If you think working your way up the ladder to become a public school principal reflects strength of character, consider the allegations facing Chris Grote.Grote, the 47-year-old principal at Cambridge Primary School, faces a host of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges for allegedly ... More >>
One of the Twin Cities' favorite Frenchmen is about to prove his Gallic mettle with his own take on the Tour de France. Vincent Francoual, chef and owner of downtown Minneapolis's Vincent A Restaurant, has plans to launch a line of burgers in honor of the world's biggest cycling event.The burgers ar ... More >>
Studies published both last year and in 2012 ranked the Twin Cities among the top 10 metros for college grads. A new study published by Livability.com indicates that remains the case this year, at least as far as Minneapolis is concerned. The study ranks Minneapolis as the fifth-best city in the cou ... More >>
-- Update at bottom -- A friend of MNGOP House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt's faces multiple felony charges for pulling Daudt's gun on a Montana man who was selling the representative a used 1966 Ford Bronco.SEE ALSO: MNGOP leader Kurt Daudt suggests today's freezing temps mean global warming is a myt ... More >>
Just three years ago, Minneapolis was the gayest city in all of America. But thereafter lumped together with its sister city, Minneapolis/St. Paul has now fallen right off the Advocate's list of the gayest metros.SEE ALSO: Anti-marriage equality rally was the biggest megafail in the history of megaf ... More >>
We get it, Passion Pit -- you're a huge deal. From a pair of First Avenue shows last fall to a headlining gig at Summer Set just over the border in Wisconsin this year, the Cambridge synth-pop act has a draw that's on the rise. With an EDM sensibility fused inside their indie circuitry, the group ha ... More >>
More than most people, Amanda Palmer has an insider's perspective on Neil Gaiman. After all, she's his wife. The Cambridge-based musician met the author through a mutual friend, and after some careful courting, the two haven't looked back. This June, Gaiman published his first adult novel in eight ... More >>
Summer Set Music Festival, Day Two With Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Blackalicious, SBTRKT, Zedd, MaLLy, and Doomtree Somerset, Wisconsin August 10, 2013 Replace the palm trees of Coachella with corn fields, or swap out Lollapalooza's dramatic Chicago skyline backdrop for rolling Wisconsin farmlands, an ... More >>
Vampire WeekendOrpheum Theatre, MinneapolisMonday, August 5, 2013Vampire Weekend are not a sentimental band. We should know this already, of course. It's plain to see in their music, and frankly, they're too successful to waste their time with such middling emotions. But, as the New Yorkers returned ... More >>
Plans for a Northern Lights Express train connecting Minneapolis and Duluth recently cleared a major hurdle with the completion of an environmental report that found the high-speed line wouldn't have a major impact on the surrounding area.FROM LAST YEAR: Plans progressing for high-speed rail to Chic ... More >>
A middle finger allegedly wasn't enough ammunition for 42-year-old Farmington resident Bobby Munn when he got into it with another driver on I-35E on the afternoon of March 17. So he reached into his door pocket and grabbed his gun.FROM LAST FALL: Cambridge man swerved car at passing motorcyclists, ... More >>
Last month, we told you about the felony criminal sexual conduct charges facing Ryan Muehlhauser, the senior pastor at Lakeside Christian Church in Cambridge. Muehlhauser, 55, is accused of coercing young men who were seeking his services as an ex-gay therapy counselor into sexual relationships with ... More >>
The Human Rights Campaign's newly released GLBT Municipal Equality Index gives high marks to Minneapolis and middling marks to St. Paul.SEE ALSO: Minneapolis 3rd most literate city; St. Paul slipping back into stone ageHuman Rights Campaign's study ranks 137 cities according to categories including ... More >>
A controversial Radiolab episode opens old wounds and raises countless questions for Minnesota's Hmong
Ryan Muehlhauser, the 55-year-old senior pastor at Lakeside Christian Church in Cambridge, faces eight felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting two young men who were seeking ex-gay therapy.SEE ALSO:-- Gary Elg, Red Wing pastor, busted in St. Paul pros ... More >>
God forbid you encounter 71-year-old Cambridge resident Joseph Kadlec when he's behind the wheel, but if you do, don't try and pass him.SEE ALSO: In span of hour, two elderly Stillwater drivers accidentally hit gas pedal, cause separate wrecksKadlec has been involved in six road rage incidents since ... More >>
It doesn't always seem like it, but Minnesota is one of the most peaceful places in America.That's the conclusion emerging from the Institute for Economics and Peace's United States Peace Index 2012. The study looks at five factors -- the homicide rate, violent crime rate, incarceration rate, police ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton will expanded his list of essential services in a possible state government shutdown today, petitioning Ramsey County Court to include payments to health care and financial assistance workers providing services to those on state aid. "We recognize the lack of assured provide ... More >>
Image by Charles & Clint on FlickrThis is a REAL steer. Norb Anderson lost his fake one.Three months ago, someone cruelly stole the 500-lb. fiberglass likeness of an Angus steer. Now "Blackie" is back. The State Fair parade staple was stolen a week before Minnesota's big event. Blackie was ... More >>
An aggressively Boston movie with bank robber hijinx
Martin Parr, Cambridge, England, from "Luxury" series, 2005 (printed 2008), The Linda and Lawrence Perlman Photography Endowment 2009.42.2Starting this Friday through January 2, 2011, museum-goers at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will get a chance to witness how wealth--or lack there of--h ... More >>
Never mind the crowded classrooms, the ancient facilities and the general lack of college campus-like opulence compared to its palatial suburban rivals: Southwest High School in Minneapolis is the best high school in Minnesota, according to Newsweek. Take that, cake eaters! The very best in ... 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 >>
Robert Howard Swanson is accused of adding diazepam to the girl's drink without her knowledge.
Plus: Minneapolis mayor wins election, immediately pursues higher office
Just think of all of the children who won't get presents Christmas morn if Santa is stuck in the Emergency Room with an epic fever.
The tour is another step forward for the up-and-coming locals.
Check the list to see if your high school made the cut.
The St. Paul church has fought for 20 years to avoid paying for a former member's kids
Solo artist falls down rabbit hole, finds himself part of My Morning Jacket's opening band
Let's bring back the year's best (and worst) performances for one more round of applause (and jeers)
Sacha Baron Cohen's howlingly funny mockumentary goes looking for America
Four questions for the freeway exit-ramp beggars
Jeune Lune does right by Kafka's unfinished 'Amerika'
The myths go modern in 'Songs on Bronze'
Was Charles Macomb Flandrau the father of modern Minnesota letters--or just a literary layabout?
Kama Ginkas devours Chekhov's 'Lady with a Lapdog'
Mapping the literary landmarks of the Twin Cities
Did the power that lights your lava lamp begin as a pile of cow manure?
Public camping has been prohibited in Minneapolis for years. Trouble is, for Westside and Chris, Little John and Gnat, there's no place else like home.
Dodie Shallman had something to say about Cambridge's scandalous debt, beastly taxes, and the clowns who got the town into this mess. With the dirt-dishing Observer, the doyenne turned her crusade into news.
English pop's square peg finds a new circle
Howling coyotes, lows in the 60s, and neighbors from Hibbing: Minnesota snowbirds roost in the desert
Scott Paulson was sick of his stepson's complaints about a white posse beating up his black friends. Then the phalanx of trucks pulled up on his lawn.
Movie theaters used to have majestic screens, rocking chairs, and real butter. Some still do.
The timber wolf, along with baby harp seals, was an environmental-movement poster child. But biologists have found wolves don't need wilderness to prosper. They need, simply, something to eat and to be more or less left alone.