Winter Trail Guide & Conditions – Cook County, MN

Winter Trail Guide & Conditions – Cook County, MN

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We hope you’re enjoying the 2023 Winter Season in Cook County!

Winter snow conditions for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fat-tire biking and alpine skiing and snowboarding in Cook County, MN. Our information center team updates the winter trail conditions report weekly throughout the winter season.

Want to know more about the current snow depth? Visit the MN DNR Snow Depth Map.



Saint Paul Winter Carnival – St. Paul, MN

Saint Paul Winter Carnival – St. Paul, MN

Returning for its 137th year, the Winter Carnival is St. Paul’s annual winter celebration that shows the world we know how to party. Attracting over 100,000 visitors to St. Paul, the carnival fills downtown with winter buzz. From Rice Park, the Landmark Center to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the area becomes a wonderland of fun winter activities.

Most events are free, open to the public, and will take place in downtown Saint Paul, near Rice Park and Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

The 2023 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 26th at 7 pm and ends Saturday, January 28th at 7 pm.

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The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States.


Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.

“The Saint Paul Winter Carnival puts forth a celebration of legendary proportions each and every year. Calling upon the community for support, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is able to create a sense of pride, belonging, and connectedness for fellow Saint Paulites and Minnesotans. The history and heritage of Saint Paul is celebrated during the Carnival through fun and educational events and experiences. The Legend continues.”

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Winter Carnival Ice Palace 1887 St. Paul, MN. Photograph: H.M. Smyth Printing Company.


U.S. Pond Hockey Championships – Lake Nokomis, MN

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships – Lake Nokomis, MN

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

The largest Pond Hockey Championships take place locally on Lake Nokomis every January!

And for a weeekend, time stands still!Our goal is to celebrate the joy of hockey “the way nature intended” on a Minneapolis lake each January with players reuniting with their youth and friends over a weekend when time can stand still and we can all be kids for three days.

The champions do not win prizes, but go down in history with their names etched into the Golden Shovel, a symbol of our lifelong love and passion for the purity of this outdoor game.

The USPHC has become an annual pilgrimage for thousands, and every year pond hockey history is once again etched into the frozen surface of Lake Nokomis.

See you on The Pond.


 Thursday, January 19th @ 8:00 am thru Sunday, January 29th @ 5:00 pm

2401 East Minnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN
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Rochester Civic Music’s Theatre Season: Caravan du Nord – Rochester, MN

Rochester Civic Music’s Theatre Season: Caravan du Nord – Rochester, MN

Caravan du Nord: Carnage the Executioner, Carolyne Naomi, and Colin Bracewell

Everyone’s favorite traveling showcase of Minnesota music, Caravan du Nord, is coming to #RochMN. Minnesota Music CoalitionRochester Civic Music, and Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current are proud to present Caravan du Nord-Rochester at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 14 in The Rochester Civic Theatre. Featuring indie pop artist Colin Bracewell and afro-fusion artist Carolyne Naomi opening for the incomparable hip-hop rap master Carnage the Executioner.


Colin Bracewell (7:30 p.m.) – Colin Bracewell, a 21-year-old indie pop artist from Minneapolis, MN is paving his own, fresh path within the Midwest music scene. Originally hailing from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Colin blends inspiration from the likes of Justin Vernon and John Mayer, though his music holds a raw and unabashed post-Frank Ocean R&B quality. His instrumentation sets Bracewell apart from other singer-songwriters of the same genre, often adding gentle synths, a killer trumpet solo or a moody saxophone riff to bring a jazzier feel that offsets lyrics of heartbreak (or amplifies them, depending on the listener). Colin is also a full-time student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Vocal Performance and Marketing. Bracewell currently holds the #1 spot on The Current’s Chart Show with his song “Making Me Crazy“.

Carolyne Naomi (8:30 p.m.) – Drawing heavily from the music of her youth growing up in Nigeria, Carolyne Naomi creates a unique blend of afro-pop, reggae and soul, heavily influenced by the gospel and R&B music that she grew up listening to. Carolyne’s take on this modern-day afro-fusion reflects today’s multicultural world and the everyday challenges it holds. By weaving phrases of the everyday Nigerian Pidgin English (NPE) spoken by the youths of Nigeria in homes across the globe into her narrative, she strikes a familiar chord in the ears of the greater African diaspora.

Carnage the Executioner (9:30 p.m.) – Whether he’s rapping, producing, performing, teaching kids to beatbox, or working his former job as a youth counselor, it’s clear the man most commonly known as Carnage The Executioner was born to do two things: instruct and entertain. Musicians, dancers, DJs, poets, and television hosts who have worked with Carnage recognize his dedication to his craft and would confirm that he doesn’t disappoint. Ask emcees about Carnage’s skill level, and you’ll find out that the phrase, “he’s your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper,” actually fits.

A music fan since childhood, Carnage has filled his memory bank with thousands of references from all genres to draw from for his work. Carnage’s start as a human beatboxer has taken on a life of its own. He now uses technology like looping and effects pedals commonly used by guitarists. He enhances the experience of a live hip-hop show by allowing his audiences to hear original Carnage material and unique improvisations and spot-on recreations of popular songs. Carnage uses this same musical knowledge and technology to create custom, studio human beatbox tracks. His audio vision via mouth music can be heard on albums by hip-hop heavyweights Aesop Rock and R.A. The Rugged Man.

Carnage is a self-trained songwriter who’s skilled enough to compose a heart-felt story as easily as he can craft an intricate battle rap. Carnage gained national fame from his past guest appearances with Eyedea & Abilities. However, it’s his original songs that allow his fans to connect with him the most. Songs like “Addict”, “Save My People”, and “The MTW Story” give fans a glimpse into the real-life experiences of Carnage, the human being.


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Trademark Fine Art ‘Rochester MN 1869’ Canvas Art by Red Atlas Designs


Part of Rochester Civic Music Theatre Season, an indoor ticketed concert series providing world-class artists from a broad range of genres at moderate ticket prices. This series is presented in the intimate setting of the 300 seat main hall at the Rochester Civic Theatre on the Mayo Civic Center campus. These indoor concerts will provide a more engaging, up close and personal experience, allowing attendees to delve deeper into the creative process and soak in the finer details of the artistry involved.

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Rochester Civic Music Theatre Season

January 14th, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM


The Rochester Civic Theatre
30 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, Minnesota 


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Minnesota-Based Alight Supports Ukrainian Creatives

Minnesota-Based Alight Supports Ukrainian Creatives


Aid2Art’s online gallery gives financial support to Ukrainian artists and designers whose incomes have been disrupted by the war.

Como Park Conservatory Holiday Flower Show – St. Paul, MN

Como Park Conservatory Holiday Flower Show – St. Paul, MN

Como Park Conservatory

The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. This year’s poinsettia display will sparkle with warmth and light. For the first time in 97 years, this year’s flower show forgoes the traditional red, and instead features an elegant white poinsettia accented with plants selected for fragrance and texture!

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