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A Spirit of Excellence: Distilling Scene in SoMinn Small but Impactful

August 7, 2019

Everyone knows where to find breweries and distilleries, especially with their popularity for tastings or a fun night out. But have you ever considered visiting a distillery? If you don’t already know, a distillery is where all of your favorite spirits are created: vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila. Distilling is essentially extracting the alcohol from beer…Read More

A Guide to Southern Minnesota Wineries

August 1, 2019

Most Minnesotans grew up thinking they’d never be a part of the romantic, sun-soaked vineyard scene – at least not without leaving the state. But a burgeoning hybrid wine grape industry has taken root in cold-climate states, led in part by one known for its warm people and freezing temperatures. As experimentation with cold-hardy grapes…Read More

2019 List of Breweries, Cideries and Distilleries in Southern Minnesota

August 1, 2019

LIST OF BREWERIES and CIDERIES Angry Hog Brewery | | 500 23rd Avenue NW, Austin Launched: 2013 Availability: Draft Taproom: Yes Angry Inch Brewing | | 20841 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Launched: 2016 Availability: Draft, growlers Taproom: Yes August Schell’s Brewing Co. | | 1860 Schell Road, New Ulm Launched: 1860 Availability: Draft, bottles, cans Taproom: Sundays Memorial Day…Read More

Get Outside – Visit Some of the Area’s Best Patios

July 22, 2019

Finally, patio season is here again, and that means it’s time to hit a few of the best al fresco dining and drinking destinations in Southern Minnesota. If you’re starving for sunshine, to be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a city, be pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden, or be mesmerized by the…Read More

New restaurant aims to join in Lake Zumbro revival

July 22, 2019

LAKE ZUMBRO — There was a time when you could run your boat on Lake Zumbro from south of the White Bridge Road, well above the Sandy Point Supper Club, to the very north end, past Rattlesnake Point to the century-old dam and powerhouse. Those days are gone, as is the supper club, which was…Read More

Take a tour of the Owl Center in Houston and the Eagle Center in Wasbasha

July 12, 2019

Owls are among our most fascinating birds, both to watch and to hear. They have long evoked curiosity in people, due to their secretive and often nocturnal habits, fierce predatory behavior, and interesting appearance. Many people might be surprised by how common owls are; it just takes a bit of knowledge and searching to find…Read More

Animal Sanctuaries are Truly “Forever Homes” for Creatures in Need

July 12, 2019

When we think of finding “forever homes” for animals, we generally think of shelters or rescue groups that take in animals, then adopt them out to loving families. But there is a difference between this type of organization and animal sanctuaries, which find or receive injured or ill animals – sometimes with disabilities – and…Read More

Herds of Goats Fight Invasive Plants in Southern Minnesota

July 8, 2019

Invasive plants like buckthorn and garlic mustard were brought to Minnesota from Europe for landscaping in the 1800s, but quickly outwore their welcome. Chances are, if you’ve been on a walk in the woods, you’ve seen the large tree-like buckthorn shrubs with thorns and blackberries dominating the landscape. Garlic mustard, an edible plant that smells…Read More

SoMinn Restaurant Review: Preston’s Branding Iron – Still a Going Concern

June 24, 2019

The Branding Iron Supper Club, which had served southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa for decades, closed its doors earlier this year. A circa 50-year Preston mainstay, the panoramic-view establishment has been revived and is now being directed by new owners Dale and Becky Koch. After 56 combined years as employees at the restaurant, Becky says she…Read More

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