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  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    How Legend sold Bob Marley to the suburbs

    At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    TGI Fridays to debut food truck in the Twin Cities

    TGI Fridays, everyone's favorite strip mall stop, is launching a food truck featuring eight items from its "handcrafted" menu. Even if you aren't a fan of franchise fare, you might appreciate this part: Everything on the menu is free. The TGI Fridays food truck is about to set off on its Summer of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Roundy's Inc. sells all Twin Cities Rainbow locations to Supervalu, Lunds

    Roundy's Inc. is leaving the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported on Wednesday. The majority of its stores have been sold to Supervalu Inc. and Lund Food Holdings Inc., in addition to three other independent companies. Ten of the 18 Rainbow stores that were sold will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    MN brewers win 6 medals at World Beer Cup

    Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity. See also: Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Vikings stadium construction already underway [PHOTOS]

    The final sad bits of the Metrodome came crashing down over the weekend. Concrete is still strewn on the site, but the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority tells us workers will soon crush it up and haul it away.SEE ALSO: The classic Zygi/Dayton photo: Top tweets After that, the Dome will be nothin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Hymie's announces 2014 Record Store Day Block Party lineup

    Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Minneapolis's Super Bowl drive could bring in more than $300 million, officials say

    State, city, business, and Vikings officials want Minneapolis to host the Super Bowl in 2018, and it's not because of the goodness of their hearts.SEE ALSO: Vikings unveil stadium design: Top 10 tweets Kristen Montag, communications director for Meet Minneapolis -- the non-profit tasked with putting ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 15, 2014

    Local Spirits: A look at Twin Cities micro-distillers

    Meet the micro-distillers who are making craft liquor the Twin Cities' new industry

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Report: Zygi Wilf hired Leslie Frazier because he's black

    Yesterday, the New York Observer published a lengthy piece about the backstory behind the Wilf family's incredible wealth and the New Jersey lawsuit where a judge blasted the family for using "bad faith and evil motive" in bilking business partners out of more than $80 million dollars.SEE ALSO: Viki ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2013
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    August 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Sunday liquor sales bill introduced in Senate

    It's baaaack! Less than a year after the last attempt to legalize Sunday liquor sales was killed in the House, the bill has been resurrected from the dead in the Senate.SEE ALSO: Study: Sunday liquor sales would boost state revenueAuthored by Senator Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, and Senator Jeremy Mille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Hüsker Dü to rerelease debut single for Record Store Day

    Not to be outdone by all of the noise that their Twin Cities brethren the Replacements have made as of late, Hüsker Dü just announced plans to release some early songs the band recorded at the Old Blackberry Way studio back in 1980 for this year's Record Store Day on April 20th. The four songs we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Bruce Bradley, local novelist and blogger, exposes the food industry

    Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the walls of the big-food industry? Well, that's something local industry-insider-turned-author Bruce Bradley knows a little about. Bradley, who lives in Minneapolis, has spent over 15 years working as a marketing executive for some of the biggest food com ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 11, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    St. Croix Chocolate Company: Sweets for the locavore

    The St. Croix Chocolate Company has been supplying the river valley with artisan chocolates since 2010.  But located somewhat outside the usual foodie sphere of influence, seasonally inspired chocolates with flavors  like violet, pear caramel, or wildflower honey initially raised some eyeb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Heiruspecs' Sean McPherson talks music copyright with expert Peter DiCola

    By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Hymie's Vintage announces 14-act Record Store Day lineup

    ​As the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21 continues to grow, entertaining plans for the big day from local record shops are beginning to be announced. First out of the gate is Hymie's Vintage Records, who have a full-day of great music and merriment plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Winterfest ticket giveaway

    Winterfest is THE hot ticket of the Twin Cities beer-fest year. A showcase for members of the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, it is open only to Minnesota breweries. They are all trying to out-do each other in a friendly competition for bragging rights to the best beer in the state, so ever brewer b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Supervalu focusing on record number of food stamp recipients

    Food stamps account for 40 percent of sales at Supervalu's Save-A-Lot stores.​Eden Prairie-based Supervalu is one of a handful of grocery chains changing the way it operates to accommodate the record number of food stamp recipients. From opening supermarkets at midnight, when government benefits a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Vikes stadium: Dayton asks city, Ramsey County to play hurry-up

    Minneapolis leaders are mounting a last-minute drive to keep the Vikings in town. ​Governor Dayton wants Minneapolis and Ramsey County to deploy hurry-up offenses in hopes of bringing closure to the Vikings' stadium drive.Today, he sent the Ramsey County board and Mayor R.T. Rybak letters setting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Vikings warming to idea of staying in Minneapolis

    ​After months of insisting that Arden Hills is the team's preferred site for a new Vikings stadium, it appears ownership is warming to the idea of staying in downtown Minneapolis.During meetings with state political leaders yesterday, owner Zygi Wilf reportedly displayed maps showing how a new sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Bemidji Brewing needs a kickstart

    Bemidji Brewing is state's newest brewery-to-be​For the Minnesota craft-beer world there's yet another new kid on the block; or at least on its way to the block. From up there near the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi comes the announcement of Bemidji Brewing Company. The brewery's three p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Craig Finn solo album out early 2012, with 7" single coming in November

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​We already knew Craig Finn was laying down some solo tracks, and now we've learned more about when we'll be able to hear some of them: Finn will debut his first solo single, "Honolulu Blues," on November 25, and the only way to get your paws on a physical copy is to head to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Looking for Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream? Here's where to find it

    Yael GrauerBen & Jerry's popular limited-edition flavor is a best-seller​Finding Schweddy Balls in the Twin Cities ain't easy, as the popular Ben & Jerry's limited-edition flavor has been flying off shelves. If you've been curious to try it, here's where you can pick up a pint in the Twin Ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Outback Steakhouse ordered to pay $1.25 million in tip-sharing lawsuit

    Outback servers won a class action lawsuit over tip pooling. ​Tip-pooling--when a restaurant's waitstaff shares a percentage of their gratuities with untipped staffers, such as bussers and dishwashers--has become a popular practice at some local restaurants, including Piccolo and Travail. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Food truck owners to restaurateurs: Blame yourself, not our trucks, for business problems

    Barrio Restaurant Group think it's easy for restaurateurs to blame food trucks for their problems.​Local food truck vendors are striking back at the suggestion that their trucks are eating local restaurants' profits. "I think in a downward economy we blame everybody but ourselves as restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Pizza Nea appreciates Surly this Week in Food

    Venture out this Valentine's Day.Cupid has hit the Twin Cities. Explore Valentine's, viticulture, and vegetable gardens this Week in Food. Monday 2/14 Appeal to Cupid's culinary senses this Valentine's Day with myriad dining options. Wednesday 2/16 The Surly Appreciation Party keeps on kickin' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Should Sunday liquor sales be allowed?

    Currently, you can order this beverage in a bar on Sundays, but not buy it in a store.​A bill to allow Sunday liquor sales, SF 197, is being introduced in the Senate today by Sens. Scott Dibble, Linda Scheid, and Roger Reinert of the DFL and Republican Sen. John Howe. How would you like your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Harriet Brewing Co., Minneapolis's newest brewery, gets ready to launch

    Harriet Brewing Company Harriet Brewing Company opening in Minneapolis​isn't just the latest entry into the burgeoning Minnesota beer scene, it's also the first new non-brewpub brewery in the city of Minneapolis since the Grain Belt Brewery closed in 1975. The brand-new brewery is housed in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    WCCO television and radio websites now "CBS Minnesota"

    ​Talk about your bold rebranding. The websites for WCCO television and radio have been combined and subsumed into a brand new expression of corporate identity: "CBS Minnesota." Good bye, Good Neighbor online? The site rolled out today, along with a new address:

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    'Yes Pecan!' inspires suggestions for Bush-themed ice cream

    WMDelicious, anyone? Ben & Jerry's flavor suggestions making the rounds.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Zygi Wilf: Create jobs and build my stadium!

    Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Jimmy2Times interviews Mike the 2600 King

    Our new "Aw Naw Hell Naw" columnist interviews Burlesque Design co-founder Mike the 2600 King.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Wine industry toasts the Obamas

    Winemakers are happy to have a drinker in the White House.

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Pioneer Press won't be outsourcing their copy desk, for now

    The company that owns the Pioneer Press, MediaNews, had floated the idea of outsourcing copy desks and other parts of the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    How Girl Talk gets away with it the latest version of Soulseek and a little pluck, Gregg Gillis has become illegal music's Al Capone.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    Newspaper Default-o-Matic: Pi Press parent a big credit risk

    Bored with words? Like to look at graphs instead? Still want to follow the burgeoning newspaper financial crisis? Longtime journalist and current CEO Alan Mutter has created a handy tool just for you.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    It's easy to get rich here

    Want to get rich? Stay right where you are. Or move to Plano, Texas. But who really wants to do that anyw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008

    Are home tapers ripping off musicians?

    The Minnesota woman ordered to pay $220,000 for sharing two-dozen songs online may get a second tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2008

    Glory days

    Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group, parent company of the Pioneer Press, spoke to a conference sponsored ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Bleeding continues at Strib

    The Star Tribune's circulation numbers took a precipitous tumble in the six months ending September 30, according to numbers released today by the Audit Bureau of Circulation.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2006

    City Planner: Thursday 10/26

    Negativland @ First Avenue From today's A-List: "While they've sidelined the spectacular antics that earned the ire of sundry recording-industry bigwigs back in the 20th, plunderphonics pioneers Negativland haven't stopped challenging consensus notions of 'intellectual property'--and being engaging ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2006

    Strib parent McClatchy Buys Knight-Ridder

    McClatchy will subsequently sell 12 of the 32 Knight Ridder papers it is acquiring in the $4.5 billion deal, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2006

    Toward a one-newspaper town: And then there were three

    Way back in November, when news first broke of a shareholder revolt at Knight Ridder, the Star Tribune rather forcefully poo-poohed the possibility that the Strib's parent company, McClatchy, might make a bid for the faltering newspaper chain. In the Twin Cities market, this was a matter of no trifl ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 15, 2005

    Noble Grapes

    Car-seat country scores a family-friendly wine bar with a serious education mission

  • News

    November 8, 2000

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Two years after picking billions of dollars out of Big Tobacco's pocket, state officials are still having trouble polishing their next trick: Figuring out how to spend it

  • Books

    February 3, 1999

    Nicotine Fit

    He's been thrown out of court on his ear, but Roger Conant is still railing about the legal fees from the tobacco settlement

  • News

    May 6, 1998

    Trial by Paper

    Millions of tobacco-industry documents find a home in the crammed back rooms of the Depot

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