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How Minnesota Saved Civilization

150 years—and 31 ways that we changed modern life


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There's no hard proof that Minnesota lies at the center of the universe. But there’s no evidence that it doesn’t either, right? In fact, the fate of the cosmos (or, at least, America) has hinged on the North Star State more than you might expect. Our state, our people, and even our fungi have fearlessly and repeatedly led the world forward, marching into the bright dawn of the future. Our achievements in commerce, law, medicine, technology, and pizza-making could fill a thousand Post-its. The contributions of our native sons and daughters to the fields of politics, agriculture, literature, and the arts are so sweeping that we’d be tempted to brag—if, naturally, we weren’t so busy being a global beacon of modesty and selflessness. But now, as Minnesota marks 150 years of statehood, it seems appropriate to do more than just acknowledge that “Hey, we could ’ve done worse, eh?” Once and for all, let’s embrace our central role in shaping world history.

(1) OUR RIVER UNITED A NATION

Long before the nation’s midsection was crisscrossed with railroad tracks and interstate roadways, just one Super Highway meandered north and south through the heartland. Put a finger to a map, run it up from the Gulf of Mexico to the great state of Minnesota along the Mississippi River, and you will see written there a history of Native American commerce and trade, of Middle Western town-building, of paddle-wheeled steamboats and boys adrift on wooden rafts. On each side of the waggling line, one river after another pours its contents into the muddy waters of the Mississippi: Almost half of the territory of the contiguous United States empties into it. Follow the main line all the way to where it vanishes on the map, and you’ll find a tiny little rivulet that leaks out of Lake Itasca, way up in the piney woods of north-central Minnesota. No wonder they write poetry and songs about it. Of all the gifts this region has given the world, the Mississippi is surely the greatest.


(2)OUR FIRST EXPORT WAS A TOOL FOR PEACE

For hundreds of years and across thousands of miles of plains and prairie, when Native Americans reached for the sacred pipe, they reached for an icon fashioned from a red-colored rock found in southwestern Minnesota. Pipestone—the name of the nearest Minnesota town, the name of the quarries, and the name of the stone itself—has been, and still is, dug from a vein of rock-hard red clay in an area near the South Dakota border.

Soft enough to be shaped into ornamented art forms, yet durable, too, this red stone—fashioned, according to legend, from the very flesh of Native Americans—was used for sacred vessels. White Americans called such vessels peace pipes, because the only times they were privy to their use was when Native Americans hauled them out for treaty signings. But the pipes were central to rituals surrounding hunts, trades, dances, and war. Quarried by the Dakota, Pipestone became the preferred bowl for tobacco smokes throughout North America, and was traded by peoples as far apart as Ohio, Georgia, and southern Canada.

(3) WE CREATED THE CULT OF THE STARCHITECT

Minnesota was less than 50 years old when its leaders decided to build a capitol for the ages. Never mind the state’s rough edges, this would be a temple to high art and aspiration. And who better to design it than the most talented architect in the state? Cass Gilbert’s career was still budding when he got the commission: A St. Paul boy, he had studied briefly at MIT and apprenticed at New York’s famed architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White before returning to Minnesota. Here, he designed houses for the lords of Summit Avenue and conjured up the Endicott Building in downtown St. Paul. It wasn’t until he was tapped to design the capitol, however, that his ambitious reach synced up with his delicate grasp. To crown the structure, Gilbert built a spectacular ribbed dome modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and encased it in a brilliant white Georgia marble. He spared no expense, adding flourishes inside and out, incorporating sculpture, painting, and furniture by the leading artists and designers of the day. The result is one of the most beautiful state capitols in the nation—and a showpiece that won Gilbert attention and acclaim. Even before it was finished, in 1905, Gilbert had already moved on to Manhattan, where his talents were in high demand. To his resumé were added the towers of the George Washington Bridge in New York; the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.; the Woolworth Building in New York, which was for many years the world’s tallest building; and a score of other public structures, in places ranging from Connecticut to Montana.

(4) OUR TYCOON TAMED THE WEST

On the Tuesday after his death on May 29, 1916, all traffic on the railroad lines controlled by James J. Hill stopped for five minutes to salute the fallen leader. That would be 6,000 miles of rail lines running coast-to-coast, upon which workers doffed their hats (some, no doubt, with a sneer) to salute the man nicknamed “The Empire Builder.” He certainly was that. Arriving in St. Paul from Canada as a one-eyed shipping clerk with boundless ambition, Hill quickly climbed the frontier ladder of success. He soon controlled the steamship lines he’d once clerked for, and then began building his fortune-maker, the Great Northern Railway, which he ran from his office in St. Paul. Hill didn’t just devise a railroad that stretched all the way to the Puget Sound; he did it economically, which meant that when his competitors went belly up in the Depression of 1893, Hill was there to buy them out and add to his coffers. In a state that had more than its share of Gilded Age tycoons, James J. Hill dwarfed them all—the equal of Carnegie and Rockefeller. At the time of his death, it was estimated that 400,000 farms had been built along his railroad line; that those farms sat on 65 million acres of improved land; and that together their value was near $5 billion.

(5) WE PRESERVED THE UNION

In order to truly do justice to the story of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry unit at the battle of Gettysburg, you would need a few hundred pages of prose, a really good map, and a couple of blaring trumpets. So let us focus on just part of the story, a number that says everything you need to know: 47. That’s the number of Minnesotans who were left standing after the unit (of 262 soldiers) attacked Confederate lines at a critical moment on the second day of fighting, a maneuver that gave the Union Army enough time to reinforce its lines, maintain its position, and—eventually—win the battle. The charge would make the 1st Minnesota famous for its courage. But it would also make it one of the most important units in the Civil War, a group of men without whom the history of the state, and the country, wouldn’t be the same.


(6) WE THWARTED THE NATION'S MOST-FEARED BANDITS

No outlaws in the history of 19th-century American crime were quite as famed or notorious as the James-Younger Gang. That the band met its demise in Minnesota, at the hands of a bunch of pot-shot wheat farmers, sounds like the plot of a Western that Hollywood never green-lighted because it seemed implausible. The crooks—two Jameses, three Youngers, and a trio of their chums—rode into Northfield on September 7, 1876, planning to hit the First National Bank. Wearing long linen dusters that stood out like moon boots on the Minnesota prairie, these faux cattle buyers looked a lot like nogoodniks to the fine folk of Northfield. Before you could say, “Honey, fetch my gun,” several rifles were being pointed in the intruders’ direction.

In the shootout that followed, the bank’s cashier, a Swedish immigrant, and two of the raiders were killed. The gang hightailed it out of the city—without the contents of the safe—and holed up in the woods near Faribault as armed posses sniffed nearby. The James brothers ultimately slipped through the dragnet and headed home to Missouri, but the Younger brothers would soon find themselves celebrity prisoners at the Stillwater Penitentiary. Minnesota had put America’s most-feared gang permanently out of business.

(7) WE PUT THE FUN IN CITY PARKS

A century ago, parks were designed as places for pondering the wonders of Nature (or what passed for nature in dense developments). So Minneapolitans were shocked in 1906 when one of the first actions taken by the city’s new parks superintendent, Theodore Wirth, was to remove the “Keep Off the Grass” signs from city lands. He actually encouraged kids to frolic on the greenswards.

The Swiss-born Wirth later wrote, “When it was my good fortune to be called to Minneapolis at the time when the playground movement was on its way, I found the Board responsive to my suggestion to introduce this innovation—and the children and adults of the city likewise in a receptive mood.” The adults weren’t always receptive, though: When Wirth authorized the installation of playground equipment in city parks, the first reaction of nearby residents was, he later recalled, “one of indignation because of the noise of the children.”

But these NIMBYs were soon won over, and before long Wirth was creating new parks equipped with swing sets, tennis courts, and ball fields throughout Minneapolis. He believed that no kid should have to walk more than a few blocks to find one. Wirth went on to preach the gospel of playgrounds to influential planners from around the country and today, the giggles and chirps of children (not to mention the laughter of adults) can be heard in almost every urban park across the country.

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January 2018

First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612.339.8007
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Jawaahir Dance Company's 25th Annual Henna Party Open Stage! Join us as we bring the Middle East to the Midwest with a traditional Middle Eastern women’s party, Sunday, January 21, 2018,...

Cost: Tickets: $10 per person, $5 per child 10 and under

Where:
Jawaahir Studio
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Jawaahir Dance Company
Telephone: 612-872-6050
Contact Name: Jenny Piper
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"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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Sanctuary explores the music of immigrants to Minnesota- from early Scandinavian immigrants, to African Americans arriving through the Underground Railroad, and more recent music of Hmong, Mexican...

Cost: 30-50

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: One Voice Mixed Chorus
Telephone: 651-298-1954
Contact Name: Alicia Pedersen
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Cost: $15-25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: The Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Mina Fisher
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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Late Nights Minneapolis is Minneapolis’ only, fully-staged late-night style talk show and comedy experience. Each month will feature local guests, live music, and original never before seen...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Late Nights Minneapolis
Contact Name: Lauren Schwein
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

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On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

Join us for COCO Pitch Night, in which five startups will pitch – and two will win a shot at going to Google Demo Day in Silicon Valley. One winner will be chosen by our live audience. The other...

Cost: Free

Where:
COCO Downtown
400 South 4th Street Suite 401
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »

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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

Lonny Kocina, CEO of Media Relations Agency and author of  “The CEO’s Guide to Marketing” (available at Amazon). Kocina is a visionary who is passionate about marketing. He believes to be a...

Cost: Free. Space is limited.

Where:
Media Relations Agency
350 W Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Sponsor: Media Relations Agency
Telephone: 952-697-5200
Contact Name: Abby Sell
Website »

More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

Join Minnesota's conservation community for a gubernatorial candidate forum on environment and conservation issues in Minnesota. Candidates will respond to audience questions about air/climate,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hamline University's Drew Fine Arts Center
1530 West Taylor Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Telephone: 651-789-0651
Contact Name: Sara Wolff
Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

Join High Monkey for another in our series of special Crash Course Workshops on January 25 on Search Strategy and Accessibility! The Workshop will be held in NE Minneapolis at one of our favorite...

Cost: 50.00

Where:
612Brew "The Cellar"
945 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Funnelback
Telephone: 763-201-6040
Contact Name: Brian Haukos
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
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Listen to WCCO Radio's Afternoon Drive Time with Jordana Green and Paul Douglas to learn more about food and philanthropy with Sue Zelickson. Tune in the last Thursday of every month at 4:45...

Cost: $0

Where:
WCCO Radio
, MN


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The annual membership show is an energetic snapshot of the visual arts of our region. It captures professionals at the height of their career along with emerging talent and youthful voices....

Cost: Free

Where:
The Great Hall @ The Depot
506 W Michigaan St
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: US Bank

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Wine and Weaving: Viking Jewelry Making (BYOB 21+)Thursday, January 25th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Viking women made beautiful and intricate jewelry by weaving together fibers - often metals - that...

Cost: 49.00

Where:
Runestone Museum Foudnation
206 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Alexandria Public Schools Community Education
Telephone: 320-762-3310
Contact Name: Cami Pexsa
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Ten days before the Big Game Kickoff, a warm front of Minnesotans is kicking off a celebration of kindness that officially lasts until February 4th, with the hope it will echo forever. The...

Cost: $25

Where:
Surly Brewing Co.
520 Malcolm Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Inclusivi-tee
Telephone: 952-240-8946
Contact Name: Lori Myren-Manbeck
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Want to network with other business professionals to support a great cause? Do you enjoy playing games in the spirit of competition that will enhance your business skills? JA Corporate Challenge is...

Cost: $500/team; $125/individual

Where:
The Lumber Exchange
10 S. 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
Telephone: 651-255-0458
Contact Name: Emily Halstead
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Borough invites you to our 5 Year Anniversary TIKI PARTY!When it's below zero outside, what better way to celebrate than a freaky-tiki good time!?Thursday, January 25th \ 6-11pm$45 per person-...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Borough
730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Scotty McCreery is currently rising up the charts with his smash hit song “Five More Minutes,” which has already earned 30 million streams and sold 100,000 downloads. He made history in 2011 as...

Cost: $29, $39 & $49

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
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A New York reporter arrived in St. Paul the winter of 1885 to give us his best Alexis de Tocqueville impression: The Midwest capital is “another Siberia,” he wrote, “unfit for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St.Paul
St.Paul, MN


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The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at LAKE NOKOMIS have drawn thousands of players from across the globe, competing for a prized golden shovel. It’s a low-key, big-talent tournament where the...

Where:
Minneapolis, MN


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On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
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Since 2006, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships has given hockey enthusiasts a premier resource for experiencing hockey the way nature intended. The nation’s premier outdoor pond hockey tournament...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Nokomis
5001 Lake Nokomis Parkway W
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: The Great Northern
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Stewart Brand, biologist, conservationist, author and trailblazer, is speaking at Promega regarding current conservation techniques that utilize genetic tools. Brand, known for the “Whole Earth...

Cost: Free

Where:
Promega Corporation
5445 E Cheryl Parkway
Fitchburg, WI  53711
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Contact Name: Nicole Haselwander
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612.339.8007
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
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This interactive pop-up experience shows Minnesota’s full spectrum of fun through a gallery of shareable #OnlyinMN photo ops. Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists, The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Renaissance Square Storefront Windows
500 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Explore Minnesota Tourism
Telephone: (651) 556-8465
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Join us at the Washington County Historic Courthouse for a night of mystery and fun! Things take a turn for the gutter at Mafia Don Lou Zar’s juice joint when someone is put on ice! The crowd is...

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 W. Pine St.
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-27-7075
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Join us for “spirited” panel discussion about the dynamic and evolving world of craft distilling in Minnesota moderated by Bittercube Bitters. Meet the experts from Vikre...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wedge Table
2412 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612-465-8844

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Presented in Wander North’s private production room, Love On the Rocks (Distill My Heart) will feature music all about love — the ups, the downs (on the rocks), and everything in between. Enjoy...

Cost: $20 General Admission; $30 Preferred Seating; $10 Standing Room Only

Where:
Wander North Distillery
771 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Telephone: 612-245-2020
Contact Name: Amy Danielson
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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
Ashland Productions - Maplewood Performing Arts
2100 White Bear Ave
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Contact Name: Chris Rollinger
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Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

More information

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at LAKE NOKOMIS have drawn thousands of players from across the globe, competing for a prized golden shovel. It’s a low-key, big-talent tournament where the...

Where:
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

A New York reporter arrived in St. Paul the winter of 1885 to give us his best Alexis de Tocqueville impression: The Midwest capital is “another Siberia,” he wrote, “unfit for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St.Paul
St.Paul, MN


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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Since 2006, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships has given hockey enthusiasts a premier resource for experiencing hockey the way nature intended. The nation’s premier outdoor pond hockey tournament...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Nokomis
5001 Lake Nokomis Parkway W
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: The Great Northern
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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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This free program provides preschool and elementary students a hands-on experience with the instruments of the orchestra. MYS students demonstrate and help children play each instrument, including...

Cost: Free

Where:
Highland Park Middle School
975 Snelling Ave. S
St Paul, MN  55116
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612.339.8007
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Now in its 44th year, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show has become the premier winter event for orchid lovers throughout the Midwest, attended by nearly 5,000 orchid enthusiasts. Perhaps in response...

Cost: Cost $5 for adults $1.00 off with Winter Carnival Button

Where:
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Orchid Society of Minnesota
Contact Name: Michael Dyda
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
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A day of sampling all that Waconia Wine Country has to offer! Parley Lake Winery, Schram Vineyards and Sovereign Estate bring you a day of sampling, music, food and memories. Ticket includes (3)...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Parley Lake, Schram & Sovereign Wineries
Waconia , MN


Contact Name: Aubrey Hookom
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Make a commitment to environmental sustainability part of 2018! Cut your carbon footprint, reduce your impact on landfills, keep local plants and animals thriving, care for our lakes and streams by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nokomis Community Center
2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Nokomis East Neighborhood Association
Telephone: 612-839-6417
Contact Name: Lauren Hazenson
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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

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This interactive pop-up experience shows Minnesota’s full spectrum of fun through a gallery of shareable #OnlyinMN photo ops. Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists, The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Renaissance Square Storefront Windows
500 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Explore Minnesota Tourism
Telephone: (651) 556-8465
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CAAM Chinese Dance Theater presents our latest world premiere, "Our Dance, Our Dreams" (追梦•圆梦) to celebrate its 25th anniversary.The highlight of every Twin Cities' Chinese New Year,...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: CAAM Chinese Dance Theater
Telephone: 651-690-6700
Contact Name: T. Olson
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One Flat Thing, reproduced by William ForsytheVioloncello (a duet from Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness) by Nacho DuatoJardí Tancat by Nacho DuatoThe Golden Section by Twyla...

Cost: http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/hubbard-street-dance-chicago-1

Where:
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Presented in Wander North’s private production room, Love On the Rocks (Distill My Heart) will feature music all about love — the ups, the downs (on the rocks), and everything in between. Enjoy...

Cost: $20 General Admission; $30 Preferred Seating; $10 Standing Room Only

Where:
Wander North Distillery
771 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Telephone: 612-245-2020
Contact Name: Amy Danielson
Website »

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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

More information

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
Ashland Productions - Maplewood Performing Arts
2100 White Bear Ave
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Contact Name: Chris Rollinger
Website »

More information

Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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The most performed new opera of the 21st century, this heartbreaking story of grief, grace, and redemption is a modern classic. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir that inspired the...

Cost: $25 - $200, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-6669
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With a naturally expressive voice that has drawn comparisons to greats like Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, Texas-based singer and songwriter Ruthie Foster has a wide palette of American song...

Cost: $30 non-members, $25 members

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Telephone: 952-979-1111
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Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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The crazy cast of belly dancers and variety artists you know and love return to the BLB stage with Geek Slink & Drink: THUNDERDOME! Join the geekiest group around for a "Mad" night of fun, with an...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Geek Slink Belly Dance
Telephone: 708-774-3872
Contact Name: Shannon Townsend
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On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

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Did the YouTube trend of filming yourself enduring sensational discomfort start with the Polar Plunge? The nationwide double-dog dare kicks o in Minnesota with hundreds dunking themselves into the...

Where:
Various Locations
, MN


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Minneapolis’ UPTOWN neighborhood becomes a ski-hissing, snowshoe- crunching, four-day hot spot for fire dancers, snow sculpture contests, and thousands of twinkling luminaries on Lake of the...

Where:
Uptown
Minneapolis, MN


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A New York reporter arrived in St. Paul the winter of 1885 to give us his best Alexis de Tocqueville impression: The Midwest capital is “another Siberia,” he wrote, “unfit for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St.Paul
St.Paul, MN


Website »

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Proof that Minnesota is the country’s ice- fishing capital is the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, the world’s largest charitable ice- fishing contest—with $150,000 in...

Where:
Brainerd
Brainerd, MN


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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at LAKE NOKOMIS have drawn thousands of players from across the globe, competing for a prized golden shovel. It’s a low-key, big-talent tournament where the...

Where:
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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