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Road tripping through Canada



Dan Harper

On a hypothetical list of lively immigration checkpoints, the U.S.-Canadian border near Grand Portage State Park would rank near dead last. Indeed, passage from the “nicest” state in the union to the politest country in the Western Hemisphere is downright pleasant. The wait is short, the questions are brief, and unless one specifically asks for an immigration stamp, one’s passport is returned in exactly the same condition it was given.

Despite this switch of nations being faster and less demanding than ordering coffee at Starbucks (the baffling transition to the Eastern Time Zone notwithstanding), the virtually nonexistent culture shock of zipping into Canada nonetheless comes with a certain thrill, even for an experienced traveler.

As a travel destination, Canada is tragically, criminally underrated. There are the varied, eye-widening landscapes on par with New Zealand. The cosmopolitan centers—Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver—that rival the world’s great cities. The wild and astoundingly vast distances between destinations, where, theoretically, an alien ship the size of the Mall of America could land undetected. And with 75 percent of Canada’s nearly 35 million people crowded within 100 miles of the U.S. border, finding utter solitude is only a short drive north from just about anywhere.

My intentions were tamer. I was setting off on a weeklong road trip through well-trodden southern Ontario and Manitoba. No world-class cities, no Lord of the Rings–caliber murderous mountain climbs, and no polar bear–infested Arctic outposts. Just a leisurely drive through mellow, likeable cities and eclectic towns, plus retreats to provincial parks for a little controlled communing with nature, star-filled night skies, and the odd splashing around in a canoe.

After the long drive from Minneapolis and the aforementioned border hop that barely warranted the vehicle coming to a complete stop, I pulled into Pigeon River Provincial Park mere feet after clearing Canadian immigration. From here, my friend and I got some desperately needed blood flowing into our legs during the non-demanding 1.5 mile hike to the High Falls of the Pigeon River, which is nearly double the height of Minnehaha Falls and decidedly more dramatic. Those who forgot their passports on the kitchen table can view the falls from the American side of the river, too. It’s inconspicuously signed, but for those in a hurry, a shortcut via a path leading from the north end of the parking lot will get you to the falls in just .75 miles.

I was one of those in a hurry. The Thunder Oak Cheese Farm, about 20 minutes north, was closing soon and I planned to stuff prodigious amounts of their Gouda samples into my face. 

Dutch immigrants from respected cheese-making families started producing cheese here in 1995. Thunder Oak is currently in the process of moving their cheese-making equipment from their former location to the new one, so soon it’ll be possible to watch the cheese making in action. In the meantime, this stop isn’t much more than a shopping visit and tasting opportunity. After much agonizing, I selected a dense Gouda wedge imbedded with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. I also couldn’t resist grabbing a brick of Ontario’s Chocolate Cow Fudge, sold here in limited supply. Both were delicious and fueled me for touring the heart of Thunder Bay, just another 20 minutes east. 

If you haven’t been to the Lake Superior–side city in the past couple years, be ready for some surprises. Thunder Bay has given itself a multi-stage facelift, including $57 million poured into the Prince Arthur Landing area alone. The silver lining to the recent recession here has been much-improved air quality, after all but one of the paper mills shut down and, due to the city’s more modest power needs, the coal-burning power station nearby now mainly sits in standby mode. 

Thunder Bay proper, while not exactly brimming with pulse-quickening options, has a few notable distractions, including sailboat tours with Sail Superior. Captain Greg, who proudly reports that only five people have gotten seasick on his sailing tours in 10 years, shares tidbits of local history and sailing tips for Lake Superior during trips ranging from 90 minutes to seven days. He may even invite passengers to “help” by taking the wheel while he yanks on lines and tweaks the sails. Never mind the autopilot. He once sailed this 40-foot boat across the Atlantic, so it’s pretty safe out on the lake.

We buzzed past two gigantic cargo ships loitering in the bay before anchoring at the Welcome Islands for lunch. Bringing your own picnic is perfectly fine, but you can also request, as we did, that your trip be catered by Lincoln Street Eatery (273 Lincoln St.), a food truck that hopes to open a brick-and-mortar location later this year. 

Those wanting a more compressed thrill ride can opt for a flying tour of Thunder Bay with Wilderness North, including a flyover of the “Sleeping Giant” hills to the east. 

Our other Thunder Bay highlight was touring Fort William, a remarkable reproduction of the real-life, frontier-era fur trading post, with tour guide duties performed by costumed re-enactors. The original fort was, in fact, located miles away; still, the size and scope of the faux fort and surrounding park will handily impress kids and adults alike.

Hearing the history and rowdy times of the fort is fun and enlightening, but any romanticized flashes of 19th-century Voyageur life will be squashed during the visit to the fort’s infirmary, where one is introduced to the crude tools and frightening medical practices of the time. The remedy for constipation—a common side effect of the typical Voyageur lifestyle and diet—for example, involved the pants-down application of a metal syringe the size of a power wash nozzle and, presumably, a lot of curse words. 

The drive to Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park from Thunder Bay is about eight hours, after all the time spent waiting to pass slow-moving lumber trucks on the two-lane Trans-Canada Highway. Tack on at least another 20 minutes for the requisite stop at Kakabeka Falls, just outside Thunder Bay, to gawk at the “Niagara of the North.” That designation may be over-selling Kakabeka a bit, but the falls are nevertheless larger and louder than anything closer than Niagara and unquestionably worth a stop.

We found our next destination at the end of the road leading around Whiteshell Park’s Falcon Lake: Falcon Trails Resort, which houses guests in lodge rooms and in a series of cabins that sleep four to five people, outfitted with full kitchens and hot tubs. Those seeking solitude will want to book one of the eco-cabins, which are located on the shores of the otherwise-deserted High Lake, and accessed by a 30-40 minute hike through the woods. Staff will haul in your gear if you wish.

Diversions in the area include canoeing, skiing (in winter), absorbing the stillness, and being “led” on hikes by Islay the dog, who will insist that you play fetch the entire way. As for food, most people bring in their own, and the nearest town, Falcon Lake, has a few places to eat. The Nite Hawk Café (Hwy. 44, 204-349-2580), a local institution famous for its fat, juicy burgers and thick-cut fries, is well worth the extra 15 minute-drive towards West Hawk Lake. 

From Falcon Lake, we cruised through Winnipeg and up to Gimli, about a 1.5 hour drive north, and home to the largest Icelandic settlement outside of Iceland. Settlers were literally marooned here in 1875 while steaming to their intended settlement site 20 miles farther north: Rough weather forced the tugboat pulling their barge to cut them loose for fear they would capsize. 

Gimli’s population is still estimated to be about 30 percent Icelandic today, though those looking for a quaint, Disney-esque little Iceland will be disappointed. This is a working fishing town, with a provincial feel. Buildings are squat, streets are wide, and hats are in danger of being blown away, never to be seen again, when the wind comes off the lake. That said, Gimli is a pleasant stopover. We visited the small-but-enlightening New Icelandic Heritage Museum,  where getting a photo with the Viking statue just south of the building is de rigueur, and in calm conditions, wandering the marina and beach area is lovely. The highlight of the Gimli calendar is the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, held over four days each August, which is celebrating its 125th year.

We also stopped in Gimli’s obligatory shopping emporium H.P. Tergesen & Sons (82 First Ave.), the oldest operating store in Manitoba, managed by the fourth generation of the Tergesen family, featuring trendy street wear, nifty home and kitchen knick-knacks, and a bookstore with a surprisingly wide selection. For lunch, we were advised to try the pickerel cheeks at Kris’ Fish & Chips—defying all logic, the cheeks are the most flavorful part of the pickerel and worthy of the local designation as a delicacy.

Before leaving town, water bottles should be filled at the marina’s inconspicuous artesian fresh water fountain—really, the water is mountain-spring refreshing. 

Our objective that night was Lakeview Resort in Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park, another hour drive north. Lakeview opened in 2013, combining a nature theme with high design, and has managed the difficult task of developing a non-resorty resort—the place is packed with amenities, yet doesn’t feel cheesy or contrived. Sure, there’s golf, five pools, and a kids’ water park with an outstanding three-story corkscrew waterslide (I personally tested it three times, in the name of research), but all are experienced with a mellow, nature-leaning undercurrent. The restaurant serves unexpectedly excellent food, including perhaps the best pickerel cheeks in Manitoba, and there’s all manner of trails for hiking and biking between visits to the waterslide.

The next day we returned to Winnipeg, which I hadn’t visited since 1990. Winter 1990. So I was fairly certain that today’s Winnipeg could improve upon that experience and, boy, was I right: It’s just so darn likeable. It feels like Minneapolis 25 years ago—a big city with a small-town feel. 

Winnipeg has world-class attractions, which will soon include the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a statement-making architectural triumph whose glass wings and elegant tower float above the Red River. And ’Peggers are enthusiastic eaters. Winnipeg has the most restaurants per capita of any city in Canada, and highlights include the exquisite small plates at Deseo Bistro, the died-and-gone-to-burger-heaven at Unburger, and the diverse food stalls at The Forks Market

Though the Manitoba Museum feels a bit dated at times, it has outstanding sections on earth history, the seas, the Arctic, and a life-sized reproduction of a 17th century ship, among its many galleries. Allot an hour to sprint through or two hours for a more thorough examination. 

We also took a tour of the nearby Exchange District, a 22-square-block historic area that survived due to the classic problem of there not being enough demand for new construction to warrant razing the area after it fell into neglect. Many buildings have since been restored and solo wandering (or a guided tour with Exchange District BIZ) gives a strong sense of Winnipeg’s rapid growth in the early 20th century, during its “Chicago of the north” heyday.

The highlight of our visit was the wacky, mind-bending Hermetic Code tour at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Architect Frank Worthington Simon and his Freemason coconspirators incorporated symbols from Roman, Greek, and Egyptian mythology, the Bible, and the occult while designing and building the structure, which was completed in 1920. The meaning of these symbols was never thoroughly questioned or scrutinized, and Simon took those secrets to his grave.  

Frank Albo, an expert in architectural history and ancient religions, was drawn to the building’s uniqueness and has spent years crawling around with a tape measure and studying the building’s symbols to uncover the treasure trove of occultism, numerology, and Freemasonry “hidden” in plain sight. He leads animated, enthusiastic tours Wednesday evenings. Not wanting to give anything away, I’ll simply say the tour—and Albo’s Da Vinci Code-esque storytelling—is filled with numerous jaw-dropping “ah ha!” moments and laughs. 

Leaving Canada and re-entering the US is a bit less hospitable than the reverse—our immigration agents are often unsmiling and a little intense. But again, the wait is relatively short and soon enough we were speeding back to the Twin Cities. A border hop into Ontario and Manitoba isn’t your typical international trip, but it offers enough intrigue to warrant the long drives to get there and around. As it turns out, these magnificent tours through Canada’s wild, open landscape—with stops in small towns to receive metric-system directions—are a big part of the appeal.   

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Cost: Free

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Textile Center
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Cost: Free

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Saint James has the biggest Night to Unite event in West St. Paul. This year we have invited Savior of the Nations Band (AKA SON Band). Savior of the Nations (The SON Band) plays a wide variety...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint James Lutheran Church
460 W Annapolis St
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: Saint James Lutheran Church
Telephone: (651) 457-9232
Contact Name: Dale Critchley
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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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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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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Looking for something for your kids to do? Send them to Vacation Bible School at Saint James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. They will learn about how much God loves them, do fun crafts, eat good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint James Lutheran Church
460 W Annapolis St
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: Saint James Lutheran Church
Telephone: (651) 457-9232
Contact Name: Terese Thune
Website »

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Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games, and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Focus Group on Food Products. This study will take place the week of August 3rd at various times in Minneapolis. Participants will be compensated $75 for 2 hours of their time. All interested...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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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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Are you making these 5 mistakes? 5 Common Financial Planning Mistakes People Make and How You Might Avoid Them This Complimentary Ladies Only workshop with Lunch provided, will focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse
11900 Main Street
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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Sponsor: J Alan Financial
Telephone: 763-657-1828
Contact Name: Jim Bear
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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Local KFAI radio DJ JahnyD brings his band, the JahnyD Occurrence, to the Driftwood Char Bar in support of their new cd Agouti (Ah goo tee) Groove.   Agouti...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
The Driftwood Char Bar
4415 Nicollet Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: The JahnyD Occurrence
Telephone: 651-221-0871
Contact Name: Paul Anderson
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In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in August, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.  Glensheen is the...

Cost: Free

Where:
3300
3300 London Rd
Duluth , MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Jane Pederson
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This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
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Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
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A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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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
View map »


Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
Website »

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Looking for something for your kids to do? Send them to Vacation Bible School at Saint James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. They will learn about how much God loves them, do fun crafts, eat good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint James Lutheran Church
460 W Annapolis St
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
View map »


Sponsor: Saint James Lutheran Church
Telephone: (651) 457-9232
Contact Name: Terese Thune
Website »

More information

Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

More information

Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games, and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

More information

Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

Focus Group on Consumer Products. This study will take place the week of August 3rd at various times in Minneapolis. Participants will be compensated $75 for 90 minutes of their time. All...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

More information

The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
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Join us for a dog-friendly fundraiser to provide free dog obedience training classes to low-income disabled people who have adopted a dog to assist them. Vendors - Samples - Raffle - Crafts -...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waterbury Building
1121 Van Buren St NE, Room 106A
Door 1121C
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Telephone: 414-232-5660
Contact Name: Melinda Weir
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Join AM950 for an evening of politically-charged comedy brought to you by the GOP presidential hopefuls! Watch live as the candidates pine for that sweet, sweet nomination during their first...

Cost: $17

Where:
The Joke Joint
801 Sibley Memorial Hwy
St Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: AM950: The Progressive Voice of Minnesota
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
Website »

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Enjoy performances from North Ballet Youth Company, Rince Nua Irish Dance, Ivy Asian Dance Theater, and more!  

Cost: $5 for ages 11 up, free for children under 10

Where:
St. Michael Middle School West
11343 50th St NE
Albertville, MN  55301
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Sponsor: North Ballet Youth Company
Telephone: 763-220-0570
Contact Name: Cassie Berg
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Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
Website »

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This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
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Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
Website »

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A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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All Originals Jazz Series presents Graydon Peterson Quartet: Graydon Peterson, bass; Adam Meckler, trumpet; Adrian Suarez, drums; Joseph Strachan, piano. All Originals is a weekly jazz concert...

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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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
View map »


Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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Looking for something for your kids to do? Send them to Vacation Bible School at Saint James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. They will learn about how much God loves them, do fun crafts, eat good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint James Lutheran Church
460 W Annapolis St
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
View map »


Sponsor: Saint James Lutheran Church
Telephone: (651) 457-9232
Contact Name: Terese Thune
Website »

More information

Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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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
Website »

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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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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
Website »

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

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Dance the night away with friends and family! Forty-five minute Swing dance lesson followed by an open, social dance for all. Swing Dance Lesson: Includes swing lesson, entry to the dance, and...

Cost: Lesson & Dance: $30 per couple. | Dance only: $10 per person.

Where:
Dancing Dragonfly Winery
2013 120th Avenue
St. Croix Falls, WI  54024
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Telephone: 715-483-9463
Website »

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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
Website »

More information

This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
View map »


Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
Website »

More information

Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
Website »

More information

A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
Website »

More information

Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days Program and Pow-Wow, The Traditional Gathering is bringing back a weekend of 18th Century...

Cost: FREE, donations accepted

Where:
National Monument Heritage Center
170 Mill Creek Road
Grand Portage, MN  55605
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
Website »

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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
View map »


Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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The Macker tournament is back on the streets of downtown Rochester, MN August 8-9, 2015. Get your game faces on and get a team together to compete in our annual 3-on-3 basketball...

Cost: $140

Where:
Rochester YMCA
709 1st Avenue SW
Rochester , MN  55902
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Sponsor: Rochester YMCA
Telephone: 507-287-2260
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The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is a free, half-day program designed to equip teens and young adults with the skills to handle the challenges associated with driving on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Road Shakopee, MN 55379
Shakopee, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Bridgestone

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Beauty and creativity abound in the 66 acre pastoral Powderhorn Park where artists from across the country circle around the tree-lined, picturesque Powderhorn Lake. The Powderhorn Art Fair is a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Powderhorn Park
3400 15 Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Contact Name: Sabrina
Website »

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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

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Witness hot metal artist cast large-scale iron molds. Each July and August Franconia hosts a group of Iron Artists from around the world through a unique artist residency.  We help realize...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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One of our bigger events of the year, join us for a Brew-run-ery of a time. Live music on the expansive patio, along with yard games, food truck, and SIX in your hand after a nice run through...

Cost: $30

Where:
612 Brew
45 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Brewery Running Series
Contact Name: Mark Portz
Website »

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Elephante, with support from Gianni Blu, will be performing at The Loft at Skyway Theatre on August 8th. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door. This is an 18+ event.

Cost: $10

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography....

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
Website »

More information

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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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
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This face-off between local food trucks will provide guests with great food, craft beer, and live music. A portion of the proceeds will go to support YouthLink's life-changing work with...

Cost: $5

Where:
Canterbury Park
Shakopee, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Monthly

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
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A proud presenting company with The Southern Theater’s ARTshare program, this ironically dark comedy and cautionary tale of The Carpenters explores insecurities through the dancers’ sly...

Cost: $27

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 South Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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No Time for Poverty (NTFP)  presents Eric Gutman in “ From Broadway to Obscurity," a show about one man's struggle to get to the top of his game, and then the struggle to find...

Cost: $70, $50, $25

Where:
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: No Time For Poverty
Telephone: 651-714-6346
Contact Name: Sue Grundhoffer
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days Program and Pow-Wow, The Traditional Gathering is bringing back a weekend of 18th Century...

Cost: FREE, donations accepted

Where:
National Monument Heritage Center
170 Mill Creek Road
Grand Portage, MN  55605
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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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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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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