Thirteen days remain before the Nice Ride bikes go into hibernation:We'll be turning off the Nice Ride system on November 3rd at 10 PM. Enjoy your nice, cool fall riding.-- Nice Ride Minnesota (@NiceRideMN) October 17, 2013 The bike-sharing network expects to have all the bikes gathered by Nov. 15, ... More >>
Now that Nice Ride has 170 stations and more than 1,500 bikes throughout the Twin Cities, the four-year-old bike share network is setting its sights on the rest of the state.Expansion plans were hatched when the program's flagship sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, put out a state-wid ... More >>
The weather might be cartwheeling between sunny 60-degrees and forecasts of flurries, but a more consistent sign of spring started showing its reassuring face last week: Nice Ride's lime green bikes, back on the street for their fourth season. Along with the seasonal re-launch comes some upgrades fo ... More >>
Getting a flu shot is no guarantee you won't get sick, perhaps even deathly so, from influenza.SEE ALSO:-- MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controversy: Do they shame fat people? [VIDEO] -- KARE 11 criticized for hosting "potentially harmful" health screenings at State Fair Just consider th ... More >>
Tracy Reid's seven-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed as severely autistic in 2008. Over the next two years, he experienced huge gains through a type of treatment known as Intensive Early Intervention Behavioral Therapy, or IEIBT. Advocates say it's the closest thing to a cure for autistic children, a ... More >>
A month after New York City approved a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, Duluth-based St. Luke's Hospital has taken the next step and is banning the sale of all sugary drinks on hospital premises. SEE ALSO:-- MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controversy: Do they shame fat people? ... More >>
It's 9:30 a.m., and a rooster is bellowing as Liz Otto and her daughter Kate make their way down the gravel road to the garden. Decked out in red rubber boots, Kate steps into a labyrinth of pepper plants, Brussels sprouts, and tomatoes. And with the keen eye of a junior horticulturist, she immedi ... More >>
Jennifer Livingston, a TV anchor/reporter for the CBS affiliate in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is comfortable in her own skin. But an infrequent male viewer of her morning show is uncomfortable about her skin and what's directly underneath it.SEE ALSO:-- MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controver ... More >>
Earlier this month, a study concluded that half of Minnesota will be obese by 2030. In hopes of preventing that from happening, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recently released two new anti-obesity ads.SEE ALSO: Minnesota obesity epidemic? New study says half of us on track to be really ... More >>
SEE ALSO:- NiceRide's biggest-in-the-nation bike sharing starts tomorrow [Map]- North Minneapolis may see some Nice Ride action- Blue Cross drops $1.5 million money bomb on Nice Ride- Nice Ride Minnesota secures major funding for expansionEarlier this week, not long after noon, an anonymous cyclist ... More >>
See Also:Kevin Steinman talks songwriting and the power of performingKevin Steinman checks in from Norway to talk about the aftermath of the Oslo tragedyKevin Steinman will be a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter until later this summer. After a farewell show at Bryant Lake Bowl on July 23, he's mo ... More >>
Your zip code could be a measure of how long you're going to live. Last week, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation released a report with good health news for Twin Cities residents with some zip codes, and shakier news for others. The good: Twin Cities-dwellers are living longer t ... More >>
Des Moines' eclectic 80/35 Festival is now in it's fifth year, and continues to bring talented, compelling national and local acts to the two-day Iowa music fest. And while the outdoor music festival competition in the Twin Cities this summer will be greater than it's ever been, this year's stron ... More >>
With its idyllic location next to one of the best farmers markets in the Twin Cities, perhaps no museum is better suited to hosting an exhibit on "the unique confluence of community aspiration, cultural exchange, and economic activity popularly known as farmers markets" than the Mill City Museum. T ... More >>
We're inching toward farmer's market season, and the proof is in this week's events: from a CSA fair at Seward Co-op to the opening of Mill City Museum's new "Growing Strong: How Farmers Markets Nourish People, Communities and the Planet" exhibit, the veggies are in the air this Week in Food. 4/17 ... More >>
The Human Rights Campaign assessed companies' GLBT-friendlinessThe Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released a study measuring hundreds of companies' friendliness to gay employees. If their survey is any indication, Minnesota companies tend to do well by their GLBT employees. Thirteen Mi ... More >>
More than half the survey respondents would support increased cigarette prices.If the stress from thinking about Minnesota's budget deficit makes you think about lighting up a smoke, think again. Nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans would support increasing cigarette state taxes on tobacco to help so ... More >>
KDWB apologizes on their own terms, got it?As a part of their ongoing apology for the "Hmong parody" debacle, KDWB managers are holding a meeting with members of the Hmong community at their offices in St. Louis Park this morning for a "dialog." However, some of the invitees are refusing to go. ... More >>
KDWB apologies: now with extra sincerity.KDWB's Dave Ryan has issued yet another apology for the so-called "Hmong parody song" that has incensed listeners and driven away important advertisers. "Some may feel that our previous apologies about this have been inadequate or insincere," said Ryan in ... More >>
Saying sorry, again.KDWB has been forced to apologize again for that tasteless Hmong parody song aired by the "Dave Ryan in the Morning Show" crew a few weeks ago. The latest mea culpa came as a crowd of protesters showed up outside the station's front doors on Friday morning carrying signs ... More >>
Not as funny as they think they are.KDWB has lost another advertiser over that tasteless "Dave Ryan in the Morning" show parody that recently portrayed Hmong Americans in a far less than flattering light Blue Cross Minnesota found the song, sung to the tune of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven ... More >>
Nice Ride MNThe snafu is over, Nice Ride reports.Season No. 2 for our nifty bike share program Nice Ride rolled out in a less than spectacular fashion over the weekend: Some customers wanted to return their bikes, but they couldn't. We hear that riders were treated to nasty grinding noises ... More >>
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.The snow is melting, and potholes are multiplying faster than bunnies, so it's time for Nice Ride's lime green cruiser bikes to hit the streets again. And this spring, stations are being opened in North Minneapolis for the first time, after activists in neigh ... More >>
Facebook"Scott" sets a good example.We don't know who "Scott" is, but we're going to learn a lot about him in the next 30 days because he's going to live in a glass box at the Mall of America. We do know he's 45 years old, and lives somewhere in the Twin Cities. But his name is being kept se ... More >>
More lime green bikes coming to a neighborhood near you.Nice Ride Minnesota, the bike share program that launched last June, is about to get a lot bigger. Thanks to a just-announced major infusion of cash, the program is ready to start implementing its Phase 2 expansion.
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Rybak and the Do Groove guy.Imagine if you will the mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak, riding a lime green bicycle around City Hall, followed on same by Blue Cross CEO Pat Geraghty and the Do Groove TV commercial guy -- the dude in the sweater vest bustin' out his hip hop moves in a doctor's w ... More >>
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