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New Dinner Theater Company Opens in Mankato

October 21, 2019

When David and Lori Holmes walked into the Mankato Event Center earlier this spring, they saw a typical event location filled with tables, a small raised bandstand in the front and a bar running along the side. But for this husband and wife team of theater enthusiasts, there was so much more to envision —…Read More

Scare Up that Perfect Halloween Costume

October 18, 2019

The costumes we choose say something about who we are, or wish to be. Little kids dress as astronauts, pirates and princesses; teenagers as sex sirens; and grown-ups … well just to come full circle as little kids again. Why a costume? Maybe for the sheer enjoyment of the experience; maybe to show off your…Read More

Stages Scares Spawn Spook-tacular Screaming

October 18, 2019

Halloween season is full of mischief, mystery, screams, frights and everything in between. For millions of folks, October 31 would not be complete without a visit to a haunted house, or a dark theatre, or an eerie maze. So, if you’re a Halloween fanatic, add these scintillating scares to your spook-tacular agenda. Here’s witching you…Read More

Where To Go for Fall Leaves Viewing in SoMinn

October 18, 2019

Fall is the perfect time to travel; the traffic is lighter, the weather is cooler, and the scenery is unbeatable. Between the fiery reds, vigorous golds and the blissful, blustering breezes, it is the ultimate season. Whether you prefer to hike, bike, walk, run, drive, take a cruise, or hop a horse-drawn wagon, don’t miss…Read More

2019 Best of Southern Minnesota Scene Winners List

October 14, 2019

From all of us at Scene: It was a record breaking year. With over 110,000 votes in the 2019 Southern Minn Scene Magazine BEST of Southern Minnesota competition, we shattered the previous record participation. Those votes came from thousands and thousands of individual voters who took the time to show some love to their favorite…Read More

Minnesota Oktoberfests – Sehr Gut!

October 2, 2019

Oktoberfest may have its roots in Munich, but one need not fly to Germany to enjoy this fun-infused annual celebration. Fall means it’s time to break out that new wardrobe: sweaters, hats, scarves, and … lederhosen? Yes, autumn brings many splendid things like apple picking, Halloween, and pumpkin spice everything, but the leader of the…Read More

Tea-time: new North Mankato tea house is curious but full of charm

September 19, 2019

It’s a little hard to describe Curiosi-Tea House, located in North Mankato, but that’s part of its charm. The walls are different splashes of pastel color, ranging from cream to deep purple, while an odd and endearing assortment of seating is scattered throughout the building. Chairs range from minimalistic barstools to classic white dining sets…Read More

A Tour around SoMinn for some Delectable Desserts

September 13, 2019

“Dessert is aspirational,” former White House pastry Chef Bill Yosses once said. “It’s the one part of the meal you don’t have to eat. It’s the purest part of the meal: the art part. But it’s also the greediest part, the eat-it-in-a-closet part. We don’t have to have it, but we do. . .” I…Read More

From sauerbraten to polkas, St. John’s celebrates German heritage

September 6, 2019

Long before locally-grown and locally-sourced exploded into a movement, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township, already tapped both for an ethnic dinner that today draws some 600 guests from throughout Southern Minnesota and beyond to the rural Nerstrand area church each September. Authentic German cuisine focuses Germanfest, an event started in 1997 to…Read More

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