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Molly Sutton Kiefer sat in Caribou, sipping a chai latte and embroidering. As she untangled knots in her light blue thread, she explained why she named her publishing company Tinderbox Editions: "I love the idea that a book of poems or a book of literary prose can ignite something inside of you." Tinderbox was launched in 2015 to publish the work of poets and prose writers. Within months of raising money to publish two books, Tinderbox became a nonprofit and was on its way to being recognized as an important part of Minnesota's literary community.
It's a yearly question: "Have you made a New Year's resolution?" According to a Pew Research study, 44 percent of Americans made a resolution in 2014. The most common resolutions were to: • I will spend less money/save more money, • I will be a better person • I will exercise more • I eat better • I will stop smoking
The internet is filled with urban legends, myths and horror stories that may be, but probably are not, real. One popular horror story is called the "Russian Sleep Experiment." The myth is about a 1940 Soviet Union study to see what would happen if people stayed awake for 30 days (it does not go well). Now, Minnesota-based director Barry Andersson has taken this story, built a set in Lakeville, and is turning it into a full-length film.
Minnesotans and Wisconsinites are often reminded of their Scandinavian heritage: cross-country skiers and skijorers rolling through town and down trails, stores with names like Uffda, a professional football team named the Vikings, and friends and family from out of state who giggle when people in Minnesota pronounce such words as "boat," "Fargo," "Minnesota" or anything else with the long "o" sound.
Aaron Moen has been doing art since he was a child growing up in Hastings, watching his father paint impressionistic landscapes. At 21, Moen created a business that paints building exteriors. In the cold months when no one wants to be outside, Moen works on his own paintings of animals and landscapes. Now, Moen's winter hobby is on display at the Hastings Art Center. The majority of the subjects in Moen's paintings focus on Minnesota scenes and animals: a squirrel, Split Rock Lighthouse and water rushing over rocks at Jay Cooke State Park.
Whether you want to stay close to home or go on a mini adventure with the family, here are 10 things that you can do to get in the holiday spirit this December. Events vary from snacks with Santa to Victorian teas so everyone can find something that they enjoy.
During the weekend of Veterans Day, students at Hastings High School performed "All My Sons," a play set in the 1940s. The play by Arthur Miller focuses on the Keller and Deever families and how they were impacted by World War II. The performance by the Hastings students led the crowd through a variety of emotions. Laughs rang out in response to jokes, many audience members flinched when a well-executed stage slap echoed through the auditorium, and near the end of the performance there were noses blown and tears wiped.