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Southern Minn Scene Columns

Our writers at Southern Minn Scene offer up advice, short stories, and several other features in varying columns. Check them out below!

Burning Brothers Brewing – Don’t fear the beer

July 20, 2017

Now, I won’t bore you with the details – but for those of you that don’t quite know what a gluten intolerance is, or what Celiac disease is, it basically means that everything glorious and wonderful in this world is off limits. No beer, no bread, no pasta … and the worst part, no pizza.…Read More

Who had it worse: Harlots or Handmaids?

July 20, 2017

  History has not always been kind to women, from refusing us the right to vote, to arranged marriage, to ridiculous societal expectations. Though I grew up often wistfully wishing I had been born in another era, the truth is (with a few fashion exceptions), most other time periods would’ve been horrible to live during.In…Read More

Let’s Talk About Brews, Baby

July 19, 2017

  The boom of the craft beer industry has brought about a resurgence of breweries and taprooms in our own backyard. No matter what your preference, from stout to IPA, alcoholic or non, there is sure to be a drink for you just waiting to be poured. From decades old breweries to the new kids…Read More

Conquering that damn Ninja Course

July 19, 2017

  Let me tell you a story of how I got my butt kicked by a mere “obstacle course.” Now, I consider myself to be a fairly athletic individual. I grew up playing multiple sports and still exercise daily. I’m one of those people who loves to try the new and exciting fitness fads just…Read More

Take the damn trip

July 19, 2017

I had this trip planned for over five years. If any of you read it, you’ll recall my June column being a confusing mixture of thoughts I had prior to finally taking this trip. It was a sort of prequel to this month’s musings. The trip was to drive from my current home of southern…Read More

Craft Brewing – making impact on industry

July 18, 2017

For many, the explosion of craft brewing in recent years has represented a growth in opportunity, an expansion of choice, or simply an exciting time to drink beer. But for some – like big-name regional and national brands – the changes have meant stiff, and perhaps unwanted, competition in the marketplace.Craft brewing making impact on…Read More


July 18, 2017

  Randy Stenger has the lucky job of helping people indulge their inner kid. He owns and runs Extreme Sandbox, a business that provides team building (and sheer joy) by teaching groups to handle and drive heavy machinery. Founded in 2012, Extreme Sandbox is located on a stretch of Hastings farmland-turned-all-ages-playground. It hosts groups from…Read More

How to avoid `90s nostalgia

July 1, 2017

  Surely you have seen the rebirth of the 90s cropping up all over the place. Watch one episode of Fresh Off the Boat and you will see what I mean. Last summer, we had Crystal Pepsi, movies like Independence Day: Resurgence, a Full House reboot on Netflix, The People v. O.J. Simpson and remember…Read More

Best Of SoMinn 2017

June 19, 2017

It’s officially back, SoMinn! Many of you have been in contact with us through social media, inquiring when the Best of Southern Minnesota starts. Well, the time to nominate is (almost) here, and you can bet that we will be reminding (or demanding) you till the last possible moment to get online and submit your…Read More

Twin Cities Reptiles

June 19, 2017

I remember a summer I stayed with my dad and upon arrival had discovered his new pet—an iguana named Pablo. The reptile was known for his anarchic behavior, such as escaping from the 6-foot plexiglass home built by his and my father. He would hide under and behind couches, scratch the hell out of a…Read More

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