Get in gear with a camping cooking demonstration

Janky Gear is holding a camping cooking introduction this week.

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Jonah Houck, 12, left, of Ashland, and Miles Klema, 12, of Washburn, prepare food on a portable stove during a break at the Boy Scouts of America Voyageurs Area Council's Beargrease Derby 2022 event at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Both are members of Troop 342 of the Ashland area.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

ROCHESTER — Take a cooking workshop for the occasions you’re taking your kitchen with you. Used outdoor equipment retailer Janky Gear is hosting a backpacking 101 camping cooking demonstration .

It’s officially spring and the camping and backpacking season is coming.

Janky Gear staff will share their favorite trail meals and the equipment they use to prepare them.

People are invited to the all-ages, drop-in event to try out different types of camp stoves and see the equipment in action.

Samples of trail snacks and meals will also be available.


If you go

What: Backpacking 101: Camp Cooking.

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

Where: Janky Gear, Queen City Center, 204 N. Broadway Ave.

Mobile sauna rolls back to Old Abe's

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The inside of a Sauna Life portable sauna is pictured Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, in Rochester.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

A mobile sauna is swinging back to Old Abe Coffee Co. this weekend. Tickets are good for two hour access to the sauna and cold bath. Old Abe will provide cold drinks and snacks included in the ticket purchase. Each two-hour session can accommodate a group of up to six people. Each ticket provides a single entry to the sauna.

If you go

What: Old Abe Cook sauna bash 2.

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 1; Sunday, April 2.

Where: Old Abe Coffee Co., 832 Seventh St. NW.

How much: $30. Tickets available online at .


Get enraptured by raptors

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A bald eagle perches on a tree overlooking the backwaters of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin near Wabasha, Minn., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
John Molseed / Post Bulletin

The National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota is bringing back its SOAR With the Eagles program starting with a weekend-long spring hatch event Friday through Sunday. The event includes live bird programs by the National Eagle Center in partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary.

This year, the Eagle Center is also offering two-hour guided habitat tours and one-hour behind the scenes experiences of the raptor care areas Saturday and Sunday. Slots for both experiences are limited and are available at $75 in addition to standard admission to the center.

If you go

What: Spring hatch SOAR With the Eagles at the National Eagle Center.

When: March 31 through April 2, 2023.

Where: National Eagle Center, Wabasha, Minnesota.

How much: $12 admission for adults, $10 for children ages 4-16.

John Molseed joined the Post Bulletin in 2018. He covers arts, culture, entertainment, nature and other fun stories he's surprised he gets paid to cover. When he's not writing articles about Southeast Minnesota artists and musicians, he's either picking banjo, brewing beer, biking or looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter "b." Readers can reach John at 507-285-7713 or
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