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An Ideal Mother’s Day Weekend with My Mom

May 10, 2019

My mom is fantastic (as many of you may know). I’m lucky to have her (as are the rest of her kids, her “grands,” the rest of the family, and the incredible collection of friends she’s accumulated over the years). So I’m going to lay out an ideal Mother’s Day weekend with just the two…Read More

Covert Cocktail Bar — Catching On

May 2, 2019

The Roaring Twenties marked the beginning of Prohibition and sparked the inception of speakeasies (covert bars where people scored illegal alcohol and enjoyed good times devoid of prying eyes). But when booze was again legalized, in 1933, speakeasies went the way of the dinosaurs … or so we thought. Recent years have ushered back the…Read More

Drawbridge is Down for Rochester’s Arts Castle

May 2, 2019

With its battlements, ribbed walls, arched windows and fanciful Gothic turret, the 104-year-old Armory building in downtown Rochester could be a movie set for “Ivanhoe,” or maybe “Monty Python.” It was home to the National Guard for more than 50 years, and then was a senior center. Now it’s a castle for the arts, and…Read More

Jillian Rae Plays for the Love of the Game

May 1, 2019

On a brisk Friday in March, I greeted Jillian Rae who was seated at a high top table at the downtown Minneapolis Barrio. This is her “go-to lunch spot”. Despite being our first time meeting, she gets up to hug me right away and as a hugger myself, I am relieved. There is a warmth…Read More

Mankato Author Obtains National Audience

April 5, 2019

Local, award-winning author Allen Eskens has reached national attention with his bestselling mystery/crime novels. Allen grew up in central Missouri, and now lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota; where he recently retired, after practicing criminal law for 25 years. Eskens holds a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree…Read More

Southern Minnesota’s Ice Palace Makes a Comeback

April 5, 2019

After national tours and the release of two albums, Southern Minnesota indie rock band Ice Palace were gaining momentum. A review in New York Weekly, the Village Voice and a nationwide tour supporting Cloud Cult in 2009 had them on the cusp of breaking through to a national audience. The Onion compared singer/songwriter Adam Sorensen’s…Read More

Vicky Emerson Is The Local Feminist Hero We Need Right Now

March 25, 2019

A 10-year veteran of the local music scene and notable Americana singer songwriter, Vicky Emerson is fired up. Her fourth album, “Steady Heart,” was released in January. It’s a collection of real truth tunes fueled by a polarizing political climate and growing knowledge of the complexities of love. In directing the album’s creation, she intentionally…Read More

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