Aquatic Animals

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    January 31, 2014

    Plate or Pass: Live sea urchin

    Why is it that some of the least sexy foods are considered the most divine? Sea urchins, for example, are essentially spiky sea floor garbage-eaters with anuses on the tops of their bodies, that sell for upwards of $14 per pound. Sound appetizing? Last Friday, Hot Dish headed to Coastal Seafoods to ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Why Pitbull and Ke$ha's "Timber" video is the pits

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. Right now, Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, is number two on Billboard and number one on ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013
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    July 17, 2013

    Butcher & the Boar's first-ever crawfish boil features a special appearance by the folks from Travail

    It's time again for Butcher & the Boar's monthly beer bash, but in an event that's true to form, they'll be ramping up the festivities for this coming Sunday. Chef Jack Riebel and friends will be putting together Butcher & the Boar's first-ever crawfish boil featuring locally-caught crawdads ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Minnesota Zoo selling unintentionally (?) morbid shirts in tribute of relocated dolphins

    No, Allie and Semo haven't died. But if you didn't know that and came across one of the shirts for sale at the Minnesota Zoo paying tribute to the relocated dolphins, you'd probably think they'd passed on to marine mammal heaven.SEE ALSO: Minnesota otter attacks: Why do they suddenly hate us?The "Th ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2012

    Rollerblade pioneer Scott Olson reinvents the wheel

    Thirty years after his initial success, Olson keeps aiming for the stars

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    October 5, 2012

    Last of the Minnesota Zoo dolphins moved to new homes

    The Minnesota Zoo's two bottlenose dolphins, Semo and Allie, have been moved to new homes to allow for major repairs to the zoo's saltwater-damaged Discovery Bay building. Semo, who at 48 is the oldest male bottlenose dolphin in human care, now resides at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California. A ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012
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    March 7, 2012

    Kevin Love to introduce K-Love the octopus tomorrow at MoA

    ​Three-point shootout champion? Two-time NBA All-Star and MVP candidate? That's all well and good, but only now has Kevin Love really hit the big time -- yesterday, the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America announced it has named an octopus after him. The real K-Love and the mollusc K-Lov ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Displaced penguins saved by Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley

    African penguins now residing at the Minnesota Zoo.​A group of displaced penguins can stop worrying about where they're going to live. They belong to all of us, now that they've found a home at the Minnesota Zoo. African blackfooted penguins are endangered in the wild due to overfishing and oil ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Craig Staloch killed thousands of pelican chicks

    ​Craig Staloch killed thousands of pelican chicks this May, in violation of federal law, his lawyer admitted in court Thursday. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials arrived at his Minnesota Lake farm to check on a pelican colony May 17. He called back to ask what his "options" wer ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Craig Staloch, Minnesota farmer, charged in pelican massacre

    WikipediaThe American White Pelican is not endangered -- unless it's on Craig Staloch's land.​Craig Staloch had a bird problem. Now he has a legal problem.Staloch's facing a single misdemeanor charge of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for his bird massacre, which left a flock-full of Ame ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Squid! Fried butter! It's the Best of Hot Dish: August 8-12, 2011

    by Patrick Darnell (from Picasa)The squid in the vid ain't this big.​The Hot Dish brought out some honest-to-goodness multimedia action this week that involved two things we just can't get enough of: squid and fried butter. Who can resist a little live (yet dead) dancing squid with a side of fried ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Would you eat this "undead" squid? [VIDEO]

    ​Did you see this viral video (below) of the "undead" squid, seemingly coming to life in front of a diner's eyes and nearly wriggling his way out of the bowl? Check it out:

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    February 22, 2011

    The Cloak Ox, H.U.N.X., Red Pens, Tender Meat, and a bathtub-bound seal

    ​I'm not sure how to put this without sounding strange, so I'm just going to say it.

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    January 27, 2011

    Taijah the Minnesota Zoo dolphin meets dad [VIDEO]

    Minnesota ZooSemo and Taijah appear to be getting along swimmingly.​It's early days yet, so maybe down the road we'll see some adolescent rebellion from young Taijah, the Minnesota Zoo's baby dolphin. But for the time being, she appears to be happy swimming under the wings of her dad. The two ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Rogue Valley CD-release at the Cedar, 11/26/10

    ​Rogue Valley Geese in the Flyway release showNovember 26, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisAs a Cedar staffperson introduced Rogue Valley at their third album release show of the year last Friday night, he made a comment that "Rogue Valley has proposed that they will release four albums this ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010
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    November 15, 2010

    Minnesota Zoo baby dolphin's new name is Taijah

    Apparently we're pretty much over "Flipper." Meet Taijah.​"Flipper" it isn't. The crowd-sourced name for the Minnesota Zoo's new baby dolphin is "Taijah," the zoo's marine mammal supervisor, Diane Fusco, told us this afternoon. More than 1,800 names were submitted in the competition we told y ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Minnesota Zoo dolphin needs a name [VIDEO]

    Photo: Minnesota ZooName that dolphin.​The Minnesota's Zoo's newest baby dolphin needs a name, and the zoo has decided to throw the choice open to the public. "Flipper," anyone?

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Dim sum hits downtown Minneapolis

    Kate N.G. Sommers​ I must admit I am not the authority when it comes to dim sum. My first experience was a mere six weeks ago while visiting San Francisco, and while it was delicious, I have a kryptonite: I'm deathly allergic to shellfish. This doesn't make ordering mysterious foods particula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Allie the Minnesota Zoo dolphin has a baby

    Courtesy Minnesota ZooAllie and baby are reported to be doing just fine​Last time we checked in with the ongoing soap opera among the dolphins at the Minnesota Zoo, Spree, the socially awkward one, was being shipped off to Chicago. Better news today. Allie, 23, just had a baby. She gave birth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Wisconsin homeless man Nathan J. Kittoe dines on park geese

    Via WikipediaFleeing Kittoe?​We will resist the temptation here to claim that we've found a solution to two problems: Feeding the homeless, and ridding public parks of geese that insist on crapping everywhere we try to sit and relax with a cold adult beverage on a hot summer's day. That said, ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Wisconsin homeless man Nathan J. Kittoe dines on park geese

    Via WikipediaFleeing Kittoe?​We will resist the temptation here to claim that we've found a solution to two problems: Feeding the homeless, and ridding public parks of geese that insist on crapping everywhere we try to sit and relax with a cold adult beverage on a hot summer's day. That said, ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Wisconsin town killing geese to rid lake shore of bird poop

    Photo by Urban Woodswalker​The poor children of Delavan. Their lake has been taken over by evil hissing geese who poop everywhere and make the shoreline horrifically disgusting. What can be done? Kill the geese, of course! They should know better. The town of Delavan is calling on the U.S. Depar ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    "Celeste and Starla" are wacky, crazy kids in love

    What are a girl and her starfish to do?​The title of Francesca Sanders's Celeste and Starla Save Todd and Win Back the Day is apparently very descriptive of the action it contains. And the current staging by 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, closing this weekend at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage, t ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Spree the socially awkward dolphin ships out

    Photo courtesy of the Minnesota ZooSpree's off to Chicago​No mom around for guidance. Tough guys leading her astray. Not playing nice with the other girls. Yes, it was time for Spree, the Minnesota Zoo's socially awkward bottlenose dolphin, to get a change of scene. She's off to the Brookfie ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Minn. Zoo dolphin clued in on social skills

    Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo​Poor Spree the dolphin. Born at the Minnesota Zoo in Aug. 2002, she lost her mother in 2006. Without a mom to teach her how to interact with other dolphins, she became the zoo outcast, lonely and clueless. Her only role models were two male dolphins. They faile ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010
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    August 19, 2009
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    August 5, 2009
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    August 19, 2008

    MN Zoo's Bottlenose Dolphin Has Bottlenose Bun In Oven

    Copy of Allie dolphin.jpgAllie, a 21-year-old bottlenose dolphin at the Minnesota Zoo is preggers. The mother and father, Semo, are expecting the bundle of aquatic joy in spring of 2009.

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    July 18, 2008

    Midwest corn production vs. Gulf of Mexico ecology

    A dead zone free of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico is expanding rapidly, and scientists say corn production here is a primary culprit.

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    June 25, 2008
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    May 30, 2008

    Bears and otters would like you to drink

    When shopping for classy wine, you might be tempted to shy away from bottles festooned with pi ... More >>

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    March 19, 2008
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    February 13, 2008
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    January 28, 2008

    Shark Attack!

    In a disturbing/awesome instance of shark-on-shark cannibalism, the Mall of America's Underwater Adventures was the scene of feral aggression Friday when a sand tiger shark took a bite out of a white tip reef shark half its size.

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    January 14, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions: 1/15

    Squid changing colors! Anticipation of the Michigan primary! And poetry, oh, the poetry!

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    December 26, 2007

    Breakfast of Champions: 12/27

    A short post today as we transition from putting out the paper to preparing our New Year's coverage. With bonus whale shark video!

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    February 14, 2007

    Al Franken releases his candidacy video

    Last year it was penguin movies, this year it's candidate videos on the internet. Humorist and former Air America host, Al Frank ... More >>

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    August 21, 2006

    A scary notion: Cuddyer is the key to the Twins's season

    My antipathy towards Michael Cuddyer has been well documented in this space. Last season I thought he was among the worst everyday players in the entire ... More >>

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    October 17, 2005

    The sixth wave of extinction: the Minnesota edition

    Among biologists, other scientists and anyone else who bothers to pay attention, it's no secret that plants and animals are vanishing from the earth at an appalling pace. The sixth wave of extinction, as the trend is referred to, is occurring far more rapidly than five extinction waves that preceded ... More >>

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    June 22, 2005

    Will Tokyo's Burger King bring back the Whaler?

    Willy is finally Free to land in a lunchbox   For sheer barking horror and human revulsion, the front-page news satisfies. But to appreciate the unknowable madness at work in the human character, one frequently needs to roam a few pages deeper into the world news.   In that spirit, why not spend a ... More >>

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    March 30, 2005

    In defense of the baddest bird on the planet

    In defense of the baddest bird on the planet I've spent some of the week working a story about the government's plan to manage--read: kill--up to 2,000 double-crested cormorants at Leech Lake this summer. It is an interesting and complicated issue. No species of bird is so utterly despised as th ... More >>

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