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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: Torey’s in Owatonna, It’s All the Buzz

July 22, 2019

Located in the heart of downtown Owatonna, Torey’s Restaurant & Bar remains one of the city’s favorite spots for great meals, affordable drinks, all in a cozy atmosphere. The highly-successful establishment is piloted by owners Bob and Bonnie Cole, Jason Maher, and managing/working partner, Torey Statlander (also head chef). Greg Matz is the day sous…Read More

Photographing SoMinn: Rollin’ Down the River

June 24, 2019

Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to get away. And sometimes simplicity is best. Especially when the idea comes about rather spontaneously on a Sunday afternoon. My husband is a good navigator and knows me well enough to know that unchartered territory is my favorite territory. It satiates my curiosities and needn’t be fancy…Read More

Photographing SoMinn: Chasing Trains

May 21, 2019

If you’ve seen one train show, you’ve seen them all.  Right? Wrong.  If you’re like my husband, trains rev your engine and provide a seemingly endless draw in a wide variety of forms; the mechanics, the history, the engineering, the sound.  And, of course, the nostalgia.  Carl can easily pass an afternoon chasing and watching trains on Highway 61…Read More

SoMinn Restaurant Review: Victoria’s Ristorante – Simply Italian … Seriously Delizioso

April 5, 2019

Occasionally, I wonder if people like me spend countless evenings conjuring up vast, flamboyant dining establishments, brooding over jam-packed, multi-page menus, and glutting (or lamenting not to glut) on mercilessly comparable fluctuations of creamy, gaudy cheesecake, and habitually fantasize of stealing away to an exclusive, devoid of that same-ol’ same-ol’ kind of eatery. Maybe this…Read More

The Bookworm Sez: My Very Favorite Books of 2018

March 1, 2019

Everybody, it seems, has a Best of 2018 List out for the year. Best vacation, best TV shows, best movies, best place to eat. So here are the Absolutely Can’t Miss, Don’t Pass Them By, Wipe Your Calendar Clean So You Can Stay Home and Read Best Books of 2018 (a totally subjective list, in…Read More

Photographing SoMinn: Getting Away

March 1, 2019

Winter doldrums got you down? Nothing a quick hit of the southwest can’t fix. It was December and we landed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Rather than shoot north to Santa Fe and Taos – we’ve been and I highly recommend – our wanderlust lead us to the southeast region of the state.  A bit more remote and…Read More

Photographing SoMinn: Don’t Doubt Dubuque

January 14, 2019

Sometimes Iowa gets a bad rap. But the cornfields, open spaces and winding roads are quite serene to my husband and me; Carl has biked them for years on the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). The landscape is equally lovely with a blanket of snow on a sunny November afternoon that fades…Read More

Local Album Review: Yam Haus – Stargazer

August 15, 2018

Yam Haus could not have picked a more apt title for their debut album. They’re a Twin Cities band releasing on an indie label with a sound that aspires toward top 40 pop. Their sound is that of a band hoping to rocket into the stratosphere of fame. They are Stargazers. The slick, full production…Read More

Album Review: Bebe Rexha-Expectations

August 15, 2018

On her debut album, songwriter Bebe Rexha rises to the challenge in a catchy skillfully assembled Pop Music release. Album Grade: B+ Professional songwriters who found success writing for other artists have a dubious track record when it comes to recording their own albums. Largely unknown to the public, these skilled artisans are the backbone…Read More

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