Tuesday, October 25, 2016


    A new path to travel has just opened up in downtown St.Cloud. It's the Riverwalk--called that because it is actually a walk right along the Mississippi River!


     You will be able to get on the path from the River's Edge Convention Center anytime that it is open. The day we went we couldn't get on there so we went into the lobby of the Sunwood Inn and took the elevator down to the B floor. It was a short walk through the parking ramp.

    I'm not sure just how long the Riverwalk is but it didn't take us very long to walk to the end from the Parking Ramp. We then turned around and walked it back up to where it ends on 3rd Ave. (If you keep going you can eventually hook up with the Beaver Island Trail.)

Heading back on the trail towards the Convention Center, Sunwood Inn and eventually under Division Street to 3rd Ave.

     It's a very pretty walk along the Mississippi. We saw a mink below on the shore and as we walked saw evidence of a beaver's work.

     One tree already gone.

     It was very quiet the afternoon we walked along the trail. There were two bikers that passed us going pretty fast. It's a nice addition to downtown. The only thing I would suggest to City personnel would be to mark the trail.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Like Routine?

     Here are a couple of events that St.Cloud hosts every week. One is good for the body, the other good for your brain.

*On Tuesdays you can come to the Red Carpet downtown and play cribbage. (You thought this was just a place to get a drink, didn't you?) You are invited to drop in at 9 p.m.  If you can't make it tomorrow, come next Tuesday.

*On Wednesdays you can put on your running shoes and join other runners in the Hump Day Run. It starts at 6 p.m. in front of the Endurance Shop on Fifth Ave. downtown. You'll run a 5K and then plan to stay for some refreshments at Brothers' Bar and Grill next door. The running is not timed, it's all in good fun.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Lots going on the next few days!


Our own Fabulous Armadillos are performing their Floydian Slip Show at the Paramount Visual Arts Center. Show time is 7:30. Details and tickets 259-5463 or here.

Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks are performing songs by Carole King off her Tapestry album tonight at the Pioneer Place on Fifth. Show time is 7:30. Details and tickets 203-0331 or here.

Tomorrow (Saturday)

The Fabulous Armadillos perform at the Paramount.

Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks perform at Pioneer Place on Fifth.

Marcus Parkwood Cinema is showing Casper at 10 am and Night of the Living Dead.  1533 Frontage Road N, Waite Park.


There is a Country Bluegrass Festival at Love of Christ Church from noon-2p.m. It is FREE! Live music with live bands, inflatables, kids' activities, food and fun. 1971 Pine Cone Road, Sartell.

Keri Noble is in Concert at the Pioneer Place on Fifth at 7:30p.m. She is a piano-driven singer/songwriter. Tickets $19 in advance, $22 at the door. Details or tickets 203-0331 or here.

So get out there and have some fun!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Weekend Update

     What's on tap for this weekend? Lots of fun events going to take place!

Hockey Lovers--It's the SCSU Men's Home Opener On Sunday, Oct.2 against the University of Regina at 7:07. The Women's team is also playing this weekend. They take on Merrimack College tomorrow at 6:07 and Saturday at 3:07. For tickets go here.

The Paramount Theater is hosting its Annual Fundraiser called "Autumn Moon: A Night in Nashville" tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m.
Featured guest is Wynonna Judd and her band, the Big Noise. Details: 259-5463 or here

Also at the Paramount on Sunday is a documentary on the history of moonshine production in central Minnesota during Prohibition. It explores the modern-day micro-distilleries. Details and tickets see above.

A Tribute to Merle Haggard will be tomorrow at the Pioneer Place on Fifth (22 Fifth Ave. S.) at 7:30 p.m. Bobby Vandall, a hometown native, and his band will be playing. Tickets are $24 in advance or $27 at the door. Details: 203-0331 or go here.

On Sunday at the Pioneer Place you can see the Premier of the new Travis Rice video "The Fourth Phase" at 7:30p.m. (It is a snowboarding video.) It is FREE.

Runners and Walkers will be taking part in the Minser Chiropractic 5K on Saturday morning along the Beaver Island Trail. There is also a 1K for kids. Proceeds from Sept. registration goes to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. More info here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 Walk to end Alzheimers

      If you have the time and energy on Saturday morning this would be an excellent event for you to take part in. As you know, Alzheimers is a terrible disease. Wouldn't a cure for it be amazing? Here is how you can further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association

9:00 am - Check-in & Registration 
10:00 am - Opening Ceremony
10:30 am - Walk

Route Length: 3 miles 
Lake George Municipal Complex
1101 7th St. S
St. Cloud, MN 56301

After the Walk, join the Bobby Vee and Irene Linn families at Bad Habit Brewing to continue to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's! Everyone has a story - come share yours and join us in an effort to help end this disease. This special event features music by Slip Twister, Collective Unconscious, Walter's Wheelhouse and the Killer Vees! Goodwill donations will be accepted at the door in addition to proceeds from food and beverage sales donated in support of the cause. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. All ages welcome! 
Location: Bad Habit Brewing, 15 E Minnesota St #108, St Joseph, MN 
Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For more info go here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Walk, Run, Bike or Skate


     If you are looking for a scenic place to walk, run, bike or rollerblade this is the place for you. The Beaver Island Trail is a paved trail along the Mississippi River through a mostly wooded area. The Trail head is on St.Cloud State University. (Our city is currently working to expand the trail.)

      There are spots where you can go off-trail and get a closer view of the river and the wildlife. It's a great, paved trail with parking close by.

      Check out the historical marker for the original location of St. John's Abbey. The monks settled there in 1856 when they first arrived in Minnesota, and I can see why. It's a beautiful location.

     I have always felt safe biking or running on this trail. If you bike remember to wear a helmet and signal (by voice or bell) that you are coming up to a walker or runner. I know from experience that this is much appreciated!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

What's On Tap for the Weekend


    Hopefully the rain clears out and we get some sunshine this weekend. Even if we don't there is a lot happening this weekend with some of it inside.

BlizzardShack Block Party at St.Cloud State University. 720 Fourth Ave. S.  This takes place at 7 p.m. at the Atwood Center Mall. Free Food, inflatables, carnival rides, and more! SCSU students, faculty and staff are FREE with ID. Non students are $10.  For details go here.

St.Cloud PRIDE Kick-off Event takes place at 10:30p.m. at Pioneer Place on Fifth (22 Fifth Ave.S.) Performances by several performers. Details and tickets here.

Movie Night at the Huskies Cinema at SCSU. They are showing Finding Dory at the Atwood Little Theater. Students, Faculty and staff FREE with ID. Non students $3.

The Central MN Builders Association's Tour of Homes starts today.
Hours 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. List of homes to tour/maps may be picked up at local Holiday Stations. More info here.

11th Anniversary Bash. 5 p.m. at the Veranda Lounge, 22 Fifth Ave.S. FREE music by Monday Night Jazz, Andrew Walesch and Flat Top Junction. Details 320-203-0331

Huskies Cinema showing Finding Dory. See above.

Tour of Homes continues today. Hours 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tour of Homes continues today too. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

*Ongoing Exhibit--Art in the Nook:Landscapes by R.C.McCoy. Paramount Visual Arts Center, 913 St.Germain St.  Oil/acrylic paintings.