Aaron Rupar

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    April 1, 2014

    Swimsuit-clad gal sunbathes at snowy Lake of the Isles [PHOTO]

    Somebody is really, really ready for spring.A friend of the City Pages passed along the photo at the top of this post. It was taken by Kelly B. at Lake of the Isles on Sunday, when temperatures rose all the way up into the 50s. See also:For Christ's sake, Florida

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    March 25, 2014

    Uptown apartment company erects "Benghazi" billboard over Franklin/Hennepin [PHOTO]

    At least one apartment company in hippie-dippy Minneapolis apparently isn't a big fan of the Obama administration.The billboard at the top of this post, recently erected on top of Lowry Hill Liquors, towers over the intersection of Franklin and Hennepin Avenues. It was paid for by GreMar Apartments, ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Check out building made of shipping crates that's proposed for North Loop

    A commercial building made out of shipping crates is proposed for the North Loop and will be considered by the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole on March 27.SEE ALSO: The Uptown bro-plexesThe project, located at the intersection of North 4th Street and 5th Avenue North, is the w ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Alyssa Jo Lommel, UMD student who nearly froze, shares photos of her recovery

    More than two months after she was found nearly frozen to death on a neighbor's Duluth porch following a night of drinking, Alyssa Jo Lommel is out of the hospital and back home in St. Cloud.Lommel, 19, needed to have all her fingers and most of her feet amputated, but judging by her Instagram, she ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Gopher fan's response to being shown on kiss cam with sister goes viral [VIDEO]

    The kiss cam is awkward pretty much no matter what, but that's especially the case when your kisser is shown on the big screen along with someone you definitely don't want to smooch -- a relative, platonic friend, or person with a cold sore, for instance.SEE ALSO: Twins minor league team stages wors ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    The Timberwolves Podcast, episode 1: Why we can't have nice things [AUDIO]

    Yours truly combined forces with fellow diehard T-Pups fan William Davis (of AM950 fame) to bring you the Timberwolves Podcast.In the first of what we hope will be many weekly installments, we break down the disappointing first-half of the T-Wolves season, discuss just how desperate our favorite NBA ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    St. Anthony police rescind alert after jogger realizes "assault" was just joke gone wrong

    St. Anthony police rescinded a crime alert they distributed Tuesday evening after a jogger reported she'd been assaulted near the intersection of Larpenteur and Snelling avenues in Falcon Heights.SEE ALSO: I can't stop staring at this photo of Chewbacca running the Twin Cities marathonThe reason? Tu ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Pickup plummets from overpass to icy pond, driver somehow survives [PHOTO]

    There hasn't been much precipitation in recent days, but frozen Twin Cities roads are still slick as snot this morning.SEE ALSO: KSTP broadcasts video of its own vehicle crashingIt's a lesson the person driving the pickup truck in the above traffic camera image learned in the hardest of ways this mo ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Watch a man pee into the polar vortex [VIDEO]

    By now, you've probably seen a million and one videos of folks tossing boiling water into the freezing sky only to see it immediately turn into some sort of foggy frozen snow-mist.SEE ALSO: Duluth TV anchors fake being outside from warm comfort of studio [IMAGE]Frankly, we're kinda bored with that. ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Watch a wild turkey chase around the UPS guy [VIDEO]

    Video of a wild turkey chasing around a UPS driver while a bunch of hospital employees laugh their asses off is going viral, as the clip, posted to YouTube on Tuesday, was already closing in on 100,000 views this morning.SEE ALSO: U of M baseball players pull off incredible videobomb during intervi ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Blaine Rep. Tim Sanders shares crazy photo of neighbor's house engulfed in flames [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom --Just after midnight, Rep. Tim Sanders, R-Blaine, tweeted out the above photo of his neighbor's burning house.That doesn't look like the sort of fire anybody trapped inside could survive, but thankfully, Sanders said everyone got out in time.

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    December 19, 2013

    Barb Johnson says Mpls officials developing murder scene cleanup protocol

    The photo at the top of this post of blood stains still covering the 3700 block of Girard Avenue North on Monday, four days after a man was murdered there, is prompting city officials to engage with a rather unpleasant topic -- how murder scenes should be cleaned up.THE BACKSTORY: North Minneapolis ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    MN Jobs Coalition ad mocks MNsure director's tropical vacation [IMAGE]

    This afternoon, the conservative Minnesota Jobs Coalition sent City Pages a new ad that has fun at the expense of MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov, who generated unfortunate headlines yesterday thanks to the two-week vacation she took late last month while the state's new health online e ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    City Pages blogger robbed in skyway

    Around 6:30 p.m. last night, I was standing in a deserted stretch of skyway above LaSalle Avenue between 9th Street South and 10th Street South talking on the phone with my dad when two male African-Americans who appeared to be roughly between the ages of 16 and 20 walked past me toward the downtown ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    I can't stop watching this drunk Vikings fan tumble down rows of Metrodome seats [VIDEO]

    This video nicely sums up the in-stadium NFL gameday experience -- profane, drunken, and stupid.SEE ALSO: Brian Riesgraf's 'Drunk Vikings Fan Eats Ice Cream With Credit Card' photo goes viral Check it out:

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    December 4, 2013

    KSTP broadcasts video of its own vehicle crashing

    KSTP usually reports the news, but this morning one of its own vehicles became part of the Snownami story after it was involved in a wreck on I-94 just west of downtown Minneapolis while cameras were rolling.SEE ALSO: KSTP fires Mark Saxenmeyer for making gay joke in story The station broadcast the ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Timberwolves unveiling new sleeved jerseys [PHOTO]

    Excited to wear our new Adidas jersey tomorrow night. Come out to the @targetentermn to see them in person!! shabazz muhammad (@phenom15balla) November 27, 2013 One season after the Golden State Warriors became the first NBA team in modern history to wear sleeves, our&nb ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Block E to be renovated [IMAGES]

    The structure Mpls St. Paul Magazine calls "the saddest square block in the upper Midwest" will soon suck a whole lot less.RELATED: Block E blight: With AMC theater closed, there's only one business left inside [PHOTO]Today, Block E's owner, Camelot LCC, unveiled plans for a renovation project that ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Leroy Longs Jr. is Minneapolis dogfighting suspect [MUGSHOT]

    Though he hasn't yet been formally charged with crimes as we publish this, north Minneapolis resident Leroy Longs Jr. is the suspect currently in custody in connection with an alleged Minneapolis dogfighting ring.THE BACKSTORY: MPD breaks up large dogfighting ring His mugshot is at the top of this p ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    All of Minneapolis' mayors in one Vine

    Vine user "maker of ropes" put together a very cool video that gives you a glimpse of all Minneapolis' mayors in six seconds.SEE ALSO: The Wall Street Journal's weekend in Mpls owns Reuters' "breakfast at Potbelly" version What do they have in common? Well, aside from Sharon Sayles Belton and may ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    J.J. Barea's drives set to Mario's invincibility music is awesome [VIDEO]

    Apparently inspired by a tweet from local NBA writer Steve McPherson, Anthony Bain put together a very cool video of J.J. Barea driving to the rack with accompaniment  from Super Mario's classic invincibility music.SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert mocks and ridicules sappy Cheerios ad [VIDEO]Here it i ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Kevin Love makes City Pages blogger look like a fool [VIDEO]

    With 10 seconds left in last night's season opening tilt, sure it looked like the hometown Timberwolves were headed for a disappointing defeat.After leading for basically the entire game, the T-Wolves let a team widely expected to be one of the worst in the NBA -- the Orlando Magic -- surge past the ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Chisago County Republican Party publishes extremely racist Facebook post

    -- Updates at bottom -- From the "I can't believe anybody thought this was a good idea" file: The Chisago County Republican Party posted the image at the top of this post to its Facebook page this morning.SEE ALSO: Obama effigy hangs from Duluth billboard [PHOTO] Yes, it's a shocking display of raci ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Sunrise shot of city from the suburbs makes Mpls skyline look small [PHOTO]

    Instagram user orbeq took the above photo this morning.ANOTHER COOL PHOTO: Lightning flashes over UptownHis sunrise shot was taken from an office park in Minnetonka near Highway 169 and the Crosstown.

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    October 23, 2013

    Star Tribune "dam to stop Asians" headline was a hoax [IMAGE]

    :::: UPDATE :::: It appears the screengrab in question is a hoax:@atrupar we've examined history on the story, and that headline was never on it-- Star Tribune (@StarTribune) October 23, 2013 @girlmeetsgeek @JoeMPLS @josephthomas @atrupar Yeah, that's not a legit screen cap. Google and RSS readers w ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Google timelapse shows growth of Twin Cities over last 30 years [IMAGE]

    Using Landsat satellite images, Google has published a timelapse showing the growth of the Twin Cities metro core from 1984 through last year.SEE ALSO: How Minnesotans talk compared to the rest of the country [MAPS]One interesting detail is that you can clearly see the path of the 2011 north Minneap ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Check out this van dangling precariously above I-94 [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom -- Two lanes of I-94 eastbound through St. Paul were closed this morning as a van dangled precariously above the highway.SEE ALSO: Dog gets on I-94, jukes out officials, causes traffic jam [VIDEO] The image at the top of this post is a still from a traffic cam (via the Star Tri ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Kevin Love's new SportsCenter commercial is sorta funny [VIDEO]

    After getting himself in trouble last season for blasting T-Wolves management in an interview he did with Yahoo, Kevin Love is keeping a low profile with the local media these days.HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICKY! Rubio's in-game pep talk to Shved: "Alexey, change this face. Be happy. Enjoy!" [VIDEO] But he' ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Fliers offer reward for lost tiger [IMAGE]

    A couple tipsters recently brought the flier at the top of this post to our attention.SEE ALSO: The new Green Giant looks like he just took a bong rip [PHOTO] No, there isn't really a tiger on the loose in Minneapolis. There are, however, very creative marketing folks wilding out around town, appare ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Twin Cities racial map shows minority populations concentrated in urban core [IMAGE]

    Using 2010 census data, a map showing the racial breakdown of the Twin Cities doesn't contain many surprises. To take a couple examples, the metro's African American population is concentrated in North Minneapolis, while the highest concentration of Asians is in Frogtown.SEE ALSO: Judgmental Mpls ne ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    RIP Bear No. 56, world's oldest known wild bear [PHOTO]

    Born during the Nixon administration, the world's oldest known living wild bear made it all the way to Obama's second term.SEE ALSO: Grand Rapids police chase cute black bear cub [PHOTO]The bear, simply known as Bear No. 56, has been found dead near Marcell, Minnesota. Born in January 1974, she almo ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Two dead following shooting in Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis

    Two adult men are dead following a shooting in an alley between the 2600 blocks of Cedar and 18th Avenues in the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis.SEE ALSO: Bradlee Dean calls south Mpls a "Third World Country" [AUDIO] According to numerous reports, an adult woman and a teen girl were also ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Minneapolis Ecuadorian festivalgoers eat guinea pig, get sick

    Eighty-one people went to either HCMC or the Minneapolis Children's Hospital after scarfing down eats at the Ecuadorian Independence Festival on August 11.SEE ALSO: New China Wok near 50th & France had mouse droppings on food holding table According to a Star Tribune report, many of them ate a t ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Pedal Pub crash: Top 10 jokes

    First off, we extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the two people who were taken to the hospital after yesterday's Pedal Pub crash. Thankfully, it sounds like their injuries aren't life-threatening.SEE ALSO: PedalPub driver responds to the haters [INTERVIEW] That said, we can't ignore the ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Macalester student makes unbelievable game-ending wiffle ball catch [VIDEO]

    Over the weekend, Macalester student Konnor Fleming made a web gem-worthy catch during a televised wiffle ball tournament played on a field in Vermont that's a mini version of Fenway Park.SEE ALSO: New Madden commercial shows everyone schooling the Packers [VIDEO]Fleming, a native of the Green Mount ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Missing western Wisconsin toddler found dead in trunk of neighbor's car [UPDATE]

    -- Original post published 9:20 a.m. on July 19. Update at bottom -- After 10 p.m. last night, an officer found the body of 2-year-old Isaiah Theis, who disappeared around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night from his family's home near Centuria, Wisconsin, which is about 60 miles northeast of St. Paul.The boy w ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    Woman stuffed in trunk in Forest Lake Walmart parking lot before car drives off [VIDEO] [UPDATE]

    -- Original post published at noon on July 8; update at bottom --Around 8:30 p.m. last night, surveillance footage captured a vehicle pulling into the parking lot of the Walmart in Forest Lake and stopping just in front of the store's entrance. The trunk opened.SEE ALSO: Black Friday strike at St. P ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    I-94 traffic snarled by "serious accident" involving multiple injuries [PHOTOS]

    -- 1:15 p.m. update -- I-94 eastbound is now fully reopened -- Traffic on westbound I-94 near just east of Rogers is ground to a halt following a 10 a.m. accident involving two vehicles.Details are scant at this point, but according to the State Patrol, five people were injured in the "serious accid ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Somebody whitewashed Midtown Greenway mural [PHOTOS]

    :::: UPDATE :::: Hennepin County painted over Midtown Greenway muralArtists Caw Wi Jiwa, Erin Sayer, and Yuya Negishi were on the receiving end of a major buzzkill yesterday morning when the mural they were working on along the Midtown Greenway near Sunrise Cyclery was found covered in whitewash.SEE ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Twin Cities among best metros for the young, broke, and single, study says

    Young, single, broke, and live in the Twin Cities? According to a new study put together by the Money Under 30 blog, you're probably spending less nights falling asleep by yourself while watching Netflix after a dinner of Ramen noodles than your peers in most other cities.SEE ALSO: Coffee shop first ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Two robbery-at-gunpoint incidents in Grand Avenue Kowalski's parking lot this month

    The Kowalski's Market on Grand Avenue has been the site of two scary robberies this month.SEE ALSO: Clark Griffith after dropping trou on Grand Avenue: "Last night was awesome"Around 10:30 p.m. on June 8, a 63-year-old man was loading groceries into his vehicle when a man described as middle-aged, b ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Drunk daycare provider arrested after toddler is found wandering on busy highway

    A daycare in Sandstone, Minnesota, has been shut down after one of the children being watched there was found wandering nearby on a busy highway yesterday afternoon. :::: UPDATE :::: Drunk daycare provider was "drinking because she was having a bad day," charges say To add outrageousness to incompet ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    How Minnesotans talk compared to the rest of the country [MAPS]

    Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student in statistics at North Carolina State University, recently used data from Professor Bert Vaux's linguistic surveys to put together a series of maps depicting variations in pronunciation and vocabulary throughout the country.SEE ALSO: "Geography of Hate" maps show where r ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Dog gets on I-94, jukes out officials, causes traffic jam [VIDEO]

    It looks like the dog that got loose on I-94 near 694 this morning has been watching a lot of Adrian Peterson game tape.EARLIER THIS MONTH: Dashboard cam captures more milk than you've ever seen gushing into Lowry Hill Tunnel [VIDEO]The hound put the juke on workers and law enforcement officials who ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    MNGOP runs out the clock on anti-bullying bill

    Salon's headline says the "GOP actually bullies an anti-bullying bill." We wouldn't go that far, but however you want to describe it, MNGOP senators did whatever it took to prevent an anti-bullying bill from coming up for a vote.OUR COVER FEATURE: Gay bullying: In wake of suicides, schools face fede ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Mark Dayton to sign marriage equality bill [STREAMING VIDEO]

    This afternoon, barring a shocking last-minute heel turn, Mark Dayton will sign the marriage equality bill approved yesterday by the Senate, paving the way for Minnesota's first gay marriages to occur in August.HAPPENING AFTER THE BILL SIGNING: Love Is the Law concert celebrating marriage equality a ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Minnesota Senate approves marriage equality

    This afternoon, the Minnesota Senate followed the House and approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage with a 37-30 vote.:::: UPDATE :::: Mark Dayton signs gay marriage bill into law Gov. Mark Dayton is reportedly wasting little time and planning to sign the legislation into law during a ceremon ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    House set to vote on legalizing gay marriage [STREAMING VIDEO] [UPDATES]

    -- Updates below jump --The long-awaited day is finally here. This afternoon, the Minnesota House is expected to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during yesterday's Capitol rally [PHOTOS]Earlier this week, DFL leaders said they're tota ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Department of Public Safety to publish names of people arrested for DWI on Twitter

    If you drive drunk tomorrow night, your name could go viral for all the wrong reasons.SEE ALSO: Oakdale driver pulled over while under the influence of McDonald'sThat's because law enforcement is planning to publish the names of folks they arrest during the state's largest DWI patrol on Twitter alon ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Summer Set Music & Camping Festival day two, 8/25/12

    By Aaron Rupar and Anand BalasubrahmanyanSee Also:Slideshow: Summer Set 2012, The PeopleSlideshow: Summer Set, The ArtistsSummer Set Music & Camping Festival day one, 08/24/12Fans, campers, and two Gimme Noise reviewers hit the second day of Summer Set in Somerset, Wisconsin, for a day that prov ... More >>

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