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Explore Minnesota Events Update – May 1, 2019

Festival of Nations at St. Paul RiverCentre, May 2-5; photo by Lucy Hawthorne

Event highlights this week include:

May 2-5, Winona
100 Mile Garage Sale

May 4, St. Paul
Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul

May 4, Nisswa
KFAN Golf Opener Tent Party: Live Music by Rock Godz

April 25 – May 18, Moorhead
Theatre B Presents “Cry It Out”

May 3-5, Sandstone
Women’s Wellness & Adventure Weekend & Kettle River Paddle Festival


[Northeast] [Northwest] [Central]
[Minneapolis-St. Paul Area] [Southern]

Southern Minnesota

April 5 – May 25, Lanesboro
Holmes and Watson
Don’t miss this twisting, tantalizing mystery! Sherlock Holmes has been dead three years when Dr. Watson receives a message from a mental asylum: three patients are claiming to be Sherlock Holmes. Did the world’s greatest sleuth fake his own death? Who’s the real detective and who are the impostors? Find out in this gripping, witty, intelligent thriller. Commonweal Theatre Company. 507-467-2525

May 2-5, Winona
100 Mile Garage Sale
Residents and stores clean out their attics, garages and basements to create the most spectacular garage sale imaginable! A trail of distinctive colored ribbons will identify participating garage sales along Hwy 61 from Red Wing to Winona. Numerous cities along the Mississippi River. 507-452-0735

May 3-4, Winona
Mid West Music Fest
Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) is an all-ages, multi-venue, multi-genre and multi-day music festival. The festival features an exciting line-up of over 100 bands and musicians in 11 venues across downtown Winona. Headliners include Charlie Parr, Frankie Lee, Chastity Brown, Communist Daughter, Lucy Michelle, Black-Eyed Snakes, Black Market Brass and many more. Other highlights include a chance for children of all ages to try out instruments, and the Sounds Like School stage where young talent can collaborate with seasoned headliners. Various venues in Winona. 507-452-0735

May 4, Faribault
Big Hats & Big Hearts – Derby Party for the Arts
Don’t miss this annual spring tradition featuring live music, hat contests, Derby-themed games, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and Derby-themed beverages, live and silent auctions, door prizes and the greatest two minutes in sports on a big screen. Celebrate and support the arts through this great evening of fashion, fun and friends! Paradise Center for the Arts. 507-332-7372

May 10-12, Rochester
Gold Rush
The original Gold Rush is now in its 47th year. This is one of the largest shows in the Midwest, covering the entire 52-acre fairgrounds with indoor and outdoor spaces. Roughly 1200 dealers from all over the country will be displaying their wares including antique furniture, primitives, glassware, pottery, jewelry, clocks, watches, lamps, coins, art, toys, advertising, farm & car collectibles, hunting & fishing items, and Funky Junque. Olmsted County Fairgrounds at Hwy 63 S & 16th St SE. 507-269-1473

May 10-12, Lake City
Spring Warbler Weekend
Join experienced birders who will help you find and identify warblers, owls, orioles, and many other birds. Groups will take trails or travel by car in Hok-Si-La and nearby parks on the Mississippi River. Also enjoy gathering, socializing, eating and recording at Hok-Si-La Park. 651-340-3487

May 17-19, Spring Grove
Spring Grove Syttende Mai
Celebrate Norwegian Independence and Norwegian ancestry during Syttende Mai in Spring Grove. Don’t miss the Blast Off Banquet & Social Hour, Running with My Gnomies, Musikk Fest, grand parade, Nordic dancers, kids’ pedal pull, corn hole tournament, daily garage sales, games in the park, walks on the Norwegian Ridge Birding & Nature Trail and much more. Viking Memorial Park. 507-458-7793

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

March 1 – Sept. 28, Chanhassen
Mamma Mia!
One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. 952-934-1525

May 2-5, St. Paul
Festival of Nations
Festival of Nations, the largest multi-cultural event in Minnesota, brings together people from a vast array of backgrounds to celebrate their ethnic heritage. Through world-class entertainment, daily performances, exhibits, food, music, dance and personal connections, this family-friendly festival provides a look into the traditions, history and journey of over 90 ethnic groups, and sheds light on how each one contributes to the American cultural landscape. St. Paul RiverCentre. 651-647-0191

May 2-4 & 9-11, Isanti/Cambridge
Spring Unique Boutique & Antiques Tour
The Spring Unique Boutique & Antiques Tour is a self-guided tour of 11 unique shops filled with antiques, collectibles, vintage, repurposed, enhanced and one-of-a-kind items and treasures. A great way to kick-off your summer. Various locations in the communities of Isanti, Cambridge, Bradford and St. Francis. 763-267-1770

May 3-5, Stillwater
St. Croix Valley Art Opener Studio Tour
The annual Art Opener Studio Tour provides an outstanding opportunity to visit an eclectic mix of artists in studios nestled in the scenic St. Croix Valley. The tour features the artwork off 22 artists and 10 locations, as well as fiber and clay demonstrations throughout the weekend. Studios in downtown Stillwater and nearby towns. 651-351-1717

May 4, St. Paul
Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul
This award-winning, family-friendly experience features over six blocks of food, music, dancing and children’s activities, as well as a lowrider car show, colorful parade and a “People’s Choice” salsa tasting contest. Embrace the colorful history and rich traditions of Hispanic/Latino culture! Cesar Chavez Street – District del Sol. 651-223-7400

May 4-5, St. Paul
Grillfest 2019
Join Minnesota Monthly in celebrating its 8th Annual Grillfest, a two-day summer kickoff event full of food, fun and most importantly, grilling! This year’s event will feature food, beer and wine sampling from many great vendors, special pricing on grills and products, and grilling tips that are guaranteed to make you the envy of your neighbors. CHS Field. 612-371-5834

May 4-5, Excelsior
Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour
The Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour features the artwork of 34 artists in 14 home studios in the lake communities of Deephaven, Excelsior and Minnetonka. A large variety of media and styles will be for sale, with some artists offering demonstrations of works in progress. 952-475-1491

May 5, Minneapolis
MayDay Celebration
Join more than 50,000 people from near and far as they fill the streets both as participants and spectators for this day of celebration and community. Enjoy a spectacular parade, live music, dancing, performances, poetry, canoe rides, wide array of foods and information tables. Don’t miss the MayDay Tree of Life Ceremony where children and adult dancers, puppeteers, a live orchestra and four giant serene puppets representing the Prairie, Sky, River and Woods awake the Tree of Life. The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s annual MayDay parade, ceremony and festival has been a vibrant example of art’s roles in community building for 45 years. Powderhorn Park. 612-721-2535

May 10-12, Lake Elmo
Shepherd’s Harvest Festival
The 22nd Shepherd’s Harvest Festival is Minnesota’s largest sheep and wool festival. Events include Minnesota’s largest fleece competition, sheep shearing, fleece skirting demos, book-signings and more. Families always enjoy the sheep and goats in the barn and this year there will be a new Farm Work Stock Dog Trial! The fairgrounds are filled with music, food, artisans and animals. Washington County Fairgrounds. 612-961-9625; 763-242-2488

May 10-12, Harris
St. Croix Valley Potters Tour
This free spring studio tour of potteries along the St. Croix River Valley celebrates the hand-made pottery. Seven studios will be showing and selling great handmade pottery from over 54 regional, national and international potters. Studios from Harris to Shafer. 651-674-4656

May 11, Minneapolis
Ira Glass
Ira Glass, the beloved host and creator of NPR’s hit weekly radio show This American Life, invites us into his creative process, mixing audio clips, music and video to tell captivating stories live onstage, and sharing lessons and insights gathered over his career. This American Life is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations, with another 2.5 million downloading each podcast. Historic State Theatre. 612-339-7007

May 11, Waconia
Sister Saturday
This girls day out in Waconia features free swag bags for the first 50 women at 2 locations, a fashion show, and shopping and dining deals at participating shops and restaurants throughout Waconia. Bring your sisters, mothers and friends! 952-442-5812

May 11-12, Minneapolis
The Loft’s Wordplay
The Loft’s Wordplay aims to be the biggest party for words Minnesota has ever seen. Imagine a weekend full of famous authors (Stephen King!) and celebrated books, readings, conversations, workshops, kids’ activities, demonstrations, one-of-a-kind happenings on outdoor stages, book signings, quiet reading corners, boisterous parties, food trucks, beer tents and books, books, books! Also enjoy a Friday night author concert with the Rock Bottom Remainders at First Avenue. The Loft Literary Center. 612-215-2575

May 17, Minneapolis
Art Girls For Questscope
Art Girls for Questscope will bring together art enthusiasts and philanthropists across the Twin Cities in support of refugee and marginalized youth. Hosted by The Art Girls, a local arts organization, four Minnesota artists will have beautiful works of art for sale to benefit Questscope. Le Meridien Chambers. 612-607-6476

May 18, Chaska
A Day of Birding Walks and Workshops
Join birding enthusiasts and experts from around the region and celebrate the spring migration amidst spring flowers. The day is packed with featured presenters, workshops, classes, organization booths and guided walks. All must pre-register. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 952-443-1400

Upcoming Twin Cities’ concerts and performances include: 
Double Dare Live! at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, May 1
Jessie James Decker at the Historic State Theatre, May 2
Overkill at Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis, May 3
Stars on Ice at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, May 3
Garth Brooks at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, May 3-4
ABBA – The Concert at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, May 4
P!NK: Beautiful Trauma Tour at the Xcel Energy Center, May 5
The 1975 at The Armory in Minneapolis, May 7
The Play That Goes Wrong at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, May 7-12
Autonomy: A Theatrical Thrill Ride at the St. Paul RiverCentre, May 9-12
An Evening with 98 Degrees at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, May 10
RBRM: Ronnie, Bobby, Rocky & Mike at The Armory, May 10
David Crosby at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, May 10
The Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota: Narnia at Ames Center in Burnsville, May 10-12
Chicago at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, May 11
Ira Glass – Seven Things I’ve Learned at the Historic State Theatre, May 11
Griz at the Armory, May 17
Sammy Hagar & The Circle at the Mystic Lake Ampitheater, May 17
Celtic Woman – Ancient Land
Cher: Here We Go Again Tour at the Xcel Energy Center, May 18
Jim Jefferies at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, May 18
Marianas Trench at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, May 25
Foreigner at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, May 26
Dear Evan Hansen – The Tony Award-Winning Best Musical at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, May 28 – June 29
Adam Sandler at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, May 31
John Prine at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, May 31
Eddie Izzard at the Historic State Theatre, June 1
Juice WRLD at the Armory, June 1
Todd Rundgren at Ames Center in Burnsville, June 3
Tickets are available through Hennepin Theatre Trust and Ticketmaster

Central Minnesota

May 3, St. Cloud
Church of CASH – The Johnny Cash Show
Whether you are an old-timer that grew up listening to Mr. Cash or someone who loves the classics, the Church of Cash will deliver the music of Johnny Cash with style and energy. Church of CASH is loyal to Johnny’s song and the message, and performs his music with a youthful spirit that engages all audiences. Pioneer Place on Fifth. 320-203-0331

May 4, Nisswa
KFAN Golf Opener Tent Party: Live Music by Rock Godz
Attend the annual KFAN Golf Opener Tent Party and enjoy great food, beer and live music outside, under a large tent. Grand View Lodge Spa & Golf Course. 218-963-2234

May 4, Onamia
Loom Beading Workshop
Learn the art of loom beading through hands-on experience. Create a design, transfer it to a loom and learn how to adhere the loom work to leather or cloth for a finished piece. Online registration is required at least three days prior to workshop. Mille Lacs Indian Museum. 320-532-3632

May 11, Brainerd
Spring Arts and Craft Show
This is your chance to check out quality handmade items by more than 150 artists and craftspeople. Admission is free. Brainerd High School. 218-454-6926

May 11, Waite Park
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story & Dinner
This is the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day The Music Died.” This rocking musical features over twenty of Buddy’s greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” and “Rave On,” plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” The show lasts roughly 2 hours, plus 60 minutes for dinner. Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. 320-258-2787

May 11-12, Brainerd
Cuyuna Rock, Gem & Mineral Society Rock Show
The Cuyuna Rock, Gem & Mineral Society will host roughly 70 indoor and outdoor vendors, as well as the Wheel of Rock Fortune, rock cutting, “rocky answers” by the Rock Wizard, speakers and presenters, a Kids’ Corner and great concessions. Buy, sell and trade! Crow Wing County Fairgrounds Curling Club Building. 218-829-4992

May 19, Sunburg
Syttende Mai Celebration
Attend the 15th Annual Syttende Mai Celebration filled with full, family events. Enjoy a Grand Day Parade at 3:30 p.m., along with a pedal tractor pull, quilt raffle, Sunburg Lakers Baseball Game, petting zoo, open mic at the Kultur Hus, non-denominational church service and more. Downtown Sunburg. 320-235-3552

Northwest Minnesota

April 12 – June 9, Moorhead
The FMVA BIG Art Show
For two months each spring, the artwork of the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) fills the 4th Floor Gallery at the Hjemkomst Center. Pieces from art educators, emerging artists and established artists make this one of the largest and most comprehensive local art shows in the region. Each piece is complemented with artist statements describing the creation’s influences, mediums used and process. Hjemkomst Center. 218-299-5511

April 25 – May 18, Moorhead
Theatre B Presents “Cry It Out”
Three new moms from different backgrounds bond over parenting babies. Seem simple? Well, friendship, marriage and careers are anything but simple in Cry It Out, a comedy with dark edges. Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of navigating women’s choices, family life and job security in modern day America. Theatre B. 701-729-8880

May 3, Detroit Lakes
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy blends a vibrant fusion of classic American jazz, swing and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. After 25 years together and countless appearances on film and TV, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will show you that it’s still cool to swing! Historic Holmes Theatre. 218-844-7469

May 11, Bemidji
Northern Minnesota’s Largest Women’s Expo
The Sanford Center and Sanford Health are proud to present the 2nd Annual Northern Minnesota’s Largest Women’s Expo where women can relax and be pampered while they are inspired and empowered. Highlights include many special presentations, more than 50 craft and vendor booths, make-and-take tables, spirits tastings, entertainment on the patio, food trucks and more. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit organizations that support women and women’s initiatives including the United Way of Bemidji and Hands of Action International. Sanford Center, George W. Neilson Convention Center. 218-441-4000

May 11-18, Thief River Falls
Norwegian Heritage Week
Don’t miss out on the fun, daily events taking place during this week-long celebration of Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day. Just some of the many highlights include: Uff Da Day at Pioneer Village with Viking re-enactors, Scandinavian crafts, Lefse demonstrations, Norwegian songs, rommegrot, coffee and other Scandinavian treats; “Tomte and the Troll” at the United Methodist Church with a high-energy, interactive performance of this Nordic cultural fairy tale; Uff Da Challenge at Hartz Park, an adventure race for beginners and seasoned pros in the obstacle race world; and Bric-A-Brac Market honoring a long-standing Scandinavian tradition of flea markets with a wide variety of vendors sharing their vintage, junk, thrifted and handmade creations. Various locations throughout Thief River Falls. 218-686-0205

May 15-18, Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds
Observe up to 275 species of birds during the 22nd Annual Festival of Birds! Witness the spring bird migration in a unique transition zone of tall-grass prairie, northern hardwood and conifer forests and wetlands in the Detroit Lakes area. The festival kicks off with “The Return of the Peregrine Falcon” by Carrol Henderson at Maplelag Resort, followed by weekend bird tours, a bazaar, exhibitors and presentations. 218-847-9202

Northeast Minnesota

April 26 – May 4, Duluth
Renegade Theater Presents: Birds of a Feather
Birds of a Feather recounts the story of Roy and Silo, the two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins who partnered, adopted an egg, hatched and raised a chick together. Roy and Silo are no strangers to the spotlight. In 2005, they were the subject of a widely contested children’s book, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. The book, temporarily pulled from school bookshelves in Loudoun County, became one of the most banned books in America. Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone. 218-336-1417

May 3-5, Sandstone
Women’s Wellness & Adventure Weekend
Located on the shores of Grindstone Lake, the Audubon Center of the North Woods’ 535 acres of beautifully varied landscapes provide the perfect setting for this complete holistic adventure. Spend this weekend with your friends or take the opportunity to get away by yourself, meet new people, and learn new skills. Choose from a variety of mind, body & spirit activities, enjoy a massage, schedule a private reading or healing touch session, or just relax and take in nature. Audubon Center of the North Woods. 320-245-2648

May 3-5, Sandstone
Kettle River Paddle Festival
This paddling festival on the Kettle River brings together whitewater and flat water paddlers for a weekend of paddling fun. Participants and onlookers will enjoy river races, Whitewater Rodeo stunts and tricks, and Paddlers’ Party dinner and social. Bring your 14-foot raft, stand-up board, kayaks, canoes and dories, and join in the fun. All are welcome! Robinson Park on the Kettle River. 651-302-1774

May 11, Grand Rapids
Itasca Orchestra May Concert with the New Standards
The Twin Cities based Big Band Trio will be bringing their eclectic mix of music to perform with the Itasca Orchestra. Some of the musical selections include songs performed by Prince, Elvis Costello and the Clash. They are creating a worldwide following as they reinvent music performed by pop, funk and jazz musicians. Their exceptional musicianship and engaging performance will make this a show you won’t want to miss. Myles Reif Performing Arts Center. 218-327-5780

May 11, Two Harbors
Free Open House at Split Rock Lighthouse
Enjoy the beauty and history of Minnesota’s North Shore during a free open house day at Split Rock Lighthouse. Tour the light station and fog signal building. Stop by the visitor center to see exhibits on the North Shore’s tourism and commercial fishing industries and view a film about the early shipping industry on Lake Superior. 218-226-6372

May 11-26, Duluth
Winnie the Pooh
This honey-filled delight is as sweet as it is fun, based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne. Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course, sharing snacks. Duluth Playhouse. 218-733-7555

May 18, Ely 
Ely’s Annual Citywide Rummage Sale and Business Crazy Day
Ely’s Citywide Rummage Sale and Business Crazy Day offers something for everyone with over 60 sales. You’ll find a variety of rummage sales around town and numerous unique shops and restaurants downtown will offer amazing deals! Throughout the city of Ely. 218-365-6123

May 19-26, Duluth
Duluth Dylan Fest
The 2019 Duluth Dylan Fest will include the Armory Arts & Music Center benefit concert, a Dylan-themed art show, poetry reading, a singer/songwriter contest, lectures by “Dylanologsts,” concerts and more. May 24, 2019 marks the 78th birthday of Duluth’s native son, Bob Dylan, 2016 Nobel Prize recipient. Venues throughout the city of Duluth. 218-391-6299

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Minnesota fishing report

Minnesota fishing report from White Birch Resort. Check out the great deals from White Birch Resort for your next ice fishing adventure. Offering luxury cabin rentals for the winter with private hot tubs built into the decks.

All of the homes are located on Blackduck Lake which is a well known walleye and perch fishing lake.

For more information go to www.whitebirchresort.net

Preparing ice trails on Lake of the Woods; photo courtesy of www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Few anglers are venturing out now that ice is forming on bodies of water throughout the state — very little information on fishing activity is available at this time.

This is a good time for anglers to prepare their equipment and review the DNR’s Ice Safety Guidelines web page.

For rules, regulations and other helpful information on fishing in Minnesota, consult the DNR’s Fish Minnesotaweb page.

Consider attending the Hard Water Fishing Expo at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Nov. 17-19. Discover the latest ice fishing gear, and attend seminars and Q & A sessions with Ice Team professional.

Northeast Minnesota

Duluth – Lake Superior, St. Louis River and inland waters

Fishing has been very slow this last week which is not unusual for this time of year. Water surface temperatures are dropping into the 30s with ice covering most bodies of water. Please note that none of the ice in the Twin Ports area is thick enough for ice fishing. Local anglers expect some fishable ice by the end of the month. Please remember no ice is ever 100 percent safe. It is important to check with area bait shops, resorts or guides before venturing out. This is the time of year to properly clean, organize and prepare your boat for winter storage. It is also a great time to clean, organize and prepare for the upcoming ice fishing season. 800-438-5884www.visitduluth.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette – Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Ice stretches as far as the eye can see from the south shore of Lake of the Woods. All of the back bays are now frozen over. The Rainy River is covered in a skim of ice aside from a few areas with open water. The water temperature is roughly 33 degrees so the cold nights will help build ice. The spearing season began Nov. 15, and spearers are eager to head out onto Bostic Bay where measurements have shown 6 inches of ice in some areas. Walleye and sauger are staged along the south shore. They can be found at Pine Island, Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point. At the Northwest Angle, many areas have frozen over and some area residents who are very familiar with the lake are using snowmobiles to access the islands. Expectations are high since large schools of walleye were found in these areas just before ice-up. Before venturing out onto the ice, please check with a local resort or bait shop for the most up-to-date information on ice conditions. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Detroit Lakes

While ice has formed on most waters throughout the Detroit Lakes area, it is unsafe for travel. Most area lakes have roughly 3 inches of unstable ice at the shorelines, and a few remain entirely open. The recent pattern of cold days followed by a couple days in the high 30s will continue for a while so ice will probably not be accessible until after Thanksgiving. Please stay off the ice until there is a cold snap that lasts at least 5 to 7 days in a row. 800-542-3992www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Isle/Onamia – Lake Mille Lacs

The DNR has announced that walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs will open on Friday, Dec. 1 with no bait restrictions. Anglers may keep 1 walleye measuring 20 to 22 inches, or one longer than 28 inches. For more information on Lake Mille Lacs regulations, check out the DNR news release from Nov. 3. 888-350-2692www.millelacs.com

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Stillwater – St. Croix River

As of Nov. 9, limits of walleye and sauger were being pulled from the St. Croix River.  Anglers were also taking some huge white bass – these fish are always fun to catch! Just some of the many techniques turning fish include jigging raps, spoons, rapalas, jigs with plastics, and rigged minnows, especially in 18-34 feet of water. www.discoverstillwater.com

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro – Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Thursday, Nov. 16, fisheries staff reported that most area streams and rivers were clear with a normal water flow. Please note that Whitewater State Park is closed for their firearms deer hunt this weekend, November 18 and 19. No one will be allowed in the park unless they are deer hunting and have the appropriate license. There were some amazing midge hatches on Sunday, Nov. 12, with fish being caught on midge adults, pupae and larvae patterns. Southeast stream trout maps are available under “Area Highlights” on the Lanesboro area fisheries web page800-944-2670www.lanesboro.com


Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.

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Minnesota fishing report

Minnesota ice fishing is here in the northern part of the state. Check out the winter luxury homes with private hot tubs located on Blackduck Lake near Bemidji MN. For lodging deals go to www.whitebirchresort.net.


Explore Minnesota Weekly Fishing Update – Nov. 10, 2017
Open water fishing on the Rainy River; photo courtesy of www.rainylake.org


While small ponds and bays are beginning to freeze over, the ice is not solid or thick enough to support foot travel. Anglers are encouraged to brush up on their knowledge of ice safety through the DNR’s Ice Safety Guidelines web page.Few updates are available at this time as anglers put away their boats and begin to prepare for the ice fishing season.

If you’re dreaming of ice fishing, attend the Hard Water Fishing Expo at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Nov. 17-19, and discover the latest ice fishing gear including rods, reels, tackle, shelters, wheelhouses, sleds and more.

For rules, regulations and other helpful information on fishing in Minnesota, consult the DNR’s Fish Minnesotaweb page.

Northeast Minnesota


Snow and wind over the weekend kept anglers off the water. With more lakes becoming inaccessible due to forming ice and cold temperatures, angler activity is virtually non-existent. 800-524-9085www.kabetogama.com

Duluth – Lake Superior, St. Louis River and inland waters

Anglers are eager to begin ice fishing but they encouraged to hold off until the ice becomes more stable. Please remember that ice is never 100 percent safe and no fish is worth risking your life for. There are some good open water options still available. Island Lake north of Duluth is getting some action, and this is the best time to get a trophy muskie since they are at their largest weight. The best bet is to slowly drift a large sucker minnow with quick strike rigs. Some anglers are having mixed success chucking large baits to the shorelines. A few anglers continue to venture out on the St. Louis River with some having success with the walleye and crappies. A jig and minnow combination has been best, and there are lots of shore fishing opportunities for those who have put away their boats.  The inland lakes are giving up some nice walleye off the deeper transitional waters. Again, a jig and minnow has been the most effective. Use your electronics when searching out fish – the best depths have been roughly 15 feet of water. A few crappies are still showing up with the majority pulled from the structure and common wintering holes. Stream fishing has been on the quiet side but there have been reports of anglers catching a few steel head, coho and browns. The best tactics have been swinging flies with “X” patterns, tossing hardware into the fast current, and using float indicators over yarn in the deeper holes. 800-438-5884www.visitduluth.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette – Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Some nice walleye continue to be pulled from Lake of the Woods. Ice has formed in the back bays but not on the main lake. Anglers are finding walleye staged in 7 to 30 feet of water across the south shore of the lake. Most are having success when anchored with a pink, pink/white or gold jig and shiner. The Rainy River is giving up walleye of all sizes with some large fish measuring over 28 inches being taken. Evening hours have been best. On the morning of Nov. 6, the water temperature at Wheeler’s Point public access at the mouth of the Rainy River was 36.8 degrees so it won’t be long until ice forms. Up at the Northwest Angle, some of the harbors are inaccessible due to ice. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Park Rapids

The small shallow lakes are freezing over so anglers are concentrating on the larger lakes. Anglers fishing from boats will want to concentrate on early ice locations and presentations. Fish the weedlines for walleye and suspended panfish. Panfish anglers are having success using slip bobbers with wax worms or crappie minnows. Walleye anglers are taking fish when trolling shallow-running crank baits at night. For northern pike, hit the weed flats using live bait rigs with chubs. Anglers looking with trophy pike and muskie will want to troll tullibee-colored baits. 800-247-0054www.parkrapids.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Area Lakes

Ice is forming on some of the lakes, but some anglers continue to head out in boats. Anglers waiting until ice is stable and thick enough for foot travel will want to consider winterizing their boats. Everyone is enjoying the impressive and unmistakable presence of the trumpeter swans that are passing through Otter Tail Lake Country in vast numbers. If you’re heading outdoors, please remember to wear blaze orange. 800-423-4571www.ottertailcountry.com

Isle/Onamia – Lake Mille Lacs

On Nov. 3, the DNR announced that walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs will open on Friday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions. Anglers may keep 1 walleye measuring 20 to 22 inches, or one longer than 28 inches. For more information on Lake Mille Lacs regulations, check out the DNR web page at mndnr.gov/millelacslake888-350-2692www.millelacs.com

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro – Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Thursday, Nov. 2, fisheries staff reported that most area streams and rivers were clear with a normal water flow. The streams were in great condition and the trout were colorful and spawning. On Oct. 31, midges were hatching. Maps of all the designated trout streams that are open from Oct. 16 to Dec. 31 can be found under “Area Highlights” on the Lanesboro area fisheries webpage800-944-2670www.lanesboro.com


Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.

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Bentleyville Tour of Lights fireworks display; photo by Ronny Purba

Event highlights this week include:

Nov. 18, Harmony
Holiday Fest Art, Craft and Gift Expo

Nov. 17-19, Blaine
Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo

Nov. 24 – Dec. 3, Little Falls
Little Falls Christmas Tours

Nov. 18, Moorhead
Pangea – Cultivate Our Cultures

Nov. 15 – Dec. 26, Duluth
Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”

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Southern Minnesota

Nov. 11 – Dec. 17 (Thursdays through Sundays), Rochester
Mayowood Mansion Christmas Tours
Tours will begin at the History Center with light refreshments and a film about Mayowood and the Mayo family. Visitors will then ride a trolley up to the mansion and receive a guided tour lasting about one hour. Reservations are required. Historic Mayowood Mansion. 507-282-9447

Nov. 17, Redwood Falls
Christmas by Candlelight & Lights Parade
Kick Off the holiday season in the Redwood Falls area with Christmas by Candlelight and enjoy an Open House at Scenic City Reality, the opening of the new Backdoor Art Gallery, a High School Student Art Show, Tree of Lights Ceremony, and the annual Holiday Parade of Lights. Also check out Beneath the Village Wreath in nearby Morton, Nov. 17-19507-637-2828507-697-6912

Nov. 18, Harmony
Holiday Fest Art, Craft and Gift Expo
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Holiday Fest Art, Craft and Gift Expo featuring a variety of handcrafted and brand name goods buy more than 50 vendors in 2 gyms, along with performances and a fashion show. Fillmore Central School. 507-886-2469

Nov. 18, Austin
Hormel Historic Holiday Open House Soup with Santa and Holiday Open House Soup & Spirits
This fun family event features a tour of the elegant home of the George A. Hormel family stylishly decorated for Christmas, and the opportunity to enjoy soup with Santa. That evening, tour the 1871 home all decorated for the season, and enjoy soup and appetizers. Cash bar will be available. Hormel Historic Home. 507-433-4243

Nov. 24, New Ulm
Parade of Lights
New Ulm welcomes Santa to town during the 29th Annual Parade of Lights. Featured are over 60 brightly lit units with thousands of twinkling lights traveling through historic downtown New Ulm all decked out with Christmas trees and garland. Children of all ages will delight in this event! While in New Ulm, check out all of the sales and specials offered by downtown merchants. 507-233-4300

Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, Mankato 
Kiwanis Holiday Lights
This year’s attractions include a display of over 1.5 million LED lights, animated light displays, skating rink and warming house, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa Claus, live reindeer, ice sculptures and more at Sibley Park. And don’t miss the Kiwanis Holiday Lights Opening Parade on Friday, Nov. 24 beginning with a brief lighting ceremony. Mound Ave. to Rogers St. to Sibley Park. 507-385-9129

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Owatonna
Hometown Holiday Weekend
Start the holiday season with the Hometown Holiday Weekend and enjoy a weekend filled with events and activities for the entire family! Highlights include Christmas in the Village at the History Center and Village of Yesteryear, and Historical Holiday House Tours with live music and cookie decorating. 507-451-7970

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Oct. 28 – Dec. 30, Minneapolis
The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show
The Dinner Detective is a unique, high-energy interactive murder mystery dinner theater experience that combines an engaging modern-day whodunit with a full four course meal. Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown. 866-496-0535

Nov. 4-18, Minneapolis
Healthy Life Expo
This is the largest health, wellness and fitness show in the Upper Midwest with nearly 200 local and national exhibitors showcasing everything to help you look and feel your best. Visitors will also enjoy the many speakers, seminars and demonstrations on three stages. Minneapolis Convention Center. 952-238-1700

Nov. 17, Prior Lake
Jeff Foxworthy
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy brings his all-American humor to the Mystic Showroom. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. 952-496-6563

Nov. 17-19, Chanhassen
Rainy Days & Mondays: The Music of the Carpenters
Don’t miss this stellar tribute to The Carpenters, the biggest selling soft-rock group of the ’70s. Aimee Lee, the quintessential “Karen,” is backed by 12 musicians and back-up singers who perfectly re-create the classic Carpenters sound. Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. 952-934-1525

Nov. 17-19, Blaine
Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo
If you’re itching to start the ice fishing season, attend the Hard Water Fishing Expo at the National Sports Center in Blaine where exhibitors will showcase the latest ice fishing gear including rods, reels, tackle, shelters, wheelhouses, sleds and more. Also enjoy seminars from your favorite Clam Ice Team pros. National Sports Center. 763-785-5601

Nov. 17-19, Stillwater
Christmas at the Courthouse Gala & Bazaar
Experience the splendor of the holiday season at the 25th Annual Christmas at the Courthouse! Indulge the senses at the Friday evening Gala Preview event and sample wine, beer, and light hors d’oeuvres from local vendors while getting a sneak peek at the holiday bazaar. Bring the family on Saturday and Sunday to shop for the perfect gift at the Holiday Bazaar, purchase locally made treats at the Holiday Bake Shop, listen to live music, and take free photos with Santa in his workshop. Washington County Historic Courthouse. 651-275-7075

Nov. 17-19, Minneapolis
Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience
This indoor music festival features numerous groups performing bluegrass, old-time stringband and related forms of acoustic music. Enjoy nightly stage shows, a Saturday afternoon band contest, Saturday banquet dinner, Saturday band development workshops, open mic in Kips Irish Pub, Sunday morning gospel show, and jams sessions throughout! Marriott Minneapolis West in Golden Valley. 800-635-3037

Nov. 22 – Dec. 30, Waconia
Spirit of Winter Solar Powered Holiday Light Show
The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and stroll through our grounds and 12 attractions. The Winery at Sovereign Estate. 952-446-9957

Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, St. Paul
Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour
Discover holiday celebrations of the past through the stories of those who lived and worked on Summit Avenue, including excerpts from Hill family letters and journals and rare historic photographs of the neighborhood. James J. Hill House. 651-297-2555

Nov. 24-26, St. Paul
Hmong New Year
This annual three-day celebration of the Hmong culture includes great food, dance, live entertainment, a beauty pageant, awards ceremony, special guests and fun community interaction. St. Paul RiverCentre. 651-265-4800

Nov. 24 – Dec. 23 (Thursdays through Sundays), Minneapolis
Highlights include Holidazzle Fireworks Displays, Holidazzle Movie Nights, Kid Zone, visits with Santa Claus, skating, interactive and illuminated Art Wolf and Moose installations, daily entertainment on the Holidazzle Stage, and great food, drink and merchandise vendors. Loring Park. 612-376-7669

Upcoming Twin Cities’ concerts and performances:
Jeff Foxworthy at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Nov. 17
PJ Masks Live: Time to Be a Hero at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Nov. 17
REO Speedwagon at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Nov. 17
Trevor Noah at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Nov. 17
Halsey: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Nov. 18
Kansas – The Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour at the Historic State Theatre, Nov. 18
Lee Brice at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Nov. 18
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage at the Ames Center, Nov. 19
The Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Historic State Theatre, Nov. 21-22
Waitress at the Orpheum Theatre, Nov. 21-26
A Perfect Circle at the Xcel Energy Center, Nov. 25
Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Touring) at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Nov. 25 – Dec. 3
Katy Perry – Witness the Tour at the Xcel Energy Center, Dec. 1
The New Standards at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Dec. 1
Monster Jam at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Dec. 2
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Dec. 2
Brain Candy Live with Adam Savage & Michael Stevens at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Dec. 3
KDWB’s Jingle Ball: Fall Out Boy & Guests at the Xcel Energy Center, Dec. 4
Evanescence – Synthesis Live with Orchestra at the Historic State Theatre, Dec. 5
Lindsey Stirling – Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Dec. 7
Marvel Universe Live – Age of Heroes at the Xcel Energy Center, Dec. 7-10
Loverboy and Night Ranger at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Dec. 8
NEEDTOBREATHE – All The Feels Tour (Acoustic) at the Historic State Theatre, Dec. 8
The Blenders 2017 Holiday Soul Tour at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, Dec. 8-10
Celtic Thunder – 2017 Symphony Tour at the Historic State Theatre, Dec. 9
Joe Biden’s American Promise Tour at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Dec. 9
Tonic Sol-Fa: I Still Believe Tour at the Ames Center, Dec. 12
The Phantom of the Opera at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Dec. 13-31
The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Dec. 15
Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy at the Historic State Theatre, Dec. 15-23
Terry Fator at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Dec. 16
Tickets available through Eventful or Ticketmaster

Central Minnesota

Nov. 18, Little Falls
The Marketplace
The Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace is an indoor, year-round market that connects local food vendors and artists with residents and tourists. This month’s Marketplace will spotlight the Latino culture with growers, makers, artists and performers. Crestliner Building. 320-412-3081

Nov. 18, St. Cloud
Made in Minnesota Expo
Discover all the great featured businesses who are based out of Minnesota or who produce their products right here in Minnesota. This is also a great holiday shopping opportunity as many of the businesses will have products for sale. Get a free photo souvenir from the Social Expressions Selfies photo booth, sample items from various vendors such as beer and hot dish! River’s Edge Convention Center. 320-257-7224

Nov. 18-19, Onamia
Ojibwe Mitten 2-Day Workshop
Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens during this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. 320-532-3632

Nov. 24 – Dec. 3, Little Falls
Little Falls Christmas Tours
Start your holiday season in Little Falls with 4 fabulous Christmas tours. Check out the Linden Hill Mansion with a “Let there be Peace on Earth” theme, the Rosenmeier Home with a “Nutcracker” theme, and self-guided tours of the Musser and Weyerhauser mansions. Step back in time with a costumed interpreter and experience the holidays of 100 years ago at the Charles A. Lindbergh House, and don’t miss over 30 decorated trees and holiday displays at the Minnesota Fishing Museum. 320-616-4959

Nov. 25, Wadena 
Christmas Festival
This one day Christmas Festival features roughly 100 crafters and vendors, live music, great food, a special visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, and carriage rides. Wadena Elementary School Gymnasium. 218-632-7704

Dec. 2-3, Onamia
Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop
Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. 320-532-3632

Northwest Minnesota

Nov. 15 – Jan. 28, Bemidji
Fur Trade in Minnesota
Hundreds of years ago, Minnesota played a key role in the fur trade, which stretched across five continents. This traveling exhibit, rich with activities and objects, shows how plentiful furbearers brought together native people, explorers and international trade. Visitors to the exhibit can lift a 45-pound Voyageur’s pack, learn how the fur trade shaped Ojibwe art and discover how beaver pelts could be transformed into sleek, stately hats that were all the rage among wealthy Europeans. Beltrami County Historical Society. 218-444-3376

Nov. 17, Detroit Lakes
Minnesota Music Coalition- The Belfast Cowboys, Jadyn James and Big Wave Dave & the Ripples
Hear some of Minnesota’s best up-and-coming artists through the Minnesota Music Coalition music series, Caravan du Nord. Historic Holmes Theatre. 218-844-7469

Nov. 18, Moorhead
Pangea – Cultivate Our Cultures
The 23rd Annual Pangea – Cultivate Our Cultures event embraces the diverse cultures of the area through a wide variety of cultural performances, samples of delicious foods, and information about friends’ and families’ backgrounds. In between, visit vendors selling world goods, explore our museum exhibitions, and get to know the fantastic diversity of the community. The Hjemkomst Center. 218-299-5511

Nov. 24-25, Walker
Festival of Lights Parade and Reindeer Ramble
During the Festival of Lights enjoy a parade, the lighting of the city, Reindeer Ramble run, children’s party, horse and wagon rides, Holiday Pow Wow, and more in downtown Walker. 218-547-1313

Nov. 25, East Grand Forks
North Country Fiddle & Dance Fall 2017 Series
The North Country Fiddle and Dance Community Dance Series presents The O’Neils with reels, jigs, circles and squares, all taught to live music. East Grand Forks Eagles Club. 218-45-9111

Dec. 2, Ulen
Sinatra & Company: “That Holiday Feeling”
“That Holiday Feeling” by Sinatra & Company is a fun-filled variety holiday show featuring the talents of award-winning vocalist Tim Patrick, accomplished singer and producer Colleen Raye, and top-notch big-band vocalist Debbie O’Keefe. Each brings their own brand of talent and charisma to the stage. You’ll hear wonderful renditions of your holiday favorites put to music by musical director Todd Matheson and the 10-piece Blue Eyes Band. Ulen-Hitterdal School. 218-596-8853

Northeast Minnesota

Nov. 15 – Dec. 26, Duluth
Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”
Come see Bayfront Festival Park on the shores of Lake Superior as it has been transformed into America’s largest free walk through light show! Visitors will be amazed at the magical atmosphere of lights and holiday music floating through the air. One of the main attractions is the animated 12-story steel Christmas tree and ball which is covered with over 150,000 sparkling LED lights! Also enjoy free admission, free visits with Santa Claus, cookies, hot chocolate, marshmallows, and popcorn! Bayfront Festival Park. 218-740-3535

Nov. 17-19, Grand Marais
Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival
Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the North with more than a dozen winter courses, artic films, winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, speakers, Coldsnap Poetry Slam, Deep Freeze Chili Feed, Snowshoe Shuffle, and more! North House Folk School. 218-387-9762

Nov. 18, Chisholm
Artisan Market: Crafts to Crops
A variety of local artisans will be selling home decor, candles, knitted items, kitchen towels, photography, and much more during Artisan Market: Crafts to Crops. Free admission with a non-perishable food item. Minnesota Discovery Center. 218-254-7959

Nov. 18 – Jan. 7, Duluth
A Glensheen Christmas
A Glensheen Christmas Classic Tour is your chance to explore the mansion decked out for the holidays with more than 25 Christmas trees and hundreds of feet of garland. Start your experience in the Carriage House before making your way to the mansion where the tallest of Glensheen’s Christmas trees proudly towers beyond the first floor. Challenge yourself to find all the hidden elves while Christmas music envelops the living room. In the kitchen, sample a Christmas cookie recreated from Clara’s very own recipe. Finish your tour by exploring the grounds of Glensheen. On Dec. 2-3, also enjoy Duluth Winter Village with more than 30 local businesses set up in wooden cabins lining the grounds of Glensheen, along with local food, beer, music, live animals and children’s activities, fire pits and s’mores! Glensheen Mansion. 218-726-8910

Nov. 23 & 25, Ely
Northwoods Partners Festival of Trees & Small Town Christmas & Ely’s Holiday Parade
The 15th Annual Festival of Trees transforms the lobby of the Grand Ely Lodge into a winter wonderland. The Festival of Trees opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening with the Lighting Ceremony, refreshments & entertainment. The festival also includes a Christmas Boutique with a wonderful selection of handmade gift items, Memorial Balls, and a silent auction for decorated trees and wreaths. While in Ely on Nov. 25, kick-off the holiday season with a parade, City Tree Lighting, hot cocoa or cider, cookies, carolers and activities in Whiteside Park. 218-365-6565, 218-365-6123

Nov. 25, Duluth
Native American Heritage Day at the Depot
November is Native American Heritage Month. Check out the exhibit Why Treaties Matter, and enjoy children’s activities such as loom beading and basket construction, speakers, fry bread, and a performance by the Cedar Creek Drum Group out of Fond du Lac. Great Hall at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center & Depot. 218-733-7583

Dec. 2, Grand Rapids
Christmas in the Logging Camp & Winterglo Festival
The Forest History Center’s recreated 1900s logging camp comes to life under a blanket of snow during this annual event. Join the camp crew as they prepare for Christmas with choral singers, storytellers, sleigh rides, hot chocolate, cider and more. Bring your camera to get your picture taken with Santa. And don’t miss Grand Rapids Winterglo Festival held Dec. 2-3 in downtown Grand Rapids. Festivities include Breakfast with Santa, Bethany Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar, Granny’s Attic, Christmas Craft Marketplace, bingo, live music, and much more! 218-327-4482, 218-326-9607


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