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.
Welcome to winter on the Gunflint Trail. Cross country skiing is one of the #1 activities on the Gunflint Trail in winter. Trail reports are updated weekly once the season begins, typically mid-November – April.
Lutsen and Tofte feature 153.2KMs of groomed cross-country ski trails on several different trail systems. Sugarbush Ski Trail Association, Norpine Ski Trail Association, Cascade River State Park, and Lutsen Mountains.
The rugged Sawtooth Mountains rise 1,000 feet above the coast of Lake Superior — terrain unlike anywhere else in the Midwest. With the most vertical, the most snow, and the most breathtaking beauty of the North Shore, the perfect big-mountain skiing or snowboarding getaway…
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.
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.”
The Carnival takes place Thursdays thru Sundays between January 26th and February 5th.
Make it a Weekend in Saint Paul! With so much going on it would be easy to stay for days! Checkout the Visit Saint Paul website to download maps and find information on hotels, restaurants and museums. Come for the Carnival, stay for the fun. Need additional information, visit: email@example.com – they’re happy to help you plan your stay!
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.
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.
Part of Rochester Civic MusicTheatre 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.
Aid2Art’s online gallery gives financial support to Ukrainian artists and designers whose incomes have been disrupted by the war.
After almost 10 months of war, Ukrainian life and cities have been left ravaged and forever changed. The Minneapolis-based global humanitarian nonprofit Alight has been supporting Ukrainians in a number of ways, from guiding families to safety to partnering with Airbnb for short-term housing.
“When we started responding to the war in late February, early March, what we were hearing from our team was that one of the greatest needs was continued access to employment and income so that people could continue to support themselves and their families,” Jessica Phinney, experience lead at Alight, says.
Alight’s data told them that right after housing, the top need for Ukrainians is financial support. “We took these things and said, What can we create to bridge that gap and uplift these creatives, connect them to work, and provide some additional beauty and joy during such a difficult time?” she says.
From that need, Aid2Art was born, Alight’s creative fund to support Ukrainian artists, designers, photographers and illustrators. The response first went out in the form of creative emergency funds, $1,000 unconditional cash transfers for individuals to use for whatever they needed most, giving them the chance to provide for their families and to be able to express themselves through their art. To date, Alight has sent out over 200 creative emergency funds, and out of those artists who were funded, over 60 submitted a piece of art for the online gallery show called Iconic Ukraine, that has become an ode to the strength and beauty of the country and its citizens. “What we wanted to try to encourage people to create work around is the heart and soul of Ukraine and what that meant to each of the artists,” Phinney said.
The broader mission of Alight, Phinney says, is about serving displaced populations no matter where they are in their journey, which includes providing them with basic necessities. But to go even further, “we know that to be a whole person you need that and to experience beauty and joy and to see a future for your family and your children and to have opportunities yourself, so this is helping that in some small way.”
The gallery is available to shop online, with 50 percent of the proceeds going back to the artists and 50 percent donated to Alight’s Ukrainian response. You can also find Aid2Art pieces in person at Olio Vintage (21 NE 5th St., Mpls) in Northeast.
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!