American Made Music Festival in Richfield

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love that there are some great outdoor local events to attend. 

The American Made Music Festival takes place this coming weekend. 

This event takes place in Richfield at the Amphitheater of Lyndale Gardens.  You can purchase advance tickets here on the event website.   With over 10 different bands sharing their talents, it sounds like it’s a perfect fall event to check out.  Tickets start at $25 and up, depending on if you want to attend one or both days.

Minnesota Gas Service Cold Weather Rule

Minnesota Gas Service Cold Weather Rule

Many of us hope that winter will never come, of course knowing it always does. Regardless of how much snow, we still need heat.  Some of us in rural areas might use wood for warmth while others use natural gas.  Whatever source you use, keeping warm in the winter months is so important here in Minnesota. It’s also important to know about the Minnesota Gas Service Cold Weather Rule because we all know that life happens and sometimes it becomes difficult to pay for everything we need.

If you rent, some important information can be found here.

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Minnesota Gas Service Cold Weather Rule

Customer rights and responsibilities

The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule protects residential customers having difficulty paying their gas bill from having gas service disconnected from October 15 through April 15. If you receive a disconnection notice, you must act immediately.

Click here to read about this important rule here in Minnesota.


Cold Weather Rule FAQs

Can my heat be shut off in the Winter?

  • YES.
  • You must make and keep a Cold Weather Rule payment plan with your natural gas or electric utility company to receive Cold Weather Rule (CWR) protection between October 15 and April 15
  • This is true for all residential customers, including senior citizens and families with young children
  • Payment plans can be established at any time during the CWR season.
  • If the payment plan is broken the natural gas or electric company is not required to offer additional arrangements
  • If you are unable to agree on a payment amount, you request an appeal from your natural gas or electric company.
Utility Requirements
  • Before disconnecting service between October 15 and April 15, the natural gas and electric companies must provide you with:

    • Notice of disconnection
    • Payment plan options to stop a disconnection
    • Appeal rights if you and the utility cannot agree on a payment plan
    • A list of local energy assistance and weatherization providers
    • A list of no-cost and low-cost methods to conserve energy
    • A Third Party Notice form


Irish Fair of Minnesota 2018

I love Irish Music and of course their food is fabulous too.  Perhaps that’s why I look forward to the Irish Fair of Minnesota each year.  So many great reasons to attend this fabulous event and it’s coming up this weekend (August 10-12).  No admission fee at this St. Paul event and with more than three days of fun, the hard part will be deciding when to go.

Enjoy the culture of Ireland through music, dance, food and drink at the 39th annual Irish Fair of Minnesota! Great Irish music all weekend by dozens of local and international Irish and Celtic acts including We Banjo 3, Gaelic Storm, Screaming Orphans, Altan, Doolin’, Brass Lassie and many many more. A dozen local Irish Dance schools will perform at our Performance Dance Tent! There will be activities for kids all weekend long! Enjoy the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band, the Native Dogs of Ireland, and fresh food cooking demonstrations in the Celtic Kitchen! Come to the Irish Fair of Minnesota and be transported to the Emerald Isle!

Co-op Farm Tour

Discovering where food comes from and learning about new locally grown sources is all part of the Co-op Farm Tour.  Starting at 10 am on July 14th you have the chance to tour over 30 different local farms.  Each one unique and different and offering a glimpse into their everyday life.

The tour is a self-guided event and free for anyone to attend. This year you’ll find live music, hayrides, food trucks, yoga in the field, craft beer, blueberry picking contests, disc golf, and more. Each farm offers unique activities and experiences – exploring this website and the tour guide will help you get the most of your day.

You can find the map here on their website to get your planning started.



2018 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List

2018 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List

2018 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List


Even though we are still in the dead of winter with somewhat chilly temperatures and lots of snow on the ground, I still have had SO MANY emails and Facebook messages for the last few weeks asking about this year’s list of Minnesota City-Wide Garage Sales and when it will be published! I guess that means it’s time to get it started.

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This year marks the EIGHTH annual listing of city-wide, town-wide and neighborhood sales throughout the state of Minnesota! We greatly appreciate all of the people and organizations who come forward to provide us with information each year to help us put together this list.  It is a huge project that takes many, many hours of work! I’m happy to see so many people using the list and am honored by all your kind comments about it.

All of the sales below are those that I have been able to confirm the dates either via the city hosting the event, a local resident or a reader with information about the sale. NOTE: This is a work in progress. If you know of any confirmed sale dates that I have not yet listed, please let me know by leaving a comment here or e-mail me and I will get it added to the list. We will post a notification on our  Facebook page when we do a major update of the list,

Please help support this list by “liking” us on Facebook, subscribing to Thrifty Minnesota email updates, or telling your friends about Thrifty Minnesota.  Any help is appreciated!

You can also scroll down to the end of the list to see all of the Large Charity Sales.

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April 12, 13, 14 – Plato

April 13, 14 – Le Center

April 19, 20, 21 – Belle Plaine

April 19, 20, 21 – Trimont

April 20 – Rollingstone

April 20, 21 – Lamberton

April 26, 27, 28 – Howard Lake / Waverly

April 26, 27, 28 – Pierz

April 26, 27, 28 – Silver Lake

April 27, 28 – Blue Earth

April 27, 28 – Fairfax

April 27, 28 – Houston

April 27, 28 – Janesville

April 27, 28 – Le Sueur

April 27, 28 – Nicollet

April 27, 28 – Pine Island

April 28 – Diamond Path Neighborhood (Apple Valley)

April 28 – Jonathan Neighborhood (Chaska)

April 28 – Cokato

April 28 – Hartland

April 28 – New Richland

April 28 – Pleasantview Neighborhood (Sauk Rapids)

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May 3, 4, 5, 6 – 100 Mile Garage Sale (Find participating sales from Hastings, MN south on Hwy. 61 to Winona, MN, across the river to Fountain City, WI and North on Hwy 35 to Prescott, WI)

May 3, 4, 5 – Browerville

May 3, 4, 5 – Fairmont

May 3, 4, 5 – Grand Meadow

May 3, 4, 5 – Marshall

May 3, 4, 5 – Motley

May 3, 4, 5 – New Germany

May 3, 4, 5 – Sleepy Eye

May 3, 4, 5 – Springfield

May 4, 5 – Annandale

May 4, 5 – Avon

May 4, 5 – Barnsville

May 4, 5 – Cannon Falls

May 4, 5 – Eagle Lake

May 4, 5 – Eveleth

May 4, 5 – Henderson

May 4, 5 – Madison Lake

May 4, 5 – Minneota

May 4, 5 – Waldorf

May 5 – Austin

May 5 – Chatfield

May 5 – Granite Falls

May 5 – Hutchinson

May 5 – Bryn Mawr Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

May 5 – Tangletown Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

May 5 – Montgomery

May 5 – Mora

May 5 – Prinsburg

May 10, 11, 12 – Champlin

May 10, 11, 12 – Cloquet Scanlon

May 10, 11, 12 – Mabel

May 10, 11, 12, 13 – Osseo

May 10, 11, 12 – Stewartville

May 10, 11, 12 – Watertown

May 10, 11, 12 – Woodbury

May 11, 12 – Alexandria

May 11, 12 – Brownsdale

May 11, 12 – Byron

May 11, 12 – Clinton

May 11, 12 – Cottonwood

May 11, 12 – Fergus Falls

May 11, 12 – Kasson

May 11, 12 – Mazeppa

May 11, 12 – Rochester (NEW and NW)

May 11, 12 – Rushford Peterson Valley

May 11, 12 – Highview Neighborhood (Sauk Rapids)

May 11, 12 – St. Charles

May 11, 12 – Wood Lake

May 12 – Albany

May 12 – Johnsonville Neighborhood (Blaine)

May 12 – Blooming Prairie

May 12 – Dover

May 12 – Lafayette

May 12 – Lonsdale

May 12 – New Prague

May 12 – Pine City

May 12 – Proctor

May 12 – Royalton

May 12 – Rush City

May 17, 18, 19 – Big Lake

May 17, 18, 19, 20 – Elko New Market

May 17, 18, 19 – Little Canada

May 17, 18, 19 – Long Prairie

May 17, 18, 19, 20 – Monticello

May 17, 18, 19 – St. Joseph

May 17, 18, 19 – Richfield

May 17, 18, 19, 20 – West St. Paul

May 18, 19 – Amboy

May 18, 19 – Burnsville

May 18, 19 – Esko

May 18, 19 – Eyota

May 18, 19 – Glencoe

May 18, 19 – Jordan

May 18, 19, 20 – Mankato

May 18, 19 – Preston

May 18, 19 – Rochester (SE and SW)

May 18, 19 – Spring Grove

May 18, 19 – Upsala

May 18, 19 – Waseca

May 19 – Akeley

May 19 – Lakeville

May 19 – Mayer

May 19 – CARAG Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

May 19 – Kingfield Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

May 19 – Linden Hills Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

May 19 – St. Peter

May 19 – Spring Valley

May 19 – Winsted

May 19 – Winthrop

May 24, 25, 26 – New London Spicer

May 26 – Lake Benton

May 31, June 1, 2 – Brooklyn Park

May 31, June 1, 2, 3 – Dayton

May 31, June 1, 2 – Clearwater Creek Neighborhood (Lino Lakes)

May 31, June 1, 2 – Roseville

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June 1, 2 – New Ulm

June 2 – Hayfield

June 2 – Maple Lake

June 2 – Victory Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

June 2 – Redwood Falls

June 2 – Rice

June 6, 7, 8, 9 – Albertville

June 8, 9 – Albert Lea

June 8, 9 – Park Point Neighborhood (Duluth)

June 8, 9 – Morgan

June 9 – Becker

June 9 – Clearwater

June 9 – Standish-Ericsson-Corcoran Neighborhoods (Minneapolis)

June 14, 15, 16 – Faribault

June 14, 15, 16 – Kings Valley Neighborhood (Golden Valley)

June 14, 15, 16 – Hamburg

June 14 – Waite Park

June 15, 16 – Courtland

June 15, 16, 17 – Dodge Center

June 15, 16 – Elgin

June 15, 16 – Faribault

June 15, 16 – Medford

June 15, 16 – Winona

June 15, 16 – Zumbrota (Unconfirmed)

June 16 – Nokomis East Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

June 16 – Como Park Neighborhood (St. Paul)

June 16, 17 – Medford

June 21, 22 – Arden Hills

June 22, 23 – Highway 65 Sale

June 22, 23 – Lewiston

June 23 – Columbia Heights

June 23 – Wyoming

June 22, 23 – Root River Trail 60-mile Garage Sale


July 13, 14 – Osakis

July 19, 20, 21 – Richmond

July 21 – Hanska (Maps at Cenex C-Store)

July 21 – Sandstone

June 22, 23 – Byron

July 26, 27, 28 – Cologne

June 27, 28 – West Concord


August 3, 4 – Elbow Lake

August 4 – Morristown

August 10, 11 – St. Michael

August 10, 11 – Sunrise Township

August 16, 17, 18 – Delano

August 17, 18 – Kenyon

August 17, 18 – Oronoco

August 17, 18 – Plainview

August 23, 24, 25 – Silver Lake

August 24, 25 – St Charles

August 31, September 1 – LaCrescent


September 6, 7, 8 – Fairmont

September 6, 7, 8 – Sleepy Eye

September 7, 8 – Mantorville

September 8 – Chatfield

September 13, 14, 15 – Belle Plaine

September 14, 15 – Preston

September 15, 16 – Powderhorn Park Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

September 21, 22 – Esko

September 21, 22 – Nicollet

September 22 – Stewartville


October 5, 6 – Harmony

October 5, 6 – Houston

October 5, 6 – Leroy

October 6 – LeCenter


Large Charity Sales:


April 20, 21 – Rosemount High School Band MEGA GARAGE SALE – Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 7am-4pm.
The 16th annual Rosemount High School Band MEGA GARAGE SALE is quickly approaching and will again be a 2 day event! The sale will be held on Friday April 20st from 4pm – 8pm and Saturday, April 21st from 7am-4pm at Rosemount High School and we need your stuff! Please consider bringing your gently used items to the Rosemount Community Center/National Guard parking lot collection trailers Saturday 4/14 8am-2pm, Sunday 4/15 12pm-4pm, Monday 4/16 5pm-8pm, Tuesday 4/17 5pm-8pm, Wednesday 4/18 5pm-8pm. Thank you for your support of the Rosemount High School Band program!

May 3, 4, 5 – Benilde-St. Margaret – St. Louis Park

May 11 – Shorewood Senior Campus (Rochester) Garage Sale, 7am to 2pm

Sensory-Friendly Skating at Skateville

Roller Skating is something everyone should be able to enjoy.  For some, the music and lights create a difficult atmosphere.  Skateville in Burnsville is offering Sensory-Friendly Skating on December 12th from 5:30-7:30 pm. The music will be lower, the lights won’t flash and even the bathrooms will be quieter, offering paper towels instead of the loud dryers.



Pumpkinfest in St. Cloud

The Pumpkinfest in St. Cloud sounds like a fun way to start the weekend.  It takes place this Friday evening, from 4-7pm.  The event is free and all ages are welcome.  Food will be available for purchase

Bring your little ghosts, ghouls and goblins to join us at Lake George/Eastman Park for the annual spooktacular Pumpkinfest, Friday, October 20th from 4pm-7pm! The spine tingling evening includes trick or treat stations, petting zoo, painting in the pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more. Check out Comedy Juggler Extraordinaire Alan Johnson on the performance stage at 4:30pm and 6pm (bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating)! Fun will be lurking around every corner during this FREE, safe, family-friendly event!

Your New Winter Hobby: Earn Cash with Opinion Outpost

As the weather gets colder here, we know that winter will be coming sooner or later. For lots of us that means more time inside to escape the cold and/or snow. This year you can use some of that extra “inside time” to earn a little extra cash by completing online surveys! Not only can you earn cash or store gift cards, but you’re also giving input that helps decide how products and services are created.

The trick to doing well with online surveys is to know which companies to sign up with. There are hundreds of survey sites out there, but many are basically scams that offer little if anything in the way of rewards and basically just require you to sign up for trial offers – not cool! I highly recommend you work only with legitimate research companies like Opinion Outpost.

Why should you sign up for Opinion Outpost?

It’s easy: Opinion Outpost members have the opportunity to make money by taking surveys online. These online surveys can be taken at home on the couch, in between classes at school, or anywhere else with an internet connection. Take surveys to earn points, and turn those points into cash. Take one or take a bunch; it’s really up to you!

It’s safe: Opinion Outpostis one of the most reputable brands in the business because they value their members’ safety concerns. You can earn cash or other survey rewards for your opinions without turning over too much personal information, keeping things private and secure. It’s free to sign up, no credit card required!

It’s fast: You’ll earn points for each survey you complete. Turn your points into money or gift cards to buy yourself or a loved one something nice, or save them up for larger purchases. With a low minimum redemption level, you’ll be claiming rewards in no time.

With Opinion Outpost, members earn cash or gift cards to popular brands like* from home or on the go, and users automatically earn entries in Opinion Outpost’s $10,000 quarterly prize draw** each time they take a survey.

Taking paid surveys online through Opinion Outpost is perfect for students, for stay-at-home parents, or really anyone looking to earn some extra cash. Sign up today!

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Rhythm on the Rails Concert Series in Shakopee

Tonight is the start of a concert series that will be taking place in downtown Shakopee.  The Rhythm on the Rails Concert Series are all free, and take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-10pm. The planned schedule is:

Rhythm on the Rails is a FREE five-week summer concert series taking place every Wednesday night from 6-10 pm right on Lewis Street in Downtown Shakopee. The series starts July 19 and runs through August 16, 2017. Rhythm on the Rails will feature live music, family fun, food/brew vendors, and much more!



National Get Outdoors Day Event

This Saturday June 1oth is National Get Outdoors Day.  REI is stepping up and helping those of us in the twin cities, enjoy the day. You can head to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis from 11-3 for a whole list of free fun:

  • canoeing
  • fishing,
  • archery
  • roast marshmallows
  • play camp games
  • wilderness camping etiquette
  • fire arms safety at the laser shooting range
  • kids’ outdoor activities
  • climbing wall
  • cool off in the wading pool
  • enjoy food, live music, prize give-aways and more!

National Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide event that offers those new to outdoor activities an opportunity to try them out for FREE. Join us at Powderhorn Park to play outside! We are ready to have some fun outside and hope that you will join us. The event is completely free. There are numerous bus routes to reach the event by public transport. Plenty of parking is available on side streets.