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Aldean, Swindell to Headline Winstock’s 30th Anniversary Festival

SPONSORED POST – It was announced that three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean and first-time Winstock artist Cole Swindell will headline the 30th anniversary Winstock Country Music Festival, set for Friday-Saturday, June 14-15, 2024, at the festival grounds in Winsted. Best-available tickets and camping are on sale now.


With 27 number one singles, 15 billion streams, and more than 20 million albums sold, Saturday night headliner Jason Aldean is the current reigning ACM Artist of the Decade and an ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee. Since his 2005 debut, Aldean has had more Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs than any other artist. His 11th studio album, Highway Desperado, will be released Nov. 3
Friday night will feature a Winstock newcomer in Swindell who, in the 10 years since his debut, has racked up an impressive 12 number one singles as an artist – 13 as a songwriter. The Georgia hitmaker has over 5.2 billion global career streams.
“Cole Swindell is an artist we’ve wanted to have at Winstock for years,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson. “Even though he’s getting married earlier during the week of Winstock, we’re grateful he’ll be able to celebrate both his new marriage and our 30th anniversary with us.”

Joining Aldean and Swindell will be Jon Pardi, Russell Dickerson, Sara Evans, Tracy Lawrence, Love and Theft, Tigirlily Gold, Neon Union, Rocket Club, Hailey James, and more still to be announced later this year. In addition to the remaining artists, organizers are also planning some fun surprises to commemorate the 30th year of Winstock and celebrate Winstocks of years past.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years of Winstock,” Danielson said. “It’s amazing to look back at its beginnings and what it’s become today. The Winstock Committee appreciates the entire Winsted community, as well the support of the city, county, township, and local and regional EMS/police and fire who provide coverage and ensure the safety and well-being of our fans. Ultimately we also thank our volunteers and sponsors who, without their support, Winstock wouldn’t be possible.”

Tickets on sale now

Based on the high demand for tickets at this year’s event for 2024, Winstock’s VIP tickets, along with campgrounds A, B, C, and D are sold out. A limited number of reserved seats remain available and are expected to sell quickly.
“We had a record number of orders placed at this year’s festival for our 2024 event,” Danielson said. “We hope those who didn’t get their tickets this year will take advantage of this first chance to get their tickets and camping passes secured for what’s guaranteed to be a great time.”Tickets and camping are available at or by calling (320) 485-4287, though organizers recommend getting best-available tickets and camping online and only calling if there are questions.
For additional announcements, ticket information, and everything Winstock, go to and sign up for Winstock Email news. Be sure to follow the festival on X (formerly known as Twitter) @WinstockMNFacebookInstagram, and Snapchat.

Minnesota cyclists empowered to roll through stop signs under new law


Minnesota has embraced a new cycling law that allows bicyclists to maintain their momentum at intersections with stop signs, with safety as a top priority.
The legislation, known as the “Bill Dooley Bicycle Safety Act,” took effect Aug. 1, offering legal protection to cyclists who choose to yield and continue rolling through stop sign intersections if it is safe to do so.


Minnesota air pollution among worst in nation

Minnesota has the worst air quality in the United States today because of smoke from Canadian wildfires blowing across the Gopher State.

The air quality was considered unhealthy and very unhealthy across a large swath of the state Wednesday afternoon. It was the worst in the cities and towns from Grand Forks to Minneapolis and from Mankato to Bemidji, according to

The AQI reached at least 204 in St. Cloud, 212 in St. Michael, and 194 in St. Paul, according to And it was 204 in Winstead and 212 in Delano just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

That’s very unhealthy air and those cities had some of the worst air quality in the nation today.

The air quality was much worse in Minneapolis (194) than in Los Angeles, where the AQI measured 45. And Bemidji (191) had much dirtier air Wednesday than New York (47).

An AQI from 0 to 50 is good air quality, from 51 to 100 it is considered moderate, from 101 to 150 it’s unhealthy for sensitive groups, from 151 and 200 it’s unhealthy, from 201 to 300 it’s very unhealthy, and 301 and above is hazardous, according to

Unhealthy air quality could cause serious health problems for people who are members of sensitive groups, which includes those with heart or lung diseases, older adults, and babies and children, according to

The main pollutant in Minnesota today was PM2.5, which is fine particulate matter that can bury itself deep inside a person’s lungs or get into their blood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The PM2.5 particulates causing this afternoon’s hazy air are coming from the smoke from Canadian wildfires that has moved into Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the CDC, unhealthy air can cause eye irritation, lung and throat irritation, trouble breathing, lung cancer, heart attacks, and more.

The bad air is expected to stick around for at least another day. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for fine particle pollution through 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the weather bureau.

According to the weather bureau, those who are members of sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion while the public should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

The agency also recommends that people reduce or eliminate activities that contribute to air pollution and keep their windows closed to prevent smoke from getting indoors.

Goldview Farms welcomes Breakfast on the Farm back after five-year hiatus


After a five-year hiatus, Wright/Carver Breakfast on the Farm is back at Goldview Farms.
Goldview Farms, run by Pat, his wife Joanna, and his mother Faye Bakeberg, is hosting this event at their farm for the ninth time.


What’s that smell? Understanding reduced oxygen levels and fish loss in lakes and rivers


If you live near a lake, you may have noticed a particular aroma coming from the lake over the last several weeks.
That aroma is rotting fish. There have been multiple reports in the area of several winterkills this year. Winterkills occur in lakes and rivers when oxygen levels are reduced, According to Madeline Seveland of the Carver County Water Management Organization.


Dancing Like the Stars Photo Gallery 2023

We attended the 2B Continued Dancing Like the Stars Gala over last Saturday and captured some amazing photos.

Check them out here: