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A resurgence of cormorants at Leech Lake is pitting anglers against environmentalists


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BEFORE DAYBREAK, a fishing boat motors across Leech Lake in northern Minnesota. It’s a sprawling body of clear water, composed of numerous bays and points. Its shores, within the boundaries of Chippewa National Forest and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, are wooded and just now greening up. ¶ As the boat lands on Little Pelican Island, two figures sneak ashore and duck into round plastic blinds. Thousands of black double-crested cormorants, common terns, and ring-billed gulls rise from the sand uneasily and settle again onto their nests. ¶ Then, as daylight turns the lake to a pool of mercury, the shots of .22-caliber rifles muffled by silencers come one after another. With nearly every one, a cormorant collapses in the sand. By midmorning, the men gather as many as 300 carcasses into plastic tubs and haul them back to the mainland. There they’ll be incinerated. ¶ Starting a couple of years ago, this scene has played out almost daily during the springtime. Sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program killed about 3,000 cormorants last year alone to protect the lake’s renowned walleye fishery—one of the most extensive efforts to control cormorants in North America. Says Bill Paul, Wildlife Services assistant state director, “We’re in it for the long haul.”

Count Warren Anderson, the owner of Northland Lodge on Leech Lake, among the thankful. “I think they’ve handled it real well, though personally, I don’t think they’ve done enough.” In his opinion, the shooting should have begun sooner. “Basically the resort trade on Leech Lake is gone.”

Others oppose the killing. “I don’t think there’s any scientific justification for the Leech Lake effort,” says Linda Wires, a University of Minnesota research associate who has studied cormorants statewide and nationally. “There’s not been the hard science done to tie the walleye decline to the cormorant predation…. Some of us look at this as a true conservation success story.”

“Cormorants have become a scapegoat, I’m afraid,” says Mark Martell, director of bird conservation for Audubon Minnesota. “If loons were blamed,” he says, “I don’t think they would be taking this action.”

BUT THEY’RE NOT LOONS, they’re cormorants. While both are big deep-diving fish-eaters, the similarity ends there—at least in the opinion of walleye anglers, fishing guides, and resort owners.

Our beloved loon is known for a melodious tremolo, haunting wail, and distinctive yodel. It dresses in crisp black-and-white checks. In flight, it’s a jet; wind whistles from its wings. In early summer, mated pairs swim with a gray baby in tow—a nuclear family of state symbols.

The cormorant wears a long-tailed undertaker’s coat, and its voice ranges from a muddy bleat to a raspy shriek. Its beak hooks, and it struggles through the air with a flappy, broken-wristed wingbeat. Cormorants roost and nest on islands by the dozens, hundreds, or thousands, piercing the air with their cries, killing trees with accumulations of guano, and spreading their wings to dry (they lack the oiled feathers of other diving birds) as if they wore capes.

The trouble began a few years ago. After disappearing for decades, cormorants returned to Leech Lake in 1992, grew to 73 nesting pairs in 1998, and by 2004, numbered 2,524 pairs, all piled onto Little Pelican Island. Jim “Murph” Murphy, a longtime muskie and walleye guide, would watch as they flew across the lake in long, black lines. “They’d be coming and coming and coming,” he says. “It was just amazing.”

Where had they come from? Were they, as some residents believed, an invasive exotic species? Or a sign of an ecosystem gone awry?

For as long as naturalists have written about American birds, cormorants have been known to occupy the East and West coasts. “The double-crested cormorants are seen flying in long lines, sometimes forming angles, and passing low over the water, at no great distance from the shore,” wrote John James Audubon in Birds of America.

In the late 1800s, cormorants bred in most of Minnesota. Along the Iowa border, according to one observer, “the air [was] jist black with ’em an’ they’re nestin’ on the island so yer can’t see it for eggs.” Another reporter described a flock of migrating cormorants “four miles long and one-and-a-half miles wide.” A flock on the Mississippi was so dense “it was impossible to see the sunset sky through the mass.”

Fishermen disliked them then as they do now and killed “great numbers” on Lake of the Woods. But the most damaging blow was DDT. Passed up the aquatic food chain, the insecticide caused eggshells to thin, just as it did with bald eagles and peregrine falcons. And with the same results: broken eggs, few successful nests, and few birds. Cormorants disappeared from their familiar haunts.

But with the ban on DDT, protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Clean Water Act, and a newfound winter food source—fingerling catfish from Deep South fish farms—cormorants are roaring back. They now number an estimated 2 million.

ON LEECH LAKE, fishing reigns. People still talk about the midsummer days in 1955 when giant muskies went on a rampage, striking lures like never before. Leech is still one of the best places in the world to catch a big one.

But while the lake is best known for muskies, it is the walleye—the feeble fighting but deliciously bland state fish—that is the bread and butter of the resort and guiding industry. The anglers who flock to northern lakes for the mid-May “fishing opener” are fishing for walleye—and launching the tourist business nearly a month before kids get out of school and families take their vacations. (Muskie fishing doesn’t heat up till midsummer.) Walleye fishing also pushes the tourist season deep into fall, long after schools reopen. The cormorant explosion threatens that, say locals in the fishing business.

An adult cormorant eats a pound of fish a day. At Leech Lake, that’s two to three tons of fish for each day of summer. That probably includes suitably sized walleyes, an icon perhaps even more beloved than the loon.

“It’s totally wrecked this lake for walleye and perch,” Murphy says. “The economy has been affected.”

“You could see it each year—the fishing started getting worse,” says Jeff Woodruff, who guides for both walleyes and muskies. Adds Steve Mortensen, biologist for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, which owns Little Pelican Island: “There was no end in sight.”

Beginning in 1997, fisheries managers test-netted few small walleyes in the large bay where cormorants hung out. Young walleyes were more abundant in a deeper bay where cormorants were scarce. “I think there was enough evidence that something was going on,” Mortensen says. Resource managers were also concerned that cormorants were crowding out a dwindling population of common terns.

So the state Department of Natural Resources and the Leech Lake Band decided that federal Wildlife Services agents should begin shooting cormorants under a public-resource depredation order. The goal: to reduce the Leech Lake breeding population to 500 pairs. After nesting season, gunners would continue to kill 20 a week to learn what cormorants are eating.

But scientists wanted more time to study. “My main objection is that science has been put aside and public pressure is running the show,” says Francie Cuthbert, a University of Minnesota wildlife professor who studies colonial nesting birds. As for the threat to common terns, she says, “there’s no good indication that was occurring.”

“I don’t think we had the time to go through what Francie would have liked to have done,” says Harlan Fierstine, DNR fisheries supervisor in Walker. “Fishing isn’t everything here for the economy, but it’s very important.”

The DNR has been stocking walleye fry in Leech Lake—more than 22 million last year alone. That number, as large as it seems, is thought to make up less than 40 percent of the lake’s young walleyes. The lake produces the rest naturally. But stocking has always been part biology, part public relations. “We’re under political pressure to do so,” Fierstine acknowledges—“there is high public interest.”

Under federal permits, cormorants have been shot, their nests destroyed, and their eggs oiled in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Vermont, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. Private landowners have killed others on fish farms and commercial minnow ponds.

When will the shooting end? Not soon, to judge by the burgeoning Great Lakes cormorant population. Unless anglers give up walleyes, diners forgo catfish fillets, and people in general change their attitudes toward gangs of fish-eating birds, the killing will continue.

Greg Breining is a writer in St. Paul.
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Join us for a moonlight hike on the 12-acre, lakeside estate at Glensheen with Day Tripper of Duluth as your guide.Kicking off 2019’s Wednesday night series, you will have the chance to explore...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Confused about what type of loans you have, the difference between each loan, or how to manage them all? Leave this free education session with an understanding of the different types of student...

Cost: Free

Where:
Firefly Credit Union Corporate Office
1400 Riverwood Drive
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Mighty Earth is launching a sustainable agriculture campaign right now in the Twin Cities to ask Cargill, a huge agribusiness company based in Minnesota, to stand strong on their sustainability...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Pryes Brewing Company, Mill Room
1401 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Mighty Earth Twin Cities
Telephone: 919-536-9994
Contact Name: Stephanie Prufer
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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* Stepping out on the first tour of the 2019 year with the trio to make links and start waves. The Change in Me is the Change in You - tour - is about the potentials and kinetics of possibility...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Kolman & Pryor Gallery continues its adventurous foray into the artist’s color palette with the second exhibition in The Color Series with, The Color Series: Part 2, Red....

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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The 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minn. The “Coolest Celebration on Earth™” will feature dozens of free events, both...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kellogg Mall Park
62 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Join us for Festa Fiesta, a night of live music on both stages with drink specials too! On one stage, enjoy the amazing Samba Meu from 7pm-10pm. Brazilian country music!? YES! Forró is a dance...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Comedian Jeff Dunham has announced the spring leg of his “PASSIVELY AGGRESSIVE” Tour, with his delightfully twisted cohorts; Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J, and of course, Achmed the...

Cost: $48.50

Where:
Target Center
600 1st Ave, N.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Personal Publicity

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Jeff Dunham is a global entertainment phenomenon with more than 46 years on stage and countless performances, making him one the world's most recognizable and inventive entertainers. Dunham along...

Cost: $18.00

Where:
Target Center
600 1st Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: SoundChronicle
Telephone: 802-255-1826
Contact Name: Emily Carter
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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The 2019 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® cruises back to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 24-27, 2019 with four days of summer fun to help beat the winter blues. The...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $14.00 Youth (12 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-1811
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
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The third annual Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show will be held Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27 on the field of U.S. Bank Stadium.  The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show is sure to...

Cost: Tickets available for $10 online, $12 at the door.

Where:
US Bank Stadium
401 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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Friday 1.25.19 // 1pm-7pm Saturday 1.26.19 // 10am-5pm Rock What You Got presented by Twin Cities Women's Expo is coming! With a one of a kind marketplace, live music, fitness classes, a live...

Cost: $15-70

Where:
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr
Minneapolis, MN  55430
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Telephone: 612-351-8181
Contact Name: Rock What You Got
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Website »

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Kolman & Pryor Gallery continues its adventurous foray into the artist’s color palette with the second exhibition in The Color Series with, The Color Series: Part 2, Red....

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Simon Huelsbeck: Chase DevilOpening Reception Friday, January 25 | 6:00pmJoin us for an opening reception for Simon Huelsbeck : Chase Devil. Huelsbeck is a much loved art professor at RCTC and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8629
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The 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minn. The “Coolest Celebration on Earth™” will feature dozens of free events, both...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kellogg Mall Park
62 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Main and Concourse Galleries Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Tuesday, February...

Cost: Free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Get an advance look at new exhibitions and meet artist Erik Johansson during the First Look: Imagine preview party. The evening will be full of interactive activities such as in-the-moment...

Cost: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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MPLS (imPulse) and The Bearded Company improv comedy troupe are joining forces to create two improvised musical murder mystery events entitled And Then There Were Beards: A Murder Mystery. The...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Lundstrum Performing Arts Center
1617 N 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Telephone: 319.830.3021
Contact Name: Samuel Grace
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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Ever wanted to play Let's Make a Deal, Match Game, Family Feud, $50 Pyramid, or the Price is Right? Maybe you never wanted to play but wish you could have been in the audience. Retro Game Night...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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The 2019 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® cruises back to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 24-27, 2019 with four days of summer fun to help beat the winter blues. The...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $14.00 Youth (12 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-1811
Website »

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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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The 4th annual Jefferson Band Booster Club (JBBC) "Bandcake Breakfast” will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 8am-noon in the Jefferson High School Cafeteria.  This is the JBBC’s biggest...

Cost: $7 in advance, $8 at the door

Where:
Bloomington Jefferson High School Cafeteria
4001 West 102nd Street
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Jefferson Band Booster Club
Telephone: 962-806-7759
Contact Name: Lisa Gauper
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
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It’s cold outside, which can mean only one thing – it’s race time! Gather up your thermal underwear and neck warmers and start training today for the 34th running of this Half Marathon, 10K,...

Cost: $45-$55

Where:
Securian Financial Center
400 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation
Telephone: 651-223-7405
Contact Name: Abby Soderholm
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The third annual Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show will be held Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27 on the field of U.S. Bank Stadium.  The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show is sure to...

Cost: Tickets available for $10 online, $12 at the door.

Where:
US Bank Stadium
401 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Windows into Waldorf: a hands on experience for parents! 10 am -12:30 pm Saturday, January 26 The Waldorf approach to teaching is more relevant than ever, with more and more current research...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MN Waldorf School
70 East County Road B
Maplewood, MN  55117
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Sponsor: MN Waldorf School
Telephone: 651-487-6700
Contact Name: Vanessa
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Imagine a place where fish are islands, landscapes become waterfalls, and the moon is hung from a ladder. Find these impossible worlds in the work of Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer/visual...

Cost: Included in the cost of museum admission

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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During the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, all things cold are celebrated. One event stands out and gives attendees a way to escape to the tropics without even getting on a plane; the Winter Carnival...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Orchid Society of Minnesota
Telephone: 612-223-4059
Contact Name: Michael Dyda
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Join us for a DIY workshop at Sawdust Savvy. Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone.  Assemble...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Sawdust Savvy
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
View map »


Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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BACK FOR ANOTHER HELPING: HOT DISH RAIL JAM RETURNS TO AFTON ALPS! Twin tippers and boarders of all ages are invited for an old-fashioned rail jam — Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019   WHAT: Afton...

Cost: 0

Where:
Afton Alps
, MN

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Get crafty with the designer of mini golf hole #15, Gramma's Living Room, Sarah Stone! Come sift through Sarah's curious collection of vintage photos, retro ads, old books and recycled record...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Fascinators, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of prints by Ellen Heck, opens January 26 at Groveland Gallery. Heck grew up in Austin, TX and studied printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago....

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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January 26 - March 2, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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Friday 1.25.19 // 1pm-7pm Saturday 1.26.19 // 10am-5pm Rock What You Got presented by Twin Cities Women's Expo is coming! With a one of a kind marketplace, live music, fitness classes, a live...

Cost: $15-70

Where:
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr
Minneapolis, MN  55430
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Telephone: 612-351-8181
Contact Name: Rock What You Got
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A deeply impressive film that contains archival footage and eye-witness interviews about the "Miracle Healer“, Bruno Groening, and the thousands of healings that occurred in 1950’s Germany...

Cost: FREE, donations appreciated.

Where:
SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 West 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Bruno Groening Circle of Friends
Telephone: 952-649-1978
Contact Name: Tina Starjash
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

Join us for a DIY workshop at Sawdust Savvy. Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone.  Assemble...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Sawdust Savvy
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Allison Mann & Michael Brodkorb will be at Barnes & Noble in St. Cloud on January 26th from 2-3PM to chat about their true crime book: The Girls Are Gone.  The Girls Are Gone was released in...

Cost: 0

Where:
Barnes & Noble
3940 Division Street
St. Cloud, MN  56301
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Support local artists and small businesses at BlackStack Brewing. The last Saturday of every month we bring you a wonderful selection of local artists, crafters, and makers all loosely curated...

Cost: free

Where:
BlackStack Brewing
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Prior Affair
Contact Name: Prior Affair
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Ta-coumba Aiken 'RHYTHM AND PATTERNS Conversation With the Artist Saturday, Jan. 26th: 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Lite Refreshments Served   Come and enjoy an afternoon in front the fire, in the...

Cost: Free & Open to the Public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13 / Aloft Minneapolis
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A Minnesota native from rural Isanti County, Cunningham currently lives and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Sip to stay warm this winter with whiskey! Enjoy the taste, tunes and experience to create a new memory in your mind. It’s just the right time to connect with like minds and share in flavors of a...

Cost: $20 - $320

Where:
The Pourhouse
10 S 5th St #11
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Be Social Scene
Telephone: 312-600-9035
Contact Name: William Holderman

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The 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minn. The “Coolest Celebration on Earth™” will feature dozens of free events, both...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kellogg Mall Park
62 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Beginning Saturday, December 8! This event will occur every Saturday from December 8, 2018 to May 25, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Join Us as We Explore the Color, Red, and Celebrate the Artists of The Color Series: Part 2, Red Betsy Ruth ByersKate CasanovaJil EvansPatrick K. PryorJodi ReebCameron Zebrun Saturday, January...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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MPLS (imPulse) and The Bearded Company improv comedy troupe are joining forces to create two improvised musical murder mystery events entitled And Then There Were Beards: A Murder Mystery. The...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Lundstrum Performing Arts Center
1617 N 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Telephone: 319.830.3021
Contact Name: Samuel Grace
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Brimming with laughs. An uproarious comedy by the composer best known for The Godfather film scores. After seeing this 1950s madcap romp, you’ll never look at a hat—or a night at the...

Cost: $25-$215

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
St.Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-6669
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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Awaken your inner ROCKSTAR with Live Band Karaoke. Join our live band on stage where you become the lead singer. With over 200+ song choices, there is truly something for everyone. Join us on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Ian Valor & The Vendettas are a rock band based in the Twin Cities. The band was formed in 2017 and consists of Ian Valor (guitar/vocals), Jeremy “Mel” Melzer (bass) and Sara Horishnyk (drums)....

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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The 2019 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® cruises back to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 24-27, 2019 with four days of summer fun to help beat the winter blues. The...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $14.00 Youth (12 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-1811
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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