Minnesota Craft Beer Festival Starts This Saturday

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Are you into sampling craft beers? This weekend, you will have an opportunity to do so with 220+ beers at your finger tips.

It’s the Minnesota Craft Beer Festival, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday April 23 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. There will be more than 80 breweries present from Minnesota and beyond with over 220 beers. Each brewery has been asked to bring a taproom-only beer and or a rare limited-release beer. Entertainment will be provided by Erik Berry from Trampled by Turtles.

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Minnesota Monthly’s 22nd ‘Food and Wine Experience’ Takes Place This Weekend

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Are you into gourmet foods, fine wines and specialty beers? If so, Target Field is the place to be this upcoming weekend.

On Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, it’s Minnesota Monthly’s 22nd Food and Wine experience co-sponsored by Hy-Vee. Visitors have a chance to sample gourmet foods, fine wines and specialty beers from more than 200 vendors while enjoying the view of the baseball field and the Minneapolis Skyline from the comfort of the Metropolitan Club and the Legends Club.

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‘TwinsFest’ and the ‘Twins Caravan’ Are Around the Corner


Finally, cold weather has arrived here in Minnesota. Also, it’s a little over a month until Spring Training starts for the Minnesota Twins. Can’t wait until then to get your baseball fix? The Twins are once again doing their two annual events later this month.

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St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour

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For those who love craft beer (I am amongst that group), the St. Paul Craft Beer Tour is a perfect event for you. Sure, it’s way too cold to do almost anything that requires going outside — but, almost anything does not include drinking delicious beer, especially when there are approximately 150 craft beers to chose from, and the number of samples is unlimited. Yes, unlimited.

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Black Friday Deal — Free State Park Admission!


It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you are looking for something to do. Perhaps you are not interested in getting caught up in the crowds of Black Friday Shoppers. Or, you’re looking for something to do after taking advantage of those early morning deals.

Well, here’s an idea: how about visit a Minnesota State Park? And, the best part is, you don’t have to pay for admission.

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Vikings Training Camp Underway

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Ah, it’s that time of year again! The yearly ramp-up before the NFL season begins and the Vikings’ trek to Mankato begins.

Last year, Minnesota Connected was able to chronicle some of training camp.

This past Saturday marked the 2015 report date for the players, but Sunday was the first open practice held by head coach Mike Zimmer (full schedule here). Practice runs each day 10:30-11 a.m. and 2:45-5 p.m.

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3M Greats of Golf: Your Free Ticket to Walk With Legends


Imagine starting your golf round with 8 straight birdies. Annika Sorenstam did just that at the Standard Register Ping LPGA event at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix — 14 years ago. The longest string of birdies her caddy Terry had witnessed was five-in-a-row. After eight, Annika admitted that her mind was wandering and she got nervous. No woman had ever shot a golf round under 60 strokes and she dreamed about making history. She told her caddy: “Let’s get a par on this hole.” And then she steered her drive into play and two-putted the ninth green for par. Mission accomplished. At the break between nines, her excitement rose again and she exclaimed: “Terry, are you ready for more birdies?” And then resolutely proceeded to birdie the next four holes!

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CHS Field to Host 4th Annual Internet Cat Video Festival

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Once again, it’s time for the annual Internet Cat Video Festival, held this year at CHS Field, the new home of the St. Paul Saints. This year’s event, hosted by the Walker Arts Center, will feature videos curated by Will Braden, who created the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and the festival’s first winner of the Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award.

Besides showing cat videos, the event will also feature: photo ops, art adventures and other “meowvelous” fun. Radio personality Barb Abney of Go 96 will host the event.

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The Second Annual ‘Twin Cities Donut Crawl’

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Would you like to make a difference and eat plenty of donuts? Well, believe it or not, you can.

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Check Out ‘Record Store Day’ on April 18

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The eighth annual Record Store Day will be celebrated April 18 at record stores throughout the world. Don’t know what Record Store Day is? That’s why we’re here.

“Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.”

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