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MSO's annual Rockin' Fourth of July Concert is fast approaching. It will be located in Riverfront Park on Monday, July 4. The night will kick off with doors opening for a bingo fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. City Mouse, Mankato's favorite blues and classic rock band, performs solo at 7 p.m.

Minneopa State Park Story at 7 p.m. - Established in 1905, Minneopa is the third oldest state park in Minnesota and well-known for its double waterfalls and historic Seppmann Mill. People have been gathering at the Minneopa waterfalls for hundreds of years including the Dakota who had villag…

The City Center Partnership seeks artisan fair vendors for Alive After 5 Summer Concert Series. Alive After 5 is a free summer concert series held on Thursday nights from 5-8 p.m. in August and early September. This fun after-hours event hosted by the City Center Partnership is a social gath…

Tapping of maple and other trees for syrup has been going on for hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans to North America. Come out to Minneopa State Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 for a demonstration on tapping of maple trees.

As the teams of sledders took their places for last year’s inaugural Duct Tape Derby at Mount Kato, acute observers noticed something was a little off about their sleds—namely, they were made out of cardboard and covered in duct tape. What turned out to be more surprising, however, was just …

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The struggle of two long-time friends and fishing buddies to show the world what the true fishing experience is.

Going for a snowshoe hike is a wonderful way to enjoy winter and a landscape covered in snow. Come out to Minneopa State Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 to take a hike across the snow-covered terrain as a way to embrace this season's natural environment.

Families will enjoy an evening of old fashioned outdoor fall fun at Minneopa State Park beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. Stop by at any time on the waterfalls side between 5 and 8 p.m. Stay the entire time or join in the fun for an hour.

Geocaching 101 at 1 p.m. - Join the naturalist for this high tech treasure hunt and learn the basics of this new worldwide recreational sport. GPS units are provided. There will be a chance to test out your GPS skill on a critter activity. Limit of 20 people (must be 8 years of age and child…

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Like a diamond shaped prep school, the Northwoods Leagues provides a place for top college baseball players to prepare for life in the professional ranks.

On Sunday, July 5, the historical Harkin Store will celebrate our great nation with the firing of a cannon. The New Ulm Battery will start at 1 p.m. with the firing of the old 1862 cannon every half hour and on the hour. Enjoy cold treats while listening about the 1870's riverboat town of We…

Summer time is here and so is Madelia’s 40th Annual Park Days with our Blues Festival and Rivers Edge Art & More Fair on July 9-12. Join us for family fun with great food, 1919 Root Beer, Schell’s Beer and Morgan Creek Wine. (No personal coolers).

The Mankato Baltics will host their annual festival at Erlandson Park, Hilltop Mankato, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. Four 9 inning games will he held throughout the day.

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Look who's turning 56...or 61...or 8...?

Early in the morning on Saturday, April 11, volunteers from the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, a program of the City Center Partnership, will remove the current sculptures to prepare the bases for the fifth installation of the public art tour. Thirty new sculptures are slated to arrive in t…

Just in time for the travel season, the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway announces the launching of its new updated website: www.mnrivervalley.com. Located along the Minnesota River, the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway is a destination in itself. The Byway Alliance, …

Go stomping through the snow at Minneopa State Park on a Five Senses Snowshoe Hike at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. We will go for a hike through the woods and along the Minneopa Creek Valley down to the confluence with the Minnesota River using no artificial light source.

Going for a snowshoe hike is a wonderful way to enjoy winter and a landscape covered in snow. Come out to Minneopa State Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 to take a hike across the snow-covered terrain as a way to embrace this season's natural environment.

Come out to Flandrau State Park for a Beginner Snowshoe Hike, 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Join Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Area Naturalist to learn about snowshoeing and some practical advice on using snowshoes.

Gather with friends, neighbors and others to enjoy the natural wonders and beauty of the winter season. On Saturday, Jan. 31, Minneopa State Park is holding its annual Winter Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Group Campground off of Highway 68.

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Editor's Note: This month we welcome a new columnist, Brad Phenow, to Scene. Brad will write a quarterly outdoors column. We hope you find his perspective as entertaining as we do.

Go stomping through the snow at Minneopa State Park on a Snowshoe Adventure Hike at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17. We will head off from the Picnic Shelter at the Waterfalls Side into the woods to experience the winter landscape. Be prepared for extreme terrain and conditions.

Come out to Flandrau State Park for a Historic Building Snowshoe Hike at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17. Join the Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Area Naturalist to learn about snowshoeing and take a hike around the park to look at historic buildings.

Start off the New Year with a First Day Hike and a chance to view the winter landscape at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1. The Minneopa Area naturalist will lead a guided hike from the Ground Campground down the Seppmann Mill Road to talk about the reintroduction of the bison to the park.

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Whenever I have to scrape the ice off of my windshield, I think about that scene with William H. Macy’s character in that movie Fargo. You know the one that I’m talking about, right? The scene where he trudges through an unplowed parking lot, back out to his car. He sits down in the driver’s…