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HASTINGS—"I saw a lot of poverty because village people were coming to my Mom for help," said Ann Makena-Daggett, who was born and raised in Kenya and now lives in Hastings. The need in rural Kenya and its villages stayed with Makena-Daggett even after she moved to Minnesota. So in May 2018, doors opened at Loving Home in Nkubu, Kenya, an orphanage that Makena-Daggett worked to start.
Seniors in high school to senior citizens elbowed their way into Angry Inch Brewing to ensure that they could see presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke when he entered the building for a meet-and-greet Wednesday, May 8. Those who arrived after the building was at capacity stood in the doorway and in a line outside, huddled under umbrellas and an awning to avoid the continuous rain.
ROSEMOUNT — This year's Writers Festival and Book Fair at the Steeple Center felt like the first awakening of spring: people walked into the building without their coats, neighbor met neighbor who had been hiding in their houses all winter, and many books and writings about the outdoors were available for perusing and purchasing.
"Sold Out," an independent movie filmed in Minnesota, follows a talent scout and "a down-on-his-luck construction worker" that she discovers and tries to help. Most of the movie is set indoors at bars, theaters, etc. so writer and producer Susan Brightbill Dahlseid, and her husband, Tim Dahlseid (also the director), wanted to incorporate a couple of scenes shot outside. The cast and crew drove down from the Twin Cities to a farmhouse in Hastings for the exterior shots.
The countdown to the Big Turn Music Fest is in the single digits, the venues have been announced, the lineup released and "BTMF Logbooks" can be found around town so residents can plan their route through the event to catch all of their favorite acts.
Joren Skov, a member of Black Dirt Improv, said improv is "like writing. The idea is you can write something 20 times and just be like, 'this is bad.' And until you've been writing frequently and you have that practice of it, you're creativity won't come out. You might have a brilliant idea but being able to communicate it well will be impossible until you've flexed that muscle long enough." Improv takes practice. That is the main takeaway from talking with four of the nine members of the Black Dirt Improv troupe based in Hastings.
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.