Today, Hennepin County Judge Lyonel Norris convicted former Bloomington substitute teacher Laura Avery, 60, of four counts of malicious punishment of children for going into meltdown mode while trying to deal with a bunch of fifth-graders last year.THE BACKSTORY: Bloomington sub teacher allegedly we ... More >>
Do you have a running list of "must eat" spots, but you never seem to find an occasion to visit them? Well bust out your pens and get ready to start crossing things off. MPLS/St.Paul Magazine's Restaurant Week is upon us (now through October 25) and the menus at this year's participating p ... More >>
This weekend, the nine-year-old boy who sneaked onto a plane to Las Vegas and made national headlines returned to Minneapolis along with two bodyguards and a stealthy TV producer, who was detained and questioned here.An NBC station in Nevada says the unnamed producer tried taking a photograph of the ... More >>
The charms of the Bloomington Civic Theatre can't set this musical afloat
-- Update at bottom --Earlier this week, someone apparently let two alligators loose on Goose Lake near Scandia, Fox 9 reports.NOT THE FIRST TIME: Small alligator found in Bloomington; fisherman says "there's a big one back there too" [PHOTO]Why they did that isn't clear at this point, but the DNR i ... More >>
Smack Shack, the North Loop's locus of lobster, just announced its summer block party will be held Saturday, August 10. The all-you-can-eat (and all-you-can-drink) event starts at noon and goes until 8:00 p.m. with a full lineup of live bands and a Louisiana-style crayfish boil-inspired menu. H ... More >>
Sen. Dan Hall, R-Bloomington, took heat last summer when he suggested gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic.SEE ALSO: Mel Gibson bops around the Twin Cities, asks women to take their shirts off [PHOTOS] Many months later, he's still as anti-gay-marriage as ever, but now he's making his case by sug ... More >>
Restaurant Week, the seasonal event hosted four times a year by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, has proved itself to be a hit with both restaurants and diners. Chefs get to pick the dishes on their menus that highlight the restaurants' strengths, and diners get to branch out and try new places at accessible ... More >>
One of the things that has made Charles Schultz's Peanuts comic strips and characters so popular over the past 60 years is that we all have a bit of Charlie Brown in us, and Lucy, and Snoopy, and Linus, and Sally, and Schroeder (and Pig Pen for that matter).This universal quality is on display in ... More >>
A new Szechuan in the 'burbsWhen the former chef at Little Szechuan decamped to Bloomington's Grand Szechuan in 2009, his decision caught the attention of the Twin Cities Chinese-language publications and the foodie press: Chef Luo Guanghe left the St. Paul stalwart and took several staff members ... More >>
Block E is a ghost mall.Slumping revenues have shuttered tenant after tenant in downtown's storied Block E, including Applebee's and Hooters. But the recent closure of Panchero's Mexican Grill was due to the fast food eatery's not fitting in with the new owner's redevelopment plans, according ... More >>
The Blacksheep Cafe in Springfield, Illinois is one of the shpookiest places I've played. It's all boarded up on the outside and is all graffitti'ed up on the inside. It's like shredder's lair If it weren't for Kirk and Dustin's tunes being so nice I would have been shakin' in m ... More >>
Bloomington PDStephanie Travetta Moreland hid a fur coat in her underpants for three days.The Alaskan Fur Company wanted its coat back, and Bloomington PD figured they knew who had it. But Stephanie Travetta Moreland wasn't in the mood to cooperate. So she spent three days in jail over the ... More >>
After two decades in business, Da Afghan is gone. We wondered what was up when we couldn't reach 'em by phone last week and now Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine has confirmed our worst fears: Da Afghan has closed. A sign on the door that previously read "temporarily closed," now reads "permanent ... More >>
Nick VlcekSzechuan at Tian Jin: Worth a trip to the suburbs.This week's Dish features Travail Kitchen and Amusements, whose unique, gourmet gastropub fare makes it worth the drive to Robbinsdale from elsewhere in the metro. If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, here are four more foodstuf ... More >>
The world's greatest?Regular Hot Dish reader and Fuddruckers fan (I know this describes a lot of you) Sam sounded the alarm last week when he noticed the always-busy burger joints seemed to be disappearing. The Bloomington and St. Louis Park locations had replaced their bright yellow signs wi ... More >>
by Lauren B. PhotographyThe cast of "Always & Forever" say it with a songIt's a busy weekend, particularly considering the fact that we're in the afterglow of the Fringe, when local stages tend to be dark and theatrical options fewer than the usual dizzying gamut. As fate would have it, we're ... More >>
Photo by ericmcgregorGail Gagne, with a wrestler's pedigree, was the weight room supervisor at Credin-Derham HallThe case of the Creditin-Derham Hall student befriended and then allegedly bedded by Gail Gange, has taken another twist. Her trial on sexual assault charges, which was to have started n ... More >>
Parma, meet Bloomington at D'Amico's newest eatery Gray skies have you hankering for chicken Parmesan or pasta carbonara? Parma 8200, D'Amico's newest venture, is having its soft opening tonight. We gave you a few details about the place earlier this week, but if you want a sneak peak at ho ... More >>
Feast your eyes on these gourmet sweets from Sunday's event
Gail Gagne is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal-sexual conduct with a Cretin-Derham Hall student.
Chez Colette in the Bloomington Sofitel Hotel wants to woo you to its premises with chocolate today.
Kick off summer, drive-in style, tonight from 8 to 9 p.m.
Join the conversation with TD Mischke on today's 'In The Stream' live from 2 p.m.- 4p.m.
Wrestling legend Verne Gagne's deadly assault on a fellow resident at the Bloomington care facility they lived in won't result in any criminal charges, the Hennepin County Attorney's office said today.
Have your cakes and eat 'em too during next week's specials at Blue Plate restaurants and IHOP.
Get them while they're hot-- tickets for the annual Doomtree Blowout are now available at several area record stores
Q Fanatic is one of the state's best BBQs
A prolific con man gets his day in court and 37 months in state prison
Budget cuts and Bush are leaving victims of domestic violence out in the cold
The cougar's comeback gets stopped dead in its tracks
Thoughts on its long-lost power
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