of the final score displayed on a projector at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

The MAD Girls donate proceeds they receive from bouts to charity and volunteer at local organizations and causes.

Two Local Shows Go to Fringe Festival in Twin Cities

Mankato Mosaic performances at Fringe Festival

Mankato Mosaic fans can see two local shows going to the Minnesota Fringe Festival right in Mankato.

Travis Carpenter's "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner" a tale about a former Olympic figure skater, a politician and an inveterate gambler who join forces to beat the devil and vie for the title of "Big Winner."

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Geneva Lake Jam Kicked Off to Beautiful Weather and Music

Summer festival goers, especially the post modern hippie types, know of the magical Harmony Park, nestled deep within the open Southern Minnesota cornfields, located in a small farmer town called Geneva. You'd miss the town if you blinked, or you just might miss it if you didn't.

Bridgewater Uses Madden Video Game to Study Plays

Vikings training camp begins in July in Mankato at MSU

Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, according to sources, uses the Madden video game to learn the Minnesota Vikings' playbook, in addition to putting in quality time on the actual field (opposed to the pixel-by-pixel one).

The actual training camp for the Minnesota Vikings takes place at Minnesota State University, Mankato and its opening is nearing closer. Vendors and fans will soon envelope the MSU campus to watch the team and support them with "purple pride." Coincidentally, the MSU colors are nearly the same as the Vikings.

Mankato Mosaic Folks Looking for Two Actors for Upcoming Play

Mankato Mosaic

Mankato Mosaic is currently looking for a couple of actors for an upcoming play by Greg Abbot. They are looking for one male and one female actor, according to a post from Elaine Hardwick on Facebook.

"Hello all! I am looking for one male and one female actor for a short, 10-minute comedy play in August 2014," said Hardwick. "If you, or anyone you know might be interested, please have him/her FB message me. No experience necessary. Thanks and enjoy!"

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