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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!

SoMinn Food And Dining: Babe’s Music Bar

September 26, 2019

Co-owners Mike Tupa and Tom Tomaro took control of Babe’s Music Bar (Lakeville) in June, 2000. The management team consists of Rico Taghavi (kitchen manager), Bree Pashouwer, and Ken Gilbert. Though Babe’s has always been known as the area’s “hot spot” for meeting friends for a drink, or to catching a televised game, they also go…Read More

MOLLYWOOD BLVD: Storm Area 51 … Or not!

September 19, 2019

What are you doing on Friday, Sept. 20? If you said you’ll be in Nevada storming Area 51, I might have to call your bluff. I RSVP’d “Interested” to the Facebook invite but there is no way I am doing it. In case you missed it, early this summer a Facebook event was created titled:…Read More

Through a SoMinn Lens: Celebrating autumn at Wabasha’s SeptOberfest

September 19, 2019

In the bold blue waters of the Mississippi River, a red kayak skims across the surface within view of the bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin. Nearby, a houseboat snugs the shoreline and a young boy follows a riverside trail with tackle box and fishing rod in hand. Also next to the river, down the hill…Read More

Photographing SoMinn: From Merrick State Park to Maiden Rock

August 16, 2019

From Whitewater to Carly to Great River Bluffs, Southeast Minnesota is host to a bevy of state parks worthy of exploration.  So why go to Wisconsin? Long story short, because you can.  And because sometimes it’s good to shake it up a bit, right?  Most of us are creatures of habit.  But why not see what kind of…Read More

SoMinn Food and Dining: Northfield’s Tanzenwald Brewing Company – Jawohl!

August 16, 2019

Tanzenwald (translated “Dancing Forest”) Brewing Company recently celebrated its second year in business. Jenaveve Bell-Pittman (Co-Owner/General Manager); and Steve Pittman (Co-Owner/Head Brewer); are the navigators behind this already highly-successful establishment, which presents live music every Friday. The couple, along with Kitchen Manager David Jasper, occasionally feature brunch specials on Sundays, but typically, they offer lunch…Read More

Mollywood Blvd: The Viral Song Phenomenon

August 14, 2019

Throughout the years, many songs have become cultural phenomena. One novelty song that is near and dear to us here In Minnesota is the 1958 hit “Purple People Eaters,” the name given to our Vikings defensive line in the late 60s and 70s. I wasn’t even around for it but I know the song. The…Read More

Photographing SoMinn: Go West

July 22, 2019

A belated Mother’s Day gift led me northbound from Rochester to mom’s front door in the Twin Cities. The sun was shining. The cherry blossoms were blooming. And it was time for Mama G — as my husband affectionately calls her — and me to take a road trip. Quality time with mom is the…Read More

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