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Emy Frentz Gallery — Juried exhibition “Flowers in Bloom” through July 26 at 523 S. Second St. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Mankato residents Connie Davis and Alex Palmer didn’t know each other before taking a life-changing trip to Peru in June, but they and the 10 other people who hiked a 26-mile trek in the Andes Mountains formed a close, almost spiritual connection during their time there.

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Emy Frentz Gallery — Juried exhibition “Flowers in Bloom” Friday through July 26 at 523 S. Second St. Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 12. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


You’re probably used to seeing them at first from a distance, a mass of uniformed humanity rounding a corner a few blocks away, or coming down a hill in a picturesque small southern Minnesota town.

Blue Earth County Library, Mankato — Relay for Life display on view this month at 100 E. Main St. Exhibits may be viewed during library holiday hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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First round of first garden clean-up is done. This time of year, you can be pruning off the spent flower heads of peonies, iris stalks and any spring blooming shrubs. As the plants fill in, some hand weeding is necessary where the shuffle hoe won’t fit and to pull the tricky weeds that are g…

First Congregational United Church of Christ — New Life Through Transitions Art Exhibit through July 25 at 150 Stadium Road. Works by Mary Gitter-Zehnder, Kay Herbst Helms, Virginia LaFrance, Terri Michels, Jim Muyres, Ann Obernolte, Doug Wood and Randy Wood.

Only the best of the best high school musicians get accepted to Minnesota’s prestigious All-State music program. This year, four Mankato students, two from East High School and two from West High School, were accepted after months of rehearsing for tryouts.

Arts Center of St. Peter — “Scraped Land”: Miniaturized land formations by Gregory Euclide of St. Peter through June 29 at 315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. Summer gallery hours: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College — window displays of oil paintings “Hudson Freighter” by Henry Varnum Poor and “Central Park, New York” by Leon Kroll through July 7 in the lower level of C. Charles Jackson Campus Center. (museum is closed, however, paintings may be viewed …

One of the things I’ve often wondered about over the past 24 years as a journalist is how cool it would be if, instead of readers just getting a glimpse of the most compelling conversations I’ve had with folks in southern Minnesota, they could actually hear the whole thing.

VINE Garage Band stays busy playing weekly gigs at Mankato assisted-living facilities

New Ulm singing group The Concord Singers have embarked on a trip to Neu Ulm, Germany — New Ulm’s European sister city — where they’ll perform a handful of concerts in several cities.