The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 3, 2014

Minnesota arts gets recognition

Why it matters: Reaping what Minnesota artists sow is what winter here is all about.


Last week Rachael Hanel of Madison Lake, Gustavus professor Matt Rasmussen, Minnesota State University alum Thomas Maltman and West High School graduate Carrie Mesrobian were named as Minnesota Book Award finalists.

Living here can’t just be measured by mercury; we need to notice what is happening beyond frozen pipes and dead car batteries.

This brutal winter is a perfect time to appreciate the artistic fruits in Minnesota that can be harvested all year long. Turn on some Minnesota-made music, curl up with a locally written book, and suddenly the weather’s not so bad.

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