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Mr. Minneapolis

R.T. Rybak reflects on his tenure as mayor, why he loves this city, and what’s up next



Photo by TJ Turner, Sidecar Studios

Most kids dream of being astronauts or veterinarians. Not Raymond Thomas Rybak Jr.: little R.T. wanted to be mayor of Minneapolis. For the past decade-plus, he lived that dream, guiding Minnesota’s largest city through the Great Recession, fighting to close the achievement gap in schools, and sampling the many local beers that have come to define the city’s DIY culture. On November 5, Minneapolitans will elect a new leader—but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Minneapolis’s biggest fan.

 

How would you like to kick off your goodbye interview?
Well, for starters, I’m not saying goodbye—I’m changing chairs in a city where people do that all the time. Minneapolis is a great place because it has a civic infrastructure of people who give all this time beyond what they do for their living. I’m going to go back to being one of those people. You’re not through with me yet.

What made you run in the first place?
I wanted to do this job since I was a kid. My family had a drugstore in the city, and I had a great life. But at an early age, I realized that the solid middle-class neighborhood I was from in south Minneapolis was very different from the—at that time—crime-ridden and sometimes violent neighborhood of Chicago and Franklin where my parents’ store was. I realized it was a tale of two cities, and I wanted to bridge that gap. I went to college with the idea that I wanted to be a reporter for the Star Tribune and then become mayor. Strangely, that happened. The only problem is I didn’t dream the dream any further, so I don’t know what the heck’s supposed to come next.

What was one of the craziest things you did while campaigning the first time?
Run! It was so ludicrous that this person who had never run for office, was not well known, and had no money should even be competing in that race. A lot of things fell the right way and we worked really hard, but it was a long shot beyond long shots.

Do you ever think about that experience now?
It was really powerful. I literally door-knocked almost the entire city and wound up having thousands of intense, sincere, personal conversations about what people wanted Minneapolis to be. Those messages have stayed in my head and wound up playing a role in a decision I choose to make or not make.

How did your experience as a reporter tie into your skill set as mayor?
It taught me to listen—to suppress my urge to always talk first and really hear messages, even when people aggressively disagree with me. That’s made all the difference. When times have gotten tough, I’ve been able to slip back into being a reporter, go ask a bunch of questions, and listen.

How has your approach to the job changed in the past decade?
This is a big job in a big city, but it becomes a whole lot easier when you recognize that everything doesn’t sit on your shoulders. Your job is to tap the collective energy and wisdom of the 400,000 amazing people who live here, synthesize it, put some creativity on top, and then make some tough decisions. I came into office with a desperate desire to be liked by everyone, and I leave office with a desire to be respected. I’ve learned the difference between the two. And that’s huge.

That’s not an easy lesson.
We’re people: we like to be liked. But my job has often been to deliver bad news and then try to help find a way out of a mess. That is a recipe for not making people happy. But at the end of the day, most people will respect you if they get a sense that you’re being true to your principles, you’re listening, and you’re willing to make a tough call.

What advice do you wish someone would have given you on your first day in office?
When you get in trouble, open the door. There’s a tendency to hunker down in the office with a couple people you trust and try to gut out a solution. Over time, I recognized that the solution was primarily not in this office, but that I needed to open the door, talk to more people, hear more people, and get beat up a little bit. That’s when the right answer comes.

Would you share one of your favorite memories from your time in office?
Some of my favorite memories come from some of the darkest times: the amazing number of people who helped when the bridge collapsed or the tornadoes came through north Minneapolis, the outpouring of support for a parent when their child was killed. I always knew Minneapolis knew how to celebrate the good stuff, but I have a deeply enhanced respect for our collective ability to rally when we’re in trouble. This is a city with real grit; I believe we can get through almost anything without tearing ourselves apart.

What aspect of your job will you miss most?
I’ll really miss doing the budget, which sounds absurd. I learned that it’s a billion-dollar values statement: you have a billion dollars’ worth of values, and you have to parcel that out to what really matters.

Are there any perks you’ll miss?
(Laughs) It is a remarkably perk-less job. I by nature don’t like a lot of fanfare or entourage—I think that fits this city—but I’ve had a couple funny experiences with it. As soon as I got elected, I got rid of the big car and traded it for a Prius. I was driving down Broadway Avenue about a year after getting elected, and I saw these kids cleaning up litter, so I stopped, walked up to them, and said, “This is so great that you’re cleaning up this litter.” And they looked at me really skeptically and said, “Who are you?” I said, “Oh, I’m the mayor.” “You’re not the mayor!” “No, really, I’m the mayor.” Then they pointed over at my car and said, “A mayor wouldn’t drive a car like that!” And they ran away!

What do you hope gets accomplished in the next 10 years?
The single biggest thing that I hope happens is we find a way to close some of the unacceptable gaps in income and education. It’s completely wrong that the equity breaks along racial and economic lines. Over the past few years I’ve become much more involved in the Minneapolis public schools, and I intend to stay involved. It’s not that there aren’t a whole lot of people—especially teachers—trying really hard; it’s just that we have to do more.

Would it be better if the mayor had direct involvement in the education system?
I’m mixed on that. The real point is that one person in a mayor’s office or superintendent’s office is not going to guarantee that every kid gets a good education. That can only happen if all 400,000 residents of Minneapolis are deeply engaged in this issue and willing to make some tough choices.

How will you help drive that change?
I’ll continue, maybe even more now, to stand up and make some very tough recommendations—to put my popularity on the line and say, “I’ve been to every one of these schools. There’s phenomenal learning going on in every one of them, but the experience is uneven and that’s unacceptable. It’s going to take tough action and I’m prepared to put my neck on the line to do that—how about you?” One of the reasons I’m comfortable not continuing in a job I love is that I know there’s incredibly important work to do that doesn’t require me to have a title before my name. Fixing schools is job number one for me.

Let’s do a little word-association game:

Minneapolis.
Water.

St. Paul.
Historic.

Metrodome.
Over.

Twins.
Blind faith.

Beer.
Local.

Coffee.
Necessary evil.

Future.
Full.

There are literally dozens of people vying for your job. What are your thoughts on the race?
I’m proud of the fact that this job is more desirable now than before I started. I feel I’ve delivered on the really awkward promise I made when I was first running to help Minneapolis regain its collective swagger. I love that there are so many people out there who will very quickly be able to fill whatever vacuum I leave by being smarter, more innovative, and tougher than I’ve been. This is Minneapolis: we shouldn’t settle for anything but the best.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer to whomever succeeds you?
Make tough decisions you think are right and trust the people of this city to respect you.

What do you say to the people who think you’re already packing your bags for Washington, D.C.?
It’s been the most amazing gift to have this job. On almost every level I want to do it again. What in the world about the 12 years I’ve been here would make anyone think I’d go to Washington? I’m here. You’re stuck with me.


Ellen Burkhardt is the associate editor of Minnesota Monthly.
 

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Cost: Free and open to the public

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Cost: Free registration

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Cost: Free

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Cost: Free

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View map »


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

Cost: $12

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

Cost: $5

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Jay “Jayder” Kalk formed Church of Cash in sunny Honolulu back in 2010. With an uncanny grasp of the Man in Black’s catalog and many years of experience touring the United States,...

Cost: $5

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

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Fall registration During Open House you will meet teachers, observe class, register and place your child in appropriate level. Wednesday August 12 Open House 4:30pm-7:00pm 4:30-6:30...

Cost: Free registration

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $10

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

Cost: $25-$35

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

Cost: $25-$32

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

Cost: $12

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $59.99-$149.99

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

Cost: $150

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

Cost: Donation

Where:
YogaFit Studios Excelsior
494 Water St.
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: YogaFit Studios Excelsior
Telephone: 952-401-8888
Contact Name: Sarah
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Paul Shambroom: Lost presents three new projects by internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom. The series Lost features photographs whose imagery is taken from old flyers of...

Cost: Free

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

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Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn: How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move. The...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
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Join us for a salon-style show featuring new works by hundreds of artists including Israeli artist Shay Kun and local artists Carl Bretzke, Mary Lingen, Wayne Meineke, Mike Welton, Kevan...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

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

Cost: Donation

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Donation

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free registration

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $50

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

Cost: Free

Where:
1001 East 7th Street
Monticello, MN  55362


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

Cost: $25-$32

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


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

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