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Book Festival

Deep Valley Book Festival: Cabin Fever Edition

For the first time, the Deep Valley Book Festival is offering a second annual event. The Cabin Fever Edition will offer a wide range of activities centered around and for writers.
Concept of decision or choice using a wooden boardwalk in dense forest in Great Dismal Swamp

Weekend High Notes: Choose Your Own Adventure

Life is all about choices. To help you make a good one, Molly has recommended some fun activities to fill your weekend in this week's high notes.
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ECHO Food Shelf: So That No One Goes Hungry

The staff and volunteers at ECHO Food Shelf have been keeping residents of Blue Earth County and North Mankato from hunger since 1982
Photo and art by Ryan Woody - Detail from A Smudge on My Character

Artist of the Month: Ryan Woody

February's Artist of the Month at the Fillin' Station is Ryan Woody
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Weekend High Notes: Strength in Asking

During times of struggle, you can find strength in others. This week, Molly not only recommends a few fun things to do, but she also discusses the ways the community is giving back to those in need.
Chalkboard hearts

Weekend High Notes: Valentine’s Day

Love Valentine's Day? Hate Valentine's Day? Molly gets it. In this week's column she's got plenty of recommendations for you no matter how you feel about hearts.
An antique wooden box, decorated with traditional Norwegian Rosemaling design

Keeping Norwegian Folk Art Alive

Joan Hurry, Mary Sherwood, and Nancy Sullivan have been keeping the Norwegian folk art of rosemåling alive in the Mankato area for the better part of fifty years.
Sunset

Weekend High Notes: Super Weekend

Super bowl weekend and a lot of great events - many of them not virtual! Molly talks about living mindfully whether we're at a cash register or fulfilling a lifelong dream
Photo by Mike Lagerquist – In April 2017, restoration work began. With the added front porch gone, the house’s original construction was revealed.

ARTchitecture: Little Stone House Receives Preservation Stewardship Award

In his column, ARTchitecture, Mike Lagerquist provides insight into what is likely the oldest building in Mankato, the Little Stone House
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Weekend High Notes: Change is a Skill

In addition to the usual great recommendations for your weekend, Molly talks about kindly motivating yourself in your efforts to change.