Classes started Wednesday for United South Central Schools' students in the southern Minnesota town of Wells. The new academic year means the celebration of a new building as well as an opportunity to honor memories at the old.
For Nevaeh Hoffman, 12, and Gabrielle Dow, 11, learning doesn't stop in the summer months. The two friends from Redwood Falls, Minn., have spent their past few summers attending the Dakota Wicohan camp where they learn and practice aspects of their Native American culture, including riding, language and their favorite -- hoop dancing.
Pipestone hosted its 15th Annual Pow Wow this weekend. It began as a reunion of students from the Pipestone Indian School, and has grown to include dancing and drumming, a native food cook-off, and hand-crafted art.
On Saturday nights during the summer in Pipestone, Minnesota, a Ghost Walk tour meets on Saturday at twilight at the Pipestone County Museum to walk through the city, hear stories of hauntings and bizarre incidents, and learn a little history along the way.
Luverne, Minnesota held its 52nd annual Hot Dog Night on Thursday evening, where it's all about the dog. The festival included wiener dog races, a wiener dog beauty contest, a hot dog inspired art contest, music, and free hot dogs.
Steeped in many German traditions, the city of New Ulm held two of its colorful annual festivals over the weekend: Bock Fest, on the grounds of the August Schell Brewing Company, and Fasching events took place at Turner Hall, where German food was served and the masked Narren group encouraged others to join them in dancing to polka and German music.