Apple Valley

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Gillian Welch at MN Zoo, 7/7/14

    Gillian Welch MN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple Valley Monday, July 7, 2014 As the wind howled and the trees bent to the ground, Mother Nature did her damnedest to keep Gillian Welch's Minnesota Zoo show from happening, but she eventually relented. With only about an hour delay, Welch and her longtime col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Chipotle will give out free tomato plants at Como Zoo on Friday

    Get your green thumbs ready, Twin Cities: Chipotle will be giving away 1,500 Roma tomato plants from Apple Valley's Pahl Farms at St. Paul's popular Como Zoo and Conservatory this Friday, June 13. The giveaway is a celebration of Chipotle's fourth annual Chipotle Edible Garden at the Como Zoo and C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Roger Holland had a very incriminating internet search history when his wife was found dead

    :::: UPDATE, December 17 :::: Holland has been convicted of two counts of both first- and second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and her fetus. He will be sentenced today. On March 7, Roger Holland's pregnant wife, 37-year-old Margorie Holland, was found dead at the bottom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Carly Rae Jepsen at Minnesota Zoo, 8/18/13

    Carly Rae JepsenWith the WantedMinnesota Zoo, Apple ValleySunday, August 18, 2013There really couldn't have been a better location for Carly Rae Jepsen to visit in the Twin Cities than the Minnesota Zoo. (Sure, the Mall of America runs it a close second, but just the same.) The stony amphitheater, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Lakeville woman had .36 BAL when she struck biker; told cops she was "all right to drive"

    Today, criminal vehicular homicide charges were filed against Leah Colwell in connection with the death of 29-year-old motorcyclist and Burnsville resident Jeffrey Trondson.SEE ALSO: Urinal Cake Man: Strangest anti-drunk driving campaign ever?Just after 8 p.m. last Thursday, Colwell, a 44-year-old L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Joan Baez: I made a decision not to be a nostalgia act

    "Ask what you wanna know, not what you think someone else wants to know," says Joan Baez over the phone, her voice laced with years of wry insight. At 72 years old, Baez comes across as decades younger, spry and streetwise but not world-weary -- even for the decades she's seen, living her life out i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Apple Valley police stumble upon largest heroin bust in Dakota County history

    Last spring, law enforcement officials in Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey counties went public with concerns about a dramatic uptick in heroin use in the Twin Cities. It turns out a good portion of the metro area's supply may have been riding around in the car Apple Valley police found Warren Comeaux in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Woodbury and Edina are top extramarital affair locales in Twin Cities, says

    SEE ALSO:-- When dating prospects look bleak, women focus on their careers, new U of M study finds-- Strangers at the Twins game: A blind date in their own tweets-- Minneapolis is a great city for bald single men, study saysMarried and looking to hook up? If you live in Woodbury and Edina, you're mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Final Exit right-to-die activists booked in suspected Apple Valley suicide

    Three members of the Final Exit Network were booked in Dakota County yesterday for their role in the alleged 2007 suicide of an Apple Valley woman. A fourth defendant, Jerry D. Dincin, didn't appear because he is reportedly dying. Dr. Lawrence D. Egbert, Thomas Goodwin, Roberta Massey and Jerry Din ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    John Prine at the Minnesota Zoo, 6/29/12

    John Prine With Willie Watson Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Friday, June 29, 2012 With fans as passionate (read: intoxicated, borderline rabid) as his, it was perhaps a sin for John Prine to show up 40 minutes late to his own party as he did for his Minnesota Zoo appearance Friday night. Any regular ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Brandi Carlile at the MN Zoo Amphitheater, 6/20/2012

    Brandi Carlile with Jeremy MessersmithMN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple ValleyWednesday, June 20, 2012Brandi Carlile is an artist that can inspire an undying loyalty in their fans -- fans who will sell out two shows during the week in a suburb and sit in the rain for two hours just to hear their favorite a ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2012

    Vincent Kartheiser on Mad Men's Pete Campbell

    Homegrown star of AMC hit reflects on his character

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Sassy Spoon's Tamara Brown: Five Questions

    ​After publishing our handy list of gluten-free dishes and treats from some of the most popular local food trucks, we discovered a brand spankin' new truck, Sassy Spoon, that is rolling out for the very first time this season, featuring an entirely gluten-free menu.We caught up with Sassy Spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Ocean Buffet in Brooklyn Center: A first look

    Ocean Buffet in Brooklyn CenterThe Twin Cities has no shortage of Asian buffet restaurants. But who would have guessed that the award for highest per capita concentration of Asian buffets would go to Brooklyn Center? With the recent opening of Ocean Buffet on Shingle Creek Parkw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Twin Cities restaurants offer Thanksgiving Day options

    On a holiday that's all about food, why not let the professionals do the cooking? Whether you're hosting notoriously judgmental family members or looking to start a new lower-key Thanksgiving tradition, choosing one of the many Twin Cities restaurants that offer Thanksgiving Day meals just might be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Beer or bust this week in food

    We're not even going to lie to you: If beer isn't your bag, this is the week to stay home. Practically every day is crammed with a beer dinner, pairing, sampling, or class on how to create the stuff yourself. Something about October must bring out everyone's inner brewmonster. 10/10 Brooklyn Brewi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Gary Brown charged in child prostitution sting

    Gary Brown denied he planned to distribute the videotape. ​In a pretty sick "take your pick," Gary Brown was allegedly given the choice of paying to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, an eight-year-old girl, or a five-year-old girl. He chose the eight-year-old, and was willing to pay $400 for a vid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Music in the Zoo will continue regardless of government shutdown

    ​With the countdown to the Minnesota state government shutdown nearing the final hour, many have questioned whether the concerts at the Minnesota Zoo -- which is partially funded by the state and hires state employees to staff its grounds -- would need to be rescheduled or relocated if the shutdow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Parbati Kalicharan not guilty of stabbing her granddaughter over puzzle dispute

    Kalichari was convicted of a lesser charge last week.​Hopefully this will ease some tension at the Kalicharan family gatherings. Parbati Kalicharan has been found not guilty of stabbing her granddaughter in the ear with a kitchen knife last fall over a dispute that arose while the two constru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Southwest High School is the best in Minnesota

    Not the Taj Mahal, but better than your school.​Any minute now, all those families who abandoned Minneapolis and St. Paul for Edina, Minnetonka, and other assorted Twin Cities suburbs "for the great schools" are going to be sticking "for sale" signs on their front lawns, right? Nah. Just kid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Lawrence Martin Valencour, 60-year-old masseuse, sentenced for groping clients

    Lawrence Valencour gave Fox 9 a demonstration.​The only thing more gross than 60-year-old massage therapist Lawrence Martin Valencour groping six of his female clients was the wince-inducing demonstration he gave a Fox 9 reporter two years ago when he was first arrested. Valencour was sentenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010 Wiggles the fetus lives

    BirthOrNot.comWiggles was never in danger.​Pete and Alisha Arnold, the Apple Valley creators of and its online abortion poll, say their fetus will live. Maybe this closes the books on one of the weirder local media conflagrations in recent memory. Under the headline, We're Kee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010 vote: No abortion. Or not?

    BirthOrNot: There was a recount.​Pete and Alisha Arnold of Apple Valley say they've tallied the votes from their infamous BirthOrNot abortion poll, and the results are conclusive. Have the baby, the poll said. Or did it?

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Rhonda Arkley sets house on fire with husband inside, stabs herself with screwdriver

    Rhonda Arkley from a 2005 domestic assault arrest.​As Apple Valley police sped up to Rhonda Arkley's house this morning, flames leaped out of the back. Her husband was still inside. Arkley, meanwhile, was sitting in her car out front, stabbing herself with a screwdriver. When officers tried ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Alisha Arnold loses job after BirthOrNot hoax

    Alisha and Pete Arnold: She's pregnant and jobless, thanks to her website.​BirthOrNot blogger Alisha Arnold is 18 weeks pregnant, and now she's out of job. Alisha is the wife of Pete Arnold, a right-wing Internet troll who goes by the handle "Zeeboid." Together the Apple Valley couple launche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    John Kalal admits Pete Arnold is Zeeboid the internet troll

    Behold, the man known as Zeeboid!​Pete and Alisha Arnold are sticking to their story. is a real internet vote to determine if they should abort their pregnancy and not, as we discovered ample evidence of last week, an anti-abortion hoax. So today we drove the icy road to Apple Vall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    John Kalal's mugshot: Meet the wholesome spokesman for

    John Taylor Kalal has been the face of in Apple Valley.​Turns out everyone involved in this BirthOrNot hoax has something to hide. The last two times we've tried to get Alisha and Pete Arnold to explain the trail of internet evidence that shows -- the supposed poll t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010 owners: It's not a hoax [UPDATED]

    Photo via wiki.racetotheright.comPete "ThePete" Arnold gets his Star Trek on.​Pete and Alisha Arnold have gone on the record saying their website poll asking whether Alisha should have an abortion is not a hoax. Update: It's looking like anti-abortion advocacy. More after the jump. But while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Timothy Carson pleads guilty again

    Timothy Carson​Timothy Carson, the former Marine and Minneapolis cop turned robber, has pleaded guilty to a last round of crimes: Five counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of first-degree attempted aggravated robbery, in Dakota County.

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Kings Wine Bar, garlic, and firemen are reasons to celebrate The Week in Food

    The day garlic breath is forgiven.​ Kings Wine Bar celebrates its first birthday this month, and it's not the only one offering wine specials. This week, enjoy plentiful wine deals and dinners, as well as opportunities to learn more about permaculture, canning, and how to grow 6,000 pounds of prod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Ex-SWAT Timothy Carson sought suicide by cop confrontation

    Timothy Carson​Timothy Carson, an Iraq war Marine veteran and former Minneapolis SWAT officer, was evidently hoping for a suicide-by-cop confrontation the day he robbed a bank, the man's lawyer told U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz today in St. Paul. Andrea George sought leniency in Carso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Should we get to vote for our judges?

    Image Courtesy of State of Minnesota​There's a fight over how we decide who can be a judge in Minnesota, and it's being fought out this week in front of the Supreme Court and on the floor of the legislature.The state constitution says judges are supposed to be elected every six years, but in r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Timothy Carson, former Minneapolis cop, pleads guilty to bank robbery

    Carson still faces charges for other robberies and attempted robberies in Hennepin and Dakota counties.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Lindsey Vonn ditches "Minnesota nice" and takes a shot at Tiger Woods

    The Apple Valley native couldn't resist taking a shot at golfer and serial philanderer Tiger Woods' marital problems.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Double your giving with $100 in free Morrissey gift cards

    Treat others as you treat yourself: Buy a $100 gift card to The St. Paul Grill, Pazzaluna, Restaurant Max, Tria, or Enjoy!--and receive $100 in free cards.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Avett Brothers please fans at the Zoo amphitheater

    Carl Atiya Swanson recounts Saturday night's show at the Minnesota Zoo.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    April 20, 2009: Caroline Smith & Black Blondie

    PJ Harvey and John Parish to play the Weesner Amphitheater, Cold War Kids hit the Current & Black Blondie.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    10/17 Morning Must Reads

    Mass_media_4.jpgFriday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    Five Questions for... Ben and Erin of We Got Served

    Ben and Erin from We Got Served
    Five questions for the authors of We Got Served, a profoundly friendly and thoughtful local dining blog.

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2006

    Crime blotter: divine intervention

    On April 24, at approximately 9:18 a.m., Eagan police officers were dispatched to the Peace Reform Church on Glory Drive to investigate a burglary. Upon arrival, the cops were informed that four credit cards and $5 in cash had been stolen from a church employee's purse.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2006

    Powerline: Tom DeLay "too liberal"

    Tom DeLay has been called a lot of things in his day, but John Hinderaker--an Apple Valley attorney, conservative pundit and contributor to the popular political blog, Powerline--has broken new ground. In a post prompted by news of the Hammer's impending resignation from Congress, Hinderaker opines ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 4, 2004

    Endless Summer

    Everywhere, all the time, something is happening

  • Restaurants

    July 21, 2004

    Space Cadets

    A new Lyn-Lake pizza joint combines do-gooding, fun, and pizza to charming effect

  • News

    November 27, 2002

    The Big Kahuna

    Captain Budd sails off in pursuit of the great tan whale

  • News

    November 8, 2000
  • News

    October 18, 2000

    Their Generation

    Not trying to cause a big sensation--just stoked on Mountain Dew and Parliaments

  • Feature

    November 1, 1999
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    July 1, 1998
  • News

    May 20, 1998

    Tigers' Keepers

    A real-life fairy tale in which the wild beasts are hunted, the jungle is a plantation, and the knight in shining armor hails from Apple Valley.

  • News

    October 29, 1997

    Bill of Goods

    Ten years ago Minneapolis officials turned the heart of downtown into a parking lot. Now they've got an even better idea

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