Tim Fischer, a James Beard Award nominee himself, has the aura of Beard surrounding him. The Minnesota born and raised chef ("My parents moved us up to the lake when I was 10," he says, and by "the lake" he means Brainerd) headed to the Culinary Institute of America as soon as he turned 18. Like an ... More >>
Back before John Munson graced the stage with the New Standards, Dan Wilson was spinning gold for the likes of Adele and the Dixie Chicks, and even before the definitive paean to closing time, there was Trip Shakespeare. Marrying love beads and loud guitars, these kids made some of the most danceabl ... More >>
It's a busy weekend for beer happenings across the state: Fun runs, Oktoberfest, and new taprooms top the bill. Friday marks the opening of NorthGate's new taproom in their new building. It's modeled after an English pub and there will be a food truck and lots of beers flowing from their new taplin ... More >>
After a rainy week, local breweries are starting to look ahead to festival season. Tickets are on sale, or go on sale soon, for events such as the 22nd Annual City Pages Beer Festival, All Pints North, Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride, and Beer Dabbler Festival. Also on sale are Vine Park's tickets ... More >>
Cops are out. Gov. Mark Dayton has directed two members of his staff as well as the state public health commissioner to work with medical marijuana supporters in crafting a bill he could possibly sign into law within the next two months. The news came on Thursday after patients and advocates d ... More >>
Spring is in the air somewhere, which means that Bock Fest is back for the 28th time in New Ulm. August Schell Brewing is hosting the outdoor festival complete with live polka, German food, and their own beers, marking the alleged turning of the seasons. Anyone with a good winter coat and a dedicati ... More >>
Fine wine and tater tots never seemed like a natural pairing until popular Kingfield wine bar Kings came onto the scene four years ago. Since then this cozy spot has collected lots of local awards, appeared on many a "favorite places" list, and seen its share of talented chefs come and go. This Sund ... More >>
After moving back and forth between Minneapolis and Chicago, Brainerd-bred Nate Eisland is relieved to return to his home state. Recently, his band On an On rose from the ashes of now-defunct Scattered Trees. Since then, he, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing have received a burst of attention during th ... More >>
Officers executing a search warrant in a foreclosed Brainerd home Monday afternoon got a lot more than they bargained for.SEE ALSO: Stillwater couple's pock-faced, cross-eyed mugshots double as anti-meth advertising [PHOTOS]When they first arrived at the property to follow up on a report that electr ... More >>
It's one thing to steal, another to rip off a hard-working server making minimum wage. And it's a third thing to get caught in the act on camera.SEE ALSO: Teens face felonies after allegedly stealing cop radio and broadcasting, "F**k the police" But all three of those things recently happened at Bra ... More >>
Looking for a last minute winter weekend getaway? On January 25-27, the Grand View Lodge (in Nisswa, just north of Brainerd) will be hosting it's first Winter Culinary & Wine Experience. The event will feature a slew of wine and culinary professionals from around the state offering their experti ... More >>
After a hugely successful 2012, Trampled By Turtles are showing no signs of slowing down in the new year. In addition to embarking on a large U.S. tour which picks back up with a sold-out show at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Thursday, the acclaimed Duluth quintet are planning on celebrating thei ... More >>
The upcoming documentary Downloaded takes a look at the rise and fall of Napster and includes interviews with a Who's Who of the music industry.And at 2:41 of the trailer, you'll see a City Pages cover.
Colu.mn put together a neat breakdown of the legislative districts where the failed amendment that would've enshrined a one man-one woman definition of marriage into the state constitution found the most and least support.SEE ALSO: MN for Marriage's concession: "God has defined marriage as between o ... More >>
In recent weeks, Rev. Brad Brandon, the director of church outreach for Minnesota for Marriage, has traveled the state giving a presentation where he compares same-sex marriage advocates to Nazis.SEE ALSO: Rev. Brad Brandon wants his GOP endorsements to be tax exempt Minnesotans United for All Famil ... More >>
Samantha Martin, a 24-year-old Baxter resident, is in custody after allegedly spray-painting "Killers" and "U Kill" on a low-kill animal shelter in Brainerd.In addition to vandalizing the Heartland Animal Rescue Team facility, Martin released all the dogs in the shelter's impound area, police say. T ... More >>
Stop pooping in pools, people.The Minnesota Department of Health said yesterday that nine people are suspected to have Cryptosporidium (or Crypto) after swimming at Duluth's Edgewater Resort and Water Park. Crypto causes flu-like symptoms and diarrhea. It is caused by a parasite commonly spread t ... More >>
Lori Gildea is a powerful woman who just insulted you.The Minnesota Supreme Court visited Brainerd last night, as part of a "community dinner." Borrowing a page from Sarah "real Americans" Palin, Chief Justice Lori Gildea took the opportunity to insult the Twin Cities, flatter Brainerd, and embar ... More >>
Lucas Eastwood, Travis Campbell: Guilty of thuggishness, but not racism.Lucas Eastwood and Travis Campbell, the two Brainerd men arrested for a racially motivated attack on a black stranger, have pleaded guilty to a felony and are headed to prison. But that's not enough for Willie Navy, the m ... More >>
This week's cover story, Download Martyr, tells the story of the five-year legal battle between Brainerd resident Jammie Thomas-Rasset and some of the country's biggest record labels. Though she denies committing any crime, Thomas-Rasset has been found liable for sharing 24 copyrighted song ... More >>
RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs
Lucas Eastwood, left, and Travis Campbell allegedly attacked Willie Navy just because he was black.Willie Navy just wanted to have a drink at Yesterday's Gone, a tavern in downtown Brainerd. But he had the bad luck to be out drinking in the same place and at the same time as Lucas Eastwood an ... More >>
SarahHeiman"Wait, we're getting married WHERE?"Something terrifyingly saccharine this way comes. On Saturday morning, 50 couples from "Brainerd to Mankato and everywhere in between" will descend on the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for a mass wedding called "The Big Whopping Wedding." We get a ... More >>
peasapSometimes exterminating pirates is bad for your image.Breaking: the record industry is still hell-bent on incinerating every iota of good will the public might once have had for it.The latest evidence of this self-destructive crusade came in a Minneapolis courtroom yesterday, where Brai ... More >>
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There's no denying it: Boys have some weird fascination with hitting other dudes in the testicles for fun. Watching others fall over in pain is apparently extremely hilarious. Until someone loses a testicle. David Gibbons, a 14-year-old Minnesota teen, was so injured after being part of a game ... More >>
Photo: Flora/FlickrThis makes a person sit up and take notice: Eleven people died in accidents on Minnesota roads this weekend, according to the State Patrol. Friday: A 16-year-old girl, who's name has not been released pending a police investigation, was behind the wheel of a pickup truck ... More >>
The leaving and the longing for life
Driving way over the speed limit is legitimate this weekend in Brainerd.
The Recording Industry Association of America once again was successful in their attempt to make an enormous example out of one Brainerd woman for her illegal downloading of music.
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This story won't appear in print until next Wednesday (6/8), but here's a preview of CP's interview with Republican state Senator Paul Koering, the Brainerd-area legislator who announced in mid-April that he was gay.
Sen. Paul Koering: "Everybody knew at the Capitol. I just wanted to end all the speculation."
It is a cliche, but sometimes a picture is actually worth a thousand words. On a tangentially related note, this is a really lousy time to be coming out of the closet--especially if you happen to be a Republican state senator from the greater Brainerd area.
A supper-club oasis in a sea of sports bars
Did a local Psychologist conjure a patient's "memories" of cannibalism and torture?