When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>
One of the controversies surrounding Chris Lollie's rough, racially charged arrest in the First National Bank Building's skyway is whether the seat he was sitting in when a security guard asked him to leave is in a public space or not.A post on the First National Bank Building's Facebook page sugges ... More >>
The Minnesota State Fair is upon us. While you're out and about in the metro checking out the latest deep-fried obsessions and prize hogs, why not swing by a local brewery for a fresh growler? This weekend sees a good mix of beer-related happenings and new beers with some nontraditional ingredients. ... More >>
In just under a year, The Buttered Tin's pastry chef and co-owner Alicia Hinze has seen her restaurant become a beloved part of St. Paul life. On a recent Saturday morning, with the place packed with customers inside and out, Hinze took time out to chat about her inspirations, her baby (the restaura ... More >>
Yesterday, Minneapolis's newspaper misidentified Minneapolis's mayor.The Star Tribune's Sunday story on Betsy Hodges's first 100 days in office features a photo of Chris Coleman and his wife Connie with this mistaken caption: "Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman made thei ... More >>
Meet the micro-distillers who are making craft liquor the Twin Cities' new industry
The day after Betsy Hodges was elected, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave her this advice: "Whatever you do, you don't want to take lessons from the mayor of Toronto."SEE ALSO: Our unauguration interview with R.T.He was speaking, of course, of Rob Ford, the colorful, crack-smoking mayor of ... More >>
-- Update at bottom -- Eat your heart out, North Loop -- a new study put together by RealtyTrac ranks downtown St. Paul's Lowertown area as America's top hipster zip code. SEE ALSO: 10 Things hipsters couldn't ruin in the '00s But fret not, Minneapolis hipsters (whatever that term means), because yo ... More >>
Love is the Law ConcertWith the Suburbs, Gay Men's Chorus, Jack Brass Band, P.O.S., Zoo Animal, and Hookers $ BlowEcolab Plaza, St. PaulTuesday, May 14, 2013"Life is like a summer's evening," a lyric from the Suburbs' Tuesday performance proved to the second-most memorable statement of the night. Af ... More >>
Love is the law.Well, it will be officially on Tuesday. Following Governor Dayton's signing of the Freedom to Marry Bill Tuesday afternoon, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will host a concert at Ecolab Plaza featuring the Suburbs, P.O.S., and several other local musicians celebrating the new legislatio ... More >>
Wits with Tig Notaro and Kathleen Edwards Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Friday, April 19, 2013 With a name like Wits, come expecting to laugh, but also come expecting to be moved by the musical guests. Friday's session of Wits had its guests trading roles with musical guest Kathleen Edwards showing ... More >>
For six months, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has had to cancel its concerts, as musicians and management tangled over the terms of a new contract.The labor dispute began when the musicians' old contract expired at the end of September 2012. Three weeks later, musicians were locked out. Now, after ... More >>
Central Connecticut State University's annual literacy survey shows Minneapolis holding steady as the third-most literate city in the county, once again behind first-place D.C. and second-place Seattle.LAST YEAR'S RESULTS: Minneapolis 3rd most literate city; St. Paul slipping back into stone age App ... More >>
And they're not even calling it Thunder Road. After a weekend toiling away for the causes of Hurricane Sandy and Barack Obama and finally reaching a detente with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Bruce Springsteen is touching down for a weekend here in the Twin Cities.In conjunction with performan ... More >>
:: UPDATE :: Eric Hightower, St. Paul police brutality victim, allegedly threatened to blow ex's head offSEE ALSO:-- Kenya Montgomery seeking $40k judgement in Mpls police misconduct suit [VIDEO]-- David Clifford's one-punch near-homicide: The surveillance footage [VIDEO]-- VIDEO: Was peaceful Occup ... More >>
Related:Death Cab For Cutie, Avett Brothers highlight Des Moines' 80/35 Fest line-upKid Dakota, Mayda, Bloodnstuff lead Lyn-Lake Street Fest lineupFeist, DeVotchKa, and Rufus Wainwright top Music in the Zoo's summer concert scheduleThe Live Nation-sponsored River's Edge Festival at Harriet Island ha ... More >>
A rendering of the Saints' proposed Lowertown ballpark. The project is one of many in Gov. Dayton's $775 million bonding proposal.It isn't $500 million for a new Vikings stadium, but today, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a bonding bill that would allot $27 in public funds for a new St. Paul Saints bal ... More >>
Rock club also offers an unusual menu
Federal funds grease the rails.So it turns out the $478 million check really was in the mail. We were a little leery last week when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman used his State of the City address to declare federal funding had been approved to cover half the cost of the Central Corridor ligh ... More >>
Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar
Since your kids will be home again today, perhaps you could put one of these in their hands.OK. One snow day is fun. Some unscheduled goof-off time. A good excuse to go sledding or turn into a drooling, squinty-eyed fool with the new Call of Duty. But two days of school canceled in a row in ... More >>
Money: the Itasca Project wants yours A business partnership called the Itasca Project wants the public's help paying a $400,000 to $450,000 salary for its CEO. That means your money. Yeah--you, with the crappy salary and the tight budget.
Photo: Tom GazpachoToilet plungers may be needed in St. Paul.It's bad enough to learn that dozens of Minnesota communities flushed their human waste into flooding rivers last week. Now we find out some of that crap is going to flow downhill into St. Paul, along with expected rising waters. T ... More >>
Photo by Dan CorriganMayors RT Rybak and Chris Coleman at the Current's 5th birthday partyLast May, when Mumford & Sons blasted through town with a very sold-out show at the Varsity Theater, the impact that Minneapolis Public Radio's contemporary music station has on our concert ticket market ... More >>
Painting by Jan AttridgeHere's another reason to head down to today's Taste of Minnesota festivities (just in case sets by everyone from Atmosphere to Dawes to Haley Bonar and Justin Townes Earle isn't enough): The St. Paul mayor, Chris Coleman, will appear on the Red House Stage at 3:45 p.m. to ... More >>
More than table scraps please, the mayor tells legislatorsThat $800 million Vikings stadium bill working its way through the Legislature this week amounts to nothing more than "left-over crumbs" for St. Paul, the city's mayor told state lawmakers in a letter yesterday. At issue: Proposed deb ... More >>
Rybak says Arizona's a dangerous place for city employeesMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has joined a growing chorus of critics -- including St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman -- chastising Arizona's new and controversial anti-immigrant law, and is urging city employees to rethink travel plans to the ... More >>
A former campaign worker for Eva Ng alleges financial irregularities and broken laws.
St. Paul declared war on pigeons long ago and now those nasty flying rats have effectively won the battle. Those freaks will never die, even when they have Mayor Chris Coleman after them stuffing birth control down their throats.
Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Thursday's five most interesting stories printed on wood pulp.
The Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland was the kind of race that would make you turn around and start scanning the box seats for a smiling John Gotti, smoking a cigar and shaking hands with his associates.
Is a national convention a good idea for the Twin Cities, or just its pols?
Usually when the words "boondoggle" and "Mississippi River" are uttered in the same sentence, you can bet that the phrase "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers" will follow in short order. As has been well-documented, the Corps loves to pour tons of concrete (and billions of dollars) into the Mississippi fo ... More >>
The ways and means committee of the Minneapolis City Council voted to toughen up the city's living wage ordinance this afternoon. The measure passed 4-2, with council members Barret Lane and Dan Niziolek in opposition. Under the new ordinance companies that contract with the city to provide service ... More >>
It's one thing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. It's another thing for incumbent St. Paul mayor Randy Kelly to sell his recent two-to-one primary defeat at the hands of Chris Coleman as a deliberate part of his reelection strategy. Yet that didn't keep Kelly and his crew from talking up th ... More >>
Rumors have circulated for weeks that another legitimate contestant will enter the St. Paul mayor's race. Tomorrow morning long-time Green Party activist Elizabeth Dickinson will officially announce her candidacy. Dickinson made a surprisingly strong run to win the Ward Two city council seat i ... More >>
St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly sent out an interesting letter to the city's DFL'ers last week. The gist of the missive was that Kelly won't be seeking the party's endorsement at the April 30th citywide convention. This was no surprise given that the incumbent had no chance in hell of actually garnering ... More >>
Primaries could mean a stronger, tougher lineup
Highway? Park? Highway with a park on top? The fight over St. Paul's Ayd Mill Road gears up--again.