17. Connecting to Community

Sure, there are great apps that everyone around the world talks about, but there are also great local apps you may want to use to connect to your community. We’re not going to give you the obvious apps from your region or the state. You probably know that there’s a Pioneer Press app, so we don’t need to tell you about it. These apps are some that maybe haven’t hit your radar.

For Thing 18, we’re going to list some apps for Minnesota as a whole as well as per Multitype region, though some regions have more than others. You’ll find apps for local adventures, sports, news and more. We’re not going to give you a lot of information about each app, so you’ll have to dive in and explore.

Blogging for this Thing

Use at least one of these apps, in or outside your region, and write a blog post about what you think about the app and how you may be able to use it personally or professionally. If you know of another app that would fit under this Thing, tell us about it in your blog, too.

Arrowhead Library System (ALS)

superior hikingHighlights of the Superior Hiking Trail: Apple / Android

This app guides you through eleven of the Superior Hiking Trail Association favorite hikes, ranging in length from 2 to 8 miles. You’ll find hike descriptions, maps, starting points and more.

up north explorerUpNorthExplorer: Apple / Android

This app from UpNorthExplorer.com will help visitors to the Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin region find activities, points of interest, events, shopping, dining, and more.

nnc nowNNC Now: Apple / Android

From Northland’s NewsCenter, this app provides local news, weather, sports and other information for Duluth, Iron Range cities, the North Shore, Superior and Northwestern Wisconsin.

Central Minnesota Librares Exchange (CMLE)

SCSUSt. Cloud State University app: Apple / Android

Connect with St. Cloud State University on your devices. Whether at home or on campus the interactive student guide will accompany you as you explore SCSU’s offerings through the use of the GPS-enabled campus map, student videos and photos.

1047104.7 KCLD app: Apple / Android

KCLD is one of the most popular radio stations in the St. Cloud area, and you can listen to it live via this app. You can also rate songs you like, purchase songs from the app, or text directly to the radio station.


st paul connectSt Paul Connect: Apple / Android

Need to report a pothole or broken streetlight? How about graffiti, icy streets, or damage to city parks? You can do all of this and more with St. Paul Connect.

minneapolis skywayMinneapolis Skyway: Apple only

Need help navigating the 8 miles of skyway in downtown Minneapolis? This app is for you. It has a searchable map, GPS, parking info and more.

Minneapolis by Open PlacesMinneapolis by Open Spaces: Apple only

This app is a great way to find great places and events in Minneapolis. You can also submit information and photos, but all items are approved by an editor before being added to the content.

think hopkinsThink Hopkins, Minnesota: Apple / Android

It’s not just Minneapolis and St. Paul in the metro area. If you want to learn more about Hopkins, including historic info and present-day attractions, download this app.

going outGoing Out: Apple / Android

Created by the Star Tribune, this app guides you through the latest happenings in the Twin Cities metro, from the hottest nightlife to family-friendly attractions.

Northern Lights Library Network (NLLN)

redhawksFargo-Moorhead RedHawks: Apple / Android

Find everything you’ll need to know to stay connected with the RedHawks in their official app. Look at the team schedules, read news, buy tickets, find deals, and more.

FM spotlightFM Spotlight: Android only

Looking for something fun to do in Fargo-Moorhead? It’s only a click away and on a map where you are located. Find local music, theatre, family fun, festivals, bar specials, and more.

Southwest Area Multicounty Multitype Interlibrary Exchange (SAMMIE)

marshall livingMarshall Living: Apple / Android

Marshall Living features real-time information about local events, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and other activities in Marshall, Minnesota.

Southeast Library System (SELS)

RochesterNow iconRochesterNow: Apple / Android

Use RochesterNow for quick mobile access to everything in Rochester MN: events, restaurants, coupons, social media, weather, live radio, transportation, and more.

marquee rochesterMarquee Rochester: Apple / Android

Marquee Rochester is a guide to nightlife, entertainment, arts, culture, heritage, and sports in Rochester. Get the latest about what’s happening.

enjoy red wingEnjoy Red Wing: Apple / Android

Find recreational, cultural, and shopping opportunities in Red Wing. Search for parks, bike paths, cross country skiing, art galleries, theaters, and more.

rochester honkersRochester Honkers Baseball Club: Apple only

The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club is a member of the Northwoods League, and through their app get access to their schedule, events and more.

Mayo Clinic appMayo Clinic Patient app: Apple only

Whether you live in the Rochester area or not, the Mayo Clinic app may be for you. It gives access to the latest news, publications, and health information from Mayo Clinic.

Go Southeast MNGo Southeast MN!: Android only

With Go Southeast MN!, find recreational opportunities in Southeast Minnesota with this highly interactive mapping application.

Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdSLC)

mankato 311City of Mankato 311: Apple / Android

Need to report a pothole, broken light, graffiti, and more in Mankato? This app is an easy way to do it.

Minnesota apps

MN 511Minnesota 511: Apple / Android

This is MnDOT’s official official traffic and traveler app. It includes statewide, real-time traffic information for interstates, U.S. routes, and state highways. Find road conditions, accidents, traffic cams and more.

explore mnExplore Minnesota: Apple / Android

This is Explore Minnesota Tourism’s official app of fun and healthy things to do all year long in the state. Find information for biking, hiking, birding, skiing, special events and more.

state fairMinnesota State Fair: Apple / Android

For you state fair lovers, have you tried the Minnesota State Fair app? This app will help you find your way to the best foods, merchandise, events and more at the fair.

mn museumsMN Museums: Apple / Android

MN Museums is your portal to all of Minnesota’s 500+ museums. Browse by name, location, or type and plan your itinerary. You can also upload your museum photos.

greater MSPGreater MSP: Apple only

Created by the Greater MSP Economic Development Partnership, this app provides access to economic development and visitor information for regional business and community leaders for the 13 counties surrounding Minneapolis and St. Paul.

MPR radioMPR Radio: Apple / Android

You might have the MPR News app, but do you have MPR Radio? Listen to Minnesota Public Radio anywhere you go with the MPR Radio player. This application lets you listen to all seven of MPR’s streams: The Current, Local Current, Classical MPR, MPR News, Radio Heartland, Wonderground Radio, and the Choral Stream from Classical MPR.

beer appMN Beer Activists: Android only

We were going to stick this app under Thing 19: Hobbies, because we have a couple wine apps there, but since this is Minnesota focused we decided it could go here. For any of you beer enthusiasts, this might be an app for you. It’s full of news about Minnesota brewers, beer enthusiasts, and even legislation of interest to beer lovers.

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