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Aaron Moen has been doing art since he was a child growing up in Hastings, watching his father paint impressionistic landscapes. At 21, Moen created a business that paints building exteriors. In the cold months when no one wants to be outside, Moen works on his own paintings of animals and landscapes. Now, Moen's winter hobby is on display at the Hastings Art Center. The majority of the subjects in Moen's paintings focus on Minnesota scenes and animals: a squirrel, Split Rock Lighthouse and water rushing over rocks at Jay Cooke State Park.
Whether you want to stay close to home or go on a mini adventure with the family, here are 10 things that you can do to get in the holiday spirit this December. Events vary from snacks with Santa to Victorian teas so everyone can find something that they enjoy.
HAGER CITY — One person died, one walked away and another five were injured Friday in a two-vehicle crash at Highway 35 and 747th Street. Shortly after noon Nov. 23, multiple fire trucks, ground ambulances and squad cars from several jurisdictions were called to the scene west of Red Wing Regional Airport.
Raphael Xavier did something new in the world of dance: He brought breakdancing to the theater. Xavier and four other dancers performed "Point of Interest," at the Sheldon Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17. The show is composed by Xavier and comprises five pieces that include break dancing, music and poetry.
Art surrounds Goodhue County. There are studio tours, art shows, theater events, artist residency programs, bands, orchestras, choirs, acting troupes, poetry readings, and art classes in nearly every nook and cranny of the county. This month, people in the county and across the globe are focusing on one specific form of art: the written word. National Novel Writing Month
Ryan Hampton is three years into recovery from a decade of an opioid addiction. Now, he is traveling around the United States as an advocate for recovery. On Friday, Nov. 2, Hampton will be in Red Wing talking about his new book, "American Fix," and how to understand and end the opioid crisis.
The Villa Maria, an all-girls school turned retreat and conference center, will soon have a new function: a resort hotel. The Goodhue County Board and Florence Township have voted to change zoning ordinances and give Village Maria Ventures, led by John Rupp, the "OK" to refurbish the building and build other structures on the property.
Cars zig-zagged through Farmington, Northfield and Faribault on Oct. 13 and 14 for the 2018 Studio ARTour. Thirty-eight artists participated in the event and displayed ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal work, paintings and more.
This year's Flyway Film Fest, the annual weekend of films shown in Pepin, Stockholm and Alma, will comprise 16 feature-length films and four collections of short films. Two of the films, "Decoding the Driftless" and "Promises of Sand" focus on the "Driftless Region." These films will be shown as a double feature at the Minema in Pepin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. "Decoding the Driftless" focuses on the natural landscapes and ecosystems in the area. Directors take the film's viewers through bluffs, sinkholes and into rarely seen underground rivers.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — Saturday, Sept. 22 was a celebration of all things canine. Dogs and their people or future people gathered at Stockholm Village Park to celebrate the annual Dog Days of Stockholm. The event with host Pat Kessler of WCCO started several years ago to find forever homes for dogs. Attendees learned about and met dogs from local rescues and shelters and heard about the work that those organizations have been doing.