Aaron Rupar

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    October 30, 2014

    North Mpls Halloween Display Featuring Hanging Doll Removed After Complaints [PHOTO]

    A homeowner removed a Halloween display from the front yard of his north Minneapolis home at 52nd and James Avenue after a number of people complained.The display showed a doll hanging from a tree. Underneath, another doll (with a white face no less) held a rope in the manner of a hangman.See also:O ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Uptown-Area Wreck Propels Car Atop Fire Hydrant [PHOTOS]

    Around 1 p.m., yours truly walked past the aftermath of an incredible car wreck at the intersection of Irving and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown area of Minneapolis.As you can see in the above photo, the impact from a two-car collision somehow propelled one of the vehicles on top of a fire hydrant. Se ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Longing for the Love Boat

    The child abuse and foundation-funded orgy allegations surrounding the Vikings' best player has some fans longing for the simpler days of yore.You know... the days of "running through the okra patch," a.k.a., the "Love Boat."

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    September 19, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Guns at the State Fair

    News that arrests have been made in connection with the State Fair armed robbery prompted a comment section debate about guns.One exchange in particular neatly captures the fundamental disagreement between pro-gun folks who think firearms enhance safety and anti-gun folks who think more guns leads t ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Why Radisson dumped the Vikings

    Radisson's decision to suspend its sponsorship of the Vikings came just hours after General Manager Rick Spielman gave a news conference where he tried to justify the organization's controversial decision to allow embattled running back Adrian Peterson to play.Coincidence? ChazDanger thinks not.

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    August 29, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Arrested for what?

    Minnesota is one of about two dozen states that doesn't have a "stop and identify" statute, meaning you aren't legally obligated to provide your name to law enforcement officers here.Combine that with the point raised in today's Comment of the Day, and it's hard to figure out why Chris Lollie was ro ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Man threatens to jump from I-394 bridge; ultimately talked off ledge by MPD

    This morning, traffic between downtown Minneapolis and the western suburbs was at a standstill as an apparently suicidal man threatened to jump from the Penn Avenue bridge over I-394.The first reports of the incident trickled in around 6 a.m. Lanes in both directions weren't totally reopened for abo ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Hell's Kitchen answers questions about minimum wage increase

    Today's comment of the day goes to Cynthia Gerdes, one of Hell's Kitchen's co-founders, who weighed in our post about her bar and restaurant's support of Minnesota's recent minimum wage increase to answer some questions.Here's what she said:

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    July 16, 2014

    Protester risks death to place "Love Water Not Oil" banner over Target Field video board

    Someone draped a "Love Water Not Oil" sign over the Target Field video board. #AllStarGame Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 16, 2014 -- Update at bottom -- Despite extensive security preparations, during the third inning of last night's All-Star Game -- right before the reti ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Don't try this on the campaign trail

    Mike McFadden's first major TV ad features him getting punched in the nuts... or is it his guts?In any event, the reaction of one of our readers suggests the spot should be accompanied by a Don't Try This On the Campaign Trail notice.

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    June 25, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Could you imagine dating this girl?

    Our story about Kirill Bartashevitch, the St. Paul priest who was hit with two felony terroristic threats charges for allegedly pointing an AK-47 at his daughter during an argument about the girl's grades (the charges dropped this week), got one of our readers thinking.Can you imagine how scary it'd ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Parsing the BS

    In response to the news that the school's adjunct professors had voted to unionize, Hamline University administrators released this statement:"We believe this may create inequities and barriers among our larger community of adjunct professors and could impede our efforts to build collaborative proce ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Comment of the Day: In defense of "flip-flopping"

    As the election cycle heats up, conservatives are trying to paint Gov. Mark Dayton as a flip-flopper.He's waffled on medical marijuana, MNsure, and now, he's allegedly talking out both sides of his mouth when it comes to Minnesota's minimum wage. (Dayton's supporters say his views are nuanced, not c ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Comment of the Day: A little help, governor?

    They say government is there to help people, but this is going a bit far.In response to yesterday's post about the surprising amount medical marijuana might cost patients out of pocket, some readers pointed out that folks might be better off just buying pot off the street. But Jason Port, rememberin ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Last word on Uptown's DSRG

    What good will a $2 million Lake Calhoun condo do for you after you're dead? Answer: not much, but one imagines it'd at least make your life a little more enjoyable in the meantime, and that's worth something.Anyway, today's Comment of the Day comes courtesy of Ben Bakunin, who makes a similar point ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Rifles in Target

    Our post about rifles being legally carriable in Minnesota Target stores has well over 300 comments and counting as of yesterday morning, many comparing the felt need to ostentatiously pack heat while browsing Mossimo racks to various forms of male enhancement.Today's Comment of the Day, however, co ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Housebreaking bears?

    Today's comment of the day harkens back to one of the fundamental lessons of statistics -- correlation doesn't imply causation.It's a lesson that wasn't applied yesterday by Facebook commenter Andrew Perez, who astutely noted that the poor Savage bear was most recently seen in two of the Twin Cities ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Best parks?

    Today marks the debut of a new daily feature here on, readers leave hundreds of comments on our news blog -- some good, some bad, some downright ugly. Starting today we'll bring you the best tidbits of reader wit and/or analysis we see at the top of the morning.

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    May 8, 2014

    Roseville High School locked down following bank robbery [IMAGE]

    Just after 9 this morning, Roseville High School was locked down after a suspect believed to have robbed the TCF Bank at Har Mar Mall's Cub Foods was spotted fleeing toward the school, which is less than a mile away. A security still of the suspect from this morning's robbery is at the top of this p ... 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 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 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 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 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 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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    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 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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    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 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 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 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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    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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