How many people came to the Lac qui Parle Lake Ice Castle Tournament?

According to the West Central Tribune

Record-breaking temperatures helped attract approximately 2,200 anglers to Lac qui Parle Lake for the fourth annual Ice Castle Classic fishing tournament on Saturday.

David Grant of Revillo, S.D., won the tournament’s top prize of $10,000 for catching an 8.84 pound northern pike. Over $75,000 in prizes were awarded.

Congrats and thanks to everyone that make the event such a success!

Cowboy Crazy Daze and Western Fest Kick Off – June 22

Always fun to have something to look forward to in the region…

Western Fest Kick Off and Cowboy Crazy Daze

Tokheim Stoneware Spring Open House this weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Spring Open House at Tokheim Stoneware

  • Thursday, May 5: 2-8 PM
  • Friday, May 6: 10-8 PM
  • Saturday, May 7: 10-6 PM

They are located between Dawson and Montevideo, 1½ miles North of Highway 212 on County Road 31. (Get directions.)

Learn more about Gene and Lucy Tokheim through our series of videos we did a while back…

Riverside Market and Muse in Granite Falls: May 14

riverside-market-facebookSomething to look forward too…

Riverside Market and Muse – arts, crafts, flea market , food and entertainment along the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls. On this Saturday, enjoy music by Crooked Dice. Harmonicas for Kids will be a part of their show with free harmonicas and lessons. The Granite Area Arts Council will be making parade puppets. Join us the second Saturday of every month May through September. Vendors , artists, musicians, poets and theater performances wanted, call the chamber office at 320-564-4039. Free to sell, free to attend!

Come see 130 species of birds in Lac qui Parle County

LqP is getting a nice nod from Explore Minnesota for the birding delights…

In late April, birders celebrate spring migration at the annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend. Typically, birdwatchers see more than 130 species. Snowy egrets, rare in Minnesota, are regularly sighted here. Other past highlights include sightings of American golden-plovers, American pipits, winnowing Wilson’s snipe, marbled godwits and horned grebes. In the months following migration, birders at Salt Lake might find eared grebes, American white pelicans, tundra swans and other summer birds.

9th Annual Meander Arts Crawl 2012 Celebrates Love of Place and Creativity Along the River

Meander 2012
Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl
October 5, 6, & 7

9th Annual Meander Arts Crawl 2012 Celebrates Love of Place and Creativity Along the River

For Audrey Arner, featured Meander Artist for 2012, the Upper Minnesota River Valley is “a wonderful place to live an artful life.”  Her design for this year’s hand printed Meander poster features a meandering river framed by an artist’s hands, a burr oak leaf and a rising full moon.  According to Arner, the Meander is a “celebration of beauty in all directions – up and down the river.  It is a time of year when local artists invite the public to share our homes and our worldview.   It is a time to reconnect with roots and soak in a golden Western Minnesota Fall weekend with family, friends, neighbors and visitors to the Prairie Waters region.”

The 9th annual Meander Arts Crawl event will be held on October 5, 6 & 7th, 2012.  The award winning Meander is a free self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The Meander is a great “trip on a tank full” to experience the diverse art studios, big skies, classic small towns and family farms to be found along the tributaries of the Minnesota River.  A free brochure detailing the locations of the art shows will be sent to anyone who calls 1-866-866-5432.  The brochure can also be downloaded from the web at:  More information can also be found on the Meander facebook page at

The Meander has become an economic engine for this rural part of the state, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in art sales and economic activity over the past few years for area hotels, restaurants and retail locations – all based on the authentic culture of the rural region.  “The Meander Arts Crawl combines art with economic and cultural development in a region seeking residents who are attracted to a place based on quality of life,” according to regional planner Kristi Fernholz of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission.  “It is a unique event that grows and changes every year.  We attract visitors from eight states throughout the Upper Midwest,”  Fernholz added.

This year the Meander features two new artists: Kathleen Marihart and Edie Barrett of the Big Stone Arts Gallery in Ortonville and several returning artists from years past, including Sandra ThompsonDoug & Brook Pederson, Karen Jenson and  Dale Streblow.

The weekend will begin with studios opening at noon Friday, October 5th, and an opening night ceremony and theatrical performance along the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls.  The unique “walking theater” production will be based on local river stories and performed by local actors beginning at 6:30 p.m.   For more information on Friday’s opening night celebration and free theater performance, contact the Granite Falls Chamber at 320-564-4039.

Art studios throughout the region will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 6th, and culminate with a special Salsa and Latin music and dance concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.  For more information and to reserve tickets for the Salsabrosa Concert, contact 320-769-2955 x246.

On Sunday, October 7th, art studios will again be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Meander is a truly community based effort,” says Audrey Arner, who creates her art on a century farm near Montevideo.  “Business owners, entrepreneurs, government agencies, creative citizens and non-profit organizations all come together in this cultural harvest that sustains and inspires hope for our future.”