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Pumpkin Patches and Picking in Southern Minnesota

September 27, 2018

For many families, the tradition of driving to a farm and picking a pumpkin out of a patch is just as important as actually carving the pumpkin. It’s also about getting lost in a corn maze, sipping apple cider and getting outside before the snow falls. Bridgewater Produce Farm, a farm and pumpkin patch located…Read More

Mankato’s History Fest: Where history comes alive

September 27, 2018

When you walk onto Jack McGowan’s farm only a few miles outside of Mankato, you step into a completely different world — one where cowboys and medieval knights live in harmony, where pirates tease the dour-faced Temperance Lady, where trolls can be vanquished through the magic of fairy dust. Huck Finn plays pranks on Theodore…Read More

10 Pizza Places in SoMinn You NEED to Try

September 7, 2018

There are about a million ways to do pizza. You’ve got the classic pepperoni, the controversial pineapple and Canadian bacon, and the downright scandalous (but often delicious) cauliflower crust. And though the pizzaverse is vast and varied, one thing is for sure – Southern Minnesota has plenty of options for every craving. Pagliai’s Pizza in…Read More

Connecting people and poultry: Regenerative Agriculture in SoMinn

September 7, 2018

Nestled in Greenvale Township in Dakota County (southern metro) poultry, people and perennials are working together in hopes of fostering change in agricultural practices – and keeping it profitable, too. For the past decade, Northfield’s Main Street Project has been researching innovative ways to sustain farmers, the land and the products they grow through regenerative…Read More

Annual Mahkato Wacipi brings awareness and reconciliation to community

September 5, 2018

In 1862, Mankato was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history, with 38 Dakota tribe members being hanged at the end of the infamous Dakota Conflict. It is a gruesome record that Mankato held for many years with a mixture of twisted pride and shameful secrecy, with residents often refusing to talk…Read More

Pick-Your-Own Farms, Patches and Orchards in Southern Minnesota

September 5, 2018

Running Montgomery Orchard isn’t exactly simple – owners Barbara and Scott Wardell have full-time jobs and devote their weekends tending to the 21-year-old farm – but it operates under a simple mission: encourage outdoor play. Scott Wardell explained they were inspired by Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, who coined the term “nature…Read More

How Does One Eat Healthy? A Chat with Some Experts

September 5, 2018

Eating healthy isn’t necessarily synonymous with dieting, although it may start out that way. Healthy eating is a lifestyle. When you decide to make a change and start eating healthier, whether it be to lose weight or to feel better all around, healthy eating will probably feel like a diet. After all, healthy eating is…Read More

A Comprehensive List of Breweries in Southern Minnesota

August 15, 2018

Angry Inch Brewing | | 20841 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Launched: 2016 Availability: Draft Growlers/crowlers/minis: Yes Taproom: Yes August Schell’s Brewing Co. | | 1860 Schell Road, New Ulm Launched: 1860 Availability: Draft, bottles, cans Growlers/crowlers/minis: No Taproom: Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day. Badger Hill Brewing Co. | | 4571 Valley Industrial Boulevard, Shakopee Launched: 2012 Availability: Draft, bottles,…Read More

A Guide to Southern Minnesota Wineries

August 15, 2018

When people think of wine country, they’re more likely to think of warm and sunny rolling hills of California, France or New Zealand than the snow-covered fields of Minnesota. And yet, the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes is also home to dozens of wineries scattered across the state. These wineries are more than Napa Valley…Read More

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