American Gothic exhibit at MIA

As the United States marks Juneteenth, a local woman continues her mission to inspire young people to think of Juneteenth as more than just a one-day event. Robin Hickman is the great niece of nationally-recognized photographer Gordon Parks. Parks' work is the center of an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of art called American Gothic: Gordon Parks and Ella Watson. The gallery is on display through June 23rd.

Juneteenth: A Family Celebration in St. Paul

The Anika Foundation is gearing up for a big party this weekend in St. Paul. Saturday they're hosting Juneteenth: A Family Celebration at the State Capitol Building. Founder Anika Robins joined the Fox 9 Morning News to talk about the big event.

Seward Neighborhood to host garden party

The term backyard oasis definitely applies to the ten featured gardens on the Seward Garden Tour. It takes place on Thursday, June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a garden party with refreshments and homemade gluten-free cookie bars. The tour is a fundraiser for the Seward Neighborhood Group. It is $15 to attend if purchased ahead of time or $20 on the day of the event. The tour is a fundraiser for the Seward Neighborhood Group. You can buy tickets at sng.org.

Backyard oasis’ on display in historic Minneapolis Neighborhood

Ten stunning urban gardens in the Seward Neighborhood will be open to explore Thursday, June 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an after-party in one of the featured backyards. The event is $15 per ticket if purchased ahead of time, $20 on the day of the event. The tour is a fundraiser for the Seward Neighborhood Group.

Flashy new pickleball club opens in Eagan

There’s no shortage of pickleball facilities across the Twin Cities metro, but how many of those have an official rap music video? Chip’s Pickleball in Eagan does, plus a fitness center, sauna and cold plunge, a coffee shop, café and full bar. Chip’s opened in June and has 12 tournament-sized courts and is located at 980 Discovery Road in Eagan. They’re open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pet-friendly plants

Garden Guy Dale K. lends a helping hand at a local pet rescue. Pet Haven Rescue moved into their new physical location in St. Paul. Volunteers were on hand to help spruce the place up.

Easy recipes from a Midwestern mom

Minnesota food blogger Julie Evink is taking her favorite family recipes and bringing them to the masses. Her new cookbook is called Julie's Eats & Treats. Its available online and in stores now. She joined FOX 9 Good Day to share an easy recipe for "cruffins".

Queerspace Collective youth center plans

June is a big month for the local non-profit Queerspace Collective. They continue to work toward their goal of opening a 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth Center and a home for their programing. The Create The Space Campaign is focused on raising the funds for the new brick-and-mortar location. Queerspace founder Nicki Hangsleben joined the FOX 9 Morning News to talk about their ongoing need for mentors and continuing efforts to fundraise for the youth center.

Podcast spotlights life after limb loss

How do you handle a crisis? Life's toughest moments can teach us a lot about ourselves. A local podcast is spotlighting the story of Fox 9 Reporter Courtney Godfrey and how she handled the crisis of a severe leg injury that led to the amputation of part of her leg. The 100th episode of "The Crisis Files" is called "Breaking Views". Courtney and podcast host Roshini Rajkumar joined FOX 9 Good Day to talk about the latest episode.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival this weekend

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival returns to this weekend to the Minneapolis riverfront. There will be 225 artists, two live music stages, more than 30 food vendors, two beer gardens and a vintage and vinyl market. New this year, there will be a public art installation called 100 Feet of Art and History. It combines the work of six local artists and it’s located on West River Parkway behind the Mill City Museum. The festival takes place on June 15 and June 16 along West River Parkway between North 4th Avenue and South 11th Avenue. It is free to attend.

Artisan Home Tour features Wayzata stunner

Nearly two dozen of the Twin Cities' most incredible new and remodeled homes will be open for exploring over the next two weekends as part of the Artisan Home Tour. The homes stretch all the way east to Afton, south to Prior Lake and west to Independence. Home No. 5 on the tour is in Wayzata and boasts a Beauty and Beast two-story library plus several secret doors, one of which leads to a home theater. The homes are open from noon-6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through June 23rd. The four remodeled homes are open on the final weekend only. Tickets are required ahead of time to enter the homes and can be purchased online, at the door or at Bachman’s.

New build in Orono on the Artisan Home Tour

The latest and greatest in home design is on display this weekend and next as part of the Artisan Home Tour. There are 23 homes on the tour, 19 new builds and four remodeled homes. Home No. 6 is in Orono. The contemporary home features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views and a lower-level sanctuary with a yoga room, sauna and steam shower. The homes are open from noon-6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through June 23. The four remodeled homes are open on the final weekend only. Tickets are required to enter the homes and can be purchased online, at the door or at Bachman’s.

'The Native Spirits Sing' performance held Sunday

The MacPhail Center for Music hosted “The Native Spirits Sing”, a concert dedicated to Native composers at Antonello Hall. Curated and performed by MacPhail Teacher and Pianist Pinar Başgöze, the performance showcased the works of Dr. Louis Wayne Honga-Nό-Zhe Ballard, Brent Michael Davids and Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate.

Chuthulu! The Musical at the Turf Club

Music, madness, and puppets combine for a unique show launching their tour in St. Paul. Puppeteers for Fears presents Chuthulu! The Musical. Two cast members and the show's art director joined FOX 9 Good Day to talk about the show and how the idea came together.

Father's Day gifts for gardeners

Father's Day gifts can be tough to shop for. If you have a guy in your life who likes to garden, Dale K. shares some of his top picks.

Including your pets in severe weather plans

Severe weather season has arrived in Minnesota. Hopefully you have a severe weather plan in place for your family, but do those plans include your pets? Alison Shramel from the Animal Humane Society joined the FOX 9 Morning News to talk about what your "pet go kit" should include and how to prepare if disaster strikes.