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This Little Girl is Changing Lives with Lemonade

Meet Lola. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Kindergartener. On most Saturday mornings from June to October, you’ll find this 5-year-old at the Cannon Falls Farmer’s Market, minding the till at Lola’s Lemonade. For twenty-five cents, you’ll get a cup...

Small Town Goes Big Time: Sean Cook

When Sean Cook recalls his path from small-town Minnesota to the bright lights of Hollywood, he starts humming the Beatles’ tune “The Long and Winding Road”. "The techniques out of England were very different from...
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A Son Celebrates His Mother’s Life Through Music

*Editors Note: Make sure to scroll to the end of the post, we've got Bo's brand new video for "Right Here" which was just released today!  Bo Weber grew up on a dairy farm in rural...

Small Town Goes Big Time: Caitlyn Smith – Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist

We’ve all heard the saying. You can take the kid out of Minnesota, but you can’t take Minnesota out of the kid. Few truer words have been spoken about Cannon Falls native, Caitlyn Smith....

Minnesota Writer Pamela Joern: It’s all about the details

Small insignificant moments in time, when observed by the right person can reverberate through time impacting others in meaningful ways. Pamela Carter Joern is such an observer. Award winning author, playwright and instructor, Joern...

Natedogs Food Truck: A Business Born from Passion

Nathan Beck may not seem, at first glance, like the most likely candidate to run a food operation that was named one of the best food trucks in America by Expedia and Thrillist. His background isn’t...

Why We Celebrate Memorial Day – Thoughts From a Minnesota Marine Sniper

As another Memorial Day comes and goes, our country collectively remembers those who fought and died in the service of our nation. I was fortunate enough to serve alongside some of these brave men while in...

Minnesota Deputy’s Wife Creates Operation Thank An Officer

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Affected by the violence portrayed in the recent news a Minnesota deputy's wife decided to take her appreciation to the next level. Meet Liz Gerads,...

Ernie Crippen World War II: A Veteran’s Perspective

Ernie Crippen learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 as many people did—from the radio. He was 19 years old, and had already registered with the U.S. Navy. “I wanted to travel,...
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The Comics and Cartography of Artist Kevin Cannon

By Amy Rea If you’ve ever picked up a copy of City Pages, the Star Tribune, or Vita.MN and seen some distinctive illustrations that include whimsical, not-quite-to-scale maps, you’ve probably seen the work of Kevin Cannon (www.kevincannon.org)....
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