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Alien Invasion

More than ever before, exotic species are knocking at our state’s door. That’s a bad thing, right?



ONE DAY LAST FALL, Tim Adams, a commercial fisherman from Wabasha, set his quarter-mile-long net in a huge circle along the shore of Lake Pepin. As he pulled in one end, as if tightening a noose, a couple thousand common carp and buffalo fish boiled to the surface. Sorting through them, he spotted a specimen with an upside-down look, its eyes low on the sides of its head: a 28-pound bighead carp, native to China but now firmly established in waters around the world. Adams dutifully reported his catch—the third found in state waters—to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Shortly thereafter, the Star Tribune noted the news with an ominous tone: “Asian carp are big, ugly and voracious,” one article began. “And they’re coming here.”

One day last winter, at Interstate State Park on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, Scott Noland supervised a DNR crew spraying herbicide on a tangle of buckthorn. Spread mostly by birds that eat its berries, the European shrub grows into broad dense thickets, often overwhelming the underlying native plants and wild-flowers. “It’s definitely causing a problem,” says Noland, a DNR parks-area resource specialist. “It’s changing the natural communities. It’s starting to shade out the understory.”

Minnesotans are waging a war against non-native wildlife and plants. The state bans the import and transport of more than two-dozen “prohibited invasive species,” from Asian raccoon dogs to water chestnut. But hundreds of exotic species are already established here and potentially thousands more are at the door. Asian carp, European buckthorn, zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, Eurasian water milfoil, spiny water fleas, gypsy moths—as many as 50,000 animals, plants, and disease organisms have been introduced to the United States, including Minnesota.

Many are agricultural pests. Others threaten forests. Their management costs us more than $138 billion each year, according to one commonly cited estimate. Last year, a consortium of conservation groups warned Congress that “invasive species are one of the worst threats to native biodiversity, inflicting damage to ecosystems, and they are a great threat to our local economies. They can push native species to extinction, and harm a wide variety of industries, including fisheries and water supplies.”

But do they really? Do alien species threaten extinction and the “health” of ecosystems? Is that why we hate carp and starlings? Some biologists and scholars believe there’s something else at work here. While they don’t welcome exotic species at our lakes, woodlands, and farms, they don’t see the arrival of such organisms as a sign of environmental apocalypse, either. Yes, some exotic species cause problems. But others can be beneficial.

EXOTICS, ALIENS, non-natives—we use all these words to describe organisms from somewhere else. (If the species proliferate beyond control, we may call them invasive, a term that also applies to such natives as sumac—or white-tailed deer, for that matter.) But most organisms come from somewhere else. In Minnesota, wiped clean by the last glaciers, virtually everything that lives here walked, flew, crawled, swam, or drifted in from somewhere else.

When ecologists talk about exotics, they usually mean things that humans, especially Europeans, have brought with them. David Andow, a professor of insect ecology at the University of Minnesota, sums up the view this way: “The ones that get here naturally are somehow more legitimate.”

The distinction makes sense. For millennia, animals, plants, and microorganisms had only modest success in surmounting such natural barriers as oceans, deserts, and mountain ranges. Ecosystems flourished with only occasional intrusions by new organisms. But then came fleets of ocean-going ships from Europe, facilitating vigorous trade that shuffled animals, crops, pests, diseases, and other organisms across entire oceans and continents. Suddenly, Old World species flooded the New World (and vice versa).

Many species were introduced to North America deliberately. The ring-necked pheasant, originally from Asia, proved adaptable and popular with hunters. The apple, native to Kazakhstan, cultivated in Europe, and spread across the United States by an itinerant named John Chapman, was packed into American lunches and baked into American pies. Their environmental impacts—not to mention their effects on U.S. agriculture, business, and tourism—were widely considered a boon.

But other non-natives were a different story. The prolific carp had a habit of stirring up sediment and is reviled to this day. Kudzu, imported from Japan as a decorative plant and then promoted as a tool to combat soil erosion, became the vine that ate the South.

Other species were clearly unwanted from the get-go and their damage has been lasting: We’re still paying the consequences of importing rats, white-pine blister rust, and Dutch elm disease, which has cost urban forest departments across the country an estimated $100 million a year simply for tree removal. Controlling weeds (most are exotics) costs U.S. farmers, ranchers, and homeowners billions of dollars a year.

POPULAR ACCOUNTS of exotics rely on well-worn clichés. A recent opinion piece in the New York Times described several Asian carp species collectively (they apparently all look alike) as a “voracious invader” that “eats half its body weight in food in a day... [and has] outcompeted all native species.” But native fish of equal size consume roughly the same amount, depending on what they eat. And though many Asian carp species inhabit the Mississippi, the effect on native species isn’t clear.

National Geographic tells of an angler in Maryland who “caught an air-breathing, land-crawling, voracious predator.” The fish was a northern snakehead, no more or no less voracious or predatory than any native northern pike or walleye of similar size (though the snakehead’s ability to crawl on land certainly gives people the creeps).

Banu Subramaniam, a professor at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, says the “xenophobic rhetoric” used to describe exotic species echoes the heated language used in discussions about immigration in the United States. There are worries about “invasions” and uncontrolled “reproduction.” Foreigners are blamed for disruption and disorder, overshadowing problems of our own making. Such words and concepts distort our view, and even our management, of exotic species. “The solution becomes stopping these alien species and to focus on them rather than [focusing] on things such as development and what we are doing about habitat,” says Subramaniam. Blaming exotics for environmental problems, she notes, mostly “adds to the hysteria without doing anything that is actually going to help.”

For a half-century, ecologists believed that ecosystems were tightly knit, highly adapted organizations. Exotics weren’t part of this evolution. So an ecosystem free of aliens was healthy. Invaded ones were not.

But now some ecologists disagree. Communities of plants and animals are not tightly organized systems, honed by eons of evolution, as scientists once thought, says Mark Davis, professor of biology at Macalester College. “It is clear that functioning ecosystems and communities can be established quite quickly even with species that have not shared a long evolutionary history.”

Surely, if exotics are so disruptive and harmful to the ecosystem, scientists can somehow quantify how they differ from natives or to tell one from the other on the basis of how they play with others, so to speak. But when you get down to it, says Mark Sagoff, an environmental-ethics scholar at the University of Maryland, “They can’t, and no one could tell how you would tell the difference.” In this respect, ecologists are a lot like wine experts who fail in a blindfolded taste test to distinguish a cheap California wine from the expensive French. While many ecologists vigorously disagree, others concede that little distinguishes exotics from natives except their history. “I have always argued,” Mark Davis wrote in a recent e-mail, that it would be “unlikely that an ecologist could tell the difference.”

For example, argues Sagoff, if we didn’t know that zebra mussels were introduced to Minnesota waters by humans (and therefore are unnatural), we would believe them to be a vital benefit to the ecosystem. While they clog water intake pipes and smother native mussels, they also filter algae and nutrients—in effect, removing human-caused pollutants.

Both Sagoff and Davis point out that as prolific and disruptive as some exotic species can be, they haven’t driven native species to extinction, except in small insular environments, such as landlocked lakes and islands.

AT U.S. BORDERS and international airports, government inspectors check our luggage for farm products that may contain diseases or pests. In summer, the DNR chides us to scrape weeds off our boats to prevent the spread of Eurasian water milfoil as we travel from lake to lake, river to river. This policing has its costs—not just the expense of staffing, but also in delaying the introduction of species that may prove beneficial. How much regulation can we afford and where should we focus our efforts?

Davis suggests starting with “nonnative species that threaten human health.” Good examples are West Nile virus and avian influenza. Next, he says, are agricultural pests and aliens that threaten economic harm, such as soybean aphids, gypsy moths, and emerald ash borers. Also important are a few creatures that are “truly threatening native species with extinction,” though none seem to pose such as threat in Minnesota for the time being.

“Last on the list, in my view, are other species causing other ecological impacts that we don’t like,” Davis says. “Whether allocating resources to such things as pulling up buckthorn is a good thing…depends on what is valued in the landscape and how much the community is willing to spend to make the landscape the way they want it.”

At the University of Minnesota, a program supported by the National Science Foundation is recruiting students to research the effects of globalization on the spread of exotic species. Which species are potentially beneficial? Which are likely to harm existing crops or native species? Which are likely to reproduce and spread? If a particular species, such as an insect, is introduced to control another species—a pest—is it likely to solve the problem or create a new one? Many ecologists concede they still have trouble answering these questions. “We’ve gotten a lot better at predicting whether a new species that arrives here will survive and spread,” says Anne Kapuscinski, a University of Minnesota fisheries professor, “but we still have a lot to learn in order to make good predictions about what effect it’s going to have.”

Meanwhile, new species of Asian carp are swimming up the Mississippi. Minnesota officials have asked Congress for $4 million to start building a barrier of high-pressure bubbles to hold the carp at bay. Kapuscinski is skeptical. “A fence across the Mississippi River? I’m not convinced that will work.” It’s not even clear, she says, what harm the carp will cause. “I’m not a fan of them coming here, but before we overreact, we need to think through what is the most strategic way to use our limited resources.”

Greg Breining is a frequent contributor to Minnesota Monthly.
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Come on out to Music in Mears on Thursday, August 27th to see the Pedal to the Metal foundry in action. We will be creating bronze tokens for public art project Find Me Hide Me:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mears Park
221 5th St E
St Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Forecast Public Art
Telephone: 218-205-7784
Contact Name: Klara Wagnod
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Starring Meghan Wolff, Maggie K. Sotos, Sophie Brossard, Eric Heiberg, MJ Marsh, and Sean Dillon A ruthless competition where actors try to make the best and longest scene, and where the...

Cost: $10

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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In our latest best-of show, "Throwback BNW: Junk from our Trunk," the cast takes a look in the BNW archives for the best sketches from the last decade. The show will feature recent...

Cost: $25-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
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All Originals Jazz Series presents Bryan Nichols Quintet: Brian Nichols, piano, JT Bates, drums, James Buckley, bass, Brandon Wozniak & Michael Lewis, saxophones. All Originals is a weekly...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Join Day Block Brewing on Thursday Aug 27th as they host Nooky Jones, unveiling their exclusive beer specially designed in collaboration with the brewing team at Day Block Brewing - a part of their...

Cost: $12

Where:
Day Block Event Center
1103 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival is proud to announce its 14th season, August 20-27, in Northfield, MN. The annual concert series is held at various venues and dates over a week's span in...

Cost: $5

Where:
Carleton Concert Hall
1 North College St
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Bridge Chamber Festival
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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
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Paul Shambroom: Lost presents three new projects by internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom. The series Lost features photographs whose imagery is taken from old flyers of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 E. 4th Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Join us for a salon-style show featuring new works by hundreds of artists including Israeli artist Shay Kun and local artists Carl Bretzke, Mary Lingen, Wayne Meineke, Mike Welton, Kevan...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Douglas Flanders & Associates
818 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612791-1285
Contact Name: Douglas Flanders
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The Meeting Waters Friday, August 28, 2015 – Sunday, August 30, 2015  Whittier Studios Reception: Friday, August 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Uniting artists from disparate...

Cost: Free

Where:
MCAD Whittier Gallery
2840 Grand Avenue, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-874-3793
Contact Name: Ann Benrud

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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. 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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Jay “Jayder” Kalk formed Church of Cash in sunny Honolulu back in 2010. With an uncanny grasp of the Man in Black’s catalog and many years of experience touring the United States,...

Cost: $5

Where:
Mankato Brewery
1119 Center Street
North Mankato, MN  56003
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Sponsor: Mankato Brewery
Contact Name: Curt Van Asten

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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Fall registration During Open House you will meet teachers, observe class, register and place your child in appropriate level. Wednesday August 12 Open House 4:30pm-7:00pm 4:30-6:30...

Cost: Free registration

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Franklin Arts Center | Resident Artists Gallery will host a new body of work by Minneapolis artist Sara Suppan. Suppan’s paintings explore the relationship between the home and its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franklin Art Center Resident Artists Gallery
1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Sponsor: Franklin Art Center
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The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2015 third quarter exhibition: MINGEI INSPIRATIONS Raymond Avenue Gallery proudly presents the pottery of Lee Love and the paintings of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
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Starring Meghan Wolff, Maggie K. Sotos, Sophie Brossard, Eric Heiberg, MJ Marsh, and Sean Dillon A ruthless competition where actors try to make the best and longest scene, and where the...

Cost: $10

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Bria Blessing for Ukraine (North American Tour) Don’t miss your chance to hear the magic voice of Bria Blessing, American Ukrainian, who has been living in Ukraine for more than 15 years...

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
Hopkins High School Theater Auditorium
2400 Lindbergh Drive
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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In our latest best-of show, "Throwback BNW: Junk from our Trunk," the cast takes a look in the BNW archives for the best sketches from the last decade. The show will feature recent...

Cost: $25-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
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Join Day Block Brewing on Thursday Aug 27th as they host Nooky Jones, unveiling their exclusive beer specially designed in collaboration with the brewing team at Day Block Brewing - a part of their...

Cost: $12

Where:
Day Block Event Center
1103 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
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Join SoFabU On the Road for an all day blogging Conference on August 29th at Mall of America. This event is open to all bloggers and influencers. There will be two keynote...

Cost: $59.99-$149.99

Where:
Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: SoFabUOTR
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Discover your power to heal! Reiki I - Level I Reiki is about acquiring the healing ability. In a Reiki I session students will learn the following: Summary of Reiki – origins,...

Cost: $150

Where:
Rising Sun Reiki Studio
4180 West Broadway
Suite B3
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Rising Sun Reiki Studio
Telephone: 612-940-5851
Contact Name: Cyndi Stavrou
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Join us in supporting Yoga For Water! Yoga For Water is an event, which will be held in participating yoga studios throughout the nation on August 29. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to...

Cost: Donation

Where:
YogaFit Studios Excelsior
494 Water St.
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: YogaFit Studios Excelsior
Telephone: 952-401-8888
Contact Name: Sarah
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Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn: How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online Trading Academy Minneapolis
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: (952) 814-4424
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Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
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Paul Shambroom: Lost presents three new projects by internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom. The series Lost features photographs whose imagery is taken from old flyers of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 E. 4th Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Website »

More information

Join us for a salon-style show featuring new works by hundreds of artists including Israeli artist Shay Kun and local artists Carl Bretzke, Mary Lingen, Wayne Meineke, Mike Welton, Kevan...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Douglas Flanders & Associates
818 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612791-1285
Contact Name: Douglas Flanders
Website »

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Join us in supporting Yoga For Water! Yoga For Water is an event, which will be held in participating yoga studios throughout the nation on August 29. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to...

Cost: Donation

Where:
YogaFit Studios Northeast Minneapolis
520 1st Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: YogaFit Studios Northeast Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-444-2151
Contact Name: Jillian
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The Meeting Waters Friday, August 28, 2015 – Sunday, August 30, 2015  Whittier Studios Reception: Friday, August 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Uniting artists from disparate...

Cost: Free

Where:
MCAD Whittier Gallery
2840 Grand Avenue, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-874-3793
Contact Name: Ann Benrud

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Red Wing Depot Gallery will be full of the season...The Harvest Season. Depending on your background, you may envision different things when you consider harvest time. We have artwork that reflects...

Cost: Free

Where:
Red Wing Depot Gallery
418 Levee Street
Red Wing, MN  55066
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Sponsor: Red Wing Arts Association
Telephone: 651-388-7569
Contact Name: Arlene Roth
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Join us in supporting Yoga For Water! Yoga For Water is an event, which will be held in participating yoga studios throughout the nation on August 29. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to...

Cost: Donation

Where:
YogaFit Studios Linden Hills
4507 France Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: YogaFit Studios Linden Hills
Telephone: 612-444-1991
Contact Name: Grace
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2015 BLONDES VS. BRUNETTES TWIN CITIES   Help the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter advance Alzheimer's care, services, programs and research by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Concordia University | Seafoam Stadium
1380 Concordia Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN
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Telephone: 410-627-0561
Contact Name: Nicole Atkinson
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Join A Little Green Festival for a late summer celebration! Bring a picnic and enjoy the free music of The Fairlanes (Doo-wop & pop hits from the 50's and 60's) and Late for Lunch...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wolfe Park Amphitheater
3700 Monterey Drive
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Little Green Women
Telephone: 612200-0329
Contact Name: Jenny Webber
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Fall registration During Open House you will meet teachers, observe class, register and place your child in appropriate level. Wednesday August 12 Open House 4:30pm-7:00pm 4:30-6:30...

Cost: Free registration

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Franklin Arts Center | Resident Artists Gallery will host a new body of work by Minneapolis artist Sara Suppan. Suppan’s paintings explore the relationship between the home and its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franklin Art Center Resident Artists Gallery
1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Sponsor: Franklin Art Center
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Join Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy for our newest fundraiser, Wine & Dine for Climate, at Minnesota's oldest operating winery: Alexis Bailly Vineyard! Enjoy a selection...

Cost: $50

Where:
Alexis Bailly Vineyard
18200 Kirby Ave. South
Hastings, MN  55033
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Sponsor: Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Telephone: 612-278-7147
Contact Name: Katie Siegner
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Th Saint Henry's Catholic Church Parish Festival runs for two whole days and High Brow and The Shades & Who Knows It? (the Twin Cities only musical game show) performs on Saturday, August...

Cost: Free

Where:
1001 East 7th Street
Monticello, MN  55362


Sponsor: Saint Henry's Catholic Church
Telephone: (763) 295-2402
Contact Name: Linda@highbrowandtheshades.com
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In our latest best-of show, "Throwback BNW: Junk from our Trunk," the cast takes a look in the BNW archives for the best sketches from the last decade. The show will feature recent...

Cost: $25-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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