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Savor Minnesota

The Eighth-annual Savor Minnesota, sponsored by Minnesota Grown, Minnesota Farm Winery Association and Total Wine & More, is the only event offering a one-stop opportunity to sample the best wine, beer and food from local producers. Proceeds are used to fund scholarships at the University of Minnesota – which began breeding cold- hardy grapes in 1908 – and for the Minnesota Grape Growers’ annual Cold Climate Conference.

All Are Welcome Beer

Drink Beer. Donate to the ACLU. Do Good for ALL.

On Thursday, April 6, All Are Welcome Here and Lakes & Legends Brewing Company are co-hosting an event to raise awareness for diversity and inclusivity in our community and to raise money for the ACLU of Minnesota, local champions fighting for the rights of All.

Serve a great cause while getting served a great beer — by a great Minnesotan!

Lakes & Legends will release a new brew made exclusively for this event: All Are Welcome Beer, and local champions of diversity and inclusivity–including John Munson, P.O.S., Lazerbeak, Nora McInerny–will serve your beer at the bar. 100% of tips and 25% of profits from All Are Welcome Beer go directly to the ACLU.

You know who else is a great Minnesotan? You!

Looking for more ways get involved? Representatives from the ACLU and other local nonprofit organizations will be on hand to discuss how you can take action to fight for human rights in our community and more.

Hungry for more?

St. Croix Chocolate Co. and the New Bohemia Food Truck will be on site selling sweet and savory foods featuring flavors from around the world.

Wanna join us, but have nothing to wear?

No worries. You can show your support for All buy purchasing one of our new ALL raglan tees designed for this event by All Are Welcome Here. And, be sure to get your photo taken at our photo booth.

Taste of Mower County

Enjoy unlimited tastings of signature items from the finest home and restaurant chefs in Mower County and the surrounding area. Food and wine tasting, cash bar, live and silent auction, door prizes and entertainment. Annual fundraiser for The Arc Mower County

Microbreweries: Is it Really a New Idea?

On Friday, April 7th, at 7 o’clock, the LeDuc Historic Estate, of the Dakota County Historical Society, will discuss the transition from small estate breweries of our forebears, to the large industries of today and back to the microbreweries we see popping up, regionally.

The LeDuc will be featuring one of our own Minnesota breweries and hear from their staff as to how they see their position in this world of the Microbrewery, how this transition happened and what is expected, moving forward.

Live music will fill the halls and form the backdrop for the evening’s interpretive program. Five brews will be served and paired with wonderful food from the LeDuc kitchen.

Seating is limited, so call early and please, come hungry! $40 ($35 for members). 651-438-8480.

The tastings are quarterly and take place on the third Friday during the months of January, April, July and October.

Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds

Nearly 200 bird species recorded annually during the spring bird migration in a unique transition zone of tall-grass prairie, northern hardwood and conifer forests, and wetlands. Field trips, workshops, socials. Featured presenters include keynote David Sibley on Psychology of Bird Identification, Ernesto Reyes on Birds of Cuba, Carrol Henderson on effects of bp oil spill on Common Loons, Doug Buri workshop on 10 step method to get your dream bird. Key species: Greater Prairie Chicken, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Golden-winged Warbler, Bobolink, LeConte’s Sparrow, American Woodcock, Trumpeter Swan, Sedge Wren. Online program/registration.